Shanghai Restoration Project

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The Shanghai Restoration Project
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Background information
Origin New York, New York
Genres Hip hop, Electronica, Experimental, Trance
Years active 2006 — present
Labels Undercover Culture Music
Members Dave Liang

The Shanghai Restoration Project is a contemporary electronic music group formed by Chinese American producer, David Wen Wei Liang. The group's first eponymous release, inspired by the Shanghai jazz bands of the 1930s, combines traditional Chinese instruments with modern hip-hop and electronica.


The project debuted as MSN Music's "New Artist of the Week" in January 2006, reaching #1 on the site's Top 100 Electronic Albums Chart that month. The release gained recognition globally, rising to the top 10 in several electronic charts, including Amazon, iTunes, and MSN Music. The first track from the debut album, "Introduction (1936)," was selected as the theme song for a worldwide TV advertising campaign for Kenzo Parfums (a division of Louis Vuitton) in early 2007. Since then select tracks have been licensed to numerous advertising campaigns, television shows, and films around the world. In late 2007, SRP partnered with China Record Corporation (the Chinese government's record label) to release Remixed and Restored Vol. 1, a project remixing select classic Chinese hits from 1930s Shanghai. In 2010, SRP earned a New York Emmy Award for the special entertainment news coverage of "New York 360 Angle: Shanghai Restoration Project" produced by Limei Wang.


  • "The Shanghai Restoration Project" (2006, Undercover Culture Music)
  • "Reinterpretations" (2006, Undercover Culture Music)
  • "Remixed and Restored" (2007, China Records)
  • "Story of a City" (2008, Undercover Culture Music)
  • "Instrumentals: Day & Night" (2008, Undercover Culture Music)
  • "Zodiac" (2009, Undercover Culture Music)
  • "Afterquake" with Abigail Washburn (2009, Afterquake Music)
  • "eXpo" with Neocha (2010, Undercover Culture Music & Neocha)
  • "Little Dragon Tales: Chinese Children's Songs" (2011, Cheng & Tsui)
  • "Himalaya Song" (2012, Dream Louder & Undercover Culture Music)
  • "Pictures in Motion" (2013, Undercover Culture Music)
  • "The Classics" (2014, Undercover Culture Music)


Producer Dave Liang has discussed his various projects with NPR All Things Considered,[1] The New York Times,[2] The San Francisco Chronicle,[3] BBC World Service,[4] PRI The World,[5] FADER[6] and[7]

Other projects[edit]

The Shanghai Restoration Project has also produced releases for various artists including Universal J artist MEG, Yamaha J-pop artist Miu Sakamoto, electro pop artist Di Johnston, singer-songwriter Heath Brandon, and Japanese jazz artist Emi Meyer. Many of these releases reached #1 on various iTunes charts around the world in their respective genres.


Track Use Year
Lu Xun Starbucks "World is China" Compilation 2011
Miss Shanghai (Dez, Starbucks "World is China" Compilation 2011
Day (iLoop from eXpo) Nike/FADER podcast 2009
Segue (Di Johnston) TIM commercial (Brazil) 2009
Jade Buddha Temple The L Word (Showtime) 2009
Babylon of the Occident Children of Winter (film) 2009
Miss Shanghai The L Word (Showtime) 2009
The Bund BBC Olympic Broadcast coverage 2008
Babylon of the Orient NBC Olympic Broadcast coverage 2008
Sugar Daddy (Di Johnston) Christian Dior Haute Couture Fall Winter 2008/2009 Runway Show 2008
Movement Diet Coke promotion 2008
Segue (Di Johnston) Dove commercial (US) 2008
Lu Xun (Watch Me Dance) Rhapsody/TiVo promotion 2007
Segue (Di Johnston) iTunes Japan "Single of the Week" 2007
Introduction (1936) LVMH / Flower by Kenzo commercial (Europe/Latin America) 2007
Jade Buddha Temple iTunes Japan "Single of the Week" 2006
Babylon of the Orient Sandisk promotion 2006
The Bund The Evidence (ABC) 2006


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