Archive for May, 2011

Our partner’s products

May 19, 2011

Thomas is taking you on a tour through SSCEG’s product store here at the Shanghai Music Park. This is NOT a store where you can buy things, it is a display of their products! And they cover a wide range. What it shows is excellent manufacturing quality. If you contemplate to have your stuff manufactured here, it doesn’t really make sense as it is not THAT cheap and customs plus shipping would eat the small saving up pretty quickly. If you think of starting to sell physical here in China, by all means you should manufacture here, talk to us!

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Exclusively for you: Our official Chinese stamp!

May 19, 2011

(what’s the material, any guesses??)

Our team in Shanghai works very hard to make sure that everything goes smoothly…

May 18, 2011

Bob is putting it straight

May 17, 2011

Excerpt from the post on his website, probably you have read it by now:

“First of all, we were never denied permission to play in China. This was all drummed up by a Chinese promoter who was trying to get me to come there after playing Japan and Korea. My guess is that the guy printed up tickets and made promises to certain groups without any agreements being made. We had no intention of playing China at that time, and when it didn’t happen most likely the promoter had to save face by issuing statements that the Chinese Ministry had refused permission for me to play there to get himself off the hook. If anybody had bothered to check with the Chinese authorities, it would have been clear that the Chinese authorities were unaware of the whole thing.”

Bob Dylan is showing a deep knowledge of human behaviour with this comment. I wouldn’t go as far as saying, wow, he has understood the Chinese mentality perfectly well. There will be advisors etc but what he actually is saying is, hey, it’s not always the government that is to blame. This confirms every experience we have in China. There are laws protecting copyright. But they are poorly enforced or transparently controlled. There are laws to make things more transparent. But they are poorly enforced etc.. This special situation enables great businesses and projects. It also prevents other great ideas from ever becoming successfully executed. But it shows one thing: a lot is down to the people and their activities, and a lot less is down to government regulation. Walking that line to add a different colour to Chinese life with your music is our mission, and we enjoy that challenge!

Our new office

May 16, 2011

Oh no, what happened…?

Short travel update by Thomas

May 16, 2011

A familiar scene

May 16, 2011

How many concerts have we seen in our lifes? Thousands. All over the World. And guess what, people are enjoying themselves everywhere in the same way! Music is the connecting element. This guy is Hao Yun, a great Chinese artist and very popular. The place is Yugong Yishan in Beijing, an old mansion built by a general from the emperor’s troops. This is the reason why we are doing what we are doing. Good night!

Things do shrink

May 12, 2011

Remember the Opening Ceremony of the Olympic Games in Beijing 2008? There was a scene where thousands of drums were played by impressively dressed and masked warriors. When they hit hard, the drums illuminated. What happened to those drums? Well, we found one…

GAPP- General Administration for Press and Publication

May 12, 2011

Basically these people make sure that there is no disruption in the way things go media wise in China. I don’t need to say the dirty word, but you all know that media is very officially regulated in China. And we should accept that. Countries handle things differently, and this country has a huge responsibility for a lot of people. And as always we found the leaders and managers to be very decent and open, wise, and calm. A lot of the pressure from previous years is gone, us being able to film there would have been impossible even 3 years ago. Gradually normalization kicks in, and everybody loves it! Business is on the cards and that means more flexibility on their side and a lot of activity to promote music and creative services; good for us, good for you!

Lawyers

May 10, 2011

The German embassy recommended these lawyers and it is always good to check out, how your own country is helping you. In our case this firm might not fit spiritually (c’mon, what do we have to do with skyscrapers??), but they did a thorough job at giving us the information we needed. We will settle down in a special industrial zone declared as a Music Industry Park in Shanghai (also the location of one of the first recording studios in China built in 1984!!!) which means that we are falling under special rules like foreign ownership is possible, tax is lower, money can be transferred  and thus your royalties paid. Nevertheless we will be recognized as a Chinese company which will entitlte us to a lot of good things in China like our own bank account and hiring people. The name and pics of how the Music Industry Park looks like next week directly from there. Have fun, and join us for the ride!