The fourth edition of We Are Shanghai was just released this week, it features forty two (yes 42!) tracks and bands from Shanghai. The show to celebrate the album will be on January 31st on YuyinTang. The compilation is available to download for free or better for some sweet gold on Bandcamp.
We Are Shanghai was created four years ago by Ivan Belcic, drummer and front man of several bands that have existed in Shanghai’s scene like Death To Giants, Moon Tyrant, or The Machinery Of Other Skeletons, to mention some. Last year Mike Heard joined Belcic in the production of the project, Mike is also an active force of Shanghai’s music scene, he has been in several bands too XXYY and Girls Like Mystery are his active ones these days. Also he is constantly promoting music through his blog and the concerts he is producing.
Ivan Belcic tells us the story about this project “I started We Are Shanghai four years ago as a response to what I saw as a disproportionate amount of attention going to Beijing’s musical output. With the help of a few friends, we got the word out, and from the outset, people have been super supportive of the project. The 2014 release is the fourth in the series, and it’s our largest release yet with over 40 songs.”
About the criteria for inclusion of tracks Belcic explains “artists must be based in Shanghai, and their song must be a piece of original music released in the past year — in this case, 2014. We Are Shanghai is all about inclusivity, and so anyone who submits a track that fits the criteria is automatically included. It’s an open-call submission process.We’re not trying to judge or “curate” anything here. It’s more about presenting an honest image of all the people who are active and motivated enough to put their music out into the world and send it to me. There are plenty more bands and individuals who for whatever reason don’t send me music, but with forty two tracks this year, we’re definitely not starving for contributions.”
Mache is a hippie witch that was born under Beltane's full moon. She enjoys talking to ghosts and interdimensional beings, and cooking for her friends and beasts. She has Chilean wine in her veins instead of blood,and at the moment she belongs to China.