Josh Feola is an expert on music and art in China, on a mission to create understanding and shape purposeful stories about contemporary culture in the world’s most populous country. Josh has been deeply embedded in China’s underground culture since 2009, formerly managing iconic Beijing music venues D-22 and XP, organizing music festivals Sally Can’t Dance and BEME, and drumming in Beijing bands Chui Wan, SUBS and Vagus Nerve. As a curator and promoter he has organized more than 1,000 events in China and abroad. As a writer, his main focus today, he has penned over 500 articles giving context to the dynamic cultural matrix in which he remains an active voice.
Widely read and cited among China-watchers worldwide, for over ten years Josh’s insight and expertise have been sought by outlets including MIT Technology Review, DAZED, The Wire, Bandcamp Daily, Artsy, Quartz, VICE, KCRW Press Play, and the New York Observer, where he co-authored an influential opinion column with Peking University economist Michael Pettis.
As a consultant and event manager, Josh has lent his expertise to organizations such as SXSW, Vans Warped Tour, Goethe-Institut and ChinaWeek LA, speaking on and moderating panels about China’s music industry while introducing audiences to live performances from Carsick Cars, Snapline, Faded Ghost, Bohan Phoenix, and many others. Josh has also consulted on and programmed events for brands including Audi, Converse, and Doc Martens, and conducted extensive field interviews with high-profile figures straddling the US/China cultural divide, such as MC Jin, Jeremy Lin, and Jackson Wang.