Eastern Margins is a collective, label and community dedicated to platforming the sounds and stories of the Margins of East and South-East Asia and its diaspora
The London-based party and music label have been around since 2017, founded when Lumi and Anthony Ko just wanted a party to go to on Lunar New Year. Starting as an event series, Eastern Margins has expanded as a platform for showcasing East and South-East Asian musicians on the fringes.
We were lucky enough to sit down with Eastern Margins syndicate Jex Wang to discuss the platform fighting for representation for Eastern and South East Asians in the U.K. music scene.
Showcasing experimental sounds from the outer reaches of the region and its diaspora, Eastern Margins champions an underrepresented but incredibly prolific musical community.
You’ll see a distinct but diverse visual style of artwork and graphics (led by Anthony) that continues to reference a myriad of influences from the collective’s cultural heritage to promote their events and artists — dam systems in China sit alongside everyday items like Tiger Balm, Super Smash Bros characters, 7-11 adverts and video game trading cards.
How a UK Music Collective is Connecting London with Beijing - Sensing a gap in the British cultural scene, the founders of Eastern Margins seek to provide an authentic voice for East Asian artists.
Eastern Margins might be based out of London but the newly minted label has been making some noise on both sides of the sea this year and is shaping up to be portal into a new world of unheard voices in Asia. The label burst onto the scene this year with a promise to showcase the sounds margins of East and Southeast Asia and its diaspora.
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