TAI­WANESE ROCK BAND GO­ING ‘NOWHERE’ IN BEI­JING,

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - FRONT PAGE - By CHEN NAN chen­nan@chi­nadaily.com.cn

In 2012, Tai­wan rock band May­day sold out two shows at the 80,000-seat Bei­jing National Sta­dium, or the Bird’s Nest, in less than a day.

Dur­ing the Bei­jing shows, which had over 200,000 fans, May­day gave an elec­tri­fy­ing per­for­mance, show­cas­ing their mas­tery of the power bal­lad and their abil­ity to con­nect with a live au­di­ence.

A year later, they are com­ing back to the same venue and hav­ing their Nowhere con­cert.

“Archimedes said, ‘Give me a ful­crum, and I shall move the world’. In our case, we say, ‘Give me a gui­tar and I shall move the world’,” says Ashin, 38, the lead­ing vo­cal­ist of the band.

“Ever since we came to­gether as a band, we are a band that loves dream­ing. We are glad that more and more fans have joined our dreams.

“The main at­trac­tion of our con­certs is not the five of us, but the peo­ple who come to watch,” adds Ashin. “With­out their par­tic­i­pa­tion, our con­certs wouldn’t be as amaz­ing as they are now.”

The band’s cur­rent line-up com­prises Ashin on vo­cal, Mon­ster and Stone on gui­tars, Masa on bass and Guan You on drums. Since their first pub­lic ap­pear­ance 13 years ago, May­day have re­leased eight stu­dio al­bums, earn­ing them­selves a place in the heart of Asian mu­sic fans all over the world for their ex­plo­sive and highly en­er­getic live per­for­mances.

The band, which was started by Ashin and Mon­ster in high school, used to sing in pubs, clubs, and even on the streets un­der the name of So Band.

Af­ter sign­ing with Rock Records in 1998, May­day re­leased their de­but al­bum in 1999 and the band shot to fame with their sin­gle hit Peter and Mary. This song also re­ceived crit­i­cal

Archimedes said, ‘Give me a ful­crum, and I shall move the world’. In our case, we say, ‘Give me a gui­tar and I shall move the world’,”

ASHIN LEAD­ING VO­CAL­IST OF TAI­WAN ROCK BAND MAY­DAY

ac­claim and gar­nered a large group of fol­low­ers among the youths in Tai­wan.

In Au­gust, 1998, they held their fi rst large- scale per­for­mance called The 168th Per­for­mance, mark­ing their po­si­tion as one of the most pop­u­lar bands in Tai­wan.

“We had no idea how many peo­ple would come to watch our show. But when we saw the crowds at the show, we felt so en­cour­aged and made us de­ter­mine to stick to our dreams,” Ashin says.

The band won six awards at Tai­wan’s 2012 Golden Melody Awards, in­clud­ing the best song, best al­bum and best band. But the band be­lieves that th­ese aren’t the most im­por­tant ele­ments of their ex­pe­ri­ence.

“If the only stan­dard is award, then May­day wouldn’t ex­ist,” says Ashin. “I still re­mem­ber that our shows in the be­gin­ning days were not well re­ceived. But we con­tinue writ­ing the songs we love then.

“In the past, we wor­ried about how many peo­ple would come to our shows but now we fo­cus on how to make our shows mem­o­rable for the au­di­ences,” he adds.

The band also re­leased May­day: 3DNA in 2011, a 3-D movie of their live show and set to con­tinue to push the bound­aries of tech­nol­ogy with the re­lease of their sec­ond 3-D movie May­day: Noah’s Ark 3D, which is due for re­lease in Septem­ber.

They will also kick off their shows in Lon­don, Paris and Am­s­ter­dam from Septem­ber.

From songs cel­e­brat­ing youth to songs re­volv­ing around world peace and hu­man be­ings, the band has ma­tured in their 16 years of mu­sic jour­ney.

“If we are 60 and still play­ing to­gether as a band, that will be the day we smile and tell our­selves we have made it,” Ashin says.

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Rock band May­day will stage Nowhere con­cert at Bei­jing National Sta­dium.

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