In September 2016, the music group X: THC launched the website, Rise Up Eight to interview people worldwide about how they have overcome adversity in life, in order to inspire others to do the same.
X: THC's Chris (Ninjaboy) Liang spent his childhood sojourning from London to Hong Kong, and from Singapore to the remote regions of Borneo, becoming a martial arts practitioner of Bruce Lee's Jeet Kune Do under the tutelage of masters authorized by Lee himself. Continuing his sojourn to New York City and applying the wisdom gained from those martial arts to his music, he created award-winning mixes for both film and television, mixing promos for HBO’s The Sopranos and hundreds of spots for Syfy, HBO, USA, and Spike, as well as long-form programming for Travel Channel, HGTV, Food Network and Discovery.
In New York City, Liang met someone who took another road less traveled—X: THC's Michael Nova. Exemplifying a true “come back story” after recovering from serious illness and the brink of blindness, artist and entrepreneur Michael Nova has been called an “existential explorer.” A powerful performer, composer, filmmaker and producer as well as president of Nova Music Productions, Inc., Nova was featured in The New York Times as a pioneer in offering multiple services to independent artists in the music industry.
More than just a music group, X: THC has a proven track record of making a difference in the world, not only with their music, but with their message… "Fall Down Seven Times, Rise Up Eight."