Representing Taiwan this year at the SXSW (South by Southwest) Music Festival are DJ Aristophanes (狸貓), TRASH, and Queen Suitcase (皇后皮箱). The three acts will hold their international showcase in Austin on March 19.
DJ Aristophanes, a Taipei-based female rapper named after the legendary Greek wordsmith, is known for her eclectic range of music samples, classic literary references, aggressive beats, sweet laughter, and maniacal screams. She collaborated with Canadian musician Grimes on a 2015 single titled "Scream.”
Rock trio TRASH pioneers upbeat Mandarin rock with strong song arrangements. Skipping between Brit pop, alternative rock, and grunge, TRASH cites Nirvana as one of their biggest inspiration for decadent music.
Indie band The Queen Suitcase embraced Motown and Surf and developed a musical personality that would not be remiss in a Quentin Tarantino film noir. The combination of the lead singer's sultry voice and post-punk guitar riffs pays homage to the golden age of rock.
The three promising Taiwanese acts will take the stage of Austin's Elysium night club on March 19, where they will be supported by DJ RayRay and April Red.
Taiwan Beats @ 2016 SXSW
'Scream' by Grimes featuring DJ Aristophanes
'Don't Forget We Were Awake That Day' by TRASH
'Killer.B' by The Queen Suitcase