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Making Their Own Kind of Music
Selena Huang Translated by Lisa Chiu
released its first album on April 2. The celebration party was
not held in a fancy location but, rather, at Underworld--a club
where many local original bands normally play. There was no crowd
of reporters vying to be first to get an interview or flower baskets
outside. Rather, things were kept simple, with a blackboard filled
with notes of support from friends and fans.
formed 10 years ago, making it one of the oldest original
blues bands in Taiwan. When people think of celluloid, they
usually think about the film used for making movies. One of
the cover songs that the band used to perform when they were
just starting out was "Celluloid Heroes" by The
Kinks. This is a song about people's feelings of love and
hate for famous movie stars and prompted the group to rename
their band Celluloid.
A-Ei is the mastermind of the
band and he is sometimes referred to as Taiwan's "godfather
of blues". He writes all of the songs and is the lead singer
and guitarist. A-Ei started his career in music about 10 years
ago while working at Caves Music. There, he composed music, built
his own recording studio and served as recording engineer for
several bands, like Lady Bug, Sugar Plum Fairy, Echo and Anarchy.
Now, his own band has released its own first album, "Spring
Weather", in which A-Ei integrates his life experiences into
Eba used to play drums for different bands, until he saw A-Ei
in concert. Eba was completely captivated by A-Ei's blues
talent, so much so that he asked A-Ei to teach him. Later,
A-Ei asked Eba to join Celluloid. Drummer A-Wan learned how
to play drums at Caves Music and formed several bands before
being recruited by A-Ei. He said that, because the music industry
was so competitive, he felt driven to learn as much about
music as he could. In addition to Celluloid, he has played
drums for Backquarter and Cats Fighting. Although Celluloid
has not yet found a stable bass player, everyone that has
played in the band has enjoyed an excellent track record.
Hsin-yi, the band's first bassist,
has often been referred to as "the queen of bass" and
is a former member of Cats Fighting and other bands. Currently,
she is the bassist for Bobby Chen. Wei Wei, from Assassin, also
played with Celluloid for a while. His heavy metal style combined
with Celluloid's blues music to create a unique chemistry. Other
bass players include Wang Chi-san, Ah-chen and the current Chang
this album, the band released two singles, "Leaving"
and "Spring Weather" on a rock compilation album.
Crystal Records produced an album called "Band Age: Force"
which included the Celluloid song "I Don't Care".
"Have Mercy", another of the band's creations, was
featured in the album "Men Will Always Be Men" produced
by Soundera. For "Spring Weather", the band has
taken charge of everything, including composing, recording,
singing and even marketing. There are no record company labels
on this album, a totally independent production. Please see
this month's CD reviews, for an introduction to this album.
music style mirrors the band's members--deep and down-to-earth.
At this year's Spring Scream, Celluloid was invited to play
with Chethonic and Labor Exchange Band. Those who came to
listen to them first sat quietly on the grass, then started
tapping their feet to the rhythm, then finally got up and
danced. The band played so intensely that A-Wan almost broke
If you want to know more about
Celluloid, visit their website at http://home.kimo.com.tw/celluloid_band,