If you think Hong Kong is just a place for gold-diggers, then independent singer-songwriter Adrian Tsing Li-ko would probably be the first person to disagree with you. He says that Hong Kong is a place for dreamers. Tsing, 28, spent his teenage years in Canada but it was only when he returned to Hong Kong that his dreams came true. 'When I returned here I met my first music friend at Tom Lee Music. We talked about our dreams of making our own music, but I never met anyone like that in Canada,' he says. 'When I was doing my music degree I met a very good saxophone player but he ended up working as a supermarket cashier. Most of my friends who are my age have got married. In Canada, people only want to settle down and have a good life.' Tsing always knew that he wanted to make a living from music. 'I had two dreams when I was a child: either to become an athlete or a musician. Since I couldn't even beat my brother at running, I decided to be a musician,' he quips. And that's exactly what he's done. He's been playing the piano since the age of six, and took up drums when he was 13 followed by the saxophone at 14 'because it looked so cool'. He returned to Hong Kong after university, and now he's an independent musician, releasing his third album Being next week and preparing for his upcoming concert Missing Piece. Tsing has founded his own company, Do Music, and this is where we meet for our interview. We climb down to the basement of an apartment in a quiet part of Causeway Bay, where his studio is located. The room is filled with a huge music mixer, a few electric guitars and lots of computer monitors. It has taken him five years to set up this place. Before that, he relied on random music-related jobs such as working at TVB and Schtung Records, teaching at an international school, and working as a freelance musician. Now, through his company, he composes commercial jingles for TV as well as working on his personal projects. For his upcoming concert Tsing has chosen the Cattle Depot Artist Village. 'My primary school was nearby. I always saw the cows. It's a beautiful place,' he says. Tsing wants his concert to be different and he doesn't want his audience to just sit there clapping their hands. 'There will be some installations and paintings, and people can participate in the show by writing down their thoughts,' he says. 'There will also be a video projection incorporated with body movements. It's not just a concert; it'll be more of an experience.' Adrian Tsing - Missing Piece is on at 7.45pm on May 14-16 at the Cattle Depot Artist Village. Tickets $160; $130 for 2.45pm show on May 16. For more information, call 2241 4438 or 6448 8104 or log on to www.adriantsing.com .