Back in November 2010, we uncovered a scandalous plot to exploit the UK media’s ignorance of China. Ayi Jihu was apparently the biggest selling artist in China, winner of gold discs and recipient of over 100 million downloads, something that came as a surprise to many of us working in the music industry here.
Some nice person commented on the story yesterday, which led us to revisit the entire farce. What entertained us most was this comment from her manager, Stevie Eagle E, where he ripped apart the moral fabric of the authors of this humble blog
China Music Radar is their blog which they use to flog their own clients to people outside of China but in the music industry, and to flay competitive threats like Shlepp/Ayiu. Hence their venom
One of the founders of this unholy trinity (Split Works, Splatter, China Music Radar) is a dude named Archie Hamilton, went to school at University of Durham and Ampleforth College, and was once a ‘marketing manager’ at Apple, hence the Apple client connection. His partner is named Nathanial Davis. They modeled their Chinese music festivals on the Edinburgh festival, according to some blabbing Nate did to the press awhile back.
In other words, these assholes are competitors to Shlepp/Ayi and will be quite jealous when Fear Chaser takes China by storm.
They are masters of disingenuous disinformation, spewing out nasty PR campaigns via their in-house blog PR platform to control the Chinese music market for their own profit.
We at Shlepp know we can expect more from these people and their kind, but in Shlepp and Ayi they have met their match.
We are ready for them. Do not be fooled by these people. They are not about the truth, they are about themselves plain and simple.
Stevie Eagle E
Shlepp Entertaiment ltd
Intrigued by the Fear Chaser bit (in bold), we did a little research. Rather hilariously, we found that Fear Chaser was an (unmade) film, subtitled “the Chronicles of Ayi Jihu”, a kind of kungfu meets manga meets cultural bridge. Quite obviously an addendum to Ayi’s huge recording career. The trailer is here (sorry, Youtube only)
We spied a Kickstarter campaign underneath the video trailer, and we couldn’t help clicking on it. The campaign finished in March 2011. It had a rather ambitious goal of $118,000. The total reached? $833.
We almost feel sorry for Stevie………