Now, if you live in east Asia, I'm pretty sure that you would have heard my next guests. They're called Mayday. Not in this stage, but we will hear some screams in the background from young fans. They are Taiwanese rock group. They perform to 2.5 million fans already in Asia. And they, with sold-out concerts in Hong Kong, China and Japan, now the group is spreading their Taiwanese tunes around the rest of the world.
At the moment, we'll speak to three of the five members of the band. But first Lucas de Jong looks at the group, who want to be the Beatles of the Chinese world.
此刻，我們要和五位團員中的三位聊聊。但首先Lucas de Jong觀察這樂團，他們想要成為華人世界的披頭四。
What will you get when you take five band members, surrendered about eight albums, and named four Golden Melody Best Band Awards, as well as millions of records sold around the world? You get Mayday.
Mayday is one of the biggest band in China and a whole lot of Asia in the last ten years. They play singing tours all over Mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, and they play in Japan, and they're coming here to Europe, London, Paris and Amsterdam, and they're going to Canada and America as well.
Well Mayday is somewhere upstairs in the hotel right now, but here on the street, the fans have been gathering. How long are we all being here for so far? Three hours! Now you're all breathing the London cold. Tell us, how excited are we to see Mayday? Wow!!!
There are the screams I warned you. Ok, well, I'm joined by three members of Mayday. With me is the lead singer, Ashin (Hi, guys), lead guitar, Stone over there, and near are the bass guitars, Masa on this side of me.
Thanks guys for coming in. Ashin, let me start by talking to you. We saw some of your UK fans there. You have a large number of fans around Asia. And you say you wanna be the Beatles of the Chinese world. Why the Beatles?
We love Beatles until we are young. (Yeah, very young.) So since you were young, you love the Beatles.
What about any other influences? Are there any other major stars that, you know, you think you would like to be like? We think Beatles have a lot of influence even in western country or eastern country like in our world. You know, so their influence is very huge and powerful for us. We think we might take this kind of the power, as a music. We try to influence some generations of ours, same of our generation, the same age.
And the music which are being listening to today is, you know, because, you know, stadium rock, sort of that type, you know, catchy stuff, catchy stuff, you write most of it? You do most of the...you'll sing a song and write it yourself? I wrote almost all the lyrics. What do you write about? I...we sing what we see, what we hear, what we sing for our generation.
And you're huge in China. Now I was talking to one of my colleagues who works at the BBC Chinese Service, and they were telling me that it's because you have uplifting songs, songs that tell people to hold on to their dreams. Do you think that's maybe part of your appeal in the Chinese market, Masa?
No. For us, it's not about the markets or what strategy that we use in China. For us, it's more like, almost in the world, the young generation. The young generation, everyone is thinking about the same thing: How to catch your dream? How to fight your war, not only for adults or for your class, or anything? So, we just write for maybe the young generation like us, what we think in our music.So the point is the young people around the world who worry about the same thing. Yeah, I think so.
But as, you know, as a Taiwanese rock band, big in Japan, do you have to be careful about some of the things you write about? Stone? About, you know, not being too political? Japan? No, in China. Sorry, sorry I said Japan. I've been...we've just been talking about Japan. That's alright. As a Taiwanese rock band, big in China, do you have to be careful about some of the things you write about, not to get too political?
Actually we are very honest to our song, so we wrote what we really care about, anything that we'll write. Basically we wrote more about a relationship, relationship around the pals, with friends, our families, and what we dream about, and what we really care about.
But I think the most important thing is Mayday always think very positive. The positive message. Yeah, so always we think about we have a dream, then we can achieve that. So we keep pushing this message to all the people that they can speak Chinese.
That's what I think. That is a question for you, isn't it? You're gonna be touring Europe and the US, but you'll be singing in Mandarin, will you? How's that gonna work? Are you expecting just, you know, Chinese fans to come? There is a trick. There is a trick.
We put some Chinese subtitle in our music video right now, so people can check that. But also we think there is, you know, music has no language. So if we have thinking...if we're thinking the same thing, then we play the same thing. I think music can touch people's heart, even they don't have any language with it.
Ok, well, here is a very good place to start. Stone, Ashin, Masa from Mayday, thank you very much for joining me. And good luck on this mammoth tour that's gonna bring you to Europe and the US.
Ok, that's it for this half an hour. We'll check back with you later on BBC World News. Stick with it, and I'm gonna talk to my guests a little bit more. Maybe they will have a few minutes to play guitar. We will see you on the other side.
好的，這就是這半小時的內容。我們稍後會回到BBC World News。不要轉台，我要再和我的來賓們聊聊。也許他們會有些時間來彈彈吉他。我們另一邊見。
註一：五月天上BBC專訪太緊張，錯用了 until 當作 since，但接受現場專訪壓力的確很大，尤其是用自己不熟悉的語言。他們接受國際媒體採訪不帶翻譯隨行非常厲害，把台灣發揚光大，推向全世界！順便驕傲的爆料一下：五月天是 Charlie 母校附中的學長們！學長加油！
- 「非常多」- A Whole Lot Of
Mayday is one of the biggest band in China and a whole lot of Asia in the last ten years.