Neocha: What’s your journey in music been like? You were trained in classical music – what inspired you to transition to electronic music?
Andy Leung: The hardest thing is to categorise my own music – it’s not quite contemporary classical, not quite electronic, probably somewhere in between. I learned classical piano and had all the classical training. But at home, I would find cassettes from my parents, and they would have country, folk, ’80s Cantopop, some really old Mandarin pop, and even Michael Jackson. I was exposed to a lot of music while I was very young. Later on, I also played in a rock band during secondary school because I thought it was cool. That’s where how I learned to play the guitar, bass and drums. We were playing covers songs of Queen, Jimi Hendrix, Red Hot Chilli Peppers and so on. I got into jazz and hip-hop in university, so I studied Dr. Dre and Quincy Jones’ production techniques; they are my favourite producers. I studied music and sound recording at the university; I’ve always been technically minded and nerdy. I started working with electronics and newer technology early on and became interested in electronic music then. After graduating, I played in an electronica band called Introducing, and we toured through the UK and Europe. Working with electronic music is inspiring because the sounds and tones of electronic music are limitless. If you take a piano or guitar, the sound it generates is limited by the design of the piano maker or guitar maker. It is a preset or fixed. Whereas when working with electronic sounds, the possibilities are infinite.
Andy Leung: 最困难的事情是归类自己的音乐。我的音乐不算是纯粹的当代古典音乐，也不完全是电子音乐，大概是介于两者之间吧。我学习弹古典钢琴，并接受了所有的古典音乐培训。但是在家里，我喜欢听我的父母收藏的音乐磁带，有乡村音乐、民谣、80年代的粤语流行曲，一些真的非常老的国语流行歌曲，甚至还有Michael Jackson的音乐！所以我从小就接触到了大量不同风格的音乐。后来，在中学期间我还加入了一个摇滚乐队，因为我觉得这很酷。就是在这个期间我学会了弹吉他、贝司和打鼓。我们当时翻唱了Queen，Jimi Hendrix，Red Hot Chilli Peppers等歌手和乐队的歌曲。到了大学的时候，我又喜欢上爵士和嘻哈音乐，于是我开始研究Dr. Dre和Quincy Jones的音乐制作技巧，他们是我最喜欢的音乐制作人。在大学的时候，我学习了音乐录制。我是一个对科技特别感兴趣的怪咖，从很早的时候开始，我就喜欢电子类的东西以及跟新科技有关的事物。从那时起，我开始对电子音乐感兴趣。毕业后，我在一个名为Introducing的电子乐队里表演，我们在英国和欧洲各地巡演。制作电子音乐是让人很受启发的事情，因为电子音乐里的声音和音调是无限的。如果是钢琴或吉他，它们所产生的音色会受到制作这台钢琴或这把吉他的人的设计所限制。它们的声音是预设的，固定不变的。而在电子音乐里，却有着无限的可能性。