Who am I?
A Berklee College of Music graduate in Film Scoring and Electronic Production & Design originally from Malaysia. I've spent my adult years bouncing from Boston to Los Angeles and to Shanghai where I'm currently based.
What do I do?
Over the years, I've played in rock bands, co-produced video game orchestras, sound-designed for video games, produced music for artsy indies games and blockbuster films. Nowadays, I focus on producing sound for visual media, while also writing articles sharing random thoughts and teaching the next generation of musicians.
Why I do what I do?
Passion would be a generically boring answer, but it did start out that way. I'm extremely fortunate to be able to make a living doing music, I've been a decade in and still loving it. It takes all kinds of people to make up this world, I'm just playing my part in the grand scheme of things to achieving cosmic harmony :)
What's that funky instrument in that picture?
It's called an Oud, a Middle Eastern ancestor to the European Lute and Chinese Pipa, said to have a history as old as the Pyramids. I love and play Ottoman classical music because it's so darn beautiful and I highly recommend you check it out!
You said you write and teach?
Yes! Writing music has been a great way for me to share my gifts but I'd like to share with a wider audience hence I began sharing with words and experience. I write on both Medium and my own blog, sharing my own experiences and perspectives on things. As for teaching, I was never the "talented" one and hit against obstacles and roadblocks along the way. Nowadays, I derive joy from helping and sharing with the aspiring bunch.