Kohlberg Favine, champion of THE STAGE 2014

KOHLBERG FAVINE… or just ‘Favine’ to his friends, is a 22-year-old Iban guy from Kota Samarahan, and may be one of the best young singers Kuching has to offer.

Currently single, he is studying at Institute of Teacher Education Tun Abdul Razak Campus (IPGKTAR) Kota Samarahan.

Favine started singing at five years old. At the time, he loved dangdut songs and was a  fan of his all-time favorite Irish boy band, Westlife.

His first achievement in the music field was when he was 10 when he won the karaoke contest organised by his primary school.

He continued to hone his talents in competitions in his high school and represented his school in national-level singing competition, ‘Pertandingan Lagu Irama Malaysia’ when he was in Form 4.

While furthering his studies at IPGKTAR Kota Samarahan, he continued competing in singing competition and has won several awards, including Winner of Pertandingan Nyanyian Solo organised by IPGKTAR and Winner of ‘IPTAR IDOL’ before representing the institute in ‘KAGUM Peringkat Kebangsaan’ at the Institutes of Teacher Education Perlis Campus in 2012.

He also participated actively in several competitions outside the institute including orchestral performances in Sarawak, Kuala Lumpur at the national level and Bandung, Indonesia at the international level in 2013.

Favine often sings for occasions organised by the Ministry of Social Development and Urbanisation (KPSU) before he won the champion of The Stage title, a singing competition which was held at Dewan Suarah Kota Samarahan on Feb 8.

I was fascinated by his powerful voice and unique style of performance when I watched the final showdown there that night. So, without any hesitation, I approached him to ask some few questions after he finally won the title, ‘Winner of THE STAGE’.

Favine, handsome young man with strong and powerful vocals.

Favine, a handsome young man with strong and powerful vocals.

How did you first get interested in music and how did you enter the field?

To be honest, the interest to pursue my passion in music comes naturally; music runs in my family. My grandfather was a violinist and my grandmother was actively playing ‘She Gendang’. In addition, the support and encouragement I have received from my family makes me eager to get involved in the music field. Besides music, I am also active in dancing and acting.

Tell us a bit about your show offers?

Regarding show offers, so far, I have only received show offers from the Ministry of Social Development and Urbanisation (KPSU) Kota Samarahan and also shows at the Institute of Teacher Education Tun Abdul Razak Campus (IPGKTAR).

Regarding THE STAGE, which singers did you think were your greatest competitors in the competition?

In THE STAGE, my greatest competitors I dare say were Bob and Eein. Both of them received praises from the judges during the shows.

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 Tell us how you felt after being crowned the Champion of THE STAGE?

I am very happy and surprised. Honestly, I never expected to become the champion of THE STAGE. I did rely heavily on fate and luck because I did not want to be disappointed for not becoming the champion. So with that, it would be better for me to just give a sincere performance and give my very best during the final showdown.

What about your singing training? Usually, how long does it take for you to practice?

During training, before I sing I will do some ‘hissing’ and ‘bubbling’ sounds. After that, I will sing my songs over and over again until I feel that my singing is perfect for my performances. Usually, I train for almost 2 hours per day. In addition to that, I also refer to YouTube in order to improve my singing skills.


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How did you develop your talent in singing?

I develop my talent in singing by actively engaging myself in activities which involve  singing at the institute I am studying at now and participate in any competitions organised outside the institute whenever I have the chance.

What genre of music do you like most?

The genre of music which I love is R&B, Pop and Jazz. I often sings songs of those genres.

Which of your idols influenced your talents and singing abilities?

For international singers, I am a fan of Beyonce, Bruno Mars, Afghan and Jason Mraz.
For local singers, I am a fan of Dayang Nurfaizah and Hafiz.

What is the downside  of getting professionally involved in music?

To me, the music field does not have a downside, but it helps me improve my confidence to sing and speak in front of the public. However, in my opinion, our local music industry grows quite slowlycompared to other countries.

Give me three words that best describe you?


What are your strengths that set you apart from other singers?

I dare say that my strength has to be my vocals. I feel that I am different and have unique vocal abilities compared to singers available in the music industry now.

Do you also create your own songs?

I have created my own songs, but because I am not very skilled at playing a musical instrument, I left the desire to compose songs behind.

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What are your plans after this?

For the moment, I am just waiting for my first single to be released. And so, I will focus on my studies because I plan to complete my degree next year and would like to get excellent CGPA results (1st Class Degree), I believe I will be able to do it.

What are your hopes in the music profession?

I hope that right after I complete my studies next year, I will receive more calls for singing performances. In addition to that, I also hope that there are record companies willing to sign me on as their recording artist and finally come out with my own albums in various languages including Iban, Malay and English.

How can people stay connected with you?

They can contact me through my email at [email protected] and my Facebook: Kohlberg Favine.

Do you have any tips for people out there who may be interested to venture into the music field and become a singer?

For anyone who is interested to pursue their passion in the music field or become a singer:
1. Be confident and always believe in yourself.
2. Do not be arrogant and cocky if you are successful, because God may take back the success in the blink of an eye.
3. Always think positively.
4. Have high discipline.
5. Do the best you can if you really have the passion for it and want to be successful in the music field.
6. Build a strong and good image, and stay healthy with good nutrition.
7. Exercise regularly to boost up your stamina in order for you to sing well.

Do you have anything to say to your fans and supporters?

To my fans and supporters out there, I would like to thank you for supporting my singing career. I will continue to give my very best to all of you and if I do make the album, I’m going to buzz the good news all of you . Do continue to support me and also support our local music industry!

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