In the midst of today’s mainstream pop music culture that glorifies, it’s refreshing to hear a jazz saxophonist that goes against the grain. Being in a group of high potential jazz band called JSY 九十壹, remaining true to his background and life perspective is what personifies Eddy Lim.
Born and raised by his parents in Kuala Terengganu, Malaysia, the family especially Eddy’s elder brothers instilled the basic values of music appreciation within him. In 2005, he decided to move to Kuala Lumpur to pursue his dream to become a musician. There are a few challenges throughout the path that made him to give up, but somehow Eddy successfully overcome them and stays. Instead of saying he has found a passion in life, he thinks it is the passion in life has found him and become part of his life that would not let him go. It is persistence that overcomes resistance.
“There is no such thing as an empty space or an empty time. There is always something to see, something to hear. In fact, try as we may to make a silence, we cannot.” – John Cage
A grateful heart is the beginning of greatness. To be grateful for all he has now is one of the main generators for Eddy to keep moving on. There are times when the generator has provided overpower of energy, which makes him feel overloaded. In that case, Eddy chooses to take a break, review and reset things all over. By listening to John Cage’s 4’33’’ (the silence piece), Eddy says the famous piece is an ultimate remedy for all the messes in his life.
These days, Eddy continues playing regularly in jazz clubs and concerts with his own band – JSY九十壹, as well as guest appearances and freelance gigs. With his attractive and soulful sounds on his saxophone, his versatility makes him remains in constant performing demand. Practicing and playing the instrument is probably the only and best thing Eddy does every single day. He plans to continue putting his music out there as long as he is able to, and hope people continue to enjoy it. To people who loves listening to jazz music or saxophone performances, Eddy is one of Kuala Lumpur’s true musical treasures.
“Minimalism means simple; Elegance means bold, class and content.”
‘Minimalism’ and ‘elegance’ have always been Eddy’s composition motto for quite some time, which he always insists to write music pieces that capable to move the body, in the mean time, it also moves the heart and soul. If he would relate these 2 words with a song, it will be “All the Things You Are” by Jerome Kern. It is a classic masterpiece that is simple enough to catch everyone’s soul, and probably the best song to learn for jazz musicians. Just like why Eddy chooses Nocturne Watch, it is simple but irresistibly elegant.
“Time is basically the fundamental or bones for every music we listen to. Without time, the melody will just be a bunch of notes, just like a human without skeletons.”