Autobiography of WEi (Draft)
Updated: Feb 1, 2020
A look into the life I've lived.
Nomad / Athlete / Musician / Artist / Freelancer / Entrepreneur / US Air Force Veteran
Born in China, adopted and immediately moved to Los Angeles before growing up in different places around the world. While Track & Field sparked my interest at an early age, I quickly found a passion for music and have become a lifelong student of the arts. I have performed in hard-core metal bands in the Philippines, competed aggressively in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and MMA, a veteran of the US Air Force, and currently working in the tech industry of Silicon Valley while simultaneously pursuing my musical journey as a DJ/Producer as well as fostering my creative entrepreneurial spirit.
WEi As A Musician
At 13 years old and growing up in Tampa, I taught myself how to play the guitar using online resources for guitar tablature. At that time I was going to Friday night Chinese Christian Baptist youth church services where I started to get into the youth worship team. When I first started High School at 14 I began playing with a couple friends in bands that we started ourselves, thats when my style really began to change. I started playing Lead, but before we could really get our foot in the ground, It was then that I moved to the Philippines.
In the Philippines I started playing in a few bands while living in a Minor Seminary boarding school for a year and attending a private catholic school. All this while I was playing in a punk cover band as a Lead Guitarist, while writing lyrics for our personal compositions. While in the Philippines I had to do some moving around, but eventually I was living in Olongapo with some of my relatives. In its entirety, I lived in the Philippines for a total of 3+ years going to Catholic schools where music and sports were my vital getaways.
It wasn't until 2012 that I discovered electronic music while still in the US Military. When I moved back to Los Angeles in 2014, I immediately immersed myself in the nightlife scene as a promoter and an avid supporter of the scene. At the end of the year, I made a impromptu call to move to San Francisco due to some personal reasons. Even in San Francisco, I wasn't slow on getting my feet wet and eventually was working for an independent music event company by undertaking product related roles while having a typical "9 to 5" job.
In 2015 I found the underground house and techno scene and really evolved into what you see today. Since then I have quickly picked up the skill of DJ'ing in 2017 at 27yrs old and has since worked with majority of SF's favorite local DJ collectives and have supported the likes of Justin Martin, Walker & Royce, Sacha Robotti, Steve Darko, Ramon Tapia, Tim Baresko, Bontan, Rebūke, Worthy, BLK&WHT, NIMA G, Willaa, n808, Antonio Manigrassi, Jayvi Velasco, NEY x MISS MAK, Emanate, Dymonds, JustJovani, Michael Bricker, (+ many more unmentioned DJ/Producers) through night clubs, private events, or renegade productions.
With my old school style of mixing, creating live remixes with different genres and my variety in song selections, I began playing at various after-hour events, daytime clubs, renegade sound camps and a couple festivals in California. I have already brought in out-of-state talents to play at local events and have hosted some of my own Weivy shows to showcase some Wei talented friends. Currently I hold a residency at Halcyon (arguably one of the city's most prominent House and Techno clubs) and have helped nurture a growing community of music lovers in San Francisco.
Depending on the time of the day, my DJ sets may consist of a mixture between House, Techno, Funky, Disco, and even a bit Indie. Each and every set I curate will have my audience feeling some type of Wei. I do have a collection of recorded mixes and have been developing a talkshow podcast on Soundcloud for your listening pleasure. Feel free to follow to stay in-tuned for any future productions!
I've also created a one-of-a-kind limited-edition DirtyBird X DesertHeart "DirtyHeart" pendant incorporating 2 MAJOR House and Techno influences that helped inspire me as a person as well as a musician.
My WEi To San Francisco
Born in Harbin, China; adopted and moved to Los Angles for roughly 6 years; moved to Malaysia for about 5 years for Elementary school, then 4 years in various places in Florida for Middle School and a some of High School, then the Philippines for 3 years+ while in High School, then back to Los Angeles to finish my HS Diploma. Joined the US Air Force in 2008 at 19 years old as an Aircraft Mechanic and then spent my time in various places around the globe.
When I left the military in 2014 at 25 years old, I moved back to Los Angeles. After a few months in various locations in Los Angeles, I moved to San Jose. Through some unfortunate circumstances, I was homeless for 4 months (living out of my car). Mid 2015 I found a place in Daly City and in 2016 I moved to Castro Valley. Moved around between SF and Oakland for a bit, but finally settling down in San Francisco at the end of 2017.
WEi As An Athlete
Started in track & field at the age of 10 in Elementary while in Malaysia. Ran track & played football in Middle School while in Florida. Competed aggressively in track & field, as well as basketball in High School while in the Philippines. While competing in High School for track & field, I placed 2nd in Nationals with a personal best of 10.2 seconds in the 100 meter sprint. While playing for the schools basketball team, I was also competing in a city-wide basketball league playing as a center where we placed 2nd against mostly adults.
After I joined the US Air Force directly after High School, I became an Aircraft Structural Maintainer and had additional duties as a Personal Training Leader & served as a Fitness Program Manager for my squadron, while simultaneously training and competing in MMA & Jiu-Jitsu for roughly 4 years; 3 to 5 days a week. I have coached fights and taught self-defense techniques to joint military forces while being deployed overseas fixing airplanes.
After the military, I helped run a Jiu-Jitsu club at the Las Positas Community College in Northern California for 2 semesters and have since gotten back in training at various locations in the bay.
WEi "Professional" Experience
As with being an Athlete and a Musician, I still do hold a professional "9 to 5" office job. I started with 6 years of military experience in the US Air Force as an Aircraft Structural Mechanic with additional responsibilities as a Squadron Fitness Program Manager and a Personal Training Leader while actively training and competing in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Muai-Thai and a variety of Mixed Martial Arts. In 2014 I separated from the US Air Force with an honorable discharge and have since been working in the tech & start-up industry.
After my military career, I quickly learned the ropes and excelled in my contract roles, which began my journey through various tech companies in San Francisco. During these years of learning and progressing in a professional "9 to 5" timespan, I also freelanced for an event hosting company that was focused on music. I began to organize events, book talent, and helped create and grow its website as a Product Manager and helped with its social media accounts and promoted for events around the city.
The more I was working with music, the more I started on building my own brand as a DJ and Producer. As of recently, I have been working with SF collectives in regards to co-producing events, assisting in graphic design, and even produced few of my own Weivy productions.
One of my past full-time roles was at Facebook where I had the chance to lead and scale new projects and helped create real impact for the online community. Since then I've also contracted at Google as a Sr Product Analyst, developing myself into a future Product Manager. All of this while also creating a name for myself as a DJ and Event Producer in San Francisco.
Currently I have a total of 10+ years of work experience with 4+ years in a Product Development Capacity and 6+ years of part-time freelancing within the Music-Technology community.
To find out more about my professional career, feel free to check out my LinkedIn and don't be afraid to connect!