With less than a week to go until the 4th edition of the ABU Radio Song Festival in Beijing, China we spoke to Ling Kai. Ling Kai is representing Singapore at this years event, we talk to her about performing in China, her musical idols and her song for the event.
Thank you very much for talking to us, can you tell us more about yourself and how you became a singer?
I started writing songs when I was injured. I broke my leg with the silliest accidental fall, and was home bound for months. Chancing across Philip larkin’s poetry, I was inspired to write Larkin Step. The support I received online for that song encouraged me to continue song writing and singing.
This won’t be the first time you have performed in China, you’ve taken part in a Chinese talent contest before and regularly perform in Chinese. What was it that drew you to take part in these competitions?
Honestly, I enjoy the process of meeting the other contestants and learning from them. It is amazing to experience the community of musicians in China, many of whom are talented and are inspiring to me. I also feel incredibly fortunate that Singapore is a bilingual country, and that I can write in both English and Chinese. To me, these contests are more of a gathering for songwriters and musicians, than a competition.
How would you describe your style and sound?
I would say there’s no fixed musical genre to the kind of music I write and wish to write in future. My hope is that my music manages to connect with people on a visceral level, so I guess my style is story telling in a way that is honest to who I am.
What does it mean to be able to represent Singapore at such a large international event?
It is an incredible honour, I am very grateful to be able to present my work at the ABU festival.
Who are your biggest musical idols and what is it about these people thatÂ appeals to you?
Wow, there’s many people I admire, and many songs and songwriters that I love. It’s hard to pick out just a few, but I enjoy a well crafted song the best. I’ve been listening to “Top of the world” by Patti Griffin on repeat lately, and I really love the simplicity of the song, while it tells a great story. It’s almost like watching a movie with your ears.
Your song is “Year, Month, Day”, can you tell us more about it?
This song is about the passing of time for me, and about how dreams and youth change over time. I often wonder if dreams are only meant for the young, and if we change our desire and the nature of our dreams, does that mean we are giving up?
How will it feel for you to take to the stage in Beijing alongside 13 other singers from across Asia and Europe?
I can’t wait! I’m really excited.
Finally do you have a message for your fans and the readers of Eurovoix-World.com?
Thank you to my fans for supporting my music and waiting patiently for my new EP coming out this year, and to the readers of Eurovoix-world.com, thank you for reading and I hope I’ll pop in more often!
We wish Ling Kai the best of luck for her performance in Beijing and for her career in the future.