Choong Hueyuen is a drummer that graduated from UCSI University with a Bachelor of Music in Contemporary Music in 2012 with Second Upper Class Honors, before leaving for London in 2013 to pursue a Master of Music in Music Performance, which she graduated with commendation.
Prior to leaving for London, Hueyuen was active in the KL music scene. Engagements include musicals produced by Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre, performances at music festivals such as the UCSI Inaugural Contemporary Music festival and the My Music Festival, performances with Malaysian artists such as Elaine Kang, and was one of the a founding members of the band Dotters’ Division.
During her time in London, Hueyuen was involved with indie-blues band The Ha’pennies, with whom she performed with extensively all over London at some of the most sought-after performing venues such as Proud Camden, Boogaloo (where Coldplay used to gig), the Underbelly, Off the Cuff, The Cricketers, The Old Queen’s Head, Bar Etcetera, Barfly and the Workshop. The Ha’pennies were also invited to perform at the 2014 International Youth Art Festival and the 2014 Oxfam Music Festival. On top of that, their single “Quick Buck” was often featured on the radio.
During her studies in London, Hueyuen was under the tutelage of Pete Flood (drummer of the award winning folk group Bellowhead), and was also part of the drum line team for the 2014 Hillsong Europe Conference held at the 20,000 seater O2 Arena London under the leadership of Jack Symonds and Vic Firth artist Jerry Brown.
Hueyuen returned to Malaysia after a fruitful year abroad with not only treasured experiences but also a growing passion for the exchange of knowledge. She is intrigued by the effects of learning method on the function of a working popular musician, and intends to pursue a PhD in the related field in due course.