TOURING THE ASIAN MUSIC CIRCUIT
“China is quickly becoming a go to place to further your reach, however there is a set of rules to play by;
Every show has to be approved by the local authorities where they take into consideration your past endeavours, lyrics of the proposed set list and more. Stories of how Justin Bieber was deemed dangerous due to his bad behaviour, Katy Perry were denied due to her support of Taiwan, and Selena Gomez were banned due to her association with Dalai Lama, has frightened musicians in the past from entering.
However, times they are changing and as we move further down the 21st century timeline, the Asian territories are slowly but steadily opening their gates towards western art; an integration greatly supported by various funding schemes, Promoters, Agents, Record Labels and more.”
The Panellists included:
-ROSS STANDALOFT - TOO MANY T'S
-GRAHAM PERKINS - GRAY LONDON
-SI CHAI - DIPLOMATS OF SOUND
-NINA CONDRON - HORUS
-ANDY CORRIGAN - VIVA LA VISA
I spoke to Andy about his experience talking on the Panel and he gave me an insight into the kind of things that were being discussed by each panel member. Each with fascinating stories of their experience with touring in the Asia.
Party hip-hop duo Too Many T's discussed their travels, visiting remote places not covered by your general worldwide tour. India in particular was a location they touched on which has potentially one of the largest music markets in the world. Very few western acts seem to tour there, despite the huge demand and enthusiasm for all types of music it seems to be unharnessed by the western acts that will tour from europe to the USA and seemingly skip many parts of Asia.
Andy referenced the time a Bryan Adams concern came to India, not one of the most demanded artists but it certainly filled the seats. One might say it could be correlated to the difference in infrastructure level between India and places like the UK, hopefully in time these differences will be overcome as there is still a large part of middle/upper class India which is where the current demand lies, for a whole spectrum of music genres. The T’s tour ranged extensively from Europe, through Greece, Italy, Switzerland, Czech Republic and their home country, the UK. Although it was 2019 that saw them move to different corners of the world including Australia and Asia.
I will be covering some of the other panellists in weeks to come and if there is anything you want to know about touring in Asia be sure to get in touch.
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