Calling all fashionistas – this Thursday sees the arrival of the Dior Homme (that’s menswear) Autumn/Winter 2013 collection. The brand, which has been making considerable forays into the Chinese luxury-goods market, will present the collection at the Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA) Museum (a popular venue for high-fashion shows in Beijing). The brand has also tapped British synthpop Hurts to perform at the fashion show’s afterparty. Similar to the brand’s Haute Couture presentation in Shanghai a couple of weeks ago, the event is meant to be quite exclusive in it’s guestlist and without the usual media scrum common to other fashion shows in China and around the world. Check back here next week for a more detailed report of this latest collaboration between music and luxury goods.
In the meantime, check out our earlier coverage of Keane x Burberry and Prada x Pet Shop Boys. At this point, we are seeing the luxury brands still relying on Western musical acts for collaboration. Even though many mainstream Chinese celebrities have already secured lucrative brand ambassadorships with the major fashion and accessory brands, the same brands have been more reluctant to tap into the Chinese music world for those same deals (and calling Angelababy a “singer” just isn’t something we are willing to do).
New and what looks to be ongoing blog feature from the Beijinger – tracking Soundcloud users (Soundclouders?) in Beijing. Quick glance at the first post rounds up some Radar pals including Live Beijing Music. Nice going by Jerry Chan, True Run media editorial director and old Beijing music hand.
We imagine the upcoming entries will be more inspiring than the 5000 accounts of Shanghai’s ur-Euro DJs.
Actually, peep some great Shanghai-based Soundclouds:
The Diplomat has an interesting short piece about punk rock in Asia. Focusing mostly on the punks of Burma, who are still profoundly an underground subculture despite the country’s recent opening up, and Indonesia, whose punks was detained and shaved by conservative government authorities in 2011, the piece raises an interesting point about whether “true” punk can only flourish in oppressive environments. To illustrate this potential conflict, the writer raises the example of Johnny Rotten and Public Image Ltd. (PiL)’s recent shows in mainland China.
Whereas “The punks … in Burma were beyond just wearing the fashion—they truly had an ideology and something that they strongly believed in. It’s about what they believe in, rather than how they look, that is the most important thing,” there were no issues for PiL to perform openly in China, “underscoring the lack of political threat posed today by the West’s punk pioneers.”
Two weeks out from the May Festival (Labour Day) holidays and most of the major players have (finally) released their lineups and schedules. Hat tip to Beijing Daze for the Beijing events and dates.
With the absence of China Music Valley Festival (MIDI is taking over the space this year) and postponement and relocation of Dong Party aka Ditan Folk Festival to Beijing’s 2 Kolegas this year there is precious little innovation in the rest of the festivals’ lineups. Nonetheless, if the weather is nice the events are a good place to relax and catch up on the bands you always try to see, but it somehow never ends up working out during the year.
Split Works Operations Director & co-founder Nathaniel Davis
A little interview about JUE | Music + Art and the business (and passion) of music promotion in China by Split Works co-founder and occasional Radar contributor Nathaniel Davis. Thanks to China Radio International for this one.
The live showcase schedule for this year’s Music Matters is out. This year, there are 60 bands from over 15 countries performing over three days at the conference in Singapore. In past years, China’s Maybe Mars has brought over various bands from their stable to play but a quick glance at this year’s confirmed lineup so far sees no bands from the Mainland this year.
A post by Archie Hamilton (Split Works and China Music Radar laoban) on the occasion of Gang of Four performing in China, March 2013. Cross-posted from Tumblr.
JUE | Music + Art 2013 encompassed nearly 100 events across Beijing and Shanghai over the course of 17 days. It is both the most exhausting event and the most exhilarating event that Split Works puts on every year. It is also the reason why things have been quieter over at the Radar for the past few months. For the rest of the summer, we will be returning to our regularly scheduled programme of updates here on the blog. In the meantime, click through to read some of Archie’s thoughts on the performance of the legendary Leeds post-punk band Gang of Four during JUE 2013. Continue reading →
Here’s a little mix that Shanghai DJ collective Love Bang (aka DJs Heatwolves and Caution) put together on the occasion of JUE | Music + Art 2013. It contains tracks from almost all of the JUE 2013 artists, including but not limited to Grimes, Gang of Four, Frank Turner, AV Okubo, How To Dress Well, Cinema Soloriens, SLV and many more, interspersed with Shanghainese gems from the Super Ayi Cleaning Team.
The mix is loaded up onto the official JUE 2013 Morning Tears souvenir USB stick, which is 50 RMB with all proceeds going to official charity partner Morning Tears. The USB is 4 GB and also comes with JUE posters, MVs and lots o’ love from the whole festival team.
Peep at the track listing below and stream the whole thing from Soundcloud.
1. BAWANG Intro
2. Gang of Four – “Outside The Trains Don’t Run On Time”
3. AV Okubo – “Old Game”
4. Frank Turner – “Four Simple Words”
5. Let’s Get Weird and 黑暗 with 排球女将
6. Cinema Soloriens – ??? ripped from YouTube
7. Zhongshan Park – “Wut R Treats?”
8. AM 444 – “Interloop 2″
9. Grimes – “Vanessa”
10. Downstate – “Mist”
11. Ital – “Dub Me for Tonight (Saviour’s Love Megamix)”
12. HONEY, 蜂蜜!
13. Grimes – “Genesis”
14. Super Ayi Cleaning Team – “Tigerwoman”
15. S L V (Downstate & Hamacide) – “Toi”
16. Acid Pony Club – “P.O.P – Scratch Boom”
17. Little Yellow Bird Gonna Help You Out
18. How To Dress Well – “Lover’s Start”
19. WUT DID YOU STEAL??
20. How To Dress Well – “You Won’t Need Me Where I’m Goin’”
21. Kikuyu – “2 Appointments (Super Ayi 阿姨机器人 Vocal Remix)”
22. SHANGHAINESE SIGNOFF, 再见
May is one of the two main seasons for outdoor festivals, and as such, we are expecting imminent announcements for Midi and Strawberry Fests. Apparently Deerhoof will be back for Strawberry, playing alongside 90′s Scottish “post britpop” (according to their Wiki ) band, plus Lenka, Immanu El and the usual slew of domestic headliners (Xie Tian Xiao, Omnipotent Youth Hotel). Nothing from Midi yet, but that’s as to be expected. They rarely announce anything before mid April. There is also the heavily rumored return of the Great Wall Music Festival, but we’ve been here before, so let’s wait a while before we get too excited about seeing David Guetta and Andy C hit the Wall.
One festival that we haven’t heard much about is the big joint venture between LiveNation and Pinggu local government, China Music Valley. Timeout Beijing report that it’s been postponed until the autumn this year, and we tend to believe them. The festival that gave us Friendly Fires, Jesus and Mary Chain and Joss Stone in 2012 will be “back shortly”.