David Wu is a pianist/keyboardist, music producer, and music columnist from the Seattle area. He runs an existential music career that remains irreverent to norms. His goal is to continue composing, performing and producing music that makes you feel good – music that can help, heal, and inspire.
This website exists as David’s business model: David is his own boss, his own agent, and his own distributor. It reflects David’s philosophy that music in its purest form should not pander to commercialism nor conform to standards. “I’m an artist, not a conformer,” says David. “Others may try to emulate existing sounds; I emulate my mind and heart.”
ETHNICITY: Half-Chinese, Half-Filipino
MUSICAL ROLES: Pianist, keyboardist, songwriter, producer, arranger, freelance music reviewer/columnist
STYLES: R&B, hip-hop, rock, electronic, classical, spiritual
– Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering – Seattle Pacific University (Class of 2016)
– Bachelor of Science in Technical Writing & Communication – University of Washington (Class of 2000)
MUSIC EDUCATION: Private piano lessons (1983-1996); music minor at University of Washington (1996-2000)
INFLUENCES: R.E.M., Beatles, Doors, Jackson 5, Blondie, Mozart, Nirvana
There are probably a dozen kids 3 years old or younger who you know that show a distinct fascination with music. They will bang their hands on a piano because something compels them to do it. In 1979, David was one of these kids.
Then in 1983, just before he turned 5 years old, David was enrolled in private piano lessons under the superb instruction of Mr. John Van Lierop, Jr. David ended up taking lessons until his senior year in high school (1996), and along the way he experienced and performed the music of Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, and Brahms, just to name a few.
To practice, memorize, and perform diverse and complex sets of repertoires year after year, David subconsciously developed habits in self-discipline and persistence that have had effects in other aspects of his life. In many ways, his musical output from this timeframe can’t be rivaled, yet has been somewhat overlooked… that is, until the compilation album “20/20: The Best of David Wu 1988-2008” released some of these performances to an audience for the first time.
Besides concert music, David grew up listening to a lot of oldies from the 50s, 60s and 70s, in a diverse array of genres from rock to country. For instance, by the end of fifth grade (1989), he knew all 200+ Beatle songs by heart.
From 1993-2007, David was the Sunday service and choir pianist of Seattle’s Beacon United Methodist Church. It was a mostly pleasant timeframe – he currently holds the record for the church’s longest paid tenure – but towards the end he grew tired of the weekly routine. David has also played keyboards in a diverse array of Christian worship bands around Seattle.
In 2000, despite having been a musician for 17 years by this point, David became a songwriter. Since then, his songwriting has evolved, and so has his audio production capability. In 2003, he won a grand prize songwriting award for “If I Can Move the Mountains.” In 2008, this website was constructed as the vehicle for which David would showcase his productions, past and present – and the compilation “20/20: The Best of David Wu 1988-2008” was one of the website’s first releases.
Also in 2008, David’s project “The Fringemunks” was created to recap each episode of the sci-fi TV series “Fringe” is a song parody. With the series having a total 100 episodes spanning 5 seasons, the project is close to being completed. Showrunners, producers, writers and actors on the show are familiar with the project, and one episode named a character named “David Wu” as a nod to The Fringemunks. Alyssa Milano also plugged “The iPad Song” – a parody of Michael Jackson’s “Bad” – which caused the song and corresponding music video to trend on Twitter throughout the United States.
In 2010, David released a 10-song album “Orbiter” that contained nothing but original compositions for piano. It was hailed by some as a landmark in his music career. David is now at currently at work on a new album, which will mark his return to composing music with lyrics; guest vocalists and musicians, near and far, will be featured on the album.
David has two bachelor of science degrees – one in electrical engineering from Seattle Pacific University, Class of 2016, and the other in technical writing from the University of Washington, Class of 2000. He was a recipient of the Washington State Scholarship, which paid full tuition for all four years at UW. He has been an employee of The Boeing Company since 2005, where he is currently a systems engineer.
Also, on the side, David is a freelance music writer. “It’s fun to interview musicians – especially in person – and to have an audience for my musical perspectives,” says David.
– 1st Place, Papuri! Northwest Songwriting Contest, song: “If I Can Move the Mountains,” 2003
– Washington State Scholarship (4 years paid tuition to University of Washington), 1996