Khalil Fong Explains Inspiration for Latest Single, 'Fake Monk'

Khalil Fong
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Khalil Fong accepts the first-year R&B/Soul Artist Award at Q Awards China 2018 on Jan. 6, 2019, in Chengdu, China.

American-Chinese superstar Khalil Fong walked away with the first-year R&B/Soul Artist Award on Jan. 6 at Q Awards China 2018 in Chengdu, China.

Before he accepted the award and performed a live session, Billboard Radio China sat down with him backstage to talk about his first Q Awards experience, ongoing TIO Concert Tour and new single, "Fake Monk."

As Patrick Holden from Q Magazine presented Fong his award, the singer said, "It's my honor for receiving this award, hopefully I can bring more new music to my fans."

After his Nanjing and Shenzhen shows, Fong will bring his TIO Concert Tour to Singapore and Hong Kong in February and 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.

"With what's going on around the world, you might feel confused and challenged at times," Khalil explained. "The solution is to search inside your heart where you will find a state of tranquility."

Fans can probably expect to hear "Throw It Off" alongside hits from 2016's Journey to the West, 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 genres," Fong said.

"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 label, and is looking forward to new collaborations with other artists. "Recently, I listen to Maggie Rogers' and Gallant's music a lot." Check out the full Mandarin interview on Billboard Radio China.