If you were in Sam Hui's farewell concert held in 1992, you will definitely recall the spectacular sights and sounds that evening, with Sam riding the waves on stage like a captain of the sea!
Believe it or not, before the 40-show concert took place, Sam had actually held another 20 "private" concerts some place else - at Tom Lee Music Rehearsal Room!
While being occupied with the musical aspects of the show, Sam still took the time to receive the interview and encourage young musicians.
Young People Should Never Stop Creating
Having been in the music business for over 20 years, Sam has indeed seen it all, and his advice always comes as words of gold.
During his school days, Sam was a dedicated fan of the Beatles and Elvis Presley. Like many of his peers, he picked up guitar playing and formed a band with his pals. Little did he know that his life would be set on this path in the years to come.
"Young people should always be jamming in a band," said Sam, as he encourages today's youth to develop their musical interest. He always feels strongly about music being a precious beauty in life, and young people should grasp every opportunity to experience this beauty.
On becoming a pro, Sam views it this way: "I think the problem with young people today is that they just want to be stars without exploring other areas like song writing and behind-the-scene musical aspects."
Being an all-rounded musician, Sam also pointed out the lack of creative talents, as reflected in the relatively sparse original local music. "Most of today's musicians are from the bands in the 60's. Hopefully this scenarios will change by having more newcomers pitching in.
"Hong Kong's music business is now booming with more singers and higher demands for songs. Therefore, young people should keep trying to create music and achieve higher grounds," Sam added.
Speaking about the standards of local young bands, Sam shows appreciation for those he saw in the Carlsberg Pop Music Festival. Yet he regrets that the Hong Kong market still hasn't got much room for their development. "If they could tone down the heavy metal side and tilt a little towards the more commercial Rock 'n Roll side, there might be a better chance for development." He said.
Looks like the picture is not that grim after all! For those who seriously consider becoming a pro, here is Sam's advice: "Try your best, give yourself a chance. But at the same time, prepare for the worst by having something to fall back on as a career."
Just like how his father insisted on his finishing college no matter what, Sam believed that a career in music depends more on luck than talent, which makes it even more important to have an alternative plan.
As a role model for young people, Sam does have a lot to offer other than his music!
Music Today April 1992