From THE Shelter, Korner to BERGHAIN: Aggressive Violence Aesthetics from the East, Taiwanese Electronic Musician Tzusing

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Electronic music, from the earliest medium of futuristic experimentation and creation, to the use of synthesizers in the music circle in the 1960s and 1970s, broke through the form of music creation; it has become an element that has to be added to the mainstream music market today – Electronic music has actually been developed for a while, and it is not entirely about electronic dance music and party culture.Held annually in BerlinFamous electronic music event CTM Festival, gathered in the world's top musicians; this year's performance list, even more shocked to see a familiar name often in Taipei. Born in Malaysia, he has lived in Taiwan, Shanghai, Chicago and other places. He is currently a musician between Taipei and Shanghai.Tzusing(子欣)I run my own bicycle business and are also a musician who studies all kinds of styles.

It’s only recently that you can step into the world’s electronic music hall –BerghainIn the stage, Tzusing said that the performance was very tight before the performance; but the equipment and sound in the venue were very good. After starting the performance, after a few songs, I found my feelings and I was satisfied with my performance. . Tzusing expressed his appreciation for the lineup of other CTM performances. He believed that the whole event was devoted to cross-racial, sexual orientation and other labels, and did not deliberately bring together musicians from all over the world; everyone has their own unique voice. It also makes people feel amazing and full of inspiration - he believes that this is the direction of all future music activities.

Image courtesy of Andrew Rochfort.

Image courtesy of Tzusing.

Tzusing took the time to talk to us about his and his music world by his recent "Unbeatable East" album, which was just released in early February by the LIES (LIES – Long Island Electrical Systems) in Brooklyn, New York. - "I want to give everyone a shock through the things in the "Unbeatable to the East" album. The role of "Unbeatable in the East" is really scary for me when I was young. As soon as his hand moves, someone's head flies! In this song I also tried to make a sound like a squeaky sound. Tzusing explains the title song with the same name as the album. The whole album is fullThe rhythmic percussion sounds combine many musical elements across rock, industry, and noise; the sounds of oriental colors are sometimes revealed, interweaving a bridge with great weight and explosiveness. Even under such a rough and violent auditory shock, I still feel the delicate and digital atmosphere of each song. Strong and powerful bass sound lines keep moving, these vitality songs will definitely lead the small dance floor in the hearts of every listener in the future.

Looking back at his earliest memories of music, he mentioned that when he was called by his father to watch the Michael Jackson "Beat It" MV on TV, the music has since dealt with him; after that, he spent his middle school in Taichung. I bought the memory of my first cassette (the album of Guns n Roses). "I was just a primary school student, but I would go to the record house and mix it with those who hang on the metal." Tzusing recalled with a smile. "At that time, what did the MTV channel on TV see? Very popular rock and metal, like Nirvana, Bon Jovi and more. Then I moved to Shanghai and went to Chicago to study at the university. "Chicago gave me all the things and experiences I had dreamed of in music."

Image Courtesy of Tzusing.

Image Courtesy of Tzusing.

Chicago, in this American music town, is full of imaginations of all kinds of music. "I listen to everything from House, Techno, IDM to Steve Reich and Philip Glass (the latter two are famous American minimalists). The composer listened. From the day I first heard the electronic sound, I knew that releasing songs was what I wanted to do. I remember that I was still in Taichung, I was very young, I didn’t have the money to buy equipment, I went looking for it. Teacher JJ(Taiwanese electronic music predecessor) borrowed two vinyl turntables over there and learned a song with a mixer. Then Tzusing came to Chicago and opened the song outside. "The first time I went to the store to sing, it was an unknown Irish pub. It was a bunch of skateboarders listening to hip hop. But I don't actually Listen to hip-hop, and finally let me put what I want to put. The song list is to pick the songs that I like. When I listen to music alone and hear the songs I like, I will come up with "good, then I will put them here." The song is for everyone to listen to. In Chicago, there were several songs in the smartbar (the famous electronic nightclub in Chicago). Maybe not every DJ will arrange their own songs, but they are so loyal to themselves. His favorite behavior is also an important opportunity for Tzusing to enter the most representative electronic music town in Shanghai, The Shelter.

Image Courtesy of RedBull.

Image Courtesy of Tzusing.

"At that time, Gaz (the founder of Shelter) asked me to go to his party to sing a song. It was a basement party; there were a group of hip hop people, but I was the closest and listened to, only Bass Music. Electronic music from the UK, with extremely heavy low-pitched sounds, including drum beats, DUbstep Reverberating bass,Grime,UK Garage, etc.). Finally, I started to put on a series of political hip hops (the type of hip hop music developed on the east coast of the United States. The lyrics are mostly political issues such as racial crimes, anti-government and imperialism). Unsurprisingly, the entire dance floor was put on the spot. They are all empty. But this time, Gaz came forward and told me that I really like what you are putting now. Those who don't understand don't care about them. Do you want to come to Shelter to sing? This is the reverse operation that allowed Tzusing to open "Stockholm Syndrome" in Shelter's four-year cold and violent electronic night.

The "Stockholm Syndrome" event promotes vision. Image Courtesy of Tzusing.

The "Stockholm Syndrome" event promotes vision. Image Courtesy of Tzusing.

Sonic explorations for internal conflicts is used as a slogan. The "Stockholm Syndrome" event focuses on the rhythm of intense rhythm and rudeness, such as industrial electro-acoustic, EBM (Electronic Body Music). Originated in Belgium in the early 1980s, and carried forward in Germany and Europe. The word Electronic Body was coined by the contemporary electric ancestor Kraftwerk orchestra to explain the dark and dynamic genre of The Man-Machine album in 1978. Post-Punk and Diablo Goethe music and more. "My music is all aggressive," Tzusing thought. "I used to have four years to stay in an industrial area near Shanghai. There is no way to make music. What I want to do most." It’s out of touch, I think I’ve accumulated a lot of emotions in my heart. But it’s not just that, I always want to do music activities other than mainstream voices. I want to find those who are listening to music and collecting music for themselves, but also Let the songs on the dance floor come to everyone who listens."

With such a unique and unique purpose, the "Stockholm Syndrome" event has rapidly emerged in Shanghai's underground electronic sound stage, and it has also attracted the Brooklyn label LIES (New York).It distributes various types of music that are difficult to classify, such as industrial electronic sound and noise.) attention. Tzusing released a total of 3 EPs before and after LIES, and the style is also a favorite industrial electronic route that is loved by itself. It twists the trivial synthesizer sounds, and the drums that are violently beaten. The anxiety bursts but people are unable to extricate themselves. The rhythmic bass sound line has made Tzusing a unique style.

Photography/ Ash LinImage courtesy of Ash Lin.

Photography/ Ash Lin. Image courtesy of Ash Lin.

Talking about the source and process of creative inspiration, Tzusing emphasizes the importance of “feeling”. “I need to feel something to be inspired to make a song. I have a notebook with the thoughts and feelings I wrote down. I actually have Try to record what I think of to the phone, and then pray that I don't want to go too far. But this trick doesn't seem to work. I feel like it's awkward to go back every time (laugh). But I am still looking forward to it. I can accurately pick out what I want." When I first tried to make music on my computer, I caught the pirated Reason and Fruity Loops online. In the era when YouTube has not yet emerged,Without teaching films or too many other teaching resources, Tzusing forced himself to learn the software using the method of soil-based steelmaking. Looking back at this painful period of pain, he only said: "I just want to see how much you want it, right?"

He did not swear that the music he had made in his earliest days wanted to imitate the music idol JTC (American T-shirt, also known as Tadd Mullinix) - "but the result is just to make myself feel anxious and make it." Things can't always convince themselves. I finally gave up thinking so much, I didn't expect to pass it if I didn't think about it. Now the easiest way for me is to make my own voice - when you start to be yourself Everything is naturally revealed."

Photography/ Ash LinImage courtesy of Ash Lin.

Photography/ Ash Lin. Image courtesy of Ash Lin.

Because I love watching movies, I often find inspiration from the film--"I bring the feelings of those movies to me and reinterpret them through music." Tzusing also doesn't care much about the digital or not of the equipment. "The new albums are all Making a arranger on a computer is like looking for something in the shopping, looking for a sound in the fine-tuning process. At some point, you will suddenly hear a cool sound, and then you will not Live and shout out Yo! That's it! That's right." At this time, he couldn't help but mention the music idol JTC again: "I thought I had read a JTC interview before, he said he was in his dream. I found a record, and when he woke up, he had a blueprint and direction to make music. I think the process of making music is often like this."

In fact, from the mid-1990s, regardless of domestic and international electronic music and parties, it has already become an important element of contemporary youth culture. However, compared with the West, the rebellious spirit of Asian youth seems to have never existed clearly. The public has always had many misunderstandings about electronic music and party culture. From the history of rock music that has been demonized in the past, this seems to be just the transitional period that Asian culture is facing. What is needed is time for the public to understand and accept. Under the relatively negative environment, Tzusing has also experienced his own ups and downs of music career. Now he can return and do what he wants to do most. He wants to tell everyone: "These are in the room. If the voices come out to resonate with my audience and let them find some meaning, I am really happy. As for the future, would you like to try different creations? "I have no way to predict the future, but I am open to any possibility." Tzusing cleverly did not respond positively, and he did not stop hunting for the type of music he had not listened to before. "Recently Listen to the heavy bass music gqom from South Africa." I want to see the new style of the Asian electronic sound, the immersive feelings, he will lead you into the strange dark field, drunk dreams, do not mistake this Saturday. Go to Korner's seventh anniversary of Bass Kitchen.

Photography/ Ash LinImage courtesy of Ash Lin.

Photography/ Ash Lin. Image courtesy of Ash Lin.

Bass Kitchen Taipei 7th Anniversary
Korner/ B1, No. 200, Section 4, Roosevelt Road, Taipei
2017/ 3/ 11, 23:45

 

Images Courtesy of Tzusing & Ash Lin.

 

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