Arkham New Year's Eve Party
Reborn in 2017, Arkham has hosted a diverse range of extreme local and international talent from Goldlink, Brodinski, To kimonsta, A$AP Nast, Knoxledge, DJ Q, Desiigner, FKJ, Lil Akin & Visudy, Baauer, ZHU, MØ, and Machinedrum.
Among this year’s most exciting hip-hop acts travelling between the East and West, Bohan Phoenix is coming to Arkham to welcome us into 2018. Based between Chengdu and New York, the multilingual rapper has successfully tapped into the burgeoning scene for Chinese and Asian rappers with standout tracks JALA (加辣) (featured on 88rising), Motivasian, Foreign (produced by Beijing’s DoHits label-head Howie Lee) and No Hook in collaboration Chengdu's Higher Brothers. Finishing off a spicy tour across Asia this year with appearances at Jianghu Music Festival, Strawberry Festival and Concrete & Grass, Bohan Phoenix will be delivering heat December 31st supported by Dazzy, Amber Akilla, Max Shen.
Celebrating the spectrum between cyberspace and hyper reality, you’ll see Arkham like you’ve never seen it before. Visuals by Daliah Spiegel and Worakit.
Celebrate youth culture and the arts with us at Arkham and bring in 2018 with a bang!
Bohan Phoenix was born in a China’s Hubei province and immigrated to the US at 11, unable to speak a word of English. He took a liking to hip hop instantly and learned the language quickly by rapping along with just about anything he could get his hands on.
Despite courtship from big budget labels or TV game shows known for manufacturing the cookie cutter pop stars of the past, Bohan continues to push towards the future on his own terms, boldly cultivating a sound of his own, and in turn, the future of hip hop in China and beyond.
Today Bohan is an anomaly in music- a fixture in both the US and Chinese music scenes, whose lyrical blend of Mandarin and English reflects his dual identity and aim to bridge the gap between the two cultures he calls his own.
This year, Bohan embarks on his 15-city headline JALA Tour, hitting all major and secondary markets in China as well as Hong Kong, Singapore and Tokyo. The tour is presented in partnership with Beats by Dre, YouKu and XiaMi and follows the Chinese New Years release of his JALA EP, whose title track and video premiered with The FADER and 88rising. The release features two of China’s most promising musical exports: Chengdu trap stars the Higher Brothers and founder of China’s signature underground electronic label Do Hits, Howie Lee.
JALA was met with critical acclaim and was included on Spotify’s Fresh Finds and Apple Music’s Hot Tracks, garnered a spotlight on Revolt, interviews on Bandcamp Daily, Magnetic Mag and a Boiler Room and Fendi performance during New York Fashion Week alongside Migos, 21 Savage and Metro Boomin.
Bohan has also performed at Modern Sky’s signature Strawberry Festival and on tour, features opening performances from Asia’s leading artists including Higher Brothers, Doughboy, 阿克江, SALU, JP and the Wavvy, Visudy, PACT and Gunknown of The Boring Room, the Beatween crew, Harikiri and more. In 2016, Bohan also toured China with on VICE CHINA’s Motherland Tour alongside Howie Lee, Mike Gao and Nehzuil, followed by a solo headline tour in Fall.