All grown up: Victor Wong shares stories of Adulthood
Being an adult has taken on a new meaning for Victor Wong Pin Guan.
The 43-year-old Taiwan-based Malaysian singer celebrates 20 years in show business this year, and is the proud father of a one-year-old daughter and a two-year-old son.
He also recently released his latest album, Adulthood, which he says is like a look back at his younger days.
“The older you get, the more you wish you were a kid again!” he said during the launch of the album in Kuala Lumpur recently.
Wong made his debut in the music scene in 1995, forming musical duo Michael And Victor together with Michael Wong Guang Liang.
After releasing their debut album, Zhang Xin (Palm), they moved to Taiwan to further their careers. There, their crisp, clear, and harmonious singing style and melodious songs proved to be huge hits, and even after the duo split up in 2000, both members have enjoyed successful solo careers.
Wong in particular, has released 10 albums to date, and even dabbled in some acting as well.
During a one-on-one interview after the album launch, the bespectacled singer looked back at his career and talked about how much things have changed for him.
1. Your new album is called Adulthood. What does being an adult mean to you?
I’m still learning how to be an adult! When I saw my kids being born, I was wondering where my youth had gone to!
At my age, I have enough experiences that I don’t have to waste a lot of time doing things, compared to when I was 20 years old, when I was still learning and finding my way.
2. You’ve been in the industry for 20 years now. What would the Victor Wong now say to the Victor Wong 20 years ago?
I would say, “Thank you, you made the right decision!”
I’m not the sort of person who would regret my decisions. I am willing to take on any consequences my decisions lead to, no matter good or bad.
Like when you are choosing your career, your lifetime partner, or how many children you want. Once you’ve made your decisions, don’t look back.
3. Now that you’re a father, what kind of adult do you want your children to see you as, and would you encourage them to become musicians as well?
Of course, I want to be a good role model for my children. But I have to lead by example. If I want them to wake up early, then I have to wake up early myself. I try to put myself as a friend to them, to guide them along as they grow up.
Even now, I can see that they do have an interest in music, so if they want to go into music in the future, at least I can help to guide them and give them a good learning environment. If they want to learn any instruments, I would also encourage them.
4. Speaking of music, how has your musical career evolved throughout these 20 years?
Every time I work on an album, people would be asking me if I want to change anything. But I prefer to focus on what I am good at, and polish that further to make it even better.
In this line, you need to have the passion, and you need the support of your fans. Without their support, I would have no reason to keep making music.
That’s why there are some songs in the album that are also dedicated to my fans.
5. Do you foresee yourself lasting another 10 years, and what do you plan to do during your 30th anniversary then?
I would be 53 years old then, and I would be very proud of myself because I lasted that long!
Actually, after I passed 15 years, I could already see myself lasting 20, 25, 30 years. I’m already past the point of wondering, “How long can I continue being a singer?”
Now, as long as I want to keep singing, I will. Maybe I might stop making albums, but I will still continue performing, because it makes me happy and contented.