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When Narelle Kheng of local band The Sam Willows cheekily asked Korean-American YouTube sensation David Choi out for coffee on Twitter, “Eh let’s go drink kopi lei”, a confused David proceeded to ask Toggle for the meaning of the latter few non-English words.
Apparently, going out for coffee is “not really a date” to the singer-songwriter, who shunned the idea that Narelle had asked him out, saying, “I meet up with a lot of people just as friends.”
Unfortunately, the 29-year-old will not be doing much of that anytime soon. David, who is in Singapore to promote his new album Stories of You’s and Me, will be leaving Asia for Europe and continuing his tour. Despite spending little time at each location while touring, David shared in his interview with Toggle yesterday that Singapore was one of the places he could call home.
“So I asked my friend yesterday, if you could have four houses in the world, where would you choose? And I chose: LA, where I’m at right now, Hawaii, Singapore and Korea.”
Regarding moving to Singapore for good, David replied, “Who knows? It could happen, if I meet a really cool girl out here.”
While that reply might surprise many, the thought might not be so farfetched considering he’s dated in Singapore before, and even wrote a song about his date at our very own Dempsey Hill.
He explained, “Yeah, I went to Dempsey Hill and had dinner with someone, went home and wrote a song about it. If you want to find out more, just listen to the lyrics.”
Although David would not reveal the identity of his dinner date, he revealed quite a lot about his thought process on dates through the track on his album that shares the same name as the said location.
Influenced by his frequent visits to Singapore, the song is basically his idea of how a date goes, shining through lyrics like: “Let’s pick a spot that we don’t know… Twenty questions through the night… Did I mention you’re looking pretty cute?”
So has his taste in girls has changed since 2013 when he said that he would like a girl who “can converse, is nice and cute, likes dogs and gets along with people”?
“I’d say it’s similar. They need to be confident in themselves and independent… Pretty much everything I said. I’ll stick to that,” explained David.
Click to the next page to read about David’s dream collaborations and why you’ll being seeing more of him in Singapore.
Dream collaborations and future plans
David’s fourth album Stories of You’s and Me is self-produced, like all of his other albums, and features other YouTube talents like Clara C and Jason Chen.
When asked about who else he would love to collaborate with, David mentioned the current top choice amongst artistes from far and wide – American sweetheart Taylor Swift.
Additionally, he said that he wanted to work with South Korean rapper-singer Yoon Mi-rae whom he described to be a “great, great artiste of Korea” and her record producer husband Tiger JK, saying that he is “a big fan of his as well”.
David added, “I think it would be fun to write an original song with them. It’s more fun that way.”
What’s next for David after this album and tour? The singer shared, “I’ll just keep doing music, see where it leads. I’ll do music whether it’s my career or not… and maybe write another new album.”
Other shenanigans on tour
David often tries to write songs when travelling to and from countries, having written a self-proclaimed “horrible song” on the way to Singapore. He continued, “When I write a bad song, I just delete it and try to forget about it.”
The musician also enjoys practicing his people reading skills as he has a huge fascination with people and psychology. “I just really love learning about people and why they do certain things and why they behave a certain way,” said David, though he noted that it is not likely that he will pursue the psychology route in future.
Apart from reading people, David finds joy in reading books, but wishes he had more time for that hobby: “I would like to read more than I do.”
Just 5,000 subscribers shy from the big one million subscribers status, David tells Toggle, “I don’t think I’ll hit it.” He even joked that he might delete his channel if he reaches the coveted goal.
His love for Singapore makes him want to stay
So why else does Singapore make that list of countries he would move to? “I just have a lot of friends here, I like the fact that I’m able to navigate around the country, I like the fact that you guys have good food, I like that it’s easy to travel to other countries from here.”
In fact, David has just signed on with Warner Music Asia Pacific last week (May 12) and is enthusiastic about returning to the region to play his new material for his growing audience.
“So I decided to partner with Warner [to do] a licensing deal, not a record deal, because I love Singapore and I really like the team here, and I thought they would do a good job of helping promote my new album,” explained David.
David Choi’s new album, Stories of You’s and Me, is available on iTunes.
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