Inspired by American pop-rock bands and singers including Maroon 5, OneRepublic, Adele, Mariah Carey, Linkin Park, Creed, Beat the System is a rock band from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Founded by lead guitarist Stewart Sellan, core members came to also include his brother, drummer/songwriter Gerald Sellan, and songwriter Adrian Puan. Beginning in the mid-2000s, some of their singles were featured on a series of collections, including Disarseter Records’ Panic in the Peninsula (2005), Warner Music Malaysia’s Indiestructable - Spirit of Freedom (2009), and Sony Music Malaysia’s The Best of VIMA (2013). Their 2012 single “Shine” featured Malaysian Idol Season One champion Jaclyn Victor and won Song of the Year at both the Asian Voice Independent Music Awards and, another champion of Asian indie music, the Bite My Music Global Awards. Beat the System then relocated to New York City. With Puan still writing behind the scenes, the Sellans added American lead vocalist May Leigh to the lineup and began work on a full-length debut inspired by events in the lives of its members.