辛曉琪要當製作人囉!

 記者 林佳宏╱專訪

舊愛還是最美,辛曉琪唱片合約花落滾石,決定跟舊東家再續前緣,簽約的唯一條件,不是簽約金多寡,而是辛曉琪堅持自己統籌專輯,第一次從歌手身分跨越領域當製作人!

辛曉琪從九二年加盟滾石唱片,在滾石唱片「等了」兩年時間,九四年才推出「領悟」專輯,也就是「領悟」這首療傷歌曲,讓辛曉琪在贏得「療傷歌后」美名。

辛曉琪開玩笑地表示,唱「領悟」之前,就連製作人李宗盛都不看好,覺得這首歌難度太高,很難在市場上被傳唱,結果專輯大賣之後,李宗盛只有聳聳肩傻笑。

不僅如此,辛曉琪還透露:「當時還有一個『大哥級』的歌手,跟李宗盛開玩笑地說,如果這首『領悟』會賣的話,就把頭剁下來給你。」

萬萬沒有想到,辛曉琪的「領悟」紅透半邊天,辛曉琪笑說:「現在回想起來,好多人欠我一顆頭呢!」


進入滾石唱片十一個年頭,辛曉琪跟滾石的合約,在今年年初畫下句點。經過半年時間的思考,她最後決定續留滾石,辛曉琪說:「我在滾石這麼多年了,有革命情感,滾石最辛苦的階段,我都沒有離開,現在當然也不會走。」

不過,辛曉琪選擇再跟滾石合作,內容做了部分調整,雙方是口頭合約,憑藉的就是「誠信」二字。

辛曉琪說:「這次我是直接面對三毛(滾石唱片董事長段鍾潭),他教叫放手去做吧。」

辛曉琪很感激三毛給她百分之一百的空間,她說:「我要第一次當專輯的製作人。」

辛曉琪表示,她找了另外兩個欣賞的音樂人,私底下組成一個「鐵三角」,而且會到北京進行錄音工程。

從歌手跨足專輯製作人,應驗了「隔行如隔山」這句話。辛曉琪說:「最辛苦的地方,就是預算安排,原來以前當歌手是這麼幸福。」

辛曉琪的專輯原本排定年底推出,但是前一陣子她接演「梁祝」音樂劇,前後花掉三個月的時間,辛曉琪說,這張專輯一定要做到滿意為止,所以會延到明年才推出

【2003/10/21 自由時報】

Winnie decides to renew her contract with Rock Records and stay on with the Record Company which she has been with for the last 11 years.

Winnie joined Rock Records in 1992 and after waiting patiently for two years, she finally released her first record under the label called "領悟".  It is through this successful album that Winnie became famous overnight and won the title of 「療傷歌后」.

Before "領悟" was being released, some thought that the song is too difficult and not many will be able to sing it, therefore it will be tough for this album to be successful.

One established male singer at that time even joked with Jonathan Lee, the producer of this album that if "領悟" turns out successful, he will chop off his head.  As Winnie shares this little story, she said with a laugh, "Now I remember someone still owes me his head."~~~~

Winnie shared further on her decision to stay on, "I have been with Rock for so many years and I have deeply-seated feelings for the Company.  When the Company was going through its worst patch, I did not leave.  All the more, I will not walk out now."

When her contract with Rock Records ended beginning of this year, Winnie spent some time to consider the future of her career.  And, after about six months, she finally decided to stay on with Rock Records, with one condition.  She wants to be the producer of her own album.

And her wish has come true.  The Record Company's Director has given her his fullest support and promised to give her the greatest freedom in the making of her next album.  Although there is no formal written agreement between both parties, and everything is based on trust, Winnie is still grateful for the wonderful support she has received when she personally faced the big boss.  For the new album, she has also rallied two other musically-talented friends to come together and form a formidable trio production team.  She will also be travelling to Beijing for the album recording.  One of the greatest challenge in being a producer, she admits, is budget planning; as a singer, in the past, she did not have to worry about such issues.

Winnie's new album was originally scheduled for release in end 2003.  Due to her involvement in the Musical "Butterfly Lovers", which took up about three months of her time this year, the schedule has been delayed and the new album can only be released in 2004.  Winnie said, "We will continue working on the album until we are fully satisfied with it!"