3-Minute Interview: Dave Wang

The electronic musician, aka Mochipet, released a new album earlier this month on the Daly City Records label he launched out of his Daly City apartment about three years ago. Called “Microphonepet,” it features collaborations with musicians around the world. Wang recently completed a European tour and is touring the East Coast.

Why did you start your own record label? I started my own label because there’s a lot of my music that other labels didn’t want to release. And I felt like there was a lack of experimental music — electronic, especially.

How would you describe your music? Hmm, I don’t know how I would describe my music. But other people have described my music as having an element of comedy, I guess, of never really being too serious. My latest record is all hip hop, and it ranges from very backpacker-indie hip hop to clubbie-industrial hip hop.

How did you get into electronic music? When my dad bought me my first computer for school, I was like, OK, it’s an expensive typewriter. What else can I do with this? And I decided to try to make music on it.

When did you move here from Taiwan? I moved here when I was eight. I moved to San Francisco with my mother and lived in various places all over the Bay Area.

How did you wind up in Daly City? When my parents got divorced, my dad bought a condo in Daly City. It was really cheap because Daly City is really foggy and no one wants to live there. I think that good music tends to come out of places that are not necessarily sunny, because people just stay inside and play music.

Bay Area NewsLocal

If you find our journalism valuable and relevant, please consider joining our Examiner membership program.
Find out more at www.sfexaminer.com/join/

Just Posted

Dr. Vincent Matthews, superintendent of the San Francisco Unified School District, on Monday said “We truly wish we could return to in-person learning for everyone.” (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
SFUSD reopening plans still leave out most secondary students

SFUSD announces April return to in-person learning after reaching contract deal with teachers

(Examiner file photo)
Charter amendment effort would replace elected school board with appointed body

Critics of the San Francisco Unified School District board on Monday formally… Continue reading

Jill Bonny, owner of Studio Kazoku tattoo parlor in the Haight, tattoos client Lam Vo on Friday, March 5, 2021. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
No one was fighting for tattoo artists, so they started advocating for themselves

Jill Bonny has been tattooing in the Bay Area since 2000. Four… Continue reading

The COVID-19 pandemic has prompted changes to The City's streets including Slow Streets closures to increase open space access and the Shared Spaces program, which allows businesses to use public right-of-ways for dining, retail and services. (Examiner illustration)
COVID is reshaping the streets of San Francisco

Walk down Page Street, which is closed to thru-traffic, and you might… Continue reading

(Go Nakamura/Getty Images/TNS)
Fully vaccinated? Here are the CDC guidelines for what you can do after receiving a COVID vaccine

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Monday issued its… Continue reading

Most Read