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 (Malaysia) - - MAN AT HIS BEST / MAHB -

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/

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