His English Name Is Wayne
While he’s better known by his stage name, JJ’s English name is actually Wayne. The JJ in his stage name are actually the initials for his Chinese name, Jun Jie.
He Started Out Writing Songs For Others
Just musicians Bruno Mars, SIA and many more, JJ started his music career by writing songs for others before becoming a star on his own. While interning at local Mandarin music label Ocean Butterflies, JJ wrote songs for Taiwanese artists A-Mei and Harlem Yu.
He's Launched Several Businesses
Inspired by his love for pop art and street fashion, JJ launched “Still Moving UnDer Gun firE”, in short, SMG or Smudge. According to its website, it’s a lifestyle label that recognises the stressful moments and volatile nature of life and how one literally feels that he or she is “under gunfire” in life’s daily grind. It sells mostly military-inspired pieces such as t-shirts, jackets, bags and caps, and stores can be found in Taiwan and China.
JJ also founded music production company JFJ Productions in 2007, and in 2017 launched a cutting-edge studio JFJ Sanctuary in Taipei, as part of a joint venture with UnUsUaL Entertainment. It boasts a multi-functional recording studio combined with a multi-media film studio, and has LED walls and an interactive LED floor installation that allows virtual reality and all-rounded 360 degree, customisable graphic effects and visuals.
Not just that, just around the corner from his studio is his blue-themed takeaway coffee joint, Miracle Coffee. It serves hand-dripped coffee, with coffee beans that are sourced from different parts of the world and changed every month. Talented much?
He's A Family Man
JJ’s mummy frequently appears on his social media feed, and they are often seen doing regular family stuff, such as going for tea, travelling and having karaoke sessions. The filial son has also invited his mum, dad and elder brother onstage to sing with him during his concerts. How sweet.
He's Got A Soft Spot For Kids
Although JJ isn’t married, it’s pretty clear he loves the kiddos and is perfectly comfortable handling tiny humans. The busy man still manages to find time to hang with his relatives’ and friends’ babies, and shows them off whenever he can. Our ovaries are exploding.
He's BFFs with Jay Chou
Singaporeans went into a tizzy in September 2018 when JJ and fellow Mandopop heavyweight Jay Chou were spotted going around Singapore while purportedly filming for a variety show.
They were seen exploring Sim Lim Square and fooling around with each other’s wax figure at Madame Tussauds, before going for a karaoke session and singing a duet at Voice Art Karaoke Lounge at Bishan, which is opened by JJ’s parents. At one point during the song, the cheeky pair even formed a heart shape with their arms.
Besides this ‘tour’, the two also display their friendship by regularly “liking” each other’s posts and appearing in photos together, such as this February post which shows them just hangin’ in Los Angeles with cups of coffee. Love.
He's Pretty Spontaneous
A Taiwanese busker’s day was made when JJ jumped in for an impromptu duet after he heard a familiar tune. Posting a video (see below) on his Facebook in November 2015, he said he was out shopping when he heard the busker singing his song, Jiang Nan (2004). Impressed, he decided to join in, much to the excitement and surprise of the fangirls nearby. He sang the second verse, before harmonising with the busker during the charming performance. After that, he declared it a “success”, quipping: “Let’s continue shopping.” What a champ.
He's Crazy Hardworking
In August 2018, JJ staged four straight gigs at the Singapore Indoor Stadium for his JJ Lin Sanctuary World Tour, all of which were sold out within hours. It was a feat eclipsed only by Hong Kong’s Heavenly King Jacky Cheung, who pulled off five nights at the same venue in 2011.
And fans were fully entertained during the three-hour-long performance, with JJ entering with a flourish, suspended in mid-air while cocooned in white and spinning head over heels slowly. He then transformed into a white butterfly, complete with white “wings”, as he launched into the opening hit ballad A Thousand Years Later. He danced, played the piano and guitar, and even jammed with guest star, veteran Canadian songwriter and music producer David Foster, with David playing the piano as he belted out a soulful All By Myself. Impressive.
He's Rubbed Shoulders With Big Stars
Besides Tim Cook, JJ is often seen schmoozing with celebrities, both Asian and Western. From Justin Timberlake to Janet Jackson to Jay Leno, Jacky Cheung, Karen Mok and Nicholas Tse, he has rubbed shoulders with some of the biggest names in the industry, and we couldn’t be prouder. Boy has he arrived.
He A Star Wars Fan
Every once in a while, we get a glimpse of JJ’s love of Star Wars with posts like the one above.