Freak Out 2018
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With the rise of the bedroom producer there are individuals in cities and towns all over China producing their own beats, those who need to throw off the shackles of their day job and hit the club, share the decks or dance floor with like minded people. Below 4 people from 4 different cities around China with burgeoning electronic scenes, share their stories.
Last week at the Steam hostel’s anniversary party, as so many times before, your music grabbed me from outside, from the bar, from mid conversation and dragged me to the dance floor. I felt a few tears pricking in my eyes as I listened to “Wonderful”. I looked over at the Steam hostel’s Mao Mao standing next to me and he gave me a little nod. I felt like he understood. Goodbyes are so complicated.
Lots of people know Cvalda, mostly due to the fact that over the years she’s come to be known as the “Chengdu representative”. Through out the scene in China she’s gained a reputation as a force for positive change in club culture. Actually she’s a veteran of the Chengdu club scene, starting out as a fan then transitioning to DJ, Promoter to organising her own events, even designing the posters. As part of her work she dives down into every aspect of club culture. Her passion fuelled by her memories spanning several years of the Chengdu club scene, looking on at the current scene wondering if other fans unaware of all that’s happened in the past can really understand and feel the uniqueness of club culture here.
THE B-MOVIE GODFATHER
For anyone thinking of working in the music business, Mark Reeder's career reads like a Linkedin tick-list. He cut his teeth working in Virgin Records flagship Manchester store before moving to Berlin in 1978 where he was the Germany rep for the now legendary Factory Records. He went on to co-manage all-girl outfit Malaria!, toured with New Order in his band Shark Vegas and, after the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, founded the first ever dance music label in former East Berlin, MFS. He even found time to produce the last ever pop record released in East Germany (Torture by Die Vision), show John Peel around Berlin for his Travels with my Camera documentary and discover superstar DJ Paul van Dyk. As one of the earliest pioneers of the 90s EDM sub-genre trance, it's little wonder that a recent Smirnoff Wall of Sound documentary described Mark as “The Godfather of the Berlin Music Scene”. Throw in a handful of remixes for the likes of Pet Shop Boys and Depeche Mode and a couple of albums of his own and you'd think he'd be happy coasting into retirement with nothing left to prove. That might have been the case until a chance conversation in 2013 not led to the creation of “B Movie: Lust and Sound in West Berlin 1979-1989”, a documentary looking at the music scene in a divided Berlin which has – perhaps surprisingly – gone on to become one of the biggest critical successes of his career.
去年为了更生的了解Atmen我问了它的两个创作人“Su” 和 "Xiang" 一些问题关于她们对音乐的哲学和Atmen是怎么开始了。 Atmen's latest party Aus-atmen is coming May 21st. Last year I took a more in depth look at who Atmen are and what they're doing, asking the 2 cofounders of the movement Gogo "Su" and Xiangxiang "Xiang" some questions about their philosophy and how they got started.