With his vulnerable, emotion-laden vocal lines, Vancouver-born singer-songwriter Jason Qiu (he/him/they/them) sets his raw, introspective, and melancholic, yet intentionally ambiguous storytelling and imagery against ambient, synthetic sonic textures.
The first songs that Qiu wrote as a teenager were in protest against his classical music training – he loved the freedom of not having to follow the notes on the page and never having to play any song the same way twice. Many years later, after a choir director told him during an audition that he couldn’t hear his voice, Qiu began a personal journey as a solo artist to rediscover himself and truly find his voice.
In stark contrast to his organic piano performances on the stage, Qiu’s recorded work evokes a dreamlike state by incorporating multilayered synthetic elements. He also further extends his artistry by performing Cantonese and Mandarin interpretations of his compositions. Qiu’s upcoming English/Cantonese EP, Lone Wolf, will be released in 2022.