Fête de la Musique 2017 @ Meridian Space

FDLM at Meridian Space.

 Date: June 21st, 8:00 pm.

 Location: Meridian Space No. 77 Meishuguan Houjie

Free event


Meridian Space joins the biggest celebration of Music of the season, La Fête de la Musique, bringing a superb line-up to keep your head ringing with bleeps, ambient and other experimental musical delicacies by the talented thruoutin, MengQi, anxt and Mohemann.

The artists’ performances will offer a  musical “map of  the post-modern city).


Line-up

thruoutin

American born electronic producer and multi-instrumentalist, thruoutin, has been based in China since 2009. His work varies from project to project, but often revolves around the combining of different genres and with a focus on organicand digital sounds. Listen to his mix-tape below!!!

anxt 

Originally from Cape Town (South Africa) anxt fuses an array of musical elements to create moody electronic soundscapes. Setting the mood with urban field recordings and a dose of hip hop-carved beats, he will take you on a journey in the world he inhabits.

He is also part of the musical project Macondo, which has been making waves around Beijing’s music scene, to which he lends his skills as producer and songwriter, to create high energy “Electronic Post Rock”.

anxt will also be releasing his very first SINGLE and its MV directed by our beloved friend Hannes -Knuttson-Hall on that very same day, June 21 2017, so be ready to get copies and the most various merchandise to show your support to this artist.

豆瓣音乐人: https://site.douban.com/anxt/

MengQi

Meng Qi has multiple identities. He’s not only a electronic musician, but also a synth designer, a programmer and a teacher. Meng Qi had various music works released including “landscape in love” / “landscape on live” and more, and has published a series of modular synthesis tutorials on midifan and ZiHua. Apart from college teaching, he also had building workshops and lectures at various places.

Meng Qi is a pioneer of Chinese contemporary digital art, and is famous for his music and distinctive devices and instruments, which have been used by electronic music artists all over the world.

https://www.mengqimusic.com/

Mohemann

Mohemann is influenced by techno, ambient and minimal electronic music. His music has a calm, introverted, sometimes saturated vibe. Beside DJ’ing, he is also a contemporary art critic and curates art exhibitions.


In order to start the warm-up and get our followers in the mood for what’s coming at Meridian Space during the biggest music celebration of the season, La Fête de la Musique on June 21, we’ve asked our invited artists to tell us a bit more about themselves, both by means of music (a mix tape that thruoutin, one of our headliners, has kindly put together) and some thoughts that the artists shared with us when asked a few questions by the team FDLM.

Fête de la Musique Mixtape by thruoutin

Tracklist:
Anxt – Fear of Failure(0:10)
Pat Metheny – Outcasts(6:06)
meng qi – span (liveat cafa) (7:40)
Kanno Yoko – Mast inthe Wind (13:10)
thruoutin – FirstNight (第一夜) (16:15)
Jlin – Hatshepsut(19:15)
Anxt – Beyond Index(23:30)
Clem Leek – PatienceAs A Virtue (28:40)
meng qi – a coldforest (30:20)
Bibio – Petals (36:00)
thruoutin – m (38:00)
Lux Familiar – PolishJuke Brotha (40:00)
Anxt – Here Comes TheRain (43:45)
meng qi – +1111 1(47:30)
Rainbow Danger Club -Neighbors on the Rooftop (thruoutin remix) (51:20)
 Bonjour tout le monde, je suis thruoutin.Voici mon mixtape pour la Fête de la musique. Kiffez bien!


Interview with thruoutin

What part of the music world is the most attractive for you? Is the compositional side that draws more your attention or the performative side of it? Why so?

I’m attracted to both actually and I think you can’t have one without the other.  Both are connected.  Sometimes performing drives me to compose more and can serve as a testing ground for new ideas.

How do you find Beijing in terms of music scene? How do you see it compared to other cities in China or wherever you were based at before moving/living here? Do you feel it has its very own identity?

Scenes are always changing.  New people come and go, so I don’t see it as something that easy to make one accusation about.  There are quite a lot of people doing music in Beijing, but I don’t think there is one unified Beijing sound.  Compared to some places it is quite developed, but I don’t think it is finished growing.

What’s the story behind your music?

There’s no real story per say, but it’s more of an on going interest that I’ve been continuing since I was a teenager.

What moved you to get your gizmos and instruments and start your musical project? Did you go to music school or was it an epiphany of sorts?

At the beginning I just wanted to put together some ideas that I had.  Doing it by myself was quicker than finding other people to work with. I didn’t have much traditional education in music, but I learned a lot from listening to albums, self-study and watching other people work.

Any songs that are stuck in your head and you recommend us to go and play right away?

Not really. I do recommend listening to new stuff every week though. Don’t be afraid to check out new artists or genres. If you have the time and money then attend live shows whenever possible.

How do you feel about taking part of Beijing’s very own FDLM 2017?

This will be my second time to take part in the festival as an artist and in past years I’ve been an audience member several times.  I was asked a couple festivals back to play and really enjoyed it. I’m quite happy have been asked again and look forward to the sets by anxt and meng qi.

What should people expect from your performance on the 21st, I mean, in terms of mood, content?

People can expect to have a relaxed time in a dimly lit room.

Besides your gig,what other performance should we try to catch during la Fête de la Musique’sday (i.e. June 21st)? (I mean, if it’s feasible, cause this year the number of venues is REAL…)

There’s a lot to choose from and it really depends on what you’re into. If you’re someone that finds themselves going to the same 5 venues every month then I might suggest scoping out something new.  13 Club and Omni Space look exciting and I’m a fan of what the duo Nocturnes has been doing in Beijing over the last year.


Interview with anxt

What part of the music world is the most attractive for you?

To be honest I don’t really know what part is the most appealing to me, I just like the process of writing and producing, it’s therapeutic for me.

Is the compositional side that draws more your attention or the performance side of it? Why so?

I guess each part of the process has it appeal.

I enjoy the technical process of sound design where you get to craft your own sounds using synthesis, or just sampling organic sounds and then processing it to a point where it almost becomes abstract to the listener.

Then having to take those sounds and weave it into this harmonic tapestry and arranging it into this intricate sonic landscape that can take people on a journey.

Then there is the performance part where you actually get to connect with the listener and see their reactions.

That is probably the part that I enjoy the most, the performance part.

How do you find Beijing in terms of music scene?

Beijing has been a revelation, I absolutely love it. I probably would have never had the courage to perform my music in my own country (South Africa), whereas here I don’t feel that people come and listen with a critical ear. People are open to anything, and they just come to listen and enjoy the music.

How do you see it compared to other cities in China or wherever you were based atbefore moving/living here?

Like I said I would have never had the courage to write and perform my own music in my country (South Africa) as the industry there has become quite commercial, and people are critical of your work.

Do you feel it has its very own identity?

I think Beijing (China) is on a journey of finding its own identity musically. I haven’t really been here long enough to really understand the intricacies of the music industry, and I can hear and see that a lot of bands are influenced by western music. But then there are also some really original sounds coming out of Beijing.

What’s the story behind your music?

anxt is reflection of my life in Beijing, it’s like keeping a musical diary. A lot of the field recordings that I use in my productions are sampled from around Beijing, and when I sit down in front mylaptop and start writing music, the sounds evoke emotions from those moments in time.

What moved you to get your gizmos and instruments and start your musical project?

I have played in quite a few bands, but after many creative differences I decided to make use of technology to be able to express myself musically. It’s a way for me to be totally in control of my own ideas and concepts.

Did you go to music school or was it an epiphany of sorts?

I am completely self-taught and I can’t read or write a single note, neither could I tell you what key I’m playing in (because of my background as a drummer). I do have a good musical ear and listening is probably my strongest asset.

Anysongs that are stuck in your head and you recommend us to go and play rightaway?

To be honest I don’t get time to really listen to a lot of music, I spend most of my time writing music or doing sound design.

But just from the top of my head, I really like some of Flumes productions…“Wall Fuck” comes to mind, it’s just a sonic mind fuck. I really like how he can take a sound and contort it to a point where it’s unrecognisable to the listener, but it still has this melodic quality to it.

But then I also love the opposite, Kimyan Law –Chai… I can’t really describe it…better to just go and listen to it. It’s just mesmerising.

How do you feel about taking part of Beijing’s very own FDLM 2017?

I’m really excited especially after I saw who I’m sharing the stage with, I would have never even imagined playing FDLM since I have only been doing anxt for 6 months. I’m really looking forward to it!

What should people expect from your performance on the 21st, I mean, in terms of mood, content?

I think people should just come with an open mind. Open to new sounds and to enjoy the atmosphere. I will be performing my music on the Ableton Push2 which in essence will be a sample based live performance, so it will all be happening on the fly in real-time.

Besides your gig, what other performance should we try to catch during la Fete de la Musique’s day (i.e. June 21st)? (I mean, if it’s feasible, cause this year thenumber of venues is REAL…)

Wow! I mean, the number of venues and performers taking part in this year’s Fete de la Musique’s day is simply astounding. I would probably be a bit biased in my choice of artist, I would definitely want to go check out Meng Qi’s performance (evil grin). I’m a bit of a gear-head and would love to see what toys he brings along to play with.


Hope you’ve enjoyed both the mix tape and spending some time in our artists’ heads. And remember…

FDLM at Meridian Space.

 Line-up

 thruoutin

anxt

MengQi

Mohemann

Date: June 21st, 8:00 pm.

 Location: Meridian Space No. 77 Meishuguan Houjie

Free event.


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