So it’s now the end of the first week in April here in Shanghai (and the rest of the world I suppose). The weather hasn’t warmed up all that much but it has been a bit wetter. It seems rainy nights and windy days are quite common in spring here. On the home front we really haven’t been doing too much other then seeking out some new restaurants, going for walks around our neighbourhood and raising the puppy. Our internet connection is quite fast so I have been taking this opportunity to catch up on all the movies I have missed in theatres over the past year or so. I have also seized the opportunity to start doing more ableton tutorials trying to step up my production skills so I can really use Asia to jump off and do some touring around the continent.
We haven’t been venturing into the downtown core too much lately, it’s not really Johanna’s thing to go out clubbing and socializing. This has been a bit of a stumbling block for us as that’s EXACTLY what I want to do. I want to see all the parks, museums, networking events, nightclubs and all that jazz. I have been connecting with a lot of locals in the music scene through facebook over the last while and the two times we have gone out I have met about 20 people each time. For me it is really important to go out and see some shows, and meet some people and check out new venues and try and find the best team to align myself with to make some moves here. I have checked out a really cool (Canadian owned) lounge called Shiva and another bigger house music club called Lola. Both cool spots in their own right. The chinese bars here are much different then western clubs though as chinese people are so reserved and introverted. They don’t dance or socialize or generally have any idea how to throw a party and enjoy themselves. A prime example of this is one of Shanghai’s newest super clubs “Richbaby”. The bar itself is huge and beautifully made with two distinct rooms. My experience my first and only time there was interesting. One one hand I was blown away by the interior design and the sheer size of the soundsystem, on the other hand they were playing hard electro remixes of shitty Rhianna and other bullshit songs, the volume was at 11, the strobe lights were on the ENTIRE time, the dancefloor was full of tables where chinese people were sitting down and texting each other, and they played gangnam style approximately 5 minutes into my stay. Needless to say, not really my kind of joint to hang out in, but I have contact management to try and book a gig there and show them house house music works.
Speaking of gigs I have my first on here on April 19th at a bar called Mansion and my second one on the 29th at Shiva lounge. Mansion is literally that- a mansion where some Djs live but has also been converted into a club. I have yet to see the place but I am told it’s pretty cool.
Aside from that I am still just enjoying the life of luxury and don’t have any real responsibilities as of yet. To tell you the truth its pretty boring, but I do have a meeting with the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai in a week to discuss the business ideas I have and hopefully get lined up with a mentor to try and make some of them a reality. I miss all my friends back home a fair bit too, kinda sucks knowing there isn’t a native english speaker anywhere within 30 minutes of you, especially when you cant speak Mandarin..