What do you think about commercial music projects as a way for underground artists to make a living from their passion?
Chuot: Before deciding to participate in a commercial project, we will carefully consider whether it’s suitable for us, whether we can relate to it, whether it will be fun, and whether it will make an impact. Featuring in commercial projects is a common thing for artists nowadays, and if they can make money from it while doing what they want then it’s great. But writing a song for someone else is different from writing songs for ourselves, since it means we have to listen to and consider opinions other than our own.
Rap was a dominant trend in 2020. In advertising projects, rap has an advantage because it can say more in the lyrics. What do you think will be the advantage of pop-punk in those project?
Chuot: Playful melodies and short, easy-to-understand lyrics. Combining these two things can create a strong connection and empathy, which helps the music touch the audience.
Hien: Pop punk can easily enter the listener’s subconscious and stimulate their spirit. They may not fully grasp our message, but it makes them want to get up and take action. So you don’t have to say a lot, just make people feel something with the music.
What would you do if you were not a member of Da So Toi?
Hien: I will still make music as a part-time gig alongside my studies at school. I think in the future I will find a white-collar job just like everyone else. But if I’m lucky enough to have a long journey with pop-punk, I may grow into a full-time artist.
Chuot: If I don’t make music, I would probably open a billiard hall.
Hien: Okay, then I’ll be its co-owner.
Chuot: Actually, I haven’t determined who or what I will become in the future. The only thing I know is right now I have Da So Toi, and I want to give it my all. Who knows where the future will take us? Maybe playing music will somehow influence our path.
How do you feel when others refer to Da So Toi as an artist?
Chuot: We would be super happy then. But still, we don’t think of ourselves as artists. We are just musicians, we just make music. The title is not our concern.
Hien: We are a band, we are musicians. We are still happy no matter how others name us.