Local singer-songwriter's childhood dream fulfilled

Local singer-songwriter's childhood dream fulfilled
Kenny Khoo

It is only his second music video, and already Kenny Khoo is in the enviable position of doing intimate scenes with his on-screen female partner.

In Phoenix - a rock anthem set against a post-apocalyptic wasteland - he caresses the latter's face and kisses her on the lips (below). The video's storyline features the local singer-songwriter and his lover running from evil militant forces.

Khoo's debut album Ten Storeys topped Taiwan's authoritative G-Music album chart last month.

"Truth is, there wasn't time to be awkward," said Khoo in a phone interview with M last week.

"We had exactly one day to film the music video and when our director cued me to (kiss), I just did it without thinking too much.

"Kudos to my partner too. She is a Taiwanese model and was very professional on set. We had a chat before our shoot and that helped build chemistry."

Perhaps he's simply a natural.

Apple Daily Taiwan reported that Khoo's kissing scene went extremely smoothly, with no NG (no-good take).

The 25-year-old bachelor, who is signed to homegrown music company Funkie Monkies Productions, said his experience fulfilled one of his childhood dreams to "play the part of a hero".

"I've always loved war movies and post-apocalyptic themes. Filming this music video gave me the chance to be in that sort of setting... I even got to save the beauty," he gushed.

Acting is part of his long-term showbiz plan, which includes hosting.

He said: "I love taking on new challenges and I want to be a versatile artiste."

He is not averse to hamming it up too.

"At heart, I'm a playful person. I'm more than willing to go on wacky Taiwanese variety shows," said Khoo, who counts Welsh rockers Stereophonics, Korean pop-rock quartet CNBlue and Mandopop stalwarts JJ Lin, Jay Chou and Wang Lee Hom among his musical influences.

"I grew up watching such shows on television and I want to play crazy games like pie-throwing! It's all in the name of good fun."

This article was first published on June 25, 2014.
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