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.

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