selling out. It was just so much fun. The whole place was slammed with people and every single song that came on I could barely hear myself singing because everyone was singing so loud. It was the first time I had sold out a big venue. It was a special moment for me. I have to ask, what’s the story behind The Home We Made Part 2? I don’t generally talk about the story behind songs. Sometimes with a single I’ll post general events that inspired it. I’m just a big fan of purposeful ambiguity in art like keeping certain things unsaid and certain things ambiguous so they can start to mean certain things to people that they couldn’t mean otherwise. The reason is if I explained some of those situations it really wouldn’t be accurate. The surface of that explanation is such a tiny part of what it’s actually about. In reality, it could be about this way deeper universal truth that I don’t really know how to verbalize and so instead I say “Oh it’s about my exgirlfriend doing this” and it’s like okay, that’s pretty basic. In reality, it’s about all these crazy, deep things underneath what happened, but I write music about it instead of explaining it because I don’t have the words for it. That’s the entire reason I write music to begin with; so trying to explain it, it ends up falling short. If there was no music career, what would you be doing right now? What did you go to school for and where? I was going to school for economics before I started making music. I went to Pace University in New York and my ultimate plan was to transfer to the University of Chicago. So that’s probably where I’d be, I would have graduated by now. So I’d probably be pursuing some sort of Masters’ Degree or some kind of post graduate degree. I think I’d be in some entrepreneurial position like starting a business or something like that. I’ve always really liked business and stuff but obviously it’s completely on the other side of the spectrum from music. Do you ever get nervous before a show? No, not nervous per se. I get really hyper-focused and I have to get hyper-focused, I definitely get in a weird headspace, I just wouldn’t call it “nervous.” I’m never like “Oh, what if something goes wrong?” It’s a general feeling of excitement. I did get nervous before going on at Bass Center when I did that vocal spot with Bassnectar. I definitely got nervous then, but that was mainly because he had asked me to write a new part for the song specifically for that performance and we were supposed to go over it like a bunch of times, and he ended up being super busy, and it ended up being
that we couldn’t go over it at all. So I was basically going in performing this thing in front of 30,000 people without ever having gone over it even once. I went in it thinking so many things could have gone wrong whereas generally before a show I’m taking the risk and most of the things that could go wrong; I’ve already anticipated and know how to fix. How many instruments do you actually play and what’s your favorite? I don’t know an actual count, but there’s probably about thirty instruments I can play. There are a lot of melodic instruments and once you learn the foundational aspects of melody and harmony, you can pretty much play any of them. Anything that makes melodies that you place in front of me I can technically play it. Doesn’t mean I’m excellent but that’s how I am with most instruments. As far as for ones that I’m good at my favorite is probably piano, I always return to piano. That’s what I compose most my stuff on. How old are you and when did you get started out in music? I began playing music at a really early age because my parents dabbled in music and they surrounded us with it growing up. We always sang and played instruments when we were kids. We grew up in Hong Kong so it was a weird smattering of different US music that comes over on CDs. How did you get to where you are now? It was a process of finding my identity in music and finding out what I actually wanted to do with music and sticking to it to the fullest extent of my abilities. A lot of people have a hard time finding out what they wanna do in music and once they do find that a lot of them will do it for a little bit and if it doesn’t stick they just move on. So there were a lot of periods in this journey with Crywolf where I got to the point to where I was like, “I could change it up. This isn’t working.” I’m really glad that I stuck with it because now it’s caught on a lot. A combination of perseverance, creativity, and uniqueness. I was creeping on your IG and saw where you had lost your voice and made it into a breathtaking track. Where did you come up with the idea for that? That was where I was doing a song a day for an EP. If you do one song every day it really pushes you creatively because you have to work every day. I did not think it was a cool sound, but I wanted to make this
Published on Oct 1, 2016
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