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Where are you from?
Altoona, Pennsylvania, nestled perfectly in the Appalachian mountain ranges where the rivers run clear and the trees dance with the breeze. Ah, home.
What’s your Shenzhen story?
I came here in 2007 after just graduating from college. I studied Western Philosophy and History and wanted to know more about Eastern culture. After year one I quickly realized Shenzhen was a place where you either create opportunities in business and add to the color of the city or move on. Met my Gabree, my wife in 2009 and we started laying the foundations for the project that is now Shenzhenlcalmusic. We had our daughter Nan Feng in 2011 and started this blog shortly after. Now, building the local music community for Shenzhen is our life. A beautiful one.
3 musical influences/why:
- Zac Brown - His ability to finger pick a classical guitar and bluegrass style is second to none. Most of my playing style is inspired by his technique.
- Bon Jovi – Say what you will; His vocal power, honesty and presence as a front-man can’t be denied. And, I’m a sucker for ballads – they bring it time and time again.
- Gabree Kwan - My wife. Through her I’ve learned to hear the subtleties and dynamic in the voice. Without her, I wouldn’t hear music the way I do now. I’ve never met someone who understands music so intimately and can grasp sound so effortless.
3 lyricist influences/why:
(I’m spending some time thinking about this question. Check back)
A piece of lyrics or poetry that paint an imagery that you find intangible?
He was born in the woods, torn from his home,
Naked and destined to be out on his own,
And he waited in darkness hoping someone might see,
from something so rough, what a treasure he’d be.
-Zac Brown, “Martin and me”
There’s so much weight to carry for this world
So little I can actually change,
At least once a day I give up hope
Then I see my daughter’s face
Favorite music related memory?
Countless. But, most important: seeing my dad on Friday nights after a long week of grueling physical work come home, pour himself a Bud draft, throw on some Skynyrd, sit at his self-built bar with my cat beside him, close his eyes and relive moments of his youth. Music was his nostalgia, Lyrics his road-map in life. He taught me how to live through music. He showed me it’s power.
Largest audience played for?
500+ during my college touring choir concert in Budapest, Hungary.
Which venues do you usually perform at in Shenzhen, Guangzhou and Hong Kong?
Well, the nature of my business Shenzhenlocalmusic has me playing anywhere that venue owners have music, from Shenzhen to Guangzhou and the rest of the PRD. But, I regularly host open mic with my band Brue at Rapscallions, Coco Park and on Sunday’s, you can find me leading the congregation in music transcendentalism at La Casa.
Do you write songs and lyrics in languages other than English?
I’ve written some stuff in Mandarin but it’s never seen the light of day.