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comment by yang: i happen to know a lot of people in the so called music buisness and i must say, this guy, even if he still owe me a dinner, i love this guy! Cui Jian and Yan Jun are sure big influences on chinese rock but Youdai, i still prefere 'YOu Die!' is the real killer! It's not about sensational things, it's not about hisstorical moments, it's about the long term guidance and introduction without personal notation on things and have the people to learn and have fun on their own on the exploration in new things and in that sense Zhang Youdai is the real gate opener and guidance into the brave new world of music that truely belongs to everyone, me included. Thanks bro, but you stilll owe me that damn dinner! Pale!
Zhang Youdai is not only a radio host still put on at different radio stations on jazz, electro and world music, he sometimes also participate as festival organizer, e.g. Kama Love Festival 2011.
translated from de.wikipedia.org:
Zhang Youdai is being seen as the front rider in DJ culture in China whose attention not only lies in electronic music but also rock and jazz. His stage name is Youdai, a word game since 'you dai' in Chinese may sound like "the one with the tapes".
Zhang Youdai studied Dramaturgy at the famous Central Academy of Drama (中央戏剧学院) in Beijing and graduated in 1991. Since 1993 he became a radio host and DJ on 'Beijing Music Radio' (北京音乐广播) until today. There he introduced all the facetts about western music that has been almost unknown to Chinese music fans and had his influece and impact on a whole generation of music listeners and musicians. As the almost only outsend media guy he kept comment the annual Grammy Awards in the US for the last few years for Chinese radio stations. Now he also host shows on other radio stations such as China Radio International (CRI.cn) and does DJ performances in local dance clubs such as Suzie Wong. In 2006 and 2007 he went to Germany to participate on Loveparade and the music festival of Popkomm. Since 2008 he also works in collaboration with Goethe Institut Peking on the event series of 'Elektronische Musik'.
taken from China.org:
If dance and rock music ever break into the Chinese musical mainstream, then DJ Zhang Youdai will surely become one of the most famous people in the Chinese entertainment market. Apart from running two clubs in Beijing, Cloud 9 and the recently opened Tango, Youdai is probably best known for his numerous alternative music radio programs over the last decade on Beijing Music Radio Station. He has also helped bring a large number of big western names to China, such as Leeroy from Prodigy for dance enthusiasts, and a Suede concert for the indie contingent. CRI recently met with DJ Youdai to have a chat about radio, vinyl and Banarama.
In the opinion of Chinese music fans, Zhang Youdai is the person who has done the most to bring good quality western music to China. Over this year, he has had so many different radio programs, such as New Rock Magazine, Midnight Blues, Listen FM, All that Jazz.
taken from bbc.co.uk:
Beijing Music Radio DJ Youdai is well recognised as a pioneer behind the emergence of the electronic music scene in China and was the first DJ to popularise new genres of music in the capitol. His radio programs New Music Magazine and Listen FM have been highly regarded as the century's most influential music programs in China.
He has been invited and attended the US Grammys, Holland Haig Jazz festivals, Zurich Electronic Festivals, Denmark Roskilded Festival and broadcasted the event to the Chinese audience. He has also helped bring a large number of big western names to China, such as The Prodigy, and Suede by producing gigs in China.
DJ Youdai began by playing The Beatles and mainstream western rock to his listeners, rock music has been popular in the western world for over 50 years yet no one in China knew anything about it. Despite reprimands he kept playing rock and through listeners went mad for his DJing style and his fearless attitude.
He was the first DJ who played rock, jazz and electronica on the radio in China since 1989, introducing new music and a new lifestyle to hundreds of millions young people in China, DJ Youdai has become the most respected and influential DJ in his country.
He is also a party promoter, event organizer, music producer and club owner. At the end of his shows he always signs off with 'Music can change the world'.
On May 1st, 2010, he performed at the Midi Music Festival 2010.
- All That Jazz 爵士春秋 (jue shi chun qiu) @ CRI Easy FM 91.5, Sun. To Thurs. 22:00-23:00
- The Night Fly 午夜飞行 (wu ye fei xing) @ CNR TOP FM 101.8, Sat. and Sun. 23:00-01:00
- The Sound Track Of My Life 我的音乐生活 (wo de yin yue sheng huo) @ Beijing Music Radio FM 97.4, Sun. 15:00-17:00
- Beat Generation 舞曲时代 (wu qu shi dai) @ CRI Easy FM 91.5, Friday 22:00-23:00
- The Selector @ CNR TOP FM 101.8, Saturday 23:00-01:00