03
Sep
10

Maybe Mars…

It’s true what they’re saying about the new role of labels: they’ll help filter out the white noise on the net. I’ve found a label to my liking -China’s Maybe Mars (http://www.myspace.com/maybemars)… First I got into the Carsick Cars -they earned some publicity from their SXSW impact, and it started from there…

 Another label I’ve taken note of but it’s not quite my taste is Aussie label Ivy League Records (http://www.ivyleague.com.au/news)… But you can trust their tastes and it’s easy to follow a few similar bands rather than be bombarded with a bunch of songs from artists you’ve never heard of and you’ve no time to sift through… 

My personal situation though, is that I’m a little tired of the Western scene -having lived in Asia as a teacher I’ve found the indie scene in places like Taiwan and China far more fascinating, because there’s a freshness from a culture that doesn’t have such a overwhelming rock tradition and they’re often coming from a different perspective but it’s still similar to my tastes in underground or alternative indie. I’m tired of the ‘look at me’ vibe that permeates Western bands. We’re kind of weighed down with decades of cock-rock excess and posing whereas the Beijing scene comes from humbler beginnings.  Bands there don’t expect to become stars -they never will and they know that, so they do what they do because they love it, and there’s less pressure and expectations because 99.99% of the Chinese population don’t care anyway. They’re free to create how they want and I love that.

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2 Responses to “Maybe Mars…”


  1. September 7, 2010 at 11:37 am

    look out! we’re planning on sending an aussie invasion team over to china! the Sino-Australian Music Exchange program should kick off next month and hopefully further down the line we’ll get Chinese bands over to Oz.
    for anyone interested in checking out new music from China and the rest of Asia check out the tenzenmen label and distro. I license Maybe Mars releases in Oz and distribute much much more. you can have a look at http://www.tenzenmen.com or go like the label on facebook to keep up with news.

  2. September 23, 2010 at 5:45 am

    I agree with what your saying entirely. Today’s pampered pop/rock pooches in the western world are too focused on trying to “make it”. If only they could do it for the art, they might just find their music takes on a whole new dimension.

    The best example of a band that doesn’t conform to the western brand is Dream Theater. They’ve been going for twenty five years, fill out venues on every tour and are accomplished musicians in their own right. Might not everybody’s cup of tea, but they’ve stayed true to their fans and sound and not sold out. Queen did this to a point and then went all gay, mind you they still sold like hot cakes, but the early stuff was totally original and the best IMO.

    Like you say the Chinese music scene is exciting. That is until they become westernised.

    Scandinavia is producing by far the best music for originality and inspiration by a country mile. Now’t else to do on the those long cold winter days i guess.


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