Anonymous asked:

I recently fell in C-pop and I'm you fan :-) (I'm also working in music industry) let me ask you something. How did you start your work in Taiwan? and Wasn't there any language problem on recording or something? I wanna listen to your story.

So I was studying guitar at Musician’s Institute (M.I.) when I was 19. And one of my classmates who later became one of my best friends was Taiwanese. And after school ended, he moved back to Taiwan and got a job at Sony Music as an A&R assistant. Basically his job was to find songs for Sony’s singers and bring those demos to the meetings. So he asked me to send all of my demos to him so he could show them at the next meeting. And the A&R head of Sony at the time, really liked them, and asked me to write a song for Karen Mok. Something like Evanescence. But I only had 24 hours, because they had to choose that song at the next meeting. But I was able to write, arrange and record it in a day, and that song became “Ai Si Ni”. And the A&R head liked my demos so much, that he wanted to sign me as a songwriter, arranger, and producer. So Sony flew me out to Taiwan to meet with them, and so I could finish recording “Ai Si Ni”. I had already done the arrangement back in Seattle with my old band, and now I was in Taiwan recording Karen Mok and Alan Kuo.

And the language has never been a problem while I’m recording. This is the fun fact about music. It’s that music is it’s own language. If it sounds good, feels good, it’s good. For me, it’s never about the pronunciation of the individual word. It’s especially silly to worry about that, when Jay Chou is by far the most successful artist, and you can’t understand anything he’s singing. And Leehom and David Tao both have accents, but are wildly successful as well. And I think that one of the reasons they’re all so successful, is that they all care about the music first. If they sing something that sounds good, but is hard to understand, they don’t care. It’s sounds good, it feels good, it’s good. And the audience always agrees. No one ever bought a song because the singer sings words so clearly and it’s easy to understand. You buy a song because you like the song. Think of how many people bought Gangnam Style who don’t understand Korean. They bought it because it sounds good, it’s fun time, and they like to listen to it. 0% about the lyrical content, or understanding the meaning.

The hardest part is working together with other people. What do you do when the person who is paying you asks you to make a change to the song, that will make the song way worse and stupid? Do you stand up and fight for the music? If you do that, then they’ll most likely never hire you again. Even if the song is a hit. They’ll be mad at you forever for not giving them face, even though you saved the song from their bad idea. Or do you make the changes and let the song suffer? You’ll get paid, you won’t have made an enemy, you’ll most likely get another call from them, but… You’ll be a little dead on the inside. Your song was ruined by someone not as musical as you. And you stood by and let that happen. And now that person will forever ask you to make stupid changes and ruin all your future songs because you never stood up for yourself. And you’ll never have a hit….

There’s no wrong answer to that question. My answer changes based on my need for money. If I have enough money, then I’ll fight for the music. If I need to get paid, then I’ll shut my mouth and make the changes, and die on the inside.. Hahaha. It’s a common problem, that I think most people who are in the business of creation face. I make creations that are pure and from the heart. Then someone comes along and says I’ll buy that creation you made if you take out the soul and replace it with garbage. My creation will be ruined, but I’ll have money.

Hahaha, I guess this doesn’t answer your question. But my story is LOOONG. But also very interesting, and may help upcoming musicians in the future. Maybe I’ll start writing it down…

Anonymous asked:

Hi, can I ask for guitar tab for a song "与神对话"? Here is my e-mail "return2thewomb@gmailDOTcom" Much appreciation^^

Hey, I don’t have any tab for any of my songs. I never write anything down, and I never use tab or chord charts. I just use my ears to figure everything out. And I highly recommend training your ears to hear chords and chord changes! It’ll unlock the secrets to all pop songs!!

誰Control/Daybreak/Who Control (From “Transformers: Age of Extinction”) (曲/編/製) ‖韩庚 Han Geng‖ 2014.06

First of all, 誰Control/Daybreak/Who Control, are all the same song. 誰Control is the correct title, Who Control is the English translation, and Daybreak was the demo title. And somehow everything got a little mixed up. But there’s not another song. Only this one.

So I was thinking about how to tell this story. But honestly, it just happened.. Nothing special. I’ve been in Chinese Pop Music industry now for over 10 years. And all I do is make music. Sometimes with other people, sometimes because I’m hired by a company, sometimes because I know the artist, etc.. So I’ve met a lot of people in the industry. And more importantly, my music is out there for other artists to hear and see if they want to work with me. 

The story is simply, I got a call from an old friend. A guy I had worked with a few times before on different projects. He tells me he moved to Beijing and was working at a new company. He asks if I have any songs for Han Geng, to be the Transformers 4 theme song in the China version. I sent him everything I had, obviously… Including a song I had done with Evangeline Wong (who we’ll be hearing about hopefully very soon!). Daybreak was the title of our demo. Which wasn’t actually a demo. I’m doing her album independently, and this was the 2nd song we had finished. But this opportunity was super addicting. So I asked Evangeline if we could take this song off her album and try to get it into Transformers 4. 

And then.. A few weeks later I get another call. From my old friend. He says Paramount confirmed our song, and more importantly, Michael Bay liked it so much he wants to put it in the American version as well! And this.. Totally blew me away. 

And it’s in there! The 15 seconds that Han Geng is in the movie, my song is playing in the background! And at the end credits, where they list all the songs, it’s there! And also on when you look at the song listing for Transformers 4. Also on iTunes.. It’s been crazy… Got to #1 in China in just a few days. 

China had a big news article about it. Saying it’s the first time that a Chinese song has been in a major American movie. 

So I kept thinking, ‘This is my time!’, and thinking something was gonna happen……………….

But actually…. Life goes on the way it always had. Wake up to my daughters yelling, “Wake up Daddy! Let’s go play!!!!”. Still eating the same things, same people calling me to chat. A few more likes than usual on Facebook Post about this song being in the movie… But that was it. Nothing actually changed. I actually, totally forgot about it for the past 2 weeks.. I’ve been just living my life normally. Thinking about the new songs I’m gonna write. How to arrange them.. Who they might be good for, etc… 

So the moral of this story.. Is that songs choose their singer. And what happens next is pure dumb luck. I have no control after that point.. Sometimes they hit like AiNi, get nominated for hella awards like Xinfule Ranhoune, or even end up on Michael Bay’s iPod, and then in Transformers 4. But other times they end up like one of the songs I did for Afu, or the one I did for BY2… Not even a single, no one really even heard them, and my heart breaks a little with disappointment. 

And life keeps going on as usual. Regardless…

The enjoyment I get is always during the process. The writing, arranging, editing, tuning, mixing…. And apparently, not in the end result. Cause even when they hit, I don’t like them any better than the songs I did, that nobody ever heard…

自作他唱音乐作品年鉴——Skot Suyama(陶山)


竹林中(曲/編/製)‖Christine Welch克麗絲叮‖ 【竹林中】2014.07

That’s how it is(曲/編/製)‖Christine Welch克麗絲叮‖ 【竹林中】2014.07 

Never Let You Down (曲/编/製) || 謝和弦 ||【Never Let You Down】2014.07

誰Control/Daybreak/Who Control (From “Transformers: Age of Extinction”) (曲/編/製) ‖韩庚 Han Geng‖ 2014.06

Run (曲/編/製) ‖王梓軒 Jonathan Wong‖ 2014.06
出乎意料 (曲/編) ‖Julie‖ 【Black Magic】2014.03
Black Magic (曲/編) ‖Julie‖ 【Black Magic】2014.03

你最好 All of You (曲/編/製) ‖王梓軒 Jonathan Wong‖ 2014.02


分手說愛你 (曲/編/製) ‖Kimberley陳芳語‖【Kimbonomics】‖2013.12

有愛直說 (曲/編/製) ‖Kimberley陳芳語‖【Kimbonomics】‖2013.12

降落伞(曲/编/製) ‖王栎鑫‖【降落伞】‖2013.11

I Don’t Wanna Be Sorry(曲/编/製) ‖王栎鑫‖【降落伞】‖2013.11

你懂不懂(曲/编/製) ‖王栎鑫‖【降落伞】‖2013.11

死不睡覺 (曲/编/製) ‖倪安東‖【Friends】‖2013.10

汗水的重量(詞/曲/編/製) ‖倪安東‖【Friends】‖2013.10

All My Love(曲/编/製) ‖倪安東‖【Friends】‖2013.10

閨蜜樂園(曲/编/製) ‖By2‖【My . 遊樂園】‖2013.09

越來越愛 (曲/编/製)  ‖阿福Afu‖   【天空島】‖2013.06

無限度自由 (曲/编/製)  ‖阿福Afu‖   【天空島】‖2013.06

醒了 (曲/编/製)     ‖戴愛玲‖【想你的距離】‖2013.05

唉 (曲)  ‖Hardpack‖【Never Be The Same】‖2013.05

汗水的重量(詞/曲/編/製)  ‖倪安東‖【天后之戰】∥2013.02


Purple Rain   (曲/编/製)     ‖A-Lin‖【幸福了 然後呢】‖2012.12

幸福了 然後呢   (曲/编/製)     ‖A-Lin‖【幸福了 然後呢】‖2012.12

She Wanna Go   (曲/编/製)     ‖JPM‖【365】‖2012.11

That’s how it is(曲/編/製)‖Christine Welch克麗絲叮‖ 【MV only】2012.10

小秘密   (编/製)      ‖张芸京‖【小秘密】‖2012.09

小女孩   (曲/编/製) ‖张芸京‖【小秘密】‖2012.09

到底是哪個混蛋敢欺負我的朋友(编/製)‖藍心湄 & 謝和弦‖ 【Landiva】‖2012.08

Say Yeah(曲/編/製)‖藍心湄 & 謝和弦‖ 【Landiva】‖2012.08

尋尋覓覓 What are you looking for?(曲/編/製)‖Christine Welch克麗絲叮‖ 【MV only】2012.06

Runaway Mama(曲/編/製)||林宥嘉||【大小說家】‖2012.06

Never Change (詞/曲/編/製) ‖Kimberley陳芳語‖【Kimberley】‖2012.05

愛你 (曲/編/製) ‖Kimberley陳芳語‖【Kimberley】‖2012.05

夢裡來過 (編/製) ‖倪安東‖【Wake Up】‖2012.02

救命 (曲/編/製) ‖倪安東‖【Wake Up】‖2012.02

讓我愛她 (曲/編/製) ‖倪安東‖【Wake Up】‖2012.02

這一刻 (曲/編/製) ‖倪安東‖【Wake Up】‖2012.02

Wake Up(曲/編/製) ‖倪安東‖【Wake Up】‖2012.02

愛的麵包(曲/編/製) ‖陳妍希&倪安東&陳漢典‖【愛的麵包魂】‖2012.02

You Are My Baby (詞/曲/編/製) ‖倪安東&陳漢典‖【愛的麵包魂 & Wake Up Pre-Order Version】‖2012.02


超級爆 (曲/編/製) ‖戴愛玲‖【不只十二月 新歌加精選】‖2011.12

We Believe(曲/製) || 柯有倫Alan+艾瑋倫Allen ||【REMIX 7th Anniversary】2011.12

大大的擁抱(曲/编/製) || A-Lin ||【我們會更好的】2011.11

那不是雪中紅(曲/编/製) || JPM ||【月球漫步】2011.08

哎呀(曲/编/製) || 吳建豪 ||【C’est La “V”】2011.07

柳樹下(编/製) || 謝和弦 ||【長大了】2011.05

海洋 (曲/编/製) || 謝和弦 ||【長大了】2011.05

夢幻女郎 (编/製) || 謝和弦 ||【長大了】2011.05

牽心萬苦 (编/製) || 謝和弦 ||【長大了】2011.05

在一起 (编/製) || 謝和弦 ||【長大了】2011.05

The Rock (曲/编/製) || 謝和弦 ||【長大了】2011.05

纪念品(曲/編/製)∥林宥嘉∥【PERFECT LIFE】∥2011.05

我的寶貝(曲/編/製)   || 庭竹 ||【愛的九宮格】 2011.03

阿嬤(編/製)   || 庭竹 ||【愛的九宮格】 2011.03

阿公(曲/編/製)   || 庭竹 ||【愛的九宮格】 2011.03

黑玫瑰(曲/編/製)   || 庭竹 ||【愛的九宮格】 2011.03

黑洞 (曲/編/製)   || 庭竹 ||【愛的九宮格】 2011.03

風箏(編/製)   || 庭竹 ||【愛的九宮格】 2011.03

別傻了(編/製)   || 庭竹 ||【愛的九宮格】 2011.03

愛你(曲/編/製)   || 庭竹 ||【愛的九宮格】 2011.03

今晚送你這首歌 (曲/編/製)   || 庭竹 ||【愛的九宮格】 2011.03

公主的天堂(曲/編/製)   || 庭竹 ||【愛的九宮格】 2011.03

呼喚我(曲/編/製) || 曾昱嘉 ||【Listen】 2011.01


最後這一課(曲/編/製)   || Circus ||【啥貨?! CIRCUS】 2010.12

至少我有熱血到 (曲) ‖Sigma‖ 【Sigma】∥2010.12

無畏無懼(製)     ‖柯有倫‖【無畏無懼】∥2010.12

Sorry that I loved you (詞/曲/編/製) ‖倪安東∥【第一課】∥2010.11

不耐煩 (曲/編/製) ‖倪安東∥【第一課】∥2010.11

紳士 (曲/編/製) ‖倪安東∥【第一課】∥2010.11

NoNo (曲/編/製) ‖蔡詩蕓∥【NoNo】∥2010.10

藏起來的愛 (曲/編/製) ‖蔡詩蕓∥【NoNo】∥2010.10

杜U ♥ Me (编) ‖王力宏∥【十八般武艺】‖2010.08

Dragon Dance (曲/编/制) ‖王力宏∥【十八般武艺】‖2010.08

义气(曲/编/製) ‖张芸京‖ 【相反的我义气风发版】‖2010.08

相反的我 (曲/编/製) ‖张芸京‖【相反的我】‖2010.07

空港(曲) ‖容祖儿∥ 【空港】∥2010.08

绝世英雄 (曲) ‖黄文星∥【天地】∥2010.08

E.G.B.F. (曲)   ‖Dance Flow‖【Dance Flow】∥2010.05

做自己 (曲)   ‖江明娟∥【無論如何都愛你】∥2010.05

生存權 (編/製)     ‖艾玮伦‖【首張創作單曲】‖2010.02 

Devil  (曲/编/製)    ‖吳建豪∥【Reflections】∥2010.02

Devil  (曲/编/製)    ‖吳建豪∥【Reason Single】∥2010.02



Where Did You Go remix  (曲)∥邓紫棋‖【18】∥2009.10




愛愛愛 (曲/編/製)  ‖柯有倫∥【One Day】∥2009.03

Sugar Lady (曲/編/製)     ‖柯有倫∥【One Day】∥2009.03

每一天  (編)    ‖柯有倫∥【One Day】∥2009.03 



Where Did You Go(曲)∥邓紫棋‖【G.E.M.】∥2008.10


我回來了 (編)  ‖蔡旻佑∥【我回來了】∥2008.07

不可靠(曲)∥何超仪‖【Elastic Rock】∥2008.04

Dreamer  (編/製)   ‖朱韻詩∥【Fairytales are not for sale】∥2008.05

月兒光光 (編)  ‖5566‖【喝彩】∥2008.01







Welcome to my world(曲/編/製)∥柯有伦‖【Welcome To My World】∥2007.06

黄皮肤(曲/編/製)∥柯有伦‖【Welcome To My World】∥2007.06 

To 我的粉丝(曲/词/编/製)∥柯有伦‖【Welcome To My World】∥2007.06

Crazy  (製) ‖柯有伦‖【Welcome To My World】∥2007.06

兩敗俱傷  (製) ‖柯有伦‖【Welcome To My World】∥2007.06

為了我好 (編/製)∥柯有伦‖【Welcome To My World】∥2007.06

最美的痕迹(曲/编/製)∥柯有伦‖【Welcome To My World】∥2007.06

呼吸(編/製)∥柯有伦‖【Welcome To My World】∥2007.06

煩惱歌  (編)   ‖張學友∥【在你身邊】∥2007.02 

原罪犯    (編)   ‖張學友∥【在你身邊】∥2007.02



You & Me(曲)∥萧亚轩‖【1087】∥2006.12



人尽可夫(曲)∥何超仪‖【地狱厨房】‖2006.10 b





对不起 谢谢(曲)‖陈奕迅‖【怎么样】‖2005.11

直覺(编/製)   ‖Soler‖【直覺】∥ 2005.12

夢醒的世界(编/製)   ‖Soler‖【直覺】∥ 2005.12

晨霧(编/製)   ‖Soler‖【直覺】∥ 2005.12

冬眠(编/製)   ‖Soler‖【直覺】∥ 2005.12

Blue(编/製)   ‖Soler‖【直覺】∥ 2005.12

風的終點(编/製)   ‖Soler‖【直覺】∥ 2005.12

走火入魔(编/製)   ‖Soler‖【直覺】∥ 2005.12

天才白癡夢(编/製)   ‖Soler‖【直覺】∥ 2005.12


火星雨  (編/製)  ‖賈立怡∥ 【 賈主義】∥2005.08 

偷心 Yes I Love You(曲)∥5566‖【好久不见】‖2005.08


失魂 (编/製)   ‖Soler‖【雙聲道】∥ 2005.07

海嘯 (编/製)   ‖Soler‖【雙聲道】∥ 2005.07

緊箍咒 (编/製)  ‖Soler‖【雙聲道】∥ 2005.07

陌生人 (编/製)   ‖Soler‖【雙聲道】∥ 2005.07

Make The Whole World Dance (编/製)   ‖Soler‖【雙聲道】∥ 2005.07

羅馬冬假 (编/製)   ‖Soler‖【雙聲道】∥ 2005.07

孔雀與飛鷹 (编/製)   ‖Soler‖【雙聲道】∥ 2005.07

狂風暴雨 (编/製)   ‖Soler‖【雙聲道】∥ 2005.07

暗器 (编/製)   ‖Soler‖【雙聲道】∥ 2005.07

Natural High (编/製)   ‖Soler‖【雙聲道】∥ 2005.07

Stay Awhile (编/製)   ‖Soler‖【雙聲道】∥ 2005.07

永不停止(曲)∥朱孝天∥【On Ken’s Time】∥2005.01


与神对话(曲)‖许志安‖【Back Up】∥2004.10

Give Love A Break(曲)∥容祖儿/Fama‖【Give Love A Break】∥2004.10

我不识广东话(曲)‖潘玮柏‖【Wu Ha】∥2004.09  


阿諾  (編)    ‖陳小春∥ 【黑洞】∥2004.05


2003 年 


Anonymous asked:

Is there a place or a time where you usually get your inspiration from? Does it come naturally or do you have to go out and look for inspiration?

Not really. I can write a song anytime, anyplace, on any instrument, without an instrument, for any reason. But no guarantees that the song will be worth listening to.

I wouldn’t say it comes naturally. It comes from a deep love for writing songs. It’s not my job, it’s my favorite thing to do in the world..

Anonymous asked:

And what age did you realize that you had this talent of writing songs? Who or what was the spark of inspiration for you to become a songwriter?

I was 11 when I wrote my first song. And it was before I could play an instrument. Shortly after, my mom bought me an acoustic guitar, and I learned how to play it, only so I could write songs. The more chords I knew, the cooler songs I could write. The better my rhythm got, the funkier my songs could become. I got a Yamaha 4 track when I was 14, so I learned bass and drums so I could record rock songs anytime I wanted.

My songs were horrible when I started. Unlistenable. But I never stopped writing and recording them. I have over 1000 songs I’ve worked on in my iTunes library. But only 100 are good. And most of those are released already. And I have 900 that are terrible. But that’s how you get good. I’ve easily spent 10,000 hours writing songs.

Anonymous asked:

In your opinion, whose the best singer suitable to sing most of your songs?

Hahaha, I feel like most people already know the answer to this. It’s Anthony Neely. None of even my closest friends can tell our voices apart. I don’t know how many times I’ve heard that our voices sound alike. Anytime I finish a demo, I can just ask Anthony to come over and re-sing it, and it sounds amazing.

Anonymous asked:

Who do you want to collaborate with in the future?

I know most producers would say the bigger, more famous artists. But in my experience, the bigger and more famous artists don’t need a producer like me. They’re already famous, already rich, already have hit songs. Having another hit song on their 10th album won’t help them much. So when we’re working, they appreciate it less. But a new artist, an undiscovered YouTube singer, or just signed to a manager or label, will appreciate it a lot more. And working with me will help them a lot more, and the whole experience will most likely be more fulfilling for me. And I’m actually collaborating with tons of new artists already that I’ve found on YouTube, or who’ve found me on Facebook. It’s just hard getting the songs out.. Out of the last 50 songs I’ve done, only 10 have been released… But everyone is working hard on finding a way to get the rest of the songs released somehow..

Anonymous asked:

Out of all the songs that you've written, which one was your favorite and why?

I don’t really have a favorite. Usually I like the most recent song I’ve recorded. But then I’ll start writing a new one, and will be stuck in that song until it’s finished. I put all my heart and soul into each song. So there’s not one particular song that means more to me than the others. I like them all, and at the same time, the perfectionist in me doesn’t think any of them are good enough, so I keep trying to improve my skills and make better songs.

Black Magic (曲/編) ‖Julie‖ 【Black Magic】2014.03

Dominique took the lead on this song. She called me one day saying that her friend Julie loved 2 of our old demos, and wanted to sell them to her. Dom asked me to update our old arrangements, then she’d record Julie, then come over to my studio and we’d finish up the back-up vocals together. And it was great! And Julie wanted to keep my rap!!! Easy! Most likely because Dom was taking the lead, I could just sit back and chill. Stress free. Hahaha! It’s a rare feeling when you’re producing. And I hadn’t hung out with Dom in forever, so it was great to see and work with her again!

About 4 years ago, Dominique and I had finished 11 songs together. At the time, she was going to release with a new company. But, it didn’t work out. So she released Black Rainbow a few years later by herself with only 3 of our songs on there. So we still had 8 songs sitting around. Julie took 2, and I think Dom might release a few more later herself.. But we still have a few more amazing songs that are just sitting there. When I have time, I might go back and update those arrangements as well and see what happens.

I still haven’t met Julie yet, but we want to. My wife had been telling me all about Julie before this case happened. Turns out my wife watches all those talk shows, especially the ones where they talk about their children. So Julie is a pretty big name in this house!

你最好 All of You (//) 王梓軒 Jonathan Wong 2014.02

Now that I’ve already written like 95 posts, now might be a good time to mention that my credits that I post above my blogs, only are referring to what I did in the song. But if a song is co-written, or co-produced, you’d have to read the blog to know..

Which leads us to the co-written part. This song is most definitely co-written by Jonathon. It’s going to sound a little out of nowhere, since this is our first released song, but Jonathon and I have been making nothing but hits for a few months now. I spent both Christmas and my birthday with him in the studio, just jamming on new ideas, writing amazing melodies, and then producing what we call ‘future music’. So far, we have 6 killer demos done.. Basically, every time he’s in Taiwan, we book as much time possible in my studio. We usually both have some ideas going in, but rarely do we stay with our original ideas. They usually manifest into something completely unexpected. Which is my favorite part of co-writing. Writing something that you’d have never come up with by yourself. Leaving your comfort zone and exploring. 

But actually, this song is our most standard pop ballad song. So our crazy future music doesn’t really apply here. Hahaha. 

And yet I’d never have written a song quite like this either. But in this song it’s the subtle melody changes here and there. The tiny things, that I’d have never thought of that make this song just so epic for me. Like the chord progression in the chorus. When you’ve written over 700 songs, all categorized in your iTunes library, it’s VERY rare that you stumble onto a chord progression you’ve never used.. And the development of Verse melody. From the first line into the second line. It’s just all these minute details that really took this song over the top for me. I feel like I learned a lot from writing this song with Jonathon. 

And the MV! It’s so rare that an MV is good! Even rarer when they have a story, or even make sense on any level. This is the first time in 10 years that I’ve produced a Cantonese song, so I’m not sure how rare it is for the Cantonese market. Either way, the whole point of an MV is to bring the song to the next level. And I feel this one totally did! Especially since I know how rushed this entire process was for Jonathon and his team over there. I knew they we’re going to release this song on Valentine’s day, but had no idea they were gonna shoot an MV for it… I’m still kinda blown away.. 

The best way to start off 2014 for me. 

降落(//) 栎鑫降落2013.11

This YouTube version only has a few hits. But his China version, the yinyuetai link has over 4 million view at the time I’m writing this. And it also has a few million more views on Youku, Tudou, etc.. 

K.A… Or Yue Xin to me. He holds a very close place in my heart. He and his company, are the first Mainland China artists to fly out to Taiwan to record with me. And it ain’t easy. They had to go through all sorts of Visa non-sense just to come here. But it was all worth it. This song became #1 in China in just a few days! Which is kind of weird for me. It wasn’t even released here in Taiwan, and I wasn’t in China to hear it, or feel the excitement. I can just brag that it got to #1 in China, without really understanding what that means. 

Anywho, we recorded 3 of my songs. And this one was by far the weirdest of them all. I was honestly super shocked that they even took it. I was just bored when I wrote it. I wanted to try something more adventurous. But I was even more shocked when they said they were gonna make it the first single! It was an amazing gamble that totally paid off. 

I really hope to work more with Mainland acts. And I really hope to work with Yue Xin and his company again! I wouldn’t mind flying to Beijing and recording him there. That’s sounds like it’d be awesome! And Yue Xin said I’m super famous in China. Which is really wild.. Again, because Taiwan and China have so much beef with each other, we don’t really get their entertainment news here. We can’t even watch their videos online. And they can’t watch ours.. Stupid.. 

死不睡覺(//) 倪安東Friends2013.10

I wrote something like 7 songs together with Anthony for this album. Wrote, arranged, produced, edited, tuned, sounding like pure gold. Only to have his company reject ALL of them. If they were bad songs, I’d understand, but they were all hits. How do I know they were hits? Because I sold them in literally a few hours after HIM rejected them. And one of them became a HUGE #1 hit in China. Yeah.. I’m butt hurt over this album as well. Only because Anthony is one of my best friends, and this third album flopped, but totally didn’t have to. It could have been album of the year…

So I kinda have 3 songs on this album. But one of them was ‘The weight of sweat’, which was already released with that baseball movie he did. The other 2, we’re pretty much songs that Anthony wrote himself. I’m taking songwriting credit on this one, because I wrote the bridge, and pre-chorus, and also changed the chords he originally had in the verse. But his original demo sounded very similar to this! And the other song, All my love, which I can’t even find on YouTube, was kinda the same way. He basically had all the big ideas down, but just needed some help turning his big ideas into an actual 3 minute long song. 

And the sound we got from working this way, was way less Skot Suyama typical sound, and more Anthony Neely original sound. Which I personally love! It’s way more authentic. As with all beginning songwriters, it takes a looooong time to get an idea that’s worth keeping. But hopefully, we can continue this process for his next album. That is, of course, if his company even lets me do anything on his next album….

閨蜜樂園(//) By2My . 遊樂園2013.09

Again, this might get taken down. Poor non-singles.. 

So this one also has a sting to it. I was told by Ocean Butterfly that this was going to be the first single. They even asked me to add that weird intro and outro, because it was going to be for the MV. But then Ocean Butterfly started working with AVEX, and suddenly my song isn’t even a single at all? So now my song has two intros for no reason? 

If this song was just so-so, I wouldn’t mind. But this song had the chance to be revolutionary. To finally have a song that could compete with the Koreans. Instead of just recycling the same Swedish dance songs over and over again, and getting trampled on by the Koreans who keep innovating and revolutionizing the asian market. Weird… Not weird.. Old… Old laoshi’s in charge of this new internet age. 

We’ve reached the breaking point I think. Where people and companies who are scared of change are going to get left behind. And the new and the exciting is going to win every time. To any record company execs reading this, here’s the answer to all of your problems:

Be the trend, don’t follow it.