The Star Interview with Clinton Lau about His Brother Henry’s Success – From 130701

July 2, 2013 at 6:34 am | Posted in Henry Lau, Interviews, News/Rumors, Super Junior-M, Wonderboys | 10 Comments

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Henry Lau goes from Willowdale to K-Pop superstar

The South Korean sensation is a member of boy band Super Junior-M and has a new solo album.

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Clinton Lau still has difficulty wrapping his mind around the fact that his younger brother, a former Torontonian, is a celebrity overseas.

“He has fans following him 24 hours a day, they take shifts and follow him in taxis,” he says, disbelief in his voice.

Twenty-four-year-old Henry Lau was plucked from his Willowdale home a few years back and has since been made into one of Asia’s biggest K-Pop sensations, playing the violin in Super Junior-M, a Korean boy band signed with Korean label S.M. Entertainment.

K-Pop, a genre of dance music that fuses sugar pop, EDM, and American hip hop and R&B, is South Korea’s hottest cultural export. The country’s top three labels earned a record $160 million in 2011 by reaching beyond their own borders.

Before Lau auditioned for S.M. Entertainment, an Asian music agency that scouts talent and trains artists intensively for years to become Asia’s hottest music stars, he was just a Grade 12 kid, wowing his family and friends at talent shows.

“He just had a really amazing sense of showmanship that set him apart,” Clinton Lau says.

Jonathan Medina, the president of a Korean music fan group in Toronto, says it’s unusual that Henry, who he says is equivalent in popularity to a Spice Girl in the ’90s, has made it so big in the Asian music pop music scene.

“There are a few other Canadians that have been scouted, because the music labels out there come to places like Toronto to find talent, but there aren’t many others who have made it as big as him,” he says.

He mentions another Canadian, originally from Edmonton, who goes by the stage name G.NA Choi, who was scouted and is now a successful solo artist in Korea under an Asian label.

“But it’s still really rare that someone from Toronto is living a star life like that,” Medina says.

In the Lau household, Henry, Clinton and their little sister were playing the violin and piano at a young age.

“My dad worked in real estate and my mom stayed at home so she was the one who was really enforcing us playing music,” Clinton says, adding that all the kids in the family were taking the Royal Conservatory program for both piano and violin.

Henry had always done well in Toronto, often winning competitions, but it wasn’t until he abandoned the classical music route and got inspired by a talent show performance of Michael Jackson at another Toronto high school that he really shone, his brother says.

“A friend taught him how to sing and dance, and he learned how to play the violin as well,” Clinton says.

In the spring of his Grade 12 year at A.Y. Jackson Secondary School, Henry went with a few friends to an audition for S.M. Entertainment in Toronto, singing, dancing and playing the violin.

“They called him back the next day and my mom thought it was a big scam,” Clinton says, laughing.

Executives from S.M. Entertainment had to fly Mrs. Lau and Henry to their headquarters in Korea to meet with the CEO in order for her to believe their claims of wanting to train her son to become a star.

“After she came back, she was OK with it and he flew out soon after, turning down a spot in the U of T music program,” Clinton says.

Shortly after the trip, Henry boarded a plane to superstardom, missing his high school prom.

Henry trained for only a few short months before he debuted in 2007 in Super Junior-M, a rare occurrence, his brother says. “Sometimes the music label will train people for 10 years before they debut,” Clinton says.

Henry was well received and so was the group’s first EP, Super Girl, which was released in 2009.

He took a break to study production elements of music at the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston and returned to Asia in January 2013, just in time for Super Junior-M’s release of its second studio album, Break Down.

Clinton says it was Henry’s music production experience that helped him become S.M. Entertainment’s first solo male artist in over a decade when he released his own album in Asia this past month. It is still unclear when the album will be available in Canada.

“Henry always joked around, saying he would be a pop star in high school, but we never knew anything like this was possible, not coming from Willowdale,” Clinton says. “I still think it’s kind of unbelievable.”

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  1. Obviously the interview skipped over the really unpleasant parts, but I’m glad about it.

    • I’m glad they don’t mention it, the bad thing is Only13 is attacking again… T.T

      • Just ignore them. It’s annoying as hell, but all good things come to those who wait. It’s Henry’s time to shine now. =)

        • Only13 should extinct already

      • I’m a recent fan, so I wasn’t there when it was big, but I think of the Only13 thing as being similar to the SJ-antis. From what I’ve seen, most SJ antis don’t really hate SJ. They hate that SJ gets more attention then another kpop band they like more.

        But what the Only13 people fail to understand is that just like when Siwon goes to fashion events or when Donghae played in the tv serie or when Ryeowook has a musical or when Yesung does a soundtrack theme, etc. etc., Henry’s solo career gives more visibility to SJ and attracts new fans.

        I personally think it’s really sad that not all SJ members are in SJM, and I do wish they would all be in it, but blaming Henry or Zhou Mi for this is wrong. This kind of negative attitude has no place among ELF. SJ members are all very supportive of Henry, and all ELF should do the same.

  2. ^ IKR. I personally don’t like recalling those dark days but on the otherhand, it also shows just how even more amazing it is that he was able to debut as SM’s 1st solo male star in 13 yrs, despite initially getting all these only13 hate.

  3. Really impressed with Henry’s talents.

  4. Oh god…even henry has sasaengs 😐

  5. Henry you are amazing! You are super talented, and i am glad you are part of Super Junior and you have your own Solo album. I hope you hit fame internationally, you have the skills and capability too! All the real ELFs in the world and all those Strings (most like ELFs are well xD) are here for you, and we are right beside you if anything happens! ❤
    Im surprised they were able to get an interview with his brother Clinton xD

  6. ALERT ELF:SJ-M 1st place is in danger,shinhwa is chasing us & the gap is nearing. Pls vote!! We can’t lose 1st place:(

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