Among Chinese rock scene, the innovative artist Dou Wei is like a profound mental meditator. Self-indulgent, a little narcissistic, he harbours such poetic and delicate virtues, and he has an insightful perception in human nature, the essence of life, and sentiment. Dou Wei's talent in music is unreservedly and unpremeditatedly incarnated in his music esthetics. He has an amazing ability of crafting music, and he's never short of inspiration. His music has been improving all the way along with his life style and personal experiences. Perhaps making and playing music is a special way to pilgrimage towards a higher level of consciousness. To Dou Wei, from his early era being the leading vocalist of 'Black Panther' up till now, each period in between has been an individual and unique experience and process of music adventure. Listening to all of his albums, one can see the diverse aspects of Dou Wei's music, sometimes distressed and melancholy, sometimes bright and energetic, sometimes dreamy and psychedelic, sometimes mild and serene...
What remains the same in his music is that the poetic, delicate characteristic, and the appealing and empathetic power, and Dou Wei's enthusiasm on pondering, and that astonishing psychological and spiritual influence of his music. Undeniably Dou Wei's radiating talent in music is so noticeable even when he was with the Black Panther, by that time they released a self-titled debut album "Black Panther-I" (1991) which was rather pop-rock oriented. That was his hair band era. Each of Black Panther members wore long hair, and the way they acted on stage wais more or less showing-off. Probably fed up with the fickle attitude towards music, and especially when his ever-growing ambition to make experiments on music could no longer be contented, Dou Wei eventually left the Black Panther, all together with his by then ground-breaking fame and his fledging music career with the band.
Yet one can still enjoy Dou Wei's masterpieces such as Don't Break My Heart, Take Care from that era and sense his unique musical consciousness and experiences. Had his hair cut short, Dou Wei formed a goth band The Dreaming in 1992. This band was short-lived, released one memorable single, The Ray of Sun. From then on he spent nearly one year working on his debut solo album "Dark Dreams" (1994), which sounds dreamy and surreal. "Dark Dreams" is his first solo effort and was greeted with both critics acclaim and mass recognition. An album heavily influenced by Bauhaus, the Cure, even some Reggae, yet Dou Wei showcased his full musical skill. In this album Dou Wei conveyed his ambition to make experiments on various music styles and materials, and his meditation upon life and human relationship was incarnated into such alternative rock music, in a stream-of-consciousness way.
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