A Closer look at Christo­pher

> The Dan­ish heart­throb was here to pro­mote his new al­bum and be the first in­ter­na­tional act to be fea­tured on the JOOX plat­form

The Sun (Malaysia) - - ENTERTAINMENT - BY DENISSA GOH

KUALA LUMPUR was on fire when Dan­ish heart­throb Christo­pher Nis­sen dropped by for a pro­mo­tional tour of his Closer al­bum.

The JOOX Mini Live with Christo­pher show­case was held at Brick­fields Asia Col­lege (BAC) PJ Cam­pus in con­junc­tion with the singer’s role in the launch of the BAC Ed­u­ca­tion App which aimed to merge ed­u­ca­tion and mu­sic.

The show­case was also streamed live to all JOOX users, mak­ing it the first in­ter­na­tional act to be fea­tured on the plat­form.

Ten lucky stu­dents also man­aged to join the I Won’t Let You Down singer for a ba­nana leaf rice lunch prior to the show.

“The fans in Asia are re­ally po­lite and the girls are much more shy [com­pared] to the ones in Den­mark where they would like, jump on you [to get a] selfie,” jokes the 24-year-old singer.

The pop sen­sa­tion per­formed sev­eral hits from his lat­est al­bum such as I Won’t Let You Down, Tulips, and Heart­beat.

He also per­formed the high­ly­pop­u­lar Twerk It Like Mi­ley, his col­lab­o­ra­tion with Amer­i­can singer-song­writer Bran­don Beal, as well as a cover of Ma­jor Lazer’s Cold Wa­ter.

In an in­ter­view, Christo­pher re­vealed that it took him al­most two years to pro­duce Closer, and it is a more in­ti­mate and ma­ture one com­pared to his pre­vi­ous two al­bums – hence, the ti­tle name.

“I love writ­ing songs about what I ex­pe­ri­ence in my own life, peo­ple I meet, places I go, and ob­vi­ously about love and girls, but for the first time, I show a dif­fer­ent side of my­self,” he said.

“There are per­sonal songs like emo­tional bal­lads, which are com­pletely new to me, such as Heart­beat, which is all about … how some [sit­u­a­tions] can be re­ally hard for peo­ple to un­der­stand when they’re not [ex­pe­ri­enc­ing] it.

“So ... if you could just say it with a heart­beat, or just feel the way I feel, it would be eas­ier.”

De­spite the al­bum be­ing more emo­tion­ally in­ti­mate, Christo­pher em­pha­sised that he still in­cluded “funky, up-tempo and op­ti­mistic” songs such as Tulips, and I Won’t Let You Down.

In fact, the in­cred­i­bly catchy Tulips reached the No.1 spot on the Dan­ish mu­sic charts in 2015.

“I re­mem­ber writ­ing that song in the stu­dio with an Amer­i­can song­writer [named] Cof­fee … It has this very cool vibe and you can hear that sum­mer-like feel,” he said.

“It’s ba­si­cally telling your girl: ‘I know I messed up, but give me a sec­ond chance be­cause we can make this right’, you can say it with flow­ers or kisses, so tulips is sort of like this metaphor ... a way to say ‘I’m sorry’.”

When it comes to work­ing with Beal, the num­ber of col­lab­o­ra­tions they had is just what we see on the sur­face.

Ac­cord­ing to Christo­pher, they’ve ac­tu­ally been on tour to­gether sev­eral times and “phys­i­cally wrote all the songs to­gether” for his pre­vi­ous al­bum, Told You So.

“Bran­don and I are re­ally close friends, and we’ve known each other for eight years now,” he said. “He’s just such a tal­ented writer and such a fun dude to be around, and [es­pe­cially] in the cre­ative process, it’s re­ally cool to just sur­round your­self with peo­ple [who bring] the best out of you …

“And for Bran­don, he re­ally gets the best out of me, and I feel like I’m the best ver­sion of my­self in the stu­dio when [he’s around].”

De­spite his cur­rent suc­cess, Christo­pher is not rest­ing on his lau­rels. Dur­ing his short visit here, the pop singer made an ap­pear­ance on lo­cal re­al­ity TV se­ries Akademi Fan­ta­sia to per­form I Won’t Let You Down live.

Apart from Malaysia, his pro­mo­tional tour in the re­gion also in­cludes Thai­land, the Philip­pines, Hong Kong and a six­city head­line tour in China.

AMIRUL SYAFIQ MOHD DIN/ THESUN

The mu­sic man ... (left and above) Christo­pher per­form­ing songs from his lat­est al­bum at his re­cent show­case in Brick­fields Asia Col­lege.

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