Freddy Lim, the lead vocalist of the Taiwanese metallers CHTHONIC which has performed several times at Wacken and Download metal festivals, was elected as a member of the Taiwanese parliament in 2016, making him the first metal star to become a parliamentarian. However, he made history not only because he became the first metal star in the parliament, but also because he has successfully overturned a constituency that had long been held by a senior parliamentarian affiliated with the KMT with an authoritarian tradition. In 2020, after a hard battle, he won his re-election.
CHTHONIC has own Taiwan’s Golden Melody Awards, which is considered as the equivalent of the Grammy Awards in the Mandarin-speaking world, as well as a number of other music awards.
His story attracted interests from a number of international media outlets, including the CNN, the BBC, the Guardian, the New York Times, the Washington Post, Reuters, the DPA, and ARTE…etc. Meanwhile, a German director, Marco Wilm, also made a documentary on Freddy, Metal Politics Taiwan.
In the parliament, Freddy is a member of the Foreign and Defense Committee. He actively participates in parliamentary diplomacy, expanding Taiwan’s links with the international community, while resisting China’s pressure. At the same time, he devoted himself in pushing for transitional justice and human rights. What Freddy does as a parliamentarian echoes the works of CHTHONIC. Besides, he also pushed for the bill on marriage equality, gender equality, cultural policies, and justice between generations.
After being re-elected in 2020, the Metalhead’s unique journey continues on…