Writing music that inspires
There’s no doubt that music plays a vital role in our lives. From teaching us life lessons to touching our hearts, music can help define our personalities, and influence the way people think and perceive the world.
For 28-year-old David Choi, a Los Angeles native of Korean descent, he has made a huge impact throughout his 12-year music career inspiring others in the music industry as well as on a personal level.
Choi may have garnered close to a million subscribers and over 117,000,000 total video views on his YouTube channel since he began in 2006, but “the best thing out of those years is the fact that people share their stories on how my music has changed their lives.
“Once, I received an email from someone saying that he wanted to commit suicide, but after listening to my songs, it eventually stopped him. It just made him felt better and inspired him to live on.
“Considering that I wrote songs just to share my stories with others… knowing that it also changes people’s lives – which initially wasn’t even my goal – and for someone else to take my music seriously, it is just very humbling, and those are the moments that I live for until now,” said Choi when interviewed by The Borneo Post SEEDS in Kuching recently.
Emotions are very interesting, especially when music gets involved, and song lyrics are what make the music wonderful. This is what has kept Choi motivated to continue being a singer-songwriter; to inspire others to live a good life.
“The thing that has been my inspiration in music is just life itself and the people that I have met. The friends that I have been with, the relationships that I have been in and just people and things that I think about,” Choi added.
His wins in David Bowie’s Mash-up contest, the John Lennon Songwriting Contest for Teens, as well as Songwriter Universe Song of the Month with his song ‘Anything You Want’, all in 2004, are proof of his excellent songwriting capabilities.
The Internet, furthermore, has been a major part of the multi-instrumentalist’s success in the music industry.
“The Internet changes everything. Initially, back in 2006, I started my career as a songwriter and producer at Warner/Chappell Music in LA. I was there working for two years writing songs for different artists, and into my second year, that was when I started with YouTube,” he said, explaining that he just wanted to see other people’s reactions towards his music. He found overnight Internet fame with the comical “YouTube (A Love Song),” which received nearly three million views.
“I just wanted to see what people thought of my music. Most people love what I do, and eventually I managed to release an album after my contract with the music publishing company ended and did lots of shows and gained fans from all over the world. It is really amazing,” Choi said.
Choi landed in Kuching on Feb 8 and was part of iM4U’s annual Reach Out Convention and Celebration designed to be an effective platform to rope in new volunteers among the youth.
About volunteering, Choi said, “I really do enjoy volunteering, I’ve always tried to do that on my own time in the US. Next time, I hope that I can come again to Malaysia for another volunteering session.
“Malaysian people have been really good to me, and here, lots of people really do listen to my music. Although I come to Malaysia quite often, I am usually in Kuala Lumpur but this is my first time in Kuching. Kuching is a very beautiful place, lots of green trees with picturesque nature here,” he added.
Choi has toured all over the world performing his original songs and covers to tens of thousands of people, and interestingly, without being signed to a record label. He also wrote and self produced three albums: ‘Only You’, ‘By My Side’, and ‘Forever and Ever’.
His songs and tracks have been heard on NBC, FOX, VH1, MTV, A&E, E!, Travel Channel, Style, PBS, Food Network, Disney, as well as retail stores all over the USA, and national commercials overseas. He has also worked with brands such as Kelloggs, Starburst, American Cancer Society, GE, YesStyle, Blue Microphones, Google, Toyota, Samsung, Hyundai and JC Penney.
Choi will release his fourth and latest album, ‘Stories of You’s and Me’ this February 17, and said that this will be the product he and his fans have been looking forward to.
His advice to talented youths out there is, “Just keep doing things that you’re passionate about and never give up. Understand that whatever your talent might be, sharing stories through things that you do, for example from interviews as this is, is always very exciting as others might read or look at the results of it and becoming inspired, and perhaps can even change people’s perceptions in their life.”
David Choi can be contacted through his Facebook page at David Choi, Twitter @davidchoimusic, Instagram/davidchoimusic, YouTube channel at David Choi.