Do you have a page?
Yes I have a page.
What brought you guys together to play music?
I've always been playing and writing music on my own. I haven't a band since beginning. Just by myself as solo artist.
I am EarlyNew, writing and singing my own original songs. I have accomplished the mission impossible to arrange and even engineer my own first released album, hence I hope it inspiring because it all came from one word - belief.
What are some musical touchstones that influence you?
If I need to choose the major icon, that is Stevie Wonder and Joe Pass, as well as some great singer songwriters. Maybe I can tell you more, but I'm definitely a fan for Stevie Wonder since young.
Can you further explain some of your biggest music influences?
In earlier days Stevie Wonder's spirit and talent is amazing and very inspiring to me. Meanwhile as people's lives change and situation altering, there will be new influences shown. I am still trying to identifying it. Somehow I find that I am creating my own style along the way, and it's me now who is influencing my own spirit more and more. I think it's a sign of maturity musically and I'm so wondered to find that in me.
What are your biggest song inspirations?
Besides influences as above, the Motown artists and contemporary soul singers are sending me good feelings while listening. Maybe they are all good inspirations.
Give me 3 new songs and tracks that listeners have to check out.
Let me think. Perhaps people shall listen to " Let it go ", '' Hey Joe ", '' Here is a grand city '' compiled in my debut album " Something above all ". Anyway I quite like them.
Do you believe the city itself you are living in has influenced your music? Why?
In some way, yes maybe. But music goes beyond borders and songwriting of mine seems quite different from where I live now. Something wonder in such a scenario.
What musician would you dream to play with?
Wow! Can I really dream of that? Definitely my influences. Somehow as time goes by, I also love to play with upcoming new musicians and artists who respond to me musically.
Favorite hot spots in any city?
I would love a place with mountain and seashore linked together. Or some nice cafe. Suggest me some?
Your "new" album was finished in 2008. Which track was the toughest to record?
The original tracks weren't difficult to record. The toughest part came from the engineering process which I handled totally on my own, with the consulting from a pro. This was some prides I had in self-producing because I really had some hard time running through it with tears and hardship side by side for years. Thankfully it finally came along with the best result I think it could be.
What kind of music did you listen to growing up?
Conceptually music is music to me. I listened to all kinds of music since little. I don't sort out music genre.
If you had to choose, would you rather be stuck in the room with a timid tiger or a crazy cat?
Um . .
If you could collaborate with any artist who would it be?
Preferably the artist who digs in my music, would be good.
Something Above All is the name of your album. Why did you choose that title?
I hope to deliver the belief that we always identify what that most important thing is to our life and believe in it so as to realize it no matter what.
If you are on the road, what is your favorite city to play?
At earlier stage, I like it New York. Now I am growing quite flexible and there are many great cities I think where there will be my music lovers to play for.
What has been your biggest win to date?
Having chosen the right soybean milk grinder lately after hard study and comparison.
Which of your songs is the most personal to you?
They are all my babies. You know.
Can you explain the concept behind your albums?
If I may suggest, the concept can be decided by you as a listener. I keep it open.
If you could have anyone to start a band with, who would be in it?
Oh mine! Something exciting about it is that I have totally no idea and that's the fun part of the journey afterwards. Keep it open, anyway!
What was the moment when you decided you wanted to make something out of music?
Back to year 2004, I was pretty determined to put my music into reality, and that's why I recorded the album Something Above All and Angels See Angels right in the winter time of that year - 2004.
Who are some of your influences, non-musically?
I think it is some scientists in history, or the animals that bring me joy, such as the street cat who is visiting to my house currently, really adorable! His name is Qua Qua, my beloved pet now.
Do you run the label by yourself?
I don't really have a label yet. But I make myself one that is named Fat Tree Papa Mountain Group which is an invisible label attitude. It shows my spirit and that's all.
As an "invisible" small label, what are the biggest challenges you face?
People don't really read minds. Ha!
Why haven't you collaborated with anyone yet?
If people who contact me with vague signal, it's a puzzle to realize what to proceed with. So better that people who are interested to collaborate show a clear and firm concept and explanation to me so as to see how it goes.
What is your invisible label mean to you?
As an artist producing my own songs, my invisible label portrays the spirit I have in creating it. They both holds the weights on me as an independent artist.
What's your next projects?
Keep recording of my original songs. This time I would expect some collaborators with greater production capacities than me to get involved. I have my own arranging abilities, yet it would be nice to have someone with different skills and knowledge to arrange my songs. Enginneering is definitely something I'll leave it to pros since I'm not good at it.