Genjing Records

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Genjing Records
Genjing Records Logo 2011.png
Founded2011
FounderNevin Domer
Distributor(s)Far Out Distant Sounds
GenreVarious
Country of originChina
LocationBeijing
Official websitegenjingrecords.com

Genjing Records (simplified Chinese: 根茎唱片; traditional Chinese: 根莖唱片) is a vinyl-only independent record label in Beijing, China focused on contributing recordings of Chinese musicians into global scene and vinyl record culture.

Background[edit]

Since its inception in March 2011, Genjing Records has issued dozens of 7-inch singles, 10-inch EPs, and LPs from bands such as AM444, Demerit, Dear Eloise,[1][2][3] Duck Fight Goose,[4] the Fever Machine,[5] Gum Bleed, Round Eye,[6][7] Snapline, Wang Wen (罔聞) and Fanzui Xiangfa.[8][9] At its inception in 2011, the label was only conceived as a platform through which founder Nevin Domer's local Beijing hardcore band Fanzui Xiangfa (犯罪想法) could release and distribute their own recordings on vinyl records during a European tour with the German hardcore band SS20 .[10] The success of this first release provided encouragement for developing Genjing Records into a full, vinyl-only independent record label in China. Nevin had also noticed that the renewed global interest in vinyl records he experienced during the Fanzu Xiangfa European Tour was also beginning to take root in China with a nascent record collecting community. Nevin then formally established the mission of Genjing Records as a means to facilitate the release of materials vinyl by Chinese bands and artists.[11][12][13]

Current work[edit]

Genjing Records has since stabilized its mission statement first around creating relationships between China's DIY independent music communities and their international counterparts. This mission is primarily facilitated by the release of split 7-inch records in cooperation with global partner labels and subsequent multinational tours in which bands criss-cross each other's countries.[14][15][16] The label's international catalog includes releases by Cheap Stuff, Libyan Hit Squad, SS20, Sick Times,[17] Tiny Ghosts and Tussle.

Genjing Records also seeks to more broadly support and facilitate other forms local outreach in China's various music communities. In August 2012, Genjing worked with one of the first expatriates involved in the mid-1990s Beijing punk scene, David O'Dell, to host a charity punk-rock show and auction in association with Half the Sky, a Chinese charitable organization dedicated to poor rural children.[18][19] On August 19, 2012, Genjing Records was featured on DIY punk fanzine Maximumrocknroll's weekly radio show.[20] On April 20, 2013, the label spearheaded Mainland China's participation in Record Store Day 2013.[21][22][23]

In 2015, Genjing Records took the Melbourne band Primitive Calculators on tour in China performing at Split Works' Jue Festival in Beijing and Shanghai as well as club gigs in Xi’an, Yiwu and Wuhan. A documentary entitled "Which Way is China?" was made of the tour.[24]

Nevin currently plays in the hardcore-punk band Struggle Session which has toured in China, Korea, Spain, Morocco, Brazil, Uruguay, Argentina, Chile, Peru, Colombia, Panama, and Australia.[25][26]

Discography[edit]

A full discography can be found on the label's bandcamp page.[27]

Catalog Artist(s) Title Format Release date
GR001 Fanzui Xiangfa / Daighila split 7” May 2011
GR002 Fanzui Xiangfa / SS20 split 7” May 2011
GR003 Demerit / SS20 split 10” July 2011
GR004 Dear Eloise Castle 7” July 2011
GR005 Dear Eloise Song for Her 7” July 2011
GR006 Fanzui Xiangfa Fanzui Xiangfa 7” Aug 2011
GR007 Gum Bleed / Cheap Stuff / Flyx / rks Fuck Society 2x7” Apr 2012
GR008 Duck Fight Goose History 7” May 2012
GR009 Tiny Ghosts Alien in a Box 7” June 2012
GR010 AM444 / Tussle Split Ends 12” July 2012
GR011 The Fever Machine La Chupacabra 7” Aug 2012
GR012 Next Year's Love Smash the Pink Bug 7” Aug 2012
GR013 Dear Eloise I’ll Be Your Mirror 7” Oct 2012
GR014 Gum Bleed / Sick Times split 10” Jan 2013
GR015 Dear Eloise Vanishing Winter[28] 7” Mar 2013
GR016 Li Daiguo Music for Advertisements 7” Apr 2013
GR017 pg.lost / Wang Wen split[29] 12” Mar 2013
GR018 Pairs / God Bows to Math split 7” Aug 2013
GR019 The Dyne Swim. Fly Roots[30] 7” Apr 2013
GR020 Streets Kill Strange Animals Through 7” Oct 2013
GR021 Dear Eloise / Underground Lovers split 7” Aug 2013
GR022 Alpine Decline Go Big Shadow City LP 2014
GR023 Tom Cruise & Katie Holmes Wo Bu Ai Ni 7” 2014
GR024 Snapline Paper General 7” 2014
GR025 Carsick Cars / The Flavor Crystals split 7” 2014
GR026 Little Punk Traveling Man postcard flexi
GR027 The Fallacy Painkiller 7” 2014
GR028 AV Okubo Opium 7” 2014
GR029 Low Bow / Dinged Up split 7” 2014
GR030 Rolling Bowling / 13 Bats split 7” 2014
GR031 After Argument This Is Not Your Game LP 2014
GR032 The Yours Public Eye 7” 2014
GR033 Deadly Cradle Death / The Telescopes split 7” May 2015
GR034 GUIGUISUISUI The Court Of King Necro 7” 2014
GR035 Wang Wen Eight Horses LP 2014
GR036 MeToo Frankenstein 7” 2015
GR037 Hot & Cold / Tonstartssbandht split 7” 2014
GR038 Fanzui Xiangfa / Bad Nerve split 7” 2014
GR039 Fanzui Xiangfa Discography 2006~2014 LP 2014
GR040 Yang Fan What Happened After 1,001 Nights? LP 2015
GR041 Primitive Calculators / Torturing Nurse split 7” 2015
GR042 The Fuzz Golden Cage 7” 2015
GR044 Tom Cruise & Katie Holmes A Million Farewells LP 2015
GR045 Zhang Shouwang & Kid Millions split 12" 2015
GR046 SMZB / DUNG split 7" 2015
GR047 Little Monster / Negro Leo split 7" 2016
GR048 The Diders / D.O.A. split 7" 2017
GR049 Birdstriking / Die! Die! Die! split 7" 2017
GR050 Die!ChiwawaDie! / Struggle Session split 12" 2017
GR053 Arryam / Struggle Session split 7" 2018
GR054 TEST / Struggle Session split 7" 2018
GR055 SHAS / Alpaca split 12" 2018

References[edit]

  1. ^ Altered Zones | Dear Eloise: Castle | June 16, 2011 Archived December 26, 2012, at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ "Dingus | Review: Song For Her | April 27, 2012". Archived from the original on December 27, 2015. Retrieved December 4, 2012.
  3. ^ "AltSounds | News: Dear Eloise release Vanishing Winter 7" | Apr 3, 2013". Archived from the original on April 7, 2013. Retrieved April 19, 2013.
  4. ^ MusicDish | Genjing Records Goes Vinyl With Duck Fight Goose's History 7" | Apr 20, 2012
  5. ^ "SmartBeijing | Interview: The Fever Machine | Nov 21, 2012". Archived from the original on November 28, 2012. Retrieved February 12, 2013.
  6. ^ Mi2N: Round Eye Pave the Way For Punk With Unique Elements And A Singular Sound | December 3, 2012
  7. ^ Time Out Beijing | Review: Full Circle | December 1, 2012
  8. ^ ArtInfo | Chinese Hardcore Punk Rockers Fanzui Xiangfa on Using Music as a Weapon | Mar 8, 2013
  9. ^ Jing Daily | Beijing Vinyl: An Interview With Genjing Records | Feb 11, 2013
  10. ^ Time Out Shanghai | Shanghai's DIY Records | August 11, 2012
  11. ^ AWEH: Interview Archived May 2, 2013, at the Wayback Machine
  12. ^ Resident Advisor | Clubbing in Shanghai | November 28, 2012
  13. ^ City Weekend: Shanghai | The Vinyl Scene in Shanghai | Apr 16, 2013
  14. ^ City Weekend: Beijing | Retro Vinyl Revival | October 2, 2012
  15. ^ "无解专题: Record Store Day之Genjing Records创始人Nevin专访". Archived from the original on 2012-09-17. Retrieved 2012-12-04.
  16. ^ Northwest Asian Weekly | Chinese punk rock band to rock out in the U.S. for the first time | August 11, 2011
  17. ^ Plastic Bomb | SICK TIMES/GUM BLEED: Split 10" | November 27, 2012
  18. ^ China Daily USA | Rebel Yell | September 21, 2012
  19. ^ CRI English | The Sound Stage: Rocking For Good | August 28, 2012
  20. ^ MRR Radio #1310 | August 19, 2012
  21. ^ Time Out Beijing | The vinyl revolution: Beijing's record industry | Apr 3, 2013
  22. ^ SmartBeijing | Culture Bureau | Apr 11, 2013
  23. ^ SCMP | Vinyl records back in the groove | Apr 19, 2013
  24. ^ Which Way Is China?
  25. ^ Struggle Session 2017 Morocco & Spain Tour Documentary
  26. ^ Radii | Beijing Hardcore Band Struggle Session on Unique Punk Hybrids from China | Dec 7, 2018
  27. ^ Genjing Records' bandcamp page
  28. ^ "SmartBeijing | Dear Eloise: Vanishing Winter | March 29, 2013". Archived from the original on April 6, 2013. Retrieved March 29, 2013.
  29. ^ MusicDish | Split LP: Chinese Post-Rock Meets Swedish Experimental | Jan 1, 2013
  30. ^ Time Out Beijing | Introducing: The Dyne | Apr 2, 2013