Who is Third Lapat?
Third Lapat is a Thai singer, model, and actor best known for his song titled ‘Love Warning’ which garnered more than 90 million views on YouTube. Born and raised in Bangkok as Lapat Ngamchaweng, Lapat is also known by the name ‘Third Kamikaze.’ He was always interested in acting but as he grew up, the dream of becoming a singer occupied him. His musical career kick-started when he was located by an agent working with Kamikaze, one of the biggest record labels in Thailand. He was shooting a commercial at that time and was an active actor. After he joined Kamikaze, he spent next two years honing his singing skills and in 2014, he released his debut single titled ‘Reminder’. As his fan-base grew, he started collaborating with more artists. In January 2016, Kamikaze’s official YouTube channel uploaded the song ‘Love Warning’, which was sung by Lapat in collaboration with Sarina Ruttana. The song became an international hit with more than 90 million views. In 2017, Lapat started his acting career with the drama ‘21 Days, I Love You’ which was well received. Following its overwhelming success, Lapat signed many other TV series’ and films.
Childhood & Education
Third Lapat was born on November 24, 1998 in Bangkok, Thailand to a middle class family as the oldest child with two younger sisters. He was interested in performing arts ever since he was a kid and was sincere in academics as well.
He did his schooling from New Sathorn International School and although he scored good grades, he was quite a mischievous young teen. He was in a school gang and was some sort of a bully. Although, he never crossed the line and the most intense thing he ever did as a bully was locking a classmate in a toilet.
Once he graduated from the high school, he started attending Chulalongkorn University and joined their bachelor’s programme in Communications Art. Much before that though, he had already become one of the most popular teen idols in Thailand.
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Third Lapat started auditioning for commercials as a kid and by the time he was a teenager, he had started working as a brand sponsor. He was mostly doing advertisements for kids’ products. During one of the said shoots, he got in touch with some singers from Kamikaze, a major music label in Thailand. Through them, he got in touch with an agent from the label who realized his potential as a talented singer and a future teen heart-throb.
He was immediately offered a contract by Kamikaze and hence, Lapat became the newest face of Kamikaze. But he wasn’t very confident about his singing skills and hence, he opted for training himself in music before he made his debut. He pursued the training in singing for two years and by 2014, he was ready to have an official launch as a singer.
In August 2014, he made his online debut for Kamikaze for its official YouTube channel. The music video was titled ‘Reminder’, in which Lapat featured as a young, good-looking and popular boy in school. Girls are all over him and yet he falls in love with a girl who initially doesn’t like him. The song became extremely popular and went on to become one of the most successful Kamikaze music videos in that year.
In the same year, he released his second single titled ‘Dictator’, which was a moderately successful song. Towards the end of 2014, Lapat collaborated with another Kamikaze singer Thank You and presented the song ‘Following’. This was another major hit for Lapat and his viewers and fan bases further grew. The song has more than 50 million views as of now and is one of the most viewed Thai music videos of all times.
In June 2015, another Kamikaze singer Creamy Kamikaze collaborated with Lapat to produce the song ‘Just one Word’, which was another major success for Lapat. ‘N.E.X.T’ was the second 2015 song for Lapat and this time around, he produced it in collaboration with Marc Kamikaze. The song, which was a new instalment in the ongoing ‘You Love’ project further amassed millions of views on YouTube.
By this time, Lapat was stereotyped as a ‘cute nice guy’ and in order to shatter this image he came with the song titled ‘Love Warning’ in collaboration with the teen-idol Sarina Ruttana. In the music video for the song, Lapat played a bully who falls in love with an innocent girl whom he bullies earlier on. The song quickly became a national rage and crossed the national borders in terms of popularity. Ever since it’s release in early 2016, the song has garnered more than 90 million YouTube views and became the most popular Thai music video of the year 2016.
Lapat became a national teen icon following the roaring success of the music video and many other offers poured in, including acting offers. He got signed on for one of the leading parts in the drama series ’21 Days, I Love you’. It is a fantasy romance drama that premiered on 23rd January 2017. The series features Lapat as a heartthrob who is unaware of a girl who is madly in love with his character. She creates a magic potion of sorts and all hells break lose once she starts using it.
Lapat also recorded a music video for the series titled ‘Stay’, which became one of the key selling points of the series. In 2017, Lapat signed many more acting projects and most of them will be premiering in 2018.
Lapat has remained a model and brand endorser ever since he was a kid. He has appeared in many commercials for major brands such as KFC, Pizza Hut, Siam Ocean World, Splash and McDonald’s. He keeps working as a model and brand endorser despite having a busy schedule as a singer and professional actor.
Third Lapat has mentioned that most of the inspiration for the music video of ‘Love Warning’ comes from his real life, as he himself used to be a bully during his school years.
Lapat has maintained that he has very few friends outside the industry.
His younger sister Biba is a social media sensation. She puts up vlogs related to lifestyle and fashion.
Nutcha Jecka is another Thai teen social media star who is rumoured to be Lapat’s girlfriend.