Five Questions With… Dream Can

Band:Dream Can
Country of Origin: China

From left to right are: drummer Qiyu, vocal and guitar player A Re, bass player Can Can.

Dream Can’s debut album Into Sparks was one of my favorite albums of 2018, which I described as “a particularly revelatory experience from a young trio of women blazing their own way through a mix of legendary psych influences. The album kicks off with the freewheeling eight-minute space rock of ‘Cheap Cheap Time I Live, Money Money Saves Me’ before transitioning into the hard-edged psych of ‘Why Should I Wait.’ In an era where psychedelic sounds too often come prepackaged and formulated for mass consumption, Dream Can recalls the early confrontational power of the genre, particularly on the unapologetic ‘Kill the Man.'” Drummer Qiyu provided the answers to this week’s questions.

Five Questions

1. What is your desert island disc (the one album you couldn’t live without?)

MoRA, by Shiina Ringo

2. How did the band members meet (or, for a solo musician, how did you get started)?

We met in Songjiang university town when we were studying in universities. I was selling my guitar. Then vocal A Re saw the info and contacted me. She bought my first guitar and started playing guitar. Then I spent the money I got from selling guitar on learning drums. That’s how we two met. We met our bass player Can Can last. We three get along very well, so we started playing music together.

3. What is the underground music scene like in your home country?

It’s still small scene. But it’s developing. And audience are bigger and bigger.

4. What are some of your biggest influences outside of music?

Life itself.

5. Tell us about your favorite show you ever played.

For me, it’s our last stop of Australia tour last year, the show at Yarra Hotel in Melbourne. We got packed house and sold out all our albums and merch before we finished the show. Audience were all very nice and friendly. Former members of the Birthday Party (Mick Harvey) and Einstürzende Neubauten (Ash Wednesday) came to the show. We were so happy!


Paul experienced a spiritual awakening in high school when he accidentally tuned his radio from the modern rock station to the local college station. He spent time as both a DJ and Music Director for Elon University's WSOE FM, where he also first met sonic soulmate Ryan Sweeney. Paul's favorite genre is "fast, raw, and loud."