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The Amazing Insurance Salesmen Rocking Out Loud In Chengdu’s Zebra Festival
Guitars were tuned, ties adjusted and nerves abandoned. It was time to do our thing in Chengdu!


By Maikel Liem

[May 1st] We left Beijing in great spirit and slightly hungover from a previous night of drinking to our upcoming performance at the Zebra music festival. The festival would include an impressive lineup of both local and international bands, including The on Fires (Australia), Success (France) Good for Nothing (Japan), as well as Chinese folk rock legend Xu Wei and Beijing rockers Brain Failure. The 3 day festival was to be concluded by the (in)famous Edison Chen.

A few hours after we arrived at the hotel, we went out to the venue for our 11pm soundcheck. Once at the hilly Tulips Flora Park (Yujinxiang Huahui Gongyuan), the main stage loomed over us. Xu Wei was just finishing his set and we were lucky to catch a last couple of songs from backstage as well as take some pictures with him. But then it started to rain, so the organizers decided to postpone the soundcheck until the following day. Since the festival is in Xindu, on the outskirts of Chengdu, we decided to hit the hay after unsuccessfully trying to find a (decent) massage place.

[May 2nd] We went to the venue around 13:30pm, still fearing that the rain would put a stop to our performance. We watched The on Fires’ soundcheck and were especially amazed by their kickass drummer. A small audience had gathered in front of the stage and started to applaud the bands. If they liked the soundcheck, hopefully they would love the actual show.

Backstage, we were getting prepared in our tent (i.e. boozing up and smoking). Then around 4pm, we got to the stage. Guitars were tuned, ties adjusted and nerves abandoned. It was time to do our thing in Chengdu!

Overall, I think the audience was impressed. It was hard to hear each other, so we made a few more mistakes than usual, but every song was greeted by warm applause. We started our show with our typical song “Intro”. The audience had considerably grown at this point.

We then proceeded with the more than appropriate song “In the Park”. This loosened up the crowd, especially with Maomao’s energetic drum beats. People vigorously clapped along to “Babies” and the mellow song in our set list “Uranus” calmed them down. Our instrumental song “This Day” showed off some bass tapping and crazy bottleneck solos by Jean-Sébastien, while “Escape” brought a little funk rock to the house. We finished our set with a relatively new song called “Dancing to the Voice of a Dead Man” and Jean-Sébastien showed the people his dance moves.

While still on stage after our last song, I took a few pictures of the screaming crowd who seemed more than happy to be photographed. We then proceeded backstage, and after a small break, it was time to do some interviews, including one for China Mobile. We then went out on the field to see the other bands. We got our drunk on and enjoyed the free spirit of the festival blessed by the lucky panda.

Beijing’s own Brain Failure was giving a hell of a show and we really admired their stage presence. Unfortunately, their show was cut short for some reason. And finally, Edison Chen started his performance, which was met with a lot of (female) cheering.

It was great doing festivals again, like the Nanluoguxiang and Haidian Park festival we’d done before. But Zebra was the most memorable so far.

[May 3rd] We and the Brain Failure boys took the same plane back home to Beijing, sharing our fun at one of the greatest outdoor festivals in China: Zebra!

It was certainly a great experience and definitely something we would want to repeat bery soon. We got the opportunity to meet new bands, make new friends, and get new fans. So get ready for our experimental fusion rock to blast your ass at a venue near you!


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Newsletter: Zhang Si’an at the Ditan Park festival (and videos from Zebra)

Hi Everyone !

Like last year and the year before, i’ll be playing at the “Ditan Park Festival” on the 7th of May.

Many acts this year, here is the line-up:

On the 7th:

旅行者(lvxingzhe) \ 小河 (Xiaohe)\ 张佺(Zhangquan) \ 阿基奈(A jinai)\叶尔波利(Yerboli)\镜子\立東乐队(Lidong) \ 浪荡绅士\刘堃\BloodyWoods(中国) \ 胡爱唯\张思安 \ Nicolas(希腊) \ Malika(加拿大) \ Nancy J Brown(英国)

On the 8th:

万晓利 (Wan Xiaoli)\蕾蒂与杰特曼乐团 \山 人(Shanren) \ 张岭的蓝调乐队(Big John Blues Band)\ 林天然\钟立风(Zhong Lifeng)\马条\川子\杨嘉松\都兰(Dulan) \张羿凡\ AfrokokoRoots(非洲) \ Kamila(加拿大) \ No name(吉普赛爵士)\ Blackwater(爱尔兰民谣)

For more infos, go to http://www.timeoutbeijing.com/features/Music/11657/Dong-Party-Ditan-Park-Folk-Festival.html or http://www.douban.com/event/13528186/ or  http://www.musicdish.com/mag/?id=12906 and http://www.thebeijinger.com/events/2011/Apr/Ditan-Folk-Festival-2011

Find videos of the Zebra festival in Chengdu, where “The Amazing Insurance Salesmen” played last Monday at this address:

http://www.tudou.com/programs/view/3m8-UhM2y5g/

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Thanks for your support !

www.zhangsian.com

Check The AIS on the internet:

www.myspace.com/amsalesmen

http://site.douban.com/baoxianchaoren/

Newsletter: The Amazing Insurance Salesmen at the Zebra festival

Hi Everyone !

For the first time, The Amazing Insurance Salesmen will be playing at the Zebra music festival in Chengdu on the 2nd of May 2011.

The band will be playing on the Main stage, on the same day as Edison Chen, one of Hong Kong’s biggest pop star, The On Fires (Australia) and many more.

Bands such as Success (France),  Your favorite enemies (Canada), Good 4 nothing (Japan), Xu Wei (China), Brain Failure, Gemini, Bigger Bang etc… all participate in the festival this year.

Check the video presentation of  The Amazing Insurance Salesmen for the Zebra festival on the internet:

The Amazing Insurance Salesmen Zebra video presentation


Want to know more about the festival ? Check the official website:

http://www.myzmf.com/EnglishIndex.aspx

And also:

http://www.gochengdoo.com/en/blog/item/2161/chengdu_zebra_festival

_2011_edison_chen_celebrates_comeback_plus_all_the_headliners

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Thanks for your support !

www.zhangsian.com

Check The AIS on the internet:

www.myspace.com/amsalesmen

http://site.douban.com/baoxianchaoren/

Newsletter: Zhang Si’an and “The World of Chinese”

Hi Everyone !
I will be playing a few of my Chinese folk songs under the name of my folk project “Zhang Si’an” for the launch of the new design of “The World of Chinese” Magazine this thursday at Salud from 7 PM to 9 PM.
I will be accompanied by Mathieu Wahiche on the guitar/bass and Nico Mège on drums.
Don’t miss it !
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Thanks for your support !

www.zhangsian.com

Check The AIS on the internet:

www.myspace.com/amsalesmen

http://site.douban.com/baoxianchaoren/


The Zhang Si’an Newsletter: The AIS Saturday night at 2Kolegas.

Hi Everyone !

Long time no see !

The Amazing Insurance Salesmen next show: 2Kolegas this saturday 9 of April with 3 other excellent bands from Beijing !

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Thanks for your support !

www.zhangsian.com

Check The AIS on the internet:

www.myspace.com/amsalesmen

www.zhangsian.com

http://site.douban.com/baoxianchaoren/

The Zhang Si’an Newsletter: Tonight at Yugong Yishan !!

Hi everyone !

Tonight is the last gig forThe Amazing Insurance Salesmen” before they fly to Malaysia for the World Final of the GBOB.  (http://site.douban.com/baoxianchaoren/)


The band will be joined by Rustic, winner for the World GBOB last year, who will also fly to Malaysia to play there. A 20 minutes documentary on Rustic’s adventures will also be shown. (http://site.douban.com/rustic/)


“Nucleus” from Ningxia will be openning the show.  (http://site.douban.com/nucleus/)

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Thanks for your support !

www.zhangsian.com

The Zhang Si’an Newsletter: Mandarin(e) Jazz, the album !

Hi everyone !

I just finished the mastering of my new album “Mandarin(e) Jazz”, and it’s now for sale on itunes and Amazon.

Find it on itunes at this address:

http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/mandarin-e-jazz/id417782427

Songlist:

Name Artist Time Price
1 In the Beginning 一开始的时候 Zhang Si’an 3:14 $0.99 View In iTunes
2 I Don’t Know What that Thing Is (我不知道这是什么东西) Zhang Si’an 3:06 $0.99 View In iTunes
3 Love Is What ?! (爱是什么?) Zhang Si’an 4:36 $0.99 View In iTunes
4 Huan Xisha (Poem By Shu Yan, Song Dynasty) 浣溪沙 【宋】晏殊 Zhang Si’an 2:46 $0.99 View In iTunes
5 Song for a Perverted Mind (流氓之歌) Zhang Si’an 2:12 $0.99 View In iTunes
6 I’m a Fool (我是一个傻瓜) Zhang Si’an 1:30 $0.99 View In iTunes
7 Take the “A” Train (A号火车) Zhang Si’an 4:06 $0.99 View In iTunes
8 Walking In Beijing (Part 1) 北京之旅 Zhang Si’an 3:22 $0.99 View In iTunes
9 Mad Horses (Part 2) 奔放的马 Zhang Si’an 2:56 $0.99 View In iTunes
10 Summertime 夏令 Zhang Si’an 3:01 $0.99 View In iTunes
11 Is It the End (I Don’t Want to Know) 结束了吗 (我不想知道) Zhang Si’an 3:16 $0.99 View In iTunes

Notes:

This album has been recorded at my home in Beijing between the month of June 2010 and December 2010.

I composed, wrote, arranged, and recorded everything myself,  except for the songs “Walking in Beijing”, “Mad Horses”, “Take the A train”,  “Summertime” and “Huan Xisha”.

Special thanks to Ubul Tursten (percussions), Guixian (Bass) and Mathieu wahiche (Guitar) who all play on the song “Walking in Beijing” recorded by “Doufu” at 2 Kolegas in July 2010.

Special thanks to Ubul Tursten who plays the percussions on “Mad horses”.

“Take the A train” was composed by Duke Ellington at the beginning of the 20th century.

“Summertime” was composed by George Gershwin at the beginning of the 20th century.

“Huan Xisha” ‘s words are from a poem By Shu Yan  (Song Dynasty).

The album mastering was done by Martin Rawlins in his studio in Beijing.

Cover by Sébastien Mahon.

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Thanks for your support !

All my albums are for sale on itunes and Amazon.com (look for “Zhang Si’an” or “The Incredible JSB!”)

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001OSEWOC/ref=dm_sp_adp?ie=UTF8&qid=1270114807&sr=8-3

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001O4B5P0/ref=sr_shvl_album_1_artist_rd?ie=UTF8&parent=B001OIOL02&qid=1284355367&sr=301-1

The Zhang Si’an Newsletter: GBOB, give us your advice !

Hi Everyone !

As you may already now, The Amazing Insurance Salesmen are going to compete in Kuala Lumpur against the rest of the world and try to become the “World’s new best band”.

The event will take place in Kuala Lumpur on the 26 of February 2011.

As we are now preparing for the big event, we are asking you, yes you 🙂, to give us some advice on “what should we do in order to become world champions ?”

You are welcome to give us any advice on that matter. In order to help you make your mind about this, go to www.gbob.com and check all the other bands competing with us.

We will take all advice into account, and will publish the best advices on the Zhang Si’an website as well as in one of the next newsletter.

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Thanks for your support !

All my albums are for sale on itunes and Amazon.com (look for “Zhang Si’an” or “The Incredible JSB!”)

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001OSEWOC/ref=dm_sp_adp?ie=UTF8&qid=1270114807&sr=8-3

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001O4B5P0/ref=sr_shvl_album_1_artist_rd?ie=UTF8&parent=B001OIOL02&qid=1284355367&sr=301-1

The Zhang Si’an Newsletter: URANUS, THE EP!

Hi everyone !

If you liked the video i posted last time “Uranus”, you can now buy the “Uranus” EP on itunes and Amazon.com

Here is the adress to buy it on Amazon.com:

http://www.amazon.com/Uranus-EP/dp/B004LA44KM/ref=pd_rhf_p_t_1

The EP contains 4 songs, all of which have been recorded from 2006 to 2009, and have never been released.

To review the video of “Uranus”, go to:

http://v.youku.com/v_show/id_XMjM5NjAxOTM2.html

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Thanks for your support !

All my albums are for sale on itunes and Amazon.com (look for “Zhang Si’an” or “The Incredible JSB!”)

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001OSEWOC/ref=dm_sp_adp?ie=UTF8&qid=1270114807&sr=8-3

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001O4B5P0/ref=sr_shvl_album_1_artist_rd?ie=UTF8&parent=B001OIOL02&qid=1284355367&sr=301-1

The Zhang Si’an Newsletter: URANUS, THE VIDEO!

Hi Everyone !

Just a little newsletter this time to tell you i released a video for the song “Uranus”, that i often play
with “The Amazing Insurance Salesmen”.


This is an earlier version of the song, recorded in 2007 in Belgium for the openning of

The Avalon studios in Tervuren (Bruxelles).

(If you can’t see it, go to http://v.youku.com/v_show/id_XMjM5NjAxOTM2.html)

On this recording:

Jean-Sébastien Héry: Guitar/Voice)
Olivier Sterbik (Solo guitar)
Emilie Koang (Cello)
Jonhatan Bridoux (Keyboard)

Video by Niurenku on our win of the GBOB in China !

A short documentary about the GBOB win and our travel to Hong Kong:

This video has so far got 80 000 views !

http://v.youku.com/v_show/id_XMjMxMDg0ODQw.html

Thanks for your support !
Happy Chinese New Year !

See you soon,

JS.

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All my 8 albums are for sale on itunes and Amazon.com (look for “Zhang Si’an” or “The Incredible JSB!”)

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001OSEWOC/ref=dm_sp_adp?ie=UTF8&qid=1270114807&sr=8-3

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001O4B5P0/ref=sr_shvl_album_1_artist_rd?ie=UTF8 &parent=B001OIOL02&qid=1284355367&sr=301-1