Zhu Xiaolong is best known for his role as guitarist in the band, Shetou, a pioneering Chinese rock band that played the underground scene from 1998 – 2004.
In 2002 Zhu Xiaolong formed a second band, Iz, with his Kazak friend Mamer and a group of other Beijing-based musicians. Both Zhu Xiaolong and Mamer had grown up in the Western province of Xinjiang, and Iz drew on the Kazakh, Uyghur and Kyrgyz musical traditions of this desert region to create an energetic contemporary sound. Their music had a big impact on other musicians and inspired a movement of Central Asian influenced Chinese rock and folk music.
Xiaolong left Iz in 2004 when he left Beijing. In 2010 he was living in Sydney where I recorded him play the 2-stringed Kazak instrument, the dongbala.