Welcome to Kick Acts. Tell us a little about yourself and your band and where you can be found at on the web.
Thanks for having me! My name is TAN, and I’m a Los Angeles based vocalist and songwriter, originally from Malaysia. I just released my debut single “Heat Wave“ which I collaborated with producer Mario Marchetti (Demi Lovato, Jennifer Lopez ) and Grammy winning engineer Evren Göknar (The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Mariah Carey) and it’s now on iTunes and Amazon. You can find me on Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/tanofficialmusic, Twitter – https://twitter.com/tanrealmusic and I also love posting random stuff on my Instagram – http://instagram.com/tanofficial
Who are your musical heroes, influences & why?
I’ve always been a huge fan of pop and rock music. Simple Plan was my favorite band during my high school years; they inspired me to pick up my guitar and write a song whenever I needed to express myself.
Do you have any advice for someone just getting started in playing music? Any pitfalls they should avoid?
Learn about music business because I think it is just as important as music theory. Always stay humble no matter what.
Do you have a greatest gig story you’d like to share?
Well I had my debut TV appearance when I was 10 on Astro Kids Talent Quest, (Season 1) which is Malaysia’s version of Star Search. I’ll never forget the attention I got from my friends and teachers at school at that time haha
On the same token as the above question. How about a “worst gig” ever story.
One time there were a lot of drunk people and some of them were showing me how to sing while I was performing. So… I never went back to that venue again lol
Do you have any other hobbies other than playing music? Collect stamps? Collect hats from off the side of the road? Draw pictures of boobs?
I really like to collect guitar picks because I know for a fact that they wouldn’t cost me a fortune haha
What do you think about the present music scene or lack of?
I don’t think that the present music scene is lacking anything. Music is art and there’s really no right and wrong.
Tell us something about you that we wouldn’t expect to hear… (Like their hobbies or something like that)
Mmm I don’t know…Well I guess I should tell you guys about my guilty pleasure, which is eating before going to bed every night haha
Hypothetical situation. You’re stranded on Gilligan’s island and you get to hook up with only one of the girls. Is it Ginger, Mary Ann or Mrs. Howell and why?
Well I don’t really want to imagine myself stranded on an island but the answer is Mary Ann. lol
Our last question is called “Shout It Out Loud”. It’s where you get to talk about whatever you want to talk about. So go ahead and “SHOUT IT OUT LOUD”
Thanks guys for having me! Be sure to download “Heat Wave” on iTunes and be on the look out for the music video coming soon.
Follow me, my music and my random lifestyle on Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/tanofficialmusic, Twitter – https://twitter.com/tanrealmusic and I also love posting random stuffs on my Instagram – http://instagram.com/tanofficial