drums vs electronics / USA
July, August 2018
Drummer Ian Chang makes electronic music physical. In a metronomic genre, Chang takes a fresh approach that is rooted in physicality. Using drums to control and manipulate samples, he is able to realize complete musical ideas with solo performance. The result is a seamless marriage of raw performative intensity and sophisticated sound design.
Born and raised in Hong Kong, Chang was shaped by the city’s diversity and vibrance. He moved to New York in 2007 to pursue music and quickly gained a reputation as a “gigantically talented drummer” (NPR). To date, Chang has recorded and/or performed with such varied artists as Son Lux, Joan As Policewoman, Body Language, Matthew Dear, Dave Douglas, Rafiq Bhatia, Moses Sumney, Woodkid, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Rubblebucket, Vacationer, Niki and the Dove and Com Truise.