I was at 2Kolegas the other week talking with my old friends Dave O’Dell and veteran Chinese rock producer Wang Di about our old band, Xiaorong Cocktail 78, which I posted about a while back. Pangbianr.com recently ran an interview with me discussing Beijing’s rock scene from back in those days and the post included a link to our song “Over,” which we recorded at our one and only studio session in the spring of 2001, but that wasn’t the only track we recorded that day. Continue reading
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In 1999, I was a wide-eyed 20-something carousing through my first year in Beijing. This was the first CD I Amazoned here and this song was the one that stuck. 13 years later, I’m mostly cleaning poo in the 2-0-1-2 (but at least I’m still remixing my own beats). Continue reading
Das Efx played a show in Beijing a few months back at Tango, a disco-cum-karaoke club that appeals more to green tea and whiskey swilling nouveau-riche types than hip hop fans. I didn’t go but heard it was a lackluster show that ended with a fight breaking out in the audience. Oh well. They still embody just about everything that was cool about hip hop in the 90s. Continue reading
RZA and GZA drop science over a remix I made with samples from Art Blakey and a Buddhist chanting ceremony I recorded at this small temple in Zhoushan, China last October. Continue reading
The Wall Street Journal blogs about Dame Dash’s forays into China:
Mr. Dash and Mrs. Pecot have since organized several shows across Asia over the last year and half. Members of DD172′s U.S. crew – including, among others, Ms. Eddy, rockers the London Souls (watch their music video, “Old Country Road,” set in Hong Kong) and producer Sean O’Connell – have performed alongside mainland bands Re-TROS and Hedgehog, and former Chinese DMC Turntable champion DJ Wordy, in Thailand, Beijing and Shanghai. In Hong Kong, Mr. Chan, a founding member and chief lyricist to seminal rap group LMF, bonded with Mr. Dash over their shared love of hip-hop.
The talent went both ways – a year ago, Mr. Dash set up New York gigs for Re-TROS and Hedgehog – two bands that have toured extensively in Asia but had never been to the U.S.