Sezairi recalls impressing Taylor Swift, Jay Park and Apl.de.ap

The Singapore Idol winner, who just released brand new single ‘70’s’, says he loves being a married man

Sezairi recalls impressing Taylor Swift, Jay Park and Apl.de.ap

Photos: Tammi Tan
Video: Genice Ooi, Goh Wen Kai

Singapore Idol Season 3 winner Sezairi Sezali may have been born in the wrong decade.

“I wish I could have been a teenager in the 70’s,” said the 29-year-old in an interview with Toggle yesterday. “It was an era of so many new ideas – think about watching Star Wars on the big screen for the first time without knowing how spaceships looked like before!”

He added that the whole creative vibe of that period is something he can relate to, as he was pretty much weaned on the music of the 70’s and 80’s thanks to an audiophile dad. This is why it isn’t surprising that his latest single ‘70’s’, as well as his last one ‘Fire to the Floor’, sound like they fit right in with the tunes of that time.

“I’m not trying to tie [my songs] down to any particular era, but I personally love throwback music,” he clarified. “Jimi Hendrix, Michael Jackson, all the earlier funk, disco-type stuff – that was the kind of music I grew up with.”

But of course, being a 90’s kid in actuality, Sezairi also “went the Westlife route,” and confessed to being a fan of the Backstreet Boys, NSYNC, and “all the other things people used to tell you were crap” (but he still loved them anyway). These days, however, he has a surprising guilty pleasure: meditative and classical music, which he uses to “refresh” his brain.

Sezairi recalls impressing Taylor Swift, Jay Park and Apl.de.ap

Listeners can also look forward to a music video for ‘70’s’ in the coming weeks, which Sezairi dubbed “one of the most fun music videos” he’s done (“It basically has people turning into cats”). And that’s not all: a new EP is potentially in the works, depending on his satisfaction with the quality of the songs he is or will be writing.

An acting gig in a Toggle Originals series is also in the pipeline, although he can’t divulge any more details. On the other hand, plans to start a family with his wife Syaza Qistina Tan, whom he married in January last year, won’t happen any time soon.

“I think to some extent, you need to go through certain things in life before becoming a parent,” he mused. “Not everyone gets to ready themselves [for kids], but I have that luxury, and I want to slowly discover what sort of father I’m going to be and how I want to raise my children in this weird world right now. (laughs)”


Read on as Sezairi tells us about life as a married man, his cool encounters with music megastars, and more:

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