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Toronto, Ontario, Canada | Established. Jan 01, 2009 | SELF

Toronto, Ontario, Canada | SELF
Established on Jan, 2009
Band Electronic Hip Hop




"What? A Cool Song About Mongkok?"

Postmoderndisco, the alter-ego of Canadian Mandy Woo, created a downtempo track titled “Chasing Memories,” that begins with ambient noise taken from the busy streets of Mongkok. Even the clicking sound of Hong Kong’s sidewalk crossing aids for the hearing impaired, plays a role.

Toronto-based Mandy Woo did the the vocals, writing, and production of “Chasing Memories.” The poem at the beginning was written and recited by Jasmine Gui.

The song gets really good once the music kicks in at 2:15. Both the beat and instrumental are catchy, and the vocals compliment the instrumental perfectly.

The fade out at the end that brings back the ambient noise is also a slick touch.

While Mongkok doesn’t usually evoke a feeling of ‘chill’, the sheer musicality of this song makes it a winner. - HK Hustle

"8 one-person bands from Searchlight 2016 who can do it all"

Toronto artist postmoderndisco is doing great things and her colourful submission video for the track “Wings” definitely caught our attention — not only for her technical prowess performing on a Maschine but also her ability to weave together elements of classical, East-Asian and dance music. - CBC Music

"Chinese And Canadian Indie Music Fuse In Toronto"

Not only will Chinese and Western instruments be played, but a deeper musical fusion is possible; Chinese, Canadian, and Canadian-Chinese musicians are scheduled to perform in this curated concert, bringing each of their distinct heritages to the stage. "A World Away" is part of the China-Canada 2015-2016 Year of People-to-People and Cultural Exchange Program.

Among the musicians who will perform is postmoderndisco, a composer, producer and songwriter based in Toronto. This indie artist fuses hip-hop beats with East-Asian melodies, reflecting the mixture of Western and Chinese cultural influences from her upbringing as a second-generation Chinese-Canadian. She recently released a single with Los Angeles rapper NAK called "Nothing More Beautiful," and she plays keys in local indie band These Lights. -

"postmoderndisco: A Toronto artist’s path to maturity"

By Jesse Sihra

Equipped with a Mac, she makes beautiful creations. She’s a musician who refuses to let what she lacks stop her from making art. She’s an artist who is passionately particular about her music; a perfectionist whose art must meet her high standards — standards to which she is deeply loyal.
I first met postmoderndisco on social media when her first EP Chasing Memories had just come out; our mutual friends shared the Bandcamp link and I was instantly hooked. I met her a few months later at a friend’s party where we bonded over a concoction of non-alcoholic fizzy drinks and our love for the late Japanese producer and DJ, Nujabes.

postmoderndisco is the musical child of a Torontonian and second generation Chinese-Canadian. postmoderndisco is her stage-name, her musical identity, her outlet for creative energy. She’s a composer, a producer, and a songwriter; an artist who strives to push herself and her musical talents even when the creative process can sometimes be a deep struggle.
I decided to interview postmodernisco at her house in Toronto to talk more about her art.
When I asked her to describe her music, she paused her dishwashing and sighed.
“Well, I don’t really like describing my music, because I create without thinking in terms of genres. But to help people understand better, I would describe the music I have out as atmospheric, electronic beats…with some East Asian influences.”
Her decision to go by postmoderndisco is a reflection of her desire to not be confined to a genre. She strives to create an identity and space where she is free to remold and redefine her music. Each piece of music is an experiment in a rich array of styles and sounds.

As she constantly pushes the boundaries of genre she is also deeply aware of how much she needs to grow as a musician before she can be where she wants to be musically.
She’s not yet “there.” When I asked her where she wants to be as an artist and musician she simply said, “That’s a surprise and also a secret.”
My impression of postmoderndisco is that she is an artist who needs to love a piece before she releases her creation to the public; she must believe in and be proud of each piece. Nothing can be forced or coerced. It must all feel authentic. If it’s not authentic, it can’t be released.
As I watched her finish the dishes, I asked her how her training at the Royal Conservatory of Music and her studies at the University of Toronto had influenced her.
“The Royal Conservatory of Music helped me to strive for excellence and perfection in my music and art. UofT, on the other hand, where our specializations played a huge role in our identity amongst our peers and professors, my label as a “composition major” helped me to start viewing myself as a composer and creator.”

I looked at her closely and asked her how her recent job hunt was going. What she told me was all too familiar:
“Job hunting is hard and sometimes I don’t want to do it. But I need something to sustain myself. I want to be practical about my life and financially support myself, starting now.”
This is the grind of the modern-day artist, and she was incredibly candid about stating plainly what many of us go through. We are always trying to find ways to financially support ourselves while seeking the time to produce art and discover creative outlets for self-expression.
“Many times, I can’t help but think that my music will remain a hobby. Many times, I can’t help but wonder if I’m doing anything worthwhile at all.”

It’s a question that we ask ourselves when we are alone with our doubts and fears. It’s a question that many of us never voice. postmoderndisco may not know where her path as an artist will take her, but she still has a goal: to continue developing her music even when doubt assails her. She may not have a clear vision of where she’s going musically, but she will only release music she believes in. The creation process is slow but she hopes this struggle will only deepen the originality and rigour of her music.

The last thing I saw from her was a picture on Instagram: three women in black dresses, eyes closed, bodies curved in ballet stances, limbs gracefully suspended. The caption read “Filming something.” The last thing she had said to me was that she was struggling to find creative inspiration. I double-tapped the picture; she was gaining creative momentum. - VoxPluma


Chasing Memories EP (2014)



postmoderndisco is a composer, producer and songwriter based in Toronto. She is a second-generation Chinese-Canadian with classical training in composition from the University of Toronto. She brings a blend of Western and Eastern influences into her music by layering atmospheric electronic/hiphop beats with exotic East Asian melodies. Influenced by film music, her classical upbringing and indie bands like Arcade Fire who incorporate unconventional instruments into their performances, postmoderndisco often invites classical musician friends to join her live to reimagine her music together and create powerful, larger-than-life ethereal experiences that are unique and stand apart from those of the typical electronic act. In past performances, she's incorporated instruments like french horn, classical guitar, voice, clarinet, and violin. Dabbling in everything from film music to hip hop and electronic to classical, postmoderndisco blur the lines between these genres by experimenting with interesting counterpoint and juxtapositions of instruments. 

In late 2014, she released her EP Chasing Memories, along with three accompanying music videos, which were released on Youtube. In 2015, she was a finalist for SongQuest, a songwriting competition held by Toronto's Chinese radio station Fairchild Radio and appeared on their show on national television. This year, she was one of the top 10 finalists in the GTA region for the CBC Searchlight Competition. In April, she performed in "A World Away", a special showcase for Asian-Canadian artists hosted by Emerging Young Artists and held at Artscape's Daniel Spectrums location. Her music has been played on CBC radio, AM1430, AM88.9 and the Strombo show. Her new single "Nothing More Beautiful" ft. NAK was released in February 2016. Currently, she is working on a new EP.

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