Boy meets guitar

PUBLISHED : Friday, 25 May, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 25 May, 2012, 12:00am

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Real name: David Choi
Hometown: California, US
Star sign: Pisces
Chinese zodiac: Tiger
Albums: Only You (2008), By My Side (2010), Forever and Ever (2011)

This is my ... second time in Hong Kong. The last time I was here [in June], it was only for one night.

This time I ... went to Tsim Sha Tsui and the harbour. I got to try a bunch of different food and desserts. I had this egg waffle [gai daan tsai]. It's so good. And I had some hotpot, too.

The first stop on the Forever and Ever tour was ... Singapore. Then I did [three cities in] Australia. After that, I did Jakarta, Manila, Kuala Lumpur, here, Korea and then Japan. The total time would be almost two months.

For Wednesday night's show ... I got to play some of my new songs. I had a band this time, too. I usually perform solo - just me and my guitar - but this was my first time having a band on tour in Asia. I think it makes the songs come alive a little more.

Back in the States ... I'm pretty much managing myself. I'm doing everything indie. It's definitely a lot of work - but I have a lot of control, so I like that. The CD covers, I got my friend to do them. I can't draw. I draw like a three-year-old.

During Linsanity ... I spent hours looking at YouTube videos of him just shooting and stuff ... I would watch him play all the time. Then he got hurt and I just stopped watching basketball.

My musical style is ... always changing. Just based on the music you listen to [at a given time], it definitely influences you. I'd say it got more oldies-sounding because I listen to a lot of music from the '60s and '70s.

I write most of my songs ... in my bedroom. It's usually around four in the morning or when I'm really tired. It's just easier for me. But I can write during the day, too.

I was never really good ... at school. Even if I tried, there would be kids who would read a book once and they'd get an A+ on a test. I would read it 10 times and I still wouldn't get it.

In the back of my parents' minds ... I'm sure they wanted me to be a doctor or a lawyer, just like any other parent. But because my dad is a musician, I think he kind of understood my passion [for music].

I'm never really 100 per cent ... satisfied with my performance. You only get one chance on stage. There's no rewind button. Sometimes I see my stuff up on YouTube, I watch it and I'm like, 'Oh, it sounds so bad'.

I consider a successful show ... one where I don't mess up as much. But I guess people enjoy it when I mess up sometimes because it makes it more fun.