Steven D. Lin 林智文
The Savage (Homo Indomitus)
Blood Type A
DOB: April 15
Chinese Astrology: Dragon
Languages: English, Taiwanese, Mandarin Chinese, Spanish, Cantonese
興趣： Basketball, Muay Thai, Judo, Wrestling, 體育健身，寫作。
書：fantasy/science fiction, philosophy, history, poetry
學歷: B.A. Economics, UCI
M.D. UC Irvine School of Medicine.
Resident physician, USC + LAC Medical Center, Dept. of Orthopaedic Surgery
More so than any other artistic genre, music is all about stories. Often times, these stories are both tragic and grandiose, making them not only captivating, but also only as interesting and convincing as the storyteller.
Some stories are better served when they are lived rather than told…That's why, despite a 10 year hiatus from the entertainment industry, heads still gravitate to Taiwan’s prodigal son, 林智文 like the planets to the sun.
智文Deebo, born Steven D Lin 30 years ago, is the genuine article. He is a man of passion, loyalty, benevolence and honor— intimately familiar with the codes and virtue of the game. He is an incredibly intelligent and deliberate man, who holds himself with a regal air as if above the pettiness which surrounds him. He exemplifies a true warrior who believes in an ideal way of life that is untouchable by the corruption society exerts upon us today. But foremost, he is a man of the people, respected and loved by the community he serves. With the combination of true-life experiences coupled with his seductive timbre and lyrical innovation, it's clear that 林智文 is exactly the kind of man that can walk the path with confidence and style. Steven is real, because he does real things.
In 1992 as a member of the group LA Boyz, he began his career with the historic release of the debut album 閃Shiam. Steven then went on to record and produce 10 multi-platinum albums and 3 compilation albums with hits including 跳, That’s the Way, 金士噸的夢想, Young Guns, etc. As one of the forefathers of Asia hip-hop, he carries 3 Top 10 Artist Billboard Awards, a Golden Melody Award, 2 consecutive Singapore Billboard Awards’ Best Performance Group, Hong Kong Billboard Awards’ Best New Artist award, as well as a myriad of other honors and accolades under his belt. These achievements revolutionized the entertainment industry and nourished a nation; the after effects are still felt today.
As a founding member of Machi, he returned to the scene with a savage vengeance. The years shed away the remainder of pretenses that surrounded his youth, and added a hardened edge to his demeanor. As a work in progress, he is always changing. But regardless of what his current incarnation or station in life is, he always embodies the essence of what it means to be “Machi”.
Steven went on to produce, write, and feature on key albums for a number of platinum recording artists. He has subtly instilled his unique talents and values into heart of mainstream culture. In addition to his music, Steven has also made forays into the world of film and television. While he has starred in full-length feature films and hit television series, he humbly insists that “There is so much I have yet to learn about film, but I feel unbelievably fortunate to have the opportunity to explore and develop these talents.” His interest in film and production has taken him from Taiwan to the United States, Japan, Shanghai, and Beijing to work on a number of projects.
Speaking from the executive chair, Machi President and CEO Jeffrey Huang says, "Deeb is such a phenomenon because he transcends time periods and defies any attempt to categorize him. Throughout his career he has reinvented himself, while staying true to who he is. There are few people that truly understand Deeb, but if you get the chance to spend some time with him, you will be inspired. When he steps onto the stage he is mesmerizing, there is power in his presence. But off stage he’s the guy sitting quietly at the back of the room. He's not trying to be what he's not and he is what he is."
As an originator of Taiwan hip hop, and a founding member of Machi, Steven proclaims that "As an artist, I am constantly learning and growing. It's not about money, fame, or power. I have walked a path with many twists and turns. Although I’ve reached a fantastic point in my life, I will continue to stride forward as an individual and progress as a man.” These words are so fitting for a man of his quiet confidence. Like elegant poetry, ever mysterious, always enigmatic, we are intrigued as his story unfolds before us.
As we follow his life and uncover more of his story, we find that we know little more about the inner workings of Steven D Lin than we did when we began… but somehow, quite unexpectedly, we have learned a great deal about ourselves.