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: