Grow­ing pains

SonaOne on tack­ling adult­hood on his new al­bum and pos­si­bly work­ing with Jay Park.

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - SHOWBIZ - By KEN­NETH CHAW en­ter­tain­ment@ thes­tar. com. my

“PAY­ING bills!” SonaOne says with a laugh when asked about the least favourite thing he has to do as an adult. “Who loves pay­ing bills?”

The lo­cal hip- hop artiste, whose real name is Mikael Adam Lozach, re­leased his de­but full- length al­bum, Grow­ing Up Sucks, two weeks ago, which deals with the of­ten un­com­fort­able tran­si­tion many face as they step into adult­hood.

Con­trary to what the al­bum ti­tle sug­gests, SonaOne says the al­bum en­cour­ages lis­ten­ers to ac­cept and em­brace adult­hood and ev­ery­thing that comes with it.

“As much as it sucks that you can­not go back in time and re­live your mo­ments as a teen or a young adult, the pos­i­tive thing is you are grow­ing up, you’ll be­come an adult and there are so many great things to look for­ward to in adult life.”

SonaOne, who turns 28 this year, says, per­son­ally, while he has em­braced this new phase in life whole­heart­edly, he still holds on to his in­ner child.

“Adult­hood has hit me hard. I’m not so far away from 30. In my mind, I’m an adult, I have re­spon­si­bil­i­ties to live up to. At the same time, that kid in­side me is never go­ing to go away.

“That means I can ap­proach my life from two per­spec­tives – as an adult and a younger per­son with less wor­ries,” he shares.

Fans of SonaOne may no­tice that he is sport­ing a crew cut now, hav­ing shaved off his pony­tail un­der­cut at the end of last year.

“That was like a pre- re­lease sym­bol of Grow­ing Up Sucks. Part of grow­ing up means you’ve got to change the way you look. And I got bored of the pony­tail, it’s get­ting a bit old,” he says of his new look.

SonaOne’s sin­gle No More, also in­cluded in the al­bum, made his­tory in 2014 when it be­came the first English Song to win Best Song at the Anugerah In­dus­tri Muzik.

Asked if he ex­pects to scoop up any awards for the new al­bum, the singer re­sponds: “If I were to get any nom­i­na­tions from any up­com­ing awards, I’d be so happy. But the truth is, with this al­bum, I just wanted to cre­ate the best pos­si­ble mu­sic I could cre­ate with my own abil­i­ties.”

When Star2 spoke to SonaOne last April, a few months af­ter his his­toric win, he shared he had thrown out a num­ber of songs he orig­i­nally had in mind and wrote new songs for the al­bum.

“I’m ex­cited with what I have. We have a good blend of old and new songs that all kind of fit into the same theme of the al­bum,” he says of the new al­bum. “Even the old songs that I had, Fire­fly and the ti­tle track which were writ­ten in 2010 and 2011, were re­worked, with added back­ing vo­cals and gui­tars to give it a higher qual­ity and have them gel with the newer songs on the al­bum.”

SonaOne also talks about his move to re­lease Grow­ing Up Sucks dig­i­tally: “We sold phys­i­cal CDs at the launch as a lim­ited edi­tion thing, but es­sen­tially the al­bum is only avail­able on dig­i­tal plat­forms.

“It was im­por­tant be­cause that’s also part of me grow­ing up and re­al­is­ing what the re­al­i­ties of to­day is. Phys­i­cal CDs are not re­ally ( fly­ing off the shelves). We are look­ing at the fu­ture and the fu­ture of record sales is in dig­i­tal sales. So I’m go­ing in head first, ( putting) 100% into mar­ket­ing my mu­sic on­line,” he says.

So­cial me­dia post­ings last year saw the home­grown artiste pos­ing for a photo with Korean- Amer­i­can rap­per Jay Park, fu­elling ru­mours of a col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween the two.

“We’ve be­come good friends. We keep in con­tact. When­ever he’s in KL, we hang out. When­ever I’m in South Korea, we hang out,” he shares. His man­ager had in­tro­duced SonaOne to Park and the two hit it off.

“There are def­i­nitely plans to work on some mu­sic to­gether in the fu­ture. As of right now, I’m just fo­cused on pro­mot­ing this al­bum. He’s a re­ally tal­ented guy and I would love to col­lab­o­rate with him in the fu­ture.”

— M. AZHAR ARIF/ The Star

SonaOne says shav­ing off his pony­tail un­der­cut ( sport­ing a crew cut now) has some­thing to do with his new al­bum Grow­ing Up Sucks.

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