ZHU将是下一个Daft Punk?

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十几年前因为一部电影(虽然这部电影我怎么都看不下去)哪个年轻人对于LIFE的憧憬不是eat,pray,love?但是今天才不会言听计从的反叛男女对这种肥皂泡一样碰一下就破掉的虚假美好根本不感冒。

所以我们唯独偏爱ZHU

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ZHU的世界观里可没有那些复杂好听的漂亮话,LIFE=LUST诱惑+LOST失去+LOVE爱,他性感却又带忧郁的音乐一眼看穿你怎么也满足不了的内心。

 

今天来聊聊ZHU背后的故事。

 

ZHU评价自己的音乐“我的音乐不是为了‘下一个HIT’,我的音乐是为了那些真正关心音乐的人做的”。

音乐评论杂志Observer评价ZHU将是下一个Daft Punk。音乐圈里从来没有停止对从不露面ZHU的身份的猜测,有人说他是Skrillex,有人说他是Disclosure, 还有人把他比作电音届的Banksy。

但是ZHU可不是谁谁谁的影子,他是一场音乐革新运动,他是STEVEN ZHU!

在ZHU与Fader的采访中,让你与ZHU进行一场心灵对话。

 

Q&A

 

1/为什么你要选择隐藏自己的身份呢?

Why did you choose to hide your identity initially?

 

在这种选择背后是我坚信的信仰。在我从小到大喜欢的艺人之中,有些愿意在大众面前表现自己,有些人却选择了保持神秘,比如说Gorillaz,我对于他们我所关注的并不是做音乐的人“是谁”。对我自己来说,作为一名艺术家,你必须清楚你希望自己的音乐代表什么东西。

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The message behind it is something I firmly believe in. The artists I admired growing up,many had faces but some didn’t. Gorillaz, for example — I wasn’t focused on the men behind the music. I think as an artist you have to capture what the music represents.

 

 

2/这种“无名”的状态有什么想要表达的信息吗?

What is the message behind anonymity?

回到2013年,舞曲风靡全世界,占据各大媒体的首页。但那些音乐人几乎一半都雇佣了代写,还有的人根本不知道如何表演,更有的人甚至连走音都听不出来。我感觉每个人都在利用他们的脸把人们的关注点从音乐转到他们自身上去,一切都是为了圈粉出名而不一心一意的制作音乐。

我对自己的音乐很有自信,我认为选择淡化“我是谁”是对这种自信最好的表现方式。

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Back in 2013,dance music was making big headlines and I felt like half the people had ghostwriters, others didn’t know how to perform, and some couldn’t even play music or were tone deaf. I felt everybody was using their face to capitalize off the music, grabbing fans instead of perfecting music. I was confident indelivering the type of music I had, I felt it would be a statement if people didn’t know who I was.

 

3/这是在尝试和音乐本身直接对话吗?

It’s about trying to connect to the music first?

当今社会的信息量实在太大了。很多人不知不觉中失去了好奇心与神秘感,这是我认为非常重要的东西。因为好奇心和神秘感的驱使人们去探索音乐甚至找到他们的最爱。如果你把所有信息都告诉他们了,这场探索就不这么有趣了。

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There’s too much information today. You lose the feeling of curiosity, the mystique, and Ithink that’s important. It is an experience for people to discover music that might become their favorite. If you give them all the information, the experience becomes watered down.

 

4/在今天这个大环境中,保持神秘身份对你意味着什么呢?

What does anonymity mean to you in today’s world?

保持神秘身份只是我音乐运动中一小部分的举动,这是对我刚开始做音乐的时候大环境里“偶像”现象的反击。我们总是在寻找与众不同的东西并且尝试建立与自我认知的联系。10年,15年以前,你穿的衣服可能代表了你听什么样的音乐。或者你会开着那几款特别的车、去一些特定的场所来显示自己的音乐品味。现在我们什么音乐都听,但我觉得亚文化元素的影响力不如从前。我认为这些元素对于流行乐以外的音乐有特别重要的意义。

 

我记得高中的时候一年夏天我会去旧金山一个独立音乐厂牌工作。他们有唱片,还自己制作黑胶唱片,这也是我第一次听到丛林音乐和一些其他的原创音乐。那是由AK12000混音的。我觉得特别有趣,很好奇这个东西是什么,但是我却不能找到任何信息,所以我只有去那些DJ表演的现场。我观察人们是怎么打扮自己的。这就是那种好奇心驱使下的神秘文化吧。

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Anonymity was just part of a movement, counter to what was happening when I started. We’re always looking for something different and for ways to identify with our own.10, 15 years ago, you wore clothes that represented the music you listened to.Or you might have drove certain cars, or went to certain places. Today everyone listens to a lot of stuff but I don’t know if the sub-culture elements are as strong as they used to be. And I think those elements are important for music outside of the pop realm.

 

I remember as a kid, during high school, I worked at a little indie label and distro house in San Francisco, IDC, during the summers. They had records, they pressed vinyl,and it was the first time I listened to jungle, original rave stuff. It was amix by AK1200. It was really interesting, what is this stuff? I couldn’t find out anything about it so I had to dig and try to find venues where some of the DJs played. I looked at how people dressed. It was a certain culture they latched on to that I was curious about.

 


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