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White Noise Records is a Hub for Hong Kong’s DIY Underground

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“In Western culture, it’s almost a rite of passage to rebel—to join a band, to be an artist, is generally no big deal. That’s not Hong Kong’s reality,” explains Valentine Nixon, one half of New Zealand dream-pop sister duo Purple Pilgrims. “When it comes to experimental music, there is a general sense that people really mean what they’re saying. They’re living what they’re making, because it’s so far from social norms or acceptance. This often makes the art itself feel political, even when it’s not trying to be.” Nixon is speaking from experience here. Raised between New Zealand and Hong Kong by itinerant parents, some of her formative musical moments took place in Hong Kong’s underground, a landscape worlds removed from the image-obsessed Cantonese pop of the region’s glossy mainstream.

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A Guide to the Top Three Labels Releasing DIY Punk, Pop, & Metal in South China

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In some ways, DIY music in China can be broken down by region. The city of Guangzhou, in the province of Guangdong in the south of China, has earned a reputation as the regional hub of metal music; Wuhan, in the Hubei province, is the unofficial capital of Chinese punk. Though metal and hardcore are kept alive by bands like Rise of the Southland and Von Citizen, in recent years, Guangzhou and its surrounding areas have seen an upsurge of labels and bands who blend them with China’s more popular rock subgenres: shoegaze and math rock.

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