Bilingual Transcript of Interview:
Amy: Let’s start by introducing yourselves.
Li Qun: I’m the lead vocals and guitar, Li Qun
Liu Ning: I’m on the guitar, Liu Ning
Da Hong: Drums, Da Hong
Bass: I’m on bass, Huan Feng
Amy: What’s the name of the band?
Miao: Temple – Miao
庙：Temple - 庙
Amy：How long have you guys been playing?
Miao: Thirteen, fourteen years? More than ten years. Since we were in school together
Amy: Did you guys meet in university?
Miao: We met when we were in middle school.
Amy: Wow, really! You guys have known each other for a long time.
Miao: Fucking around from 20 all the way to 40!
Amy: So how have you seen the music scene change in 13 years?
Miao: Not as good as before. It seems.. slightly more commercial now, without the rock ‘n roll atmosphere that we had when we were just starting out. I guess now pop music and TV music shows are doing much better. In terms of rock music, it’s going down.
Amy: Why do you think your band lasted this long?
Miao: Because we have our own stuff that we and the audience both like. Even people who have not listened to our music might enjoy it.. it’s just that they haven’t had a chance to listen to it. I want to last till the day they get to hear our music. If they don’t like it, fair enough. Not enough people are listening nowadays, they simply don’t know. We should be working harder to at least get our music heard. It’s not their problem.
Amy: What is success for you?
Miao: Success… eh… hard to say. Everyone has different ideas. The process is more important. Your philosophy and faith are key here.
Amy: What is your process for making music?
Miao: Hanging out, rehearsing, drinking together, fucking around, .. It’s the accumulation of all these things.
Amy: Is there a fixed process?
Miao: I guess, but that’s more secondary. For example you write a song and present a motive. One guy nominates it to the other three. If the three of us think, “Ok, this can work,” if we all see it, if we’re all content with it, then the song can come out very quickly. Write the music, write the lyrics, add in a guitar, a bass line, put it all together: done.
Amy: What’s the future after thirteen years? What’s the next step?
Miao: We just finished recording an album that’s set to come out next year. Lots of activities coming up! Everyone’s welcome to tag along and join in. The preparations should be finished next year.
Amy: What’s the album called and when is it coming out?
Miao: We’ve finished the recording process. The album is in post right now, mixing and all that. It should be out in the first half of 2016. The name will be Dual Personality. It’s very emotional.