Today we’d like to introduce you to Yuan Chang.
Yuan, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
Hi! I’m Yuan, or more recently, NUYA. My life has been quite interesting. I have always wanted to make a big impact on the world through my music or through art somehow. In college, I co-started an intentional community called Peanut Butter Palace Cooperative that I lived and breathed for six years. It was there that I felt belonging and felt more confident in myself as a leader. I learned botany, food forestry, fermentation, event throwing, communication, plant-based cooking, NVC (nonviolent communication), internal governance (how seven people live together and share food and lives together in harmony). After six years, I felt ready to come back to myself. Music is so incredibly important to me. I feel I am the messenger to inspire the world to live in connection to themselves and nature.
NUYA birthed out of that desire and I took all the skills I learned with UX design, being a dancer/dance teacher, living at PBP and how to connect people. Years of piano and guitar, and decided that my mission in life was to spread my message through electronic music. A modern human’s language. Spread my message that we *are* nature, not separate.
So lately, I find myself a digital nomad. I travel all around Florida, working remotely for a solar company as their designer, making music every day on Ableton, and making dance videos in nature to my songs. I live part-time at a Farm called Earth N Us Farm in Little Haiti amongst the most interesting and passionate people- my brother, UX designer and music producer under Zerosum. My sister, a climate change nonprofit director who creates augmented reality murals under Before It’s Too Late. Her boyfriend, who is a prominent artist, Reinier Gamboa. My partner, Dane Myers, who lives out of his Tesla, is a videographer for climate change awareness, and road trips to do house concert tours. Another dear roommate, who has the best band in the world, Seizure Machine.
So being amongst these incredible earth passionate and techie hustling people also allows me to be the same. NUYA is my current passion baby and I intend to make a huge impact. I have the foundation to do so, I think!
Has it been a smooth road?
It’s been a windy road. Being a landlord and sustaining an intentional cooperative has been super rewarding and difficult. I’m an incredibly ambitious person so I get idealistic and anxiety a lot of the time. To make the conscious choice everyday that yes, I choose to be an artist means getting over anxiety of failure opening my laptop to start. And to not let desires of people and their agendas to come first is always effort. To have the courage to do what you were meant to do.
We’d love to hear more about your work.
NUYA comes at a time where people are highly disconnected from eachother and their environment. Most people don’t know their neighbors. Or look at their cashier. Or rather talk to people behind screens. And we all do it because it is what is cultural. I’m wanting to create a cultural shift in that we use our art of good. Art activism. Through NUYA, I want to be the messenger between the trees and the tech. The yin and the yang. The natural world and the modern world. The middle way. And electronic music is the modern language of young changemakers.
I feel confident in this alias passion project because I live and breathe this message. I take showers at the beach and I sit in a coffee shop after to make beats. I have thrown zero waste dance parties. I’m mostly barefoot and this helps my dancing. I feel like this middle path that I am creating. TLDR I make beats and make videos dancing to them.
How do you think the industry will change over the next decade?
The world in more chaos, and a need to go back to YIN (I’m a big believer in yin-yang balance), the emotional and spiritual connection to our everyday lives. Art is a medium to do that.
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