It seems like the media can’t get enough of lover boy Ryan Cabrera. Hidayah Salamat catches up with him away from the celebrity breakups, Hollywood parties and vacations in Mexico to recall some of his biggest moments in music.

What have you been up to these last couple of years? I’ve been in the US doing concerts and most of all I’ve been working on my new album. I started it two and a half years ago and it’s still in the making. It’s taking so long because every time I get a run in the studio, all these things keep popping up; like events and stuff. It’s been hard to stay in one place. I don’t want to rush. I kind of rushed with my first two albums. For this one, I just wanted to take my time. The sound has kind of changed along the way.

How did you discover your gift for songwriting? I always wanted to be in a band but never really wanted to be a singer. I just wanted to write a song and sit in the background but nobody else wanted to do it. It was like, “Ryan, you either sing or you get out.”

What’s the most bizarre thing that’s ever happened to you onstage? It wasn’t as bizarre as it was embarrassing. I was wearing those ripped-up pants and this girl from the front row literally ripped my pants off. I only had my boxers on. And there was that one time in the House of Blues in Chicago when I was so into my music I fell off the stage.

Most exciting show you’ve ever done? The craziest show so far was the one at the Wango Tango, an annual day-long festival in Los Angeles. There were 64,000 people there; it was nuts.

What privileges come with being a pop rock musician? When I was a kid, it was a dream of mine to meet Green Day. I ended up doing a concert with them and we even hung out.

Funniest song request you’ve actually entertained? Everyone keeps requesting Justin Bieber. I’ll sometimes go into a little piece of it, only for a second. I kind of like to mess around and see what happens after.

Worst audience you’ve ever played for and where? I did a festival once and I guess the booker didn’t know that I sang acoustic love songs and pop rock and it was a hard metal festival. When I got onstage, all they wanted to hear was hard heavy rock and there I was singing “True.”

What can we look forward to in your upcoming show? It’s going to be fun, laid-back and real intimate. It’ll be cool because people who have heard my music will get to see me actually perform.

Catch Ryan Cabrera live on Aug 28-29, 8pm at TAB, 442 Orchard Rd., 6493-6952. $55 from TAB. For more information, log on to or email