long have Nipples been playing together?
4 years. We play live about once a month.
scene in Taiwan seems to be exploding, that's a good thing
Bands have been playing live in different pubs for long time
already, it's the indie-labels in Taiwan that have just started
popping-up in recent years. Originally a lot of the indie
bands in Taiwan were still just trying to be cool instead
of delivering meaningful content, but it’s getting better
and better. More people are paying more attention now and
we are very hopeful.
You guys also
run White Wabbit Records, an indie-labels here in Taiwan.
How did that come about?
Our band had been playing for a while and naturally we wanted
to record our music. At that time, however, there was very
few ways of going about that in Taiwan. You basically had
to go through one of the major labels, but we didn’t
like the way those major label functioned. The labels in Taiwan
assign your band a "recording coach", and he controls
your music style. It was also extremely expensive to rent
a recording studio. So KK suggested we start an indie-label
ourselves. Xiao Hwa used the money that would be going to
studio rental to buy recording equipment. That’s how
Wabbit Records and Noiz
Studio got started. This way, we could records
our music however we wanted. At the same time we would be
helping other bands who are in a similar position.
If you guys started
WWR to record your own record, how come your album isn't the
first release on WWR?
Nipples was going through a lot of member
changes at that time and the other bands finished their masters
self titled album was actually WWR’s very first release.
your own record label, do you guys operate like most other
Yep, we write our music together. Usually, we start off by
jamming together and if we find something we like, we elaborate
and polish it.
For a couple of
minutes during your performance it felt like you guys were
improvising. I also noticed that there wasn't that much singing
in your show.
It's because we were playing our new tracks. As far as the
minimal vocals, we want to treat the vocals like an instrument
rather than the song's main focus. We don’t think that
every song needs to have lyrics either.
I see, I thought
KK was just being shy by not taking the center stage as most
lead singers do.
KK: No, I needed to be in the corner because
I loose my concentration too easily when look into the audience.
Alright, my last
and most sensitive question: Why did you name the band Nipples?
It was sort of a joke to begin with. We called our band Nipples
because they are sometimes soft and sometime hard, just like
our music. X