Having started in April 2004 the page was first hosted at http://www.painkillermag.com, homepage of China’s first and biggest Heavy Music magazine, based in China. Together with Yu Yang, International Relations at Painkiller, Azchael (aka Max-Leonhard von Schaper) started the page – named Metal in China – giving a rough and short overview about the most known metal acts in Beijing.
The main reason for starting the page had been the simple fact that there had been no English information available about Chinese metal or rock at all in the internet at that time. Those pages that popped up, died quickly and where soon not reachable.
Soon after, the page extended and extended with more and more information available online. Beginning to Middle of 2005 the page changed it’s approach and moved to its own domain http://www.rockinchina.com. With the new name, the focus of content changed from previous metal-concentrated content to now underground music in general with articles about Metal, Rock, Jazz, Electro, HipHop and Punk.
At the end of 2005, the underlaying structure of rockinchina.com finally moved from plain HTML files to a content management generated php approach with databases for bands and events used by persons from all over the world. From content management to a wiki, Rock in China has even strengthend its community ideas.
As official partners of the Midi Music Festival Beijing in 2007 and 2008 and the media partners of institutions such as the Goethe Institut Beijing, Rock in China is constantly developing, evolving and growing. Why don’t you join today?
Check out the wiki at wiki.rockinchina.com
How to contact us
Just send me an email to mlvonschaper AT yahoo.de