Irama Hatiku is the first Malay single released by Malaysian punk rock band, Airwaves on Fire. Written and composed by their guitarist, Damien, it is said to be inspired by Yasmin Ahmad’s 2005 award-winning love story, “Sepet”. The late Yazmin Ahmadwrote and directed a movie about a teenage love story between a “low social standing” Chinese boy (DVD Seller) and a Malay girl (University Student). Due to the difference in race and social standings, their relationship faced opposition from family, friends and society. The film won a number of awards in 2005.
The single was recorded and produced by JD Wong of Pop Shuvit at Studio 21:05 and will be a part of the band’s upcoming EP.
The lyrics were written from a birds-eye perspective of the romantic comedy, Sepet. The two main characters endured against social and racial pressures of society to pursue the love that blossomed between them. Coincidently the main character in the movie calls himself “Jason”, which is the name of the band’s lead guitarist. Jason in the movie also loves poetry which is reflected in the poetic structure and phrasing of the song and the use of classic proverbs in the lyrics.