If you ask me, Wei is like the residential nice guy on the scene, at first a newbie with a lot of talent,but not really seeming like a breakout artist in the music scene. But he has an almost lethal weapon that has brought him critical acclaim and success ever since his debut, making people, even the likes of one of the largest successes in the music industry David Tao take notice of him. What would that be, one might ask? And I have to say, it’s his niceness. To elaborate further, I feel that it is his genuine love for music, and the honest, feel-good vibe that he has going for him that has won him the admiration of many a fan, and not to mention the best newcomer award at the 2011 golden melody awards.
Before I was introduced to Wei’s music, I had no idea that Folk Rock could be transformed in the way that he transformed it. I didn’t know how much I would love it, or how happy it would make me until I heard him sing, and that was enough for me to gain interest not only in the genre, but in Wei as an artist. It’s hard to imagine how large an impact an unassuming nice guy such as Wei could make, with just a friendly smile and his acoustic guitar, but a single song could change even the meanest cynics’ opinion. In the midst of the Yen-J vs William Wei debate for the 2010 winner of the prestigious newcomer award at the Golden Melody’s , I as a Yen-J fan and having never heard Wei’s music before was slightly miffed when he won. On an impulse, I bought the album and I have to say, he had me entranced from the word go. From the first sentence of the first song <我没有> , “Turn off the radio” it was like he had cast a spell on me, the melancholy soulfulness of his voice being unlike anything I had ever heard before. It was a little like déjà vu hearing that song, as if I had heard it in my dreams. Through this simple melody and arrangement, I feel that Wei has captured a sliver of pure, unadulterated human emotion with a superhuman precision that is rare even within the most talented artists.
I think he really gets what it’s all about. Music is about touching people, spreading a message. It is altruistic, and a reflection of each performer’s innermost thoughts that can be transferred to others. Unfortunately, a lot of people forget this in today’s music industry, but not Wei. He knows it, and never takes music for granted. Every single song he puts out is done with love and care, coaxing each melody as a nice guy would, making it talk to him, and he to it. The way that he communicates and understands music is a phenomenal skill, making each and every piece a unique reminder to himself and to his listeners of who he is and what he’s set out to do.
But while his songs urge us to find ourselves in more ways than one, his voice as the glue holding it all together is comforting, yet motivating at the same time. The genuine honesty with which he sings all his lyrics,that little bit of humor and that ever-present warmth gives listeners such as myself so much happiness and comfort.
Wei is an outstanding singer that reaches out past the microphone and past the recording studio into the hearts and minds of listeners; his genuine love and passion for music is an inspiration to listeners everywhere and I have absolutely no doubt that he will go far as an artist and performer.
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