If you were to base first impressions on his charm and well-kept looks, you might expect Dru Chen to peddle the K-Pop sounds of Seoul. Conversely, from hearing the first few notes that leap from his throat, you’ll discover the spirited magnetism of a Memphis soul performer from the ’60s. An indie-funk fusion that takes the listener on a top-down drive through feel-good effervescence, bluesy toe-tappers, and quiet contemplation, Dru’s music is a marriage of two worlds: the brand of indie/folk pop championed by singer-songwriters, and the deep roots of funk and soul that stem from rhythm and blues.
Diving into music from an young age, Dru’s keen interest in mastering musicality saw him commanding a wide array of instruments at an accelerated pace. Commandeering songwriting duties in bands throughout his teenage years, Dru’s career as a leader picked up speed in Brisbane, Australia at the nascent age of 17, when after joining a 12-piece casino band as its guitarist, he was soon tasked with steering the ship as the band’s musical director.
Besides making music, Dru also spent his time teaching master classes for the National Youth Council and Ministry of Education.
His latest work titled “When I Look Into Your Eyes” will kick start the album pre-order on iTunes for Mirror Work, due March 8, 2019.