There’s something brewing in Beijing’s underground music venues. For the past two decades, the country’s music scene has been sprouting experimental, DIY, and indie roots, giving form to an avant-garde music scene that is continuously producing interesting, avant-garde work that, while still mostly underground, is doing much to introduce genre-bending, risk-taking techniques into the country’s musical output.
And while they still have much work to do in order to make the scene sustainable, they’ve got their sights set on exporting their sound out West. One of the major supporters of the music development is Chinese experimental music festival Sally Can’t Dance, which took place in Beijing this past weekend, and is one of the only music festivals showcasing the experimental music scene on a national scale. Founded in 2008, the 2012 edition of the two-day festival was curated by Josh Feola, the founder of Beijing indie music platform Pangbianr, and Zhu Wenbo, organizer of Zoomin’ Night, an influential weekly Beijing showcase.
The Creators Project chatted with Josh Feola about his experience curating this year’s festival, and how he envisions the future of the experimental music scene in China.