Charismatic, quirky, soulful and insightful are some of the words that have been used to describe the unique artistry of one of China’s foremost female solo artists, Dingwei.
This multi-talented singer-songwriter has a truly enigmatic voice, but is also responsible for writing and producing many of the scores for a phenomenal number of China’s most successful movies and TV series. With her co-producer ‘Salt’, she has carved out an important role in the music and media industry in her native country.
With literally dozens of accolades and awards behind her, Dingwei is now venturing out into new terri-tories: Literally… She recently spent several weeks at Karma Studios in Thailand working with an ec-lectic band comprising superstar guitarist, Dominic Miller (Sting) and virtuoso keyboard player, An-drew Hale (Sade), alongside three exceptionally talented young artists from the UK, to form a super band that then went back to perform sold out live shows in Beijing and Shanghai. The material per-formed were the songs that will now feature on her new album that was written in China, and tracked, mixed and mastered in Beijing, and at Abbey Road Studios, Metropolis and Air Studios in London. Legendary Award Winning producer/engineers Chris Brown, Haydn Bendall and Dave Bascombe (who, collectively have worked on albums with many global stars including Bjork, Massive Attack, Radio-head, Kate Bush and The Beatles, among many others), have all played roles in the creation of her stunning new album. It’s an exciting new venture that sees her partnering with Cooking Vinyl in a ‘first of its kind’ deal for the label with an iconic artist from China.
Formerly on a solo deal with BMG in the USA she released a highly successful album called The Beginning. It was an immediate hit throughout mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore and Malaysia. The follow up, Dear Ding Wei, was issued by BMG in 2004 for which she was herself the producer, composer, arranger and singer on an extraordinary album that combines folk, electronica, Bossa Nova, Jazz and many other styles of music. The album went straight to Number One in the charts and the song ‘Goodbye, I Love You’ stayed at the Number One spot in China Song Chart for 15 consecutive weeks. In the same year, she was invited by The Monaco Royal Family to the world-renowned charity party Evening of Roses as the star guest artist. the accolades came, the awards filled the shelves and Dingwei was engaged more and more as a truly insightful writer of soundtracks – which has absorbed her creative life for nigh on a decade. But she’s back at the forefront of a band now, and truly excited about the new adventures awaiting her.
In 2016/17 Dingwei continued her journey, with new collaborations lining up with Suzanne Vega and Nick Gavrilov from Placebo, live shows throughout the UK and China and beyond, as well as writing for further major movie and TV projects in Beijing.