Humble, talented and charming. These three words perfectly sum up homegrown singer-songwriter JJ Lin (or Lim Jun Jie), whose upcoming concert in Singapore on December 21 sold out in one-and-a-half hours. The 38-year-old Taiwan-based star has since added a second date to the concert at the National Stadium, which is part of his milestone JJ Lin Sanctuary 2.0 World Tour.
JJ’s popularity is no doubt surging, thanks to his soaring pitch-perfect vocals, skillful finesse at rearranging Mandopop songs and incredible stage presence. Thankfully, the down-to-earth former Saint Andrew’s Junior College student has not let his fame get to his head — he has been spotted having hawker centre meals at Adam Road Food Centre and playing DotA 2 at a LAN shop.
We sat down with JJ when he flew home last Thursday (Sep 26) for the launch of Osim’s new massage chairs, uDivine V, of which he’s the new global ambassador. (According to Osim, JJ is the homegrown brand’s first Singaporean global ambassador, and we couldn’t be more proud!)
At the interview, he revealed the five Cs that are most important to him, modelled after the five that the uDivine V offers (comfort, care, capability, contentment and colours). Find out JJ’s five Cs below:
“I would like to be relevant in this world, in my field. I think hard about how I can contribute more to society, to the music community, and to our Asian culture. That’s been on my mind every single day,” he shares.
And it’s not always about making big, fancy contributions. The star reveals that he finds it very meaningful when he can put a smile on someone’s face, whether it’s a fan, friend or family.
“If you can help them, even with a small gesture, if you can make them happy, that’s a big reward.” JJ says that when he takes a photo with fans and sees the smiles of happiness on their faces, “seeing them so happy also makes me feel happy”. Aww!
“It matters to me more and more nowadays. I mean, companionship comes in different ways, different styles, different types; friendship, family and love,” says JJ. Speaking of love… is he planning to settle down anytime soon?
When we asked him what’s one thing he’s always wanted to do but hasn’t, the singer gave a rather cryptic answer: “To live out my song”. He laughs before explaining, “My latest song [The Story Of Us] is about love, and the completeness and wholeness of a love story. That’s something that I’ve always wanted to experience and reach. And I will strive on to… anticipate!”
So is there a lady in his life? “The first sentence [of the song] has been sung,” says JJ, before singing the line itself, “The story begins with one person.”
“Yes, I’m at that part now. I hope to experience the rest of my song soon.” Well, long story short: JJ’s definitely on the lookout for love!
As he travels frequently for work, sleep deprivation, jet lag and fatigue are simply part of the job, and JJ reveals that he relies a lot on coffee to stay awake. “I just came back from LA (Los Angeles), two days ago – super jet lagged. I didn’t sleep at all last night,” he admits. The self-professed coffee addict continues to say, “I’m an addict, but I’m also passionate about the [coffee] culture, and started a label on my own.”
Yes, just around the corner from his studio in Taiwan is his blue-themed takeaway coffee joint, Miracle Coffee. It serves hand-dripped coffee, with coffee beans that are sourced from different parts of the world and changed every month.
“Charity is something that I treasure a lot, and I think it’s important for me as a person, as a human being – it’s giving back to society and to have more awareness for people and situations around you,” says JJ, who wants to involve himself in more charity work.
More specifically, he shares that he wants to focus more on supporting the younger generation, especially through education and schools. “Children are the future, right?” says the big-hearted star, who is also a sponsor to several children.
“I’m a tech geek,” he professes, saying that he relies on computers for gaming (he enjoys esports) as well as for making music. But it’s not just the literal computer that’s important to him. “It also represents the tech world, which I think it’s important in bringing our craft forward, and all these things together link back to contribution.”
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