Described as being a musical genius from Mars, Hua Chen Yu is known for having powerful vocals, charismatic stage presence, and a gift for composing.
He first rose to fame via Superboy in 2013, a Chinese singing competition, in which he managed to clinch first place. He demonstrated his ability to convey a multitude of emotions through his singing by performing a self-composed piece with no words. (And also his social awkward personality XD). The song was written as a response to his isolated nature, and through it, you can hear his agony and yearning.
No, I can’t say that I paid attention to him through this competition because it didn’t air here, and I wasn’t that bored to check out random singing competitions on Youtube for no good reason.
The first song that I heard was 我管你 (Loosely translated as I Don’t Care), and sort of fell in love with the lyrics and the attitude it described:
Basically you can sum up the lyrics as ‘I don’t care what you think of me, I’m gonna do as I please. There’s no need for excuses, the people who understand me will relate.’
I’m not going to lie, lyrics like these resonate with me, even though I’m hardly the devil-may-care person that he depicts. Oh, I want to be like that, but I am shackled by the limits that I have allowed people to place on me for now.
But yes, I started to check out his other stuff, which lead me to a lot of great songs – covers that he did for other singing-based contests or just covers he performed during his concerts. He has a great range, just listen to his cover of 陈粒’s 易燃易爆炸. He is also proficient at rapping, even though that’s not something I can really judge, since I don’t really listen much to rap.
I decided to write up this post after learning that he’s on Singer 2018, and idk, I guess I wanted to gush about a great singer? He did a brilliant take on Jay Chou’s 双截棍 recently, combining alternative rock, rap and traditional Beijing opera into one.
Also, I like his serious attitude towards music – it’s not about creating something that would please audiences, it’s to create something you would be proud of, something that is up to the level that you wanted, the vision you had in your mind.
But when we’re not talking about music? This is one heck of a quirky person. He’s obviously Aquarius (born on 7 Feb 1990), but without a birth time, it’s not like we can check out his other planets, but idk, can I guess that he has either Scorpio or Taurus rising? (lol)
When not obsessed with music, he is super into food, as you can see from the many videos where he is caught eating and eating and eating without caring about his ‘idol’ image:
And his answers to questions tend to be on the spacey hilarious side:
But yes, overall, 10/10 would recommend his music and his adorable nature. (Can’t believe he’s older than me, haha).
The many faces of 花花:
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(Also, not gonna lie, I like how the first word in his name, aka his surname, is the last word in my Chinese name. As in, it makes me feel a little better about my Chinese name, since I don’t really like it. It’s so uncool, lol)