The charming boy-next-door Sezairi Sezali didn’t rest on his laurels nor stop his musical journey when he won the Singapore Idol in 2009. After debuting with his album Take Two in June 2010 and topping the charts for a while, he took more time to craft his second opus. Sezairi released his new single, “Sayang”, on August 6th – his birthday too – and will uncover his new album later this year. His creativity pushed him to explore new channels, and since April 2013, he’s been posting the ongoing series Room To Breathe on YouTube, documenting his travels across the world – Maldives, Russia, and more.
Don’t miss Sezairi’s upcoming performances on September 6th during the TV program “Fiesta Muzik” on Suria (Singapore) and simulcast on TVRI (Indonesia), then live at 1 World Music Festival on September 21st. But before that, read about his past, current and upcoming challenges.
Music Weekly Asia: Do you still draw on the lessons learnt from the judges’ comments on Idol?
Sezairi Sezali: Every single day. I’ve always seen their comments as constructive criticism, although I have to admit, after a nerve wracking performance, you barely pay attention to what they have to say. Most of the times my mind went “tralalalalaa” haha.
Did you feel more pressure with the new direction of having self-written and self-produced your new material, especially after the chart topping success of your first album?
I think every artist should feel pressure in whatever new project they’re taking on. But that being said and despite the pressure, I feel a sense of liberation and freedom. It’s exciting to finally come into my own and take a step further into developing and finding my own sound.
You take your fans country-hopping with you with RoomToBreathe. How did the idea for this concept evolve?
It started out being a vessel to promote current songs and let the fans have a first listen to upcoming ones. But as the episodes went on, we took the camera along with us and things started changing, everyone started getting more comfortable on camera and eventually the fans got to see how we (my band) are in our natural state. I think that made the videos more personable and revealing instead of “put up”. Basically the videos evolved due to work/performance obligations and necessity.
What can we expect from your upcoming live shows?
A whole lineup of new songs that will eventually make its way to the next EP that I will be producing : )
Where do you see yourself in five years?
Hopefully tired from endless touring and still writing music. I’d like to produce other artists by that time as well.