Ian Fang has celebrity pals to thank for new MV

The music video for Ian Fang’s second single ‘Still Me’ was a star-studded affair – but not quite what you have in mind

Ian and the 'crew' who supported him with his second MV shoot
Ian and the 'crew' who supported him with his second MV shoot
14 Dec 2017

Ian and the 'crew' who supported him with his second MV shoot

Photos: The Celebrity Agency

When the clock struck midnight on December 12, the music video for Ian Fang’s second rap single ‘Still Me’ was officially released on social media. The song, which features vocals from 2015 GeTai Challenge winner Desmond Ng, was self-funded and produced in under two months, from song-writing to the making of the music video.

Response towards his second rap single has been “great” so far, said Ian, over a phone interview with Toggle yesterday.

Apart from his fans, Ian has received countless of supportive and encouraging messages from showbiz veterans, such as Zoe Tay, Chen Hanwei, Huang Biren, Christopher Lee to name a few, and their “acknowledgement and encouragement” have been especially heartening so far.

The initial trepidation he had about this single’s release and the misunderstandings that have stemmed from his ‘loud’ attitude have slowly dissipated away with each positive feedback that came his way.

According to Ian, ‘Still Me’ was written in a day when he had “three to four hours” to kill in the artiste resting room while filming long-form Channel 8 drama series, Life Less Ordinary. Inspiration struck, he had a eureka moment, and the rest as they say is history.

(Continued on next page: Roping in his showbiz buddies to help)


Desmond lent his vocals to Ian's rap song
Desmond lent his vocals to Ian's rap song
14 Dec 2017

Desmond lent his vocals to Ian's rap song

He quickly approached George Leong who produced his first song ‘First Attempt’ to work on ‘Still Me, and when he first heard the backing melody track, Ian was overcome by “feels” and knew the “emotional” tune would be the perfect fit for his rap.

The 28-year-old also roped in Desmond to sing certain verses of the song. “We’re good friends personally and share the same views towards music although we have different styles,” he said.

“I think he’s an under-valued singer in Singapore because he has been through a lot in life and his voice tells a story.”

Next, Ian turned to his good friend and avid photographer Romeo Tan to help direct and shoot the MV and the latter agreed in a heartbeat.

The MV’s was set in the back alleys of Veerasamy road, the first neighbourhood Ian grew up in when he came to Singapore many years ago, to signify his return to his roots, and Romeo brought all his camera equipment, rented a Steadicam and shot the entire thing under two and a half hours with the help of a few elves.

But that’s not all - he also had a star-studded production team working on the MV shoot.

(Continued on next page: How were Elvin and Becks involved in this production?)

Ian and Romeo
Ian and Romeo
14 Dec 2017

Ian and Romeo

“I’m a little embarrassed because I had an Ah Ge and Ah Jie helping me out too,” said Ian, referring to Elvin Ng and Rebecca Lim who were there to cheer him on and doubled up as the lighting man and makeup artist respectively.

“They were really there to just watch but as artistes who have been in this industry for a long time, you kind of have an idea of how to do things so Elvin helped with the lighting. I had to sing while walking and Romeo had to film… Edwin Tan, my First Attempt partner, was present too as the water boy and the guy who’d play the music when the cameras rolled. If I was perspiring, Rebecca would take tissue paper for me and Desmond to wipe our sweat. It was so paiseh!” chuckled Ian.

“It’s very hard to repay this debt, but they are really good friends of mine which was why they were so willing to help,” he added.

Ian shared that Romeo did not allow him to fork out a single cent for his help as the actor thought it’d be the best birthday present for Ian.

“I’m really touched by it and from the bottom of my heart I’m very grateful to him. I intend to treat them to a meal but we’re all busy with filming, so we’ll still need to find a date for it,” he quipped.

(Continued on next page: Ian talks about comparisons between his first and second music single)

Ian's second MV ends with a drone shot
Ian's second MV ends with a drone shot
14 Dec 2017

Ian's second MV ends with a drone shot

Calling ‘Still Me’ a birthday present to himself, Ian shared that the song’s lyrics were an honest reflection of himself.

He admitted to being more self-centered and temperamental in the past and said: “I used to speak my mind but now as I’m older, I’m less impulsive and more matured… I’ve realised that you don’t need to please everybody. What’s important is to do your part and fulfill your duties…

“I’m not trying to prove that I’m very talented, but this (making music) is a passion and hobby of mine and it’s something I enjoy doing. That’s very important. So many people are doing the same thing these days, but I always believe that one should do well in whatever you want to do. Stay real and be original.”

Looking back on his first rap attempt years ago, Ian recalled a funny comment Desmond made when they were discussing about their live performance at the upcoming MV launch party next week.

“What’s funny is everyone has been telling me that this song is better than my first song,” he chuckled. “Desmond asked me if I’m singing my first song and remarked that people will be able to tell the difference – how good one is and how bad the other is.”

Elvin Ng on the set of the MV shoot
Elvin Ng on the set of the MV shoot
14 Dec 2017

Elvin Ng on the set of the MV shoot

Ian with his MV 'crew' - Romeo was assisted by a fellow industry friend during the MV shoot
Ian with his MV 'crew' - Romeo was assisted by a fellow industry friend during the MV shoot
14 Dec 2017

Ian with his MV 'crew' - Romeo was assisted by a fellow industry friend during the MV shoot


The cover of Ian's second music single
The cover of Ian's second music single
14 Dec 2017

The cover of Ian's second music single

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