MusicDish e-Journal - May 23, 2015
MusicDish Advertising Network
» HOME » INSIDER SCOOP » CAREER TIPS » MUSIC SPOTLIGHT » MUSICDISH*CHINA
» INDUSTRY INTERVIEWS » NEWS BEAT » DIGITAL SKOOL » OPEN REVIEW » MUSICDISH EDELWEISS
Search MusicDish e-Journal (Advanced)
Subscribe To MusicDish e-Journal
About | Contact | Advertise | RSS | Submit Article | Submit News | Artist Development | Premium PR Distribution
Mi2N | MusicDish*China | MusicDish Network | MusicDishTV | Urban Music News Network

The Runaround Band in Xiamen, China
A western rock band writing and singing songs in Chinese
By Eric Allen
(more articles from this author)
2013-06-06
Comment | Email | Print | RSS

I recently sat down with Christopher Dilts who is the front man of The Runaround band (乱跑乐队). The Runaround is a Xiamen trio that was formed about a year ago consisting of Chris on guitar and vocals, Matt Kirby on drums and Scott Hildebrandt on the bass guitar. They are two Americans and a Canadian who sing and write their own songs in Chinese.

Their Chinese phrase Luan Pao 乱跑 is as Chris explained something that Chinese mother's will tell their children to stop doing. That's why they chose the name because it connotes recklessness and allows them to be open by changing up their style that ranges anywhere from folksy punk to hard rock when needed. Chris said that if they didn't change and progress as a band then they might as well be a wedding band. He, unlike a mother, encourages everyone to runaround (luan pao) especially the audiences. They like to interact with the crowd by getting them to sing, chant or dance along.

I asked Chris about their achievements as a band and he mentioned about how this May they were on stage in Shenzhen at the MIDI Festival, one of China's largest Rock concerts which easily boasted over a 100,000 visitors. He noted that last summer they made the Fujian Regional Round in the Tiger Beer Rock Competition. They also have been playing at local venues here in Xiamen for the past year.

To give you a few themes that this distinct band hits on in their songs here are four song titles that are linked below: Black Mahjong, Little White Face, Seaside and Massage of Death.

I told Chris that he had a foreign Rock band in China who writes songs in Chinese. You have a unique perspective. Almost all art - especially rock music tends to state something or critique something about the culture surrounding it. It's almost cliché to say this now but this is a crucial time in all of human history and China specifically is the muscle forcing all this change. Human history has never seen anything quite as large as China is today with all of its accomplishments and challenges. You, The Runaround, are a rock band in the midst of all this confusion and change what do you have to say?

Chris said that they try not to talk about anything that is too controversial in their songs because after all they are guests in China and want to continue to be here. He mentioned a few subtle references in his songs to xxxxxx ghost (w/o overtly using that word) in the "Massage of Death" song and a young man who leeches on a rich sugar mamma in "Little White Face," but nothing too sensitive.

You've been in China for more than three years with a working grasp on the language and culture. So why do you chose to write in Chinese? What's the process? He laughed a he said that he writes mainly in Pinyin and does some of his checking online and dictionaries and then he sends his songs to a team of about five or six Chinese friends who sometimes scrap the songs all together. It's a difficult and long process from conception to stage. He's working with local friends to try and perfect his pronunciation. Listen to their songs and judge for yourself. If you hear anything wrong with the lyrics then Chris wants to know. They want to get it right.

If you want to check them out live then this Saturday June 1st they will be on stage for the official opening night of the new Easy Rider Saloon now located in the Xiamen Bin Guan Hotel. And they are working on a future show this month at Poison Bar near Xiamen University.


Home » MusicDish*China » The Runaround Band in Xiamen, China
Permalink:http://www.musicdish.com/mag/?id=13410
Email |Print |Comment |RSS

back | top


MusicDish Advertising Network

MusicDish*China

» MusicDish*China Tours, Signing, NYCxDesign and Planetrox

» Award-Nominated DJ Soulier Performs at Beijing's Award-Winning DDC

» Second Hand Rose "Crossing Boundaries" World Tour

» CMW Live Touring Summit: Interview with Elliott Lefko

» Online Chinese Music Video Platform Yinyuetai Raises $35 Million In Funding

MusicDish*China Directory



» [2015-05-22] MusicDish*China Tours, Signing, NYCxDesign And Planetrox; It's Been A Busy 2015 With New Tours, Our Launch Into The Art/design World And Signing Of One Of The Pioneers Of Chinese Rock

» [2015-05-19] Award-Nominated DJ Soulier Performs At Beijing's Award-Winning DDC; Western Canadian Music Awards Nominee Returns To China For 7 Dates In Beijing, Changsha, Wuhan, Guangzhou And Tianjin

» [2015-05-18] Second Hand Rose "Crossing Boundaries" World Tour; China's Boldest Rock Band Will Embark On Their "Crossing Boundaries" World Tour That Will Include One Of Europe's Biggest Festivals, Paleo Festival Nyon 2015

» [2015-05-13] CMW Live Touring Summit: Interview With Elliott Lefko; Interview With Elliott Lefko VP Of Talent, Goldenvoice / AEG Live / Coachella

» [2015-05-12] Online Chinese Music Video Platform Yinyuetai Raises $35 Million In Funding; The Funding Would Be Used To Build A Fan Club Platform And Optimize Its Music Fan Service System

» [2015-05-11] Founder Of Beijing Oi! Punk And MiSanDao Front Man Passes Away; Ode To China's Boot Boy

» [2015-05-09] The New Wave Of Chinese Contemporary Art: Identity, Irreverence And Forward-Looking; Avent Studio, LittleE Studio And MusicDish*China Will Present A Unique Event Assembling Chinese Creators Who Have Chosen Very Different Paths, And Yet Share A Common Spirit

» [2015-04-30] Tommy Hilfiger New Store Opening In Beijing, China; As Part Of His Global 30th Anniversary Tour, Iconic American Designer Tommy Hilfiger Will Visit Beijing For A Special Program

» [2015-04-24] Stones Fans Rejoice - 2015 Tour Dates Announced; This Tour Will Follow The Band's 2014 One Fire Tour, Which Went Through Europe, Asia, New Zealand, And Australia

» [2015-04-07] INTRO Electronic Music Festival: Interview With DJ Weng Weng; INTRO Music Festival, China's Biggest Electronic Music Festival, Will Be Held This May 1st In Beijing's Chaoyang Park

» [2015-04-06] VUE Audiotechnik Establishes VUE China; VUE Audiotechnik China Will Offer The Entire Complement Of VUE Products As Well As Provide Technical Support For All Integrated Systems

» [2015-04-03] March 28, 2015: A Black Day For Yaogun (Chinese Rock); A Bad Practical Joke Played On China's Rockers? 330 Festival, MIDI Festival And Strawberry Festival Get Cancelled
MusicDish Advertising Network

follow MusicDish on
Follow MusicDish on Twitter

Mi2N Music PR

Canadian WCMA Nominated DJ Soulier Performs At Beijing's Award-Winning DDC

Dyne Side Is Officially The First Winner Of The Muzicol Revolution

Heavy Russia: Young Metal Act "Gravity Rain" Announce Crowdfunder For "Artifacts Of Balance"

Are You A Professional Musician Or Talented Composer? Help Xhail Find You

Vocalist/Songwriter Halie Loren Explores Transformation And Self-Realization On Soulful Release, Butterfly Blue - Available June 9 Via Justin Time Records

Eurovision Contestant Tamar Kaprelian Releases New Single "Yours To Keep" On EP Through Killer Tracks' Artists Series

Chinese Rockers Second Hand Rose "Crossing Boundaries" World Tour

Deadline Looms For 20th Annual USA Songwriting Competition



Websites: Mi2N | MusicDish*China | MusicDish Network | MusicDishTV | Urban Music News Network
Services: Submit Article | Submit News | Submit Video | Artist Development | Premium PR Distribution

Copyright © 1997-2015 MusicDish LLC., all rights reserved.
About MusicDish e-Journal | Contact Us | Advertise | RSS | Internships