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Project: Chinese Music History

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We of Rock in China and Music-China.org are rolling out a new project: It is our aim to map and document the complete history of Chinese music online. Therefore we are inviting institutes, organisations, universities, professors, teachers and students to join in and support us. The reason for this project is the same reason that led us to start with Rock in China 9 years ago: Currently there is no overall comprehensive and detailed website about the historical development of Chinese music. And we want to change this and create a free public domain online reference. Independent from the topic of rock music we are going to look at traditional music, folk music, Chinese opera, Tang Dynasty music and many other Chinese music related topics. As we have expanded our online wiki into semantic web last November and received over 2 million page views in respond to that, we believe that we have create the right tool landscape to realize our aims.

 

 

Above are two PDF documents which we are distributing. One showing a brief summary of the project and the other document giving a comparison between the intents of Music-China.org and Wikipedia – the other major public domain knowledge base everyone is thinking about when talking about humankind’s online knowledge. There is a distinct difference in the intent of both wikis and working on this project with Music-China.org is more benefitial (Wikipedia prefers short, comprehensive articles without the level of detail that we intend to generate).

 

How can you help us? Help can be joining in on creating and editing of relevant online articles in our wiki together with other interested users. Help can be searching for copyright-free sources, media, photos and texts that can be used for our articles. Help can be also promotion of this project, announcing it online and establishing contacts with other interested parties.

 

You can read more about this project on our project page: http://www.music-china.org/w/Music-China_Wiki:Chinese_Music_History

 

This project is intended to start in April 2013, but account registration is already available. Everyone who is actively helping is going to be mentioned on our project page with his/her user name and will also be mentioned as contributor in our project status newslets.

 

I hope that you can join our project, either as individuals or as representatives of any of your affiliated organizations. We are open to all ideas, suggestions or critical comments and will definitely support in terms of account creation, introduction to wiki works and other topics.

Invitations have been issued to the University of Aarhus, the University of Heidelberg, DianMo – Sinology Student Newspaper of Leipzig, Kulturgut 文化财富 China, Hamburger China-Notizen, the China Media Project at the Journalism & Media Studies Centre (The University of Hong Kong), Das Reispapier, the European Seminar in Ethnomusicology, the Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology at the University of Indiana, the University of Wien, the Chinese Oral and Performing Literature (CHINOPERL) (中國演唱文藝研究會), the Association for Chinese Music Research, the Society of Asian Music, the International Insitute of Asian Studies, the Centre of Chinese Studies (SOAS), CHIME, the Centre of Chinese Studies at the University of Cambridge, the Department of the History of Art of the University of Yale and the Department for East Asia Languages and Literatures of the University of Yale.

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German TV ZDF broadcasts MINIMAL CHINA, 50 minutes about the techno scene of China

German TV station ZDF showed a special about Chinese trance, electro and minimal music, starting with a party on the Great Wall and commentary by Zhang Youdai and Elvis. T.

Kuddos to Rene for pointing that one out.

PK 12th Anniversary | Cannibal Corpse in Beijing

Painkiller hosted their 12th anniversary fest with CANNIBAL CORPSE visiting. Read the awesome review at Smart Beijing!

 

A little bit of punk history …

Check out Pangbianr’s lengthly interview with Jerry Chan, founder of The Beijinger about his involvement in the punk underground and the scene in late 90s / beginning 00s.

Photo: Ricky of Rustic, totally unrelated to the interview.

Interview with Stalin Gardens | Shanghai Black Pop Rock

Continuing our coverage of the Shanghai scene, we have taken Shanghai black pop band Stalin Gardens to an interview who just released their latest record called Shanghai Void on Douban.

Azchael: Can you please introduce yourself and the band Stalin Gardens?
Stalin Gardens: We’re Stalin Gardens. Our first show was the 18th of December 2011, we were invited by Pairs to open for them. We’d only managed to write four songs at that point, two of them were early versions of Osteosarcoma and Sex Bomb. Elsa already was on bass, another dude on guitar and some psychotic 40-year old on drums. After many lineup changes we played again, at Uptown on the 17th of March 2012, opening for Alpine Decline that we’d invited from Beijing. Big deal: Opening for DFG on the 1st of April 2012 at YYT. There were tons of people, at that point we had a steady lineup, with Vic of NYL on drums. 11th of May 2012, last lineup change, we played our first show with our current drummer Gomez, opening for X is Y at 696. According to Gomez’s dad, the show sucked. June 23 we did the Maybe Mars gig, no one showed up during our set and we played like mentally handicapped seals. Two weeks of practice later we started recording our self-titled LP (that many people prefer to call Shanghai Void for some obscure reason), which was done in 3 days, about 12 hours, at Postape studios. Mixing was done by Brad Ferguson.

Azchael: What instruments are you using in the band, which brand?
Stalin Gardens: Bass, guitar, drums, that’s it. We believe you could just as well make great music with the shittiest of guitars than with a Gibson Les Paul or whatever. It’ll just be different. Let’s just say you can make good music with anything. Even a banana. Our next album will have a song played entirely with a banana-split sundae.

Azchael: What is the Shanghai sound for you? Do you think Shanghai has a particular sound?
Stalin Gardens: NO, there is absolutely nothing. Because there is everything. It’s so fractured. It’s like you took a solid and cohesive music scene and dropped it on the floor. It’ll blow into pieces, all over the place, become incoherent and useless. That’s the Shanghai scene, all over the fucking music spectrum.

Azchael: How does the Shanghai scene look like in 2012? What venues are there? Who are the real newcomers in your opinion?
Stalin Gardens: Almost every fucking week we hear of a new band that seems pretty interesting, but they pretty often disappear without leaving a trace. I guess that’s what you should expect from a scene largely depending on expat input.

Azchael: What is the message of Stalin Gardens? in one sentence?
Stalin Gardens: Have sex with things.

Azchael: How do you promote your music? What are the most effective ways as per your experience?
Stalin Gardens: Since we’ve stopped shows to focus on studying for our final exams this year, we’ll keep on spamming the douban music community with free dl links to our LP. It’s always a great way to get people talking, though they usually talk about what a bunch of annoying jackasses we are.

Azchael: Do you think being in a band and being students at the same time helps you to get laid more often?
Stalin Gardens: That’s funny. Seeing as some of the biggest perverts in Shanghai are currently members of this group, it’s not like these factors affect how often we get laid in any way.

Azchael: Do you actively promote your music overseas? If or if not, do you get any feedback from overseas?
Stalin Gardens: This is very hard, we’ve sent many demos to labels in the US (such as Sacred Bones) and we’ve been rejected every time. I guess every scene is too absorbed with itself to pay any attention to what’s going on next door. It’s a shame, I think Chui Wan and Mr Ray and Stalin Gardens are as good as and maybe better than many bands, but it’s almost like we’re invisible from elsewhere. When people from outside China talk about the music scene, they usually blabber on and on about Carsick Cars and PK14, maybe Retros. But these bands are a weak copy of your average american indie-rock band, so they are of no special interest, other than that they’re from China. Chui Wan, however, have this elusive ingredient that makes them original, that makes them cutting-edge, they deserve to be talked about more than PK14. But quasi-nil.

Azchael: Why do think that people see Carsick Cars or PK 14 as being “Chinese rock music” but not Stalin Gardens? What can other bands learn from them?
Stalin Gardens: Probably because people don’t actually see Stalin Gardens. We’re a pretty ”low-profile” group as of today. About PK14 and Carsick Cars, we can learn from these bands that the music game isn’t about the music as much as it is about how you promote the music. Maybe not Carsick Cars, they’re pretty passionate about what they do, promotion-wise as much as music-wise. But PK14… They’re like a watered-down version of Fugazi. Maybe that’s why they’re so popular. Cause they’re such a ”safe” band to like. Hearing their songs creates an impression of deja-vu, which reassures the many people that fear to witness the death (or evolution) of their beloved rock’n’roll. But hey, wake up you retards. This is 2012. The real Fugazi disappeared decades ago. The rock playground now belongs to a new generation of bands like White Suns, Chui Wan, Stalin Gardens, iceage, The Men, Liturgy, Sexdrome, and Ride For Revenge. These recent acts are twisting and torturing rock into something totally new. Get up and be a part of it. Either get over the nostalgia or use it to make something different.

Azchael: What do you think are the biggest obstacles for being in a band in Shanghai?
Stalin Gardens: The fucking homework and final exams. Everything else like booking shows, rehearsal time, studio time, etc is extremely easy compared to other countries like France. We’re lucky being here at this time.

Azchael: What do you think of bands joining up with major brands such as Vans, Converse or Ray Ban in order to promote their music? Do you think that is a sell-out?
Stalin Gardens: A sell-out is a band that modifies its sound to be more appealing to the masses, in order to gain money. As long as you don’t tinker with your sound, you could even play your song in a toilet paper ad, it wouldn’t be selling out because you’d still be sonically pure.

Azchael: What is underground for you? Are you underground?
Stalin Gardens: Underground and mainstream are pretty easily confused today compared to back in the 90s, and that probably has to do with the Internet. Bands that used to be so underground no one would know of them then can today float back up to the surface and reach an audience through internet. Every band today can have their international audience, if they promote themselves right. We’re underground. Why not, I mean we’ve once been to the Shelter, I guess that makes us edgy and cool, right?

Azchael: What are your plans for the next year? Will there be a “The World is coming to an end” show in December?
Stalin Gardens: Things are looking pretty grim for us next year, we’re passing our final exams and will be studying during every major fucking holidays so it’ll be hard to find time to record, not to mention we’re all going to die. The main goal is still to record the second LP, that is already half-written, before we break-up.

Azchael: Why do you sell your songs for 1000 USD or 600 USD on bandcamp?
Stalin Gardens: That’s a joke, you can get them all free on our Soundcloud.

Azchael: Thanks for the interview!

Interview with Stegosaurus? | Shanghai… Jurassic Rock!

Just in time for National Day 2012, Shanghai self-entitled jurassic rock band Stegosaurus? answered to our call for an interview, especially after the depressing outlook of the Shanghai scene offered by Xiao Zhong of Pairs. We were lucky enough to get both Bren and Josh to spend a little time with Azchael.

Azchael: Can you please introduce yourself and the band Stegosaurus?
Bren: We’re Stegosaurus? We’re not really even sure who we are….hence the question mark.
Josh: Yeah, I am Josh, the midget one. We have Bren, the balding one. Tyler, the glasses one. And finally, Levi, the only one with any real talent in the band. There are a lot of ones in this band. We’re racist against twos. No twos allowed. Twos can go sit in the back of the bus.

Azchael: What instruments are you using in the band, which brand?
Bren: We’re using a variety of things. An Ibanez bass…it’s black.
Josh: We use whatever we can afford after feeding our alcohol and sheep dependency. Mostly, it’s cheap knock-offs found on Jinling Lu (music street).

Azchael: What is the Shanghai sound for you? Do you think Shanghai has a particular sound?
Bren: The Shanghai sound for me is sometimes awesome, sometimes redundant, sometimes powerful, sometimes crap, sometimes boring, but always alive. I think as far as a particular sound goes, you can’t really pick a sound for Shanghai. A lot of Beijing bands have a very “Beijing” sound. I don’t think you can pick a band in Shanghai and say, “That sounds so Shanghai.”

Azchael: How does the Shanghai scene look like in 2012? What venues are there? Who are the real newcomers in your opinion?
Bren: Honestly, it feels like a slow year to me. Probably because I haven’t been going out as much.
Josh: Shanghai has some fun venues. I personally like Yuyintang, Livebar, 696 Live and Songjiang Corner Bar. There are some cool bands new and old. Even if I don’t particularly like the style of music a certain band plays, I respect them for getting out, playing show, recording, spending money, printing CDs, flyers, ect and getting hardly any of it back. China’s not a place to make money as a band and I’m happy to see so many bands still doing it.

Azchael: Why do you think that China is not the right place for a band to make money?
Bren: Because the market for rock music isn’t big enough. Either it’s not big enough, or when people are interested, the big boys shut stuff down. It’s not allowed to freely spread, so the market just isn’t going to expand in way conducive to making a living on music. Not for a “laowai” band anyways.
Josh: If you look closely at us, very closely, you’ll see that we don’t resemble Jay Chou or Jolin. We’re getting fat, wrinkly and bald. People don’t wanna see us on ads, TV or large events. We need to be hot, young and muscular to be featured on anything. When that happens, maybe more people will be open to take indie music seriously here.

Azchael: What would have to change so bands can actively survive in your opinion?
Bren: Better marketing. More quality venues. More listeners and show goers. Ohh, and daily foot massages. Those are essential.
Josh: Shanghai is an ever growing, ever changing city. I think if people stopped getting married or having babies, if people stopped moving away, stopped living their dreams, then we could have a decent band stay for a long period of time! Actually, some bands still play music despite marriage and babies: Rhys from Pairs has like five kids now! Zack from Friend or Foe has his third coming now. Top Floor Circus actually bring their babies to their concerts! I respect that.

Azchael: What do you think of bands joining up with major brands such as Vans, Converse or Ray Ban in order to promote their music? Do you think that is a sell-out?
Bren: Up with the man I say! I think it’s a personal decision. It’s definitely a way to get potential new fans that wouldn’t have heard you before. It’s not a sell out. Just another excuse for somebody to complain, “I liked them better before they sold out.” Whatever.
Josh: Hell, if a company offered us money to sing Britney Spears covers and dress up like Justin Beiber, I’d do it! Money is everything in life! Actually, yeah, we are actively trying to sell out before we all break up and go our separate ways.

Azchael: What is the message of Stegosaurus? in one sentence?
Bren: We love to laugh so laugh with us or at us……..

Azchael: How do you promote your music? What are the most effective ways as per your experience?
Bren: Mostly the Internet. We’ve tried getting some things up on a few sites, still a work in progress though. Douban used to be super useful. Apparently Weibo is the big thing now, but I don’t like it that much.
Josh: I usually ask some homeless people to pass out our flyers in the Shanghai Metro. Hey! That’s a great idea, Josh. Thanks for the info!

Azchael: Do you actively promote your music overseas? If or if not, do you get any feedback from overseas?
Bren: Actively, not a whole lot. Most overseas activity happens on Facebook, and it’s mostly friends of ours…
Josh: I try to add two new “likers” to Facebook every year. It’s a worthy goal and most of the time, I’m proud to say, we reach that goal. Actually, we successfully made Claypool Cellars (Les Claypool (Primus)) a “liker” of us. It’s a funny story, really. I’ll have to include it on the next interview.

Azchael: What do you think are the biggest obstacles for being in a band in Shanghai?
Bren: The traveling lives of foreigners. We’ve had to pass on a bunch of shows because somebody wasn’t going to be here.
Josh: Yeah, people coming and going, getting married and leaving, people acquiring AIDS and dying, popping out babies and crying. Look for those lyrics in our next album.

Azchael: What is underground for you? Are you underground?
Bren: Underground for me is practicing at 0093 (an actual underground studio). So yeah, sometimes we are underground.
Josh: Underground for me is practicing at 009….oh wait, Bren already said that. I think most people who don’t play pop music in China are underground. Although I have read that some Beijing rock bands have been used for ads and some folk bands are getting offers too! If people can hear something else besides a famous pop star on an ad or whatever, that’s great, in my opinion. Introduce something new to the people. Get something besides pop music above ground.

Azchael: What are your plans for the next year? Will there be a “The World is coming to an end” show in December?
Bren: We plan to play some shows. We’d like to play another festival someday. We don’t have the proper connections though. It’s ok. It’s fun to live in dreams. Oh, and the secret is out, the worlds not coming to an end. It’s just a hoax.
Josh: We hope that more than three people will listen to our music this year. It’s a noble goal, but with Rock In China’s help, we can reach it. Listen and download for FREE our three albums at STEGOSAURUS.BANDCAMP.COM.

Azchael: Your three recent albums are all up on bandcamp and available for free. Why? Don’t you think you deserve money for the music you make?
Bren: Because we’re just nice like that. We hope the “free” tag will attract more listeners. Do we deserve money? I don’t know. But if somebody enjoys the music and wants to donate a bit for it, we won’t stop you.
Josh: Well, we’ve had two purchases in total for our new album. We mostly make music for fun. Our concerts actually almost paid for Purple Pachyderm in whole, recording, mixing, mastering, printing… Since I download music for free online, why not give our album for free?

Azchael: What are the stories behind the three records?
Bren: Record one, self titled Stegosaurus?, was born of songs written long ago. Some that had aged like fine wine and others that didn’t yet quite reach their full maturation level before being released on the public. In any case, it set the ground work for the mixed up sounds that leave question marks in the ears of listeners. “What just happened there?”

Record two, Our Songs B-side You, was brought upon by the excess of songs that were meant to create a second album. We made this album up of the more fun and playful childlike songs. It’ll make you laugh and cry and kiss your 30 minutes goodbye. It’s like a warm up for our third album released just a month after this one.

Purple Pachyderm, record number three. You think the name is ridiculous don’t you? Well, that’s how we like it. Ridiculous. This was originally going to be called ‘Story Time’ and we were going to have a book of short stories to go along with the CD. The stories would have been contributed by other people. The idea wasn’t hashing out as planned and we got bored of the idea and moved on to bigger and better things that are getting very little to no coverage. Yay for interwebs! So now we’re sitting on our hands keeping them warm for winter. I don’t know what that means.

Azchael: Thanks a lot for the interview!

Interview with Pairs (2012) | The End of the World …

Pairs‘ Xiao Zhong is a pretty outgoing and extrovert character with his own history of controversial statements and expressive interviews. Once upon a time Xiao Zhong had talked with Rock in China about the Shanghai music scene and now we are following up on his earlier remarks, just in time before the world as we know it is coming to a timely end in December this year.

Listen to one of their new songs:

Azchael of Rock in China and Xiao Zhong for Pairs on September 23rd 2012, ten o’clock in the morning, and yes, that is on a Sunday! Talking about the proposed end of the world this December, the Shanghai band scene and Pairs new record.

Azchael: Welcome to the end of the world? What are your plans before December?

Pairs: Personally, to make it through this working year, it been a bit of hell ride and I expect it to be so later on as well.

For the band, we have two releases scheduled. One in October and one in November. The October one is an 8-track record called Grandparent, and in November we have a double vinyl coming out on Metal Postcard Records calls If This Cockroach Doesn’t Die, I will. Thereafter we are heading for a tour in December in Singapore and Malaysia and then, well, we are dead.

Azchael: Why are you going to release two records in such a short time?

Pairs: The October record is the one we produced with one guy who came over from LA. We wrote a few songs and it just took forever to get out. We had thought it was going to be ready in March, but its only ready now and we wanted it to be released before the double vinyl.

Azchael: Thatguy is Manny from LA, or?

Pairs: Yeah.

Azchael: Being confronted with the dawn of civilization, what should we leave behind for Aliens to discover?

Pairs: Certainly not any of our releases (laughs). That’s a hard question for a Sunday morning. I would say the WTF podcast by Marc Maron. That is really something, he has over 300 podcasts interviewing comedians, celebrities, musicians, writers and so on. And he is doing that in a very honest, open and raw way. So his podcasts should be left behind for Aliens to discover.

Azchael: We have established that the world is going to end and what we are going to leave behind. How do you think the world is coming to an end? Will it be Aliens, Meteors or the Dinosaurs returning? What’s your bet?

Pairs: I think it will be people turning on each other and fucking eating each other. People are fighting for all reasons but mostly no real reason. People are pretty dumb, so I think the world will come to an end one way or another by people fighting each other.

Azchael: So how is Shanghai doing in that respect?

Pairs: Yeah, fuck yeah, I’m sure you’ve read about what’s been happening here. But even at work we are already fighting each other. You know, it’s interesting to work in China and working with Chinese. At the beginning everything is fine, but then people start to turn on each other in really vindictive ways so to feel like they are getting ahead, which they aren’t. Just like two days ago in a work meeting I saw a very blatant attempt to hurt someone on our team.

Azchael: So how about Shanghai music scene? Is there also a lot of fighting happening? Or is there a big unity?

Pairs: If there is fighting I am probably the guy causing it! In terms of unity, I don’t see it a whole lot, but Twin Horizon and Zhang Nan have brought a few things together. But I see a few bands riding on coattails and that kind of jive. But that may be me projecting and being too jaded.  I think in the scene we are kind on our own at the moment. It’s my fault. Well no super close ties with one band or one group. We drift along.

Azchael: So what should change?

Pairs: We had that interview last year where I already complained a lot. This is a city of fucking 22 million people and there is just a handful of places to play. People shit on each here – myself included, the bookers are so unorganized, -I mean, they don’t send out emails asking for bands, they wait for the bands to contact them and the bands wait for bookers to come to them. They are so lazy. Nothing has changed since last year! Be great if we had one big night a month, something that could become a tradition or just a cool momentum, but venues aren’t really up for the growing pains thing. They want instant success, and that’s understandable when your dealing with something as fickle as business in China, but still, it’s all about the short term.

Azchael: After our interview, the compilation We Are Shanghai was released including a song of Pairs. Why did you participate?

Pairs: The organizers behind the compilation are really nice guys, and we were not super aware of the foreign heavy lineup. For us it was sending a 50 seconds song. It took me 3 minutes to attach it to an email, so there was no effort involved.

Azchael: They are planning a “We Are Shanghai 2”, will you participate again?

Pairs: They don’t want to have repeat bands on the compilation, but yes, if there is no effort involved, like in the first compilation, we would participate. Good things came from the first compilation, people listening to our song and contacting us for more. So, yeah. But if they wanted a new, un released song, then nope.

Azchael: Are there any other projects like this happening in Shanghai at the moment?

Pairs: Probably but nothing that I can think of off the top of my head; no one is so organized. And even the We Are Shanghai didn’t get out of China much. We brought it to New Zealand, Rainbow Danger Club brought a few copies to the USA, but then I think it’s mostly a bandcamp page.

Azchael: You brought it to Australia via tenzenmen?

Pairs: Yes, he is a mad man.

Azchael: I saw him shipping mostly Maybe Mars records, right?

Pairs: Yes, he gets them probably from Nevin now. In the beginning we have helped him to get the CDs. We ordered them from taobao and then to him, but we have stopped doing too much on Taobao and now he gets them directly from Maybe Mars. Makes more sense, I guess.

Azchael: Now, in terms of going international, you mentioned that you are heading for Malaysia and Singapore in December. Are you organizing that by yourself DIY or via a tour company.

Pairs: Cher at 7X07X7 is helping us to get everything sorted. They are great! They are dedicated, loyal and organized and they have a system that supports you. It’s really a joy working with them and they are much better than the fucking bookers in Shanghai.

Azchael: For me Pairs is a DIY and now you say that you are using a tour company instead of doing it yourself, isn’t that contradictory?

Pairs: Contradictory in your thoughts but not in mine! 7X07X7  is a DIY group, they don’t make real money with that, that I’m aware of. It’s more like a group that has a system in place, something like if a band contacts you and asks for help in Macau, then you would know the right contacts, right? So we have not talked money yet, but I will not pay money directly and I don’t think they are expecting anything.

Azchael: How you got to know them?

Pairs: Via a friend, Dostav, as it usually happens, someone knows someone and refers that to us.

Azchael: Why are Shanghai bands not using that?

Pairs: Shanghai bands are pretty happy in Shanghai, I guess, plus the occasional trip to Beijing and Wuhan. They should get to Malaysia though, I heard it’s an awesome scene there with a small shack  of 50 kids, screaming, dancing and stage diving. Great venues there.

Azchael: So what venues are there in Shanghai right now?

Pairs: Live Bar, Lune, YYT, Melting Pot, 696, Beedes 390, Harley’s, Mao, Corner Bar in Songjiang, D Club… That’s about it.

Azchael: Last year we had an interview that I think many regarding as rant on Shanghai. Any new things to rant about?

Pairs: Fuck man, it’s still the same, nothing has changed. You know, just recently we were booked with another band and the date got changed. So I contact their bassist and asked if that is cool for them. He didn’t reply. I went ahead and added the new date on weibo, changed the poster, etc. A week later I check with him again, so he says “oh yeah, it’s cool with me, but I don’t know about the other two band members”, then 5 minutes later he comes back and says “our drummer can’t make that date”. That is pretty fucking dumb! There is no communication. That guy knows for a week about the date but can’t check with his guys even though it only takes 5 minutes for him! Dealing with things of this nature almost weekly, if not daily – that’s one of the reasons that our new record is so full of frustration!

Azchael: Can we have a preview song of the new record?

Pairs: Sure no issue, I can send you the song that I did screaming about the Shanghai bands, I think that catches the frustration pretty nice.

Azchael: What’s that song about?

Pairs: I wrote the song one night and it’s all about my feeling towards the Shanghai band scene on that particular night. I don’t name anyone in particular but if you see the lyrics I guess a lot of people will recognize themselves somehow in that. Probably see me on the end of a lot of drunken ‘who is that about?’ conversations.

Azchael: When I check your facebook, I often see photos of e.g. Pairs and comments about Pairs being nominated for the Oscars, etc. What is that supposed to mean?

Pairs: That’s just some bullshit about a shit eating expat magazine here They only know 4 bands and as I am a white guy and speak English and am in constant contact with the English media, we get somehow on those “best band” etc. lists. They have no idea about the scene and no real interest in supporting it, except their new person, Kat is awesome! However, we were nominated for Best DJ’s one year.  Man, I don’t know if I really belong in Shanghai.

Azchael: So where do you belong to?

Pairs: Nepal? They have a good scene there, I heard!

Azchael: Any last words?

Pairs: Congratulations on reaching 10 million visitors at Rock in China!