To hear Utopia singer Olivia Yan describe things from Toronto’s Pearson International Airport, ambient EDM and vintage trip-hop aren’t exactly dietary staples of young Taiwanese music fans. Instead, it’s hyperglossed state-sanctioned pop that gets all the attention, and not just on the radio.
Major props, then, to Utopia for building a massive fan base at home with a sound that a supergroup made up of Morcheeba, Massive Attack, and Skrillex might create. After doing time in the Asian syrup-pop trenches when she was younger (Google her name and “Silly Child”), Yan hooked up with producer Deadhorse and then helped bring alternative music to the masses in Taiwan.
At home, she says, Utopia has played to crowds as big as 100,000. Consider yourself lucky then that you get to bliss out to enchantingly chill songs like “Dance With Me” on the 700 block of Granville Street on Saturday (September 3), when Yan and Deadhorse bring Utopia to town for TaiwanFest.