Happy spring Bizzie Bees. What are your thoughts on this ever changing weather lately? Hope you've all been busy dreaming up new ideas and creating!
For April, we have Preston sharing his art journey with us. How is music a part of your life?
p.s. I'm itching to draw/paint Marshmallow! And Dou Fu really needs to be a part of the Dogs I Know series ; )
Tell us a little about yourself.
I'm a 37 year old musician born and raised in Hong Kong. I studied in the US and returned to Hong Kong in 2003 to pursue a career in music. I have worked at a record company and as a DJ. Now I'm a music producer, composer, pianist and music educator. I have a loving family, a miniature Schnauzer named Dou Fu and a chameleon named Marshmallow.
How did you start your creative journey? When I was nine, a Chinese fortune teller told my parents I had a passion in music so I began taking piano lessons and immediately fell in love with music. I taught myself to play my favourite songs by ear. I then went on to learn to play guitar and drums.
Why do you make art? It's to express my emotions, feelings and the things I want to say in a way that cannot be done through words or actions. Also to do exactly what other artists have done with their art to me which is to inspire, influence, impact, change, move and heal.
What is your workspace like?
I have two work spaces. One is my home music studio where I live in Central and the other my music studio in an industrial building in San Po Kong. My home in Central is small (around 500 square feet) but cozy and well equipped with studio gear so I can just hop out of bed with any ideas I might have and record them right away. My studio in San Po Kong is a professional work space with acoustic treatment so I can focus on my work without any distractions. I like to keep my studios clean and tidy with a minimalist setup. I enjoy working at both locations with no preference of one over the other.
What inspires you and how do you keep your creative spark?
Meeting new people, traveling to new places and spending time in nature. Or just by doing something different than I normally do. Be kind to people. Be a giver, smile and help others. I've found that the happiness received inspires and keeps that creative spark.
What are you working on right now?
I'm preparing for my Jazz performances in Italy in April/May. Also a few music productions (pop and trance) with a couple of vocalists to be released later this year and next year.
What do you collect?
Lego. Miniature music instruments. Coca Cola Items. Miniature architecture. Miniature cars. Miniature planes.
What jobs have you done other than being an artist?
I was a marketing officer and personal assistant to the chairman and founder of Naxos, the world's largest classical music label.
Name something you love, and tell us why. Dogs. Besides bonding with them, we can also learn a lot from them—How to live a simple life, be happy and live in the moment, don't hold grudges and love like there's no tomorrow.
What's the best piece of advice you've been given?
You don't have to be the best, but you must try your best.
What advice do you have?
Always be honest and true to yourself. Keep a simple mind, don't complicate things. Be kind and work very hard and good things will happen. In the journey of the life of an artist, you will not get what you want in the beginning and you will encounter many obstacles and problems that will upset you. However you must never give up and face them head on and do whatever it takes to overcome them. The process of overcoming them will shape you into the artist you will become and it will be reflected in your work and people can feel it. So just live whatever you are going through and make the most of it and you will find answers to any questions you might have about yourself and the art you are pursuing.
Anything else about yourself that you'd like to share?
I love God.
Learn more about Preston and have a listen at prestonlau.net