Hailing from the Seattle suburb of Covington, David Wu maintains an existential music career that has spanned four decades. Starting as a classical pianist, David later moved into music production and explored other genres ranging from hip-hop to rock to gospel.
“I’ve experienced the evolution of music production from analog to digital,” says David, “and have listened as music changed before our very ears. I suppose I bring the mentality of a classical musician to the table – not necessarily to be more sophisticated, but to approach a modern track at different angles than others would think or care to do.”
From ages 4-18, David studied at the West Seattle Piano and Organ Studio under the guidance of John Van Lierop, Jr. From 1993-2007, he served as the primary pianist for Seattle’s Beacon United Methodist Church, and at one point served as a wedding pianist throughout the Seattle region. In 2003, David won a regional songwriting contest for his song, “If I Can Move the Mountains”.
David launched this website in 2008 to gain a wider audience. He created what would become one of the website’s franchise draws, The Fringemunks – a filk group that creates song parodies for every episode of the science-fiction TV series Fringe. The project briefly trended nationally on Twitter, thanks to Alyssa Milano who had tweeted how the group’s “iPad song” made her laugh.
David reflects: “I am not famous, but I have definitely had pockets of brilliance over the years that I would like to bring back to the surface. And who knows, perhaps my best musical output exists in the future. That’s what this website is all about – to capture the journey and share it with you all.”
During the day, David is an engineer in the aerospace industry. In 2021, he earned his master’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Washington.