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Paperplane Pursuit

Kuala Lumpur, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia | Established. Jan 01, 2009 | SELF

Kuala Lumpur, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia | SELF
Established on Jan, 2009
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"Paperplane Pursuit: Who’s Gonna Stop Them?!"

Here they are now: a local band that is clearly unstoppable. If you haven’t heard of the song "Feel Good" or "Who’s Gonna Stop Me?!" by Paperplane Pursuit, then it’s time to leave that rock you’ve been living under.

No, seriously.

Paperplane Pursuit is made up of lead vocalist John O, drummer Dru Yap and guitarist Isaac Ravi, and they’re taking the music industry by storm! "Feel Good" stayed on the Billboard Top 40 Mainstream Indicator Charts for 7 weeks! We’re pretty sure the rest of Malaysia is really proud of the homegrown band. (We know we are!)

So, what’s next?

The Local Scene got the opportunity to interview Paperplane Pursuit (be very jealous) and they shared their thoughts about the local music industry, and what’s in store for the year 2016.

First of all, how’s 2015 going so far?
It's been great! So many good things have happened for us just in this one year. Our song getting on the Billboard indicator charts, releasing a new single "Who's Gonna Stop Me?!" along with what we think is our best music video so far. And now, we're working on a new album that will be completed before the year is over.

With the band’s songs making waves internationally and locally, surely Paperplane Pursuit is getting recognized everywhere. How is the band adjusting to the new attention?
We try not to let these things get to our head. At the end of the day we're just ordinary people who get to make a living doing what we love. But of course, so far we're not complaining having to take much more selfies with our fans than before. It's all been good fun.

What does it mean for the band to be one of the leading musicians in the local industry?
Honestly, it means that the Malaysian public really lacks exposure to the local scene. We say this because in Malaysia there are many act that is really talented and who make great music. We just have been fortunate to get recognition we have but we're looking forward to seeing more local artist gain exposure.

If the band could change one thing about the local music scene, what would it be?

Make it less local, more international. Our local scene has so little international exposure and with so many good acts more of it should get out there. We're trying to do our part to change that one step at a time.

What advice would the band give to aspiring local musicians that want to break into the music industry?
Don't wait for anyone to come and make you successful, make it happen for yourself. Be prepared to take charge of every area of your music career, the business aspect of it, creative, marketing, production. Don't sit back and wait for something to happen. And this whole journey will be exciting, so enjoy it.

2016 is just a few months away. What is the band hoping to achieve in the new year?
2015 was just the beginning for us. Next year we hope to get a better foothold in the international market.

Lastly, will there be a tour happening anytime soon in Malaysia?
No plans at the moment to tour Malaysia. We wish we could do everything, but there's only time for so much. Our heart is for Malaysia so we definitely want to keep performing for our Malaysian fans as much as we are invited to do so.

Music is food for the soul, and next week, we bring you something equally delicious. The Local Scene would like to thank Paperplane Pursuit for talking to us, and we absolutely cannot wait for their new music!

In the meantime, stay tuned to their social media for more updates.

Facebook: Paperplane Pursuit
Twitter: @PaperplaneP
Instagram: @paperplanepursuit
Youtube: Paperplane Pursuit - The Local Scene

"Paperplane Pursuit stays on Billboard charts!"

Nobody can stop them now!

Malaysian pop band Paperplane Pursuit has broken the famous Billboard chart in early September, and they have stayed on the chart for six weeks, and is now at number 30!

On 3 September, their super catchy song “Feel Good” made it made it to the Billboard Mainstream Top 40 Indicator Chart at number 40 – the same chart which have big international names like Selena Gomez, Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran, Demi Lovato, Justin Bieber, One Direction and more!

They have stayed on the chart for six weeks and have now climbed to number 30, beating big-named artistes like Adam Lambert, Maroon 5, Little Mix and Jess Glyne, while slightly behind other popular artistes like Meghan Trainor, Drake and A Great Big World.

Formed since 2009, Paperplane pursuit is made of vocalist John O, drummer Andrew Yap and guitarist Isaac Ravi. They recently released a new song titled “Who’s Gonna Stop Me?”

The trio sure have made us proud with their outstanding achievement, meanwhile, let’s take a look at other local artistes and band which have also made their names internationally!

1. Zee Avi

Malaysian pop-rock singer Zee Avi’s self-titled debut album was named one of the Top 10 Albums of 2009 by Associated Press along with other albums by famous artistes such as Mariah Carey, Jay Z, Norah Jones and The Black Eyed Peas. Two of her singles “Swell Window” and “Concrete Wall” were featured in Season 5 of the hit television series “Gossip Girl”.

2. Salammusik

Award-winning Malaysian reggae-rock band Salammusik have been winning a number of awards in Malaysia for their unique blend of traditional tune with modern beats. The ten-member band has toured and performed at several European festivals including Zwarte Cross Festival, Solar Weekend, Zomer van Antwerpen Festival, Landjuweel Festival and Woodstock69.

3. Bunkface

Pop-punk trio Bunkface is also one of the popular Malaysian bands which have promoted their music internationally. They have previously performed in Australia’s One Movement For Music Perth festival, they toured in UK, and also performed at Hong Kong Asia Music Festival. The band recently participated in one of Japan’s famous rock festivals, the Summer Sonic Festival. - The Hive Asia

"Malaysian Band Paperplane Pursuit Beats Maroon 5 On Its 6th Week On The US Billboard Chart"

They might not be the first Malaysian artist to be on the charts, but they've certainly stayed the longest!

Six weeks ago, homegrown band Paperplane Pursuit broke into the US Billboard Mainstream Top 40 Indicator Chart at #40 with their single 'Feel Good', joining the ranks of chart-topping artists like Taylor Swift, One Direction, Demi Lovato, and Ed Sheeran!

The Billboard Mainstream Top 40 Indicator Chart maps out the 40 most listened to songs in a particular week on US Billboard radio, meaning it does not include non-Billboard stations, non-USA stations, or web stations. In contrast with the National Airplay Chart, the Indicator chart is non-monitored, meaning that the radio stations are not listened to but made up of what the stations say they have played, usually upon mass request.

For the uninitiated, Paperplane Pursuit - made up of lead vocalist John O, drummer Andrew Yap, and guitarist Isaac Ravi - have been in the music scene since 2009. So far, the band has released 2 full-length albums - 2011's 'Malaysia 2.0' and 2014's 'Higher'
8fe1Image via Paperplane Pursuit's Facebook
The latest chart rankings, updated on 7 October, saw them at the #30 spot - one step up from last week - placing them ahead of Adam Lambert, Maroon 5, and Little Mix
496cImage via Billboard / Nielsen
From their breakthrough into the charts, the band has steadily climbed to #30 the week before last, before dropping one spot to #31 last week.

Right now, these guys need all the help they can get to keep climbing up the charts, so here's how you can help:
Put in a request or two (the more the merrier!) for 'Feel Good' to be played on US radio stations via their Facebook pages and/or Twitter accounts.

List of radio stations you can start with here.

The charts update once a week, so be sure to check out Paperplane Pursuit's progress here!

Great job, Paperplane Pursuit! We're pretty sure your fans (and all of us, really) are super proud of you guys!

Have a listen to the song here:

While you're at it, watch their latest music video 'Who's Gonna Stop Me?!' too:

PS: Spot national gymnast Farah Ann Abdul Hadi! Also, doesn't this video remind you of The Script's 'Hall of Fame'? :) -

"Paperplane Pursuit lands 30th spot on the US Billboard Mainstream Top 40 Indicator Chart"

KUALA LUMPUR: Local pop rock band Paperplane Pursuit is making heads turn both at home and abroad. Its single Feel Good took the 30th spot on the US Billboard Mainstream Top 40 Indicator Chart, beating superstars like Maroon 5 and Adam Lambert. Feel Good is composed by the band and lyrics by John Oommen, otherwise known as John O. Feel Good peaked at No. 40 on the chart, recently. “I initially wrote the song as a message of encouragement for someone I care. She’s an amazing person but struggles with insecurities,” Oommen, 31, told the NST toady. Eventually, the song became an anthem for anyone who feels insignificant and doesn’t see their worth. “There’s a deeper meaning to the song than what most people think,” he added. On the tune’s success, Oommen said the band learnt to be strategic about “every step we take and try to maximise the impact”. “As a band that is self-produced, self-funded and self-managed, we don’t have the luxury of a huge team behind us, or bottomless resources. We worked very hard from day one and we never took things for granted,” he added. Paperplane Pursuit also owed part of its success to its fans dubbed Paperazzi. “As soon as we broke the news that we’re on Billboard, they went crazy and have never stopped requesting for the song to be played on the radio,” he said. “We were cautiously optimistic about the strength of the song, but when you’re up against the biggest names in the music industry, there are no guarantees,” he added. Currently working on new materials for its upcoming third studio album, Paperplane Pursuit, which also comprises Dru Yap, 31, (on drums) and Isaac Ravi, 27, (on guitars) has plans for a huge celebration with fans who have been supporting its music over the years. “But it will not be until 2016 though,” he said, without revealing further. In the meantime, the members are celebrating its success by sharing their happiness and interacting with fans via the social media. Last month, the band released another single, Who’s Gonna Stop Me?!, and has 42k views on their official YouTube channel. “We’ve got much bigger plans for Who’s Gonna Stop Me?!, and we’re in the midst of putting it all together with our partners at Asia International Records (A.I.R), who we've been working with on our US campaign for Feel Good. Everything that we’ve accomplished with Feel Good is just the beginning,” he said. Any plans to relocate to the US? “That might be a decision we’ll have to make, eventually,” he said. He then added, “the next on our list is a US tour and that will involve us relocating there for a certain period of time. Beyond that, only time will tell.” Formed in 2009, the Kuala Lumpur-based band has come out with two studio albums, Malaysia 2.0 (2011) and Higher (2014). Since its debut, the band has enjoyed tremendous success at home where its singles (from Higher), What If, Beat Of Your Love, Feel Good and Who’s Gonna Stop Me, have all peaked at No. 1 on Hitz FM’s Met 10 chart. - New Straits Times

"Paperplane Pursuit Fly Into Billboard Indicator Charts With "Feel Good" Read more at:"

New York, NY (Top40 Charts) Pop band, Paperplane Pursuit, recently launched their latest single, "Feel Good" in the U.S. The upbeat track has quickly climbed the Billboard Indicator Charts, landing at #35 this week. "Feel Good" has earned the trio instant exposure, thanks to its addictive melodies and an energetic, danceable groove. The band sits comfortably on the international charts alongside artists like Taylor Swift, One Direction and The Weeknd. With the band's goal of producing music that will inspire good vibes, "Feel Good" is the perfect introduction to Paperplane Pursuit's efforts. The track opens with Isaac Ravi busting out a head bopping guitar hook, while Dru Yap lays down the rhythm on drums. John O leads the track, singing smooth vocals encouraging that special someone who feels insecure. The catchy chorus goes, "It makes me feel good just to know it's you that I can turn to. Everybody knows but you." It's an infectious tune that pairs fresh sounds with the innocent charm of music from years gone by. "It's an honor to have such a positive reception across the globe, especially considering we have produced our music independently", John O comments. "We feel like the ultimate underdogs going up against all these big names, but we're excited to do whatever it takes to reach as many people as possible." Embracing a DIY approach, the band has self-funded, self-managed, and self-produced all their work, including their music videos. Working relentlessly to craft genuine and captivating pop music, Paperplane Pursuit has had a successful run with their EP, 'Higher'. Their fans, dubbed 'Paperazzi', have helped propel the accompanying music videos to more than 500,000 total views on YouTube. Paperplane Pursuit have now set their sights on the U.S. as "Feel Good" is quickly garnering an American audience for the band, as the single is being featured daily in various radio stations across the country, including several based in New York. With a full-length album in the works, Paperplane Pursuit is ready to take their fast-growing fan base to the next level internationally. "Feel Good" is just the start for Paperplane Pursuit and the sky's the limit. "Feel Good" and the EP Higher are out now on iTunes, Spotify and YouTube. Follow Paperplane Pursuit on Read more at: -

"Malaysian band Paperplane Pursuit releases catchy new single worldwide"

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 12 — The worldwide premiere of Malaysian pop band Paperplane Pursuit’s latest single “Who’s Gonna Stop Me” was just released on YouTube today.

The high-spirited and lively song talks about chasing dreams and doing what you want to do without letting anyone getting in your way.

The song sure is catchy and it also has a few references of the famous children’s song “Pop Goes the Weasel”, but it only remains the word ‘pop’ while changing the rest of the phrase with a similar sounding rhyme.

The catchiest part of the song is the opening part of the chorus; “They said, they said, you’re not gonna make it,” which sounds sort of the tease used by children to mock someone.

The song has a similar vibe to the band’s previous hit, “Feel Good”, but it’s a lot catchier, more enthusiastic and full of dynamic beats!

The music video shows a female gymnast training while the trio is seen jamming in a boxing ring, driving in a bubble pop pink car and dancing on a balcony.

Overall, the song is vibrant, gleeful and full of positive messages! Check it out! — TheHive.Asia

- See more at: - Malay Mail

"Paperplane Pursuit enters the Billboard charts! (VIDEO)"

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 4 — Malaysian pop band Paperplane Pursuit has just broken into the international Billboard charts!

The band shared the wonderful news on their social media page and thanked their fans for making this happen.

Their song “Feel Good” made it to the Billboard Mainstream Top 40 Indicator Chart at number 40.

The song entered the Billboard Mainstream Top 40 Indicator Chart at number 40. — TheHive.Asia pic
The song entered the Billboard Mainstream Top 40 Indicator Chart at number 40. — TheHive.Asia pic
Do note that big-named artistes like Selena Gomez, Demi Lovato, Ed Sheeran, Taylor Swift, Fifth Harmony and One Direction – also hold a place on the same chart!

Paperplane Pursuit now needs your help to help them stay on the chart by requesting for the song “Feel Good”.

Check out the music video for “Feel Good”! — TheHive.Asia

- See more at: - Malay Mail


Still working on that hot first release.



Paperplane Pursuit is a four-piece pop band, based in Malaysia. The band makes radio friendly music, with catchy hooks and infectious sing-along melodies. The last two years have seen Paperplane Pursuit on a steady rise to the top of the Malaysian English music scene, with 3 big hit singles under belt, enjoying heavy rotation on Malaysian radio.  They fancy themselves the ultimate underdogs, having managed all this despite being entirely self-funded, self-managed, self-produced, and with no label backing.

As a band, Paperplane Pursuit is known to have a steadfast DIY approach to the production of their music and videos. Comprised of John O on vocals, Isaac Ravi on guitars, The Chief on Bass and Dru Yap on drums, the band writes, produces and records all their music in their own production studio. All the band’s music videos have been self-produced as well.


In July 2015, Paperplane Pursuit partnered with Asia International Records (A.I.R.) to release the band’s single ‘Feel Good’ in the United States, as part of a radio campaign to break the US Billboard charts and introduce the band to an international audience.  The single successfully broke the Billboard Top 40 Mainstream Indicator Chart in September 2015.  It is currently enjoying daily spins on American radio, as the number of stations picking up the song for rotation continues to increase.

The band is currently working on a full length album, looking to be released in early 2016. The album’s first single, titled ‘Who’s Gonna Stop Me?!’, has just been released in Malaysia and is already enjoying daily frequent spins on Malaysian radio.  The band has set its sights on bringing their music to the world stage, while continuing to strengthen their reputation as Malaysia’s go-to hit-makers.


The single,  ‘Feel Good’, was first released in Malaysia in July 2014 and continued to be played daily on Malaysian radio well into February 2015, making the band one of the most played acts on Malaysian radio.  At it’s peak, the single was inescapable on Malaysian radio, playing on each major station approximately once every two hours, daily. The single eventually accumulated higher total spins than tracks by charting international artists such as Maroon 5, Katy Perry and One Republic, a feat rarely ever achieved by a Malaysian English language artist.

The band’s breakthrough single ‘Beat Of Your Love’, featuring fellow Malaysian artiste Darren Ashley, was released in January 2014.  The track also enjoyed peak rotation frequencies on Malaysian radio for more than six months. Both singles were released from the band’s second EP, ‘Higher’.

2009 - 2013:

Though formed in 2009, Paperplane Pursuit first gained recognition in 2010 with their single 'Goodbye', released off their debut EP, ‘malaysia 2.0’. The track enjoyed chart success in Malaysia and the accompanying music video made waves on MTV Asia, airing daily at the end of 2010. In support of 'malaysia 2.0, Paperplane Pursuit spent 2011 and 2012 performing live, and making radio and TV appearances.

In November 2012, they released 'Everybody Wants Somebody', the first single off their second EP, ‘Higher’ . The single gained regular airplay on local radio stations.  The band followed up in February 2013 with the release of their next single 'Higher (Ah Song)', which continued to receive regular spins on Malaysian radio.

September 2013 saw the release of the band's next single 'What If'. The song was played frequently on Malaysian  radio, proving to be the launch pad for the band’s big break in the Malaysian music scene in the year 2014.

Band Members