Webchat: the Pulse

Updated: 2009-05-21 09:46

 

When these two young Brits arrived in China they had no plans to form a band.

Paddy Whalen and Giles Tully, both 29 have been friends for a long time. Sharing their love for music the guys decided this year to form a band called "The Pulse".

One of their projects was revising the popular Chinese folk song, Xiao Cao, by adding some British elements. "Not fragrant as a flower, not tall as a tree, I’m anonymous little grass." The traditional folk song's lyrics, about ordinary people and resilient spirit, touch the hearts of many people.

Chinese culture clearly has an affect on the artists. "射人先射马,擒贼先擒王" - these lines from the ancient poet Du fu are written down in Tully's notebook.

"This is a very Taoist poem, talking about doing the least amount of harm… and the love of peace," said Tully.

The duo speak Chinese well and have been featured in two episodes of a Chinese talk show called "The Pulse's Blah Blah".

The engaging musicians talked about their musical dreams as well as their favorite Chinese musicians.

"Wu Bai", they shouted at the same time when asked who their favorite Chinese artist was. Because "He rocks!" they said, adding they would love to work with him in the future.

With their trans-cultural savvy, they chose not to translate the Chinese name of the band literally and had the meaning "red" omitted. As for future plans, new Chinese songs are on the way, as they forge their musical path in China.

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