1. What did you learn about Australia whilst there?
I learned that aussies say “heaps” a lot which reminded me of california where people in san fran area say “hella” in the same context. We did see kangaroos in a wildlife park. And we never met even slightly an unfriendly person the whole time. Even the guy that threatened us with deportation if we didn’t sleep at his house. Fierce but strangely friendly.
I learned that friends in Adelaide drink rain water; that being polite and friendly are in most cases the way to people’s hearts. I missed seeing so many kind people. I learned about the australian fight throughout the world wars and their role in turn of the war. I learned that health care is partially subsidized and that Fox constantly has pumped the television with fear, death, murder and investigative, sherlock-holmsean-panick-driven solutions to problems. And that most Aussies are as laid back as Chengdunese. I learned heaps more but I could go on forever.
2. Were you impressed with any bands/musicians in particular?
I was impressed with how supportive bands were, how they helped each other out so much instead of competed with each other. Everyone was interested in making the sound good, cables set properly, amps and drums provided for etc. Musically, I enjoyed hearing touching lyrics and songs that meant something to the bands. The fashion show got left in the background and people put their hearts on the table. That was great. And nobody talked down to us because we weren’t Aussies. We’re definitely coming back. That is a scene to develop and build.
3. Were you able to get a sense of the Australian music ‘scene’ on your tour?
We stayed at friends’ houses almost teh whole time and most of the places we were in all had their own bands. So, we got quite a feel for the scene regarding its domestic side, cooking, cleaning and eating together, seeing the machine from the inside. It was great. This is the soul of it all because without the formulated intent and concern for sharing etc, you can’t have a scene also part of a social evolution. This is in contrast to a scene that may try escaping itself by simply trying to disdain other musicians and place all ears into spectator-mode. Music should be a gathering of people and their stories and that is what I gathered from the scene.
4. What Australian words/phrases did you manage to learn in the end and how did you use them?
“Heaps”, “Have a Go…”, “indubitably”, “G’day”, “mate”, “I’ll have ANOTHER Coopers,” “Cheers.” “Bogan” and a few others that I can’t remember exactly. They all came in handy. Its a pretty jovial society so it made using local words really fun. We even hada go at the accent at all hours of the day and night to enhance humor and increase periods of laughter.
5. What was your favourite part of the trip outside of playing shows?
The weather, the beaches and the sunshine, along with Byron Bay and the amazing people. I had such a good time partying with people, meeting new people, seeing their artwork and sharing things from the heart. I enjoyed the genuineness of people. This was my favorite.
6. What would you say to other Chinese bands thinking of playing in Australia?
Go there. Experience a different kind of comaraderie; share music not to be famous, but to share stories and share feelings, emotions, and laughter. I think China needs these things in order for the music industry to develop. At its current state, it will be controlled by shoe companies and computer companies and real estate companies. Scratch the fame element and do it because its fun and meaningful. This is what it is all about.