The Creative Process #21 Hualun

When did you start making music and what was the contributor factor that made you to do so?

DingWhen I was in junior high school, I learned three guitar chords from my cousin, and then I wrote a song describing a small river in my hometown – the small river was polluted. But I don’t know if it’s a creation, three chords can write songs, this should be the charm of the guitar.

ZooIt was in 2005. I feel that just some emotions drive me to play the guitar, and I won’t be there until then.

How hard was it for you to create, record and release your first material?

ZooNow think of it, the first creation, recording is very simple, perhaps it can not be called “creation”, because we are more driven by emotions and energy to do these things, in a DIY way. I remember that we had an all-night recording of the first recording, but all failed, and the sound engineer never contacted us again.

DingEverything is chaotic and confusing. I don’t know until now that the first recording of the sound engineer was the real sound engineer. I also recorded the vocals, that was the last time I did that.

What is the main art form that influenced you in creating? Was it only music or did movies and other forms of art influenced your creative process?

DingFrom our experience, it seems that we have never been exposed to “art” since childhood, and our growth itself is a road to seeking art.

zooMusic, movies, or some pictures of life

What are the steps that an idea takes before becoming a fully fledge song? And how does that idea affects the way you build an album from the ground up?

DingWe rarely have the ability to complete a song or an album in a planned or organized way; more often, after these works are placed in front of you, you find that they all have rules to follow.

ZooFirst of all, we will have an approximate music picture in our hearts, but we may not say it. Then through the improvisation and collision, to depict that picture.

What do you consider the most important traits that a song and an album must have before you consider it to be completed?

DingThe personality of the individual members it contains (song or album)

ZooSound recognition

What are the actual steps that you take when you are creating? Do you need to enter or go to a certain setting in order to get creative?

ZooListen to your own voice, and the voices of your teammates, and feel the characteristics and integration of these sounds. Capture some emotions during the improvisation process, then restore the feeling and finally record it. It is best to have a free and relaxed environment

DingWith teammates

Except art are there any other external or internal factors that influence you when you create, if so what are they?

Rarely, for us more from the inner world

What is your main motivation to create and be creative?

DingSelf-expression, but now I seem to have lost my desire to express

ZooExpress and communicate

How long does it take to go from a song to an album from scratch to the fully recorded version?

ZooThis is too difficult to answer, sometimes for weeks, sometimes for years

DingHhhhh…Yes, we are not sure how long our own production cycles are

Do you take multiple takes of the songs before settling on the final version or do you go with the flow and just do one take?

DingA song has only one direction, but in the future we may not be so embarrassed.

ZooUsually a version

During live shows what do you like to do more, experiment and improvise on the basis of the existing album and songs or you are more likely to recreate the recorded material as faithfully as possible?

DingExtremely extreme, for a long time we all hope to faithfully restore the recording on the spot; in the future we may not intend to let the audience hear any old songs on the spot.

ZooI hope that there will be more improvisational elements on the stage

What are the main ingredients that makes a live show special for you?

Dingtension

ZooSome real sounds

Do new ideas appear during live performances? If so how to do you proceed in order to materialize them?

DingI have played eurorack modules before, so you know, they give me a lot of ideas about live performances, but the results are the same, impossible

ZooMaybe in the future we will try some impromptu scenes.

What is the perfect time of day and weather that makes you creative?

DingIt’s the most passionate for me to use my working hours for rehearsal.

Zoonight

What are your future plans and what advice do you have for people that want to get into creating music?

DingMake your own music. It is enough to exchange used instruments (synthesizers) with other musicians.

ZooCreate more new music. Face the music world, open yourself and be more open.

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