It’s been seven years since The Exorcist’s Meter <降魔的> star Hubert Wu (胡鴻鈞) debuted his first performance on television. The 27-year-old, who made his debut through the singing competition The Voice 2 <超級巨聲2> in 2010, took the backseat after stars like Alfred Hui (許廷鏗) and James Ng (吳業坤) shot to popularity.
Reaching a bottleneck in his singing career, Hubert decided to try out acting—he made his first major supporting appearance in 2016’s Blue Veins <殭>, followed by a second male lead performance in last year’s hit drama The Exorcist’s Meter. The theme song “I Was Here” <到此一遊> successfully put Hubert back in the market. “I Was Here” became a city hit, earning a Gold Song Award at the JSG Awards last year.
It’s been over a year since Hubert last attended a prominent music awards ceremony, and he was grateful for the chance to rejoin his peers in music ceremonies again. “It was definitely a huge booster,” said Hubert. “I’ve always wanted the chance to attend all music awards shows. I keep a normal mindset for all of them—the most important thing, for me, about making music is that they are well-liked by fans. Winning would be great of course, but my point of getting into music was not for the awards, but for the ability to communicate through my music, and send the message I want to send. My initial heart and ambition never changed. I still want to be an impactful singer.”
Asking if Alfred’s departure from The Voice Entertainment had given him more promotion opportunities, Hubert said, “I am always questioning myself, but it’s true that I’ve gotten more ambitious. I cannot control these circumstances—all I can do is do my part and do my best. I’m giving myself credit this year for being able to break out of the box.”
Hubert has been providing his voice to TVB theme songs since 2010, but The Voice winner said he wants the opportunity to perform his own original songs. “Honestly, most people know me through [TVB] theme songs, but I really want my music to become part of me. I am definitely grateful for the opportunity to sing theme songs—after all, not all of us have that opportunity, but I would love to achieve more balance so the audience can know more about the kind of music I can do.”
The 27-year-old said he dreams of performing at the Hong Kong Coliseum, and makes it a goal for himself to perform on the HK Coliseum stage before he turns 30 years old. As for his own concert dreams, he said, “I don’t want to hold my own concert before I’m ready.”
Hubert is thankful for his slow burn to fame. “I know I won’t be ready for [fame]. I don’t think I’m still ready, because we all need time to learn and improve. I’m now much more mature than I was before, and I’m enjoying this slow improvement.”
He shared that when he first joined the industry, he never thought about acting. “I was immature. I only wanted to sing, but singing and acting actually do go together. [Acting] teaches you how to work with other people as a team.”