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Singer's road to success

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The singing voice of Fymme (Bongkot Charoentham) will be familiar to all who watch TV. 


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A familiar voice

FACTBOX

12/07/2013

Pimchanok Phungbun Na Ayudhya

The voice of Bongkot Charoentham, also known as Fymme, may sound familiar to those who watch Thai TV series. Having performed a string of OSTs and songs for TV commercials, the lady behind the beautiful voice debuted on stage in the first season of The Voice Thailand and made it to the semi-final. Now famous for recent releases "Yak Hai Ter Dai Yin Hua Jai" (Want You to Hear My Heart) of Yes’sir Days and "Katunhun" (All of a Sudden) featuring Suparuj Techatanon and Lowfat from Project Love Pill 2 by Fongbeer (facebook.com/projectlovepill), this 28-year-old singer has recently signed to We Records, under the iconic imprint GMMGrammy.

WHEN DID YOU DISCOVER YOUR SINGING TALENT?

In my high school years. When my teacher learned I could sing, I was invited to join the Thai ensemble at school. I love performing. Aside from being my favourite activity, I always sing. It makes me happy. I love listening to music. Music is an essential part of my life.

HOW DID YOU GET YOUR START IN THE INDUSTRY?

The Voice was my official start. I had performed behind the scenes for a number of TV series soundtracks before. But the show was where I really got to be on stage and sing to the public. I'm currently working at an advertising agency, but singing has always been my biggest dream. Basically, I'm a big fan of The Voice US. I just want to give myself a try before getting too old. Luckily, I made it to the semi-finals and got a lot of support from the audience which has been an important drive for me. I gained a lot of experience from the show.

HOW DID YOU END UP SINGING FOR TV OSTs?

When I was in CU Band, the auditions were announced so my friends and I gave it a try. The first track that I sang was for the TV series Nang Barb (Sinner) about seven years ago.

WHAT WAS YOUR BEST MOMENT WITH CU BAND?

The first concert that debuted new members of the band at Chulalongkorn Stadium. It was my first big-stage gig. I got to dress up. It was a full production. I remember being very excited. I've learned a lot of techniques from the senior members of the band since.

Fymme as seen in one of her YouTube music videos.

HOW IS FORMAL TRAINING ESSENTIAL FOR A VOCALIST?

I wasn't formally trained until I joined The Voice. Professional training is quite important because the instructor helps you push the limits and improve your singing technique, as well as develops your voice and prepares for performance in the correct way. It's like having a personal trainer at a gym.

WHAT MAKES A GOOD SINGER?

To me, a good singer is a good narrator. There are so many people with a great voice, but it's more important to be able to convey the feelings and emotions of songs to really get listeners into the music.

YOUR THOUGHTS ON FAME?

I don't really think about it. I just want to do my best. I've been asked how I measure success. To me, having my own single and being known as Fymme who sings it means I'm already blessed

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Vocabulary:

advertising: telling the public about a product or a service, political candidate, etc. in order to encourage people to buy, use or support it - การโฆษณา

agency: a company that arranges for some service or workers to be provided to other companies and people - บริษัทตัวแทน, สำนักงานตัวแทน, หน่วยงานบริการ

announce: to tell people something officially, especially about a decision, plans, etc - ประกาศ, แจ้ง, แจ้งให้ทราบ

aside: a remark that is not directly connected with the main subject that is being discussed -

audience: the group of people gathered in one place to watch or listen to a play, film, someone speaking, etc. - ผู้ชม

audition: to give a short performance so that somebody can decide whether they are suitable to act in a play, sing in a concert, etc - ทดสอบการแสดง, ทดลองแสดง

basically: in the most important ways, without considering things that are less important - โดยพื้นฐาน, โดยแท้จริง, โดยทั่วๆ ไป

behind the scenes: secretly rather than publicly - โดยไม่เปิดเผย

blessed: lucky, having a sense of peace or a feeling of freedom from anxiety or pain - มีโชค, มีความสุข

commercial: an advertisement on the radio or on television - โฆษณาทางโทรทัศน์หรือวิทยุ

convey: to communicate something; to express a thought, feeling or idea so that it is understood by other people - สื่อไปถึง, สื่อสาร

correct: right, done the right way, without any mistakes or errors - ถูกต้อง, ไม่มีผิดพลาด

debut: to perform something for the first time - แสดงเป็นครั้งแรก

develop: the gradual growth and improvement of something so that it becomes more advanced, stronger and successful - พัฒนา

discover: to find somebody/something, or learning about something that was not known about before - ค้นพบ

dress up: wear special formal clothes - แต่งตัวอย่างเป็นทางการ

drive: a planned effort to achieve something - การผลักดัน,ความพยายาม

emotion: strong feeling such as anger or love, or strong feelings in general - อารมณ์

end up: to be in a certain situation or place after doing something - ลงท้าย, ในที่สุด, ลงเอย

ensemble: a group of musicians who perform together - กลุ่มของนักดนตรี

essential: necessary - ที่จำเป็น

experience: the knowledge and skill that you have gained through doing something for a period of time - ประสบการณ์

fame: the state of being famous or very well known - ชื่อเสียง

familiar: well known to you, or easily recognised by you - คุ้นเคย

famous: very well known - มีชื่อเสียง

fan: a person who likes something very much such as a famous singer or TV show - คนคลั่งในสิ่งหนึ่งสิ่งใด,คนคลั่ง

favourite: something you like the best of all similar things - ที่ชอบมากที่สุด, ที่โปรดปราน, ของโปรด

feeling: an emotional condition or state that a person is in such as anger or happiness - ความรู้สึก, อารมณ์

formal: official; following an agreed or official way of doing things - เป็นพิธี,ตามแบบ,ตามระเบียบ

general public: people in general - ประชาชน, สาธารณชน, มหาชน

gig: a single job for someone such as a musician, a presenter, a comedian, etc. - งานชั่วคราว

gym: gymnasium, a place to exercise and play sports - โรงพลศึกษา, โรงกีฬา, โรงกายกรรม

high school: a school for children between 14 and 18 in the US and between 11 and 18 in the UK - โรงเรียนมัธยมปลาย, โรงเรียนมัธยมศึกษาตอนปลาย, โรงเรียนเตรียมอุดมศึกษา

iconic: well known and acting as a sign or symbol of something - มีชื่อเสียงและเป็นสัญลักษณ์แทนบาง

imprint: to print or press a mark or design onto a surface - ประทับตรา, พิมพ์

industry: the people and activities involved in producing a particular thing, or in providing a particular service; the production of goods from raw materials, especially in factories - อุตสาหกรรม

instructor: teacher, trainer, educator - ครูผู้สอน, อาจารย์, ครู, ผู้สอน

invite: to ask somebody formally to go somewhere or do something - เชิญ

known as: has the name .... -

listener: a person listening to someone speaking or singing or to a program on the radio - ผู้ฟัง

member: a person, a country or an organization that has joined a particular group, club or team - สมาชิก

moment: a very short period of time; a particular time or occasion - ชั่วขณะ, โอกาสสำคัญ

narrator: a person who tells a story - คนเล่า, ผู้เล่า, ผู้บรรยาย

official: done by people in authority or decided by the government; announced publicly - เป็นทางการ

OST: Original Soundtrack, the music or soundtrack on a recording such as a CD, DVD or digital download -

perform: to put on a show for people, e.g., singing, playing a sport, etc - แสดง

performance: the act of carrying out some type of entertainment or sport - การแสดง

personal trainer: a person at a gym whose job is to show you how to exercise the right way so that you become fit and healthy -

prepare: put in order, get ready - เตรียม, เตรียมตัว, เตรียมพร้อม, จัดเตรียม, ตระเตรียม

production: a film/movie, a play or a broadcast that is prepared for the public - ละครหรือภาพยนตร์

professional: showing that somebody is well trained and extremely skilled - ที่มีความเชี่ยวชาญ

push the limits: perform better than you have ever performed before -

recent: happening or starting a short time ago - เร็วๆ นี้

release: to allow something to be shown or known to the public or to be available for use - เปิดเผย, ปล่อยข่าว

season: all the episodes of a TV program during one year - รายการปีนึ่ง, โปรแกรมปีนึ่ง, ละครทีวีปีนึ่ง

semi-final (or semifinal): one of the two games that are played immediately before the last game in a sports competition. The two people or teams who win the semifinals play each other in the last game, called the final, to decide who wins the competition - การแข่งขันกีฬารอบรองชนะเลิศ

senior: with a high rank or position - อาวุโส

series: a set of TV broadcasts on the same subject or using the same characters but in different situations - หนังชุด

sign a contract: agree to do something in exchange for something such as money - เซ็นสัญญา

single: a short musical record or recording of usually one song - สิ่งเดียว, อันเดียว

sinner: a person who does something bad (a sin), evildoer, wrongdoer - ผู้ทำบาป

soundtrack: all the music, speech and sounds that are recorded for a film/movie - เสียงในฟิล์ม

string: a series of similar or connected events that happen one after the other - การเรียงต่อเนื่องของเหตุการณ์หรือสิ่งต่างๆ

success: achieving the goals you wanted to achieve or made a lot of money - มีผลสำเร็จ, ประสบผลสำเร็จ, ประสบชัยชนะ

talent: a natural ability to be good at something, especially without being taught - ความสามารถพิเศษ

technique: a method of doing something using a special skill that you have developed - เทคนิค, กลวิธี (เฉพาะด้าน)

track: a recorded piece of music - ร่องเสียง, ร่องแผ่นเสียง

vocalist: singer - นักร้อง

voice: the sounds that a person makes when they speak or sing - เสียงพูด, เสียงที่เปล่งจากปาก, เสียงร้องเพลง

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