Bringing electronic music to the physical realm, genre-bending drummer Ian Chang is set to release his debut EP ‘Spiritual Leader’ on 22nd September. An acclaimed drumming virtuoso known for his workin Son Lux and Landlady, Chang uses his kit to control and manipulate samples resulting in a seamless synthesis of rawperformative intensity and sophisticated sound design.
The process began in 2015 when Chang was beta-testing Sunhouse’s Sensory Percussion, culminating in a psychedelic lightshow of a video and track entitled ‘Spiritual Leader.’ Since then,Chang has honed his creative voice in gearing up to release his debut with Kowloon Records. The EP explores the relationship between human and machine, exuding an intuitive physicality meshingoff-kilter rhythmic ideas with hypnotic textures and exploring the edges of IDM, ambient, free jazz,and much more with futuristic creative abandon.
Born and raised in Hong Kong, Chang was shaped by the city’s diversity and vibrancy. He moved to New York in 2007 to pursue music and has to date recorded and/or performed with such varied artists as SonLux, Landlady, Joan As Policewoman, Body Language, Matthew Dear, Dave Douglas, Rafiq Bhatia, Rubblebucket and Moses Sumney. He had this to say on latest single ‘Inhaler:’
“The initial seed for “Inhaler” was planted when we did a sampling session with Kristin Slipp (Cuddle Magic, Mmeadows) doing wild and wonderful things with her voice. Those sounds provided the core sonic identity for the song—an ode to my trusty muted blue inhaler, which kept my asthma under control on the playground and in P.E.” Ian Chang
Tracklist :1. Inhaler / 2. Romeo / 3. ASMR / 4. 古箏 / 5. Quarry / 6. Spiritual Leader