SHANGHAI – ShanghaiPRIDE, QEvents & Grand Kempinski Hotel Shanghai held a press conference this afternoon to officially launch the Red Ribbon Gala Dinner which benefits AIDSLIFE Center.
In conjunction with World AIDS Day on December 1st, the event aims to raise public awareness, tolerance, and acceptance as well as seek help for HIV/AIDS patients and their families. There will be a cocktail reception, four-course dinner, awesome performances, raffles draw, and auction. An autographed basketball by Liu Wei, a China national team player, and a music album by Coco Zhao, China's beloved jazz vocalist and song-writer are among the items to be auctioned. Individual tickets are priced at ¥900 each and a table of ten is at ¥8,000. Tickets are open for sale and organizers hope to attract 300 generous guests.
“People living with HIV/AIDS are normal people too, just like cardiac and diabetes patients. More work needs to be done to overcome controversies, stigma and discrimination towards the disease and patients”, said ShanghaiPRIDE organizer Raymond Phang.
AIDSLIFE Center Deputy Director, Shen Xiaofeng said that the funds raised from the event will be used to improve the life quality of severe AIDS patients during hospitalization such as helping them purchase basic daily necessities during hospitalization and urgent medication.
“As a great supporter of societal and charity events, we hope that the public will join us to show love and contribute to those in need”, said Cindy Zhang, Director of Marketing Communications of the Grand Kempinski Hotel Shanghai.
Over 20 local and foreign lifestyle, health, LGBT and general media attended the press conference. This is the first time for the organizers to hold the Red Ribbon Gala Dinner and they hope this can be an annual event to promote awareness and care. They would like to invite partners from corporate, media, and health communities to join together and make a greater impact on the cause.
To RSVP, please visit http://www.huodongxing.com/go/redribbongala (individual tickets) or contact Ms. Lin Tao (QEvents) firstname.lastname@example.org / Ms. Christina Jiang (Kempinski) Christina.email@example.com for table bookings and sponsorships.
左起:陶霖、张小娟、彭智政、麦涵客、沈晓枫 \ From left: Lin Tao, Cindy Zhang, Raymond Phang, Henk Meyknecht, Xiaofeng Shen
上海骄傲节负责人彭智政 \ Raymond Phang, key organizer of ShanghaiPRIDE
红丝带徽章 \ Red ribbon badges
Red Ribbon Gala Dinner
Date: 2015/12/01 | 18:30 - 21:30
Thursday Nights Still Got It:
An Interview with !!! (Chk Chk Chk) frontman Nic Offer
By Brian Offenther
If you're the right age and from the right place, it was all about Thursday night at the Atlantic. $5 US cover, free beer from 9:30 to 10:30 pm, and skinny kids in tight jeans.
Oh, the jeans were tight. Not for me – I had integrity. But believe me, I was watching very hard, and I could tell.
From around the year 2000 to 2005-ish, every big city and hip university town worth its cobblestone had a Thursday night at The Atlantic: it was indie rock dance party. The place was packed sticky hot with lithe bodies, and they writhed to the stinging guitars and screaming vocals of Modest Mouse, The Rapture, and the band that's playing Shanghai this Thursday: !!! (Chk Chk Chk).
That zeitgeist might have dimmed, but that stuff is only a convenience anyway. Nostalgia is stupid and mostly worthless, and the good stuff lives on regardless. !!! (Chk Chk Chk) continues to this today, hitting the festival circuit hard and releasing music of quality. Surely, many fans who come to their show will come because of their latest release, 2003's Thri!!!er.
For others, like me (note: I'm also DJing the show, but don't worry, the pay sucks), ten years on, it will be making sure my Thursday nights still got it.
I e-mailed frontman Nic Offer some questions, and this is what he had to say about Miles Davis, Frankie Goes to Hollywood, and the place with the best dancers.
1)I'm considering bringing my 60 year Chinese apartment-mate to your Shanghai show. She's never heard of you guys. How can I describe the music and concert experience of a !!! (Chk Chk Chk) show to her?
Just tell her i wear shorts. Ladies love the shorts.
2)How has the current make-up of !!! effected how you approach making new material? Does it change the approach for playing old material on stage?
Each new member that has come into the band has changed the sound a bit, I think that's one of the reasons we've managed to stay fresh for so long. I suppose it has changed the old material a bit, but we don't really play so many old songs, so i've never really noticed.
3)In 2001 when you put out the debut !!! album, did you have in your mind that dance music would take over pop culture as much as it does today?
In a way, yes, i did. Dance music was fresh to me, and rock n' roll felt old and tired. I couldn't understand why rock n' roll was even still around. In another way, no I didn't, because in 2001 I didn't look more than a month ahead of time. Now i'm older, and i try to plan at least 2 months ahead of time.
4)Setlist.fm lists you guys as covering “Relax” by Frankie Goes to Hollywood in Melbourne, Australia on February 10, 2011. What happened?
We played Frankie's hometown of Liverpool on Halloween, and we thought it would be fun to dress up as Frankie, and play “Relax.” Incidentally, a couple of us took a Beatles tour the next day, and the tour guide was Holly Johnson from FGTH's brother. He sent Holly a Youtube clip of us playing it, and Holly wrote us to say "What's up." Holly's a top geezer.
5)What place that you guys have played has the best dancers? What in particular gives them that distinction?
Spain. Nobody goes as hard as Spain. They get crazy.
6)I think my favorite tweet from your Twitter account is: “i'm miles davis and i'm here to say, i like fruity pebbles in a silent way (sp).” Do you have any more Miles Davis album title puns/children's cereal references you can share with our readers?
Wow, you really had to go far back to find that one. I'm impressed... i've given it a bit of thought, and that is the only Miles pun i have. Welllll, i did think of some stupid ones, but I'll leave those be. Miles is a pretty easy name to make up stupid puns to. I will say that the opening to his album On The Corner is one of my favorite beginnings to any album ever.
7)Tex Axile, who was in a band that I bet you dig, X-Ray Spex, recently moved to Shanghai. Do you have a question for him that I'll ask, and then write his response in this article?
What the hell are "plastic popper beads (note: from the X-Ray Spex song “I Can't Do Anything”).
A teenage girly necklace thing that was all the rage.
8)You guys call this tour a “punk dog tour.” Can you explain to readers what you mean by that.
Oh, it's just a silly expression we started a long time ago, that none of us can remember why we started saying it. Honestly, if i could remember what it came from i would tell you. You seem like a cool guy.
9)Also, this: http://www.buzzfeed.com/ryanhatesthis/21-pictures-of-totally-punk-dogs
Nice one. I think my cats are pretty punk. They're always trying to dumpster dive.
10)Please choose a punk dog, and explain why. Here are some options: “Pet Cemetery” by The Ramones, “I Wanna Be Your Dog” by The Stooges, “C30, C60, C90, Go” By Bow Wow Wow, “Dog Eat Dog” by Adam & The Ants, The Cramps “Can Your Pussy Do The Dog?.”
I choose the Sonic Youth version of "I Wanna Be Your Dog." that one gets me every time. So killer. I also like Camper Van Beethoven "The Day That Lassie Went To The Moon," and Dead Milkmen "Watching Scotty Die."
11)I read in an interview with you saying: “We play better if the audience is giving us something. I don't know what it is. It's kind of a two-way thing. It's somehow reciprocal.” Besides dancing like crazy, is there anything else an audience can do to make for a good show?
Wear their dancing shoes and take off their underwear.
12)I couldn't find the interesting story about working with (Seirra Leone musician) Daddy Rhymes written in any detail on the Internet. It's hinted at here. Can you tell our readers about finding him, and what it was like to record with him?
I had bought a bunch of MP3s on a SIM card from this guy in the market, and he was playing me the songs and telling me what they were about and who and what the artists were like. I asked him what studios were like there, and he said his friend ran one of the biggest studios in Sierra Leone, and he could take me there. We went the next day, and it was a very small studio, with headphones that barely worked. I just hung out for awhile while Daddy Rhymes worked on a track, and i just started singing ideas and he liked them, so we finished the song together.
12)What makes for a good dance song?
The beat, duh. Come on, what was that? Some sort of trick question?
13)I'm DJing the show. Any requests?
Just don't play any dance rock. Play “2 On” by Tinashe.
14)”Do you believe in love?”
I have my doubts sometimes, but yes.
15)Doing a Thursday night gig in Shanghai means competing against some lady's nights, where girls get free drinks. Do you have a message to those ladies debating whether to go to their usual stomping?
Ummmmm, we have a new song called “Stomp,” and i think we're gonna play it. True story. But other than that, we're not an ordinary boring rock band, they won't get another chance to see a band like this for awhile. and it's certainly going to be a drag if there's only guys at the show.
Check out they event tonight @Mao Live House, all information is available here.
What's up Shanghai! Have you already heard about the upcoming YinYang Music Festival?
I surely hope so, it's will go down at the Great Wall (yes, the one and only!) in Beijing on the 6th, 7th and 8th of September. It is exactly at the same time as the moon festival, hence you will all be on holidays: No Work! Party Time! Link to event
=> It's a great occasion for a trip, for more details read our earlier introduction of the YinYang Music Festival.
To get you in your creativity and party mood on, the YinYang Music Festival crew is organizing several Pre Parties right here in Shanghai! Be there or be square ;-)
When & Where will they take place?
@ D9 on Saturday August 23rd
=> An exclusive opportunity to meet 14 of the 30 artists performing at the festival, as well as the organisers. Each one of them will lay down a 30min set so you can seek a peek at what's coming up. No cover charge so be sure to be there.
@ The Mansion on Friday August 29th
=> The Mansion team is behind the YinYang Music Festival, thus you can be sure you will be able to see the same great alternative vibe. Join and experience the real YinYang Music Festival spirit one week early. 9 Djs and 11 hours of non-stop, non-commercial (obviously) electro music.
Cover 100Rmb including 5 drinks
@ Arkham on Thursday September 4th (event link)
On September 4th, 1 day before the buses set off to Beijing, YinYang Music Festival is bringing 2 of the main acts to our favourite Underground Venue. Dr. Elektroluv & Kamara, from Belgium and the Netherlands respectively, will transform this rather spare location into an amazing visual & musical experience. Get ready to get your eyes and ears melted!
Tickets: 50Rmb presale, 80Rmb at the door
Last but not least, at the stroke of midnight, 5 lucky winners will walk away with free tickets to the festival.
Yinyang Music Festival philosophy:
- Affordable prices so everyone who loves music can join.
- Specific Music Selection: there will be NO showcase of commercial EDM
- Special location, which offers beautiful nature, ancient Great Wall, comfortable sleeping facilitates. This will be a festival that clearly feels as a Chinese Festival in China.
- A bridge between the west and the east: The festival is build on the first cooperation between underground music venues through China, and hosts special acts from Europe as well as the best Chinese and foreign artists China has to offer.
- Showcase of creative minds: the will be free market for creative people to show their masterpieces ands creative light and fire performances.
A Storm of electronic music is about to hit Shanghai with full force!
A2Live is organizing the biggest EDM festival Shanghai has yet seen on the 16th and 22nd of November.
STORM Music Festival has a line-up that can compete with big festivals abroad including the Swedish pop duo Icona Pop, Axwell from Swedish House Mafia, Benni Benassi, Fedde le Grand, Headhunterz and many more…
Make sure to join this one as it will be big!!
Tickets are also available from www.247tickets.cn/tickets/storm-festival
Saturday 16 November
3.15pm Bottled in England
5.15pm The Zombie Kids
7.30pm Far East Movement
8.45pm Icona Pop (watch below)
9.30pm Benny Benassi
2.45pm Teddy Boy Kill
3.45pm Paris Hilton guest appearance
7pm Afrika Bambaataa
8.30pm Etienne De Crecy
Friday 22 November
2pm Smith Agent Smith
3.15pm DJ Fresh
7.20pm Fedde Le Grand
8.35pm No ID
7pm Don Diablo
8.45pm Jay Sean (watch below)
Admission 380RMB/day (until November 1); 580RMB/day (presale); 680RMB/day (on the door); 980RMB/two-day pass (from November 1)
Phone 400 882 1190
Date 16 Nov , 22 Nov
Metro Longhua Zhong Lu
English address Xuhui Riverside Public Open Space, Dongan Lu, near Longteng Avenue, Xuhui district
Chinese address 徐汇区东安路, 近龙腾大道
We love the whole Ed Banger crew, the last ones we brought were Feadz & Kito last year, how do you feel the french electro scene is going/evolving?
I THINK THERES ALWAYS MORE AND MORE NEW ARTIST COMING EACH YEAR THAT’S GREAT, BUT STILL I THINK THAT WE NEVER WANTED TO BE PART OF ANY MOVEMENT, WE’RE JUST MUSICIAN AND WE LOVE THAT
This is your first time coming to China - are you excited to come play in Shanghai? What do you expect from your trip?
TO BE HONEST I’M EXCPECTING TO SEE THE CITY OF THE FUTURE, COMING FROM A MAN WHO LIVE IN THE CITY OF THE PAST
If you had to choose: Sting or Eric Clapton?
I DON’T SPECIALLY LIKE BOTH OF THEM BUT POLICE WAS MY FAVORITE BAND WHEN I WAS A KID, I STILL CHERISH THEIR ALBUMS SO I GUESS STING EVEN IF I DON’T REALLY LIKE WHAT HE’S DOING SINCE THE BAND STOPPED
From MC Solaar's albums to Cassius 99 to "I Love U So" you have explored into many music genres.. What are you into these days, and what do you like to play most during your sets?
SWEATY AND SEXY ELCTRIC BODY MUSIC
What's the most stupid question a journalist ever asked you?
You've said before that "usually if we do 10 gigs, there are two which are really great, seven which are ok and one very bad."We're hoping that you get the 8 ok and bad ones before arriving in China and that we rock Shanghai with you!
HAHAHA YES NO WORRIES AT ALL THE LAST GIGS WERE NOT THE BEST !!!!
THANKS and we are looking forward seeing you Saturday at Arkham!
Experimental, young and very fresh in the music industry, the Belgian duo, "Mumbai Science" (Maarten Elen & Jonas Kiesekoms), opened a whole new window to the scene. Mumbai Science is not your typical DJ/Producer, but their funky beat, a mash of indie & electro genre will put you into a trance and coming back for more!!
Hey City Dwellers!
Formally known as Jerome (Jay) Sebag, the multi-talented French singer, songwriter, arranger and piano player from Paris started off his music career at a young age, venturing into USA to seek new inspirations for his music. Jay has worked with many famous producers and artists such as DJ Yass, and percussionist & producer Arno Lucas, who has worked with artists such as Stevie Wonder & Gladys Knight.
Jay Sebag has also been nicknamed "The Voice of Martin Solveig". Together, they have produced one of the most rockin' and upbeat tunes that shot to fame almost instantly. "C'est La Vie", "Something Better" & "Rejection", amongst many other tracks.
When being interviewed, Jay Sebag displayed such passion & joy for his work:
CM: You have worked with many different DJs and artists. Is there any particular DJ/artist you look up to and would like to work with?
Jay: My schedule is so hot that i'm happy with it right now!! but i do like the work of Fedde Le Grand for his Phat sound and his funkyness. Bob Sinclar for his crazy ideas too!
CM: I’m sure I’m not the first person to tell you that you have a very unique singing voice. When and how did you realize you could sing like that?
Jay: Thanks a lot still! I started when i was 19 but it's a long process to find your own style and to develop your skills...i'd say 10 years!
CM: You’ve been known famously as “The Voice of Martin Solveig”, but now you have ventured out into collaborations with other DJs, do you still stay in close contact with Martin? What was it like working together?
Jay: We're still friends of course but we're both busy so it's been a while we haven't hung. All the sessions, tv shows, touring, clubbing, were a lot of fun. He's a very serious and organized dj-producer-businessman , but when it's time to play, perform, it can turn to the craziest kindergarten with this guy!!!
CM: Most artists have known that they wanted to be in the music industry at a very young age. Have you always wanted to be a singer? If so, who inspired you to purchase this field and genre of music? If not, what were your other aspirations?
Jay: Well i was a bit more late than that...I wanted to be a veterinary!!! Even when i started my first gigs at the age of 19, i was still a student so i was seeing it as a job on the side...but at that point it shortly became clear that i was meant for music. That's when i got deeper in soul music, with the master of all time Stevie Wonder.
CM: After performing in so many places, do you still remember the craziest fan experience you ever had?
Jay: Hard to tell: crazy girls trying to touch my feet while on stage, others willing to take me home....nothing to brag about!
CM: Your latest hit with Syke n Sugarstarr, ‘Like That Sound’, was an amazing track that rose very quickly on the UK charts. How did you guys get together, since you are in different countries? Was it difficult working together due to the distance?
Jay: The clubbing scene is n international business , that's the magic. First, we heard from each other thru a common belgian agent, then we played together in Moscow...we liked each other's sound, obviously, so i flew to Hambourg, only 1:30 from Paris... simple, easy! It's possible to work from Paris to Japan or to Australia (i've done it, i can testify), but the vibes, the exchange of energy and therefore the result at the end is so much better, more better when we get together in person and share a magic moment of music.
CM: Have you ever had the fear of a lukewarm spirited crowd or a bad turnout? What do you do in such situation?
Jay: Indeed i do fear this...and it did happen more than once!! Most of the time, we're having a great time with the audience though. I learnt to accept that when the audience is cold, it has nothing to do with me: i'm doing my job which is to give 100% energy, spread out Love, feeling happy so i can make them feel happy; if they don't want to take it, because they're stuck up, because it's an upscale club, because of the local culture-whatever-, it's not my problem.......but you still can't help but hurt a little!!!!!!
CM: After performing in so many different cities, which city do you think has left you with the best impression of its party crowd & ambience?
Jay: Sydney, Australia was really cool, but as far as the dedication of my audience, i'd place eastern Europe first (Russia, Poland, Lithuania, Ukraine)...not all the time, but some were memorable because they're really into singers over there. I can't wait to play in China: new experience with a new public which i heard is amazing!
CM: After working with so many different artists, I am sure you must have encountered situations where both parties don’t agree. How do you usually deal with such occurrences?
Jay: Always! But it's only on details matters: structure, chords...we're still managed to think thru, give our arguments, and decide who's closer to the truth; in the bottom, if we're here together, it means that we have a vision in common so we work it out.
CM: Thanks for taking your time out for this interview, Jay. Do you have any word of advice for your fans out there?
Jay: Listen to all kinds of music, don't get specialized in one thing, that's the first step of narrow-mindedness. Work hard on your shit, it's not gonna happen in 2 weeks. Believe in your originality, don't let yourself tempted by copying an artist you love or a stream: it's already out there we don't need one more!