Radio Interview of Tat Ming Pair

As consulted with the Commercial Radio of Hong Kong (香港商業電臺, the Cantonese to English transcription of the interview does not breach copyright law.

Interviewer: Jessica Tse (謝茜嘉)
Interviewee: Tats Lau (劉以達) and Anthony Wong (黃耀明)
Date: February 13, 2017.

Interviewer: Something has been announced on Anthony’s social media platform. It is said that the concert poster of Tat Ming Pair has been taken down.
Interviewee: That’s right.

Interviewer: Of course you both should share a bit about how the incident transpired.
Interviewee: I have expressed myself in that post (on social media). Perhaps everybody is curious to ask us something juicy. Such as who is that, and etc. Well, I do not want to let the cat out of the bag, for that person is in great fear. Eventually the music label, the organiser – they felt that they should not let others fear too much. So that that person… His feedback is that he has got some work going on in mainland. He’s worrying if this picture or poster would affect him. Of course I think it is ridiculous.

Interviewer: It’s ridiculous, isn’t it?
Interviewee: I guess there are about 80 people in that picture. And they are not themselves, nor do they look like Tat Ming Pair. The concept of the poster is that Tat Ming Pair and those individuals have been mixed together. Who are they? You can’t tell – but they are all Tat Ming Pair. So, there is nothing to be afraid of. But since he is in great fear, the boss of our music label said that perhaps we should not be blocking someone’s way to prosperity. We won’t want him to get into trouble, and the poster is thus taken down.

Interviewer: In retrospection, how is the development of Hong Kong in the past 31 years? Has it been becoming very ‘1984’, or something else? What are your two cents?
Interviewee: Ridiculous. It’s hard to describe. When we first entered the music industry in the 1980s, many said that our music has some sort of ‘end of an age’ sentiment. That sort of sentiment – when you had been through 1989 and 1997 – after the handover (of Hong Kong to China), there was a certain period of time when we thought it was a honeymoon. Everybody was feeling like it was still okay.

Interviewer: It looks peaceful…
Interviewee: It was not shutting you up immediately. Nor was it like nothing could be expressed at all. It was as if everything was harmonious. But good times don’t last long. Our music – our ‘end of an age’ sentiment needs to return again. We don’t even need to write new songs; all we need to do is performing our old songs and we can fit them into this modern era. And it’s seriously pathetic and laughable.