describe how and when Natural Q was formed?
Chico: We met through work about 3 years
ago, during a concert production. I played one of the instruments
for the show, and Waa was hired as a back-up rehersal singer
for when the main singer was not available.
Waa: Under a very accidental state of mind
we came up with the name Natural Q for our
band. We simply wanted to sing and make music. Because both
Chico and I have naturally curly hair, the name Natural
Q was very fitting. I'm very proud to be the one
who came up with that name. [laughs] We tried looking
for other band members or invite special musical guests to
play with Natural Q in the past, but I felt
it was difficult to communicate in a large group. Also, the
results didn’t meet our expectation. Personally, I like
the simple communication between 2 people.
Describe your first album "C'est
La Vie", do your albums have themes?
Chico: At the beginning there was no particular
direction or theme. We went through all the demos and picked
out songs that feel right to us. Usually the inspirations
came from little things in life.
Waa: I believe the question answers itself
already. C'est La Vie means "that is life"
in French, BTW- I'm very happy that I came up with that title
as well! [laughs] Little things in life can often
spark ideas and became our inspiration for songs.
What do you think about the indie music
scene in Taiwan?
Chico: There are more and more people doing
independent music in recent years, it's great.
Waa: In Taiwan only? ... The indie music
industry is a bit stingy, [giggles]. but it is changing
slowly because the main-stream music sounds worse and worse.
People who are looking for fresh food for their ears naturally
turn to indie music. I believe there are a lot of people who
want to write their own music even though we are only hearing
a few at the moment. I am glad Natural Q
can prove that indie music is not just rock music!
Natural Q is the first band signed by A
Good Day Records, a unique
indie label in Taiwan. Tell us a little bit about how it is
different, and what is that experience like?
Chico: You have to ask the boss (joking).
Waa: A Good Day is a pleasant
name, it puts me in a good mood just by seeing the name. And
no one can pass the chance to be in a shop with sunshine,
fluffy clouds, breeze, and good nature, even just to visit!
[referring to the decor of the shop] This is our first album.
This is also A Good Day's first album. We
have our bitter moments but I am enjoying every bit of it!
What's your top 10 at the moment?
Ming-Chang / A
Show In The Afternoon (1990)
Lin, Chung / Marching
Of Angels movie soundtracks (1992)
Ta Yu / Ji
Hu Zer Yea (1982)
Baboo / New Taiwanese Dollar
Yi Hao / Pull Out Myself (1990)
Hwang / Shang Wei Qi Xian (1998)
Bowen / Oh! What A Star
Of The Convenience / Quiet Is The
/ Aluminum Tunes
What do you do for fun when you are not making music?
Chico: Enjoying life.
Waa: Having a normal life like everyone else.
I am also a DJ at a local radio station. Chico teaches music
and is a part-time student. Sometimes I will take on a job
as back-up vocals, or Chico will work on some commercial and
cartoon jingles just to make some extra cash. Drawing and
playing with dolls have become my daily activity lately. Things
like washing, combing the doll's hair, and changing it's outfit
make me smile!
What is Natural Q's next step?
Chico: To come out with a 2nd album.
Waa: I don't really know. Should the answer
be to work on the next album? In my mind, the next step is
for Natural Q to have a bigger following,
all the way to the rest of the world and then back to Taiwan,
waaaa- ha ha ha!!! X