CM: First of all, could you introduce yourself, and tell us how you've been involved in Shanghai's music scene ?
Hi, I'm Michael Antidote, I've been involved in the local music scene for about 7 years now, doing everything from hip hop shows to rock bands to all sorts of electronic music. Mostly I'm a promoter, but I also have a bar, DADA, and a record label, PAUSE:MUSIC. The Antidote is our party name, we have a monthly event at the Shelter, and we do tours around China and Asia under that name also. We also work with festivals around China, we're doing Nanjing International Music Festival and MIDI Shanghai in the same week!
CM: What challenges did you encounter, being part of the first MIDI Festival in Shanghai ?
Oh so so many! But that's part of the reason I'm here doing what I do -- I live for these challenges. Most people have no idea all the work and risk that goes into organizing a music festival. It takes a nearly a full year of planning for a 3 day event, with uncertainties over your head the whole time.
CM: Which artists should we especially be looking out for this time ?
On the main stage:
Boys Climbing Ropes - local indie rock stars finally on their home town big stage
Free The Birds (aka Ziyo) - singer Helen from Pet Conspiracy leads this electro rock band from Beijing -- lots of energy and fun
Top Floor Circus - Shanghai's notorious and controversial comedy rock act
Caliph8 - we're flying him in because we think he's one of the best talents in Asia now. Live electronic set.
CM: How did you select the different artists who will perform on the electronic stage, and are they all Shanghai based ?
Originally we wanted a line up featuring more international and out of town acts, but there were complications with the permit process and of course the budget. But we feel we've put together a super solid line up of mostly local talents -- there's a great variety of music styles, and even some of the most familiar names on the line up are planning something special for the festival.
CM: Shall we expect classic DJ sets or will there be some live sets, performances or VJing involved ?
All the above -- live sets, VJing, MCs -- mixed in with the DJ sets. I'm reminding the DJs that it's an outdoor festival in the day time, not just another night out at the club.
CM: Since the Festival ends every day before 10pm.. where are the after-parties ??
I believe Mao Livehouse is doing a rock-focused after-party with MIDI, and we're doing an after thing at DADA bar for sure.
People -- try to come out early for the MIDI festival, we start maybe even before 2pm each afternoon, and some of the early set acts you don't want to miss. Also -- dress up for this festival !!! We've got people coming as giant bunnies and a group of wacky guys and girls wearing matching pyjamas, another group dressing like sea creatures -- it's going to be a freaking zoo out there!
CM: Thank you for your time and see you under the sun !
More info on the event: Midi Festival Shanghai 2011
MusicDish*China is proud to be a media sponsor for the 2nd year in a row of China's No.1 outdoor rock festival, WHICH is expanding to four cities
Author: Lin Xu, MusicDish*China
The 2011 Midi Festival will start in Beijing, the capital city that has witnessed the birth and twelve years growth of this festival, from April 30th to May 2nd. The festival will be held in Jing Langdao Park in the Mentougou district in west suburbs of Beijing. The performance list for Beijing Midi this year has created a new record, including hundreds of well-known rock bands from both China and abroad.
The legendary American hard rock band Mr. Big will make its first debut in China. Emerged in the late 80s, Mr. Big held its unique style among the hard rock bands. They not only excelled in various extremely technical fast-beat songs, but also whined with their melodic adagios. Their singles 'To Be With You' and 'Wild World' have become the must-listen introductory songs for Chinese rock 'n' roll youth. Mr. Big is sure to arouse nostalgic choruses with their performance in Beijing Midi on May 1st and Shanghai Midi on May 6th.
The ten-year-old punk band Mongol 800 is one of the best rock bands in Japan. They have inspired young people to love life and go after their dreams with their rebellious attitude. Apart from participating in Beijing and Shanghai Midi Festival this year, Mongol 800 will also be performing live with local Chinese bands at both Beijing and Shanghai's MAO Livehouses. Meanwhile, they are donating part of their ticket sales to Japanese Red Cross to help with the earthquake and tsunami relief.
Miserable Faith is often referred to as a milestone in today's modern rock scene in China. On their first debut this year on April 2nd, the band has broken the box record of rock performances in Beijing Live House with their high-quality live shows. Thus far, Miserable Faith has already played the north-western portion of their China tour, including performances in cities like Hohhot, Baotou, Yinchuan, Urumqi, Xining, Lanzhou, Xi'an, Zhengzhou and Anyang. Attesting to their massive appeal, Miserable Faith will be giving the closing performance at both Midi Festivals.
The Montreal-based rock band Your Favorite Enemies has recently played at Canadian Music Week Festival in Toronto where the band member and manager Jeff Beaulieu met up with MusicDish CEO Eric de Fontenay. This "DIY" band has managed every single aspect of its career based on their community values as they rose from their non-traditional music model since their founding in 2006. They are touring thirteen cities in China, appearing at both in Beijing (May 2nd ) and Shanghai (May 8th ) Midi festivals. Joining them will be over ten rock bands from Canada, Netherlands, German, Switzerland, Spain, Australia and Singapore.
Other participating domestic bands include established Beijing rock characters such as Liu Donghong & Sand, Nanwu, SMZB, Yaksa, Voodoo Kungfu, AK47, Brainfailure and Reflector. Some new bands are also showing. The Dancer for example is a new band founded in 2010 with familiar faces from some the biggest names in Beijing rock, including Liu Hao (Joyside), Dong Xuan (Hedgehog) and Wang Xin (Casino Demon). It should be one of the big hits among the new figures.
The festival series takes its second stop in Shanghai, the bustling metropolitan. The Shanghai Midi committee has strived to achieve their goal to "Rock Shanghai", and they are about to make it. The festival will be held from May 6th to May 8th in the Pudong Century Park in Shanghai. The Shanghai Midi will stick to the never-give-in spirit of the festival and bring a feast of performances. The Beijing band Free the Bird, formerly known as Ziyo will also join Midi in Shanghai. Other Beijing Midi performing bands that will continue to rock on in Shanghai include TOOKOO, Yaksa and Reflector. In addition, some local bands representing the hardcore force of Shanghai's rock will be making their presence felt, including Top Floor Circus, Crystal Butterfly, Cold Fairyland, Mushroom Group and MusicDish*China favorite Boys Climbing Ropes. The Shanghai festival will also feature an electric dance stage, which is sponsored by the Shanghai-based well-known electronic party label ANTIDOTE, and will its strong line-up of DJs and high-quality music.
Date/Time: May 6th to May 8th in the Pudong Century Park in Shanghai
Other stops of the Midi-Festival througout this year:
In summer 2011, during August 4th to August 7th, the Ocean Midi Festival will be held in the Olympics Water Park in Rizhao, Shan Dong province. Rizhao, with its longest and widest beach in northern China and low pollution levels, is know as the "garden city" in China and has been rewarded the United Nations Habitat award. Apart from the rock 'n' roll stage, Rizhao Midi will also hold the largest ocean electronic party in China! Fans around China and worldwide will party throughout night and embrace the rising sun over the sea together.
The final stop of Midi is the Yangtze Midi Festival being held for the second time from October 1-4 during China's National Day on the Yangtze Shiyezhou Island in Zhenjiang, Jiangsu province. Shiyezhou Island has witnessed the success of Midi last year, and will no doubt become one of the most influential spot where China's youth culture mixes with rock, as the muddy ground has become an unforgettable experience of Midi fans.
The year-round 2011 Midi Festival is run under the theme with "Love the Bears!". Midi will hold series of live activities in corporation with animal protecting organizations, and together with fans to protest against the abuse of bear bile.
Launched at MIDEM 2010 in Cannes, France, MusicDish*China is the latest online brand from MusicDish LLC, a digital music company, providing a unique insight into China's emerging music industry. Focused on the cultural hubs of Beijing and Shanghai as well as broader markets in Taiwan and Singapore, MusicDish*China has sponsored major events such as Midi Festival and INTRO 2010 and works closely with local stakeholder.
Air Jordan V – Jordan Tokyo 23 Collection
Jordan Brand’s Tokyo center is called, appropriately, Jordan Tokyo 23. And while the shop is still under construction, there is no better way to get the hype train fired up than releasing photos of models crafted to celebrate the shop’s release. The main draw will be this yellow suede Air Jordan V (5) Retro, as its striking black and yellow (just try to not hum along to the Whiz song!) colorway already has people stateside begging for a domestic release. The outsole on the bottom even features a yellow jumpman, while the shop’s logo is embroidered onto the heel. The rumor is that it will release in late April, but rest assured that we will have the information for you as soon as they become available.
Jordan Kick Names T-Shirt
While there is no single source of where it came from, the nicknames dubbed by fans to each Air Jordan releases served as an easily identifiable marker for the editions. In addition, its purpose transcends merely just an object of desirability but as something of emotional memorabilia. Asked any Jordan aficionados where they were when the “Cool Grey” came out last December or the “Playoffs”, and they will recount each moment to the seconds. And for those new to this brotherhood of fanatics, there is the Jordan Kick Names T-Shirt, a “cheat sheet” of all the popular Air Jordan models conveniently printed on 100% cotton tee. Even if you don’t own a pair of AJs, the tees still make a great reference source to popular culture and street lingo. Available now through NikeStore.com
Stussy x Nike Sky Force 88 Mid Preview
Stussy has once again joined forces with Nike to create these soon-to-be-released sneakers. Choosing the Nike Sky Force 88 Mid model, Stussy has opted for four different colorways. Camo versions feature a mix of solid color leather sections with canvas camo print toe and side panels will sell along side a wheat and an all black colorway. The Stussy SS Link logo has been embossed onto the tongue area, placed over the basketball of the classic Force Mid 88 logo. These sneakers are set to release in Japan in the near future with a retail set at ¥13,650 JPY (approximately 1,060RMB).
Supreme – Spring 2011 T-Shirts
After successions of winter storms and a freakishly cold Spring, Supreme, the Lafayette Street staple, is here to remind us that warmer weather is just ahead with a set of 6 graphic t-shirts. Unlike some of the more “snarky” graphics in the past, the new assortment is straight forward, with one as a tribute to late Soul music great Curtis Mayfield. The t-shirts will be available this Thursday, April 14th, at Supreme’s North America retail locations and online store, follow by availability at its Japan retail points this Saturday, April 16th.
Air Jordan VII (7) – Year Of The Rabbit & Bordeaux
This has shaped up to be the year of the Air Jordan VII (7) retro. Adding to the well-received Year of the Rabbit Air Force 1 and Air Jordan 2011, what better paring of animal and shoe than the “Hare” and this model that bore that name twenty years ago? This limited release features a monochromatic tongue, unlike that of the Bordeaux colorway due out soon, and a simple, direct colorway of white, red, grey, and gold. This has a more than slight resemblance to the Hare model first released in 1991, apart from the multicolored tongue and the red detailing on the jumpman, heel tab and laces, which are replaced by a dark gold/bronze.
While 19 years is a long time, the constant recollections by fans and the nostalgic images from that fateful 1992 NBA All-Star Game made us forget just how long this wait is, more accurately, the wait was. First worn by Michael Jordan at the 1992 NBA All-Star Game, the Air Jordan VII (7) in Black/Light Graphite-Bordeaux, or simply known as Bordeaux, was never on re-release schedule set by Jordan Brand till next Saturday, April 16th, when Jordan retailers around the globe will begin to sell them once again. Because of its rarity, its often deemed as one of the most sought after Jordan models. Let’s hope it won’t be another 19 years for us to see its return again.
Boundless 2011 Fall/Winter “Gardens of the Pure” Collection Preview
Boundless offers a preview of the brand’s upcoming collection for Fall/Winter 2011. Arguably one of their most cohesive collections to date, fall/winter sees a focus on cut-and-sew almost entirely as various staples are highlighted, including chinos, button-down shirts, outerwear, fleece and the usual T-shirt and accessory range.
Shrine Sneaker Rack
Have you ever wished for a shoe rack system that can display your sneaker collection more efficiently and stylishly. Independent product designer Fernando A Robert took that very simple concept and designed the Shrine Sneaker Rack. These racks are made from light weight brushed stainless steel and its simple construction functions as a wall mounted display. It is ideal for your home or shop and it can be mounted in any configuration on the wall. Currently these are only sold as limited runs to gauge consumer interest and purchases can be made directly from theShrine Sneaker Rack online store.
by Cyril - HipHop Hijack
Bob Dylan covered five decades of his music during a nearly two-hour set at Shanghai Grand Stage last Friday night. The concert was attended by an international audience, with many languages peppering through the hall. Dylan began the show with “Gonna Change My Way of Thinking,” a lesser known song from his neo-Christian years before moving onto “Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right,” a breakup folk song off the Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan album that he often plays in concert.
For the third song, with perhaps a nod toward his critics, Dylan performed “Things Have Changed,” a sly song from Wonder Boys that won Dylan an Oscar. “People are crazy and times are strange/ I’m locked in tight, I’m out of range/ I used to care, but things have changed/ This place ain’t doing me any good/ I’m in the wrong town, I should be in Hollywood.”
The stage set was pretty spare with emphasis on the shadow Dylan against the back curtain rising up above the actual singer. The audience was quiet at first but grew more animated as the show went on, offering particularly loud cheers for “Ballad of a Thin Man” and “Like A Rolling Stone.”
As is usual, the songs were reworked and the arrangements sounded quite different from the recorded versions. Still, it would have been hard not to immediate recognize the distinctive chords of classics like “Tangled Up in Blue” and “Highway 61 Revisited.”
My personal favorite from the evening was a power rock version of “Desolation Row.”
Dylan alternated between playing keyboards (with organ sound), harmonica and guitar. His band was solid; I’ve seen a few of the guys in the band play with him many times. Tony Garnier, the bassist, has been with Dylan for more than 20 years and lead guitarist Charlie Sexton has come and gone but has been a Dylan compatriot since the mid-80’s (when Sexton was a teenage prodigy).
A fair number of tracks were from the Love & Theft and Modern Times albums and some audience members may not have been as familiar with them. There was loud cheering after “Forever Young,” the second encore song and it was a bit of a sad surprise when Dylan did not return to the stage (though I don’t think he often returns after the initial encore).
Security from my observation was pretty relaxed, I didn’t see anything resembling the Orwellian stories that came from the Beijing show. Dylan seemed pretty charged up to be there, drifting his vocals off into new tunes, not always on key but with a certain amount of charm. “Blind Willie McTell” was also a pretty powerful song.
Some critics have lamented that he didn’t play as many of his folk ballads from the 60’s like “Blowin’ in the Wind” and “The Times They Are A-Changin.’” These songs would have been recognized by more members of the audience, but I also enjoyed seeing Dylan work through his newer material, some of which I’d never seen him perform live before (having been in China for a number of years now).
It’s taken 50 years of performing for Dylan to make it to Shanghai but hopefully this won’t be the last time he makes it to these shores.
By Jeremy Breningstall
Sander Kleinenberg (born 1971) is a Dutch DJ and record producer. He founded and runs Little Mountain Recordings and THIS IS Recordings. Kleinenberg is well known for his use of digital video in concerts and for his "Everybody" and "THIS IS" brands of club nights and albums. His 2000 single "My Lexicon" is often considered a progressive house standard. Later on hits followed like "The Fruit" and "This Is Miami".
Friday night he is performing in Shanghai and we got the chance to have an interview with him.
CM: So first of all, what do you expect from the Chinese dance floor this Friday?
SK: Well, I’ve not been to China for a while and I’ve been waiting for a great gig to come by, so im very excited
CM:You are known for being a pioneer of DVjing, blending the arts of Vjing and Djing, do you feel that this has settled a new way of clubbing or that the audio still prevails?
SK: Audio is still the main ingredient of a good night out, but the visuals in my case give it that extra element, they are in-sync with the music and that creates a great, sometimes subconscious experience, I’m really proud of my leading role in this technique and the partnership that I have with Pioneer. It gives me something to be proud of, something I can call my own.
CM: Your last album 5K navigates between electro, rap, rock and even some dubstep tendencies, all blended together without gaps between the tracks. What was the journey that brought you to such an eclectic album?
SK: It was the result of 2 years of labour, where I really explored every corner of possibilities with electronic music. I was and am completely aware it might not be the most commercial thing to do, but it has given me a tremendous experience, and wealth of knowledge. It’s almost like this album was the end of an era and the beginning of a new one.
CM: What equipment do you use to perform
SK: I use a variation of tools, depending on the size of the room, but mostly Pioneer's SVM as a centre piece to what I do. It is the world’s first audio visual DJ mixer and as a matter of fact I helped develop it with the lovely people at Pioneer.
CM: Last question, you travelled all around the world to perform, what was the best place (club, festival.) you ever played at ? And the weirdest one?
SK: The weirdest one was at the foot of the pyramids in Cairo, Egypt… Very surreal... the best one is yet to come… Maybe this Friday?
CM: Ok, thank you for your time and we hope you'll have a blast this weekend !!
Dear Shanghai Music Fan,
For all those who have a bit cash hidden under their mattress here is your chance to help! If you have nothing left maybe you know a friend or so.
Artists and songwriters from across the EMI family have been supporting the Red Cross to raise funds for the people affected by the earthquake and tsunami in Japan. Over the next three weeks, incredible auction items from more than 150 of the world’s biggest stars will be available to bid on to help this important cause.
Artists supporting the appeal include: Coldplay, The Beatles, The Chemical Brothers, Daft Punk, Corinne Bailey-Rae, Duffy, Keith Urban, 30 Seconds to Mars, The Beastie Boys, Michael Franti, Tiziano Ferro, Juan Luis Guerra, Herbert Gronemeyer, Raphael, Norah Jones, Katy Perry, Iron Maiden, Jane Birkin, Gorillaz, the Beach Boys, Depeche Mode, Good Charlotte, 30 Seconds To Mars, Jeff Bridges, Tinie Tempah, and Deadmau5, Kylie Minogue, The Kooks, David Guetta, Angela Gheorghiu, Lady Antebellum, Billy Corgan of Smashing Pumpkins, Arcade Fire.
Auction runs April 5 – 21, 2011
Some of the things you can bid on are:
The last of an extremly limited edition of a Schwinn bicycle featuring the Yellow Submarine artwork, never sold publiclyma
Ferrari 412 1987, the car featured in their film, Electroma