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Rocker Shin plans switch to "healing rock"

TAIWAN singer songwriter Shin, famous for his super high-pitched voice, recently opened the grassroots Chinese singing competition, Bud Music Kingdom, in Shanghai's Metro City in Xujiahui.

The winner of the Budweiser beer singing competition in November will have a chance to go to the 53rd Grammy Awards on February 13 in Los Angeles along with Shin.

Shin, one of Taiwan's best-known artists, first studied drama in college but switched to music and majored in singing.

The young man from Taipei sang in pubs for 10 years and later formed a band, Shin, playing vintage rock with Chris, Michael and Tomi. Since their debut album "Shin" in 2002, Shin has had a number hits especially popular in karaoke, including "Love Beyond Death," "Goodbye Song," "One Night in Beijing," and "The End of the World."

Shin resumed his solo career in 2007. His latest album "Take a Chance on Me" was released last November and debuted at No. 3 on G-music Mandarin Chart and hit No. 1 on its 48th week.

He sat down for a chat with Shanghai Daily.

Q: Do you see an opporunity to enter the Western music market?

A: Speaking of going West, it is very challenging, but having dreams is always beneficial for me.

Q: Will you release an English album?

A: What a good idea. I once wrote a song called "Summer in Britain" and visited Britain last month, which will surely inspire me.

But before that, I want to let the foreigners learn how to make a distinction between Chinese, Thai people, Koreans and Japanese. They call all of us Asians.

Q: What's your schedule?

A: I am preparing my new album, which will hit the street anytime. There's plan for a world tour as well.

Q: It has been three years since you went solo. Do you feel lonely facing the difficulties and challenges of the entertainment industry alone?

A: No, it is no longer a problem for me. Within three years, I experienced a lot that enables me to face these issues by myself. I have to handle lots of people in my career.

Sometimes I feel out-numbered, which makes me want to be alone for a few hours. But work is on the top of my list and I am trying to enjoy it, to achieve my goals and keep hoping for vacations.

Q: You have said there will be a slight change in your rock style? How do you describe it?

A: Most of the time, rock expresses feelings of anger, determination to change and personal release. But the situation has changed and nowadays few people want to listen to angry people giving vent. A feeling of caring is more essential. I hope my music can bring my audience into deep meditation, thinking how to take care of others, how to establish a warm and harmonious society.

Q: How do you like "healing rock" as the name of your new music style?

A: I like it but it means I have more work to do.


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