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Jane Lui

Singer-Songwriter

Showcased at CMJ, critics liken her to Cat Power, Fiona Apple, and Rufus Wainwright. She has opened for Jason Mraz, Kate Earl, Vienna Teng, and worked with Felicia Day (Geek & Sundry). She has toured US East & West coasts, EU, Canada, Japan, playing at Walt Disney Concert Hall, Ford Amphitheatre, Hotel Cafe, Rockwood Music Hall. Her videos have been featured on Virgin America In-Flight Entertainment, Huffington Post, CNN, YouTube's unsigned picks, MTV Iggy. Strongly connected to her audience, she raised $11,600 to fund her third album, Goodnight Company (2011 Best Recording Nominee - San Diego Music Awards).
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I'm told that listening to my stuff is like watching a Michel Gondry film. His stuff is whimsical, homemade, detailed oriented.... it's a huge compliment that I still hesitate at.. he's really quite a genius and I'm a weirdo about comparisons. I'm classically trained, but like the alphabet, you learn it then throw the rules away to make it yours. I like music, but I love sound. It's really invigorating to find musicality in things not meant for music: handmade music boxes, typewriters, service bells, jugs, suitcases, books, glassware. Some will call it a carefully crafted sound, I think it's just obsessive because I know I'm neurotic. I try to make my stuff feel lovable, enduring, and usually think too hard doing so and forget to eat lunch 3 hours ago.

As a kid:
Happy go lucky Loner. Spent all my time swimming alone, bicycling alone, listening to the radio til I fell asleep in fetal position (facing DOWN). I started singing alone, had imaginary friends, and occasionally got electrocuted. I was a class clown - lied & cheated - teachers thought I was a nightmare.. EXCEPT my music teacher. She had me conduct the fourth grade class choir competition, and somehow I think that was my first serious moment in life - we won! In your face hater-teachers.

These days:
My family isn't musical. So I don't know where I came from. For the longest time I was convinced of being adopted. Since then, I've loved developing my Youtube channel which changed my life, been crazy lucky to play in so many countries & make wonderful friends. I write, record, film, edit, produce, etc. Wearing so many hats as a huge learning curve that I've handled well, but it can be a very lonely process. So I'm gearing towards collaborations and crossing mediums for my next big project. And really, I just want to make stuff with my friends since instincts are so translatable between disciplines. My friends are great at what they do, have empathy, and are wacky & nerdy too. So currently, I'm taking my time with the 4th album/project/thing, scoring a musical, and getting into acting because it helps so much with songwriting.

Performances

  • Performed at Kollaboration Los Angeles in 2009
  • Performed at Kollaboration Los Angeles in 2008
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