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AK 47 stands for a new modern noisy hardcore metal that cannot be really described. You have to watch and listen to them, you have to enjoy one of their concerts to know the energy and the anger that this combo is spreading amongst the audience.
Usually wearing a brown uniform with a red AK 47 cloth wrapped around their arm they look more like a army war troop on execution course, but this is not what they are about! They want to spread their music full of power and not bombs full of death as another indivual name G.W.B.
They have released their debut record Chu Fa / Start Off in 2006.
“Music is very powerful, just like an AK47. There’s no other meaning. Our music is our gun,” - Han Tian
October 2000, AK 47 is formed around Lao Mao (born 1975) as a band concentrating on industrial, techno and digital hardcore, music styles they are going to transform later on into a new metal electro style. The band’s name was chosen because it sounded powerful and evoked images of fire. It’s not an endorsement of war. Their first live performance took place on December 23rd in the (old) Get Lucky Bar in Beijing.
In May 2001, they performed during the Midi Music Festival 2001. November the same year, AK 47 produces its first demo record The AK-47 Band. Although being an EP, the CD is right away classified among the 10 "Best Albums of the Year" by music magazines such as X-Music (www.xmusicmag.com). AK47 reaches the "National Outstanding Album" Award.
January 2002, AK 47 performs on a festival in Kunming. Later in May, AK 47 performed on the Midi Modern Music Festival 2002, however due to AK 47's variation on instruments and techniques, and the unreliability of the provided equipment during the festival, their live performance was a desaster.
Around June 2002, AK 47s music style changed from previous electro-heavy industrial to industrial metal.
On January 26th, 2003, they performed in Hebei Zhangjiakou city during the 天然雪野 自由音楽 rock festival. March 5th, they performed in the Get Lucky Bar during the 懐念 Sun Shu concert. March 8th, they rocked the Get Lucky Bar. April 5th, they performed in the 金起点酒. April 12th, they performed in the Get Lucky Bar. Shortly after the gig, 符松 (Drums) leaves the band to concentrate his activities on the band Perfume. In April, also Ma Jun (Guitars) has to leave the band due to family reasons. In June, Lu Wei rejoins as drummer. Furthermore Zhang Yang joins on the guitars, so that the lineup is made up of: Lao Mao (Vocals), Lv Xia Fei (Guitars), Zhang Yang (Guitars), 李志 (Bass), Lu Wei (Drums) and 孟慶旺 (Sampler & Editing). On July 18th, they performed during the 美国占辺揺滾・・・明日之音原動力 concert. On July 19th, they performed outside of the Film Institute (汽車電影院). In August, AK 47 went on a 行動社 sponsored South China tour, kicking off in Shanghai's Ark on the 16th of August and later, the same day, in Suzhou's 西街酒廊. On August 18th, they performed in Nanjing's 莱鳥 bar. August 22nd, they rocked Tangshan's 盛世情縁 bar. August 23rd, they performed in Qinhuangdao's 莱茵河畔 bar. August 30th, they rocked Tianjin's 西部酒城 bar. That performance was also recorded live as VCD AK-47 in Tianjin. September 20th, they performed at the Nameless Highland. September 21st, they performed in Langfang University Town in the Banana Plaza. October 2nd, they performed at the Midi Music Festival 2003. October 7th, they rocked the Ger Lucky Bar. October 12th, they performed in Chongqing's in the Hai Yang Park during the 重慶長江流揺滾音楽節 music festival. October 31st, they performed at the Halloween Party at the Nameless Highland. November 22nd, they performed at the release party for the Scream for the Chinese Rock'n'Roll Yesterday (VA) compilation at the Get Lucky Bar. November 29th, they performed at Xi'an's Wei Yang Lake during the 万人揺滾鋭舞PARTY. December 5th, they performed at the Dong Fang University City. December 6th, they performed in Shenyang's ka薩布蘭ka国際倶楽部.
In March 2004, Lv Xia Fei leaves the band and Li Si Wei (guitars) joins. On May 1st, they performed at Chaoyang Pop festival. May 4th, they performed at Xi'an's Wei Yang Lake. Eventually, 李志 leaves the bass and Lao Mao takes over the bass in addition to his previous sole role as vocalist. Hence the lineup was as following: Lao Mao (Vocals & Bass), Li Si Wei (Guitars), Zhang Yang (Guitars), Lu Wei (Drums) and 孟慶旺 (Sampler). On August 15th, they performed in Lijiang's Rock Live Lijiang music festival. On August 22nd, they performed in Kunming's 駱駝 bar. September 3rd, they rocked the Nameless Highland. On October 4th, they performed at the Midi Music Festival 2004. October 22nd, they rocked Guangzhou's Solo bar. October 24th, they performed at Shenzhen's 上歩南路根拠地 bar during the Fourth Shenzhen 根拠地 Rock Music Festival. October 29th, they performed at the Halloween party of the Get Lucky Bar. November 16th, they signed with "My King Music" (www.myking.cn) 音楽王国文化集団（香港）有限公司 in Hongkong. November 22nd, they performed at the Nameless Highland during the third anniversary birthday party of the 中国地下音楽網 website. December 25th, they performed at the Christmas party of the Nameless Highland.
On May 10th, 2005, they peformed at Tianjin University during the 足球聯賽頒奨 Party. June 24th, they performed at the Nameless Highland. June 25th, they performed at the New Get Lucky Bar during the 遠離毒品，親近音楽 event. July 22nd, they performed at the Nameless Highland during the 中国揺滾楽団体反恐怖活動演唱会[壹] event. July 28th, they performed at Chongqing's 大田湾体育場 for the 大田湾[口卑]酒節 event. July 31st, they performed at the Inner Mongolia 2005内蒙古・格根塔拉草原狂歓節 festival. August 6th, they rocked the Beijing Academy of Film during the 真唱運動三周年記念 event. August 20th, they performed in the New Get Lucky Bar during the 中国揺滾楽団体反恐怖活動演唱会[貳] event. September 2nd, they rocked the 13 Club. September 18th, they performed in the New Get Lucky Bar during the ROCK AID現場音楽会 event. October 3rd, they performed during the Midi Music Festival 2005 in Beijing's Haiding park. October 3rd, they also performed i nthe 13 Club. October 31st, they performed at the Halloween party of the New Get Lucky Bar. In December 霍剛 joins as drummer and later the same month, 徐凱 (Sampler) and Lv Xia Fei (Guitars) rejoin. December 31st, they performed in Huizhou's Sports Park Jiangbei during the 揺滾中国楽勢力 大型新年倒数演唱会. Further on the same day, they performed in Shenzhen's 根拠地 bar.
In January 2006, they release their record Start Off and they hold a release party on January 21st in the 13 Club Beijing. In February 霍剛 leaves the band and Han Tian joins as bassist. Furthermore Han Guang joins as drummer, so that the lineup consisted of: Lao Mao (Vocals), Li Si Wei (Guitars), Lv Xia Fei (Guitars), Han Tian (Bass), Han Guang (Drums) and 徐凱 (Sampler). On February 22nd, their record Start Off is re-released with a new packing. On April 1st, they rocked Guangzhou's 東莞莞城文化広場演奏庁. April 8th, they performed in the New Get Lucky Bar's "Memorize Kurt Cobain" concert. Further in April the DVD Rockstar was released that contained a recorded interview with AK-47. On May 2nd, they performed during the Midi Music Festival 2006. May 9th, they rocked the New Get Lucky Bar for the 20th Anniversary of Chinese Rock 'I have nothing' (1986-2006) concert. May 27th, they performed at Shanghai's Yuyintang. In July Si Li Wei leaves the band. Furthermore their song Start Off is included in the So Rock! Magazine (no. 54). On August 26th, they performed at the Starlive during a show of Overload. September 10th, they played at the Beijing Pop Festival 2006 and shares the stage with well known bands as SkidRow, Placebo and Supergrass. According to Mark Godfrey: Local hard rock act AK47 played to an evening crowd of 2,000 which swelled to 12,000 by the time Sebastian Bach took the stage. "And that's still healthy. A band like AK47 wouldn't normally play to that big a crowd."On October 2nd, they rocked the 13 Club during the 首届HZ 13金属音楽節 metal festival. On October 3rd, they performed at Beijing beer and rock festival 2006. October 5th, they performed at Zengcheng's 首届中国（増城）揺滾&[口卑]酒狂歓節曁第五届新塘国際牛仔服装節 music festival. October 26th, they rocked the Chongqing University of Science and Technology during the Zippo Hot Tour--火熱之旅2006 中国原創動力秀. Novemebr 10th, they performed at Langfang University town. November 15th, they performed at the Starlive. November 25th, they performed at the Nameless Highland. December 15th, they rocked the Nameless Highland. December 24th, they performed in Tianjin's 国際展覧中心2号館 during the 聖誕揺滾万人狂歓 event. December 31st they performed at the Get Lucky Bar.
In January 2007, Lv Xia Fei leaves the band and 全磊 (Guitars) joins. January 27th, they rocked the Starlive. March 10th, they performed in the 13 Club. March 19th, they rocked Chongqing's 快車道 bar. March 20th, they performed in Chongqing's Baby Face bar. Also the same month AK47 won the "Best Rock Album" Award in China at the "National Yoghurt Chinese Stuff"(including Taiwan, Hong Kong & Macao) with the album "ChuFa" ("Start-Off"). It's the first time in China that an underground band won such reward. April 1st, they rocked the Starlive. On May 3rd, they performed at the Midi Music Festival 2007. Furthermore they signed with Beijing's label Pilot Records. In July they started their national tour with their first gig being in Xining's 紐約地鉄倶楽部 on July 3rd. On July 4th, they performed at Lanzhou's 時間 music bar. July 6th, they performed at Chengdu's Little Bar. On July 8th, they rocked Chongqing's 想象力 bar. On July 10th, they rocked Guiyang's 南方公園 bar. July 12th, they performed in Kunming's Shuo bar. July 20th, they performed in Inner Mongolia's 首届鄂爾多斯草原揺滾 music festival. July 28th, they performed at the Starlive during the 15th anniversary party of 在路上. Then the second part of their national tour started, with a concert on August 10th in Changsha's 可可清 bar. On August 11th, they performed in Wuhan's VOX bar. On August 13th, they rocked Ningbo's 1982 bar. August 18th, they performed at Shanghai's 4 Live during the 1234音楽節預演活動 event. August 21st they performed at Hefei's 革命者 bar. August 24th, they performed at Jinan's PARK倶楽部. August 25th, they performed at Zibo's 銹 bar. August 26th, they rocked Qingdao's CATCH 22 bar. September 15th, they performed at the Starlive. September 18th, they performed at Shijiazhuang's 地下絲絨 bar. September 21st they performed at Xi'an's Tiger Tiger bar. September 23rd, they rocked Yinchuan's 芯蕊倶楽部. September 29th, they performed at Urumqi's 愛尚慢揺 bar. October 6th, they performed at the Lijiang Snow Mountain Music Festival 2007. October 28th, they rocked the Starlive. October 30th, they performed at Shanghai's 上海正大影棚. November 3rd, they performed at Guangzhou's 珠影影棚. December 24th, they rocked Chongqing's 南坪国際会展中心1階 during the 2007年重慶首届現代 music festival. December 31st, they performed in the Haidian exhibition hall during the 魔菇2008現代 music festival.
2008, January 1st they performed in the HaiDing park for the release of Reflector's full-length record 成长瞬间. January 5th, they performed in Tianjin's 硬石 bar. In February, AK47 shows on the movie "All About Women" by Hong Kong director Tsui Hark. April 20th, they performed in Shenyang's KISS bar, thereby starting their Northeast China Club Tour. April 22nd, they rocked Dalian's 跳房子 bar. April 25th, they performed in Changchun's 金樽 bar. April 27th, they rocked Qiqihar's 電業文化宮. During the tour, Diao Lei supports as drummer. May 7th, they performed in Hefei's 面孔 bar. May 8th, they performed in Wuhu's 現場 bar. May 10th, they rocked Nanchang's 黒鉄 bar. May 11th, they performed in Changsha's 肆陸 bar. May 13th, they rocked Guilin's 算了 bar. May 15th, they performed in Guizhou's 南方公園 bar. May 16th they performed in Qujing's 57 bar. May 17th, they rocked in Kunming's 老窩 bar. May 18th, they performed in Lijiang's 39.8 bar. June 21st, they performed in the Mao Live house. September 30th they performed during the Modern Sky Festival 2008. October 1st they performed in Xiamen's 2008海峡沙灘揺滾音楽節 festival. December 20th they performed in the Yugong Yishan, releasing their second record Unstoppable.
In 2009, their lineup consisted of Lao Mao（Vo）, 全磊（G）, 嚴欽（B）, Cedric （Last Chance of Youth）（French）（Dr） and 徐凱（Sampler）. On March 13th, they rocked Qingdao's 自由古巴 bar, starting a nation-wide tour. On March 15th, they rocked Zibo's 銹 bar. March 18th, Nanjing's 古堡 bar. March 20th, Shanghai's Yuyintang. March 22nd, Hangzhou's 旅行者 bar. March 24th, Nanchang's 黒鉄 bar. March 26th, Changsha's 肆陸 bar. March 28th, Guilin's 開関 bar. March 29th, Nanning's 南巴仔 bar. In March 2009, their song 再踏征途 is included in the So Rock! Magazine (no. 84). April 4th, they rocked Kunming's 去[ｲ尓]的 bar. April 11th, they rocked Yunnan's 青島扎 bar. April 18th, they rocked Chengdu's Little Bar. April 19th, they performed in Chongqing's 堅果倶楽部. May 2nd, they rocked the Midi Music Festival 2009 in Zhenjiang. May 19th, they rocked Yinchuan's 額楽金得 bar. May 22nd, they performed in Urumqi's 楽庫音楽 bar. May 24th, they performed in Lanzhou's 時間音楽. May 28th, they rocked Xi'ans 紡績城芸術区唐華一印 during the 楽来楽快楽 -09張冠李戴音楽節 music festival. May 30th, they performed in Mianyang's Lowbar. June 1st, they rocked Guiyang's LUCK bar. June 4th, they performed in Shenzhen's 一渡堂. June 5th, they rocked Guangzhou's 191 Space. June 7th, they performed in Xiamen's 夢旅人音楽客桟. June 10th, they performed in Fuzhou's 爵士藍調 bar, ending the tour. June 27zh, they performed at the 13 Club in Beijing. July 3rd, they rocked the 13 Club in Tianjin. August 29th, they performed at the 奥体中心北門足球場 during the 夏日領航2009大型音楽季. At the end of October 2009, AK-47 won the award Best Metal Performance at the Midi Awards 2009.
On March 17th, 2010, they performed in Zhuhai's 現場 bar. On May 2nd, they performed at the Midi Music Festival 2010. According to Beijing Daze: AK47 was also on hand for a good heavy show that had the crowd screaming!
Lao Mao, 30, is from hilly and poorer Yunnan, furthest from Beijing and the inflows of foreign capital and culture that have been remaking China.
Han Tian was born in the northerly city of Shenyang in 1982. Han’s father was an accomplished player of the two-stringed erhu, a melancholic-sounding instrument central to traditional Chinese music. Han senior also played bass guitar in a band that did Def Leppard covers. Being themselves from England’s steel capital, Sheffield, Leppard’s sound might have been apt for a town coated in coal dust blowing from its vast steel mills. Han listened in, and then started playing his father’s bass.
Xia Fei: Def Leppard sounded not unlike an early favorite of guitarist Xia Fei, from the southeasterly province of Zhejiang. Short and intense with a goatee beard, Xia, 30, head-banged to Hei Bao (Black Panther), a leather clad, big-haired band from northern Stocky Xia later fell for Metallica.
History in Chinese
主唱：老猫（张智勇） 云南开远人。 94年初，开始学琴，随后组建第一支乐队。 96年乐队解散，上省城昆明闯荡，后来北上首都，进行排练和演出。 却因种种缘故几一度放弃音乐。 99年重振，又上北京开始排练。2000年创建"AK-47"乐队，并终止了与其他乐队 的合作，全心投入AK-47乐队的发展。
吉他：权磊。 北京人。 AK-47原装成员，第一批乐队成员担任主唱，后因个人原因离队，07年末重新归队任吉他手。
贝斯：韩天。 沈阳人。 出生于音乐世家，从小学习钢琴、单簧管，后改弹贝斯多年，02年移民新西兰，于06年初回国正式加入AK-47。
鼓手：韩光 小光，姓韩，83年生，鲁国人。 03年来京发展，先后参与过四线方格、麻沸散等乐队，现任AK-47鼓手。
采样：徐凯 北京人。 1999年末文身认识老猫，共同组建AK-47乐队任吉他手，其间后因个人原因离队，05年末归队担任乐队采样。
Midi Music Festival 2010, May 1st-4th 2010
Midi Music Festival 2009 - 2009, May
Midi Music Festival 2007, May 2007
Beijing Pop Festival 2006, October 2006
Beijing beer and rock festival 2006 - 2006, October
Midi Music Festival 2006 - 2006, May
Midi Music Festival 2005 - 2005, October
Midi Music Festival 2004 - 2004, October
Midi Music Festival 2003 - 2003, October
Midi Music Festival 2001 - 2001, May
Articles in magazines
Painkiller Magazine no. 20 - April 2006
2003, October 1st, Midi, photo (c) Yoshito Katori
Unstoppable - 2008, December
Start Off - 2005
AK-47 in Tianjin - 2003
The AK-47 Band (Demo) - 2001, November
Beijing Midi Festival 2006 (DVD) (VA) - 2007, May
Midi Music Festival 2005 (VA) - 2006, May
Rockstar DVD (VA) - 2006
Beijing Midi Festival 2004 (VA) - 2005, March
Midi 2002 Live (VA) - 2002, July
Articles & Interviews
- AK-47 featured in GigShanghai #1
- AK-47 Start Off Review @ Crienglish.com, March 2006
- On Fire?, Article about AK-47 & Interview with Han Tian by Mark Godfrey, January 2007
- AK 47 – Musik ist eine Waffe by Lars Mörking
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Mark Gofrey (January 2007). "On Fire?". Retrieved on 2010-01-17.
- ↑ As referenced on Roadrunner webpage
- ↑ Mark Godfrey (October 2006). "Beijing Beat: Bringing rock to China". Retrieved on 2010-01-17.
- ↑ Beijing Daze (2010-05-04). "MIDI day 2: This is how a festival is done!". Retrieved on 2010-05-04.