A monthly livestream music production + writing show, exploring various creative avenues for the creation of original music. Each month features a different artist, using a different process of music-making.
Brand guidelines given: Jazz/Blues meets the South For Women between the ages of 25-50 years
Results: A fun score that makes you not only want to shop, but also to tilt your head left and right as you flip houses. On a side note, one of the most downloaded iOS games in Australia during the soft launch. Now available everywhere.
Producer, Mixing, and Mastering. Stream on Spotify. First round Grammy nomination.
1. Tell The Truth Produced, mixed by Chucky Kim Vocals by HC Smith Bass guitar, synths, B3 organ by Chucky Kim Electric guitar by Edson Choi Drums by Abraham Kim
2. Good Lovin' Produced, mixed by Chucky Kim Vocals by HC Smith Bass guitar, piano by Chucky Kim Electric guitar by Edson Choi Drums by Abraham Kim
3. Don't Know Nothin' Produced, mixed by Chucky Kim Vocals by HC Smith BGVs by Sharay Bass guitar, B3 organ, piano by Chucky Kim Electric guitar, synth by Edson Choi
4. Make It Hurt Produced, mixed by Chucky Kim Vocals by HC Smith Bass guitar, B3 organ by Chucky Kim Electric guitars by Edson Choi Drums by Abraham Kim
5. Goodbye Darlin' Produced by Juan Espinoza Mixed by Chucky Kim Vocals by HC Smith Acoustic guitar, synths by Juan Espinoza Cello by Peter Jacobson Violins by Justin Wagner
Recorded at Mosaic Sound Recordings (Los Angeles), engineered by Glenn Suravech Recorded at Be Hear Now Studios (Los Angeles), engineered by Juan Espinoza
Samples of human microbes are taken from a body, placed in our microbial vinyl player, then the data is converted in midi. I then take the midi and create unique beats that says something biological about your body.
DANakaDAN ft. Priska - Mothers (official visualizer)
DANakaDAN - "CRAZY RICH ASIANS" ft Bea Go (official audio)
Ukulele Days, Cynthia Lin
Mixing, Mastering Engineer. Billboard #8 on World Albums, #15 on Jazz Albums Stream on Spotify.
Home:Word, Magnetic North + Taiyo Na
Magnetic North + Taiyo Na are my family. We toured the states together, hit #2 on Japan's iTunes charts, built the Holla benefit concert platform (having raised over $30,000 to help fight child sex trafficking in South East Asia). But bigger than what we built, we got to experience what "movement" feels like. That feeling of discovering that strangers in different geographic locations are working towards the same thing you are. This album was bigger than music, it was a way of discovering our place in Asian America.
Honored to have served as: Producer, writer, music director, arranger, composer, bassist, guitarist, keyboardist, pianist, vocalist.
Home:Word - Official Music Video
3 years and a million views later, it's a blessing to read through the stories, words, and reflections this simple song has inspired. What a lovely reminder that in our core, we long for that unassuming warmth we adore as "home". Our search for it, our creation of it, our cherishing of it. i'm so grateful that this song, which created a home for the Holla creatives, helped others find their home too. That in its simplest essence, home is the journey within, that feeling of acceptance, embrace, and gratitude. It is nomadic, and it has a place.
The music began its journey in a humble church on Chicago's westside, accumulating stories of joy and peace in the midst of an otherwise violent and turbulent inner-city existence. It was refined in the classrooms of UC San Diego through the poetic care and investment of a dear Motown-raised teacher, Kamau Kenyatta, who believed that music only exists to glue communities. It then found a platform at EMW Bookstore in Cambridge, at a 4am-sunrising jam session, amidst discussions of science, art and creativity with the extraordinary Dr. David Kong. Its hook coined by Samuel Kang in a beautiful San Jose garage, with a family of brave souls creating art to free the children of sex trafficked Vietnam. got cut in NYC with Magnetic North +Taiyo Na, rallying together a team of believers in one voice. And finally, finding its home in Japan, rising to #2 on iTunes, and speaking hope into the post-tsunami, post-Fukushima Japanese people. And of course, the belief of Wong Fu Productions to craft a visual narrative, crystalizing a necessary sentiment.
I Got My - Official Music Video
New Love - Official Music Video
"We Belong" Live ft. Geologic / Blue Scholars
"Postcards" Live @ Holla For Japan
David Choe + A Place Called Home
Every once in a while, you witness magic. For this, it was facilitating the FacebookHQ-painting-millionaire-making-world-acclaimed artist David Choe alongside the children of South Central Los Angeles for a collaborative mural project, via the generosity of Upper Playground. What's not magical about unleashing the visions of children with the help of a world class artist? Or rather, an artist who left his pedigree at the door, uplifting their imaginations, their hands.
Our canvas, a 40 foot wall at A Place Called Home, centrally located within a campus holding 400+ children daily.
Just watch the videos, you'll see the very best of humanity.
Honored to have served as: Co-producer, author (published).
APCH David Choe Mural
Who's David?- APCH Mural
Turtles in Love- APCH Mural
Mr. Pops - APCH Mural
A Lesson- APCH Mural
Harvard Educational Review
My article, "We're Still Here", got published in the Spring 2013 edition of the Harvard Educational Review. It meant volumes to me specifically because the edition was entitled, "Expanding Our Vision for the Arts in Education", a topic near and dear to my heart. And on an even greater note, I got to write it with on of my heroes, long-time community artist/activist, Nobuko Miyamoto.
If you'd like to read further, check it out here. Oh, and please, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and let's talk about it!
Honored to have served as: Author.
In this cross-generational dialogue, authors Charles Kim and Nobuko Miyamoto engage in a creative exploration of community-based art, contemporary Asian American identity, and the possibilities of creativity within educational spaces. Using the ideas of John Dewey as a foundation, Kim and Miyamoto offer their dialogues, experiences, and analyses as a window into the processes of creating, making an argument for the need for education to return to the context of communities, and sharing a hope that art will “reclaim its place in the everyday lives of ordinary people."