|Meet a Malaysian who is an upcoming K-Pop star|
So how did it all begin?
Back in 2004, I began as a dancer. Then I went on to manage well-known local artistes for about two years, from 2005 to 7. Maybe managing all these singers must have rubbed on me, for the next year, 2008, I made my debut. I took on the stage name Dior, yep, the same as that famous fashion designer. I just love that brand and even before I fully entered the entertainment scene, friends have been calling me ¡®DIOR.¡± Since 2003 actually!
So I made my start with only a single entitled Mengharap Sinarwhich could loosely be called a Java Pop Dance number. It was produced under my own company: Diovulus Entertainment. You could say it was a one-man show – composing the song, getting media coverage, handling promotions – the whole works! (Breaks into a long drawn laugh).
I was certainly lucky to have made it to the semi-finals of the Malaysian Song Awards,TV3. This was in November 2008 and it lifted my name to the level of a solo contemporary pop dance singer. Since then I have launched one single each year plus some special projects with some other artistes.
In fact, I have just launched Baby I Need You. A mini-album, it carries four songs in the following languages – Malay, English, Chinese and Korean! You heard me right – also Korean! We also took a music video.in support of the album..
As for my personal life, nothing much to say except that I¡¯ll be 29 this year, being born on September 29,1983. I grew up in Kuala Lumpur. And out of six siblings. I¡¯m number five.
When did you start singing Korean songs? What is your relationship with Geum Hong?
I started to have a liking for K-POP songs since 2008. Thanks to groups like TVXQ. They really grabbed my attention. I also began to study the Malaysian market¡¯s music preference and where K-POP stood.
Things went to a higher level when I composed and released our country¡¯s first Malay-Korean song called Pergi (Seung Jon), in January 2010. Next I browsed through the Internet to gauge what kind of song I should sing in you.tube for our Korean expatriates here. I then, then came across TROT and found their song so entertaining, I started to practice on my own. I must thank Mr.So from the Korean Society Malaysia for helping with my pronunciation. But more important, he gave me an opening to sing Pergi at the Korean Festival 2010 in Ampang. I managed to draw much attention and soon had other offers coming my way. KMT Trading was one of the earliest. My big break came, you could say, when Mr.Yoo, a major importer, invited me to sing at the launch of their popular ginseng brand, Geumhong at Sungai Wang. Since then we have become more or less family!
You gave an impressive performance at the Korean Festival in Ampang with "Mu-Jo-Ggeun, " making listeners laugh with happiness. So do you speak Korean or learning it?
Hehehe!. I am so glad people love my performance .I know it¡¯s weird for a Malay to sing a Korean TROT song, but that¡¯s what makes me different. You know ever since that day and right until now, I have kept singing Mu-Jo-Ggeun¡± at every event I am invited to. Better still, even our Malaysians like that song, saying it¡¯s so entertaining. I am glad I chose the right Korean song to introduce and promote to my people.
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Yours sincerely, DIOR 디요