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RGM INTRODUCING – WE INTERVIEW AUSTRALIAN ARTIST JEFFREY CHAN 

Introduce us to you and your musical history?

I’ve been in love with music since I was a kid. I started off playing piano and somewhere in high school I started to get really interested in singing and songwriting and I’ve been doing that ever since. I am a sucker for a good pop tune so a lot of my music is focused around pop and catchy ear worms. I’ve been releasing music since 2018 when I self-released my first album ‘FaultLine’

Do you sign up to any conspiracy theories? 

I just finished watching Everything Everywhere All At Once and Dr Strange, so does the multiverse count? 

Did you buy anything you dont need in the pandemic?

Didn’t we all! I definitely now have way too many cookbooks that I will never get through!

What was the most fun you have had on stage? 

I’ll never forget my first solo gig that I ever did (which would have been over seven years now)! It was in this tiny venue in Sydney and it was just me and a piano and I played through some of my favourite songs I had written up to that point and told the stories that went along with it. It was such a fantastic night and so many friends and people I loved had rocked up as well!

What was the worst experience on stage?

Oh god I don’t think I can remember any particular ones at the moment but I remember there was one moment when I completely ripped the cord out of the mic and I couldn’t get it to work for a bit and my band just had to keep playing.

Tell us something about you that you think people would be surprised about?

I’m a very good cook and can cook up a restaurant quality meal (probably because I love eating!)



If you had to describe your music to an alien how would you describe it? 

Catchy synth-pop tunes with 80s inspired instrumentation and vocals

What makes you stand out as an artist?

I think it’s how I see the world and how I capture my experiences into these catchy little pop tunes! I’d say that my vocals are quite unique too in the ‘pop world’ as they’re deeper than you’d expect in the genre. 

Right now, whats pissing you off the most?

Haha can’t say anything in particular! 

What’s your favourite song to play live and why? 

My favourite song to play live would definitely have to be ‘Glow’ because it has such a hard hitting chorus that everyone can get down to  – it is such a funky track and I love how easy it is for people to pick up on the chorus too so they can sing along! 

I hear you have a new single, what can you tell us about it? 

Yes, my new single Vertigo is out now! It’s a feel-good pop song that is about obsessing over a crush and sort of going overboard with it. The whole song draws influences from that MTV/80s new-wave pop era!

Talk me through the thought process of the single?

With all my singles I always try to capture a certain perspective or experience and then combine that with an overall ‘aesthetic’ that fits the song. So for Vertigo I wanted to juxtapose a feel-good instrumental with this story about being completely obsessed with a new crush and then combine that with an almost 80’s MTV vibe for the video!

What was the recording process like? 

This was my second time working with Dibs, who has become one of my favourite producers! We first worked together on my single ‘Try’ and I really loved what we created there and us working together just seemed to meld perfectly so we decided to work again on this new single ‘Vertigo’!

What was the biggest learning curve in writing the single?

I took a new approach to writing this time and tried to embody a character. I continue to be inspired by that retro sound and wanted to write about the idea of obsessing too hard over a crush. I then happened to watch Alfred Hitchcock’s film ‘Vertigo’ and so came this deep dive into the themes of the film and how I could incorporate them into my song and turn the idea into this feel-good pop song.

Would you change anything now it’s finished? 

I’m a perfectionist at heart, so I’ll always find little things I want to change after a song’s been released but I think what’s great about putting something out is that it captures where you are at (at the time of release) perfectly.

What are your plans for the year ahead?

With all my recent releases and singles since Glow in 2020, I’m planning to pop these all onto an album with some more songs that I’m currently writing so keep your eyes peeled for that! But in the meantime, check out Vertigo as I’ve got some more things planned up my sleeve!