Based in Taichung City in central Taiwan, Gamaa Music has been a major factor in the distribution of Taiwanese indie music of all kinds throughout the island since 1999. Founded by Nuno Chen, live house owner and Taiwan rocker in his own right, the label was first established to distribute American hard rock musicians. However, as a the indie rock and punk scene grew stronger in Taiwan, Gamaa turned to pressing and distributing numerous local artists including indie pop songstress Ciacia, taike punk band Children Sucker, indie rockers Bike and cutesy girl band Braces among others, and through special arrangement, many of Gamaa Music CDs are available globally through the online music shop Pacifiction Records. With weekend shows featuring bands with material on Gamaa as well as a myriad of other local bands, Nuno's live house became a haven for punk and indie bands nearly reaching legendary status. The venue now continues under the name Emerge, and the bands that often play there have been featured on a Gamaa compilation.
Since its establishment, Gamaa Music has had a history as a concert promoter often bringing foreign acts to Taiwan. Early on the label sought to please the island's metal guitar fans and organized shows for both Marty Friedman and Gary Hoey. Keeping in tune with the indie fans, Gamma arranged for Australia's wailing post-rock trio Dirty Three to play the island on several occasions. They also hosted the Leaf International Festival in 2003 which featured Cat Power and Damon & Naomi as headliners. More recently, the company has reached abroad to the Japanese label People's Records co-organizing events in Taiwan with bands from both labels and the two companies have even collaborated on records such as an LTK Commune joint effort with the Osaka psych band Legonic Trap and a split featuring Taiwanese band Bike and Japanese punks the Savas. And at a time when Taipei's summer festivals came to a halt, Gamaa Music has had a major hand in promoting the weekend-long Rock in Taichung concert proving the label is continually progressing with the trends in the Taiwan indie scene.
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