When did you discover your love for your craft and what made you realize you wanted to pursue a career in it?
Musically, I began playing the piano when I was four. And from a young age, I knew I had perfect pitch, but I thought that everyone had the skills to identify pitches accurately. Eventually, I started playing the violin and then singing. Having perfect pitch and a good ear, I was able to recreate melodies on the piano based on what I heard on the radio or online.
Eventually, I formed my own melodies heavily inspired by all the music I listen to, and slowly, those began to evolve into my own style. However, I never really seriously approached songwriting until I experienced love for the first time, and I had so many thoughts and feelings that I couldn’t bear to hold onto myself, so I poured them out into a song that ended up sounding really good. From then on, songwriting/singing was not only a career but also a way for me to express myself and come to terms with many of my own emotions and feelings.
To what or whom do you accredit your sense of style?
I began doing musical theatre in high school, and the songs I sang and practiced were often from these musicals. As a result, these melodies were constantly playing in my head, so when it came to my sense of style, musical theatre definitely had a huge impact on my music, which comprised ballads and soft pop.
In addition to musical theatre, I grew up exposed to pop music, Chinese popular music, and classical music, which all add a romantic taste to the music. More recently, I’ve explored R&B as well as country and folk, so my songs begin to incorporate elements from these genres as well.
On your current project, how did you come up with the concept?
My latest single “Can’t Deny” which was just released on 10/6 came from a very personal experience I had with someone. I would summarize it as a short-lasting but intense romance. The central idea in the song is the title “Can’t Deny” which repeats itself many times throughout the song.
I believe that not denying something is not the same as accepting it because it still leaves hope, so even though sadness really drives the song, it’s illustrated in a more hopeful, positive light both lyrically and musically. You’ll need to listen to the song to get a clearer idea of the “plot” of the song.
What are some of your greatest challenges, and what is your greatest attribute when it comes to your work ethic?
In terms of writing music, it’s always difficult for me to just sit down and try to write a song from scratch. It’s usually an idea that pops into my head or a serious experience that propels me to sit down and write the song from start to finish in one sitting.
Eddie Wang Talks About Sense of Style and Upcoming New Music Release
I tend to be a more in-the-moment kind of guy, so I really have to feel something and be motivated in the moment to sit down and write the song. However, when I do get an idea/strong emotions from certain experiences, the songs that come from them are really powerful and everything that follows is beautiful art.
What are your plans for the near future?
In the near future, I’ll keep writing, producing, and releasing music! I see myself eventually releasing an EP or an album and going around the country or several countries for tours, but I think at the moment, my focus is still putting more singles and quality music out there!
Is there anyone you’d like to thank, any shout-outs?
I’d like to thank my long-time piano teacher Luba Pyatkovskaya who taught me so many valuable piano and musical skills that are the foundation of my musical understanding and compositions. I’d also like to thank my friends, family, and fans who have supported me from day one.
My songs often stem from a very personal experience of mine that often involves someone else, so I’d also like to thank those people for bringing in those positive or negative experiences that shape the person I am, and have enabled me to write music!
How can fans find you?
I’m on Instagram, Facebook, TikTok, YouTube, Spotify, etc.
What suggestions do you have for other artists like yourself?
Be true to yourself. No matter what kind of music you make, you’ll always have an audience. Sometimes I feel like I have to change my music to appeal to a wider audience, but then I realize that I’m really making music for myself first, and then I put my fans and audience next. It may seem like a selfish thing, but the music that you love making will truly fulfill you and push you to continue growing as an artist.