Affordable Art Market, 19 August 2018 @ Yue Space, don’t miss it !

The Loreli Affordable Art Market is back and the Beijing Underground Summer Music Days have been extended to integrate the event as part of it !

Don’t miss this, here is some of what you’ll see there.

MeCoy Mania

漫写慢画MeCoy Mania,本土自由绘画者/设计师/原创艺术衍生品,作品多以色彩艳丽的随性创作为主,喜欢描绘简单诙谐的身边事物,尝试不同材质、材料、颜料的手工及绘画。

Zhc

毕业于曲阜师范大学,

没什么固定的创作方向,只想记录表达内心各种情绪,忠于真实的自己

创作对我来说是一个自我审视和自我思考的过程,不同的材质和手法,通过不同的表达方式,给我带来不一样的收获和结果

因为每个生活阶段的情绪和状态都是不同的,也导致创作出来的画面也带有相同气质的感觉,当拿起笔时,就会自然的表达出来,并享受这个过程

对我而言,我更喜欢那种生疏的创作状态,让自己最大限度保持陌生的状态,把已知熟练的技法控制在无法度得生疏感中,忠于自己的情感,在这种状态中创作往往带来一些意外的惊喜

内心就像有一头天不怕地不怕的野兽,渴望打破所有规则,所以一直以来小心翼翼保护着内心里那头野兽不受外界干扰,保持愤怒。

Spittoon

Spittoon Literary Magazine is the only literary magazine in China focusing on publishing the freshest Chinese literature translated into English. Named one of the ‘top literary magazines in Asia’, Spittoon Literary Magazine features poetry and fiction from voices not commonly heard in English.

 

CUE

CUE is a project born out of Spittoon – a creative arts collective based in Beijing and Chengdu. CUE, an acronym for Chinese Urban Expression takes the most innovative and promising young artists residing in China’s cities and commissions them to create comics.

Each issue of CUE will contain contributions from four to six artists hand-selected by our editorial team. Each artist is given 15 pages to develop their own stories and environments. One of the major goals of this project is to showcase a diverse array of artistic styles, narrative themes, and story-telling strategies. Some of our artists contribute self-contained single stories to the project, while others are developing concepts that will continue across multiple issues of the publication.

Sam Kay

There are large reserves of untapped beauty and guile in the everyday, hiding in plain sight in fleeting moments. I try to find them. 

If you live in Beijing, my photos will probably feel familiar. You’ll wonder if you saw that scene on your way here. You probably did.  

FEI FEI is an illustrator living and working in Beijing.

Hole in the Wall is a collective founded by illustrators Jinna and Shui. We create illustrations inspired by Beijing’s underground culture, displaying them as zines, wall murals and prints. Overwhelmed by the vibrant energy of the city, we wanted to document the young, the excited and the lost. Hence the first issue of our zine was born. Since then we have taken part in various creative events and have published two more issues focusing on bars, hutongs and their inhabitants.

Hole in the Wall》是一本由Jinna Shui这两位插画师联合创办的插画小合集。我们的创作取材于北京地区,并以独立出版物、壁饰、插画作品等形式进行展览。由于深刻地体会到这个城市强大的生命力,我们想记录下生活在如此背景下的人儿。可以是正值芳华的年轻人,可以是事业得意的北漂族,也可以是失意迷茫的学生党等等。因此,我们第一本独立小杂志就这样诞生了。自那以后,我们便参加了很多和创意相关的活动和集会。这期间,我们在第一本的基础上又出版了两本独立小杂志。而这次,我们重点关注的是酒吧、胡同,以及活跃在里面的人们。

—-Nathan Wang from Neocha

Liuba Draws has been living in Beijing for more than 7 years now, it has become a new home for Liuba, with amazing experiences and a deep love for a city, which she wants to share with everyone. People both visiting or living in China are excited to discover all the quirky things they love about this country hidden in the art of Liuba Draws. Right now Liuba is developing her own brand, Liuba Draws, with a number of products such as prints, cards, keychains, magnets, mugs and more. www.liubadraws.com Wechtat: @liubatje

Julia is a doodler from Toronto who likes to dabble in everything. Her drawings are mostly done in a stream of consciousness.

大頭爾,一个画女人的自由画者,2011年开始自己的女性肖像创作,喜欢用画来认识一个人。

塔灵,视觉设计师。喜欢画水彩。内心有一个永远长不大的灵魂。

Anna

Anna Gale is an American illustrator/painter/zinester/print maker residing in Beijing. Her works range from one-off hand-painted patches, postcard and poster prints to zines. She is heavily influenced by the art of traditional tattoo design, and day-to-day sketches, portraits, and doodles. The newest addition to her collection is the first issue of a zine titled “Bury the Bone”, which takes you on a journey to places you’ve been, only heard of, or never known to exist.

The Beijing Underground Summer Music Days Recap Video.

The Beijing Underground Summer Music Days happened this year in June 2018 in Beijing at Yue Space, Soï Baochao, DDC, Café de la Poste, School Bar and Temple Bar. Here is a recap video of it using mainly short clips of videos made by several people in the audience with there phones and video recording devices.

Click on the first image to see it on Youtube.
Click on the second image to see it on Youku.
Click on the third image to see it on Facebook.

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It was a pleasure for me to organize this event, the only one of its kind in China, the only event trying to promote all the music and culture in the Chinese capital, regardless of nationality and art form, coming from Chinese and international artists alike, living in the city and going through it.

Special thanks to all the people, venues, artists, all the mind blowing people and organizations who made this event possible and believed enough in me to create it.

On to the next one !
Sincerely yours, Djang San (Jean-Sébastien Héry).

 

Beijing Underground presents… Yes : Art and Music

Beijing Underground presents… Yes : Art and Music is an event featuring multiple artist/music collaborations in a live performance setting. Whether projections of the artist’s work casted among the music or an entirely live art experience, the event is sure to be of a different kind.

Jukka Ahonen 有丰富的演奏朋克,progressive, kraut, space, 民谣,爵士,蓝调等音乐的经验。作为作曲家,除了为乐队写作外,还有兴趣对结构(aleatory)和复杂的节奏(polyrhytms,polymeters 和 odd

time)以及不同的语调(只是语调和泛音)进行研究。除了吉他,他还演奏钢琴,长笛和贝斯。

Jukka Ahonen plays guitar, bass, keyboards some flutes and composes music. He has a history of playing musics like punk, progressive rock, krautrock, spacerock, post-rock, folk, jazz, blues.

As a composer, besides writing for bands, he is interested about experimenting with structure (aleatory) and unusual rhythmic textures (polyrhytms, polymeters, and odd time) as well as different intonations (just intonation and overtones) and improvisation.

Jukka majored in Music Anthropology but studied playing instruments by himself. He has been playing guitar since the mid 90’s and teaching guitar since 2012.

九尚

9 SHANG

跨界艺术家

作为多产的创作者,同时是画家,书法家、摄影师、平面设计师等跨界艺术家身份,

书法创作追源传统而立足当下,受邀为各类影视题写书法片名,如《白夜追凶》等,

绘画创作略带信手涂抹的写意而不失技法的运用,呈现当代人种种复杂的精神状态,

作为摄影师则为音乐人拍摄了10年的现场演出照,以及塑造他们观念性形象宣传照,

在探索中国传统文化的同时大量吸收西方当代艺术观念,以包容、自省的心态展开

个人新哲学式的创作研究,力求在多元化的当代呈现个人多元化多维度的创作视角。

Bio: Born of a hellhound and the Bull of Heaven, Chris—named after the sound made by the tab being pulled from a soda can—is a real artist, not a phony. He draws his inspiration from nature, and his work is noted for its realistic depictions of both man and beast. Some have criticized his work for lacking diversity, citing the paucity of the female form in his oeuvre. However, he has answered that criticism by pointing out his inability to draw breasts, and he insists that it is not due to latent homersexuality, as many critics have speculated.

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Sardine is Back and the Wheel is Broken is an improvised punk band.

即兴朋克摇滚乐队。

https://sibatwib.bandcamp.com

Jordan Darling has a voice that could break your heart and make you fall in love all at once!

Her style of melodic indie-folk music feels modern and refreshing, yet she wears a wide variety of influences on her sleeves, ranging from classic artists such as  Joni Mitchell and The Cardigans, to innovative performers like Rilo Kiley and Imogen Heap, only to mention a few.

Jordan had the chance to travel throughout the world, playing her heartfelt and passionate songs to audiences in the United States, Israel, and China. Her lyrics come from a very personal place, bridging the gaps between genuine introspection and whimsical artistry…half heart, half art!

周宁

摄影师,常居北京。

她的个人摄影作品包含了大量的胶片作品,专注于人像拍摄,善于用镜头语言描绘出人物情绪的细微之处。摄影师对爱与生活有着自己深刻的理解,这使得她的作品具有独特质感,往往能够定格住一个静谧而有力的瞬间。在她的照片里,你可以看到那些平凡即珍贵、美丽而失落、破碎又明亮的情感,恰如生活本源之味。

Jony

Film photographer, based in Beijing

Her personal photographic work contains a large number of film works, focusing on shooting portrait, good at using lens language to describe the characters’ emotions. She has her own understanding of love and life, which makes her work have a unique texture, always able to settle a quiet and powerful moment. In her photos, you can see the emotions that are ordinary and precious, beautiful and lost, broken and bright, just like the taste of our life.

Christophe is a French born and educated photographer who studied fine art painting and related beaux arts in Paris in the mid-1980s. Initially a fine art painter with a large body of work in oil painting, inks and lead drawings.

From January 2016 onward he devoted two years of solid daily work to the mastery of the camera, the lens, negatives and associated editing softwares while working on a wide variety of portfolios to create his own unique style.

Having chosen black & white photography as his main tool for artistic expression and almost invariably concentrating on the quality of the light to make his contrasts compelling, we can recognise some of the techniques and feelings created under an ink brush or a graphite pencil or even an oily texture as the subject may be.

In December 2017 Christophe received two awards from Beijing, one for Excellence in work being presented and another one as second prize in a competition. In 2016 Christophe did receive an Honour award from VSCO Select for curated work showing exceptional content from around the world.

在北京新生代的独立音乐人中,李尔杨是极富有颠覆性的一位,不同音乐风格的不断探索,声音的构建和拆解,吉他演奏语言的不断突破,都无法使他满足。地下音乐现场的磨砺,使他不断的反思,从狂躁的,先锋的,轰鸣堆积的声音实验,到平静的,融合世界音乐与中国传统音乐元素的新尝试,年仅22岁的他蕴藏着无限的可能性。

现在,他正用清澈的吉他小心翼翼而放纵地包裹着那些斑斓的诗,并在舞台上将灵魂升起。他尝试去突破,用真实和专注游走在边界,净化和唤醒是他的使命。

“通灵者的翅膀,在浓雾中窥见彼岸的一闪”

Li Er Yang.

Bust out the facekinis and do the shimmy, the swim, the mashed potato, the twist, and the watusi to 1950s and ’60s rockabilly, surf, garage, jazz, soul and funk. DJ Boss Cuts is a collector of original 45s from the United States, Australia, Italy and Japan and has performed at Temple, Dada, School, and 4 Corners.

现在,就请揭掉你防晒用的面具,让飘散在雾霾之上的紫外线从皮肤径直照射进你我灵魂,随着1950和1960年代的山区乡村摇滚, 车库摇滚, 爵士, 灵魂乐,放克和土豆泥跳起希米舞步,与瓦图西族共同扭动腰肢。DJ Boss Cuts网罗美国,澳洲,意大利, 日本等地最牛逼冲浪原盘,45s和12”,在Temple,Dada,School, 和4 Corners等地有过精彩呈现。

Chandoso draws upon influences from life spent in the streets of Bogotá, Madrid and Beijing.  Chandoso’s work occasionally capitalizes on exploring spontaneity -while other work focuses on  conveting a deeper rhetoric. Just as punk music is all at once chaotic and clear, Chandoso is a departure from the traditional rules of art.

www.chandoso.com

Scream Maker – Metal from Poland at the Beijing Underground

Interview by Chairman Wow (Marshall) 

When did you guys get started?

We started in 2010. Since then recorded three albums, one of them re-released in China (We Are Not The Same), played over 350 shows, including big festivals like Metalfest in Czech Republic, Powerfest in Poland or Midi/Strawberry in China. We had the pleasure to share stage with Motorhead, Judas Priest, Megadeth, Tarja Turunen, Saxon and many more.

What is the music scene like in your hometown?

We are based in Warsaw which is the capital of Poland so the music scene is very, very diversified and rich in various bands and solo artists. The Metal scene is very strong, especially if we’re talking about heavy, power, stoner or death metal.

What is the best and worst show you’ve ever played?

There were two best shows with no doubt – the one with Motorhead and the one with Judas Priest. Amazing experiences not only to play with but also to get to know those legends. Sadly, Lemmy passed away. He was a hero. The worst show? I think it was when we played some years ago before Primal Fear and had no time for soundcheck. We sounded like shit and were very upset for this very reason.

What have you heard about rock music in China?

We’ve been to China 4 times already and heard a lot of bands. There is this classic band Tang Dynasty. Great one! But we noticed you have a lot of new metal stuff around and you like experiments in music. I think there is a lot to look forward about music scene in China. Young people love energy, rock brings energy and you have millions of young people 🙂

What should people in China know about the music scene in Poland?

That Poland is not only Chopin! We have lots of interesting bands. You may have heard of Behemot or Vader, but we do have a lot more. I think there is also a place for Chinese bands in Poland. This fact is proven by the regular visits of Chinese bands in Poland, that one of your bands has been playing our country for 2 or 3 years – Nine Treasures.

How much can you drink?

Depends. We Poles used to drink a lot and there is this opinion that normal rules of drinking do not apply to us and Russians. I personally can drink less and less – I am not 20 anymore, but 32 already 🙂 But on tour… you better be careful, especially if you are a singer. Drinking and partying all night can kill your voice 🙂

See Scream Maker on the Metal Night of The Beijing Underground Summer Music Days on the 22 of June 2018 !

 

 

Interview – The Last Resort

Hi Rambo (is your name really Rambo?), you play in The Last Resort, a band that will play on the 22 of June at Temple Bar as part of the Metal Night of The Beijing Underground Music Days, can you tell us more about your band ?

RE: No, Rambo is just my name in English, and my real name is Junyang Lun. Me and our bass player Link we have been in a band for almost 11 years. We came from the Punk rock scene and named our band in tribute to the famous English Oi! Band. We love music, but we chose Hardcore to represent us!

How did you start music and what lead you to get interested in Metal ?

RE: It was around 2005, the idea came to my mind for the first time when I saw a Skinhead Band called “Life for drinking”, they are the GOAT! Hardcore music lead me to Metal \m/ due to the fact they have some relationships 😉 and you can dig the new stuff from the Metal made on our own songs, it’s “Sexy and Heavy”.

What is your favorite album of 2018 so far ?

RE: Time & Space – Turnstile

What Chinese Metal Bands can you recommend to people who know nothing about Chinese Metal ?

RE: Tumourboy, and no offense to the other metal bands.

What do you think is the future of Metal in China ?

RE: I don’t have a clear view of the question, I just hope there will be more bands and we will marching. Also I hope there will be more people to support local bands.

Are you planning to record an album and do you have any links you want to share ?

RE: Yes,we will record our First EP this year but we need to schedule the time because we all have our jobs. You can find more about us through our Douban Site.

site.douban.com/TLRBJHC

Anything you want to add ?

RE: Nope, just move your ass and come to the gig!

Interview – Li Er Yang, breaking through.

Hi Li Er Yang, I believe you have participated in Beijing Underground events before, what’s new since the last time we met ?

我仍然在成长和突破之中。

I’m still growing and breaking through.

What’s your favorite music to listen to? What was your favorite album in 2018 so far ?

我喜欢能给我突破的音乐,探索神秘,富有灵魂。这是一种直觉,无关音乐风格。最喜欢的 2018 年唱片?可能还没有。

I like the music which can give me a breakthrough, exploring the mystery, full of soul. It’s intuitive, not about music style. Favorite 2018 album? Probably not have yet.

 

Are you planning to record an album in 2018? do you have a demo or album already released?

是的我正在录音,在网易云音乐上有一些以前的小样可以听到。

Yes, I am recording. There are some old demos on Netease cloud music that can be heard.

How did you start music and why? Which instrument did you start on?

我感觉有一些东西在引领我,我在追寻自己的激情。我是从吉他开始的

I felt that something was leading me, that I was pursuing my passion. I started with the guitar

Do you have any other projects now than your solo project ?

我会启动一个双人乐队项目,我和打击乐手的合作。

I’m going to start a  band project. I’m working with a percussion player.

Anything you want to add ?

来现场,见证一些东西吧。

Come and see something.

Hear some of Li Er Yang’s music here, he will be playing at the Beijing Underground Music Days, Music Week at Temple Bar on the 19 of June 2018, don’t miss this !

http://music.163.com/#/album?id=38300718

Swarrm, progressive rock with a twist ?

Around  one month ago, Djang San asked me if Subtropical Asia would like to be involved in the Beijing Underground  music days that he is organizing. His suggestion was that we presented a band that we like and make an interview. Among all the bands from all the labels in China I felt a band that deserved some recognition and exposure is SWARRM. SWARRM is a band that looks and sound so experienced that every time I see them around small underground venues in Beijing such as Temple and School I ask myself: “why are these guys playing here?” I mean, their sounds may be too heavy for most of the people and they for sure don’t have the fresh young attitude in sound and looks to strike young kids in a search for a band to be devoted to. No! SWARRM is mature, dark, moody, violent and decadent. A power trio that fusions heavy rock with a touch of progressive and noise.

I had a very short and direct chat with GAOXIAFENG, the charming guitarist/aggressive riff machine of the band to know more about him and the band, here it goes:

First, can you introduce yourself? Name, age, born & raised place?

“My name is Gao Xiao Fang 38 years old I was born and grew up in Beijing”

how long have you been playing music?

“I have been playing music for 18 years”

and how long has SWARRM been together?

“SWARRM was founded about 1 year ago”

Are u married? do you have kids?

“I got married, I have two kids”

Why do you use makeup? It looks gorgeous! but are there any other special reason beyond looking fabulous?

” I love make up since I was 20 years old, first make-up was a hobby for me, not that I want to express anything else I think”

What does the name SWARRM mean ?

“SWARRM means SWARRM of worms”

As I am a musician I know that you guys are highly skilled and experienced artists, so what brings you guys to play in small bars and venues? Are you doing this for fun?

“We’re not very picky about where we’re going to play”

Any plans for recording and tours?

“We are going to have some singles and tours this year. When ? Im not sure”

Cool! Thanks for you time.

“You are very welcome”

Listen to Swarrm here:

http://music.163.com/#/artist?id=12874598&userid=359893953

 

Interview – Nocturnes 曳取, Making lines and codes in China.

Hi Nocturnes, can you introduce yourselves and your music?

Hey, we’re Nocturnes曳取, an Indie-Electronic band based in Beijing. Weidu sings and Dave plays some instruments. We’re really interested in the idea of combining live music with a more electronic DJ-like setup, bringing a more performative element to electronic pop music. If you like Coldplay, Bonobo or Foals then you’ll probably see elements of those bands in our work. In Beijing, we’re probably most similar to Nova Heart or Da Bang’s newer material.

Nocturnes曳取是一支来自中国北京的独立电子乐队,乐队有两名成员:萎度,主唱/作曲/作词;大卫,吉他/编曲/制作。他们的音乐动情迷人,氛围感和沉浸感极强,将现场音乐和DJ set融合在一起,乐迷认为兼顾了Foals的情怀力道,Bonobo的灵动迷幻,以及Coldplay的流行张力。

Why is your band called Nocturnes? How did you two meet?

Dave: I came to China in 2015, and had a short-lived band called Palaces that broke up soon after I arrived. I needed to find someone to work with, but I had grown a little jaded of playing in bands and wanted to take a more commanding role with music in terms of instrumentation. Vocals were a weak point of mine so I posted an ad on Douban.com to find a singer. I had tons of replies, despite how terrible my Chinese was at that time, but one voice in particular stood out, Weidu’s. While everyone else was striving to have that high Mandopop style voice, Weidu had her own very unique tone. She had never written a song at that point, but I still knew she was the one I needed to work with.

大卫:我2015年来到中国,当时自己有一个叫做Palaces的乐队,但是很快也解散了。我需要继续乐队的生活,但这次不想要传统意义上的乐队,而想在编曲和器乐上做更多突破。于是我在豆瓣上发帖想要找一位主唱,萎度的声音很特别,不同于主流/流行女声,所以在第一时间吸引了我。那时萎度还没有原创作品的经历,但我就是知道这就是我要找的人。

People talked to me about your band and I listened to your album on bandcamp and liked it, what is the album about? Can you tell us more about it?

Dave: Our album is called Lines Written in Code, our debut LP. We spent a super long time on this, really trying to make everything consistent, and to give the album its own distinct sonic signature. Having a cohesive set of songs was very important to us, and we were still making changes up to the very last minute. In fact, one of our favorites on the record, Free Falling, was added about a month after everything else was finished and sent for mastering. I just knew it was the perfect addition to the album.

大卫:这张专辑叫做《密眸》,是我们的第一张正式专辑。我们花了很多心思在上面,想要为大家呈现一个属于曳取,有辨识度,同时调性又非常统一的整体声音感觉。专辑中我们最喜欢的一首歌是Free Falling《自由落体》,这首歌是最后一刻加入专辑的,当时直觉告诉我它属于这张专辑。

Weidu: I’d like to say I’m very proud of this album. It’s our first LP that we dedicated so much, maybe over one and a half years? Every time I listened to it, I was trying to think about where we were and what we were doing at that time when that song was born, haha. Lyrically, the whole album, I mean every song delivers a specific thought of mine, what I’ve been thru, and what I’ve learned from that experience. So yeah, it’s like a secret message for every song, such a valuable gift from last year, something to remember when I get old, haha.

萎度:我为这张首专感到很自豪。所有歌陆续完成也花了一年半的时间吧,确实放了很多心血在里面。每次听每首歌,都能想起来当时创作时的情景,当时的我在干嘛,我在想什么之类的。歌词上来说的话,每首歌都代表了一个我自己的想法,当时我的经历,以及我从中的收获。总的来说,每首歌都是一条密讯,是去年给自己最棒的礼物,老了以后可以回忆青春用啊,哈哈。

What’s your favorite music to listen to? What was your favorite album in 2018 so far ?

Dave: I listen to quite a wide range of music, so picking a favorite album is pretty hard. In terms of Chinese releases, I’m a big fan of Hiperson’s new album. They recorded the whole thing on an 8-track apparently, and it just gives it this really cool, punk aesthetic. As a producer, I am incredibly guilty of listening to cheesy mainstream music and taking it apart to study and learn from. In that regard, Charlie Puth’s VoiceNotes, which just came out, is amazing. It has this really cool throwback R&B sound and it gives his music this nice edge versus his first album, which was way too sickly sweet for me.

Listen to the album here.
https://nocturnes-china.bandcamp.com/

大卫:我听得挺杂的,所以选一首最爱的专辑太难了。中文的话,海朋森的新专挺好听的。8首歌一气呵成的感觉,有朋克的真和美在里面。但作为一个制作人来讲,我不得不承认自己很喜欢听主流的,甚至被认为很俗的流行歌,比如Charlie Puth新出的VoiceNotes就很好听,我觉得比起他的第一张专辑来说,这一张偏复古的R&B感觉很酷很潮。

Weidu: I don’t have a specific genre to listen to, usually I just browsing personal recommendation song list from Xiami.com, that could range from electronic music, to indie rock, to rap, maybe. Personally, I think the album, I, from WAV, it’s Canadian indie band, really stands out.

萎度:我没有钟爱的某一种风格,随心听歌,虾米个人推荐就够。2018年刚刚过去一半啊,非要说比较喜欢的专辑,WAV的《I》,很出色。

Are you planning to record an album in 2018?

Dave: We just released our album in December, and I think the process aged me about 10 years, so we’d like to take a break from albums for a bit! That being said, we’re always writing songs, and we’re putting the finishing touches at the moment to a new single, and a new EP. I’m pretty excited about this new EP, it’s a lot groovier (not in the Austin Powers sense) than our album, probably inflected a bit from Charlie Puth’s album like I mentioned earlier. My partner refers to the new single – called Any Kind of Mood – as the perfect soundtrack to a Kung Fu movie, so if Jet Li happens to be reading this, get in touch.

大卫:刚在去年12月发了专辑,感觉老了十年,想缓缓。但其实我们一直都在写新歌,为每首歌找到属于它们的位置。下一张EP我很期待,会更groovy一些(这个单词无法翻译哈哈),估计是受到了Charlie Puth的影响。我女朋友说我们的下一首歌Any Kind of Mood《私人情绪》,简直是功夫片的绝佳配乐。所以李连杰先生,如果您看到这篇文章了,和我们联络一下,谢谢您!

Weidu: We’ll release a new single in this July, and a new EP next year. The new single is called Any Kind of Mood, probably the best lyrics coming out from me, a lot of fans like it when we test play it live, during the tour. And for the EP, we really tried to put in the groovy songs that are different than the previous album, so I’m really looking forward to it.

萎度:我们会在7月发一首新单,在明年发新的EP。新单叫做Any Kind of Mood《私人情绪》,恨不得是我写过最满意的词了吧,哈哈。在巡演和很多现场试着演了一下,很多人喜欢。对于下一张EP来说,我们尽可能把手上最优质的作品放在一起,所以我满怀期待。

How did you start music and why? Which instrument did you start on?

Dave: I got into music a little late, picking up the guitar at 16, and heading to music college completely unprepared at 18. For me, it was the only thing I never got bored of. I tend to flit from thing to thing pretty quickly, but music has captivated me from the start. I realized soon after I began that I was never going to be the most technical, so since then I’ve tried to pursue individuality in sound instead. I started with guitar, which is still the only instrument I really consider myself any way proficient in. I took up piano a couple of years later. This year marks 10 years since I picked up an instrument in fact. I’m not sure I would ever have imagined myself playing this kind of music on the other side of the world 10 years ago!

大卫:我在16岁才学的吉他,应该说比较晚了。18岁去大学学音乐的时候,也没有完全准备好。我做很多事情都没长性,但吉他是我无论如何都不会烦的事情。从一开始,我就知道我不会是那种技术流人士,所以更想从创作方面找到自己的声音。虽然之前也学过钢琴,但是弹吉他已经十年之久。确实在一开始的时候,完全没有想过有一天自己会在中国继续音乐生涯。

What’s your favorite thing about playing music in Beijing, how does it compare to other countries in the world?

Dave: Beijing is unlike anywhere else in the world for music. Back home in Ireland, music so often is in the background, a complement to a night of drinking, instead of the main focus. Here, people are so much more willing to give their attention to bands, even completely new ones. I’ve been at school bar where new, objectively terrible, bands have taken to the stage, and people still give them their time. That was the case with us 2 years ago, when we were super super shit, and it’s something I still hold dear to me now. China has the best music audiences in the world.

大卫:北京当地的独立音乐和世界上任何一个国家的都不一样。在爱尔兰,音乐尤其是独立音乐是不被人重视的,但这里很多年轻人愿意买票去看一些哪怕是很新的乐队。我去过School看过很烂的乐队,但是观众还是给他们鼓励和掌声。我们自己两年前的现场也不堪入目,但是现在进步了非常多。中国的观众是最棒的!

What’s your favorite Chinese band/artist/song you would like to introduce to the rest of the world?

Dave: I truly believe the stage is set for the first Chinese bands to become globally famous in the near future, especially with the achievements of bands like Re-tros recently. I think the most accessible bands for foreign audiences would be Nova Heart, Future Orients and Glow Curve, and I’m endlessly badgering my friends back home to listen to all three. One of the reasons we hope to be more successful in the future is to shine a light on the great scene here. China often has this perception of not being cool, and that’s something we’d really like to break.

大卫:我认为第一批成功的中国乐队,会在国际舞台上越来越耀眼。就国际化程度来说,重塑雕像的权利,Nova HeartFuture Orients,发光曲线都是非常厉害的。我不停地向自己家里的朋友推荐这些优秀的乐队,让他们知道,中国,真的很酷啊。

Anything you want to add?

Dave: We’re really looking forward to playing with Swarrm on the 20th! It’s been quite a while since we’ve been in Temple, and we’re looking forward to getting back there.

大卫:我们很期待20号与Swarrm同台!距离上一次去Temple已经有些日子了,所以甚是想念。

 

 

 

 

Interview – Sino Hearts, from Vienna to China

Hi Sino Hearts Can you introduce yourselves and your music, what’s new since the last time you played a « Beijing Underground » event ?

I think last year we played at Yue Space

上次这个主题演出是去年在乐空间

Where did your name Sino Heart come from ?  I think I didn’t ask last time….

I wanted to have a name which related to something chinese for an european group.because we were a viennese band before.

当时想找个有中国元素的名字,因为那会儿还是欧洲乐队。

What’s your favorite music to listen to these days ? What was your favorite album in 2018 so far ?

Recently I bought lots of records,including some compilations of us 60s lost garage/beat bands and my favourite album so far is <Evil Spirits> by The Damned

最近买了不少六十年代美国车库音乐的唱片,没人听那种。今年最喜欢的是THE DAMNED的新专辑<Evil Spirits>

Are you planning to record an album in 2018 with any of your musical projects ?

We finished our full length album<Leave the World Behind>on Jan and it was recorded in Beijing and produced in Germany,recently it will be released via Monster Zero Records/Bigmic Records in Europe,via Waterslide Records/Target Earth Records in Japan,via RubyEyes Records/D.O.G in PR.C

今年我们将在欧洲日本和中国一起推出我们的新专辑《把世界抛在脑后》,欧洲LP将由Monster Zero Records/Bigmic Records 联合发行,日本版CD将有 Waterslide Records/Target Earth Records 中国大陆将有D.O.G发行

Zhong Wuli, you stayed a while in Austria, I saw a video of you playing somewhere in Vienna a few years ago, what was it like to play rock n’roll as someone from mainland China in that environment ? What di you like/dislike about the experience ?

Well I’m straight from austrian punk rock scene and I went there when I was teenager and started music career with Frankenstyle(77 punk band from vienna) at the beginning,but somehow I’m mandarin native speaker too,so we did a china tour in 2011 crossed 18 cities and It’s the first time for us to really getting involved to chinese music scene.

I’m never selling those Chinese Identities to European because the real audience won’t buy it anyway,the real deal is how good your music is.Through speaking fluent german and viennese,my european friends normally won’t relate me to mainland china.Being asian face in europe music scene is very dope ,cuz you are the only one.haha

The experience I like about european scene is their cultural tradition,I have number of elder friends who were the first wave of 60s garage or 77 punk movements in the uk,germany,austria and our generation isn’t like much different than them.You could dig everthing on your own and every genre of music has its own system which never exists in china so far.china is everything just chaotic.

What I dislike europe is the media,what they report are always very negative about china and being chinese abroad is so awkward all the time,but I totally understood it too,cuz the real social conflicts don’t exist so brutally in the countries like austria or switzerland.

因为出去的比较早,其实玩音乐是直接跟着欧洲节奏开始的,当时2011年跟当时在维也纳的朋克乐队FRANKENSTYLE中国巡演了18站才开始跟国内音乐人有接触,但是我从来没有因为本身中国人而在欧洲打上那些所谓文化旗号,因为根本没人看中这些,一切都是欧美标准要求音乐,而通中文以及德文其实又是一种加分,因为又多了两个世界的选择。

The interesting fact is that there are lots of very young audience when you play in beijing,there is fresh energy amoung them.In europe,the audience sometimes could be elder,but normally the european audience really understood the music background and much easier to communicate with.

The Passion and Wildness at rock shows is the same thing,I don’t see much different between china and any other countries.

北京总体来说还是很年轻的观众,而西方更多是各个年龄段的都有。摇滚乐本来也就是青年人的东西,所以开心就好,没什么中西方比较的

What’s your favorite Chinese band/artist/song  you would like to introduce to the rest of the world ?

Cosmic Project is a chinese group I recently dig and musically they are quite bizarr but creative.

最近发现了Cosmic Project,很不错,很有想法的乐队,看了他们西雅图KEXP电台的录像感觉很东方。

 

Interview – Strike on the South Wall

Strike on the South Wall

Interview by Natharb.

What does your band name mean and how did you choose it to represent your music?

We were looking for a name that could represent our music and attitude. My proposal was “Sewer Rats”, but fortunately our guitarist came up with 撞南墙, which roughly translates to “Strike on the south wall”. The name comes from a Chinese saying: One does not come back until he/she has destroyed the south wall. The south wall is imaginary and the whole idiom means to be extremely stubborn, not listening to any critique or advice.

How would you describe your sound in non-musical terms?

We would like to see the scene become tighter, with strong bonds among bands and mutual support, also with new bands and artists. We are tired of seeing bands that get to the venue, play their show and leave straight away without a care about the other artists with whom they’re sharing the stage .

What is something the audience might not realize about your band at first glance?

The audience might not realize that we are actually quite into politics and social issues.

What are some bands you think The Beijing underground music scene should follow more closely ?

We are biased on this. Being ours an emerging band, we believe that the scene should give more attention to emerging bands and encourage them to continue playing music and getting better.

Where would you like to see the Beijing music scene go in the next few years? What would you like to see more or less of in the Beijing underground music scene?

Our sound is rough and strident, not much for its heaviness but mostly because of the amount of mistakes we make while playing. Vocals are a mixture of nails on a blackboard, stepping on a lego and kicking your nightstand with your little toe.

The band will play at School Bar as part of the “Beijing Underground Summer Music Days” on the 20 of June 2018, don’t miss them !