Ever since he was young, Dave Liang had always been involved with music. With such ambitions and great talent, Dave landed a job as a music producer. He has worked with recording artists on the Bad Boy, Motown, and Universal Records labels – “ a job that only the very few and exquisitely talented could land.
In 2003, Dave decided to leave all that behind to pursue his own career as a musician. He began working on what would become a new sound that was fresh, nostalgic but modern. This new sound wasn’t to become just music – “ it was to become the meeting place and collaboration of old and new sounds. The result that came about was The Shanghai Restoration Project.
The Shanghai Restoration Project revives Shanghai’s jazz music of the 1930s, and is creatively combined with the upbeat sounds of electronica and hip-hop – “ demonstrating the reoccurring theme of East meets West. However, Dave’s music isn’t only about fusing music. It’s more about telling a story and at the same time recounting history through the universal language of music.
Since the release of his first studio album in 2005, there has been nothing but high praise for this young producer and musician. His latest studio album, entitled “Story of a City,” was released this past February.
ASIANCE interviewed Dave about the birth of The Shanghai Restoration Project, Dave’s latest album, “Story of a City,” and to see what we can expect from him next.
ASIANCE: You’ve come a long way since 2003 when you made the decision to become a full-time musician. Looking back on your success with The Shanghai Restoration Project, how does it feel to have accomplished so much in only a couple of years? What are your thoughts?
Dave: I’m definitely pleased with how things have progressed over the past few years. When I first put out the Project in 2005, I didn’t how people would respond. In fact, I’m pretty sure only one copy of the album was sold in the first week. Thankfully, my digital distributor IODA believed in the music and helped spread the word. I am very grateful to them and the countless other folks who have supported the music over the past few years (e.g. iTunes, MSN Music, Sandisk, Louis Vuitton, Warner Music Group, etc.).
I would hope that after listening to the music, people are inspired to learn more about other cultures, Chinese or otherwise.