“I want to drink milk tea when I’m in China!” Japanese anti-folk and anti-EDM musician Zombie-Chang proclaims when we ask her what she’s most excited to do during her short stay here. This taste for new experiences is also evident in his music videos, where the technicolor, the beat and (probably) Zombie-Chang (real name: Meirin Yung) propelled by fairy dust soar, unable to stand still for fault. to miss something.
Genres have long lost their authority as musicians push and expand the boundaries of every possible category pocket with all kinds of prefixes and suffixes added. Zombie-Chang is no exception. Her title “anti” is not meant to be a rebellion or a rejection of folk, but rather an old-fashioned film negative, where everything is reversed, and she is able to frame the genres that inspire her and revisit them. As such, his music has been called “the language of the people” and promoted as electropop. Eclectic, yes, but what are the songs about? Zombie-Chang admits his albums are full of memories and songs about personal experiences. Their palette is covered in saturated colors alongside a mix of minimal electronic and live beats (think: the White Stripes became an 80s synth-pop band).
Zombie-Chang hopes his first tour of China will serve as a catalyst for learning Mandarin, explaining “If I speak Chinese, please clap.” This tour begins at the Omni Space in Beijing before heading south to perform in Shanghai and Kunming. Ahead of his tour, we asked Zombie-Chang five quick questions.
When did you start music and what inspired you?
When I was 10, I wanted to sing. When I was 16, I decided to make a living from music.
What or who inspired you to make music?
Maybe it was love.
Do you prefer to work alone or collaborate with other artists?
I like to make music on my own.
Your last album involves a lot more live instruments while your previous albums are purely electronic. What motivated this change?
I made my first albums on my own, but on the last one I got to work with other talented musicians.
How is the contemporary Japanese music industry like?
It sounds very friendly and welcoming, but everyone is making music with their opponents in mind.
Zombie-Chang will perform with Siamese Cats at the Omni Space on October 25. Tickets cost 180 RMB in advance or 280 RMB at the door and can be purchased here.
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