Di Vito “Nik H.” Nicoletti
Hing Zhe Lee is the Chinese singer, musician, and composer who came from Malaysia to Los Angeles to take the next step in his career. In the City of Angels he has collaborated with some of the top artists in the music world such as songwriters who have worked with the likes of Gloria Estefan, Ariana Grande, and Britney Spears, and also the music supervisors of the hit series “Breaking Bad” and “The Walking Dead.” That’s why he became the new Chinese artists to watch!
During quarantine, he is dedicated to composing themes for films and TV shows. Most of the time he is collaborating with other musicians via Zoom to compose new material every day. One of those creations will be coming out very soon in all the platforms. The name of the single is “Heaven”. Hing Zhe wrote it in honor of his best friend Marcus Choo who passed away three years ago due to suicide. Marcus had been undergoing depression and tried taking his life multiple times. Hing Zhe met Marcus when they were 7 years old. One day, while he was already living in the U.S. got a call from a friend in common telling him that their dear friend Marcus had taken his own life in the middle of the night. Hing Zhe was completely devastated, “I collapsed and couldn’t function for a few days because I couldn’t stop crying. I felt regret that I couldn’t be there to help him in his time of need” Lee says.
When did you start singing?
I started singing when I was 7, my grandmother used to request songs from me and I would sing to her. When I was 10, I was in a school choir, and then I picked up the guitar when I was 14 because I was researching on Youtube about bands when I came across Metallica and thought wow, that’s cool. I want to be like that. There is when my passion towards music started like creating guitar parts and lyrics and all that kind of stuff.
How did you start singing?
I had an office job before but I did not enjoy it. I had a long hard thought about it and discussed it with my parents. I told them I did not want to do this. I can’t and I don’t like it. That is when I decided that music is for me. It has been a part of me, and it is something that I love and have passion for: writing music, playing the guitar. That’s when I decided to leave everything I had in Malaysia to come here to pursue my musical career and I went to school here for music.
Has your family supported your dream of being an artist?
My mom used to play violin then she stopped. My dad will once in a while pull out the harmonica and play it. They have always been supportive because their son has something that he is passionate about which is music and not bad stuff.
What did they think when you told them you wanted to move to Los Angeles?
The timing was a little odd. The day that my parents decided I should pursue music is the day when my grandmother passed away. My father was skeptical of me going to the US to do music because of the stigma. The day that my grandmother passed away, I was devastated as I was really close to my Grandma. So, I felt the need to write something. I wanted to write a tribute to my Grandma that says I love and misses her. My dad heard the song piece and was impressed with it. He said it was pretty good. He said he was not going to pretend that he understands it, but it is good and was the right decision to let me go to the US to do music.
Who are your music influences?
Two of my biggest influences would be Metallica because they are the reason I picked up the guitar and I have always wanted to play in a rock band, in a huge stadium, it’s like “THE DREAM”. The second would be the Taiwanese singer, Wang Lee Hom. That was my musical inspiration when I was a little kid before I picked up the guitar. I wanted to be like that, like an artist.
What is your main focus right now?
Right now, I am mostly a songwriter. I write music to pitch to movies and series, I write with other local artists. Sometimes a producer needs a session singer, or a guitar player, I can do that.
How has Covid affected your career?
I cannot personally go out and my band cannot meet up so now I am doing a little bit of everything. Pitching, mostly song writing, composing, and proposing it to movies and series
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