EXCLUSIVE: This is China


Melbourne born, LA-based R&B/Soul artist China continues to rise as one of the country’s most prominent new acts, following the release of her latest single titled ‘Calm Down’.

Sonically, the record puts forward an alluring slow jam which hears China recall a time where she assuredly calls out a guy for being disrespectful.

“I went to the studio pissed off because I had just had a conversation with a guy who wanted to take me on a date but felt the need to disrespect other women to raise me up and flatter me, which I hate,” says China of the track.


Performing festival slots at Beyond The Valley & Wildlands over New Years alongside RÜFÜS DU SOL & Tyler, The Creator, on top of supporting Lion Babe recently on their Virtual Tour, China attains solid accolades while projecting a gleaming profile just under the radar.

With a long-standing appreciation of Jazz & Hip-Hop radiating through her, she seamlessly blends her influences  into a luxurious, captivating brand of R&B.

Preceding the release of ‘Calm Down‘, TLF managed to link up with China to chat about her influences, the new single, working on music in LA, dream collabs, and much more!

Check out the full interview below:

First off, for those who aren’t familiar who is China?
I’m a 20-year-old Australian singer/songwriter and last year I moved from Melbourne to LA to pursue music. I would say my sound is a mix of R&B/Soul, Jazz and Hip-Hop.

How does it feel to be working on music on the other side of the world?
Motivating. I love new places. I felt super stagnant back home. I’ve met a billion new people since moving here, which means a lot more stories to tell. I’m really lucky. But I also worked really hard for this so I’m really happy to be here.

Congratulations on the release of your new single ‘Calm Down’! In your own words, what does this record mean to you?
Thank you! Rafa (the producer) and I made this one really quickly. It was based on how I was feeling right before I walked into the studio so it was mostly a vent for me. That’s what most of my songs are. It feels like a diary entry.


Who are some of your biggest musical influences?
Definitely Erykah Badu, 2pac and Amy Winehouse. Sounds random but they all shaped my sound.

If you could pick one person to collaborate with on new music who would it be?
Right now… Masego. Everything he touches is gold.

What advice do you have for all the female artists chasing their dreams?
Keep chasing em!!! I find fear of failure is the worst part about being creative, so believe in yourself! Work hard, be honest and transparent, know your worth and don’t take any bullshit. I’m still learning to take my own advice though.

Looking forward, what else can fans expect to see from you in the future?
Consistency in releases, different genres and unexpected collabs.


Show China some love on her socials:
Facebook: @musicbychina
Instagram: @china.townz
SoundCloud: @china-mcdonald


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~Timothy Thorpe

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