Generation 6

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Generation 6, September 11th 2010

Generation 6, name of a group of young bands usually centered around the D-22.

According to Maybe Mars[1]:

2008 and 2009 has seen the formation of an impressive group of young bands in Beijing that are different from their predecessors and prove that the now-legendary generation of bands that started in 2004 and 2005 are by no means the final phase of the explosive creativity of Beijing music. Grouping themselves under the name of Generation 6 as a way of asserting their differences, these young bands perform with a level of confidence and sophistication that comes much more naturally to them than to the bands that preceded them.

For much of the decade, pioneering musicians in Beijing had struggled to develop a scene with very little history to guide them. Most of them looked to foreign bands for their models because there was no home-grown talent that could offered them inspiration on how to be a Chinese rock and roll band.

But the Generation 6 bands grew up in a completely different environment. For them China, and especially Beijing, offered one of the most exciting music scenes in the world, with a wide variety of innovative and successful bands and musicians that had received attention not only in China but throughout the world.

For the Generation 6 bands, the issue was not how to create Chinese rock. A serious Chinese rock scene had already been created by important and very different bands like New Pants, Joyside, P.K.14, ReTROs, Carsick Cars, Hedgehog, Gar, Ourself Beside Me, Snapline, White, AV Okubo and many others. The Generation 6 bands were instead far more concerned with taking what they liked best from their predecessors to create music that was exciting and spoke to their own interests.

There are at least fifteen or twenty very good Beijing bands that consider themselves part of Generation 6. Many of them see their home base as D-22, which has in the past year turned away from the music that made the club famous in 2007 and 2008 to dedicate itself primarily to this new generation of bands. D-22 has selected seven of the most representative bands to present at Yugong Yishan and to introduce the Generation 6 bands to a wider audience. This will be great chance to see early on the bands that will dominate interest over the next three to four years.

The record label Maybe Mars dedicated concerts and also a compilation record to this band movement.


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Further information


  1. Blog Entry about a Generation 6 concert

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