SO IF you haven’t heard by now, Nat Ho, erstwhile TV actor, is now putting his stamp as a pop star. He’s announced his new EP, called Unleashed; and he’s released a music video, called Unleashed. Here’s what it looks like…
Yes, it doth looketh cooleth, doth it not? Already the kudos and the brickbats are pouring in. I don’t know about you, but I’m thinking that if he redid the song in Korean and Mandarin, he’d be a big hit over there. But hey, that’s just me.
Just check out that K-pop look!
Anyway, at the press conference on Monday, Nat said the video features “local creative geniuses” – from director Ellery Ngiam to the dancers and blink-and-you’ll-miss shot of two rather recognisable faces: Dawn Yeoh and Le Yao. And it has reknowned blogger Xiaxue – in a nurse’s uniform, no less.
It costs S$100,000 to make. And the man himself said that his bank account was whittled down to two-digits. (And trust me when I say I know how that feels.) And no, I don’t know if he had government grants to make a music video, but he did say at the press conference that he managed to get some heavyweight sponsorship. (Just check out the product placement!)
Anyway, yesterday, we got Nat into our photo studio to take some snaps of the dude. And here’s what they look like…
Yes, it’s the same guitar as the one featured here. What can I say? I love that guitar. (And it will also be featured at Timbre @ The Substation when The Fast Colors perform on April 25 – plug plug – 7pm.)
According to Nat, while the acting was great and he learnt a lot from his experience as an actor, music has always been his dream, ever since he was a wee kid, citing Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears as his fave pop icons. And of course, there will be debate about Nat’s brave step into going into music and singing in English at that.
I say brave, because (a) doing Mando-pop would have been an easier route for someone whose fan base knows him from Channel 8 shows; (b) let’s face it, no one has managed to live comfortably off making original music; and (c) Singaporeans just don’t know how to appreciate local English music (and that’s a whole new post altogether).
Anyway, I’m taking my hat off to anybody who’s willing to make music their career. Nat is the latest to hit that trail. Will that trail be long? We don’t know. But if he really makes a go of it, it will be an eventful one.