Friday, January 29, 2010


Calvin Chen represents spring, warm, 77 degrees,
Jiro Wang represents summer, hot, 95 degrees,
Wu Zun represents autumn, cool, and lastly, 59 degrees,
Aaron Yan represents winter, cold, 41 degrees.

Fahrenheit also known as Fēi Lún Hǎi is a Taiwanese Boy's band that has achieved success in the last two years in SouthEast Asia. The group consists of four members: Aaron Yan, Wu Chun, Calvin Chen and Jiro Wang. They are managed by Jerry Fen's Comic Productions Co., Ltd. and records albums with HIM International Music. They are also managed by WOW Musical in Hong Kong. Fahrenheit are often associated with their seniors, S.H.E. and are commonly referred to as the most successful Taiwanese boy band after F4.

They released their self-titled debut album, Fahrenheit, on September 15, 2006 while their second album Two- sided Fahrenheit was released on January 4, 2008.

Derived from the definition of Fahrenheit, each of the four members represents a season or temperature that corresponds with their different personalities. Calvin Chen represents spring, warm; Jiro Wang represents summer, hot; Wu Zun represents autumn, cool, and lastly, Aaron Yan represents winter, cold. Each of the four members also has his respective temperature represented on the Fahrenheit scale: Calvin Chen is at 77 degrees, Jiro Wang is at 95 degrees, Wu Zun is at 59 degrees, and Aaron Yan is at 41 degrees. Each of their temperatures are separated by 18 degrees.

Wu Zun was born and raised in Brunei for most of his life, later graduating with distinction at RMIT, in Melbourne, Australia. He was introduced to the entertainment industry during a trip to Taiwan around Mid-November 2005. A television producer (Ellen Chen's second sister's boyfriend) discovered him during this trip, and recommended him to play the lead male role of Tokyo Juliet, which Wu accepted.

Aaron Yan was born in Taiwan, but moved to New York, USA at a young age for elementary school but later returned to Taiwan for high school and college. He attended the Chinese Culture University, majoring in Journalism but later switched universities and majors in his third year. He is currently on a study hiatus due to work commitments. Around early 2005, Comic produces had been searching for elite bloggers around the web. They discovered Yan, who, at that time, was really popular online, and thus recommended him to go casting for a role in a drama. Yan thought it was a fraud at first, but after several tests, he realized that it was true. He was given a small role in 'I Love My Wife' and was later asked to be in 'It Started With a Kiss' as Ah Bu.

After Calvin Chen graduated high school in Taiwan, he further pursued his college education in Canada, where he completed his Master's Degree in Economics at University of Victoria. He then further continued his life in Canada by joining a pageant-like competition (Sunshine Boyz) in Vancouver, where he won first place with a free ticket to Taiwan and a contract with a music company.

In 2000, Jiro Wang started to work since he graduated from Taiwan's Fu-Shin community college, and did part-time jobs wherever he could, such as commercial modelling. BMG, the label that signed him, planned to package him with Jay Chou and Jordan Chan to form a boyband called 3J, but because of 9/11, BMG's stocks crashed and the 3J plan was scrapped. He later joined the army for 2 years, and came back around 2003. Since he was still popular around Taiwan, he was given two roles as a guest-star in 'The Pawnshop No.8' and 'I Love My Wife'. Then Comic Productions approached him, and was given the supporting role as Ah Jin in 'It Started with A Kiss'. That was where he was grouped with Aaron, Calvin and Wu Chun.

Although unstable at first, Fahrenheit first gained minor recognition around late 2005 when their first all-together series, KO One, was broadcasted on television in Taiwan. Because it felt awkward to have only three members in a boyband, Wu Chun joined the group later in late 2005. On December 28, 2005, Fahrenheit officially became a Vocal Quartet boy band.


All four members of this group have contradicting vocal ranges to complement each other when harmonizing. Wu Chun's voice ranges from within the bass to the baritone . Therefore, Wuusually harmonizes as the supporting voice but sings more in songs when they are intended for a lower key. Wu's voice can be easily distinguished from his accent. Jiro Wang's vocal ranges is less wide when compared to Wu's, but Wang has a higher voice, closer to a tenor approach with vocal belting techniques. His voice is the easiest to distinguish out of the four because of its nasal sound. Calvin Chen and Aaron Yan are the baritone to tenor vocalists of the group, and therefore are the predominant voices in most of their songs. Although their voices are difficult to distinguish at times, Yan's voice has a richer and higher voice and usually does the singing the melody with a vibrato while Chen usually does the supporting vocals. Ultimately, Yan has been acknowledged as the member with the most impressive vocal ability. In most songs, Wu Chun sings the harmony, while Calvin takes the higher harmony, and Aaron sings the melody and often any parts of the songs which require a rich and high voice, and Jiro either does melody as well, or does the other parts of the songs, i.e rapping.

Fahrenheit's songs mainly fall into the bubblegum
pop and pop ballad category. However, songs like "Teachable Child" (孺子可教) and "Loved" (愛到) are intended for a light R&B approach. Songs similar to "The Secret of Immortality" (不死之謎) and "Superb" (出神入化) are leaning toward the pop rock and rap genre, where they displayed their ability to rap and harmonize well.

Their much anticipated 2nd album, Two-sided Fahrenheit, was released on 4th of January 2008. The new album saw the four employ more advanced harmonizing techniques as well as some progression from bubblegum pop to more mature ballads, such as "Yi Wan Ge Kuai Le" (一萬個快樂). Nonetheless, the band's youthful energy was retained in songs such as the opening song for the drama Romantic Princess -- "Xin Wo" (新窝), which is a duet by Fahrenheit and their seniors S.H.E. On the album "Xiao Xiao Da Ren Wu" (小小大人物)is the Disney theme song for 2008.

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