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At17

at17
Chinese name 雁石分天.[1]
Pinyin yan4 shi2 fen1 tian1 (Mandarin)
Jyutping ngaan6 sek6 fan1 tin1 (Cantonese)
Origin Hong Kong
Occupation Singer-songwriter, musician, MC
Genre(s) Cantopop, Folktronica
Instrument(s) Guitar, Percussion instrument
Label(s) People Mountain People Sea
Years active 2002 - present
Current Members Eman Lam
Ellen Joyce Loo
Influences Janis Ian, Anthony Wong Yiu Ming, Tat Ming Pair
Official Website People mountain people sea

at17, consist of Eman Lam and Ellen Joyce Loo, is a Hong Kong based folktronica and Cantopop all-female band managed under production company People Mountain People Sea.

Biography

Loo and Lam first met each other at a singing competition held by Tom Lee Music Hong Kong - "Original Music 2000" (原音2000), in which Loo won the 3rd Prize and Lam won the 2nd. They were among the youngest participants. After the competition, they started performing at university campuses and other tertiary institutions in Hong Kong. In 2001, they were discovered by Anthony Wong Yiu Ming, the chairman of the music production company People Mountain People Sea and a renowned singer-songwriter during the 90's. Lam and Loo was then signed by the company on 1 January 2002, and the group was named at17.

The duo was invited to Amsterdam and performed as part of the Hong Kong Festival in 2005. From April 2006 to March 2007, they were appointed as MCs for TVB's popular weekly music show Jade Solid Gold and frequently performed live in the show.

Their first mega concert Sing Sing Sing 2006 took place at AsiaWorld-Expo on 30 September 2006. Subsequently, they held a series of mini live shows called Just the two of us at Shouson Theatre, Hong Kong Arts Centre from 1 March 2007 to 1 May 2007, where they performed the songs of other artists.

Both Loo and Lam are involved considerably in the songwriting and production for their albums. Loo plays the guitar and piano, and Lam plays the guitar and various percussion instruments. Their style may be best described as Folktronica.

About the name

The group name at17 was derived from the song "At Seventeen", a bittersweet commentary on adolescent cruelty and teenage angst, sang by one of Lam’s favourite singers Janis Ian.[2] Inspired by the song, a lot of at17's songs express teenage girls' sentiments, but in a slightly optimistic way. The style of their songs has shown some influences from Janis Ian as well.

Discography

Album

DVD

  • 903 California Red: Eleven Fires Concert (10 September 2004)
  • Twins x at17 Live in Music (23 September 2005)
  • Sing Sing Sing Live in Concert 2006 (Dec 2006)

Publications

  • Do I have problem or not ? (我有冇問題?), proses collection in Chinese language, written by at17, 2005, published by Youth Culture (青春文化), Hong Kong, ISBN 988-98445-7-5.

Endorsement

Awards

See also

References

  1. ^ at17 stated that their official Chinese name is 雁石分天 in an interview by TVB's Entertainment-Live (娛樂直播) in March, 2006
  2. ^ [1] from at17's official website in which the derivation of the group name was explained
  3. ^ Article from at17's official website that states the correct release date of their first album.

External links

  • s official website (in Chinese)at17'
  • People Mountain People Sea official website (in Chinese)
  • Eman Lam's blog at Yahoo Hong Kong (in Chinese with some sections in English)
  • Ellen Loo's blog at Yahool Hong Kong (in English & Chinese )
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