Interviewed by Sidick Lam & Grace Chan. Translated by Karen Cheung.
1) Q. 為何你會稱做Summer Romance？
2) Q. 你喜歡哪一隊香港樂隊？
SR: 我也有聽Little Airport、怒人的，怒人很正的。
3) Q. 那你最想和哪一隊樂隊合作？
SR: 無所謂！沒有特定的人，任何人都可以。組合既得，個人也得。若果跟怒人合作，我怕我會熄了他們的火 (笑) 。
4) Q. 你什麼時候開始接觸音樂？為何會想玩音樂？
5) Q. 你對於與張震嶽的專輯封面都頗相似，有什麼感覺？
SR: 我仍然強調，是我先出的 (笑) 。大家都是佬、悶棍一個吧！
6) Q. 你最難忘的演出是怎樣的？
SR: 說些比較不好的經驗吧！ 例如在匯豐銀行外面的地下表演，那時候最早的一班青少年正在佔領中環。他們在匯豐那邊佔領了一段時間，並搞了一場show，那場地感覺很得意！還記得那次我是第一個表演的，對著觀眾唱歌，但是他們完全沒有反應，那時候我便想：是否我的歌太差？到第二隊出場的時候，那是怒人，才發現原來觀眾們在等怒人出場，那刻覺得有愧於觀眾！
7) Q. 你喜歡室外/室內演出？
Summer Romance 將於八月九日Backstage Summer Serenade進行表演
1. Where does the name Summer Romance come from?
SR: It’s the name of a Leslie Cheung CD; I was a kid when I listened to it and it triggered my imagination in many ways. I’m not a huge fan of his songs or anything, I just really liked the name of the album.
2. What local bands are you a fan of?
SR: Little Airport and 怒人 (NoYan, or literally ‘angry people’), NoYan is fantastic.
3. Then what bands would you most like to work with?
SR: I’m open-minded towards anything! I don’t mind working with anyone. But if I work with NoYan, I’m a little worried I’ll put out their fire (anger).
4. How did your music journey begin?
SR: I’ve been in several bands in the past, but I stopped because a lot of the band members quit due to age, or they didn’t have the time anymore. So there was just me left, and I carried on by myself. I think in the end a person still has to be able to put everything together themselves, because you’d eventually reach a stage when your friends and bandmates start leaving you. And if you’re still passionate about the thing you want to achieve, you have to try to do it yourself. Of course it’s a little stressful to handle everything by myself sometimes, but if I don’t it’ll be quite boring.
5. Your CD cover looks a lot like (Taiwanese artist) Chang Chen-yue’s, no?
SR: I still insist, I came up with it first [laughs]. I guess we have quite a lot in common, we’re both boring dudes!
6. Your most unforgettable performance?
SR: Let me talk about the bad experiences! I’ve performed outside HSBC, which is actually quite an interesting venue – for example, there was a time when a bunch of teenagers were occupying Central at the time, and there was a show there. That was my first performance actually, and after I sang the audience had no reaction whatsoever, so I thought, was I that bad? Then the second band came on, and it was NoYan, and I realized the crowd was waiting for them to perform. I almost felt sorry for the audience then!
7. Performing outdoors or indoors?
SR: Outdoors! I don’t like the feeling of being trapped, especially with my songs. But I suppose sometimes with some of the slow songs, a quieter environment would be better.
8. Short term and long term goals?
SR: At the moment I’m hoping to do a show at a bookstore in September, all the planning’s still only just taking place in my mind haha. Long-term goals…get rich, I suppose? [laughs] In all seriousness, I really hope I’ll improve in terms of writing lyrics.
9. Three things you can’t live without in summer?
SR: Ice cream, electric fan, and tank tops!
10. What do you do to get through the heat in summer?
SR: Go to the beach at night, because it’s not crowded, and it’s cool and nice. Stay home during the day, you’ll die from the heat. Even on weekends I don’t go out in the day – I stay at home and make music. I only head out at night.
11. What’s the definition of a hipster? Would you consider yourself a hipster?
SR: I think there’s actually another definition of hipster that’s not often used, and it refers to a sort of alienation from reality. Usually when you talk about the term hipster it seems to refer to people with interest in literature, music and the arts, but when you’re actually interested in these things, you actually become really detached from real life. (Who do you think qualifies as a hipster in Hong Kong?) I think a lot of them are also political activists now as well…(Like Joshua Wong?) Joshua Wong is actually one of the few who doesn’t really feel like a hipster. I think a lot of the guardians of the society give off a hipster vibe. I’m not that much of a hipster myself, I’m not that cultured. I’m just a lazy middle-aged man.
12. So, Summer Romance, what is your definition of romance?
SR: Romance is an imagination one will never be able to grasp.
Summer Romance will be performing at Summer Serenade on 9th August 2014 at Backstage