Merdeka with Kioue

Graffiti can shaker and urban art scene mover, Kioue of The Super Sunday talks to JUICE about Merdeka and what it means to him.

What does it mean to be Malaysian?
Malaysian has a high-profile attitude and always runs in the fast lane. As a partner of The Super Sunday, our work represents Malaysia.

Where did you grow up and what is your fondest childhood memory of Malaysia?
I grew up in Batu Pahat, Johor and we celebrate 31 August every year. We usually create something different and dope, to entertain the people in Batu Pahat. It could be anything from skating to biking.

What will you be doing when the clock strikes 12 midnight on 31 August?
This year we are organizing a graffiti artists gathering around Malaysia. Starting from 3pm at Sungai Klang where we’ll be writing some murals while waiting for the countdown. There will be over 30 graff artists around Malaysia who will be participating, together with a few supporting photographers. This proves our love on behalf of the urban art scene in Malaysia.

What’s your definition of independence?
It’s a way of thinking and it’s the ideology of how to use your creativity to be one step ahead of others.

Who’s your Malaysian hero?
Tun Mahathir, Tan Sri P Ramlee, Sudirman, Yasmin Ahmad, KRU, Search, Wings, Lefthanded, Ella, Pop Shuvit, Hujan, Yuna, Estrella, Komplot, TV3, Adeputra, Balai Seni Lukis Malaysia and all those who represent themselves as Malaysians.

What is your favorite Malaysian song right now?
Ella ‘Standing In The Eyes’.

Who are your favourite Malaysian bands/artists?
Komplot, VE, Hujan, Malique, Rabbani, Raihan, Yuna, Estrella, Radiostar, Innuendo, Jaclyn Victor, Meet Uncle Hussein and all those who really care about a Malaysian standard than the international scene.

Where is your favourite Malaysian getaway?
Every inch of Malaysia and especialy the islands – the dopest space for everyone.

The worst and best Malaysian traits are…
I always want to see the good and throw away the negative energy. The best thing for Malaysia is becoming the best country. We have the best Prime Minister, good entertainment spots, good food and culture. We’re too damn good! The worst would be when Badawi was handling this country. ‘Nuff said.

If you were Prime Minister for the day you would…
What Tun is already working on - I’ll just make sure everything goes with the good flow. We are the global local.

If you could leave Malaysian’s with one thought to ponder this Merdeka what would it be?
I wish I could speak through a big speaker. I want to share moments and stories with fellow Malaysians on how to appreciate ourselves as Malaysians. Keep Malaysia steady, respect your friends and also, eat everything, say no to drugs and spread the love. Be creative, work and support Malaysian-made products. Please!! Support Malaysia because we are Malaysian!!

You can find Kioue and The Super Sunday at More on his store right here.

Find out what Adam Mathews and Azmyl Yunor‘s views on Merdeka are by clicking their names. Don’t forget the rest of our Merdeka Q&A chosen ones here and here.