This month Maybe Mars, one of China's largest and most beloved independent record labels celebrates their ten year anniversary. Launched in 2007 and focusing on the country's most compelling punk, post-punk, experimental, and avant-garde folk artists. Their roster includes influential acts such as P.K.14, Carsick Cars, Snapline, Xiao He, WHITE+, Chui Wan, Birdstriking, and Demerit.
Over their now decade-long existence, the label has played a major role in defining the sound of the Chinese underground. Formed out of Beijing's legendary punk venue D-22, fledgling acts Carsick Cars and Snapline joined together with punk and post-punk icons Joyside and P.K.14 to create a label truly dedicated to capturing this new, more experimental sound. Over the next decade, Maybe Mars' catalog grew to over 70 albums from over 40 artists, including many of the most iconic titles of modern Chinese rock. Focusing on the quality of their recordings, the label has always strove to produce releases that will stand the test of time. In an effort to capture the music in the most compelling way possible, they've worked with an impressive list of internationally recognized producers including Wharton Tiers, Martin Atkins, Blixa Bargeld, Brian Hardgroove, Andy Gill, Ricky Maymi, Rusty Santos, Steve Albini, Sonic Boom & Hamish Kilgour.
Proving that their artists can hold their own anywhere in the world, Maybe Mars acts have performed at renowned international festivals including South By South West, All Tomorrow's Parties, Primavera Sound, Austin Psych Fest, Sydney Psych Fest, and Van's WARPED Tour, along with opening for internationally recognized acts such as Sonic Youth, Gang of Four, The Brian Jonestown Massacre, My Bloody Valentine, Michael Rother and Manuel Gottsching. Their artists have gained praise in such major publications as the New York Times, Time Magazine, Wall Street Journal, ABC (Australian Broadcast Corporation), NPR, and CNN.
If you're new to Maybe Mars or a fan of their veteran acts, their ten-year anniversary is the perfect time to dig deeper into their catalog and get to know one of China's most impressive independent labels.