TOPPING THE CHARTS
For a malaysian to land a single on the us billboard top 40 charts, without even setting foot on american soil, is pretty impressive. esquire sits down with Gerard singh to talk inspiration, internet and irritants.
ESQUIRE: what inspires your music? Gerard singh: I get my inspiration from anything and everything around me. Sometimes, things happen and I react in a certain way, which makes me feel like going home to write about my feelings. There are also songs that I write just for the sake of writing, something that’s completely fictional.
ESQ: what were your feelings and expectations for “crazy”? Gs: There was some compromise, but we’re very happy with the end result, no complaints. None of us travelled to the US; we sent files back and forth over the Internet. The producer managed to maintain a lot of the elements that we came up with, but made it in a way that would be more viable for Billboard.
ESQ: tell us a bit about the album that you’re in the middle of recording now. Gs: It’s an EP titled G [pictured]. In addition to “Crazy”, it will have three new tracks. “Crazy” was produced by Floyd Thomas in Fort Wayne, Indiana. The rest were produced by Jingles Derek aka Jhingoree in Malaysia, so I had a lot of input.
ESQ: what are your plans for the future? Gs: Ideally, I would like to tour the US, after the EP is completed. We still have some finishing touches to do. There’s also going to be Gerard Singh Productions in the future, so that other local talents can have opportunities too.
ESQ: share some life advice with us. Gs: Haters are everywhere, but they don’t matter because there are others who will come and pat you on the back and say job well done. Manage your time and money well, work smart and optimise everything.
ESQ: if there were anything that you’d sacrifice your music career for, what would it be? Gs: It would be my daughter without a doubt. She’s my only child and my source of inspiration. I grew up watching my mum sacrificing for her kids, so if I had to give this up for anything, it would be for my daughter.
Physical copies of G will be released in Malaysia, while a digital version will be available in the US, both by mid-april. For more info, visit lakefrontrecords.com/gerard/