Eden (musician)

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Eden
Jonathon Ng on his tour in Los Angeles, April 2016.jpg
Eden in April 2016
Background information
Birth name Jonathon Ng[1]
Also known as The Eden Project, The Spab Project[2]
Born (1995-12-23) 23 December 1995 (age 22)
Dublin, Ireland
Genres Alternative rock, alternative pop, R&B, dream pop, indietronica, indie pop, electronic
Occupation(s) Singer, songwriter, producer
Instruments Vocals, piano, guitar, drums, violin
Years active 2012[3]–present
Labels Astralwerks, MCMXCV
Associated acts gnash, Vérité
Website iameden.eu

Jonathon Ng (born 23 December 1995), known professionally as Eden (stylised as EDEN), is an Irish singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer,[4] and occasional model. He formerly operated as The Eden Project, an alias that was discontinued in 2015. Ng's work as The Eden Project typically featured more conventional styles of electronic dance music such as dubstep and drum and bass, while Eden saw him venturing into a more indie pop style.[5]

Ng released 6 EPs and over 70 songs and remixes as The Eden Project. As Eden, he launched his own record label, MCMXCV, on which his debut EP End Credits was released. His second EP, I Think You Think Too Much of Me, was released in August 2016, debuting at No. 43 on the Irish Albums Chart as his first charting music.[6] Eden's debut studio album Vertigo was released on 19 January 2018 and will be supported by a world tour.

Life and career[edit]

Early life[edit]

Jonathon Ng was born on December 23, 1995 to an Irish mother and a Chinese father in Dublin, Ireland.[7] From the age of seven, he was trained in classical violin. He later taught himself the piano, guitar and drums. He attended and graduated from Blackrock College, Dublin.

2013–2015: The Eden Project[edit]

Ng began independently releasing tracks as The Eden Project in 2013, achieving popularity through promotion networks. In 2014, he released the album Kairos, in which the tracks "Statues" and "Chasing Ghosts" saw him experimenting with a more subdued alternative style of music. In October 2014, he released the Entrance EP, whose indie track "Circles" contrasted his familiar electronic style. His most popular tracks were deviations from his usual sound. On 10 December 2014, he was featured on the track "Scribble" by New York-based producer Puppet, which was released through Monstercat.

In 2015, Ng further embraced his indie style with the Bipolar Paradise EP, whose track "Fumes" has amassed over 15 million views on YouTube as of April 2018.[8] He later announced that he was discontinuing The Eden Project, and released Final Call, his last EP under the alias. It contained two covers, one of "Blank Space" by Taylor Swift and the other of "Crazy In Love" by Beyoncé. "Times Like These" is officially the last song released under his former alias.

2015–2016: Change to Eden, End Credits, ITYTTMOM and Futurebound tour[edit]

Ng changed his alias to Eden following the release of Final Call, and began recording new work in spring 2015. The End Credits EP was released for free download worldwide on 8 August through UK-based label Seeking Blue Records, as well as Ng's own imprint MCMXCV.[9] The EP consists of indie pop and alternative electronica tracks with a strong emphasis on vocals.[10] Two singles, "Nocturne" and "Gravity", were released in June and July, respectively. As a whole, the EP has amassed over 14 million plays on the streaming platform SoundCloud.

On 22 March, Ng embarked on his End Credits Tour, with concerts in Dublin, London, Toronto, New York City, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. The tickets were sold out within the week, and an additional venue was set up in New York City due to demand.[4] The tour concluded on 8 April.

Shortly after his End Credits tour, Ng announced that his new EP, I Think You Think Too Much of Me, would be released on 19 August 2016.[11] On 10 June 2016, the first single, "sex", was released, featuring a greater focus on vocals and instrumentation.[12] A month later, Billboard premiered the next single, "drugs", a day before its official release on 15 July 2016.[13] The EP features "Fumes", formerly released under The Eden Project, featuring Gnash, in addition to re-releases of two other The Eden Project songs, remastered versions of "XO" and "Circles." After release, the EP charted on the Irish Albums Chart, becoming Ng's first charting music.[6]

On 7 September 2016, Ng released a second music video for "drugs", a 360 degree video experience in virtual reality.[14][15] The video amassed 1.5 million Facebook views in one week.

Ng promoted i think you think too much of me through the Futurebound Tour, which began on 7 September 2016 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The tour included 33 performances in North America and Europe, and concluded on 26 November with a final show in Paris, France.[16][17]

2017–present: Festival shows, Vertigo and Vertigo World Tour[edit]

Eden embarked on a festival tour in the summer of 2017.[18] He also selected a few fans to film their experiences at each show and post them to his Snapchat account. On 2 September, Ng performed his final show of the festival season at Electric Picnic. During his set, he premiered the official version of "start//end," a song that had previously been leaked on his SoundCloud account in January.[19]

On 28 September, "start//end" was released on all major music platforms as the first single from the upcoming album Vertigo.[20] The single was accompanied by a music video, which has surpassed 1 million views after trending on YouTube. The video was shot in various places in Europe, North America and Japan.[21]

On 8 November 2017, Eden hinted toward the release of a new single on social media.[22] On 8 and 9 November, EDEN's website displayed coordinates[23] where people scavenged to find posters hidden in various locations across the world.[24] Gold was officially released 10 November 2017 alongside the announcement of the Vertigo World Tour, which will span from March to May 2018.[25] Eden's third single for the album, crash, was released on 8 December 2017 on Spotify and iTunes.

Vertigo was released on 19 January 2018. Eden began the Vertigo World Tour in promotion of the album in March 2018. It will run for thirty-nine shows. While most of these shows are in the United States, there will be a few throughout Europe towards the end of the tour.[26] He will be joined by singer-songwriter Vérité and band Crooked Colours in North America and Europe, respectively.[27]

Additional works[edit]

Prior to the release of End Credits, Ng provided uncredited vocals for Mendum's song "Elysium," as well as credited vocals for Crywolf's song "Stomach It." The vocals from "woah," a track in The Eden Project's Final Call EP, were sampled in the track "I'll Be Your Reason" by Illenium, which was released on 8 June through Nest HQ, a subsidiary of Skrillex's label OWSLA. Following the release of End Credits, Ng provided uncredited vocals on the track "No More" by Pierce Fulton, which was released on 9 November 2015 through Armada Music.

In November 2015, Ng released a cover of Michael Jackson's "Billie Jean" for free download.[28] It amassed over 1 million plays on most streaming platforms.

In 2016, Ng collaborated two more times with Puppet, providing uncredited vocals on the tracks "Without Me" and "Vagabond", which were released on Monstercat as part of Puppet's debut EP Soft Spoken.

Ng has produced two EP's for London-based rapper ATO, "Intro" and "Man of the House".

In September 2017, Ng provided uncredited vocals for the song "Leaving" on American producer Illenium's second studio album Awake.[29]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Title Information Peak chart positions
IRE
[30]
BEL
[31]
CAN
[32]
NED
[33]
NZ
[34]
UK
[35]
US
[36]
Vertigo 31 96 76 79 2 93 34

Extended plays[edit]

Title Information Peak chart positions
IRE
[30]
AUS
[37]
NZ
[34]
UK
[35]
US
[36]
End Credits
  • Released: 8 August 2015
  • Labels: MCMXCV, Seeking Blue
  • Formats: Digital download
I Think You Think Too Much of Me
  • Released: 19 August 2016
  • Labels: MCMXCV, Astralwerks
  • Formats: CS, digital download, vinyl
43 44 3 153 104
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Concert tours[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ @iameden (29 April 2016). "Tweet by EDEN" (Tweet) – via Twitter. 
  2. ^ iameden.eu
  3. ^ https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=malc8dXTXOY
  4. ^ a b Niall Byrne (24 March 2016). "Nialler9's New Irish Music: EDEN, Lisa O'Neill, Shit Robot and more". The Irish Times. Retrieved 17 August 2016. 
  5. ^ "EDEN - SoundCloud". 
  6. ^ a b "GFK Chart-Track". www.chart-track.co.uk. Retrieved 26 August 2016. 
  7. ^ At 22:18, Eden states, "I was born in Dublin, lived here my whole life..." He later added that his mother is from Ireland and his father is from Hong Kong, in China.
    "EDEN - Timeline | Facebook". www.facebook.com. Facebook. Retrieved 20 August 2016. 
  8. ^ The Eden Project - Fumes on YouTube
  9. ^ Garret. "EDEN Gets Ready For His Debut EP With Release Of Title Track "End Credits" - thissongslaps.com - Electronic Dance Music & Hip-Hop Media". thissongslaps.com - Electronic Dance Music & Hip-Hop Media. 
  10. ^ Garrett Smith. "EDEN - End Credits - Your EDM". Your EDM. 
  11. ^ "i think you think too much of me by Eden on iTunes". iTunes. Retrieved 11 June 2016. 
  12. ^ Landon Fleury (10 June 2016). "EDEN Releases "sex" Ahead of New EP". Your EDM. Retrieved 11 June 2016. 
  13. ^ "Electronic Musician EDEN Gets Honest on Dark 'drugs' Track: Exclusive Premiere". Retrieved 16 July 2016. 
  14. ^ https://www.facebook.com/iameden/videos/1067907573286666/
  15. ^ Pierce, David. "Music's Salvation Might Be Selling Not Songs, But VR". Wired. Retrieved 14 September 2016. 
  16. ^ "EDEN Tickets". eden.seetickets.com. Archived from the original on 13 September 2016. Retrieved 11 September 2016. 
  17. ^ "EDEN Kicks Off North American "Futurebound" Tour". Astralwerks. Retrieved 11 September 2016. 
  18. ^ ""catch me if you can x"". Facebook. Retrieved 30 September 2017. 
  19. ^ "EDEN performing start//end at Electric Picnic". Youtube. Retrieved 30 September 2017. 
  20. ^ "EDEN RELEASES NEW TRACK & VIDEO "START//END"". Astralwerks. Retrieved 30 September 2017. 
  21. ^ "Around The World With EDEN: An Exclusive Guide to the Irish Artist's Striking Self-Shot & Directed 'Start//End' Video". Billboard. Retrieved 10 November 2017. 
  22. ^ https://twitter.com/iameden/status/927972380181454848?s=17
  23. ^ https://twitter.com/iameden/status/928304561214967808
  24. ^ "Irish Singer/Producer EDEN Announces Debut Album, Shares Lead Single "Gold"". Pigeons & Places. Retrieved 10 November 2017. 
  25. ^ "Vertigo World Tour dates". EDEN Official Website. Retrieved 10 November 2017. 
  26. ^ "Tour". EDEN. Retrieved 2018-02-25. 
  27. ^ https://twitter.com/iameden/status/935960848891293696
  28. ^ "[PREMiERE] EDEN - Billie Jean (Michael Jackson Cover) : Must Hear Cover [Free Download] - this song is sick". this song is sick. 
  29. ^ https://riverbeats.life/illenium-announces-album/
  30. ^ a b "Irish Albums Chart: 26 January 2018". Irish Recorded Music Association. Retrieved 27 January 2018. 
  31. ^ "Eden - Ultratop Flanders". Retrieved 24 June 2018. 
  32. ^ "Eden Chart History - Canadian Albums | Billboard". Retrieved 24 June 2018. 
  33. ^ "Eden - dutchcharts.nl". MegaCharts. Retrieved 24 June 2018. 
  34. ^ a b "NZ Heatseeker Album Chart". Recorded Music NZ. Retrieved 24 June 2018. 
  35. ^ a b "Official Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 24 June 2018. 
  36. ^ a b "Eden Chart History | Billboard". Billboard charts. Retrieved 24 June 2018. 
  37. ^ "Australiancharts.com – Eden". ARIA Charts. Retrieved 24 June 2018.