Jocelle Koh

Writing has always been my chosen form of expression, and has opened up opportunities for me that I could only have dreamed of. As I've grown and started moving into other mediums of expression, writing has nevertheless accompanied me, recording my most prized experiences.
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Interviewing Crowd Lu:Life doesn’t need to be lived too inspirationally

Crowd Lu’s changed. Not just in terms of his image, he no longer persists in wearing short shorts, and has taken back that signature smile. Even his new songs do not just have a pure sense of happiness; the way he sings and the tools he uses to create have become noticeably introverted. He laughed, say: “It’s because in the past my happiness was too over the top, now I just want to go back to that middle point. If looking back at that Crowd Lu now, I would feel that he’s quite annoying, perhaps he’s crazy.”
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*Jamie Deer/APW Interview* Up close & personal with Jacky Cheung : There is a kind of persistence called diligence (Official English interview translation)

Note from the translator (Jocelle): For all English speaking Jacky Cheung fans out there, you’re in luck! I’m very happy to be able to collaborate on this project with notable Taiwanese music journalist Jamie Deer, who has very kindly provided me with the rights to officially translate his interview with Mandopop King Jacky Cheung. It details the painstakingly meticulous work that went into Cheung’s latest album <Wake Up Dreaming>, inspiring fans with his motivation to attain nothing less than perfection. An album like none he has ever created before, its intricate concept will wow listeners, as will the pedantic details and personal motivations Jacky shares with Jamie in this exclusive interview. 
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Interviewing Eve Ai:Being a singer-songwriter is too much pressure

In June this year, Eve Ai released her third album “Talk about Eve”, with new songs that have received praise from Rene Liu, HUSH and many others. Music Critic Ma Xin even announced of the album that “Taiwan has released yet another freewheeling singer who cannot be controlled by Marketing ploys”. This is a musical work which is almost entirely self-composed by Eve, with her writing the lyrics for 8 songs, and over a half of the songs. Instead of facing the label of ‘singer-songwriter’, Eve seems to be a little unused to such titles.
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Interviewing Su Yun Ying :Up close and personal with the purity of life

Su Yun Ying (Su Su)’s left arm has a tattoo of a cloud, with rainwater trickling down to accumulate into a river which fuels the growth of a tree. It even flows onto her right art where flowers bloom; she has planted a serene garden on her body. Curiously, I asked about the story behind the tattoos, and she laughed heartily, saying; “Other people own pets, I own tattoos. As long as I like something, I will keep it on my body. It can come with me as I explore the North to the South, visiting the world’s scenery.”
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Interviewing Della Ding: Giving people those kinds of surprises.

There is a kind of singer who doesn’t require attention-grabbing stunts to garner eyeballs, but after enough time has passed, your playlists will definitely have their name in them. Being in the industry for 9 years, releasing 8 albums, 30 drama theme songs, 4 concert tours, 85 awards, and even pushing viewership for programs she has guested on up to 2 million viewers. We don’t wish to just use these figures to show the importance of Della Ding to the industry. But no matter how the music industry changes with the ties; with trends always pushing out the next big thing, ballads are one genre that will always have a place. We don’t need to give examples of all the previous queens of love songs, but as for this generation, this position has been held steadily by Della Ding.
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27th Golden Melody Awards Nominees list

As the 27th Golden Melody awards inch closer, Zhou Jian Hui as the head of the board of judges has put forth their thoughts that “the musical control of the newcomers is extremely mature, with many breakthroughs and more varieties of music present”. Taiwan’s Sony music record company performed especially well this year, with 10 nominations in total, 8 of them going to the album “Winter Endless”. The awards ceremony will be held at the Taipei Arena on the 25th of June, with the following nominees:
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