On moving to Beijing, former punk rock guitar player, Andy Hepburn had to make sense of a whole new world, he also had to do it without his former band, Fractured.
Inspired by the name given him by his Chinese teacher, An Di Yi, he decided to use the sounds of his new home to spark a change of musical direction. Beijing street traders, Himalayan mule bells, insects from the forests of Huangshan and black rain from Hong Kong, underpin an eclectic orchestra of virtual instruments and beats from both east and west, in an intoxicating and deeply-chilled fusion. The distinctive ambient groove of An Di Yi was born.
By 2016, with two studio albums released, more than 250,000 plays on SoundCloud, and a feature on Tom Robinson’s Introducing on BBC 6 Music, it was time for An Di Yi, now based in Hong Kong to go live. Joined by bass player Stu McCutcheon, An Di Yi’s first ever live show on 1/9/16, opened a new chapter in this engrossing story to rave reviews.
*Atmospheric and smooth, his tracks recall both calm vistas and restless urban nights. A wonderful opening act, An Di Yi reminds us of the intricacies of Asia and the stunning effect simply living here can have on one’s music. Jules O’Brien, Timeout, Hong Kong*
*A blissfully meditative and immersive set had lulled the audience into a dream-like haze. When the lights came on, it felt like an unwelcome obtrusion.*
*– El Jay, The Underground Hong Kong*