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Taiwan Music CMJ Showcase: An Interview with Eric DeFontenay Founder of Music Dish Ep 33

By Felicia Lin

A note from Talking Taiwan host Felicia Lin:

I spoke at length with Eric de Fontenay, the Founder of MusicDish about topics ranging from the artists who will be performing at this year’s Taiwan CMJ Music Showcase, the Asian music scene, Mandopop, J-pop and K-pop. It was a fun and fascinating conversation. Listen to hear preview clips from the artists who will be performing at the Taiwan CMJ Music Showcase, which will be held at the legendary New York City venue, Webster Hall and to learn more about the Asian music scene.

Here’s a little preview of what we talked about in this episode:

  • What is the CMJ Music Marathon
  • The panels and events that will be happening during the CMJ Music Marathon (October 15- October 18)
  • Bands that will be performing at the Taiwan CMJ Music Showcase: Joanna Wang, Miss Ko and DJ Noodles
  • Sound clips from the artists that will be performing at the Taiwan CMJ Music Showcase
  • How all three artists being represented in this year’s Taiwan CMJ Music Showcaseare all female
  • Taiwan’s music and its place in the Asian music scene
  • How Mandopop compares to J-pop and K-pop
  • How China is developing its music scene
  • The influence and popularity of K-pop
  • Comparisons between the music scene in Taiwan and China
  • How Eric started MusicDish and got involved with the Taiwan music scene
  • The Spring Scream Concert that is held annually in Southern Taiwan
  • The first MP3 lawsuit
  • The Hsu-nami
  • Partners and supporting organizations of the Taiwan CMJ Music Showcase


Related Links:


MusicDish website:


Facebook group dedicated to Mandarin music, on


Music Dish on Twitter:


Asian In New York website:

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Felicia Lin is the Host and Producer of Talking Taiwan, a podcast which seeks to introduce you to interesting stories connected to Taiwan and the diverse individuals who make up Taiwan’s global community.

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