Khalil Fong Accepts R&B/Soul Artist Award at Q Awards China 2018, Continues ‘TIO Concert Tour’: Interview

On Sunday night (Jan. 6), American-Chinese superstar Khalil Fong walked away with the first year of “R&B/Soul Artist” Award at Q Awards China 2018 in Chengdu, China. 

Before he accepted an award and performed live session at Award show, Billboard Radio China sat down with him at backstage to talk about his first Q Award experience, ongoing “TIO Concert Tour” and new single “Fake Monk”. 

Following the montage, Patrick Holden from Q Magazine presented Fong his award, as he thanked award presenter and Q China. “It’s my honor for receiving this award, hopefully I can bring more new music to my fans,” he said during his speech.

After Nanjing and Shenzhen shows, Fong will bring his “TIO Concert Tour” to Singapore and Hong Kong from February to March. The theme of the concert tour is one of his recent urban and soul-infused songs Throw It Off, which conveys the philosophy that we could find the best qualities from within if we truly listened to our conscience. Khalil explained, “With what’s going on around the world, you might feel confused and challenged at times. The solution is to search inside your heart where you will find a state of tranquility.”

Fans can probably expect to hear some hits from his last album, Journey To The West (2016), as well as his latest single Throw It Off and his classic Mandopop hits, such as Love Love Love and Love Song.

Last month, Fong dropped a new single “Fake Monk” under his own label “FU Music”. “The song Fake Monk is musically very powerful just like the early blues-rock. This exceptional song could easily venture into various genre,” said Fong. “The original song was a classic rock song by famous Chinese rock singer Cui Jian. Making this song was natural for me, it is one of the first mandarin songs that inspired me when I was young. I love his works, I have a playlist of his songs and I know all the lyrics.” 

In terms of 2019 plans, Fong will introduce a new artist in the upcoming months under his own label, as well as looking forward to new collaborations with some other artists. “Recently I listen to Maggie Rogers and Gallant’s music a lot. ” Check out the full Mandarin interview on Billboard Radio China.