So here I am in Guangzhou, just waking up in my digs at "Chez Funkenstein" aka the Peng An Hotel. It's not a bad place, actually. Refreshingly free of late night phone calls etc. Yesterday we played at Xinghai Conservatory. We played in a lovely little hall that they call the "Saloon"... Seriously. I was expecting Dutch doors and sawdust on the floor and dusty men with six shooters doing shots of rotgut. But instead, a nice little concert hall and hundreds of eager students... The group, Escalator is shaping up nicely. We started with a burst of noise, and worked our way through various grooving sections, with Phil Slater adding some great electronic parts, and slabs of trumpet melody. Carl Dewhurst doing interlocking noisy guitar parts, and Nick McBride working out on the drums. I was pretty happy with the sound. We had a young FOH engineer. A delicate little hippie with a very light touch. Used no eq on the board (yay!) and ran things at very cool signal levels. Did not ride the board during the show. Worth his weight in gold. I need to be able to find this guy again. Mastamic joined us halfway through the set with some blistering Cantonese freestyle, and the audience really dug him and us. Sure, why not. I nearly got electrocuted when my lips touched the mic doing announcements... We ended with another slab of noise, and many many kids came up after the show to wish us well and hang out with us while we packed up. I love playing for students. And music students even better. Tonight it is club 191, and tomorrow we are off to Beijing to play Yu Gong Yi Shan. Happy Days.
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