First of all, can you introduce yourself as a musician ? 请你自我介绍 。
My name is Dawei Yiran, I’m the singer in The Beauty, I’m a boy, I usually like to play guitar and watch movies, there’s nothing much more to say about me.
What do you think of the Beijing Underground music scene ? 你觉得北京地下音乐现在怎么样？
I think there are less and less rock bands in Beijing that can call themselves “underground” these days.
Apart from a few people most musicians in the underground have to work to feed themselves. The Beijing music scene environment for music is great though, it’s very inclusive, very strong and very diverse. Maybe on any street in Beijing if there are 10 people, 8 of them will be in a metal band.
The level of life of the audience is getting higher and higher and there taste in music is more and more demanding. Moreover now with internet anybody can listen to anything at any given time. One night I was at Yugong Yishan and I saw someone in the audience who was still wearing his school uniform and had probably come directly from school looking at the concert and commenting on it directly on internet at the same time, very professional, this is a good phenomenon I think.
On one side people are starting more and more to listen to rock music, but on the other end it gives more and more pressure to musicians.
We don’t live in the age of doing without thinking anymore, when you do music you have to spend more time to think about what you are doing, this is the wiser choice to make.
What’s your favorite music to listen to ? 你最喜欢听什么音乐和乐队？
我平时听得比较杂;ZZ Top、Gotthard、The Killers…有时候还会听电子和民谣。最喜欢朗朗上口而且编配巧妙的音乐。
I usually like listening to very diverse music: ZZ Top, Gotthard, The Killers…sometimes even electronic and folk music. I love catchy clever music the most.
How long have you been doing music ? What was your first instrument and why did you start playing music ? 你做了音乐做了多长时间 ？你是怎么开始做音乐的？
I have been playing music for quite a short time, about 4 years. I started playing guitar in university, I still hadn’t really studied how to play chords very well when I wrote my first songs, so I was using very simple chords. Later I got completely drowned into it, my love of music became got out of hand.
What are your other musical projects ? 你有别的乐队吗？你的音乐计划
For the moment it’s only The Beauty. Our style is like English Indie Rock + Punk + Garage but in fact we can’t really say clearly what our style is, I think a music style name is more something other people give you, our moto is “if it sounds good it’s good”.
Our band has been practicing and writing new songs recently, so we will soon issue our first EP and after will continue practice and playing. We hope one day to stand on a bigger stage and write melodies people can actually remember, but everything takes time and for the moment we concentrate on doing music as our most important thing to do.
Any music you want to share ? 有没有你想分享或者推荐的音乐？
I really like Blondie’s album “Blondie”, there mix of Punk and New Wave is great. After that maybe The Strokes, generally speaking when people ask me to recommend a band to talk about I always talk about them.
If you’ve never heard of them just start with the first album “Is this it”, you won’t be disappointed.
推荐Blondie的第一张专辑《Blondie》，朋克加新浪潮太好听了。然后就是The Strokes，基本上别人让我推荐的时候我都会说他们，没听过的朋友从第一张《Is this it》开始听吧，绝对不会让你失望的