Maybe Mars Records
From Music-China Wiki
Maybe Mars is a new record label and production company dedicated to the innovative sound of young China. Supporting our bands and musicians fully in their production, recordings and performances in China and overseas.
--Maybe Mars website
About the label
Last year while big-name acts like Nine Inch Nails, New York Dolls and Cui Jian strutted across the stage in front of crowds of screaming fans at the 2007 Beijing Pop Festival, a newborn record label quietly released three albums from local Beijing indie bands. Since then, Maybe Mars Records has recorded 11 albums for bands that define indie music in China’s capital, seen some of them open on tour for internationally renowned groups like Sonic Youth, Dinosaur Jr and Blixa Bargeld’s Einsturzende Neubauten, helped them release albums in China and Australia, sign and record with British music giant Martin Atkins and work with Public Enemy drummer and musical director Brian Hardgroove. Not bad for a first-year anniversary. - China Music Radar
The label was started as offspring of the D-22 in summer 2007.
Maybe Mars are like Factory Records (English record label credited with discovering The Happy Mondays and Joy Division, and the founding of The Hacienda in Manchester, birthplace of modern dance/electronic music). We have very informal relationships with the bands we endorse, helping them to record, distribute and perform. We think it's really important that we remain independent. - Zheng Changyu, manager of Maybe Mars
In 2009, two sublabels of Maybe Mars started, Maybe Noise and Maybe Horse (马儿曲), with the first one concentrating on experimental music such as Hot and Cold or 10 and the later one focussing on Folk Rock with artists such as Laoda, Xiao He, Di Tu'ai and Traveller.
In February 2010, they started their showcase concert series entitled Independent China in Stereo, during which they sent numerous of their bands in cities all over the country.
Independent China in Stereo
China Invasion US Tour 2010 - 2010, Mar-Apr, USA
Maybe Mars Presents: A Showcase of the Chinese Underground 2009 - 2009, Nov, USA
Articles & Interviews
- Article on Maybe Mars on City Weekend by Miranda Lin
- Article about Michael Pettis on Bloomberg.com by Kevin Hamlin
- Beijing's Revolution, Times, Jul. 17, 2008
- China Music Radar on MMR - part 1
- China Music Radar on MMR - part 2
- Interview by REDSTAR with Zheng Changyu
Other pages at RiC
- ↑ China Music Radar (2008-12-15). "The hands that rock the Cradle 1". Retrieved on 2009-05-03.
- ↑ Interview by REDSTAR with Zheng Changyu
- ↑ Archie Hamilton (CMR) (2010-07-23). "Maybe Mars – busy as bees". Retrieved on 2010-07-23.