Introducing the exciting newcomer, formerly from Chinese mega boy group Mr.TyGER.
A ballroom. A film noir-esque deserted street. A shuddering blue pool of water. Since they made their debut back in 2018 with their highly-anticipated album To The Future, mega five-piece boy group Mr.TyGER have been making waves due to their watertight visuals, heart-palpitating choreography and slick R&B-meets-hip-hop sound.
One of the group’s formidable members JiaYi has broken out on his own with two EPs so far: “Bomba” and “Unusual” – as well as making exciting forays into the acting world.
We caught up with the newcomer of note and talked about early beginnings, inspirations and his work in the fashion industry…
Tell me about the moment you first realised you wanted to do music?
During my middle school years I loved to listen to music, Jay Chou’s song “Barley Aroma” (Dao Xiang) had a huge influence on me and it gave me the motivation and dream of being a singer.
Who did you grow up listening to?
Jay Chou, I listen to his classics all the time.
How has your Chinese roots affected the music you make?
Chinese cultural elements are really classic and historical, especially with the traditional instruments like Chinese Zither, Recorder that has a really unique sound. When these elements are added to music, we open up so many possibilities and fun, so I would love to fuse more Chinese music into my music in the future.
Who would you love to collaborate with?
Where did you get inspiration for “Bomba” and “Unusual” from?
From the anticipation and the pursuit of dream, and I am really grateful to my fans. I hope my work can bring joy to the audiences, fuel them to pursuit their dreams.
You’re really involved in the fashion industry, what’s been your highlight?
At Paris fashion week, where there is endless possibilities to try new styles and pieces, even things that are moving forward normal daily looks, it’s such great fun. I feel really rewarded and satisfied when I get to choose a look myself which fully expresses what is me.
You’ve also made a foray into acting – what do you love about crossing over from singing?
Acting is a brand new territory for me, really thrilling and challenging at the same time. I have the mind set of trying new things when I can, also I think I am quite talented in acting.
What’s next for you/what are you excited for?
To put out more music and to perform on bigger stages.
I am excited to go to Thailand, I have always wanted to but finally got the chance to. And I want to ultimately visit space in the future, maybe not next year though.