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Singapore actor Desmond Tan shares his thoughts on making his musical debut with the single “We’re Still Friends”, and being part of a boy band called the Angel Boyz in secondary school.
SINGAPORE: “Life is short. Not now, when?”
That is one of the guiding philosophies in life for Singapore actor Desmond Tan, and it’s also what pushed him to record his debut single recently.
Tan's new single “We’re Still Friends”, will be released over MediaCorp’s online music portal MeRadio.sg next month.
The 26-year-old actor revealed that he had been heavily involved in its creation, and had shared a lot of his personal stories with the composer as well as lyricist, to ensure that the result was a deeply personal song.
“I have been in love with music since I was young, and always dreamed of using my own music to tell my stories and my views about different aspects of life,” said Tan in a recent interview.
Desmond and the Angel Boyz
Tan said his love affair with music started a long time ago, and that he had actually been in a band when he was still in secondary school, a little boy band called the Angel Boyz.
“I formed Angel Boyz with four other fellow scouts when I was in my secondary school.
“My scout group occasionally had campfires at other schools and was required to put up performances during the campfires."
“The five of us who loved singing and performing decided to start a band to quench our thirst for performing,” explained Tan.
“We were quite a hit among the girl guides at the campfires back then as well as [with the] girls from our school.
“We had girl guides screaming when we performed and some of them rushed to the stage for our self-made posters!”
“Yes, self-made posters! And it was hand-drawn by me and duplicated in school. I wonder if anyone on earth still owns them,” said Tan with a laugh.
How not to name a boy band
As boy band names go, Angel Boyz is pretty mediocre, but Tan explained that they actually drew part of the name from well-known boy bands like Boyzone and Backstreet Boys.
He said the band felt “boy” was a “must-have word” in boy band names, and decided to add the “Z” at the end because they didn’t want to sound mainstream.
It was a decision Tan personally regrets to this day, because it made the name sound “terribly cheesy”.
“And why the word ‘Angel’? I can’t quite remember why but I think it’s because we thought it was cool,” said Tan.
They may have a “terribly cheesy” name, but the Angel Boyz managed to snag a rare honour.
“One of the most memorable performances was to perform for Mr Lee Hsien Loong who was still Deputy Prime Minister [at the time].
“We still joke that he was blessed by our performance because he was promoted to our Prime Minister soon after that performance,” said Tan.
Apart from his new single, Tan has also recorded a remix of “Loving Touch”, a song made famous by the 1995 telemovie “Cupid Love”, as part of the celebrations to mark the 50th anniversary of local television.
Tan believes the new version of “Loving Touch”, which contains elements of Swing and Soft-Rock, will be “sexier than the original” though he concedes “there is a certain level of pressure to sing an all-time favorite local classic”.
While music seems to be playing a bigger part in his life now, Tan expressed that he still deeply enjoys acting.
But which does he like more, acting or music?
“I have no idea at the moment.” said Tan.
“I wish I would never need to choose only one of them.”