Electronic artist, multi-instrumentalist and experimental producer Kristian Wang, who performs under the moniker of Didi + Ping, has released his new hypnotic deep house single “Pharaoh” fusing the two powerful forces that have always driven him: music and his natural surroundings.
“Pharaoh” transports you to one of the cradles of civilization, luring in the listener with a moody bass choir and explores the tombs of Ancient Egypt’s divine monarchs. Indeed, Canada’s talented producer evokes the godly presence of these powerful rulers through his commanding piano chords, thunderous percussion, and angelic singers. Didi + Ping’s intricate soundscapes are as boundless as the vistas Wang recalls from his youth. Each production is infused with lilting melodies, emotional chords and mesmerizing instruments, thoughtfully composed to celebrate Wang’s robust musical proclivities, his rustic upbringing, and the colorful personalities who shaped him.
“I grew interested in ancient civilizations during my preteens. Ancient Egypt, in particular, caught my attention with its cultural aesthetic. I found their hieroglyphics, Giza Plateau complexes, and tomb of the pharaohs so mesmerizing, as if they were plucked right out of a fantasy story,” shared Didi + Ping. “I drove the piece with an epic piano progression that I think captures the power the pharaohs held. They were the communicators with the Egyptian pantheon, so I gave the track some ‘godly’ and ‘mystical’ vibes with the echoing bongos and female voices. I think overall, this piece will leave a lasting effect on people the same way Ancient Egypt’s legacy did on me.”
“Pharaoh” is the follow up to recent single “Take Flight” inspired by flying being an ancient dream of humankind. PRESS HERE to listen. PRESS HERE to listen to extended mix. On the track, Didi + Ping demonstrates his compositional prowess and atmospheric production sense with silky-toned violins and an uplifting drum beat. An inspiring piano melody drives the piece – “look heavenward!” it sings. These charming ingredients create a wishful song that will carry you high into the sky and take you for a drive on the “infinite highway of the air.” Debut single “Buffalo Jump,” which was recently featured on TIDAL’s Rising Electronic playlist, takes Didi + Ping back to his roots. PRESS HERE to listen. PRESS HERE to listen to the extended version. The smooth house cut captures the spirit of the wild featuring melodious flute trills, vigorous hand drums and fascinating samples of a Native American pow wow recorded by a group who still inhabit Alberta, Canada, not too far from where Wang grew up in Calgary. The exuberant four-on-the-floor beat was first laid down as a Valentine’s Day gift for Wang’s girlfriend, before evolving into a broader love letter to the wide open spaces and historic fragments of Americana that have long instilled wonder and pride in the curious artist.
The moniker itself, “Didi + Ping” pays homage to Kristian’s rich Asian ancestry. “Didi” means “younger brother” in his family’s native Mandarin tongue, and doubles as a shoutout to his sibling, with whom he’s created homespun grooves throughout the years. “Ping” is Wang’s Chinese namesake, and a powerful reminder of his ancestors’ storied past. As a descendent of grandparents who fled China during the civil war in search of a better life in Canada, he is no stranger to the notion of embracing the unknown. And that concept is exactly what Didi + Ping strives to illuminate in his buoyant tracks, which unveil a unique take on deep and up tempo melodic house, and showcase his talents as an accomplished multi-instrumentalist and experimental producer.
Through captivating tones and weaving rhythms, Didi + Ping honors the mysteries of the planet, the serenity of nature and the collective spirituality that these aspects have evoked in civilizations throughout the ages.
Didi + Ping answered a few questions for us about the new track, his inspirations and more.
Tell us about new single “Pharaoh?”
‘Pharaoh’ captures my obsession with Ancient Egyptian culture. It’s one of the oldest civilizations to have ever existed, and I’ve always found that fascinating.
What inspired you to create this track?
I particularly find the Egyptian pantheon interesting, especially how the pharaohs were direct communicators with the gods. It made them so powerful (and terrifying). And that kind of power propelled their empires to build icons like the pyramids, which are so otherworldly. I wanted to capture that kind of power and mysticism in a song.
What do you want fans to take away from this track?
I don’t really want my listeners to do anything besides enjoy the song in their own way, but if I had to tell them something, maybe…. don’t be afraid to look at the world with wonder.
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