Adele – Someone Like You (Breakbeat Remix)

December 24th, 2011

Adele - Someone Like YouThis is a cover of Adele’s Someone Like You that my friend Shan Shan and I recently did. I wanted to do breakbeat / drum and bass remix with a nice simple breakbeat that doesn’t take away too much from the song. The vocals took 1 day to record. The remix arrangement and video both took the same day. The video was shot while I was in Beijing and Shanghai, China in the Summer of 2010.

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Me in the Last Airbender

November 21st, 2011

Me in The Last Airbender

This is a still shot from my screen time in the M Night Shyamalan’s The Last Airbender where I played an Earth Bender. You can see me holding a jar of flowers while standing next to Noah Ringer.  It actually looks more like a jar of cheese puffs though. It took us at least half hour to setup the shot and we were staring in front of the sun and additional lighting equipment. I had a blast being in the movie and the cast and crew were a lot of fun and nice to be with. Noah is a nice kid and I expect him to have a bright future.

New Delta Dreams Website!

August 15th, 2011

Hi folks. Just wanted to announce the relaunch of a brand new Delta Dreams music website. The music project was put on a back burner for awhile due to unforeseen circumstances. There will be really new exciting music and videos coming. Check out the new site at http://DeltaDreams.com.

Delta Dreams Official Website

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Before My Eyes (New Order Remix)

May 10th, 2011

Jed from Bass Bandits and Wax Dolly Podcast contacted me on MySpace to see if he could remix Before My Eyes. I gladly obliged. His remix is wonderful and really sounds like New Order did it. Excellent driving bass lines and beats.

Download the Before My Eyes (New Order Remix) for FREE (Right click, Save As…)

You can download the original here Delta Dreams - Before My Eyes

Jed and his band Bass Bandits live in UK. We collaborated via the Internet by using SendSpace. I exported the stem tracks from ProTools (vocals, acoustic and lead guitars, synth lead) and he did his magic.

You can visit Jed and his Wax Dolly podcast http://waxdolly.comoj.com/podcasts.html

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Edie Sedgwick – One Distant Memory

January 17th, 2011

I was inspired to put this video together with my song “One Distant Memory” I wrote when I was 17 after watching the film Factory Girl based on a true story.

Edie Sedgwick (Sienna Miller) is a young heiress studying art in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She moves to New York City, where she is introduced to Pop Art painter and film-maker Andy Warhol (Guy Pearce). Intrigued by the beautiful socialite, he asks her to perform in one of his underground movies. Soon she is spending time with him at the Factory, his studio and also the hangout of a group of eccentrics, some of them addicts. Her status as Warhol Superstar and success as a fashion model gain her popularity and international attention. Love, jealousy, drugs eventually lead to her downward spiral and she dies at the young age of 28 from an overdose.

She’s a tragic figure and the lyrics I wrote many years ago was about taking life opportunities for granted.

ONE DISTANT MEMORY – LYRICS
How many times must we take
this life for granted?
How long must it take
to end this violence
But will you take my hand
for now
And we shall not walk right into the rain
And I will not feel
the pain

Too many words unspoken
in all of our dreams
Sentiments for someone
are made and then broken
But can you give what you take
and not throw it all away
And will you hold my hand…again
And I cannot….
feel the pain.

Delta Dreams – Dream In Stereo

November 15th, 2010


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The song title and atmosphere were inspired from the trip hop duo Mono and their song “Life In Mono”. I really like mixes that have depth and 3D elements. Music with good melodies and atmospheres where every time you hear the song, you discover something you haven’t paid attention to before. Mixes that immerse you into the song’s world rather than just being heard through speakers.

The lyrics came to me in a lucid dream. I remember dreaming I was in a valley at night and this angel floated towards me with the lyrics written in a scroll. I knew I was dreaming so I took the scroll, closed it, and opened it back up. The lyrics were still there. The melodies were the stars in the sky exploding randomly.

I was looking for a female singer that had an innocent but melancholic voice and Wendy Emerson was perfect for it. She recorded the first verse in one or two takes. The second verse was a lot more difficult. Her southern twang all of a sudden came out and it took something like 45 takes to get it right. Her timing was also off from the beat at times, fortunately however, with the marvels of digital recording, you could simply splice the vocal track and move the clip to the right location.

The drum sample you hear at the end was originally going to be the foundation of the entire song but I thought it would be better if it was “more if less” if I added it as accent at the end instead. It basically serves as a song within a song. If you hadn’t noticed, there are a lot of reversed sounds in my music. I’ve always loved them because they create wonderful and weird atmospheres with creepy rhythms.

Sony records wanted to buy the full copyright for Dream In Stereo for an electronica compilation CD called “She” featuring various trip hop/electronic music with female vocals. The offer…A whopping $500. I gracefully declined. I mean. Really? Years later I saw the compilation at Virgin records in New York and smiled knowing that the quality was good enough for major release even though the monetary value was not equitable.

The story behind the first remix Dream In Stereo (Paris Trip Hop Mix) was that it was sparked by an accident. A friend came over and I was playing the original version through my studio setup. The settings for the sound banks on my keyboard were not set correctly but when the sequencer (Cubase VST at the time) started playing, it sounded different but I thought it had a lot of potential as a more stripped down track. Dream In Stereo (Video Mix) took the Paris Trip Hop Mix slightly more modern with more syncopated hi hats and melodies.

I’m not sure if Dream In Stereo will ever reach cult status or become culturally relevant but I really cherish this song because it’s one of the few that I’ve done where I felt nothing more needs to be added or taken away. It stands the test of time. Maybe we can all dream in stereo once in a while.

LYRICS
Coffee spills in cafe bars
Misplaced faces and conversations
Talking to a Flaming June
I had almost forgotten you

Moonlight fades in the dark
Autumn leaves settle in the park
And I walk the streets guided by their light
Don’t walk away this time

How Do You Know Trailer – Starring Paul Rudd, Reese Witherspoon, Owen Wilson & Jack Nicholson

August 18th, 2010

The trailer for my film How Do You Know Trailer (2010) which I am acting in is now released.

How Do You Know is directed and written by Oscar winner James L. Brooks (he’s also co-written 463 episodes of The Simpsons). I must admit, I’m not a big fan of most romantic comedies but this film does look pretty good. There’re also rumors in the film industry that it is a major contender for an Oscar. The cast on board is excellent in Paul Rudd, Reese Witherspoon, Owen Wilson and of course Jack Nicholson, who previously worked with Brooks on “Terms of Endearment” and “As Good As It Gets” – for which he was awarded Best Actor Oscars both times. How Do You Know is set for release December 17th.

How Do You Know - Reese Witherspoon and Paul Rudd

How Do You Know is a new romantic comedy about a love triangle between professional softball player Lisa Jorgenson (Reese Witherspoon), a failed corporate exec (Paul Rudd), and a major-league baseball pitcher (Owen Wilson).

Please note: There is a history of this film name being changed quite often. Originally, it was titled “How Do You Know”, then it was titled “Untitled James L Brooks” film on set. The studio then forced the director to pick a name to which he chose “Everything You’ve Got”. So it looks like now it is finally officially titled back to “How Do You Know”. How do we know the title for this film will not change again? We don’t. I guess we have to just give it everything we’ve got. :-)

See you at the movies!

Quang.

Everything You’ve Got Directed by James L Brooks Starring Jack Nicholson, Reese Witherspoon, Paul Rudd, and Owen Wilson

May 14th, 2010

The film I worked on as a principle role with Jack Nicholson, Reese Witherspoon, Paul Rudd, and Owen Wilson is now officially titled “Everything You’ve Got”. Apparently, the production was tired of calling it “Untitled James L. Brooks Film”.

Everything You've Got James L Brooks Film With Jack Nicholson, Reese Witherspoon, Paul Rudd, and Owen Wilson

Everything You've Got - Jack Nicholson, Reese Witherspoon, Paul Rudd, and Owen Wilson

The film is about on a love triangle between Paul Rudd (George), a white collar exec and Owen Wilson (Manny), a professional baseball player who both find themselves smitten with Reese Witherspoon (Lisa Jorgenson), a woman suffering from a major break-up who comes from a sports crazy family. I played the computer tech guy in a scene with Paul Rudd and Shelly Conn’s character Terry. Brooks is known for making his actors do a lot of takes and I have to say that was true in my experience. I think we must have done up to 50 takes for our scene in an office room at the University of Penn which coincidentally is where I am currently attending graduate school.

Brooks spent five years working on the Everything You’ve Got to come up with a story “rooted in an encounter between two people who meet on the worst night of their respective lives.” The story also presents conflict between a person’s sports career and romantic life.

Brooks researched extensively and interviewed hundreds of women who play sports as well as many different people who run companies in order to figure out which elements will work best in the film. He also became fascinated by the dilemmas of contemporary business executives, who are sometimes held accountable by the law for corporate behavior of which they may not even be aware. This sounds like a film to watch out for around awards time, like several of Brooks’ former endeavors, and I’m definitely excited to see how it turns out.

Brooks’ five previous directorial efforts are “Terms of Endearment” (which won Brooks three Oscars — for best director, best adapted screenplay and best picture), “Broadcast News” (Oscar-nominated for best picture), “I’ll Do Anything,” “As Good As It Gets” (Oscar-nominated for best picture) and “Spanglish.”

You can also read my previous post on Everything You’ve Got that I worked on here.

Robert De Niro Hunts Bradley Cooper In Limitless

May 8th, 2010
Robert De Niro and Hunt Bradley Cooper In Dark Fields

Robert De Niro and Hunt Bradley Cooper In Dark Fields

Robert De Niro and Bradley Cooper are shooting the suspense thriller Limitless directed by Neil Burger (‘The Illusionist’) with a screenplay by Leslie Dixon (‘The Thomas Crown Affair’). The production has been shooting in Philadelphia and yes I am a part of this film! De Niro plays a financial mogul, Gennady, hot on the tail of Cooper’s character, Eddie Spinola, who discovers a designer drug that makes him smarter and basically better than the rest of us.

The film will also feature a phenomenon called “trip-switching” where time moves with a stop-motion quality which will be interesting to see on the big screen.

De Niro has several films being released this year, including ‘Little Fockers,’ the indie drama ‘Stone’ and Robert Rodriguez’s ‘Machete.’ Bradley Cooper will next be seen as Lt. Templeton ‘Faceman’ Peck in ‘The A-Team,’ opening June 11th.

Limitless will be released March 18, 2011.

The Last Airbender Super Bowl Spot

February 4th, 2010

M. Night Shyamalan’s The Last Airbender new Super Bowl Spot is now online and you can watch it using the player below. The film is a live action adaptation of Nickelodeon’s animated TV series, opening July 2, stars Noah Ringer, Nicola Peltz, Jackson Rathbone, Dev Patel, Jessica Jade Andres, Aasif Mandvi, Shaun Toub, Cliff Curtis and Keong Sim.

I’m very excited to see this because it looks very good. I’m hoping Shyamalan didn’t edit my scenes out. He’s very easy to work with. Shoot most scenes in just a few takes and moves very fast. There are rumors about The Last Airbender being a trilogy depending on the success of this film. So make sure you go and watch it so I can be in the sequel!