Solarz here…checking in from Shanghai!
Here’s what’s coming up…..WEDNESDAY IN SINGAPORE @ PANGAEA
As I write this, I’m watching Guzie get measured for a custom tailored suit! They sent a lady to our hotel room with sample fabrics and measuring tape. Gotta love China….custom suit for $150
So far this tour has been incredible…We started off with an amazing night at Magnum Club in Hong Kong, then spent Friday and Saturday in Shanghai at M1NT. We’re off until Wednesday so we’ll be spending a few days getting into trouble here in Shanghai.
Here are some pics and videos we wanted to share with y’all!
FRIDAY NIGHT @ M1NT w/ DJ SPENNY & DJ GREG LEIGH
After working at M1NT on Friday, we headed down the street for some authentic late night Chinese noodle soup. Only a block away from the club is a hole in the wall shop that came highly recommended by DJ Greg Leigh. Last year I remember eating a delicious late night snack from the street cart located in front of the same shop. I’m fairly certain I was sick the next day, but it’s a small price to pay when you’re tired and hungry at 5am. Unfortunately (or fortunately, depending on how you see it) after finishing our soup……we witnessed the flowing:
Yesterday afternoon, I decided to head out for a casual walk down to the river (aka The Bund). On my walk I came across a few notable things. First, the stunning view of downtown Pudong (the financial district) which is directly across the river. You can see in the World Financial Center, the world’s fourth tallest building. I visited the lounge at the top last year but was disappointed by the view due to the thick smog that day.
On my way back to the hotel, I came across a group of elderly locals who ballroom dance in the middle of the street. It made me think about how much I hate “EDM” and even more how much I hate the way people “dance” to music at clubs now. I think I’d rather DJ for a group of elderly people who dance like this, than for a bunch of high twenty year old douchebags that do nothing but fist pump while jumping up and down. What happened to taking a beautiful lady and twirling her around in circles….or bending her over and…..
Last night Guzie and I went out in search of a good restaurant for dinner. We almost ended up eating here:
While in Hong Kong, we took a day trip to visit the largest statue of Buddha in the world. We were Ninjas for the day.
Beds fit for KINGS!!!!! Unfortunately….not king beds
HONG KONG GRAFFITI
Why do Asians wear their shoes like this?
MORE TO COME SOON…SO STAY TUNED!!
After nearly 20 hours of travel with a stop in Korea, we’ve made it safely to Hong Kong. We’re ready to go HAM tonight at MAGNUM CLUB! We got a sneak peek inside the club last night and snapped a couple of pics:
Check out the bathrooms!!
It’s official like Too $hort blows the whistle….we’re coming back to Asia less than a year after we left. This time around we’ll be touring together for the entire two weeks. We’ll be taking tons of pictures and lots of video so check back regularly for all that goodness.
Our current schedule is as follows:
July 31st – Departure from San Francisco to Hong Kong via Seoul Korea
We’re excited to be flying ASIANA AIRLINES. I flew this airline last year and I gotta say…it was top notch. Don’t get it twisted…we don’t fly first class. Even in coach, every seat has it’s own power outlet, personal television, internet access, even text messaging capabilities to any phone anywhere in the world (costs about $2 per message…but I still thought it was kinda gangster)! Funny thing about traveling in Asia (and a few other third world countries….not that all of Asia is third world….but I digress)…they don’t like sitting in exit rows! Guess they don’t want the responsibility of saving lives if the plane comes crashing down. Anywho…nearly every flight I took last year, I asked to be seated in an exit row and was always given a seat, many times the entire row to myself. I’ll be keeping my fingers crossed…hoping this happens again.
August 1st – Touch down in Hong Kong
We wanted to arrive a day early to see if we can get into some trouble in Hong Kong before having to go to work. Luckily we’ll have our friend DJ YIN to take us around and show us what’s what in this amazing city. Unfortunately last year we both only had one night in Hong Kong and didn’t get to do much sightseeing so we’re especially excited to have an extra day.
August 2nd – ROCK-IT! SCIENTISTS LIVE @ MAGNUM CLUB, Hong Kong
DJ YIN works as the music director at three clubs in Hong Kong. Last year we performed at Beijing Club (Yes…it’s called Beijing club, but it’s in Hong Kong) and it was by far one of the most incredible clubs we’ve ever worked in. From the sound to the lighting to the layout of the club….the place was stunning. The crowd was also incredibly energetic which was the icing on the cake! From what we understand, Magnum Club is brand new and makes Beijing club look like the city dump!! We will also have live video streaming of our set so be sure to tune in! We’ll post the exact set times asap.
August 3rd & 4th – Travel from Hong Kong to Shanghai – ROCK-IT! SCIENTISTS LIVE @ M1NT, Shanghai
M1NT was our home base last year during our individual month long stays in Asia. We both performed three nights a week alongside the residents DJs SPENNY & GREG LEIGH and fell in love with this amazing club on the 24th floor of an upscale office building in downtown Shanghai. The DJ booth is too small for us to set up four turntables so we’ll both have our own individual nights. Guzie on Thursday Aug 3rd and I’ll be rocking the club on Friday Aug 4th.
August 5th-7th – Explore Shanghai!
It’s only a city of 23 million people….we’ll find something to do. Maybe visit the iPod factory.
August 8th – Travel to Singapore – ROCK-IT! SCIENTISTS LIVE @ PANGAEA
Much like Hong Kong, last year we only got to spend one day in this amazing city so we’re excited to be back and playing at the premiere club, PANGAEA. Check out the video from last year’s FORMULA ONE event we did for Johnny Walker.
August 9th – Travel to Taipei – ROCK-IT! SCIENTISTS LIVE @ SPARK 101
Located in the 3rd tallest building in the world, SPARK 101 is an absolutely incredible club that boasts one of the most amazing LED lighting displays I’ve ever seen. I think there’s some short footage from when I played there in 2010…check out this video!
August 10th – Travel to Beijing – ROCK-IT! SCIENTISTS LIVE @ SPARK BEIJING
The newer, younger sister club of SPARK 101 in Taipei, SPARK BEIJING is the hottest club in China right now!! With world class acts like Avicii, David Guetta and Tiesto all performing shows in recent months, we’re truly honored to be rocking this venue on a Saturday night! This will be our first appearance in Beijing and we know we have some fans out there, so please come out and RAGE with us!!!!!!
Here’s how it went down in Singapore at the Johnnie Walker Jet Black party….Can’t wait for next year!!!!
Updating the continuing saga of the Asia Tour, last week we rocked a very special event for Johnnie Walker in Singapore. Once a year formula 1 racing comes to Singapore for a weekend and all the city catches F1 FEVER. If you’ve never experienced attending one of these events, this is not full of the stereotypical redneck folks who watch NASCAR in the states. That stigma memo has not reached anyone’s desk out here. No, to the contrary, the event is quite chic and the parties are very high end. We saw McLaren Benzes and Lamborghinis parked outside. Several actually. We were very blessed to do one of the highlights of F1 weekend: the JET BLACK Party.
Arriving at the city we immediately headed to sound-check and got to tuning our equipment and checking to make sure everything is set up properly and sounding ok. Soon after we were joined by DJ TINA T and DJ M.O.S. They were all headlining the event along with us. We also met local Singapore DJ phenom DJ FM who got the crowd going early. After sound-check, we retreated back to our hotels in a frenzy. Why? Because the city is so breathtaking that we KNEW we wanted to stay another day!! Calling airlines for about an hour or so, we were disappointed to find out it would cost too much, and we decided to keep our current flights. Guess we will never experience the night safari At least on this trip. There’s always next time!
After a freshening up at the hotel, we had meet and greet at the club with some fans and local winners of a contest in Singapore for Johnnie Walker. We chit-chatted with them about Singapore, music, culture answered some questions and then had a light meal and drinks on the patio outside. The view from here was spectacular. There was this SICK laser show across the water too! Props to the Mahfia for the dope shot during the laser show!
Apart from the HUGE Sands casino across the water with what appears to be a huge boat on top of 3 towers, the entire city has marvels of architecture. They love their unique buildings here in Singapore. The city is mad lush and tropical too. They manage to incorporate all kinds of plant life in the facades of buildings, lobbies, airports, you name it! Shoulda posted some quality pics to facebook! Oh btw, Singapore unlike China, does not block facebook. But it does much like China block all the naughty websites. It is interesting to note, if you remember, Singapore was also the home to the big “caning” incident with that American teen Michael Fay who vandalized some stuff out there. His punishment was 4 months in jail and 4 canings, who by local accounts is so painful that you pass out immediately from the strike! The laws out in Singapore are no joke, apart from vandalizing, here are some other offenses that will get you locked up, smoking weed (18 months in jail), spitting (hefty fine), littering (fine), importing chewing gum (fine), etc. Well I think my magnet will summarize plenty of the big ones
By the time we started playing the club was already jumpin. Our set didn’t start til 2am so we proceeded to enjoy the Johnnie Walker open bar til then. Locally in Asia, they drink this combination of green tea and whisky that is outrageously good. When we weren’t drinking that we also had some special cocktails in the spirit of the whole F1 thing like the “Checkered Flag,” “Full Throttle” and “Grand Prix.” All in all is was a fantastic experience. We threw down til around 4am! Took some pics with some die hard aficionados and made our way back to the hotel for a good’s nights rest. The next day just did a bit of shopping, sightseeing, mahjong purchasing and then it was back to Shanghai! Big thanks to John Bosco Lopez and Funkguru productions for bringing us out! Party pics below!