Before becoming an actor, Xian Lim was first a musician.
For this reason, he is excited to stage his first solo major concert titled #ADateWithXian this Saturday, July 9, at the KIA Theater in Cubao.
He said during the press conference of the event, "It feels good to have a venue to perform for people.
"And being given this opportunity, milestone talaga ito para sa akin dahil not everyone is being given this opportunity.
"Nakakataba ng puso and at the same time, it’s something that throughout the process I'll be able to work on myself and it can grow to something, di ba?"
The concert will have Alco Guerrero as its director, and Silent Sanctuary's Chino David as musical director. Both helped him choose his repertoire along with Star Music.
"I had my list of songs tapos meron ding pinitch si Star Records na gusto nilang kanta.
"Pero with the help of Direk Alco nga, I got a hold of it. This is a very special concert, I want it to have a certain twist, a certain flavor.
"Nagmerge yung ideas naming lahat and also with Chino David from Silent Sanctuary, my [musical director]," said the ABS-CBN actor.
He will also be performing a medley of all his original compositions from his past albums.
"I'm gonna have a medley ng lahat ng nagawa kong songs, selection ng songs from my albums.
"[It] best describes me now kasi a lot of it are originals and some covers din po pero sa originals na yun, binigay ko talaga yung puso ko, it's a part of me yung nilagay ko sa kanta na yun."
GUESTS. Some of Xian's guests in his concert are Morissette Amon, Richard Poon, Abra, and Dawn Chang.
According to the 26-year-old actor-singer, he personally chose these people to be part of his concert.
"If you may ask why, like si Richard Poon, not many know, I don’t know if he remembers pero when I was starting out, noong 2008, 2009, sabi ko, 'Richard paano ba kumanta? E, idol talaga kita Richard Poon!'
"When I first got here sa Philippines, siya yung pinakaunang napanuod ko na nagpeperform sa Eastwood. Gusto ko yung interpretation niya sa kanta.
"Tapos he was the one who told me na Xian, 'kailangan marinig muna kumanta.' This is how many years ago. Nahihiya ako, sabi niya hindi ka dapat mahiya.
"Tapos he gave me a couple of advice, ganoon. It's gonna be exciting.
"Si Abra naman, I had this thing for hiphop and R&B, it's in me. Si Abra, I really idolize him dahil sinusulat niya yung kanta niya and may suntok yung kanta niya.
"Si Morissette naman, nung Everything About Her talagang na in love ako sa rendition ng kanta nila."
Xian was talking about his January 2016 movie with Vilma Santos and Angel Locsin, in which Morissette performed the theme song "Something I Need" together with Piolo Pascual.
As for Dawn, he said, "I've watched her, yung isang video nilang naging viral, yung 'Love Me Like You Do,' sabi ko kaya ko rin 'yan, e!
"Tapos may inaral na ako na sayaw. [Sabi ko,] 'Yan yung sayaw? Hirapan pa natin!'
"Pero it's really exciting. Exciting yung magiging collaboration."
Does this mean that concertgoers must expect a sexy dance number from Xian?
He answered, "Ayoko siyang tawaging sexy. Nakakahiya kasi, parang feeling na sexy performance, baka mapressure ako. Expect sexy dance moves, but not too sexy. Sensual!"
KIM CHIU. Of course, his special guest that night is his onscreen partner and rumored girlfriend Kim Chiu.
Their production number will be a combination of requests sent by KimXi fans.
"Kung ano yung mga ni-rerequest nila, ang dami kasing nagre-request na 'Gawin niyo ito.'
"Pero secret muna. People have been asking sana gawin niyo ito."
Does he feel pressured since Kim just mounted a successful concert in the same venue last April?
He responded, "No, it's not coming from Kim's concert to me. Hindi po.
"We're here to enjoy, we're here to have fun.
"It’s a way of me giving back to the years of support na binigay sakin ng lahat ng manunuod dito. It’s a chance for them to see me on stage, bihira lang yun, e."