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Vietnam"s Hoang Touliver talks about his journey from learning classical piano at a young age lớn becoming one of the country"s most-sought-after DJs & music producers.

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For Vietnam’s Hoang Touliver, now a sought-after DJ and music producer, his journey khổng lồ where he is today has been an epic struggle that started from ground “minus zero”: a country that did not understand the genre with no music-market viability, no monetization, no fans.


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In 2010, when modern Vietnamese music was still very much underground và trying to lớn find its way out, Touliver started SpaceSpeakers. He collected a group of like-minded music makers within the underground scene, and through that, it gave him an opportunity to produce some of his well-known hits with his teammates by creating remixes of songs such as “Ngày Mai” (“Tomorrow”), “Mr Right” and “Ngày mai em đi” (“Tomorrow You Go”), along with an amazing collection of hits he produced, such as “Gene,” “Em Ơi Cứ Vui” (“Oh baby just keep having fun”) & “Em ko Thể” (“I Can’t”).

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From then on, Touliver was on his way khổng lồ making his impact on the Vietnamese music industry. Back in those days, to lớn sustain as a musician in the music landscape of Vietnam was both challenging and frustrating. Touliver described: “There were times when my work reached dead ends, & opportunities were few, it was a hard time then. However, I never gave up on my dreams. Music is my life, and I just cannot think of any other thing I would do.”

By working with different music influences, he opened his mind & the vision for his work. “When I was a kid, I would listen to a tuy vậy and think about what went into its production, và then I would listen lớn different genres… from classical, khổng lồ soundtracks, to lớn tech, house, to lớn just expand my horizons in music,” he shared.


Together with his classical piano training, the impact has shaped him. “Classical music helped me to better understand the sounds made by various musical instruments, how they come together lớn harmonize as one,” he explained. “I put a lot of effort combining rhythm with sounds against an electronic-based music background. & the part I enjoy most is the explosion of different colors.”


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In the past few years, the Vietnamese music industry is emerging & has made leaps and bounds, shaping itself into an industry that has drawn multi-national record labels và global streaming platforms such as Spotify & Apple Music into the fabric of Vietnam’s music market.

Touliver sees this as a positive indicator and the first step for Vietnamese music to lớn step out lớn an international audience. However, he also said that in order to lớn appeal to this audience, everyone would need lớn challenge their own standard, including himself, and to not give up on submitting their work to artists and international labels. The producer supports the next generation of talent, sharing, “For young Vietnamese producers and artists… one’s work should always be a reflection of one’s personality, of who we are.”

With that, Touliver revealed his big plan for 2020: release an upcoming dance-music album. Excited about the new album’s production sound, Touliver said, “With the sound of modular synths, this time, I have invested much on the harmonies, melodies, electronic sounds và analogs.”

Humble & never forgetting where he came from, he intends lớn release the new music with the consortium he originally started with: SpaceSpeakers. As his star continues to rise as one of Vietnam’s đứng top DJs và an increasing demand from local và regional artists who want to lớn work with him, all in all, 2020 is expected to be a very busy year for Hoang Touliver, và we expect to see his name alongside other international names soon.