Tell us your real name and country of birth.

Oliver Cheung, Hong Kong.

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Tell us your academic qualification.

I attended summer music school when I was young (in classical music; playing the cello). I actually went to law school for university and am working in a law firm as my day job.

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Tell us about your music career, band name, musical background, experience and skills.

Since I’m publishing as a solo artist I don’t have a band name. I was in bands before but they never worked out for me creatively because I don’t enjoy the confines and commitments that are required in a band; conversely, it is my ambition to establish myself in my own name and collaborate with other artists on project-by-project basis. I think that would be a lot more fun and liberating (creatively speaking).

As for background, in addition to what was mentioned above, I picked up my interest in computers and music production when I was in high school dreaming to be the next rock star I guess? Years later I discovered the world of concert and media composers where creating music is the core of their musical identity, and I was hooked to the idea of a music career as more a creator than a performer.

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Tell us your genre, concept and idea behind the song.

“Remembrance”, from the EP with the same title, which is largely an instrumental progressive rock/metal EP. Musically, the ideas were stemmed from rejections in my previous bands that did not end up well in terms of my relationship with those band members. However, when I began to compile these ideas and produce the EP, the realization is that if not for those negative experiences this EP would not have come into existence, so I would say it is personally a cathartic release honouring those past experiences that made me who I am today.

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Tell us how to run a record label independently and successfully based on your experience as an artist.

Considering how new I am to the industry, I don’t think I am capable to give a comprehensive answer to this question. As an audience/consumer though, I believe honesty should be the core value of a label; don’t oversell, don’t undersell – an audience should buy an album because of the content, not because of how seemingly famous this artist is. Furthermore, I think petty marketing tactics in traditional retail industries such as geo-locks and pricing like $9.99 do not work in an industry with products that are so focused on the emotional connection between the creator and the consumer, such as music and art.

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Tell us how you are promoting your music.

Through friends and blog submissions – I am very new to this and I do have limited time (working as a lawyer) to commit in promotion.

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Tell us what makes you happy.

 Making music that I am proud of.

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Tell us what makes you sad.

All the tragedies in the world happening right now, and the ignorance that comes from them.

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Links where the song can be purchased.

Bandcamp

http://olivercheung.bandcamp.com/

It will be available later on Spotify, iTunes, Apple Music, Amazon, Pandora, Deezer, Tidal, ClaroMusica, Saavn, MediaNet as well (I am distributing through Distrokid).

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Tell us other members of the band and the producer that assisted you with this project.

It is just me; I wrote, played, programmed, mixed and mastered everything on the EP in my bedroom. The artwork is done by Eunice Tsang, an awesome artist based in Hong Kong as well: http://eunicetsang.com/

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Tell us how long you have been in the music industry.

Either never (given this is my Debut EP) or a long time (occasionally playing wedding gigs as a cellist when I was younger, arranging songs for friends etc.)

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Tell us what you unique from others.

Sounds impossible but I wanted to learn all genres of music I like; and incorporate them into my sound.

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Tell us your weakness and strength pertaining music.

I would say my ability to be open-minded when listening to new music is my strength. As for weaknesses, well there’s plenty, being such a shitty guitar player is one, for example.

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Tell us your 5 favourite songs.

(5 only? This will be difficult)

Plini – Every Piece Matters

Sithu Aye – And Here’s to Many More

Toska – Infantile

Godspeed You! Black Emperor – Dead Metheny

Eurasia. – Rust.

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Tell us your position on DIY and signing to a major label.

Having exposure is a nice thing but I value creative freedom above anything else, I don’t hate my day job per se, personally I just wanted more time doing everything that I am doing right now. On the other hand, some would say having the support of a major label grants you creative freedom because you get to network and collaborate with so many artists that would otherwise be unknown to you, so I’m neutral on this “vs” thing. (because it depends on which label as well).

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Tell us the instruments put together in this song.

For Guitars – I used a Musicman JP7, Bass – I used a mixture of a Fender 5 string Bass with a range of VSTs including Spectrasonics Trilian and Syntronik’s Minimoog model; Drums – I used Get Good Drums, and other misc. FX came from sources like Kontakt Factory library, and some spitfire audio libraries that I own.

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Tell us other activities you will like to pursue apart from music.

Reading, Coffee (pursuing); Pottery, Visual Arts, Painting, Sketching, Graphics Design, Film making (will like to pursue but am not).

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Tell us about gaining the confidence to sing in front of a large crowd for the first time.

I don’t sing (and you don’t want me to, haha.) But as a guitarist, I think how I approach it is this – you almost “over” prepare everything to the point where you can anticipate all possible scenarios and have a solution for it. Short version: practice, practice, practice.

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Tell us the best way to make money in music.

“Best’ can be interpreted in many ways, some may refer to its quantity, and some may refer to how it’s made. I’d like to touch on, in answering this question, the most comfortable way to make money in music i.e. ways that align with my values and personality. In that sense, direct fan-to-artist contributions like Patreon contributions or Bandcamp subscription can be very encouraging. I also think it is much more satisfying to have the bulk of one’s income from music to be from one’s music, i.e. from performances, concerts, CD sales, composition commissions, whatnot, other than personality-based sales such as merch, advertising, Youtube money. Because if 90% of a musician’s income is from merch and personality-based products and the other 10% comes from the 10 CD sales and 5 patrons he got, I would question whether people pay him because he’s likeable, or because they like his music. Just the thought of this alone is enough to crush my self-confidence.  I understand it is very hard to “make it” as a musician in the industry today – but how one “makes it” matters a lot to me.

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Tell us your experience pertaining TV/Radio plugging.

None. I rarely check out TV/Radio shows – maybe digital radio occasionally.

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Narrate your recording experience.

I might as well write an essay but in short, it was a rollercoaster ride of “yes I can finally do X” diving into “oh shxt what am I supposed to do next”, given how new every part of the process is to me. Googling a lot helped.

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List your various works.

I do have a YouTube channel and Soundcloud with my previous demos but I don’t consider them to be “publishable” works:

https://www.youtube./olivergtrhk

https://soundcloud.com/olivergtrhk

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List the links to connect you on social media.

Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/oliverplaysmusic


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