Our Favorite City Towards the beginning of Nippon x Taiwan Ongaku Kakumei

Our Favorite City Nippon x Taiwan Ongaku Kakumei

2021/05/07 18:55

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A contribution column commemorating the opening of "Our Favorite City Nippon x Taiwan Ongaku Kakumei". This time, Megumi Nakamura, an office worker and writer who is addicted to Taiwanese indie music, will tell you about various trivia as "Introduction to Taiwanese Indies".


Congratulations on the opening of "Our Favorite City Nippon x Taiwan Ongaku Kakumei".

I am very much looking forward to this fashionable and cute site becoming a new base connecting Taiwanese and Japanese music.





Before the main story, let me briefly introduce myself.

My name is Megumi Nakamura. While running "Tapioca Milk Records ", which introduces Asian music, mainly in Taiwan, I am working as an office worker in Tokyo as a tentative figure to endure the world.


A few years ago, I got hooked on an indie band in Taiwan for some reason.



With zero knowledge of Chinese

"I want to increase the number of friends who can enjoy Taiwanese music together. The best way to increase the number of friends is to spread it to the world. But what should I do?"

I came to think that.


Then, while actually interviewing and deepening exchanges, I gradually removed the veil and started activities to convey information to Japan.


The only thing I experienced in the process was that the beliefs that were nurtured in Japanese life were dispelled.

It can be said that "following Taiwanese music culture has revolutionized my life" ... I didn't really know anything until then.


This time, from my point of view, I would like to tell you about three trivia about the environment and history surrounding indie music in Taiwan , which I think "I wanted to know this early ...!".



Taiwanese indie music culture that began in the late 1980s


Currently, there are major scenes and indie scenes in the Taiwanese music market.


In the indie scene, artists who do not belong to major labels are active. There are also artists who are not affiliated with major labels, such as No Party For Cao Dong and EggPlantEgg, who have a high ability to attract customers and are well known.

(Of course, there are differences from Japan, but please understand that they have the same concept of "major / indie".)


In high schools and universities, you can see band activities in music circles as in Japan, and music events and music festivals are held on a weekly basis.


It is said that Taiwan's indie music culture began about 34 years ago, around 1987.

In Taiwan, martial law was laid down for less than 40 years from the February 28 Incident in 1947 to 1987. Under martial law, trendy music and publications are restricted, and rock music is in the sunshine.


While "music for good boys" was playing on TV, people who wanted to listen to rock were getting pirated Western music and illegal copies and touching foreign music. It is clear from the testimony of Mr. Balaz Lee, the main vocalist of 88balaz, who was born and is still active on the front lines of the Taiwanese indie scene.


Balaz Lee "I first came into contact with Western music when I was nine years old when my older brother, six years older, got a Guns N'Roses cassette tape. At that time, a record in Taiwan. In addition to the shops, many people listened to cassettes and pirated discs that were illegally copied and sold. "
(Source: Interview | Taiwanese indie scene that conveys its charm to Japan, the turning point of culture looking back on its pioneers Qetic)




After martial law was lifted, Taiwanese indie music culture gradually formed a market with the times.


Since 2010, the market has been changing with the times, such as the "Golden Indie Music Awards", an award that recognizes indie music artists, held once a year under the initiative of the government. It is growing little by little.



The trend is soft musicality


Taiwan has almost the same area as Kyushu and the same population as "the total number of Kanto areas other than Tokyo".

Bands with various musicality are active mainly in the capital Taipei.



(↑ Map summarizing Taiwanese indie bands. Source: Tapioca Milk Records )


In the current Taiwanese indie rock scene, there are many bands with a rather light musicality and they are popular.


Many of you may be familiar with Sunset Rollercoaster , who performed at Fuji Rock and performed music at a live house in Tokyo before the corona storm.

Since their debut in 2011, they have changed their musicality to more city pop and AOR, and they are proud of their high performance technique and collaborated with the famous Thai band Gym and Swim. Is also active.



That doesn't mean that hard musical bands aren't playing an active part.


For example, CHTHONIC, which represents Taiwanese metal, and Dope Purple , a noise psychedelic band with a cosmic atmosphere, are worth digging for those who like noisy music.


\ Collaboration playlist is being developed! /

In "Our Favorite City Nippon x Taiwan Ongaku Kakumei x Taiwan Indies Music Map" , recommended songs by members who love Taiwanese music are being POWER PUSH for a limited time until the end of May! Please listen!





Fusion of aboriginal music and indie music


There are currently 16 ethnic minorities living in Taiwan.

Ethnic minorities have their own traditional cultures such as language, music and painting, which are passed down to the present day.


* In Japan, "indigenous people" is a discriminatory term and the expression "indigenous people" is recommended.

However, in Taiwan, "indigenous people" means a lost race, so we dare to refer to it as "indigenous people" here.


And in the indie music scene, artists from indigenous peoples are also active.

Last year, A-bao , an artist from the Paiwan tribe who won three categories including the annual music award at the Golden Melody Awards, a music award representing Taiwan, inherited the language of the minority. , Established the indie music label "Nanguaq" with the aim of allowing more native creators to devote themselves to their creative activities in their native language .

The compilation album "N1" released from "Nanguaq" at the end of March is a work by seven singer-songwriters from 17 to 29 years old, Paiwan, Bunun, Amis, and Rukai. Is recorded.



The lead track includes "fu'is Hoshiseiuta" by Natsuko, the main vocalist of Collage, which has become a hot topic on YouTube in recent years.

The fusion of Amis language and rock, electronica, and even Japanese has appeared, creating an unusual atmosphere.

LINE stamps of artist collaboration by Mr. Laradan Bawawaron who worked on the album artwork are also available. (This is already fashionable. The moment I knew it, I bought it in seconds)



In this way, in "N1", you can enjoy the culture of the indigenous people from various angles as well as the compilation that stands out. Please listen to it.




in conclusion


In the future, "Our Favorite City Nippon x Taiwan Ongaku Kakumei" is planning talks with various artists.

Through dialogues with unique artists, many differences between Japan and Taiwan will be talked about. It will sometimes exceed our expectations.


Let's enjoy music from different cultures together.



That is surely the beginning of "Ongakukakumei" for us.









Megumi Nakamura

It is rumored that he will spread the goodness of Taiwanese music while acting as a PR manager for a certain company as a tentative figure that will endure the world.
Twitter @Tapitea_rec


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