It was Canadian pop-punk singer Avril Lavigne who first inspired Malaysian artiste Kuizz Shah to pursue music. After listening to her 2002 single Complicated, Kuizz Shah learned to play the guitar and the rest is history.

Before he became a singer, however, the 26-year-old Kuizz had a stint as a music producer and songwriter for various international artistes such as Juno award winner (Canada’s equivalent of a Grammy) Mia Martina, Danny Fernandes and American Idol contestant Kristinia DeBarge.

It was not an easy start for Kuizz, though. While studying at the SAE Institute in Melbourne, Australia, he had sent music samples to a various music publishers in hopes of getting noticed by a record label. His efforts proved fruitful when he finally caught the attention of a music producer in the United States.

“When I was 20, I studied audio engineering and I was into songwriting and producing as well. Then I got in touch with a music publisher in Los Angeles,” said Kuizz.

After six years of being a music producer and songwriter, Kuizz wanted a change of career. He was unsure of his decision at first, but when a friend suggested that he tried his hand at being a singer, Kuizz knew he had to do it.

kuizz shah

Malaysian singer Kuizz Shah is also a credible songwriter and music producer. Photo: The Star/Izzrafiq Alias

The singer’s first single When You Love is a catchy pop track glazed with his soulful voice with the idea to celebrate young love.

“It describes the type of young love that we all yearn to feel again. A love that knows no bounds, limitless and freezes time no matter the consequences,” he explains.

Taking inspiration from one of today’s biggest pop stars, When You Love is also an attempt to reimagine Taylor Swift’s Style from a guy’s point of view.

“I was listening to Taylor Swift’s Style. What if the guy is singing it? He picks her up and they go on a journey,” he adds.

Citing his musical influences, Kuizz reveals that his family listens to a lot of soul and R&B music while growing up. A check on his YouTubue page reveals that Kuizz has done covers of various songs including Born To Die by Lana Del Rey, Payphone (Maroon 5) and Ten Feet Tall (Afrojack).

You can also find original tracks such as Let Your Go, the heavy-thumping beat of In Front Of You and the mellow Ne-Yo-esque Miles To Find Your Love.

When asked about his upcoming music release, Kuizz says that he is not planning release a full album just yet. “I’m planning to release EPs back to back. One would sound different from another but they will connect to tell a story,” he explains.