It's always admirable when you are introduced to someone that has their heart in the right place. Often the music industry is driven but money, power or greed, then someone comes along who is making music for the greater good of person-kind. We spoke to Blue hai in order to get to know the man behind the music and this is what he had to say.
Can you tell us a little about you background, where did you grow up?
My name is Blue hai I was born in Mae sariang in Thailand and I spent my entire childhood growing up in a refugee camp on the border between my homeland and Thailand. I lived there till I was 8 and in 2008 my family was blessed to arrive in Australia.
How long have you been writing songs and who have been your musical influences?
I’ve been writing song for about 3 years now. When I started I wasn’t particularly good but I kept writing songs and this was especially when I had motivation around relationship issues or family problems. Life experiences are my primary motivation. I would also say I’m a big fan of rnb and hip hop, my biggest influences would have to be Chris brown, Bruno mars, Justin Bieber but so so many more as well.
What have been some of your highlights so far as a musician?
I started out just writing songs by myself in my home and mixing them on my own, it was always my hobby but then I had the privilege in meeting Daega. We meet through our parents actually and I quickly learned that he was a great musician. We started making songs together joining up with other friends which we began to blow up. A sure highlightso far is travelling interstate and having people recognize me and hearing people sing my song which is just mind-blowing.
Have other musicians shown interest in collaborating with you?
Though most of my time has been filled with collaborating with friends, I have been having people approach me both here in Perth and also overseas, the interest they show have been really rewarding.
When did you make the move to Perth and what was your motivation?
It was never really my choice to move to Perth as I was very young. But my parents knew we needed better education and from their past experiences it motivated them to want better for us. We move to Perth in 2008.
What does the motherland mean to you, why is it important to share the stories of the region and its people?
The motherland is everything to me. It is where my ancestors live, my parents and uncles and grandma and grandpa and even friends who are still living over there. It is who I am , it is home.
Do you think Western news services report fairly on the region, or should more effort be made?
I don't think western news service are reporting enough because most people still do not know who Karen people are and that is also a reason why I do this because I want my people to be known and recognized.
What are some misconceptions about the Karen people and their way of life?
I think the biggest misconception about Karen people is people think we love war and start war, but in reality we are just fighting to stay alive and to live, we fight for our home and families, we fight for our people's tomorrow. We fight because we don’t have a choice.
What are some of the daily struggles that Karen people have to experience?
Daily struggles are running away from Burmese soldiers, no shelter, no food and not rich but very poor, also always living in the fear that we will come face to face with the Burmese soldiers. There are so many struggles and I urge people to read more on the situation.
What would you like to see change for the region going forward?
I would like to see peace. Plain and simple.
What is next for you as an artists, what can we look forward to seeing?
You can definitely expect more music from me, more music in English, maybe an album or traveling, also because Karen people are not used to western music I’m gonna be that bridge that brings western music and rnb to my country. I hope you will support me in my efforts.
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Listen below: Our chat with Echo International in May 2017.
Watch below: MV for 'My Karen People' by Blue Hai.