Playing musical instruments at any age simply doesn’t matter until n unless you love that beauty enormously. Whether you are 7 or 70, you’ll always be happy because playing the instruments which you love is where real happiness lies. Today, on Guitaa Artist Centerstage, we are talking about Feng E.
The 12 y/o ukulele player is one of the best ukulele players the world has ever witnessed. The journey from featuring on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” to becoming a popular public figure in Taiwan, Feng E has amazed everyone with his amazing ukulele technique & his fun-loving persona.
So, we caught up with the amazing artist to find out how his journey into music began, about his memorable performance, and what is his biggest challenge as an ukulele player.
- Introduce yourself to our audience, what genre of music do you consider your work to be?
Hi, my name is Feng E, 12 years old from Taiwan. I played ukulele with my father at home since I was 6 years old. Because my father is a big fan of classical rock, so he taught me a lot about classical rock, and I really loved it. So maybe you can say my genre of music is Ukulele Rock. This year I am going to have my first album which is all composed by myself.
- What and who were your early passions and influences, What inspires you to make music?
My father influenced me a lot, even now. When I was still in my mother’s belly, he chose the Beatles as my prenatal music. He taught me to play ukulele and introduced me to Rock’n’Roll. I have to say I make music just for fun. Usually, I play randomly, but if I love some melody l played, I would record it. Making music is a interesting game for me, it’s fun.
- Tell us about that one memorable performance and favorite venue which you still wish to happen again?
I have been on The Ellen DeGeneres show twice. I think that is the most memorable performance I ever had. Ellen is so funny and nice, and so many people can see my performances through the show is such an amazing thing for me. My favorite performance venue is the Taipei Arena Station. The most important singers in Taiwan all hold concerts there. I have been invited to perform there in front of 20,000 viewers that day, it was a very memorable memory. I hope one day I can hold my concert there.
- Any funny story of a mess up during your performance where you handled that situation like nothing happened?
About three years ago, I was invited to perform in Penang. When I played the encore, my wah-wah effect’s sound suddenly lost. I didn’t know what to do, those were the longest 30 seconds in my life. At the end of the song, my wah-wah worked suddenly. At that time, the audience gave me thunderous applause, and shouted “one more “, after which I played that again. I was really moved.
- If you could collaborate with any musicians(dead/alive), who would you collaborate with and why?
This Sunday I will perform with my idol Tommy Emmanuel, he is my hero for acoustic guitar. I learned so many things from him through the internet. I also wish to collaborate with Slash, Eric Clapton, John Mayer, Jimmy Page, David Gilmore and Jake Shimabukuro.
As for the musician who has passed away, I wish I could play with Jimi Hendrix, John Lennon, George Harrison. Their music give me so much influence.
- Any Tips to keep the balance between professional and music life?
Playing music is just like a fun game to play. If you are lucky to win, it’s awesome. If not, it’s still fun.
- What has been your biggest challenge as a Musician? Have you been able to overcome that challenge? If so, how?
There are still many people who think that Ukulele is not a real instrument, it is a toy. As a ukulele player, I wish I can change their thoughts. On my YouTube channel a lot of people have said in the comments that they are wrong. I wish I could make more music to change more people.
- What Tools and techniques you use to improve your singing/instrumental playing?
Metronome and tuner. I learned from Tommy that a stable beat and a good pitch are very important.
- What type of Gadgets and instruments do you use while practicing? And, Do you have any specific name of your instrument?
There is an app very important for me when I do a cover, its name is “Djay”. It can change speed and tune of the song I want to cover. It helps a lot. I can find which tune is best for ukulele quickly. Every ukulele of mine has its own name, my favorite one I call it “Millennium Falcon “.
- What advice would you have for someone wanting to become an Artist?
Play for fun. No matter what you play, play it in your way, make it like your song.
So, this was the energetic ukulele player Feng E. Want to know how you can follow Feng on social media? Then, click on the links below: