Lui Peng, a British-Chinese singer and songwriter has come out with a new EP, Feathers and you may know him from his song covers on his Youtube page or when he stopped by on our shores last September during his tour across Asia.
His single No Rush which was a combination of pop, electro and a hint of rap has been the highlight of the tour and we looked into his process of creating music, how his inspirations have shaped his music career and what’s more to come after the release of his latest EP consisting the tracks; No Rush and Just Go.
You were born in China and moved to England when you were 9 years old, I assumed that the transition process would have an impact on you and the way you make music right?
I was actually very fortunate because my mom took me to live in New Zealand for about 3 months and in Australia which was about 6 months. Then, finally coming over to England so my English had become dramatically better.
How had moving around the world impacted your music?
I wasn’t sure that I wanted to be a musician at that age; I mean I’ve seen pop stars on TV but for the longest time I actually wanted to be an actor which may have come from the obsession of being the center of attention. But, later I’ve found refuge in making and producing music.
What was it like when you first discovered your love for music or creating it?
I’ve always liked playing guitar and experimenting with melodies but it wasn’t until I was sixteen that I thought, “You know what, I want to do music” because it was something that I was passionate about. Getting into videography and taking photos of people and realising that instead of being behind a camera, I should be in front of one so it flipped a switch in me.
When did you begin making music that you love and is proud of?
It was after 2015, and Ed Sheeran had said something very true which was, “An artist is like a radiator, you have to open it up and let all the rusty water run out so you could actually get to the clean water that runs nicely,” so for the longest time, my music was not great when you listen to what I wrote when I was 17 or 18, But I hope that now when people get to listen to it and be like, “Woah, this is impressive, I could vibe and dance to this.”
Tell us about what was the process of making music in the UK and which scene are you most attached to?
To be honest I’ve always been some kind of a floater so I’m cool with taking things slowly. With all the people that I meet along the way and I love each and every one of them because they’ve all been so amazing to me but in the UK I must say, I have a group of friends that I’m very close to now. But, it hasn’t always been like that because I’ve spent a lot of time on my own and reaching out to producers in other countries and most of them I’ve never met and they sent me instrumentals on the internet so I set up a little studio space and working with producers around the globe. I think the internet is such a great invention that it allows creativity to be bred in such a way.
What would you describe your music as?
Every song that I do is slightly different and a lot of times the thing that ties it together is not the production but the vocals and my song writing so it’s not quite alternative or R & B or pop but a combination of all those genres.
Can you tell us about the artistes who have helped with your growth?
It’s quite difficult to say, there has been the ones like Jack Johnson but then Ed Sheeran pop into the scene and from his song that he collaborated with The Weeknd, Dark Times; I actually used the same time structure. But I really don’t know because there are so many people that I’m inspired by because I could be listening to something that resonates with me like instrumentals from SoundCloud and I think, “I’m going to write something to this,” and something completely new comes out.
Do you remember the first song you’ve ever played on the guitar?
It was Better Together by Jack Johnson but I couldn’t play it for a long time because it was a combination of eight different chords so it was a great moment when I got to play the song fully and properly.
Do you have anything new in store for the future? Maybe a new album?
Under my record label, we’ll be rolling out the EP, Feathers and hopefully after that there will be another EP that is more mature in terms of the writing and working with producers I’ve met in real life and over the internet so there’s an extra dimension. Fun fact; for Feathers, I used a slang which was, “Bird” to describe a woman as they do in the UK so the word “Feathers” was more of an indirect way to describe girls which was actually quite sweet.
Featured Image source; Lui Peng‘s official Facebook page.