The independent music movement was rampant and spreading in the 80s and early 90s in British and American markets. Musicians and artists started discovering this in Taiwan and Canada, which inspired them to create their own style and voice. From the end of the 19th century to the beginning of the 20th century, countries all over the world were facing the impact of globalization. Individuals that originally developed independently and regionally are now thrusted into a single global competitive market. Over the past 20 years, the music market and industries have gradually developed into an unimaginable appearance; musicians are using their creations to express themselves for social movements and sparking global trends and activism. Artists are now finding themselves in a tug-of-war of what constitutes success and driving their creativity. Through the transformation of capital markets, liberalism, and Internet data, can music maintain the characteristics of cultural public goods instead of becoming a commodity and tool?
Jang Dal Im, known as a pioneer of independent music in Taiwan as founder of Crystal Records, is joined by Michael Hollett, co-founder of NOW magazine, founder of the internationally renowned NXNE music and gaming festival and NEXT magazine, a national magazine of music, arts and fun. Join us in reflecting, reminiscing and looking ahead at the independent music scene in Taiwan and Canada. This is a cross-border dialogue between two giants in music, separated by the Pacific, who have walked very similar paths in their quest to raise the voices of artists.
Two music lovers with the same experience will uphold the rule-breaking spirit of rock and roll, analyze the fundamental problems faced by music development after globalization, and explore the “third path” to return music to its essence!
In Partnership with 2021 TAIWANfest
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Air Date on Aug 28th
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