His name is Andrew Huang and he has taken the YouTube world by storm with his weird song challenges, covers, raps and creative original music.
What is extraordinary is how Andrew has achieved all of this given that he is constantly traveling. So, we caught up with him and begged him to reveal his secrets:
Best vocal warm up when mobile:
I’ve always been a fan of sirens ’cause you cover your whole range. Being mobile just means finding a spot where not too many people will give you funny looks while you’re at it.
Practical eating/diet tips when on the move:
Healthy snacks go a long way; I try to always have nuts and seeds and granola bars stashed somewhere, and pick up things like grapes or baby carrots when possible. In terms of saving a little time and money, whenever I need to stay at a hotel I try to get one that has a free breakfast.
Favorite music apps these days:
I’m not actually using my devices to make music most of the time, but I like reading lyrics and song meanings on Genius. The interface is beautiful and the way it connects with your existing music library is fantastic.
Music/audio gear that you travel with:
For recording I love my Shure SM7B going through my Apollo Twin interface. That little setup has been through 20 countries with me. I also have Shure SRH440 headphones which I’ve been very happy with for years, and I’m running Ableton Live on a Macbook Pro. My live setup right now consists of nothing but a guitar and TC-Helicon’s VoiceLive 3 for effects and looping!
Vocal health remedies that work for you on the road:
Hot water or tea with honey and lemon. If I ever start feeling congested it can also help to track down cayenne pepper, black pepper, ginger and apple cider vinegar to add to that concoction.
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Favorite music sharing platforms and why:
YouTube is king for me. It’s the world’s second-biggest search engine and there are huge audiences who are excited to hear new things.
What you are able to do now, musically, when travelling that you weren’t able to do 10 years ago:
The power and compactness of recording gear is just insane these days. I recorded my EP Alloys in a tiny apartment in Australia, and the majority of Food & Drink was done in hostels. I’d get a private room, try not to worry about whether anyone would overhear, get into bed with the blanket over my head as sound isolation, and my whole studio would fit in there with me.
What containers, cases, backpacks do you pack your kit in? Have you found the perfect packing solution(s)?
I have an Odyssey gig bag which I believe is meant for DJs but I’ve found it to be great for my needs. It’s well-built, well-padded, and fits a ton of stuff. I’m convinced this bag is bigger on the inside than it is on the outside. I feel like Mary Poppins.
Best musical idea capturing tech when you are struck with an idea on the move:
I live in Evernote. Anything I write is synced between all my devices. It’s also possible to record audio in there if I have an idea I want to quickly demo.
See our previous interview with Andrew Huang: Breaking Out on YouTube: Andrew Huang’s Insights
Andrew Huang produces about 100 songs a year in a huge range of genres. While he plays several instruments, he has become known for coaxing music out of unusual sources like balloons, water, and pants.