I grew up classically trained, playing the violin and more recently also picking up the guitar, trombone, and piano and learning various contemporary styles of jazz and acoustic pop. Striving constantly to push boundaries of genres has allowed me to freely express myself artistically.
I was introduced to electronic music through a late night dance music program on the radio 104.9 XFM in Vancouver, and remembering recording several shows on cassette tapes and listening to it over and over again. In High School, I took a course called Music Composition, which introduced me to the world of electronic music producing, and basic recording, sequencing, and mixing techniques.
In 2010, was where I have been introduced to SolarSwarm and its community, and from that I have managed to have 2 releases from them. My philosophy to music is that it should be able to have the ability to take you to places. I always try to paint a canvas with the sounds that I use, while decidingly limiting myself to a 130 bpm 4/4 rhythm most of the time. This helps induce creativity from me, not by simply switching to another tempo and doing something different, but creating something unique out of a limiting set of rules through composition and arrangement.
I believe music should always seek to connect people, and that the experience of music is always better when it is shared, with a common mindspace and goal. Music should promote the love for fellow neighbours, not hate and segregate. It shouldn't promote exclusivity, but should be geared towards being inclusive. When I create music, with the exception of the 130 bpm restriction, that I have imposed on myself, that there shouldn't be a limit to the sounds, melodies, scales, rhythms, and harmonies that make up the music, and that music is created as a means of expressing ideas, instead of representing a certain predefined sound.
Name: Jean-Luc Wu
Lives in: Toronto, Canada
Occupation: Music Composer