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Crime Wave Press: an interview with co-founder Tom Vater Part 2

August 11, 2012 By: Marco Ferrarese Category: Asia, Cambodia, English, Interviews, Iran, Nepal Visited: No Comments →

Tom Vater in Phnom Penh - picture by Conor Wall

Second and last part of an interview with a new independent publisher who is trying to kick the corporate media world’s bum by releasing hard hitting, pulpy Noirs with Asian settings. I am talking about Crime Wave Press based in Hong Kong and brainchild of travel and Asian focused writer Tom Vater.

The obvious question: did you travel along the Hippy Trail? If so, how was it?

I traveled from Kathmandu to Istanbul overland in 1998 and did other sections of the overland trail at various times. The long trip took about three months – fantastic experience. Witnessing the US play Iran during the 1998 football world cup, in a hotel in Esfahan, was a highlight I later wrote about – and I ended up playing a match with a small team of other travelers against local security forces on the world’s largest square! I think we lost, national honour was at stake. (more…)

Crime Wave Press: an interview with co-founder Tom Vater Part 1

August 03, 2012 By: Marco Ferrarese Category: Asia, Cambodia, English, India, Interviews, Nepal Visited: 1 Comment →

Tom Vater in Phnom Penh - picture by Conor Wall

 I recently got word that a new independent publisher is trying to kick the corporate media world’s bum by releasing hard hitting, pulpy noirs with Asian settings. I am talking about Crime Wave Press based in Hong Kong and brainchild of travel and Asian focused writer Tom Vater.  The first two books are his own works of fiction. The first, “The Devil’s Road to Khatmandu”, is the grungy comeback of four infamous hippy trail beaters to the crime scene in a changed contemporary Nepal.  A drug deal gone bad in the past swings back to the present like a high altitude Himalayan trek on acid, leaving no prisoners. The second novel, “The Cambodian Book of the Dead”, is the first episode of Detective Meier’s adventures: sent on the hunt for the heir to a coffee empire in Cambodia, the German private eye will get entangled with a crazy war criminal whose hideous career spans back to Nazi Germany and collides to the present of a nation recovering fast from genocide…
If you love Asia and pulp like I do, these two books should definitely become part of your Kindle’s top 10, as they are easily available through Amazon.com as eBooks. I decided to reach Tom Vater, the man in the dark hat, to ask some more questions about his books and Crime Wave press… (more…)

Travel for Aid: Heading to Taiwan Part 2

July 27, 2012 By: Marco Ferrarese Category: Asia, English, Taiwan, Travellers, Travels Visited: No Comments →

We continue transmitting the chronicles of Matteo Tricarico’s new biking trip from Asia to America…

In these urban areas, roads always have a lane well separated for slow transportation means that, if on one hand it gives the security to a cyclist not to be run over by four-wheeled vehicles, on the other hand it slows down the march because carts and other bicycles congestion. However, when houses finally cease, roads are free of vehicles and the horizon widens on paddy fields, orchards and vast fields of corn, but the road surface becomes so worn and often muddy that one is forced to proceed slowly and with caution. This is another example of the big difference between urban and rural areas. On April 19, arriving in Shangrenjia, I discovered that the bridge on the highway G324 south of Shantou was a toll bridge and forbidden to bicycles. The toll-man told me to go a few kilometres back, load the bike into a taxi and cross the bridge! (more…)

Punk Rock in China: an interview with David O’Dell Part 1

July 04, 2012 By: Marco Ferrarese Category: Asia, Asian Punk/Metal, China, English, Interviews, Music Visited: No Comments →


As I start to approach a new incredible life project which I will make public in a few months, I feel the need to start re-tuning Monkeyrockworld on the “rock” side of things… Asian style. I am republishing – and for the first time in English, and integral – a great interview I had with David O’Dell aka Texas Dave, one of the laowai forefathers of the first seminal Beijing punk scene, back in the early 90s. The piece was originally published in Italian by China Files. You can read more by purchasing Dave’s incredible written history of early Beijing’s punk, “Inseparable, the memoirs of an American and the story of Chinese punk rock “
, click here to order a copy.

How did you start making punk shows in Beijing? Was it your interest and need, or was there a thriving scene back then in the mid 90s already?
There was no punk scene when I arrived in 1995, it was just grunge and alt-rock.  It was definitely my interest, I was very much a young punk looking for other punks to talk to and do music with.  There was only one truly punk band at time and it was Underbaby, started by Gao Wei and his brother Gao Yang in 1994.  I met Gao Wei in 1996 and we connected instantly.  We became roommates soon after we met and then I joined his band in 1997. When we started doing the earliest punk rock shows, our mission was to play for the chinese high school and college youth.  Gao Wei and I had no desire to play for foreigners or journalists.  we had a vision of awakening the youth of Beijing, becoming “individuals” 自己的人 as Gao Wei put it, so we sought out clubs that were close to the colleges and schools on purpose.  (more…)

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