°°°°Indie songwriters and performers are grabbing their share of attention and sales as the internet opens up the music scene. Chen Nan reports.
°°°°This time last year, Zhao Lei was a relatively unknown indie folk singer-songwriter. His trademark contemporary style, minyao in Chinese, literally meaning folk music or ballads, captivated a small but stable fan base in China with its guitar-driven gentle melodies and poetic lyrics.
°°°°Then something unexpected happened.