Heard the one about the Irish musician sell out venues in Dublin, LA, New York, San Fran, London and Toronto without as much of a peep back home?
At 20 years of age, Jonathon Lei Ming is EDEN, a classically-trained multi-instrumentalist who has been adding fans in the world of online electronic music for the past while, drawing influence from EDM, dance and pop music, and artists such as Flume, Kygo and Ryan Hemsworth. Lei Ming’s style is of the dance-pop zeitgeist, filled with rhythmic drops and pings, bright acoustic guitar and singalong lyrics with a mix of R&B, electronic and pop.
EDEN is signed to Scooter Braun’s management company SB Projects who are patiently building his name and fanbase through those aforementioned small club shows, a frank diary-style narrative that puts the mostly 18-23 year old audience beside him. It doesn’t give much away but reveals more honesty than most new artists – inviting the fan along with his journey through the music industry.
“2016 won’t be my year – that’ll come later.”
EDEN’s most popular tracks on Youtube and Soundcloud have received four to five million plays each and last year his End Credits EP collated his songs in a release which has contributed to over 30 million streams to date for all his songs across all platforms.
listening to my old music is giving me the biggest nostalgia trip right now
— EDEN (@iameden) May 30, 2016
2016 may not be his year as he says in the video but, EDEN has found a considerable fervent audience. So much so that his rise into an upper echelon of music, aided by knowledgeable industry figures like Bieber’s management team, make this Dubliner’s wish, a very likely reality.
Eden just released his newest single ‘Sex’ thie first single from a new EP, his most mainstream-palatable release yet – EDM pop style with the histrionics of emotional rock attached. A tour including dates in Dublin ” The Academy, Friday 18th November Dublin and Oh Yeah Centre Belfast on Sunday 20th November.
Niall Byrne is the founder of the most-influential Irish music site Nialler9, where he has been writing about music since 2005 . He is the cohost of the Nialler9 Podcast and has written for the Irish Times, Irish Independent, Cara Magazine, Sunday Times, Totally Dublin, Red Bull and more. Niall is a DJ, founder of Lumo Club, event curator and producer of gigs, parties & events.