Name: Mr. Shi Yang
Chinese zodiac sign: Snake
Education: Central Conservatory of Music, majored in Composition
Profession: Owner of 2 music stores, music teacher for children, singer and guitarist in the Funk band “SiHeYuan”
When you are at home, what is your favorite activity? What do you enjoy the most?
Fishing! I can catch 300 fishes per hour.
Name three of your daily routine activities:
I like to listen to all kinds of music and read books on philosophy. I do not like to watch TV .
What is your favorite food?
Meat, especially the old Beijing style instant boiled mutton.
How much money does your family spend on food per day?
We spend around 10,000 RMB on meat every month. Things are expensive in Beijing, so most of our income is for basic necessities and for purchasing instruments.
Where is your hometown? (if not Beijing: do you miss your hometown? if so, what do you miss most?)
What is your most precious childhood memory?
Practicing piano every day, starting when I was 5 years old. I studied the piano with my mother at home. Another precious memory is the first guitar I got from my father. He spent 40 RMB on it, which was the salary of one month at the time.
What are the three most important things in life for you?
That my family, my parents and my wife, are healthy and that I succeed in business. Then I can have a good life and pursue my music dreams and spend more time on fishing.
What are, according to you, the values that one needs to live up to in life?
To let more people enjoy music (by teaching) and make them play music not for money but for the spirit of the music and the enthusiasm it creates. I am tired of many Chinese children who want to be famous singers, but are wasting their time on TV shows instead of learning and loving music.
Also, I think that everyone should first find ways to support themselves and then fulfill their dreams.
Would you say you are a) happy b) somewhat happy c) somewhat unhappy d) unhappy
Somewhat happy. Because the things I care about are all good and life is OK. But my music dream is hard to achieve in China because it is dominated by commercial parties and there is no support from the government. Sometimes I cannot align with mass media and also refuse to take part in commercial audition shows
What do you expect will the future bring for you?
A good development of my music and our band. Recognition by more audiences and authorities.
What is your religion?