Back at home, I have essentially everything needed to run an outdoor electronic music event with up to 500 people, although it's mostly North American stuff, some of which is impractical to bring here. Camping gear, pop-up canopies, Christmas lights, rope lights, propane heaters, kerosene heaters, 20KW of generating capacity, gas cans, and a fairly respectable and mostly QSC sound system (4xHPR181i, 2xHPR153i, 2xKsub, 4xK12, 2xTapco Th-15A, mixer, CDJs, turntables, etc.). A more or less complete listing is here: http://www.nwtekno.org/showpost.php?p=2559470&postcount=16 (although I keep adding gear even while I'm here).
Right now I'm planning to bring everything that can operate at 220v (mostly my sound system, mixers, some of my DJ rig) but I'm interested in a few things before I make the final decision to ship it over here...
- Is this stuff really needed in the Beijing scene? I've only seen a limited slice of the electronic music scene and it would seem to be, but I'd rather support the Seattle scene with it if it's going to rot here.
- If yes, what opportunities are there to get plugged in here? I don't want to drop 3-5 grand to ship everything home unless I'm likely to have a lot of fun with it in the next couple of years.
- I have no idea what's involved in finding warehouse space here to store sound gear or a van to move it around in. The only full-size Chevy vans I've seen in the city are owned by the US Embassy (and obviously, I can't ship my cars here). Any pointers, presuming this isn't an exercise in futility?
- Is there anything resembling an underground scene here at all? Granted, given the significant differences in the Chinese government vs. the US government, this may be impossible but I know China has an appreciation for culture and the arts. Hopefully this extends to an appropriately harmonious electronic subculture with Chinese characteristics. ;)
I notice there's a fairly hostile online peanut gallery--while I expect to hear from them, who I'm really hoping to hear from are DJs and promoters in the area who can give me useful information. Looking forward to your replies!