We kick proceedings off in glitzy Shanghai. I’m launching a promo campaign for my radio show The Selector on the side of buses across the country for #UKmusiconthego. I play at Haven, a garish club in a converted church with floor-to-ceiling visuals and my own swimming pool, with a silver horse in my dressing room (?!). I’ll return to Shanghai come Monday for Disco Buffet in Jing’an, a mash-up vinyl night broadcast weekly on U-Dance radio.
To Beijing! I’ve got 20 hours in the capital so I’m going to make the most of it! I stroll round the Forbidden City, go say “hey” to the embalmed corpse of Chairman Mao and stop for Peking noodles (meat paste with cucumber over cold noodles) by Kunming Lake. I head to Gulou Dong (the Camden of Beijing) to DJ Dada Bar. An infamous vibey alternative spot that’s recently hosted Om Unit, Peter Van Hoesen and Jigsaw.
To Chongqing and NUTS bar (tehehe). Predominantly a smokey hip-hop space in the basement of a shopping mall, with kids that really know how to bust some moves, with a genuine passion and knowledge of grime and dubstep.
And finally to Wuhan, the ‘punk rock’ city of China… this place manufactures 3% of the world’s cars. It’s heavily polluted, grey and congested. I play Vox, the city's oldest alternative space — their slogan is “Voice of Youth, Voice of Freedom”. It’s a dark, sticky-floored, charming dive where the Long Island Iced Tea tastes like rocket fuel. I play a mix of jungle, dub and deep house and the audience seem in equal parts delighted and confused. A bit like me after this tour really!
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