[Media Interview] 8tv I Wanna Sing 我要唱好歌 Media Interview with William Wei韋禮安 and Percy Phang 彭學斌

[Media Interview] 8tv I Wanna Sing 我要唱好歌 Media Interview with William Wei韋禮安 and Percy Phang 彭學斌

Kuala Lumpur, October 2016 - A song is only complete when there is a great combination of lyric, composition, melody and singer. In order to promote local musical creation with originality, 8tv has created a reality show “I Wanna Sing 我要唱好歌which will be premiering on 9th October 2016. It will be airing every Sunday at 8.30pm via 8tv.

The competition focuses on "original production and original creation" as its core theme. "I Wanna Sing" is open to Malaysians aged 15 to 40, whom are able to communicate in Chinese. The show will be hosted by the Orange 陳慧恬, who was also spring from a singing reality show. The judges-cum-tutors for this show include famous music producer Tan Yen Hue 陳彥琿, the new Chinese jazz female singer Winnie Ho 何芸妮, and the multitalented Cheryl Lee 李欣怡.

There will be three stages for this competition. Besides the regular judges, the production team has also invited Nicholas 張棟樑, Eve 艾怡良 and Weibird aka William 韋禮安 from Taiwan as the special judges of the show.

Our team from wljack.com has been invited to do a coverage on the live recording of the show and also a media interview session with William Wei韋禮安 and Percy Phang 彭學斌.

Media Interview Session with William Wei韋禮安 and Percy Phang 彭學斌

P- Percy Phang 彭學斌
W- William Wei 韋禮安

Q1: Both of you have been invited too as the special judges for 8tv previous competition 非常好歌 The Ultimate Song. What's your overall impression regarding the competition this year?
P: I think the standards are getting higher year by year. This year in particular, they have included another aspect which is the performer, besides just focusing on the song and lyrics composing. With the guidance and adjustments from the tutors, the arrangement and overall performance of the songs this year is actually much more matured and higher in terms of quality.
W: I'm actually pleasantly surprised. This is actually my second time here, the first time was during The Ultimate Song. It left a very strong impression for me. That time I was still new to the show and I met some very talented new composers. Hence, I was really looking forward for the contest this time. Of course, it didn't disappoint. I can see a few great performances and also hear some really good songs. In some ways, I envy the music scenes in Malaysia. The music industry in Taiwan is lacking of such a platform, and there is a gap where new composers have yet to catch up or fill in the big shoes that have been left behind by the established/renowned composers. There are singing competitions in Taiwan, but not competitions that are based on music composing as this one. I really wish that there are such competitions in Taiwan, where we can nurture new composers, and it can be a platform for composers to connect and interact. Composers are usually very lonely, having a competition like this brings them together.

Q2: Any contestants or songs in particular that you are rooting for? Or is there any contestants who have left a strong impression for you?
W: I remember a contestant named Kay from yesterday night. I think the song was very well-written and there's really not much room for improvement. When at backstage, I told her that the overall performance was already quite perfect, she just need to learn how to cope with her tiny bits of nervousness. And she is just 19 years old, there is so much potential in her. For today, there was another contestant named 文傑, who sang an R&B song. In his case, it is what I would term as raw talent. I see a lot of possibilities in him. I also remember a contestant named June who has a great memorable voice.

Q3: Any suggestions or advice for the contestants?
P: I used to participate in a lot of composing competitions previously. Personally, I feel that it's a good environment for us to get to know new friends who also love music composing like ourselves; who are from different background, different universities, etc. A lot of these friends of mine are now still in different areas of the music industry. Some are now working as music producer while some are working as composers. For example, Cheer Chen 陳綺貞 or 陳建寧 from FIR, these are all the people who I always met in my previous competitions. Regardless of which era it is, competitions like this will be a good channel for new composers to interact and improve themselves.

Q4: Will William Wei consider collaborations with the other judges or tutors of the show?
W: With Percy? Hmm... We have some little secret project going on, but we can't say yet. (Laughs)
P: Actually during this round, I did see a lot of potential composers, and there might be room for collaborations in the future. I'm quite impressed by a composer named 文彬, two of his songs in this competition have gained my attention. I think he is quite talented. I feel that he is quite experienced in composing pop music.

Q5: Percy, Would you consider training or mentoring these new composers?
P: I'm not sure if I can train them because I haven't interacted with them personally. But I'm really very impressed by some of them.

Q6: William, have you started mentoring some new composers? Perhaps in Taiwan?
W: Not at the moment. Perhaps in the future. Now I'm pretty wrapped up with my own promo tours and performances on top of writing my own music. But like in this show, I'm very happy to have the opportunity to be able to share some experience with the contestants backstage. I'm quite envious of them. If only I had this same exposure in the past when I was still new to this industry, it would have been much easier for my life. There will be less time wasted trying to find solutions to a lot of things. As long as they are interested to know, I'm quite willing to answer their questions.

Q7: Would you consider this show as being a different one from the usual singing competition whereby the focuses this time is on music composing? Or do you think looks and appearances still play a major role?
W: The weightage is more for music composing itself in this competition of course. However, in the current music industry scene, looks still matter. Nonetheless, the music composition is the precious factor in this competition.

Presented by 8TV, Red Box & Green Box Karaoke and China Press as media partners, the new reality show "I Wanna Sing" aims to discover great voices, great songs, great lyricist and music composers.

To find out more, please visit http://www.8tv.com.my/iwannasing or follow the official 8TV Facebook page: 八度空間 or Instagram: @8tvchinese.

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