We had the good fortune of connecting with Yuan Chang and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Yuan, have there been any changes in how you think about work-life balance?
My balance is: 33% my profession, 33% music, and 33% wellness ( family time, morning rituals, meditation, podcast listening, PLAY). MY biggest learning lesson this year was to prioritize making money. I know I’m a good brand and ux designer, but I never wanted it to get in the way of my true calling/ikigai/purpose. Let me tell you – for a good amount of my life, I saw money as an evil and made a few thousand dollars a year. I was biking everywhere, I put up with ads on Spotify, and traded/bartered everything with friends. It was a beautiful way to live, but it’s time for me to come back into balance- use money as a tool to affect my communities positively. And anyway, I wouldn’t enjoy a life where I had to make ends meet with my music. I know that would zap out any amount of creativity that I have. It’s not about pumping out songs or being a robot. And oh man – taking care of myself? It’s a game changer. I’ve been slowly waking up before the sun comes up and prioritizing my meditation. It flushes out all the mind toxins of the day. It allows me to approach music as a privilege and question the expectations that I have with it. I think the “grass is greener” when I think about a life of 100% music producing. That’s not the way we should live in my opinion.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I am an EDM producer dedicated to people and planet. Since fifth grade, I’ve wanted to make electronic music. But I took a huge hiatus and focused on everything but my biggest passion. But now, I am making a return to it. LAst year I made 52 songs in 52 weeks which really skyrocketed my growth. I am deeply moved by my vision to help connect people to the world. I mean, how many times a day do we appreciate the sky, the trees? How much do we actually know about this world? The world is getting so globalized. Miami is going to be underwater in a decade. If we knew, then we can appreciate. If we appreciate, then we could take meaningful action. And music is one of the most unifying forces. It’s one of the most compelling languages. I wish to be the translator.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Of course, I’m gonna give a unconventional tour. I would say go to Verde Market! Buy some kombucha and some zero waste items. Then walk over a couple streets to the water. Drink kombucha by the water while you watch boats. Then head over to Enchanted Forest Elaine Gordon Park where can hang out speak to the horses. Then at night, go to a So Far show, which is an intimate mobile concert.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Caitlin Fogarty – about the most badass, women plant wizard/people activist/and permaculturist I know. She’s been a dear friend that I am constantly amazed by how passionate she is making waves in her community.
Isaac Yi (@unlucky.rabbits) and Khai (@teatyped)