May 17, 2020
In this episode of the
Millennials in China Podcast we interview Kian How, a successful
Malaysian audio producer and music composer who has worked on video
games and blockbuster films. Kian shares his journey from studying
music in Boston to struggling to pay rent in Los Angeles, before
moving to Shanghai 8 years ago and owning his niche.
- Kian’s background, from his time studying music
in the US to how he struggled to pay rent while living the party
life in LA.
Kian stumbled upon a job opportunity in China while intoxicated,
and how he went from being skeptical about the opportunity to
suddenly packing his bags and moving to Shanghai.
- Kian’s experience working with famed video game
designer “American McGee” at Spicy Horse Studios in
he transitioned from being an employee to being a self-employed
freelance audio producer - it took 3 years of building the
foundations and networking before he was comfortable to do things
on his own.
Kian managed to get the gig producing the soundtrack for one of
China’s top grossing films, Wolf Warrior.
regional divide in China and how things can be totally different in
different cities, both in terms of mentality and ways of doing
- Kian’s tough love for aspiring young artists