Didi Ramlan

Malaysia

Tuesday 20th November 2018

Introduce yourself
Didi Ramlan

I run a full-service entertainment event management and solutions company, Frisson 369. We usually work on artist logistics and hospitality for shows but most recently we promoted our first show with Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals. And sometimes I moonlight as Yuna’s tour manager. 

Describe your style in 3 words?
Preppy-rock + balanced + statement

What does the Fred Perry Shirt mean to you?
The first thing that pops up when I think of the Fred Perry shirt is ska punk and images of rude boys and girls swirling in my head. Culturally, I don’t think there’s another piece of clothing that could personify a culture of a genre of music as easily as that. To think that if you see someone with an FP shirt with their top button done up, you can bet they know a thing or two about ska/punk or are at least a fan of music - that’s pretty cool.

What is the first song you played on repeat?
‘Bad’ by Michael Jackson.

What is one record you would keep forever?
Tragic Kingdom by No Doubt. That album probably shaped me more than I will ever know.

What is a song lyric that has inspired you?
“I'm just a girl in the world / That's all that you'll let me be” from ‘Just A Girl’ - No Doubt.

Growing up in Malaysia, I was acutely aware I wasn’t the stereotypical girl who likes to wear pretty dresses and play with dolls. I remember first listening to the song was like ‘gasp, is she really saying this?’, then I saw the video clip and I thought damn Gwen Stefani is such a badass - she’s this amazingly stylish and unapologetic frontwoman, doing push-ups while singing “I’ve had it up to here!”. She made me realize that there are many types of people in the world and I didn’t have to live up to what ‘society’ was telling me to be and I was perfectly fine the way I was!

What has been the best gig you've been to?
There’s so many! Like Jimmy Eat World, Singapore 2011 or the first show of Beyonce’s ‘2016 The Formation Tour’ - it was the first time she debuted that 60ft rotating LED tower. But my favourite is probably seeing Foo Fighters at Lollapalooza 2011. It started pissing down rain during of ‘My Hero’, like torrential rain and they didn’t miss a beat - the crowd was so loud singing along! I remember looking to the sky in the moshpit barely able to breathe and thinking “this is the best moment ever”. I lost my mind (and shoes) that night. I found my shoes in the mud as I was leaving the festival.

Who is your ultimate British musical icon?
It’s a tie between Pink Floyd and Spice Girls - the dichotomy between the two is stark but both groups have influenced the landscape of pop culture all over the world. Also, it pretty much sums up my musical spectrum.

A song that defines the teenage you?
‘Dammit’ by Blink 182.

What inspires you?
Nature and music - they take turns to inspire me. I’m such a fan of music and music culture, it’s really what I live for but the music “business” side of it can really get to you. So that’s when I turn to nature, I sit back and just observe and it just takes me to back to a place that makes me appreciate the life I have and excited about everything I do and experience.


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