New Sounds of China (Series2 Ep2) Maybe Mars

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New Sounds of China

Episode Two - Maybe Mars

Following the sweeping historical introduction of episode one, we tighten our focus in episode two, and feature the music of just one record label, Maybe Mars. But what a label! Since 2007, Maybe Mars has been generating attention well beyond the domestic Chinese market, with its acts and attitude gaining coverage in publications as highly regarded and diverse as The Wire, Time Magazine, The New Yorker, The Guardian, and The Wall Street Journal.

Rather than simply heighten the existing wave of adulation, we assess the reasons behind the phenomenal success of Maybe Mars, as well as its sister venue, D-22, located in the happening Beijing university district of Wudaokou. In between experimental, post-punk and plain old punk tracks, we talk to New Yorker Michael Pettis, the man behind the label, who combines previous Wall Street banking experience with connections to avant-garde artists such as Glenn Branca, Blixa Bargeld, and Elliot Sharp. We also interview two artists on the label: Zhang Shouwang of Car Sick Cars, China's answer to Sonic Youth; and Chen Xi of the dark and brooding Snapline.

Paul Kendall, a former music journalist (Time Out Beijing, China Radio International, Billboard) and current Chinese music PhD student presents the show alongside Hu Pan, a Beijing-born rock musician, Peking opera performer, and music journalist.