Tired due to working for my living here. So now I can start to promote a little bit more. Although realistically, the underground here isn’t very strong. I still haven’t figured out why this is.
Piracy for one, expensive rents for premises, and corruption for the last. The cops could come and shut down any party they feel like, take all the equipment, throw people in jail. Unless of course their palms have been greased, or the Chinese mafia are involved.
Something which I won’t support or stand in fear of.
They wouldn’t in Detroit so neither will I. But people need to band together more to support music, and that seems to be a rare thing. But I am still looking for those kind of people here.
It’s a shame you can’t start a small night and build it. It’s an even bigger shame that the unknowns (like me) can’t get a promoter to open his mind beyond well known names. So how the hell can local talent get anywhere?
Leave China maybe!! It may be the only way…
But I will keep looking, I have always dreamed of having a UR style organisation. Maybe here I would have a chance of doing it.
Just have to succeed a little more (maybe film & tv will help fund it) .
But it’s not just about funding, it’s finding the people with the right attitude who love music.
All I’ve met so far is too many timewasters and piss takers so far. My instincts don’t let me down as regards people, so I’ll keep my eyes open.
The Sadistic trailer should be well on it’s way now, just hope I feature more than just a little on it! I’m pretty sure the CD to the Horror Channel has landed and another project I found should be on the way.
I’m practising my playing a lot more, being around some traditional musicians has made me want to compete. I’m working hard on that, but it’s a secret what I’m up to! (yes even to you all!). Fingers and hands aching from hitting keys.
I hope that coming here hasn’t been a waste of time for music. I’d like to stay, and probably will.
Todays Diary Still quiet on the gig front but I just can't push without some funds. I don't expect to get masses of gigs here.
Minds and promoters are just not open enough for it yet. Electro is happening in some clubs in Hong Kong, but drum n bass, breaks are more popular here. Mixing the two seems tough even at nights like Yumla in HK.
Read a review from a guy who is resident there, an electro cleared the floor at a breaks night.
Seems weird to me as they are closely related.
However, tis not all doom and gloom. I am JUST about surviving here ( NO I'm NOT telling you, big brother is watching. Not to mention anyone here who takes a dislike to me here. Act like a soldier, nod your head , understood?), but I can afford to submit for film and send of a few CDs'.
My stuff is actually being used as part of a Drama & Dance class at a local school! Their little minds will be twisted and warped forever, aaah, success!
At least they get to hear something they might never reach otherwise. It's even going to be used at their halloween party this week.
No I'm not going, OK?! It's FOR KIDS! Little do they know, “water filled lungs” is about drowning, thinking you are still alive under water.
Perception is individual I guess….
The promo film trailer for “Sadistic” begins shooting Oct 7-11, and yes an agreement has been completed to use the “Sadistic Theme” . Written by me , exclusively for the film. I have no idea how much, or in what way it will be used on the trailer, but it's a start.
CD is now flying to the US Horror Channel, and I have another ready to go to the UK for another Horror project.
See a pattern?, Yes I love those dark, nasty films, but that's where my music fits the best.
My girl is now in Hong Kong ( earning much more than me) singing for her living for the next three months.
So I'll be getting a lot more work done, even though I will miss her. I will keep you posted on any new developments with the film stuff.
Don't forget to check the archive as always.
The Ghost Walks with you
Previous Events for The Ghost That Walks
31st July 2005 INBOX, Guangzhou, China, British Council , Rhythm UK Anniversary with A Man Called Adam
This was a packed out place, and despite only playing for half an hour my best performance yet , by far.
They didn't want me to stop and had a really good reaction from the crowd. But A Man Called Adam were due to play, and they played quality tracks, and went down a storm.
It would be hard to find that kind of varied selection ( no cheese or bullshit) even in England.
Lots of people saying they really liked it & many took photos with me!
I tried to wave as much as possible in the middle of my set as their were so many phones & cameras pointed my way!
There may be better quality pics & video, if I can get them I will post them here.
This showed me there is a hunger for something different here, it's not all staple diet of big name western Dj's.
It will take a bit of time but I think I can build an audience here.
I hope to be back in Guangzhou (near Shenzhen) to play again, and maybe even playing my sideline of Soul/Motown. I've already had interest in hiring me for that.
I also had my first recorded interview for Chit Chat Trio (Steven Yang) for a Guangzhou radio station.
When I get a recording of the broadcast I will post it here for you.