Who wants to play Chinese Football?

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With thanks to the ongoing series ‘Fender Presents’, we recently had the privilege to sit down and have a chat with indie-rock band Chinese Football.

This interview was made possible by Fender Presents. In this new content franchise of “My City” by Fender China, the connections between bands/musicians, their music creations and locality are analyzed and disclosed. Unveiling this franchise, is the iconic emo/math rock band from Wuhan City—Chinese Football. 

Formed in 2011, Chinese Football is a four-piece indie rock/emo/post rock band based in Wuhan China. Inspired by late 1990s emo pioneers like Jimmy Eat World, Get Up Kids and American Football, Chinese Football specializes in a potent guitar-bass-driven wistful indie rock sound. Mixing with brainwashed guitar riffs with Mandarin lyrics. 

As most of the band members are born and raised in Wuhan, Chinese Football’s music is deeply rooted and influenced by the city spirit but never mainstreamed with pop culture. On a boat at the landmark Donghu Lake in Wuhan, playing an acoustic version of one of their earliest and hottest singles “The Goalkeeper” on Fender CD-60SCE (by Xu Bo) and American Acoustasonic Jazzmaster(by Wang Bo), Chinese Football finally decided to be the goalkeeper out of penalty area and break through their comfort zone. 

徐波 – 主唱吉他 (Xu Bo – vocals/guitar)
王博 – 主音吉他 (Wang Bo – guitar)
李立鑫 – 贝司 (Li Lixin – bass/backing vocals)
郑紫莉 – 鼓手 (Zheng Zili – drums) (2016-)

Chinese Football – My City – Fender China

Thank you for taking the time to speak with All Access Asia today.  Could we start off with you telling us a little about Chinese Football?

Chinese Football is a 4-piece-indie-rock band based on wuhan,china.

How did each of you get involved in music?

Each of us got involved in music through our individual interests and love for playing instruments. We were drawn to the power of music and its ability to connect with others.

How did Chinese Football come about?

Chinese Football formed in 2011 when a group of friends with a common interest in music decided to start a band. We began playing together, experimenting with different sounds and styles, and gradually found our own unique sound. Over time, we gained recognition within the indie music scene, which helped us grow as a band.

How did you come up with the name Chinese Football?  It’s quite unique.

The name Chinese Football was inspired by a mix of humor and irony. It symbolizes our desire to blend Western influences, like indie rock, with our Chinese identity.

Your hometown of Wuhan seems to play an important part in your sound and your identity as a band – can you explain why that is?

Wuhan, our hometown, holds a special place in our hearts. It has a vibrant music scene and a unique cultural atmosphere that has influenced our sound. The city’s energy and diversity have shaped our identity as a band.

How has your music/sound evolved since you made your debut?

Our music has evolved over time as we’ve experimented with different sounds. While still rooted in indie rock, we’ve incorporated more diverse musical elements and explored new sonic territories.

Who/what are your biggest influences when it comes to developing your own sound?

We draw inspiration from a wide range of artists and genres. Our influences include bands like Jimmy Eat World/Get Up Kids/Yo La Tengo/The Sea and Cake/Envy/Fugazi/The Smiths and many more.

Who/What is your biggest inspiration when it comes to creating music?

Initially, it was a desire for self-expression, and now it is a desire to connect with the world.

How did the project with Fender come about?

 The project with Fender came about through our mutual appreciation for each other’s work. Fender recognized our music and the unique sound we were creating, so Fender China team invited us to be featured on their new content franchise “My City” to voice out our impression of our hometown Wuhan and the connection between the city and our music.

How important are the right instruments (especially the guitars) to Chinese Football’s sound?

As a guitar-driven indie rock band , the tone and vibe of the guitar means a lot to us.

Your latest album ‘Win&Lose’ is your first release in almost four years.  What have you been up to in those four years?

Like everyone else, we have been busy with life and dealing with difficult emotions in these years. At the same time, we have been performing in different places and preparing for this album.

How do you want listeners to feel after they listen to ‘Win&Lose’?

Creators cannot dictate the feelings of the audience, and whatever they feel, I will always appreciate them taking the time to listen to our music.

If you could pick any artist to collaborate with, who would it be and why?

Michael Jackson. Because he was the first Western artist I listened to, and he had a tremendous impact on me.

Chinese Football ‘April Story’

What’s the song-writing process like for you?

Xu Bo or Wang Bo would come up with the basic motivation and rough framework for a song, and the band would collaborate and refine it further during rehearsals.

What’s the recording process like for you?

First, the band record together simultaneously, preserving the drum and bass parts. Then, we proceed to track the guitars and vocals separately.

What are you listening to at the moment?

Marcos Valle

What sort of artists do you aspire to be?

We hope to create many, many works that inspire and accompany people on their journey of growth.

Where is your upcoming tour taking you?  What city are you most looking forward to playing in?

We will be embarking on a tour to Japan, Europe, and the UK next. It will be our first time touring outside of Asia, and we are excited for all the cities we will be visiting.

What’s coming next for Chinese Football?  What are your plans for the next 12months?

We aspire to visit as many countries as possible and prepare new songs along the way.

Thank you for taking the time to speak to All Access Asia. Good luck on your tour. We hope to see you in Australia soon.

Thanks to Fender and Chinese Football for making this opportunity available to us.

Written and edited by Narelle

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