J. Hermit is the stage name of Yunjia Liu. "J." - the abbreviation of the real name "Jia"; "Hermit" - refers to the people who live in deep mountain or forest, close to nature and far from the society. This is a wish to pursue simple life and make music only to experience what life is about, like writing a diary, rather than pursue fame, sell oneself to entertain, or compete with one another. The real name "Yunjia" contains two Chinese characters, "Yun" (韫) and "Jia" (佳). "韫" means to "collect and put inside"; "佳" means "something excellent". So the meaning of "Yunjia" is to collect excellent things and then put them inside, be humble and not show off. This also corresponds to the stage name J. Hermit.
- About Yunjia -
A TRUE GUITAR ENTHUSIAST. With deep love and strong passion in music, Yunjia enjoys every minute being an independent artist – guitarist, composer and singer. Born in China and finished her Bachelor’s study under the magnificent guitarist Mx. Tonié Field in University of Melbourne in Australia, she is currently studying Master of Music GuitarSolist and Composition at University of Music Detmold in Germany.
“Playing and composing music is an on-going journey, which always leads me to become a better person. Each of the music piece contains a unique story about the life experience. It is like writing the diary and saving the precious images in music. When the music is being played again, the story flows out naturally.” Yunjia is deeply influenced by traditional Chinese philosophy such as Taoism and Yin-Yang.
Photographer: Katrin Kawinkel
One highlight moment in Yunjia's music journey is with her band 氪元素乐队 (Mr. Kr) in China rehearsing, performing, composing their own original songs from 2006 to 2012. The band toured in eleven cities in China in 2011 and 2012. It means much more than a band to her, but more like a community, a family.
In 2013, Yunjia arrived at Melbourne, Australia after finishing studying Master of Chinese medicine in China. There she met her mentor Mx. Tonié Field at University of Melbourne, where she completed Bachelor of Music in December, 2016.
In January 2016, Yunjia studied at University of Birmingham, England as an exchange student for five months. She travelled around Europe afterwards, participated the guitar festival in Tampere, Finland and visited many brilliant musicians. It opens a new page of her on-going journey.
"You don't know why, but you just love it, and enjoy it so much!" Yunjia follows her intuition and keeps the wonderful journey going. She is like a Shishi-odoshi, gathering the drops patiently, and giving the pretty pours.
Yunjia has moved to Germany since 2017. She is currently in her "Hermit" mode studying Master of Music Guitar Solist and Composition at University of Music Detmold.
"You give all you have, living everyday as walking on the blade. But, you might not get the reward."
The little Mermaid came with "Bubbles". She had the "First Glance" with the prince and fell in love. But the "Destiny" came - she could only sing the "Aria of Dissolving" for the "last time", and disappeared with "Bubbles".
Inspired by H. C. Anderson's fairy tale "The Little Mermaid".