By: C.P Ching
After almost four years, Dawen Wang (王大文) returns with a unique space-themed album "The International Space Station" (國際太空站), officially released on March.29th, 2019.
This album was inspired while on a trip in Taitung, Wang looked at the sky and imagined being in outer space, and envisioned how lonely it would be looking back down on earth.
Through this idea, the concept of the album was born. It conveys the idea that "being in space can create infinite possibilities including the thoughts of seeing the world from a dark place (Black hole). "
As a result, each song in the album can be viewed as an independent story highlighting darker times of Wang’s life, which metaphorically connects and summarises his mission in space.
The songs offer different perspectives on life, including his love for the earth, advocacy for environmental protection and his ideas on love and romance.
This is Wang’s first full album since 2015 "Happy or not" (快樂不快樂), and through the process of creating this album, Wang was able to rediscover his passion and love for music again.
The album is available on all stores including Spotify, KKBOX and iTunes/Apple Music. Be sure to follow Dawen on his socials for more info!
By : C.P Ching
Up and coming rap maven W.M.L 李杰明 collabs with labelmate Vicky Chen 陳忻玥
(SKR Presents) on a unique new track called “Fiery Love 炙愛 ”.
It is an "anti-Valentine" song that portrays a couple’s inability to walk away from thier relationship, despite knowing that they are not suitable for each other. They remain together for underlying reasons; perhaps out of habit or the fear of being alone. The couple feels trapped but does not have the courage to go their separate ways.
Overall “Fiery Love” is an intense yet unique track that captures the imagination of its’ listeners, by flawlessly blending two very different musical styles together.
W.M.L is a hip-hop artist known for his intense upbeat rap style, meanwhile Chen is more recognized for her soothing vocals in the fresh folk realm of Mandopop music. The deliberate pairing of these two conflicting images emphasizes on the story being showcased in the song.
For those unfamiliar, Vicky Chen is a new artist under Taiwan based record label; SKR Presents. She has gained some notoriety for her unique vocals with songs such as “Smokescreen” going viral.
“Fiery Love” is officially Chen ’s first featured song after signing on with SKR.
On the other hand, W. M. L is an up-and-coming rapper who started off in the underground scene and gained prominence as an internet rapper before signing on with SKR.
He is known for his intensely-fast rapping abilities and is regarded as a rap genius by many. Some may know him from his other works including tracks such as “No Turning back” or a feature in R.Chord’s 謝和弦 "I'm Not Your Prince Charming."
Links for the song can be found here: http://www.soundscape.net/a/2792
Artists social links:
李杰明 W.M.L IG: https://www.instagram.com/wmlhiphop/
SKRpresents IG: https://www.instagram.com/skrpresents/
陳忻玥 Vicky Chen IG: https://www.instagram.com/vickychenmu.
By C.P Ching
Hip-Hop and R&B singer J. Sheon kicks off 2019 with a new song "That Fire" (燎). It is a specifically-tailored track in collaboration with music streaming platform MyMusic and racing mobile game; Garena Speed Field.
This special collaboration anticipates to wow it’s listeners with an addictive beat along with a catchy dance tune.
In addition to that, J.Sheon posted an update on his Instagram account announcing a few updates including the premiere of "That Fire" exclusively available on MyMusic followed by a full launch of the song on other full digital platforms on 1/24.
Furthermore, we can anticipate more new music from J. Sheon shortly after that.
By: C.P Ching
A look back at the results of of the 9th Golden Indie Awards (GIMA) that took place in Taipei on October 27th, 2018.
■ Best Band Award
No-nonsense Collective - Escape from Freedom 無妄合作社-《逃脫時間的鎖 》
■ Best Singer-songwriter Award
Chiu Pi - Splendor 邱比 - 《大放》
Best Newcomer (Band) Award
Accusefive - 告五人《迷霧之子》
■ Best Musician
Li Cheng Zong (Bandoneon) - 李承宗《皺摺》／班多鈕手風琴
Zhong Yufeng (Pendulum) - 鍾玉鳳／《擺》／琵琶
Adriano Moreira (Drummer) - 《Be Well World》 ／鼓手/ 高飛
■ Best Live Performance
Flesh Juicer - 血肉果汁機
■ Overseas Composition Music Award
Moonlight is very white - Moxizi poem 《月光白得很》- 莫西子詩
■ Best Rock Album Award
Brothers without dreams, should not - Sorry Youth 《兄弟沒夢不應該》- 拍謝少年
■ Best Rock Single Award
Largest Era - Outlet Drift〈最大的年代〉- 漂流出口
■Best Folk Album Award
(la mathuaw maqitan apiakuzan) Beautiful, what happened? - Magaitan Lhkatafatu
■ Best Folk Single Award
Cram Schools Killed the Children - Lao Wang Band
■ Best Hip Hop Album Award
Mistaken into the way - Trout Fresh 《 誤入奇途》- 呂士軒
■ Best Hip Hop Single Award
I am gone- Trout Fresh 〈孬種走了〉-《呂士軒》
■ Best Electronic (EDM) Album Award
Splendor - Chiu Pi 《大放》- 邱比
■ Best Electronic Singles Award (EDM)
Undergrounds of Taipei - 3R2 《tek.experience》
■ Best Jazz Album
Animal Triste - Ying-Da Chen 《動物感傷》- 陳穎達四重奏
■Best Jazz Single
〈Dreamer’s Blues) In Our Blood - Vincent Hsu & Soy La Ley Afro-Cuban Jazz Band
〈夢想家的藍調〉古巴吶喊 - 徐崇育& Soy La Ley 古巴爵士樂團
■Best Genre Album
Put - Zhong Yufeng 《擺》- 鍾玉鳳
■ Best Style Singles Award
Floral Cluster - Prairie WWWW 〈碎花星辰F〉- 落差草原 WWWW
(LA MATHUAW MAQITAN APIAKUZAN>) BEAUTIFUL, WHAT HAPPENED?
《美好的，怎麼了》 - 瑪蓋丹
SPRING SCREAM MUSIC FESTIVAL - (RADISH RECORDS) -
春天吶喊音樂節主辦團隊 - (蘿蔔瑞克音樂事業有限公司)
By: C.P Ching
After 17 years since the original Meteor Garden first aired in Taiwan, the rebooted version of the iconic idol drama officially broadcast on July 9th, 2018.
Many had high hopes for this new series but after it’s initial episodes, several fans found the plot to be rather absurd and laughable compared to the previous version.
For instance, there is a scene where the male lead (Dao Ming Si) invites the female lead (Shan Cai) to his mansion to offer her an opportunity to be his girlfriend. He makes a pitch and lists the benefits that she would receive.
In the previous version, the benefits included a large monthly allowance, a platinum visa card, and a personal chauffeur.
Meanwhile, in this new version, the benefits include gaming tokens, snacks, and drinks. Viewers thought this was ridiculous as those are things she is fully capable of buying herself.
Aside from that, viewers believe the overall plot of this current version is moving too fast. With iconic scenes like Hua Ze Lei (second male lead) doing a handstand already appearing and the "kiss scene" anticipated to appear much earlier than expected.
This has prompt a trend of reactions online, with netizens expressing that the new Meteor Garden is their “Source of laughter” for the summer.
Even though the content is quite laughable, the amount of buzz and chatter around this new drama shows how deep of an impression the original Meteor Garden has left upon its' audience, even after almost 17 years.
Meteor garden is now available for viewing on Netflix, Mango TV, and other selected regional broadcast worldwide.