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FUN MAGAZINE, AUGUST 2002. VOL.2 ISSUE 8
Search for "The Real Thing"
Original (Grass Roots) Music in Taipei
Huang Translated by Melanie Hou
band generation is coming!" declared Ascent, the
lead singer of Luan Tan. The prophecy, made two years
ago, still rings in my ears even though big names haven't
actually crossed the threshold yet. That doesn't matter,
really. The important point is I sat up and took notice.
was ready and waiting, eager to experience "the Real
Thing", live original music with its own unique blend
of style and energy. If you're caught under that spell,
or if you want to make your own waves, then Taiwan Fun
has some tips for you! Read on.....
Do you want to feel the energy that only
live performances can generate? Then don't miss Underworld
(45, ShihDa Rd., B1, Taipei; Tel: 02-2369-0103). Famous names
and newcomers play here for a musical surprise every week.
The interior design is pretty standard which is okay. It's
not over the top, so nothing gets in the way of the music.
Zeitgeist (122, ZhongXiao [ChungHsiao] East Rd., section
2, B1, Taipei; Tel: 02-2394-3004) is larger with great acoustics,
plus, there's no restriction on age. Inside Zeitgeist is the
Bunny Record Shop, which sells independent and import labels.
Riverside (2, Lane 244, Roosevelt Rd., section 3, B1;
Taipei. Tel: 02-2368-7310) offers live rock and jazz. You'll
find easy listening, unplugged bands and solo performers at
Witch House (7, Lane 56, XinSheng [HsinSheng]South
Rd., section 3, Taipei; Tel: 02-2362-5494) and Peshawar
(3, Lane 80, ShihDa Rd., Taipei; Tel: 02-2362-2218).
Sales, Studio Time
Wanna make some waves? Let your creative
juices flow and try writing or producing your own scores.
Caves Music (1, JianKuo North Rd., section 2, Taipei;
Tel: 02-2508-0066), APA Studio (127, HoPing East Rd.,
section 2, 2,3F, Taipei; Tel: 02-2704-3945), ATB (18,
Lane 308, HoPing East Rd., section 3, Taipei; Tel: 02-8733-1100)
and Jack Studio (107, XiNing [HsiNing] South Rd., 8F,
Taipei; Tel: 02-2389-0188) offer instruments for sale, classes
and fully equipped rooms for practice and recording sessions.
There are plenty of live jams around the
island, like the ever-popular "Spring Scream"
which takes place on the beach in Kenting, or the "Ho
Hai Yan Fu-Lung Music Festival" held at Gon Liau
beach in north Taiwan every summer. "Formoz Festival",
another annual event, attracts musicians from all over the
world. "Say Yes To Taiwan", as the title suggests,
carries a message with each musical performance; bands share
their views on political tensions and cross-strait relations.
And, last but not least, the long standing "Yamaha
National Music Competition" has ushered many bands
into the limelight as well as the industry's most respected
The boss of a rock record
store said recently, "Original recordings are infectious".
If you're bored with the predictable "Top Ten Tune",
then try something new...push the envelope. You'll discover
sounds that make you think, tease your ears and open your