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THE GUY FROM SIMPANG LIMA
Australian Idol, Guy Sebastian,
is in town on a promotional tour. I caught up with him for dinner at the misleadingly
named 'Spices' restaurant. We both thought it serves Indian or local cuisine but
were fed some fine funky fusion food instead. Despite his unconsummated cravings
for satay, the humble lad from Klang shared some of his thoughts on a wide range
of topics; from piracy to babes
Do you know what's a blog or blogging?
Blog? What's a blog?
Eh, never mind, let's move on
What do you personally feel about music piracy?
When I was in Philippines, I saw a lot of people who love music but not all of
them have enough money to spend, say 500 pesos, on a CD. Sometimes I feel even
though it is illegal, it provides a chance for people who are unfortunate enough
not to have that kind of money to have a chance to listen to your music. I guess
if people are listening to it, enjoying the music, if they're touched by it, that's
what matters. As a record company you are probably not too happy, but as an artiste
you think more people are listening to your music and that's cool.
Did you come across any of your stuff pirated when you went shopping earlier,
here in KL?
I was at a shopping complex in the Bukit Bintang area, and I was staring at my
own (pirated) album and this guy, the shopkeeper, looked at me and said "Oh
no!" In the end he asked me to autograph a copy [laughs].
What do you think of people sharing music online?
You know, I have done it myself, so I can't really complain
Seriously, it is the same thing you know, good in one way and bad in another.
It will be quite unfortunate when stuff becomes so accessible that people don't
buy records anymore. All it's going to do is reduce the amount of talent that's
out there. It is going to make it impossible for people with talent to be able
to make a living. It's all about supporting music. I used to kind of download
stuff but when I saw my own CDs in the stores, it changed my whole perspective.
What's with the Afro hairstyle?
Actually started as laziness; I was at uni, working a couple of jobs and trying
to afford a studio. So I just couldn't be bothered wasting money on a haircut.
Since it has become my 'thing', they won't let me cut even though I can afford
Which part of Klang were you from and do you have any recollections since you
migrated at an early age?
I was from Simpang Lima and I can remember only the playground, stray dogs and
After, seventeen or eighteen years in Australia, do you now hate durians?
No, I love durians! And rambutans too [correctly pronounced].
Do you speak any Bahasa Malaysia now?
No, only a few words
Terima kasih, apa khabar, nasi lemak, satay,
ha ha ha
You mentioned that you have your own home studio. Did you get to incorporate some
of your original and earlier work into this current album?
My second single, "All I Need Is You", is one of the songs I wrote about
a year and a half before Idol
Speaking of which, who's the babe in that music video?
She's actually the director's brother's girlfriend. So she was taken unfortunately
What do you think of Malaysian women?
They're hot, very good looking.
You may have noticed that there are now plenty of Malaysian women who dye or tint
their hair, what do you think of this fad?
I don't know, I'm not a huge fan of that. I think Asian women need to have black
hair. I mean maybe brown, but blonde? Something's not right.
Tell me something about your upcoming second album.
It's coming along really well. I got to write with Brian McKnight and a whole
bunch of other people. There's some really beautiful ballads in there and the
up stuff is kind of 70's funk mixed with some kind of disco sounds. I think it's
cool and it's fresh.
Boleh cari makan sekarang?
Yeah, I've got my money now, but I'll be a liar if I say money isn't important.
It's not the reason why I do my music but the money never hurts [laughs].
Any advice for our Malaysian Idol aspirants?
GS: Just always
keep it about the music, stay focused and keep your feet grounded 'cause they
can all go in one second. At the same time, take risks; don't do 'safe' songs.
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