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TUESDAY: JUNE 26, 2001

Subject: "Asian Pacific American Musicians & Artists

What do you guys think about Coco Lee? She was the first Asian artist to perform at the Oscars. (editor's note: first Asian/Asian Pacific American to sing at the Oscars)

How about Yoyo Ma, he's Chinese.

Blue Audio, what are your thoughts from somebody who is in Chicago?

Blue Audio:
Chicago's scene is pretty strong but in a different way

In what way

Blue Audio:
Hip-hop is growing, but a big part of Chicago is the progressive house/club scene.

Greg Pak, as a great film director who is very observant - which APA music artists do you see as many great inroads?

Greg Pak:
I have to be honest; I don't know that much about AA music

I think that if a prominent director like Greg Pak isn't aware of any APA artists; we have to do our job and to provide opportunities for him to be aware of great APA music artists

Greg Pak:
I dig Cibo Matto. I've listen to the AsianAvenue's compilation c.d.'s, but I'm not a fan of many of the genres represented there.

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Listed below is a breakdown of the various sections of this informative 2 hour Internet Chat on people's views of the past, present and future of Asian Pacific American music artists.

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PART 1 - Past reviews
PART 2 - Hip-hop - Good or bad?
PART 3 - "Asiancentric" sound
PART 4 - What hip-hop teaches
PART 5 - Chicago scene
PART 6 - AA filmmakers
PART 7 - Artist support
PART 8 - A new artist strugges
PART 9 - Going "Indie"
PART 10 - Achieving success
PART 11 - Christian & other music
PART 12 - What hip-hop teaches

There you go, so critical

Greg Pak:
I like qbert - I have "Wavetwisters."

Blue Audio:
Do you think that the AsianAvenue compilations were a good idea?

Good idea, but could be better executed

Blue Audio::
How so?

AsianAvenue only places groups that have "donated" their tracks. With limited choices, they did not have a large selection of music to pick from.

Don't Listen to Me - here's a topic: if Master P and/or other cash millionaires were to debut an Asian rapier, don't you think that it would spark interest in the Asian community? I'd definitely listen.

Mike Shinoda and Joe Hahn are the rapper and d.j.'s for the group Linkin Park. They are a successful group and presently playing in Ozzfest with Ozzy Osbourne.

True, but there's a lack of credibility in the hip-hop industry, in my view.

I like to see more Asian musicians. There are too many wannabe d.j.'s and Celine Dion imitators.

Greg Pak:
Seems that many of the problems AA musicians are having are the same that any independent artist faces in a world dominated by huge entertainment corporations. Maybe not so much that the kids aren't interested more that the kids never find out about stuff that's not making it on MTV's TRL.

I agree. The bandwagon theory. The majority of the market doesn't want to buy "Indies". However, if Russell Simmons debut Asian artists, a lot of people would be listening which ultimately would create demand?

That's B.S., hip-hop started as an independent form!

That's true, but has it involved to now?

Bland and commercialized

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