OSHI (DJ Set)
DJ Oshi will be presenting a special set for the Beijing Underground Showcase.
From the humble beginnings of a local DJ, through to headlining famous club nights and parties on either sides of the globe, Oshi’s musical career has been a rocky ride to the stars. His technical ability to pull sounds from the most unlikely range of genres, combined to provide audibly stunning tracks and remixes has given him somewhat of an impressive reputation in and out of industry circles.
Starting in 2000 as a DJ for the first independent radio station in his native France, Oshi’s skills as a turntablist and Electro Hip Hop producer forced him into the limelight. He was quickly given the opportunity to present his own Hip Hop show, gaining the respect of both his peers and his rivals. He went on to remix a number of songs for well known Hip Hop producers and Electro bands such as Sayag Jazz Machine (PIAS) and Gong Gong to name a few.
As a producer, Oshi has many advantages when it comes to DJing and with so many years spent invested in the music that he loves, OSHI’s skills allows him to use a unique method for creating originals sets for his audience. Simply through conversation, the emotion and passion he feels is evident and is reflected throughout his work. OSHI has been smashing dancefloors and never failing to deliver an unforgettable night ever since.
Spotting a market opening for his distinctive style, OSHI is now focusing on bringing a new electro vibe into the Asian scene by combining his production, remixes, bootlegs and turntablism skills in a hype mash-up of Electro, Gansta House, HipHop, techno and Dubstep. He is undoubtedly one of the hottest choice’s in Asia, providing the ultimate selection of latest and retro tracks for the club scene.
Horse Radio will be presenting a special duo set “Two Horses” for the Beijing Underground Showcase.
Mongolians bands are a dime a dozen nowadays. And let’s be honest, it’s gonna be hard to top Hanggai. But that’s precisely why Horse Radio (formerly Taan Towch) have caught my attention this year. They aren’t trying to be rock stars. It’s relatable, accessible, genuine, and most importantly full of life.
Will Griffith, LiveBeijingMusic 《Best Bands 2014》
Quotes from Dr. Smartass, one of Beijing’s premier underground music promoters
“Punk is not merely a musical genre but a spirit and onceyou check out NAKOMA you’ll see that it’s not always what you say but how much heart you put into what you play, and nobody who has seen NAKOMA can deny that theur intricate musicianship is punk-as-fuck and pure heart”
“The tandem of Tim and Nico trade off guitar and bass riffs like a sonic Batman and Robin. Percussionist Linda Westman pounds out the Bat-signal with her intricate beats. Within the first minute of their set you will hear why Linda is hailed by many as one of the best drummers performing in Beijing today”
“Here’s the brass tacks, and if you don’t like it, well tough shit because I speak in rock’n’roll FACT. This is NAKOMA. For the uninitiated, this IS prog punk. This IS the legacy of what Greg Ginn – long before he lost his fucking mind and had benefits to take care of his fucking cats – was doing all the way back with BLACK FLAG on half of the “Family Man” Album and pretty much all of the “Process of Weeding Out”, except that this is light years beyond that because, unlike BLACK FLAG back in the early 80s – people GET IT now (and also: all three members of NAKOMA are sane people … Fuck the “stoner rock” moniker. Save that for WHAI or other bands that basically sound like video game music. THIS is rock’n’roll. THIS is fucking punk. The only thing better is watching and hearing them do it live (‘cause you can’t see Nicola Mazzei barefoot and gonzo, and both he and Tim moving around like orbiting satellites to Linda, who is the planet locked in the orbit of percussion)”
Album streaming and download https://nakoma.bandcamp.com/
Djang San + Band:张思安与乐队：
Re-inventor of Chinese classical instruments zhongruan and pipa by electrification, philosopher, poet, composer, guitar hero, DJ, one man orchestra, music pioneer and explorer of new sounds, Djang San has been doing music in China since the year 2000. An artist with many faces, Djang San has also won the battle of the bands in Mainland China and Hong Kong against 100 bands in the year 2011.
Djang San has so far released 35 albums, the music styles of the albums range from Jazz to electro, rock, classical music, experimental music and more. Creator of a theory of intelligence, the personality of Djang San takes many different shapes in his many different projects.
As a one man band, Djang San plays seven different instruments on stage including guitar, flutes, electronic devices and synthesizers.
Djang San + Band is an extension of Djang San, a trio based on an electric version of Chinese instrument zhongruan he has created himself in 2014. The band is now extending its playlist to all of Djang San’s albums. The Amazing Insurance Salesmen, a band started in 2009, is Djang San’s attempt to link psychedelic rock, math rock and punk rock.
As a DJ, DJ 3San creates a mix between modern electro and techno with samples of jazz, blues, and classical music. Djang San also plays Jazz, bossa nova, and other styles of music with other musicians in China.
Noise Arcade is a solo, live electronic project that is based in Beijing. Over the past two years, Noise Arcade has toured China, South Korea, Japan, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Germany, and The Netherlands. In addition to touring, Noise Arcade has released a series of albums for several different labels including Nasty Wizard Recordings, Metaphysical Circuits, and MetalPostcard. The album called ‘Selective Memory’ recorded for Huashan Records based in Shanghai was selected by Smart Shanghai as one of the best albums for 2014.
Noise Arcade是一個來自北京的單人現場即興電子計劃。過去兩年來Noise Arcade把中國，南韓，日本，印度尼西亞，馬來西亞，新加坡，德國和荷蘭都巡迴了一遍。除了巡演之外，Noise Arcade還在一堆不同的廠牌下發行了一堆風格各異的專輯，包括了鬼鬼祟祟發起的廠牌Nasty Wizard Recordings, 還有此前發行了上海噪音搖滾二人組Pairs和上海單人樂隊炸脖龍專輯的Metal Postcard廠牌。而在上海的Huashan Records廠牌下發行的專輯 ‘Selective Memory’ 更被Smart Shanghai 選為2014年的最佳專輯之一。
Josh Feola has been active in Beijing’s scene since 2009 as a writer, curator and musician, most notably as former drummer of Chui Wan and now of Subs. Now he’s added yet another line to his CV: Charm, a solo electronic music project. He talks to Liz Tung about his newest creative outlet
How do you describe your music?
I would call it a field recording- and percussion-based drone. I think drone is a key word because it’s really amorphous; sometimes there’s a semblance of a beat or a rhythm or some kind of structure but it fades away very quickly.
You’ve played in bands as a drummer. How is this different?
For me this is the first time I’m doing a band [where] I call all the shots. Everything is coming from me, so there’s no one else to fall back on. I have no background as a songwriter, so thinking about making music on my own is the biggest difference.
So is it all improvisation?
It’s like 99.999 percent improvised; I don’t even really practice.
What kind of mood, if any, are you trying to evoke when you play?
Contemplative, I guess. In someways it’s me trying to recreate my own sonic memories, which aren’t directly correlated to any specific mood. In general it’s a bit dark, but it’s not depressing – I guess sombre would be the word for it.
Your approach to music is fairly intellectual.
Yeah, I’m definitely hyper contextualised, so on one hand I’m always thinking about how I can make what I’m doing meaningful in the context of the Beijing music scene. But on the other hand, I still have that kind of punk strain where I want to viscerally affect people. I’m not doing 30-second powerviolence songs, but I am using sound to shake people up and get them out of their normal state.
“Little Punk” is the English-turned-stage name-turned amorphous broken folk project of Jiangxi province singer and songwriter Huang Pei. Her musicis simple and complex, wry and wrenching minimal acoustic compositions that tell stories of depression, desperation, love, and happiness. Her debut record was self-released in 2012, and since then, she’s moved to Beijing and played sporadic shows here and there, whilst also working on an acting and film career. Currently,she’s writing new material, playing with different Beijing musicians, and working on new releases for Beijing-based vinyl label Genjing.
Orange Bud is the brain child of bass player and DJ, Peter Stone. This up and coming band explores a wide range of styles from Dub, or Minimal, Deep, funk and anything in the fringes of genre conventions. All under a shroud of jazz and auditory pop culture inserts.
On Bass, machines : Peter Stone
On Drums : Marco Bangs.
On keyboard : Thomas Klein
On Saxophones : Fabrice Genfould
Life is full of questions. Why is the sky blue? What is the purpose of existence? There is, however, one question that stands out amongst the rest… What on Earth is ‘Zhege’?! The answer to this question is too complex and profound to be put into words, so we will tell you only this. 4 contrastingly unique personalities united with one goal in mind; To play loud music and make some cool sh**. This is Zhege.