We have wrapped up Christmas, Hanukkah, and New Year and most of us are now hunkering down for the end of the Winter. To celebrate the arrival of spring, the Chinese host big family gatherings and participate in traditional folk celebrations with singing and dancing. In Amsterdam we’ll be doing something different:


GAG & Mentha Project present:

TASTE – Pan-Asian Perfection:
snacks by Chinese Chef Liya (Xiamen)

SOUND – Loud Chimes in the Wind:
3ASiC (Nanjing) / Monokino (Amsterdam) / Floris Bates (Haarlem) / Zea (Amsterdam) 

Tickets at the door: 10 euro

3ASiC (bass music, electronic – Nanjing, China)
3ASiC is an electronic music producer from Nanjing, now residents in the Netherlands. 3ASiC has started his producer career from 2012 and achieved great success in China. 3ASiC always tries to combine his unique music taste with the current-gen Bass Music, to create a signature sound of his own.

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tSI8JdNQmTo
SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/the3asic
Monokino (wave, electronic – Amsterdam, Holland)

Monokino is the first Dutch band to play inside China. Monokino’s albums have been released by China’s largest independent label ‘Modern Sky’. Monokino frequently participates in China’s growing music festivals, including performances at the Strawberry and Modern Sky music Festivals in Beijing and Shanghai. Monokino’s music embodies a free spirit that finds harmony with disparate elements and a pattern without a formula. This is music of the non-Conformist. Here, the dark and the light intertwine to make some really great tracks with great electronic elements.

Music Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cq17N91a-d0
Live: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HnTKsh03kSw
Floris Bates and the Rented Friends (Indie, Reverb-pop – Haarlem, Holland)

Floris Bates’ songs seem to embody some sort of youthful cynicism, taking the piss out of society, celebrity culture and the usual societal struggles most of us are dealing with. Floris Bates is notorious for his catchy songs and nasty lyrics. Bates usually works out of his tiny bedroom apartment where he writes and records songs on old cassettes and computers, making use of what’s lying around. A debut album ‘Nasty Love’ is in the making and will see light in the spring of 2017.

Music Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B2jP8aZtGU0
Zea (indie, electronic – Amsterdam, Holland)

Zea is the solo alias of Arnold de Boer, vocalist in The Ex; using a minimal set-up of guitar and sampler. Urgent lyrics over guitar, roughshod beats and grimy bass lines. This is fat-free music with no words wasted; joyfully obstinate, wonderfully bonkers. Zea gives us a bunch of avant-garde elements loosely structured – like a child’s play – just to build his sonic world.

Music Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-uaknqBj93Y
Live: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kZXMd8TjKVU