Songwriter Jack Yeung is inspired by his students to keep creating Songwriter Jack Yeung Ka-lun (aka Yeung Yat), the former vocalist and guitarist of Wild Adam, says his role as a music teacher fuels his passion for music. 'Sometimes I want to quit [writing music] after I spend a lot of time working on a song and it draws no response. 'But when I look at my students, who are ambitious and full of dreams, my passion is rekindled,' says Yeung, who teaches music in schools as well as composing music for pop artists. 'I guess it's a cycle, from feeling discouraged to getting back on my feet again. 'Young people always give me hope: you never know what they'll achieve in the future. It's like I'm planting saplings now and some day they could grow into beautiful trees.' Yeung entered show business as a dancer after secondary school and then turned to music. 'In the end I chose music because I felt being a musician could be a long-term career. Dancers can get injured, and when they grow older their body becomes weaker,' says Yeung, who played the guitar and won several singing contests as a teenager. Yeung then took a stab at songwriting in his church, penning a couple of songs for a stage production. His work was recognised by a social worker who helped get Yeung to perform in various public shows. In 2001, Yeung became a member of Wild Adam, a now-defunct local rock band. His talents quickly attracted the attention of a subsidiary branch of a major music company, which then signed him as a songwriter. But it wasn't all rosy: while some independent labels like 89268, that had supported Wild Adam, dismissed his new songs as mere pop, the mainstream music industry found his work too alternative for their liking. 'It's impossible for a songwriter to produce hit songs immediately. Many composers have drafts of 200 to 300 songs sitting in a drawer. You need to give yourself time to adjust. You also need luck for a song to become a hit,' says Yeung. For instance, if a song ends up in the hands of an unpopular singer, or one who is going through a difficult patch, the song will suffer. 'Sometimes I think I've penned a hit song but it turns out to be a side track [on an album]. Sometimes I think a song is just average and it turns out to be a hit,' he adds. In addition to the fickle nature of the music business, Yeung found himself drifting further and further away from his band mates as he struggled to balance the interests of Wild Adam and his own songwriting career. By 2006, the band had stopped performing. 'I always tell my students that playing in a band means playing music with other people. Different people have different opinions and there will always be a conflict of interests,' says Yeung. 'It's rare for a band to exist for more than four or five years. You also have to do different things at different stages of your life.' Now Yeung is looking forward to a project that is close to his heart: forming a music duo with his sister who has a beautiful voice. Yeung, who plays the saxophone in his spare time, admits music's hold on him is too strong to give up, despite the problems. 'Music is something you can treasure forever. Material things will decay and even a loving couple may divorce one day. 'But as long as I can still move my fingers, I'll play music - even when I'm 90.'