Xie Tian Xiao

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Xie Tian Xiao is a Grunge, Rock artist in Beijing, originally from Beijing.

General information about Xie Tian Xiao



English Name Xie Tian Xiao
Chinese Name 谢天笑 / Xiètiānxiào
Genre Grunge, Rock
Origin / Present city Beijing / Beijing
Founded in 2003
This is an artist which could be a band, musical project, solo musician or any other kind of music collective. For a more precise definition, see Category:Artists.

Band members

Xie Tian Xiao (Person)

Former band members


This page is about the artist XTX. For the person Xie Tianxiao please see Xie Tian Xiao (Person).

XTX, March 24th 2010, Shanghai, Mao Live, Photo: (c) CHEN CHEN, link
July 31st 2011
XTX at the InMusic Festival 2011, Zhangbei, photo (c) Grace Lee

From 2002-2003, Xie Tianxiao lived in the U.S., playing his music in Los Angeles and New York. Upon returning to China, he promptly proposed to his fiancee (now his wife, with whom he has two children, a boy and a girl) and set about re-establishing the band, renaming it "X.T.X. & Cold Blooded Animal".

Since then, Xie Tiantiao's (or X.T.X., as he is now known) star has been on the rise. He and his band have released two more albums, each of which has sold hundreds of thousands of official copies, and perhaps millions of pirated copies. They have toured China, travelled to Europe and Japan, released a series of rock videos and are now a staple on Chinese radio and television, on the Internet and in CD/DVD shops all over China.

On November 4th, 2004, XTX participated at the memorial concert for Xiao Suo (of Wild Children) at the New Get Lucky bar in Beijing. Later that year he formed the band Super Monkey.

As Qian Wang states[1], in 2005 Xie Tianxiao has been praised as the possible successor of Cui Jian as journalists have described him “Yirenzhixia, Wanrenzhishang” (under one person – Cui Jian, but over all other Chinese rockers), and teenagers were keen on imitating him as what happened to Tang Dynasty in the early 1990s.[2]

On 1 October 2006 in Zeng Cheng near Guangzhou, Xie Tianxiao stated, “let us play rock to celebrate the birthday of China” at a six-day rock festival. When the national anthem of People’s Republic of China was played by Xie’s electronic guitar, the heavy and distorted sound made the audiences feel that their warm blood was boiling (Rexuefeiteng). This performance was applauded by the media and read as significant as Jimi Hendrix played the USA anthem at Woodstock in 1969. Xie admitted that his performance was inspired by Jimi Hendrixs’.[3]

August 9th 2009, they performed during the InMusic Festival 2009 on the Zhangbei Grasslands on the Main Stage. At the end of October, XTX won the two awards Best Male Rock Vocal Performance and Best Live Performance at Midi Awards 2009.

In 2010, XTX went on a China-wide tour called Boundless Rock through 11 cities ending on April 18th in Xuzhou. During the tour he visited: Shanghai's Mao Livehouse on March 24th. On March 26th, he performed in Hangzhou's 旅行者 bar. On May 2nd, 2010, he performed at the Midi Music Festival 2010.

On January 20th, 2011, XTX has been taken into custody by the police allegedly for drug use.[4] July 31st, they performed at the InMusic Festival in Zhangbei. According to Ruby of Beijing Daze: The roar of the crowd as the lights came up to show the guzheng on stage and XTX walking on was deafening! Almost immediately water bottles started being thrown into the air and we got soaked pretty quickly, but it was worth it . They played all the old songs, the crowd getting more and more fired up, moshing and screaming along to ‘Wo bu ai ni”. If I wasn’t converted already, I’m now a huge XTX fan and can’t wait to see him play again at Tango for the Tiger Translate finals later this month.[5]

Participated Festivals


The music of Xie Tian Xiao is basically rock 'n roll, but the influence of grunge music is apparent even in his earlier works. Traditional Chinese music always forms the backdrop to his songs, some of which feature Chinese instruments such as the guzheng.

In the last album, the mood is more Reggae (bass player Guo Jian doubles as the leader of The Way of the Dragon God, a reggae band).


Major releases

Further information

Other pages

Articles & Interviews




  1. W. Qian (2007). The Crisis of Chinese Rock in the mid-1990s: Weakness in Form or Weakness in Content. Page 41. University of Liverpool.
  2. Cao, Hongpei (2005) ‘Xie Tianxiao He Lengxue Dongwu’ (Xie Tianxiao and the Cold-blooded Animal), Zhongguo Xinwen Zhoukan (China News Weekly), Vol.46/2005, Information is from website (Accessed on April 12, 2006 by Qian Wang): http://ent.sina.com.cn/y/2006-04-11/17491046261.html
  3. W. Qian (2007). The Crisis of Chinese Rock in the mid-1990s: Weakness in Form or Weakness in Content. Page 219. University of Liverpool.
  4. Xie Tingting (CRIENGLISH.com) (2011-01-21). "Rock Singer Xie Tianxiao Arrested for Drug Use". Retrieved on 2011-08-01.
  5. Ruby (Beijingdaze) (2011-08-03). "Festival’d out? No way! Long Live Rock in the Grasslands!". Retrieved on 2011-08-07.
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