WeiWei is an Asian American Pop Singer/Songwriter based in N.Y.C. Originally born in Changsha, China her family moved to the U.S. when she was 4 years old. WeiWei was a talented musical prodigy as a child, playing violin, piano and guitar; even then she thought she could make music her life’s ambition. Her mother, however, may have had other ideas! WeiWei says she was a stereotypical “tiger mom” and being a Pop star was not an option in her household. But although starting out with a conventional ‘mom approved’ career, WeiWei decided to follow her musical dreams.
After moving to New York from Massachusetts, she started her career started in NYC Tech as a Technology & Management Consultant then moved on to become a Data Scientist. Music had always been her calling but grappled with the internal battle of wanting stability but also wanting to chase her dreams so she took a “passion year” to figure herself out creatively. She started writing songs and her first single, ‘Forever’, was released in 2018 which started her music career. WeiWei has since performed at well-known NYC venues such as Pianos and the Delancey.
WeiWei’s music is autobiographical and her sound is electro/synth pop and as an artist she envisions herself as being the first Asian-American name in pop music that isn’t under the ‘K-Pop’ banner- but is regarded as mainstream American Pop. Not only is WeiWei a musician but also a fashion influencer whose aesthetic, both musically and visually, really communicates her personality. Her music is not only representative of her story but also of freedom from cultural boundaries simply by the pursuit of it. She writes about the emotions we all move through in life (love, jealousy, regret) in a fun, consumable and simplistic manner.
Her latest single, ‘Human Being’, is about taking someone for granted then later realizing it. We have to forgive others and ourselves for not being perfect. WeiWei says: “Human Being is about having someone in your life that tried their best for you but not seeing it at the time. You wanted them to be perfect but they are only human. You also have to also forgive yourself for behaving that way because you are only human too. We all aim for perfection but make mistakes and have regrets. That is part of the human experience.”
The video was shot on Super 8 film and the directors are Maria and Ximena Prieto (daughters of Rodrigo Prieto, DP of Brokeback Mountain and Wolf of Wallstreet). The shoot took place in Ellen Kuras DP of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind’s house in Nyack.