由Sidick Lam進行採訪，Vivian Yeung翻譯為英文。
Interview conducted in Chinese by Sidick Lam. Translated into English by Vivian Yeung [English below]
A：第一次是和以前的樂隊”臨記”去參加Asian Beats，那時候不知怎樣的就拿了冠軍，還代表香港到泰國參賽。那時候band圈其實很小，基本上所有參賽樂隊大家都互相認識的，所以緊張也不會說有多緊張，反而是事後想起也不知道為什麼自己能勝出，也真夠奇怪的（哈哈哈！）。另外啊，以前比賽完贏了很多時候就算了，現在的好很多，有很多follow up，主辦之後會給更多機會，例如商演等。
Q: What do you think of the growing number of band competitions?
A: It’s definitely a good thing. In the past there were only a couple of competitions every year held by music stores, and now many different organizations are willing to hold these competitions. There are so many genres that these competitions now cater to – there’s rock, metal, acoustic, and it’s all because schools and parents have become more open-minded about bands. Society as a whole is viewing bands in a much more positive light, and that’s why local bands now have more opportunities than ever.
Q: Have you ever entered a band competition? How did you feel the first time you played in one?
A: The first time I entered was Asian Beats. We joined the competition with temporary members, but for some reason we won first prize and even represented Hong Kong in Thailand. Back then the band scene was tiny – virtually all the competing bands knew each other, so we weren’t really that nervous anyway. In fact we didn’t even know why we won, and we still don’t know, it’s so weird (laughs). In addition, back then when you won a competition that was all you get – you won. Now it’s much better, there’s so much follow up and the organizers give you so many valuable opportunities as a prize, e.g. actual shows.
Q: Why were you willing to offer recording time as a prize?
A: A lot of bands nowadays may think that recording is a frightening and difficult thing. I just hope to help them using my experiences and knowledge – in fact sometimes these bands lack only one thing, that is, the suitable equipment. (Is there anything bands should pay particular attention to?) The most important thing is to communicate with the engineer, and to find a sound that you like.
Q: Our prizes include a Gibson guitar, and you’re a fan of Gibson yourself. Why Gibson?
A : To be frank, I own a lot of different guitars, but Gibson is a very classic brand – the two classics are obviously the two brands that begin with “G”, or “F” (laughs). The two brands have different characteristics. We’re very grateful to Parsons music for collaborating with us three years ago and giving us some Gibson guitars. That’s been our dream since we were little! And their tone is very suited to Kolor’s songs, so that’s why we’re still using them today.
Q: What do you think of the local music scene today?
A: The scene is actually not bad. Things are different now, you can’t just rely on the television or media to spoonfeed audiences and make them listen to the same things. Now listeners can look for what they themselves like, so there are a lot more people who listen to music, and that’s a good thing. (Some say that bands are becoming popular only recently – what do you think?) Actually bands have always been here, but maybe it’s because more media outlets are paying attention to bands? It’s not that hard to understand why more and more people are listening to bands – bands are fun to watch on stage, but in the future the media will probably still be most important outlet for getting people to notice bands.
Q: What’s the difference between being in a band then and now?
A: I play with my band a lot less now (laughs), but luckily my career is still related to music. To be honest, it wasn’t as easy to get people to watch us back then, nobody took photos/videos back then. Now being in a band is just a regular thing for many people – you’ve even got parents encouraging their children to join a band, there are so many professional online tutorials, and stage effects like lighting are so much better now.
Q: What’s the most difficult thing about being in a band?
A: Being with other people. If you can really find people who have similar goals and views as you, you should really treasure your bond with each other.
Q: What has being in a band brought you?
A: Pretty much everything in my life today was because of my band – even my wife who I knew because of the band.
Q: Most unforgettable performance?
A: Every show is unforgettable! And that’s the magic of performing – you sing the same songs to difference audiences, but you still feel different every time because you won’t get the same reaction every time.
Q: Any advice for new bands?
A: Enjoy! Don’t see it as a competition, because playing in a band is pretty much battle after battle. You never know who’s down there watching you, and what they’ll bring you.