Andrew Huang (musician)

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Andrew Huang
Andrew Huang Musician Headshot.jpg
Personal information
Born (1984-04-08) 8 April 1984 (age 34)
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Nationality Canadian
Residence Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Occupation Musician, video producer, internet personality
Website andrewhuang.com
YouTube information
Channel
Years active 2009–present
Genre Music, Comedy, Education Experimental music
Subscribers 1.43 million
Total views 186.7 million
Network Fullscreen
YouTube Silver Play Button 2.svg 100,000 subscribers
YouTube Gold Play Button 2.svg 1,000,000 subscribers
Subscriber and view counts updated as of September 4, 2018.

Andrew Huang (born 8 April 1984) is a Canadian musician, video producer, and YouTube personality. He is best known for his "Song Challenge" video series, which invites viewers to dare him in feats of musicianship, as well as for several viral videos featuring his music. He is also known for his videos where he creates music using sounds from unconventional objects and instruments. Huang has released more than 50 albums of original music through DFTBA Records and independently, under his own name as well as under various pseudonyms.[1]

As of June 2018, his YouTube videos have more than 178 million views with more than 1.38 million subscribers.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Huang was born and raised in Ottawa, Ontario.[3] He obtained a Bachelor of Fine Arts at York University studying music and since then has been self-employed as a music producer and YouTube personality. He currently resides in Toronto with his wife.[4][5]

Early career: Songs To Wear Pants To[edit]

After little success finding a part-time job during his university studies, Huang began auctioning off his songwriting skills to the highest bidder on eBay. The winning bidders received a custom song in any genre, written and recorded to their specifications.[6]

In response to the success of the eBay auctions, in April 2004, Huang launched the website Songs To Wear Pants To, where visitors to the site could commission songs based on personal requests.[7][8] The popularity of the site grew as Huang also began to take on commissions for free, providing the song idea interested him.[8] The free songs often took on a comedic angle, either by poking fun at the person who requested the song, or simply because Huang would choose the most outrageous of submitted ideas to write about.[8][9] What resulted was an eclectic archive of hip hop, classical, doo wop, electronic, folk, rock and heavy metal tunes performed entirely by Huang.[9]

YouTube channel[edit]

In October 2006, Huang started a channel on YouTube and began uploading fan-made music videos for the songs he created through Songs To Wear Pants To.[10] Huang's channel is known for a wide variety of musical genres, influences, and projects, often thematically focused.[11][12] Huang's videos often feature the artist himself, and frequently aim to showcase various elements of the song.

Huang is most widely known for his "Song Challenge" series, an extension of the idea behind Songs To Wear Pants To, in which Huang takes on musical challenges submitted by viewers via social media.[12] In 2013, he released a rap song titled Vass Tunga, written in five different languages.[13]

Huang occasionally uses unusual instruments to record cover versions of songs. One of his early efforts was released a week before AMC's Breaking Bad aired its series finale, featuring a cover of its unsettling title music using clandestine chemistry equipment.[14] Other examples include a cover version of "99 Red Balloons" recorded with balloons,[15][16] and a cover of the Weeknd's "Can't Feel My Face", using dental instruments filmed in his dentist's office.[5]

Huang is currently signed to the YouTube network Fullscreen.[17]

Collaborations[edit]

Huang has collaborated with various other YouTube personalities, most notably with Boyinaband and Hannah Hart.[18][19] He provided instrumentation and songwriting for Hank Green and the Perfect Strangers' Incongruent, and toured across the United States with the band.[20] Huang produced the music for Rhett and Link's "Geeks vs. Nerds" music video in 2013.[21]

In 2010, Huang teamed up with musician and internet personality Gunnarolla to produce videos and music, including the popular series We Are What You Tweet and New State Plates. The pair have toured North America, Australia, and New Zealand together.[citation needed] Huang and Gunnarolla later created electropop music duo Dreamz. As a duo, they entered CBC Music's Searchlight contest under this new name, and their debut single "Come On" was selected as CBC Here and Now's Song of the Week on March 11, 2013.[22] Dreamz reached the Top 16 of the contest representing Toronto.[23][24]

In 2008, Huang entered a contest run by American Express and won a chance to develop a music project with Emily Haines, lead vocalist for Canadian indie band Metric. He created an interactive installation featuring a series of videos that visitors could use to create ambient music.[25] The piece was exhibited at the Four Seasons Centre in Toronto during November 2011.[26]

Huang composed the anthem for WWF-Canada's official Earth Hour in 2012 using lyrics from user-submitted suggestions, taking the title of "Canada's first official crowd sourced song". Huang later performed the song live during Toronto's 2012 and 2013 Earth Day celebrations.[27]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

  • Summer (2009)
  • Autumn (2010)
  • Hearing a Truth Serum (2011)
  • Love Songs (2011)
  • Schism (2011)
  • Console (2012)
  • The New Neglect (2012)
  • Love & Desolation (2012)
  • Droop (2012)
  • You Are The Devil (2012)
  • The Final Countdown (2012)
  • Magical Body (2013)
  • Lip Bomb (2013)
  • Voyager (2013)
  • The Coldest Darkness (2013)
  • Winter (2014)
  • Internet (2014)
  • Spring (2014)
  • Galaxy (2014)
  • Comet (2014)
  • Interplanetary (2014)
  • Bouncy Castle (2015)
  • Cosmos (2015)
  • Pintxos (2015)
  • Interstellar (2016)
  • Lo-fi (2017)
  • Stars (2017)
  • FX (2018)

Extended plays[edit]

  • Premonition (2011)
  • Musculature (2012)
  • Skeletons.exe (2012)
  • Supremacy (2012)
  • Youth Mouth (2013)
  • Food & Drink (2014)
  • Alloys (2014)
  • ★★★★★ (2015)
  • Cosmic (2016)
  • Astrolabe (2016)
  • Level 5 Care (2018)

Singles[edit]

  • One (2012)
  • Ma Bicyclette (2012)
  • Two Funks (2015)
  • We Are One (2015)
  • Good to Love (2016)
  • Alphabetical (2017)
  • Tines (2017)
  • Blaster (2017)
  • Find Me (2017)
  • You Make Winter Warm (2017)
  • Rainbowgram (2017)
  • Love is Real (2018)

Collaborations[edit]

  • Remixes (2012) - multiple artists
  • Darkness (2014) - multiple artists
  • Remixes II (2014) - multiple artists
  • Last Lights (2015) - Diveo
  • Hybrid (2015) - Brent Petrie
  • Friends (2016) - multiple artists
  • Coffee (2017) - Cuckoo
  • Foreign Bodies Redux (2018) - Jeremy Blake, Cuckoo, Rachel K Collier

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Andrew Huang". youtube.com. YouTube. Archived from the original on 2014-11-25. Retrieved August 12, 2017. 
  3. ^ "Creative Learning Centre Opens Its Doors: Impact Report 2014" (PDF). Ashbury News. Ottawa: Ashbury College. Fall 2014. Retrieved March 16, 2015.  See page 36 of document: "Andrew Huang '02..."
  4. ^ Ton That, Corinne (November 9, 2013). "YouTube Video Creators in the Spotlight at the Buffer Festival". CTV Television Network. Retrieved March 15, 2015. 
  5. ^ a b "The Weeknd's 'Can't Feel My Face' re-imagined with dental utensils". CBC News. September 1, 2015. Retrieved December 15, 2015. 
  6. ^ Assar, Vijith (September 2011). "Tape Op Interviews". Tape Op - The Creative Recording Magazine. Retrieved March 16, 2015. 
  7. ^ Wang, H. (March 3, 2014). "Outside the cubicle: Andrew Huang, YouTube artist". JPress Ryerson Journalism. Retrieved March 16, 2015. 
  8. ^ a b c "Interview with Andrew Huang". Newgrounds. August 26, 2010. Retrieved March 16, 2015. 
  9. ^ a b Efron, Sarah (March 9, 2005). "Ballad for an albino kitten please". The Globe and Mail. Toronto, Ontario. Retrieved March 16, 2015. 
  10. ^ Tingen, Paul (May 2017). "Internet Famous: How three musicians have craked the code and made it big on YouTube". AudioTechnology Magazine. Australia: Alchemedia Publishing. Retrieved July 13, 2017. 
  11. ^ Johnny Lieu (May 29, 2017). "Yep, someone has made music from a fidget spinner". Mashable. Retrieved July 13, 2017. 
  12. ^ a b J. Freedom du Lac (January 2, 2015). "The amazing Taylor Swift, Jessie J and Pharrell medley made with a bag of kale and other household items". The Washington Post. Retrieved January 5, 2016. 
  13. ^ "Andrew Huang and David Brown deliver 26 genres of music". Yahoo Music. Retrieved June 28, 2013. 
  14. ^ Grossman, Sam (August 12, 2013). "Watch Breaking Bad Theme Song Played With Items You'd Find In A Meth Lab". Time Magazine. Retrieved January 5, 2016. 
  15. ^ Castrodale, Jelisa (September 12, 2014). "Musician Plays '99 Red Balloons' on Red Balloons". People Magazine. Retrieved January 5, 2016. 
  16. ^ Dicker, Ron (September 10, 2014). "'99 Red Balloons' Played With Red Balloons Is Breathtaking". Huffington Post. Retrieved January 5, 2016. 
  17. ^ Weiss, Geoff (2016-05-06). "Fullscreen Signs Andrew Huang, Mia Stammer, Carly Cristman, And More (Exclusive)". Tubefilter. Retrieved 2018-04-07. 
  18. ^ Bagg, Allison (November 19, 2014). "These Talented Guys Perform 26-Genres of Music From A to Z". Buzzfeed. Retrieved January 5, 2016. 
  19. ^ Dryden, Liam (April 11, 2016). "10 YouTube Collabs You Completely Forgot Ever Happened". We The Unicorn. Retrieved July 13, 2017. 
  20. ^ Steven Matview (May 16, 2014). "Review: Hank Green and the Perfect Strangers 'Incongruent' (2014)". Punks In Vegas. Punks In Vegas LLC. Retrieved July 13, 2017. 
  21. ^ Gutelle, Sam (October 3, 2013). "Rhett And Link Use A Rap Battle To Settle Geek Vs. Nerd Debate". Tubefilter. Retrieved July 13, 2017. 
  22. ^ "CBC Radio Show Program Logs". cbc.ca. CBC Radio Show. Retrieved 25 March 2013. 
  23. ^ CBC Music. "Meet our Searchlight Top 16 acts". music.cbc.ca. CBC Music. Archived from the original on 1 March 2016. Retrieved 25 March 2013. 
  24. ^ "Searchlight". cbc.ca. CBC Radio. Retrieved 25 March 2013. 
  25. ^ Wyder, Alex (March 25, 2012). "Andrew Huang Talks Experimental Music with Vancouver Music Review". The Province. Retrieved January 5, 2016. 
  26. ^ Lyonnais, Sheena (January 31, 2011). "Metric's Emily Haines & Toronto's Andrew Huang talk Room For Thought, Ghost, music and tech". Toronto Music Scene. Retrieved July 13, 2017. 
  27. ^ Tien Trinh, Brian Vinh (March 30, 2012). "Canada's Earth Hour Song Takes Place Among Inspiring Anthems". Huffington Post. Retrieved July 12, 2016. 

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