Malaysian troubadour Azmyl Yunor launched the lyric video for his latest single ‘I Don’t Wanna Buy Anything’ from John Bangi Blues in conjunction with Buy Nothing Day 2020.
“What I’m rallying against in the song is the crass marketing of goods that I have absolutely no need for. Marketing is such a prevalent part of our modern lives to the point that (students even major in it at universities) we forget the larger culture that spurred it: consumerism. Yes, we love our food and shopping here in Asia but we also need to pause and think about the sustainability of this habit in the long run. So I decided to launch the song’s message in conjunction with International Buy Nothing Day 2020 – which also encompasses raising awareness to buy local first over multinational corporations while also reflecting on overconsumption and giving some thought regarding ethical consumption,” he explained.
“The question posed by the movement (founded in 1992 in Vancouver, Canada by artist Ted Dave) was simple: can you stop buying for just one day per year? It’s an interesting celebration of the rejection of consumerism and overconsumption. It’s also a moment to reflect on our buying habits and rituals,” he added noting while shopping has been made easier by online apps and delivery services and ultimately a personal choice, what the COVID-19 era has created is also an opportunity to support local economies to wither the drastic economic downturn. A lot of people have lost their jobs and are starting home businesses and services, let’s take precedence to help fellow citizens over large faceless and exploitative corporations.”
The CD format of the album was launched on 26th September on Record Store Day but was digitally launched earlier on 16 September (in conjunction with Malaysia Day) on his Bandcamp page (URL: http://azmyl.bandcamp.com). It is not available on streaming platform services except his Bandcamp page. He has been home delivering the album in person since music venues have been barred from organizing live shows as part of the government’s efforts to curb the spread of Covid-19 in Malaysia.