一次硬核朋克的狂欢:关于两个真正的中国DIY范例|专栏

一次硬核朋克的狂欢:关于两个真正的中国DIY范例|专栏

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入耳 IN MY EARS #29:一次硬核朋克的狂欢:关于两个真正的中国DIY范例

撰文/Josh Feola

 

Josh Feola(赵识)住在北京,他既以乐手身份参与及组织摇滚乐和实验音乐演出,同时也是一位优秀的撰稿人,独立运营着音乐网站 pangbianr.com。在每周的专栏[入耳 In My Ears]里,Josh 会以他的独特视角,讲述独立音乐场景中的种种故事,也许还会展示出音乐人、厂牌或是演出场地更加不为人知的一面。

 

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推荐曲目:Die!ChiwawaDie! - 夢中情人 One From the Heart

 

 

书接上回,继续上一周的话题:那些从更大型母体公司中衍生而出的 DIY 小厂牌。今天我会着重聚集于两个我特别喜欢的——也是特别 DIY 的——中国小厂牌:根茎唱片和琪琪音像。

 

根茎唱片和琪琪音像

 

根茎是一个黑胶厂牌,2011年由 Nevin Domer 创建。Nevin 是北京最近十年里地下音乐圈的知名人物。他以前是 D-22 的经理,也是兵马司里那个“什么职务都做过”的人。Nevin 做根茎的起因是,他的乐队“犯罪想法”要进行欧洲巡演,但并没有什么周边可以卖。他知道在西方人们仍然喜欢黑胶唱片,于是他就有了一个主意:发行七寸的 split 唱片,一面是中国的乐队,一面是海外的乐队,这样听众可以听到另一个此前不知道的外国乐队,也可以促成乐队到对方的国家巡演。

 

从这个简单的目标开始,根茎如今已有了一个巨大的发行目录,并一手促成了中国的黑胶复兴。由于诸多原因,黑胶唱片在中国并不像西方那么常见。在毛泽东时代,音乐发行基本局限于英语学习材料和爱国主义歌曲。如果你现在去潘家园市场,你依然可以找到很多红色歌曲的薄膜唱片。等到中国开始有摇滚乐队的时候,磁带成为了一种更方便更便宜的选择,然后是 CD,再然后是 MP3,把它们都干掉了。

 

而在西方,收藏者仍然青睐黑胶。Nevin 自己也有很大的唱片收藏,并且希望在此增加很多中国音乐人的品种。于是他采用了一种 DIY 硬核朋克的方式:做一个自己的厂牌。六年后,一些行业中更大的名字比如兵马司,摩登天空,还有豆瓣的音乐厂牌大福唱片,都开始加入此列。有时更将黑胶作为数字下载之外的唯一实体唱片介质。

 

根茎多年来一直很安静,但是不声不响地带来了第47个发行(不过厂牌的发行编号是50),这张 split 唱片是 Nevin 的硬核乐队 Struggle Session 和广州的 Die!ChiwawaDie!。后者是广州琪琪音像的一员,他们也特别的 DIY。广州在地下音乐的层面并没有什么,但是这群人让这一切开始发生。

 

Struggle Session

 

Die!ChiwawaDie!

 

琪琪音像从一个旧的厂牌/组织富力保生长出来。富力保在很多发非常规场地进行演出,比如排练室、楼顶、滑板店,并创作很多的手绘漫画。我此前通过我的网站 pangbianr.com 和富力保有过很多的合作,如果有外国乐队要来中国做 DIY 的演出,我会建议他们联系富力保,然后几乎每一个人都说,广州的演出是他们巡演中最精彩的一局。琪琪音像是2015年末开始,它更像是厂牌,着重于音乐发行,包括广州与其他的中国城市。他们发行的上海的 Foster Parents 和厦门的 The White Tulips,上周末都来北京演出了。

 

Struggle Session/Die!ChiwawaDie! split 唱片

 

总之,这张最新的 split 发行可以视为一次硬核朋克的狂欢,关于两个真正的中国 DIY 范例。音乐可能不适合你(除非你喜欢这种快速散漫又大声的音乐,像我一样),但其背后的精神是我乐于见到的,希望能有更多散落在中国各个角落的人有所动力。如果你的口味更偏向于盯鞋或后摇,你可以去琪琪音像的豆瓣小站,一定会有所收获;如果你更喜欢朋克与噪音摇滚,可以进一步留意根茎。根茎接下来的 split 发行包括北京的 Birdstriking 与新西兰的 Die! Die! Die!,北京的 The Diders 与加拿大的硬核传奇 DOA。两张都是9月发行。

 

 

相关页面

 

根茎唱片  

https://site.douban.com/genjingrecords/

琪琪音像

https://site.douban.com/QSR/

Die!ChiwawaDie!  

https://site.douban.com/dcdcdcd/

Struggle Session

https://site.douban.com/strugglesession/

 

关于作者

Josh Feola 是一位音乐人/撰稿人,现居北京。自2010年起,他通过自己的平台“旁边儿”(pangbianr)组织音乐、艺术、电影活动,并先后担任 D-22 与 XP 的演出经理。他的长期项目有撒丽不跳舞实验音乐节(Sally Can't Dance)与北京电子乐偶遇(BEME)。他为以下出版机构撰写过关于音乐、艺术的文章:The Wire,Leap 艺术界,Sixth Tone,Tiny Mix Tapes,他也是纽约观察者报 Gulou View 观点专栏的共同作者之一。作为音乐人,他曾在北京乐队吹万担任鼓手,参与首张专辑《白夜》的录音与巡演;目前他是乐队 Subs、迷走神经的鼓手,也化名 Charm 录音、演出。

 

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IN MY EARS #29:  DIY or Die! Genjing Records and Qiii Snacks

by Josh Feola

 

Selected track:Die!ChiwawaDie! - 夢中情人 One From the Heart

 

入耳 In My Ears is a weekly music column by Josh Feola 赵识, Beijing-based writer and musician and founder of pangbianr.com

 

 

Continuing from my article last week on small DIY labels splintering off from bigger ones, today I want to spotlight two of my favorite — and definitely the most DIY — small labels from China: Genjing and Qiii Snacks.

 

Genjing Records and Qiii Snacks Records

 

Genjing is a vinyl label started in 2011 by Nevin Domer, who’s been a familiar face in the Beijing underground scene for over a decade through his role as manager of D-22 and “the guy that sorta does a little bit of everything” at Maybe Mars. Domer got the idea to do Genjing after his band Fanzui Xiangfa went on tour in Europe but had no merchandise to sell. He realized that since people in the West still love vinyl records, it’d be a good idea to put some Chinese bands on vinyl, and have them share a split 7” with a band from overseas, so that everyone could hear everyone else’s music and tour in each other’s countries.

 

From that simple goal, Genjing has grown a huge catalogue, and almost single-handedly kicked off a vinyl resurgence in China. Vinyl records aren’t as common in China as they are in the West for a number of reasons. During the Mao years, music publishing in general was pretty much limited to English-learning materials and patriotic State songs. If you go to the Panjiayuan antiques market today you can still find flexi discs of old Red Tunes. By the time rock bands started forming in China, cassettes were easier and cheaper to make, and then came CDs, and now MP3s have killed them all.

 

But in the West, collectors still value vinyl. Nevin himself has a huge record collection, and wanted to add some Chinese artists to his stacks. So he did what any DIY hardcore punk would do: started his own label. Six years later, bigger names like Maybe Mars and Modern Sky (not to mention Douban’s music publishing arm, D Force) have also gotten into the game, sometimes printing vinyl as the only physical format alongside a digital download.

 

Genjing has been pretty quiet all year, but they’ve just put out their 47th release, a split between Nevin’s hardcore band Struggle Session and Guangzhou’s Die! Chiwawa Die! The latter is part of the excellent Guangzhou label Qiii Snacks Records, which is also the very definition of DIY. There’s not much happening in Guangzhou in terms of underground music, but what little is there, you can be sure this crew is making it happen.

 

Struggle Session

 

Die!ChiwawaDie!

 

Qiii Snacks grew out of an older label/collective called Full Label, which organized concerts at non-traditional venues — practice rooms, rooftops, skate shops, etc — and released hand-drawn comics. I worked with Full Label a few times through my booking platform pangbianr, contacting them whenever a visiting artist wanted assistance in putting together a DIY China tour. Pretty much everyone that I sent to Guangzhou and who had a show with Full Label said it was the highlight of their tour. Qiii Snacks got started in late 2015, and is more of an actual record label, focused on releasing music from Guangzhou and elsewhere in China (they’ve put out releases for Foster Parents from Shanghai and The White Tulips from Xiamen, both of whom played in Beijing last weekend).

 

Struggle Session/Die!ChiwawaDie! split

 

Anyway, Genjing’s latest split is a happy and hardcore celebration of these two great exemplars of true DIY in China. The music might not be for you (unless you like fast, sloppy, and loud, which I definitely do), but the ethos behind it is something I hope more motivated kids in scattered pockets around China will adopt. If your tastes veer more to shoegaze and post-rock, take a spin through Qiii Snacks’ Douban page and you’ll find several treasures within. If you’re more into punk and noise rock, stay tuned to Genjing, who will be releasing splits featuring Beijing bands Birdstriking (with New Zealand’s Die! Die! Die!) and The Diders (with Canadian hardcore legends DOA) in September.

 

 

Associated pages

 

Genjing Records

https://site.douban.com/genjingrecords/

Qiii Snacks Records

https://site.douban.com/QSR/

Die!ChiwawaDie!  

https://site.douban.com/dcdcdcd/

Struggle Session

https://site.douban.com/strugglesession/

 

About the author

 

Josh Feola is a writer and musician based in Beijing. He’s organized music, art, and film events in the city since 2010, via his label pangbianr and as booking manager of live music venues D-22 and XP. His ongoing event series include the Sally Can’t Dance experimental music festival and the Beijing Electronic Music Encounter (BEME). He has written about music and art for publications including The Wire, LEAP, Sixth Tone, and Tiny Mix Tapes. He also co-authors the Gulou View opinion column for the New York Observer. As a musician, he formerly played drums in Beijing band Chui Wan, recording on and touring behind their debut album, White Night. He currently plays drums in SUBS and Vagus Nerve, and also records and performs under the name Charm.

 

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