“You jump, I jump.”
It may sound like dialogue from the movie Titanic. In fact, this exchange followed an informal ‘pact’ famed producer Lin Wei-tse made with singer Eason Chan, that Lin would be the first to jump into the ocean if Chan did not win any award at this year’s upcoming Taiwan Golden Melody Awards.
If Lin jumped, so would he, said Chan, 35, who was recently in Singapore to promote the album and to participate at the Ren Ci Charity Show.
The pair’s pact only goes to show that they both were confident and proud of Chan’s latest Mandarin album 5th Floor’s Happiness.
Describing his collaboration with Lin, Chan is all praises. Other than being talented, Lin is also an easy-going person and that makes him someone very comfortable to work with, he said.
“At times when I didn’t feel that I was in my best condition, I would suggest taking a break and he will be like ‘Ok, why not?’” said Chan.
“There was this one time when I wasn’t feeling up to it (recording), due to a bad night’s sleep and decided to just listen to what was recorded the previous day.
“We chatted, surfed the Internet and also had some wine. Feeling a little tipsy after a small glass, I felt like singing the song Nothing Ever Happened from the album.
“He suggested that we do a ‘karaoke session’ where I was only to sing each song once. We ended up using a lot of takes from that session.”
In this latest album, Eason also collaborated with many other artistes, including Sodagreen, Mavis Fan and Singapore’s Tanya Chua.
He said that he felt one of the big challenges for him was to break free from sounding too much like his collaborators, because they were all amazing artistes in their own right.
Especially for the track 多少 (literally, How Many) that Tanya Chua wrote, he still feels today that her demo was better than the version he did for the album.
Sharing with reporters that he is someone who is more sentimental rather than quirky, Eason also shared his thoughts on the originally unplanned song For You (給你), which he wrote impromptu for the album.
“I felt that the earth had been taking a beating all these years and (we, the people) have not been taking good care of this planet. It’s kind of like a song to bless the earth.”
“The ‘you’ in the song to me represents a belief. I hope that this song can impart some positivity and love in difficult times.”
There will be good times ahead for Chan's fans, as he goes on tour this year. He is reportedly going on tour for a series of concerts in Hong Kong.
Could he be sporting a new look by then? Chan said his recently completed Cantonese EP, expected to be released in March, will feature refreshing styling.
“It will be kind of a surprise. I don’t think anyone will be able to recognise me!”