Raise your hand if you are missing the witty and charming entertainer, Eric Nam. The singer was in Singapore late July for his first ever showcase in Singapore, performing his own tracks such ‘Can’t Help Myself’, ‘Heaven’s Door’, and ‘Good For You’ , in addition to covers of Taeyang’s ‘Eyes, Nose, Lips’, Crush’s ‘Beautiful’, and a crowd favourite, Eric Zhou’s ‘Are You Okay’.
The two-hour concert felt almost like a stand-up comedy show because of Eric’s witty remarks throughout the night. That isn’t to say that the concert was in any way lacking in terms of the performances, which was top-notch with Eric’s smooth vocals and his at-times quirky dance moves. The fan segment was really sweet and fun too, where we got to see who had the most telepathy with Eric as they played a game of ‘This VS That’.
Interested to know more about Eric Nam? (x)clusive had the opportunity to interview the singer during his trip here, so read on!
Q: Eric Nam the singer VS Eric Nam the host. Who’s closer to the real Eric Nam?
A: I think they’re both me. As a singer, I’m a lot more selfish because it’s all about me when I’m on stage. As a host, it’s more about who’s my guest, who am I interviewing, who am I talking to. And so I think in those ways, it shows different sides of my personality. The host side is a little more caring about other people and the singer is more about myself, who I am as a performer.
Q: Moving from the US to Korea – a culture shock?
A: I think Korea as a nation in general is definitely more conservative than the States. I’m still learning to adjust the way I express myself so that people don’t understand it the wrong way. Cause people who don’t know where I’m from just assume that I’m Korean. And so I say something or I won’t be able to understand something or I’ll misunderstand something so there is always a lot of miscommunication that can happen. So I think that is probably the hardest part – miscommunication. But it’s getting better.
Q: How does Eric Nam want to be remembered by fans?
A: I want to be remembered as a great performer and singer but I think in the grander scheme, it’ll end up being an entertainer that is relatable and likeable. I’ve said this from the very beginning but a big part of the reason why I started this was to be sort of a positive impact on the community or people who keep up with what I do. And so, at the end of the day, I want to be remembered just as a good person. If you’re a good person, that leaves some sort of a good lasting impact (on people).
Q: What kind of music does Eric Nam usually listen to and enjoy?
A: I listen to everything. Personally I listen to a lot of music that I make that have not been released yet. That I just keep listening to like ” Oh! This is good. What do I want to change? How should I change this?” By the time a song releases on my album, I would have heard it over a thousand times and am sick of it.
Q: What does Eric Nam want to change most about himself?
A: I think I want to have a little more patience. I’m always on the go and I do things very quickly. Like I’ll just do it myself and keep going. But I’m trying to take a step back, get a good perspective of everything that’s going on, and being able to wait things out. I think it’s very important and I’m trying to get myself to be okay with that. So I think that’s probably the biggest thing.
Q: What’s the craziest thing that you’ve done?
A: I’d say skydiving. I don’t know how I did it. No, worse than skydiving is bungee jumping. Bungee jumping is the worst thing I’ve ever done. It’s terrifying. Skydiving, you jump off a plane but somebody’s attached to you so if you die, you die with someone, and I’m not responsible for that like he’s on my back and you jump and he has to pull it. Bungee jumping was literally on a cliff and there’s nobody else, they’re like 3, 2, 1 and I was like, I can’t. But 3, 2, 1 and I was like “Oh God!” and I jumped and I thought I was going to die. It was the most terrifying thing I have ever done.
Prior to the concert, our team also caught him at his meet and greet session. Check out our highlights video if you weren’t there to witness his confusion over Chili Crab!
A big thank you to MODE Entertainment for the interview opportunity as well as for the concert invitation!