Hong Kong is the biggest small town in which I have ever lived. For
a city of 7 million people, it's amazing how often you run into people
you know on the street; what's even more amazing is when you meet
someone cool who all your friends know, but you didn't. And musician
and music producer Anton Wong falls smack into that category.
I remember superstar guitarist
asking me to come meet the new band that he was putting together and to
talk to a music producer who was helping them out - Anton. We ended up
talking about a million things that night, but most of it seemed to
revolve back to 80's metal and pop.
Anton's wide ranging taste in music paired with his encyclopedic
knowledge is something I am perpetually fascinated with and the fact
that he also a talented musician in his own right is doubly cool. I
have the honor of having the fantastically paced, instantly likable
sounds of "LoveSong Sing It" end
LUMINA Webisode 6: Windows.
One of these days I'm going to write a screenplay that's going to be
ripe for lots of guitar driven dance music and I'm going to deck it out
with Anton's songs.
LUMINA writer/director Jen Thym sits down with Hong Kong music producer & musician Anton Wong for an exclusive interview:
JT: How long have you been writing, creating and
producing music? Was there a particular moment in your life when you
realised you wanted to be a musician?
Anton: I don't remember exactly how long. I've always been
playing guitars and piano since I was a kid. The writing part came
more naturally when a few years ago, one day, I woke up and realized I
had something to say to the world. And my message wasn't entirely
what's already been told before.
JT: What inspired you to write "LoveSong Sing It"? Tell us a little about the music video for it.
Anton: "LoveSong Sing It" is a tiny bit biographical, and a tiny bit inspired by this old film
Lunes De Fiel
by Roman Polanski. The story is really about dysfunctional
relationships, and how people get badly hurt by them, whether
physically or mentally. Quite often those who inflict pain are hardly
even aware that they are inflicting pain on others. Some of my friends
think it is a realistic portrayal of modern love.
JT: Name the top five artists that you want to produce an album for.
I would love to produce Imogen Heep, Chemical Brothers, Marilyn Manson,
Muse, N.E.R.D. Basically people who I enjoy musically, and who I think
would be interesting to produce because you just know their creative
process has to be killer awesome.
JT: Who are your favorite up and coming artists? What's your advice for young musicians in Hong Kong?
Anton: Assuming you're talking about the local bands around here. I really enjoy the following:
- They are pretty much a Brit-pop style band. While I don't listen to
Brit-pop day and night, I like the fact that their songs are
intricately arranged, well-rehearsed, and they just sound great live.
I can go on and on about how Rocky sings well and how Gould is the most
entertaining drummer to watch. But the most important thing is, these
guys are not doing pop because they're not technical enough to do metal
(which is often the case in Hong Kong). They've made a conscious
choice on their genre and did a kick ass job at it.
- People either love them or hate them - or love the songs but hate
their in-your-face self-promoting ways. But being loud mouth and
pompous is what makes rock'n'roll so much fun. And these guys ROCK
defunct) - I don't think too many people have seen them play. But I
really thought this band had found an angle. They looked the part.
They're a metal band but their sound was unique - with songs and
arrangements that are memorable yet fresh. I kept wanting to hear more
- These guys do electronic band music. They suffer quite a bit from
the inconsistent live mixing job that's commonplace at the venues in
Hong Kong. Because sonic quality is such a big part of electronic
music, the crappy live house mixing jobs make them sound totally
different everytime they play a gig. But if you listen to their studio
recorded tracks, you'd be amazed by how insanely creative they are,
while keeping the songs very listenable. They will be opening for Roni
Size when he comes to Hong Kong in Novermber. Enough said.
Sajid & the Lost Boys
- Sajid is a very eloquent singer songwriter. His studio tracks are
very good but they do not give you even a hint of how captivating his
live performance can be. His songs are mesmerizing, without getting
Advice: Musicians, even indie musicians, are nonetheless
entertainers. Define who your audience is, find them, and give them
what they want.
JT:Tell us your plans for the future - any new songs or albums coming out?
Anton: Trying to work together with a few guys from some
of the bands mentioned above, and put out a kick ass electronica
album. The music will hopefully defy geographic boundaries.
JT: Thanks for the interview Anton! You can follow Anton Wong on his
AlivenotDead blog and the song "LoveSong Sing It" will be available on
Log in to alivenotdead.com with one of these trusted providers
NOTE: Users of the original website please Click here to reactivate your account.
New users - Join the alivenotdead.comcommunity instantly by confirming your identity with a trusted authentication service.
Returning users - Please use with the same authentication service to login to your alivenotdead.com account.
First time users can create a new account from scratch by authenticate using any of the following trusted services:
WARNING: If you disconnect all your social media accounts your profile will be locked and you will not be able to access it again. If you want to keep your page, please add another social media account and then remove this one.
If you understand the risks, click this box to deauthorize your account.