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“Taiwan Beats Showcase” Offers a Delightful Musical Journey

Taiwan Beats Showcase has planned groups of musicians to perform at six cultural sites during SXSW 2022. Sorry Youth, Olivia Tsao, Mong Tong, DJ QuestionMark, Sleeping Brain, and Elephant Gym represent six distinct musical genres, ranging from indie rock to oriental psychedelia. Every session starts with a camera pan and spin, signifying the start of a unique musical journey.

The “Taiwan Beats Showcase” at SXSW 2021 introduced music listeners to iconic and magnificent native Taiwanese scenery. This backdrop included mountain ranges, traditional factories, shrimp fishing sites, and temples. Ethereal voices, glittering, breezy psychedelia, and guitar-heavy punk rock were some of the elements that SXSW.com praised as being a thorough showcase of the diversity of Taiwanese music. The “Taiwan Beats Showcase” received plaudits from a variety of publications, including the Austin American Statesman, Vinyl Chapters, and others, for its successful incorporation of history, art, and culture into the music experience.

At the Wufeng Lin Family Garden, the showcase kicks off with Sorry Youth, a band that has been increasingly important in recent years to the Taiwanese Hokkien music scene. The band brought the tracks “Pilgrimage” and “Love Our Difference” from their album “Bad Times, Good Times” to The Garden, which is frequently considered to be an important venue for modern Taiwanese history. Sorry Youth has stated,  “We felt as if we were performing live for director Ang Lee on the set of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.” 

The Taiwanese winner of the DMC World DJ Championship, DJ QuestionMark, put on a showcase that evening on a carnival truck. This added to the mesmerizing visual and lyrical passion that was there. The trucks, which play an essential role in Taiwanese religion and traditional culture, were outfitted with bright neon tubes, which gave his performance a touch of cyberpunk imagery. Even SXSW’s music director James Minor was taken aback by the performance, which earned him plaudits. 

Olivia Tsao, the winner of the Golden Melody, shot her performance at the Chuan Mei Theater in Tainan, her birthplace, to further enhance the uniqueness of the production. The theatre is well-known for being one of, if not the last, establishment to use hand-painted posters to promote their currently playing productions. In addition, it has become one of the places that the annual LUCfest utilizes as a performance venue.

During the second half of the “Taiwan Beats Showcase,” the psychedelic folk electronic duo Mong Tong performed at the enigmatic Taipei underground club Pawnshop. This brought the audience into the life of modern Taiwan and gave them a glimpse into its culture. The crowd was given a sneak glimpse inside the club to the sounds of their two songs, “A Nambra” and “Minyo Pop,” before the indie electronic band Sleeping Brain took the stage. They decided to shoot their showcase at the experimental venue WET BASE, which is located in the Tiaotong commercial zone. They worked with the VJ Ludol777 to turn the room into a playground with visually stunning lighting installations during the filming process. 

Last but not least, Elephant Gym’s performance showcase was a combination of footage from their performance at Kaohsiung Harbor, where Megaport, the largest festival in their hometown, has been held for decades. It included songs from the band’s newest album, “Dreams,” which was released in May.

The display piqued audience members’ interest and also evoked a diverse range of feelings by drawing attention to the customs and culture of Taiwan. The showcase combines audio and visual elements, giving them a more contemporary edge. All in all, “Taiwan Beats Showcase” is mesmerizing as it has everything that is needed for a successful show. It leaves music fans on the edge of wonder and longing for more by transporting them to the lively and distinctive cultural landscapes of Taiwan.

The showcase is now available on YouTube, and to listen to audio songs, visit SoundCloud. For more details about the showcase, click on the link http://taiwanbeatsshowcase.com/ 

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