If Yoga Lin ever decides to quit his singing career, he has the option of becoming a shampoo brand ambassador.
The Taiwanese singer-songwriter has been keeping his hair long, and he is not shy about his crowning glory: “The quality of my hair is superb and I want everyone to see it.”
Unfortunately for him, no one has stepped forward to appreciate his locks, and that is because “those companies cannot recognise quality hair”, he added, brandishing his deadpan humour.
Will he find a brand to endorse during his upcoming performance at the Sundown Festival 2013 on 16 November? We have no idea. But Lin is definitely excited about the natural special effects that come with long locks.
“Especially with outdoor concerts, the wind will blow through it, a ‘flowingeffect’, like in shampoo commercials,” he said in a phone interview with inSing from Taipei.
His responses may leave you scratching your heads, but that is the intended effect. We think.
WHO IS YOGA?
Lin, 26, shot to fame after winning a reality-singing competition, ‘One Million Star’, in Taiwan in 2007.
He is known for his wide vocal range and unique singing styles. and Lin sees himself as an indie singer.
He has released five albums to date, and gone on two world tours with his bag of hit songs that include ‘The One I Love’, ‘Freedom’, ‘Mystery Guest’, and ‘Wake Up’.
MUSIC NOT THE FOOD OF LOVE
While Lin may be quite the crooner, the eccentric singer does not get his inspiration from being in love.
“When people are in love, they are too preoccupied with romance to create anything at all even if they are inspired,” he said.
Though he is not advocating that one should shy away from love.
“Falling in love is still good, it makes people happy, everyone should fall in love,” he added, pointing out that music is fed by many other things besides love.
“Music should not just be an outlet for emotions, though that is one outlet. More than that, it should amplify your existence, and create meaning for what life means to you.”
ELUSIVE ABOUT PERSONAL LIFE
Lin, who has been in the industry for six years, remains elusive about details of his personal life, saying they are “secrets”.
When asked about his breakthrough in music, the singer deflects the question, preferring to talk more about his plans in a more philosophical sense, saying that “plans are often not in pace with changes”.
In the coming years, he hopes that music will not become a kind of “burden” to him.
“My work should be a reflection of my changing identity… I am still finding my way around.”
He admitted feeling weary at certain points in his singing career, and in expressing his struggles, Lin collaborated with Taiwanese writer Wan Jin in July this year to write a novel titled ‘We’ve Met Before’, about his experiences and to reflect on what he has been through, through a character called “L”.
“There isn’t really an avenue for me to talk about my personal life as a celebrity. Even if they do, it is seen as something sensational. ..It will just come across as a publicity stunt,” Lin told inSing.
LONGING FOR SOMETHING DIFFERENT
For the Chinese music industry, he would like to see more improvements and said during the interview that he finds inspiration in western productions, especially those in which music is made “by thinking out of the box”.
One of his favourite shows is ‘Les Concerts ah Emporter, La Blogotheque's’, a French reality programme, where musicians perform in improvised situations, making do with what they have.
“Because there is nothing sophisticated with what they have, what is produced at the end of the day is a raw portrayal of the musician’s potential.”
Lin added that markets such as Taiwan and Singapore are well poised to develop the Chinese music scene in this direction.
“There should be a crossover of sorts where talents can bounce ideas off each other and think of new ways to create music.”
NOT WHAT YOU THINK IT IS
To maintain his stamina for work, Lin takes his health seriously. He runs and cycles, preferring to do them at night away from the harsh effects of the sun.
And corny as it is, we had to ask: Does he do yoga, and if so, what is his favourite pose?
“I like to hang my hands through two hoops in the air, and hoist my legs into an “L”-shape,” he quipped, obviously making up a pose.
He explained that his name "Yoga" is derived from his Chinese name, Lin Youjia, and not from the popular form of exercise.
AN UNABASHED FAN
If there is one thing that makes the aloof singer come alive, it is talk about Singapore singer Stefanie Sun Yanzi.
“I love Sun Yanzi,” Lin said enthusiastically over the phone, a big departure in tone for the entire chat.
He disclosed that he is looking forward to her concert in Taipei next year, and that Sun is his inspiration for many things.
“I am inspired by Sun Yanzi to keep my long hair, is that not obvious? Can’t you tell at all?”
Here is hoping he inspires you to let your hair down at Sundown Festival this weekend, too.
Sundown Festival 2013 | Date: 16 November 2013 | Time: From 3pm | Venue: Marina Promenade | Tickets: $98, $138 from Sistic