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    Avatar photoBrendan

    Hello all!

    I’m relocating to Chengdu this month, and am keen to know of any good haunts for electronic music in the city, be it laid back eateries, bars, club nights, music retailers and the like.

    My first love is Drum & Bass, and I already get the distinct impression that the scene is deeply lacking in Western China. Me thinks this will have to change, and if you can point me in the direction of even the vaguest remnants of a breakbeat, I shall be much obliged!!

    Is anyone even podcasting from Chengdu?

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    if you early come to Chengdu 1 month, you can go to Panda Club. but its was closed. chengdu have many bar, underground music is very popular. some bar will be have electronica party, rock night …. love DnB

    chengdu event: http://www.douban.com

    sichuan food is great, i think you will like it.

    there is Carrefour, IKEA, Wal-Mart and other large supermarket, many supermarket chains, as well as 24-hour shop. Very convenient.


    Avatar photoCharlie

    Aw shit! We definitely have to meet up dude. I hosted Disco Death (www.discodeath.net) at Panda Club for almost a year, but the venue recently closed. We hosted all the best drum & bass djs in this region though during that period (Hong Kong’s Heavy Crew, DJ Siesta in Shanghai, etc). Currently, Chengdu’s nightlife scene is hurting badly. By that I mean that it’s completely dominated by meaningless commercial clubs and the electronic music scene (of actually educated listeners) is tiny. Hopefully this will change in the near future but there really are no venues to even support such a scene at the moment, which is why I decided to stop doing Disco Death rather than move it to a sub-par location (bar or commercial club).

    Avatar photoBrendan

    Meeting up with you is high on my agenda Charlie. I’m shipping my studio out with me so I can continue to produce, and I’m definitely looking to spark some interest in drum & bass while I’m there. I’d already been thinking that if there weren’t any nights being held, I would figure out how to put something together. I knew about the Panda Club night before I’d met you on here funnily enough, only to then find out that it’s dead!!

    I can’t be without my d&b!! Deep, dark, and heavy is how we like it!!

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    You produce too?! Definitely get in touch!

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    I’ve been slowly getting back into it over the last year. Check my soundcloud page: http://soundcloud.com/hzwerks

    Neither tracks (aside from the remix) are technically finished, but they’ll give you an idea of where my heads at.

    Once I’ve got my bearings in the city, we will have to get together for sure. I’m very serious about bringing some d&b into Chengdu. I have a ton of contacts in the scene, and would love to see the masses getting an education in all things drum & bass!!

    What about you Charlie? I read somewhere that you’re making music as well as spinning tunes. Where can I catch a listen?

    Avatar photoCharlie

    Right on. Very old school vibes! What do you produce with?

    I don’t have a ton of my songs online but there are some mp3s that you can download here: http://www.justcharlie.com/audio (along with a lot of dj mixes) and my douban page: http://www.douban.com/artist/justcharlie

    I make mostly hip hop and work with Chinese MC’s, one in particular a lot. I use an MPC 2000XL and Reason depending on my mood!

    Avatar photoBrendan

    Oh snap! I’m using an MPC 2500, alongside Reason + Record. Still finding my feet with it really, not having had a solid length of uninterrupted time using the software, but it’s coming. I have Logic too, but much prefer the rack in Reason, the patching allows for some great sounds, even if Propellerheads do need to add some new reverbs (and a bloody graphic analyser!!). Did you update to 5? The Kong drum module is wicked, as is the 8 slot Rex player. I have some other gizmos too. Check my facebook: http://www.facebook.com/HzWerks There are some pics of my gear on there.

    Some of your tracks remind me of Ninja Tunes artists like DJ Vadim. Love the whole Trip Hop vibe, I spent a few years entrenched in that back in the UK. ’97 was when it really started to flourish.

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