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Ae follows his heart



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Jirakorn Somphitak (Ae) has had a lot of success over the years singing sweet ballads. But it’s only now at the age of 40 that he’s doing what he really wants to do — sing rock music.

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Let’s rock

Titapa Chaiyakiturajai and Suwitcha Chaiyong

Good things come to those who wait. Yes, there are always a few lucky people who get what they want without any effort. But for most of us, success requires hard work and patience.

Jirakorn Somphitak (Ae) has had a lot of success over the years singing sweet ballads. But it’s only now at the age of 40 that he’s doing what he really wants to do — sing rock music.

Ae saw an opportunity to showcase his rock credentials when he participated in season one of The Mask Singer last year. Appearing as the Black Crow, he made a huge impression. Viewers loved his powerful, passionate versions of rock classics like X-Japan’s “Endless Rain” and 4 Non Blondes’ “What’s Up?” He made it to the final round, finishing in second place.

With his latest single, “Pa Sai Nah (Throw My Love in Your Face),” proving a big hit, S Weekly met up with Ae at the GMM Grammy office to chat about his musical journey.

When did you start to play music?

Ae: When I was very young, I didn’t have any toys. But my father played guitar and had a lot of music books. So I started to play as well. At university, I was in a music club, where I got to know more about musical equipment and mixing. I just did it because I enjoyed it. I never thought about it as a future career.

As a lover of rock music, was it difficult to sing pop ballads?

Ae: Not at all. Pop or rock, it’s all music. Even though I’ve wanted to do rock songs for years, I enjoy different genres.

Can you tell us more about the new single?

Ae: It was written by Kob Kajorndej from Big Ass. It’s about a couple who have been together for long time. But the girl takes her lover for granted, making him wonder about their relationship.

Why did you decide to release a rock song?

Ae: I want everybody to know that I’m a rocker. The Black Crow made people realise that Ae Jirakorn could be a rock singer. The next single will be rock too. I’m working with Bodyslam’s Pid Thanadon and Buddha Bless’s Aui Natee.

In what ways did The Mask Singer help you?

Ae: It gave me a path to revealing my true self. The Black Crow has come to mean a lot to me. It shows what I can do.

How has your life changed since the show?

Ae: People recognise me more. Before I was on The Mask Singer, I had some gigs where the security wouldn’t let me in because they didn’t know who I was. I had to point to my face on the concert poster!

Have you had any unusual experiences while playing a gig?

Ae: Yes. Once a guy got attacked by a gang of people. He ran to the stage right next to where I was playing to get away from them. Pid from Bodyslam, who was also playing that night, criticised the attackers in front of the whole crowd. He said that, instead of attacking him in a group like cowards, they should have fought one-on-one.

Which places that you’ve played have made the biggest impression on you?

Ae: I really like the southern border provinces. I played in Yala more than 10 times. Because of the violence down there, they don’t have many people playing shows. There are defensive barriers everywhere. It’s a bit scary. But even though I feel afraid, my job is to make people happy. They really appreciate my concerts down there. It’s a lot of fun.

You also performed in Laos. How was that?

Ae: It was great. They watch The Mask Singer there and they’re fans of the Black Crow. They enjoy both pop and rock music.

Vocabulary:

appreciate : to be grateful for something, i.e., feeling you want to thank someone for something they have done for you – สำนึกในบุญคุณ

ballad (noun): sentimental song that tells a story – เพลงช้าที่มีใจความบรรยายถึงความรัก

barrier : an object like a fence or wall that prevents people/vehicles, etc. from moving forward from one place to another – สิ่งขัดขวาง, กำแพง, อุปสรรค

border : the official line separating two areas, regions or countries – เขตแดน อาณาเขต

career : a job or series of related jobs that you do, especially a profession that you spend a lot of your working life in – อาชีพ

coward (noun): a person who is not brave or who does not have the courage to do things that other people do not think are especially difficult – คนขี้ขลาด

credentials : personal qualities, achievements, or experiences that make someone suitable for something – คุณสมบัติ, คุณวุฒิ

criticise : to say that you disapprove of somebody/something; to say what you do not like or think is wrong about somebody/something – วิจารณ์, ติเตียน,จับผิด

defensive (adj): protecting against an attack rather than attacking – เกี่ยวกับการป้องกัน, เกี่ยวกับการตั้งรับ

effort : an attempt to do something – ความพยายาม

genre : a particular type or style of literature, art, film or music that you can recognize because of its special features – ชนิด, ประเภท

gig : a single performance by a musician or group of musicians, especially playing modern or pop music – งานชั่วคราว

impression (noun): the effect that an experience or a person has on somebody/something – ผลกระทบ, ร่องรอย

mask : something that you wear to cover part or all of your face in order to hide who you are, for protection or for decoration – หน้ากาก, เครื่องปิดหน้า

opportunity (noun): a chance to do something, or a situation in which it is easy for you to do something – โอกาส

participate : to take part in something – เข้าร่วม

passionate : having a strong enthusiasm or interest in something – กระตือรือร้น, ซาบซึ้ง, ดูดดื่ม

path : a plan of action or a way of achieving something – เส้นทาง, วิถีทาง, แนวทาง

patience : the ability to wait for a long time without becoming angry or upset – ความอดทน

poster (noun): a large notice, often with a picture on it, that is put in a public place to advertise something – ป้าย, โปสเตอร์

province : one of many divisions of the government of a country into smaller parts – จังหวัด

recognise : to know who a person is – จำได้ รู้จัก

relationship : a sexual or romantic connection between two people – ความสัมพันธ์

reveal : to show or let something become known – เปิดเผย

scary : frightening – น่าตกใจ, น่ากลัว

security : security personnel; people who provide protection; safety from attack, harm, or damage – ผู้อารักขา, องครักษ์

showcase : to show the best qualities or parts of something – แสดง,ทำให้เห็นจุดเด่น

stage (noun): a raised area, usually in a theatre, etc. where actors, dancers, speakers etc. perform – เวที

take for granted (idiom): to expect someone/something will always be there for you; to fail to give something its true importance; to believe something is true without first making sure that it is – ไม่เห็นคุณค่า, ทึกทัก

violence : physical force with the deliberate intention of causing damage to property or injury or death to people – ความรุนแรง, การใช้กำลังทำลาย

wonder : to think about something because you want to know more facts or details about it – สงสัย


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