Being charismatic is an integral part to drawing in new fans, whether it be through having an engaging social media, or by simply being a lovely person in the every-day, ACM Vocals student, Alan Chan, shows how networking and being a positive force can make even the most seemingly far-fetched dreams fall within arm’s reach. For the past few months, Alan has been performing within some of the UK’s most prestigious venues, including No.10 Downing Street and the House of Lords. Read on to find out all about this week’s spotlight artist.
1. Recently you’ve had some pretty extraordinary opportunities. Tell us all about each one.
On behalf of The Chinese Information and Advice Centre (CIAC), the Mayor Welcoming the Ambassadors of China and the Secretary of Agriculture of China, I performed at the House of Lords in November 2018. The same month I also performed at the House of Parliament. I was invited by (CIAC) and the Mayor of Westminster to perform in the Government’s officials of Malaysia and Singapore. In February 2019 I performed at The Science Museum as well as at the The Mayor of Westminster Cllr Lindsey Hall for the Chinese New Year. Later on in the month I performed at No.10 Downing Street where I was represented as an Ambassador for the London Chinese Culture Association (LCCA) and performed for the Prime Minister and other MP’s and guests. I am proud to say that I am the first Chinese person to perform at No.10! And lastly, I performed at the Mayor of London’s open air stage in front of approximately 50,000 people (so far, the biggest crowd I have ever performed in front of!) for again, The Chinese New Year! I played a Chinese instrument called the Erhu that is a 2 string fiddle, and sung and performed some Wing Chun Kung Fu.
2. How did these opportunities come about?
I have been meeting lots of positive and influential people in music and politics who believe in me, respect me and who notice that I work tirelessly in what I love to do; Music and Martial Arts. I believe that being yourself and leaving a good impression is the key to getting these sort of opportunities.
The first thing I do when I meet someone for the first time is smile, shake their hand and sincerely acknowledge them. Most importantly, I’m always myself. As much as I want to just meet new people, I remind myself that every good interaction is one single or album download or sale, or even another gig or amazing opportunity for the future.
All these opportunities came from working together with the Mayor of Westminster, Mayor of London, London Chinese Community Association and the Chinese Information Advice Centre. I find that always being ready to perform and being myself goes a long way.
3. How has your course at ACM helped you with your career?
ACM Tutors have given me the confidence, knowledge, encouragement, positivity, constructive teachings and skills to help me with my future. With what I learn every week, I attend auditions and session events to meet people who need vocalists or other things that I can offer. During this, I am working on my album with my band, whilst being non exclusively signed by SECTOR 7G Productions. I am also the lead vocalist of Legal Fiction.
4. Which opportunity are you most proud of?
I am most proud of my No.10 Downing Street performance simply because as previously mentioned, I am the first Chinese person to perform there and it was televised to the whole of China!
5. What got you into music?
Lots and lots of life experiences. I have always felt that music gives me freedom and the chance to be noticed. It is the way for me to truly and honestly express myself.
6. What made you want to study at ACM?
First reason – because ACM stands for Alan Chan Music! That was my calling. And to meet and be taught by the best people the music industry has to offer, of course.
7. What has been your ACM highlight?
Finding my voice and gaining knowledge and confidence in production, songwriting, performance and also being around musicians who inspire me.
8. Describe ACM in three words.
Constructive. Academic. Professional.
9. What would your autobiography be called?
“There are no limits.”
10. Where do you hope to be after you graduate?
To become one of the most successful male vocals in the world. To be the first British born Chinese male vocalist to hit the world of industry and be a Chinese ambassador for Britain for music. Also to receive a Knighthood or OBE for contributions to Music and entertainment.
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