Shanghai, China/ Canada
Jason Chu is a piano pop singer-songwriter from Vancouver, British Columbia. Classically trained in piano since age four, Jason decided 13 years later that he no longer wanted to be confined by pre-written sheet music and began writing his own songs at 17.
In 2006, Jason founded pop group Locus with bandmate, former model, and singer-songwriter Kaila So. Over the next five years, he would go on to write or co-write, record, perform, arrange, and produce virtually all of the songs that appear on Locus' four independently-released records. Since forming, the band has made dozens of live appearances at well-known Lower Mainland events and venues, including Vancouver Pride and Anime Evolution.
In an effort to hone his vocal and interpretative skills, Jason began performing made-for-YouTube piano cover versions of his all-time favourite songs. Reception to the videos was very positive, even garnering the attention of Jenny Berggren, lead singer of Grammy award-winning Swedish pop group Ace of Base, who personally selected his acoustic version of her single “Gotta Go” as the winner of the Gotta Go Remix contest in 2011.
In 2007, Jason wrote his very first solo song with bandmate and twin brother Kelvin Chu. It was the beginnings of what would become his first album as a solo performer, "From Behind the Mirror." Deeply personal and introspective, "Mirror" is a collection of songs that chronicle Jason’s ongoing journey of self-discovery and re-discovery, documenting and dissecting many of his life-changing experiences. Jason has since released his sophomore album, "Fault Line" in 2012.
Jason is currently writing music for short film projects, and has continued to collaborate with artists from Japan and the US, most notably with American singer-songwriter-choreographer AnnMarie Fox, earning an International Music and Entertainment Association nomination for Pop Song of the Year in 2015 for "Fatal Attraction," co-written by both artists.
“Writing lyrics is one of my life's consistents – one of the only things I've continued to do since 1997. I enjoy scratching my feelings and ideas onto paper or tapping them into my phone, and then slowly piecing my ideas together once I have a better idea of what I want to say. The process gives me a great sense of accomplishment, and at the same time, it lets me to come to terms with events in either my own life or in others'. Recording these songs allows me to capture my life's lessons and remind myself of them, over and over again.”
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My songs encapsulate life lessons into memorable pop melodies, chronicling my ongoing journey of self-discovery and re-discovery, documenting and dissecting my most life-changing experiences.
1998-2000: Privately coached by Royal Conservatory of Music-certified Piano Instructor Thomas Wong, Vancouver, British Columbia. Completion of Royal Conservatory of Music Examinations from Grade 8 to 10.
1986-1997: Privately coached by Royal Conservatory of Music-certified Piano Instructor Alice Koo, Vancouver, BC. Completion of Royal Conservatory of Music Examinations from Grade 1 to 7.
June 2011: Acoustic/folk pop showcase, The Pink Cow, Tokyo, Japan.
With Vancouver pop band Locus (http://wearelocus.blogspot.com):
Aug 2010, July 2009, Jul 2008: Vancouver Pride – annual pride festival held in Vancouver, BC.
Aug 2010, June 2009, Aug 2008: Anime Evolution – Annual anime-themed convention held in Vancouver, BC.
Aug 2010, Aug 2009, Sept 2007: Richmond Night Market – Annual Asian summer night festival held in Richmond BC. Attendance: 30,000+ Full performance history may be downloaded at http://wearelocus.blogspot.hk/p/performance-history.html
With singer-songwriter Martin Leroux Sept 10, 2011: The Pink Cow, Tokyo, Japan
With singer-songwriter Danny Katz
Feb 19, 2012: Fuchu Flight, Japan; sample: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0-DJMC7NH8M
Feb 17, 2012: Shibuya Nights at Tasaku, Tokyo, Japan
Feb 7, 2012: Shimo-Kitazawa Club251, Tokyo, Japan
2012: Fault Line (full-length album) – digital only
2011: From Behind the Mirror (full-length album) – digital only; Partial catalogue may be streamed at http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/jace6
Role: songwriting, keyboards, mixing, production, background vocals, vocal arrangement
2013: State of Consciousness (EP) – digital/digipak CD
2010: Locus (full-length album) – digital/CD
2009: Shine (EP) – digital/CD
2009: Ambrosia (full-length album) – digital/CD
2008: Silent Echo (EP) – CD
Full discography: http://wearelocus.blogspot.com/p/discography.html
With singer-songwriter-choreographer AnnMarie Fox
2011: Fatal Attraction (songwriting, keyboards, background vocals); https://itunes.apple.com/ca/album/fatal-attraction-feat.-jace/id1029206557
With Martin Leroux
2011: Crash (keyboards, background vocals); https://soundcloud.com/jace829/crash-alternate-mix
Music for film
2016: Xiaomi 90 Points Smart Suitcase short video clip (4 clips) – Director: Richard Chung; sample: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jV9FJf1pQzA
2015: Love and compassion featurette – Director: Richard Chung
2013: YK Pao School corporate and recruitment video – Director: Richard Chung https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qkHc-cWxbIY
2007: Circle (short film) – Director: Jade Deng
2011-2012: Piano Instructor, Tokyo – Private instruction at residence
Style and Vocal Range
Piano pop, Acoustic, Folk, Rock
E 4 to C 6
2015: International Music and Entertainment Association (IMEA) nomination, Pop Song of the Year for Fatal Attraction (see “Recordings”)
1992: Silver medal, Royal Conservatory of Music – highest score in BC