Every year the Taiwan Beats SXSW showcase gets praise for its diverse & intriguing lineup (including 2019 breakout dream-pop act The Fur, among others) and this year is no different, featuring four acts representing Taiwan’s vibrant independent music scene: NekoJam (super fun, electronic, all-female 4piece with visuals that pop, RIYL: Chai, Hinds), Fire EX (punk rock band coined the ‘People’s Band Of Taiwan), Enno Cheng (dreamy indie pop from a leading actress & voice for queer Taiwanese artists), and The Chairs (Golden Melody Award-winning 3piece making retro folk rock).
TAIWAN BEATS ~ OFFICIAL 2021 SXSW SHOWCASE LINE UP
- Enno Cheng (dreamy indie pop) – Enno has been a household name in Taiwanese popular culture for nearly a decade as well as a voice for Taiwanese queer artists.. In addition to amassing millions of streams for her music and hundreds of thousands of social media fans, she is also an actress with multiple popular Taiwanese TV credits to her name.
- Fire EX(punk rock band coined the ‘People’s Band Of Taiwan) – Fire EX rose to popularity during Taiwan’s 2014 Sunflower Movement (a months-long protest occupation of Taipei’s administrative district) and are helping forge a new identity for the progressive, democratic generation.
- The Chairs– (a touch of retro folk rock with mellow psych vibes) – The Chairs are an indie three-piece who have won a Golden Melody Award (Taiwan’s equivalent to the Grammy) and were also nominated for two Golden Indie Music Awards.
- NekoJam (fun electronic, all-female 4piece with visuals that pop) – NekoJam’s style and camaraderie are akin to groups like Hinds or CHAI. They’ve keenly adapted to the shift in Taiwan’s music scene, starting off as a rock band and switching over to synths and beat drops.
Taiwan Beats decided to use the remote taping opportunity to incorporate beautiful & unique elements of Taiwanese culture into each performance including the popular activity of indoor shrimp fishing, a beautiful Taoist & Taiwanese temple, a stunning Yilan mountain landscape, and a traditional machine factory.