Archive | June, 2001

Rock On, Sai Wan Ho Civic Centre

We were waiting for this show for sometime…our friend Siu Pak and Wong Chi Chung spoke to the organizer of this annul rock festival in Hong Kong and asked them if we could play this year. So the organizer agreed and we were pretty excited to play…

Finally, we got to the show tonight and the sound was amazing. The lighting and even the staff handling everything were friendly! Not many staff members of sound companies are very friendly in Hong Kong – especially Tom Lee staff! They’re so rude…this was the first time that the Tom Lee staff were very friendly to us and were helping us out with our sound. After rehearsal all 3 of us were confident that this show was going to be fun…everything was perfect! The sound, lighting, equipment…everything!

Finally, 7:30pm came and we were told to stand-by. Our good friend Wong Chi Chung was the MC tonight so I was even more happy because he knows our music, lyrics and purpose really well. So when he introduced us it seemed like people were happy that we were playing. Then when we went on stage and set up our equipment – people just sat. We asked people to stand up, but they didn’t move. Like stones, they sat watching the show.

It was no use trying to make them move…

It was sad for me to play this show because this audience was TRULY a Hong Kong style audience…stones. Not many show venues in Hong Kong allow the audience to stand up – this venue allowed them to stand up, but they didn’t. They just sat staring…sucked.

It was a terrible audience to play too…at least the sound was good and me and Alex turned the microphones around and looked at Ming (drummer) through the whole show…it was more exciting to watch him play 100% then to watch an audience watch us at negative 100%.

We have 2 shows next month…a bit worried about those shows because the venue has bad regulations for the audience…

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Rained out

I think about 5 bands played last night…2 bands before us and then torrential rain, and the show was cut…sucked! Anyway, it was actually a really fun night…I was a little upset that it rained and that we couldn’t play because almost EVERYBODY in the audience were NEW! I couldn’t believe how many people were there that I had never seen at bandshows before…for many of them it would have been the first time to see us…anyway, hopefully they’ll show up next week….

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JUNE 24, 2001

I think about 5 bands played last night…2 bands before us it rained torrentially and the show was cut…sucked! Anyway, it was actually a really fun night…I was a little upset that it rained and that we couldn’t play because almost EVERYBODY in the audience were NEW! I couldn’t believe how many people I have never seen at bandshows before…for many of them it would have been the first time to see us…anyway, hopefully they’ll show up next week….

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Shenzhen Skateboarding

I got back last night from skateboarding in Shenzhen. I had to do a skateboard demo outside a shopping center in Shenzhen’s “Dong Mun” area. This shopping center has one shop that sells my magazines – I did not know. I didn’t put them there and have never met the boss…my friend Mark and a couple of my workmates told me that they saw the latest issue of my zine being sold at a shop in Shenzhen for $25 RMB! Hahahaha…I was laughing so hard! Some poor business man thinks that people actually WANT to buy my magazine up there!

Anyway, I went up to Shenzhen and I told Mark that he HAD to show me this shop and sure enough, when I walked in through the door I saw my magazine laid out on a rack as if it was something kids would die over. Funny stuff…

Anyway, the skate demo was right outside on the street and I don’t know how many hundreds of people were there staring but it was pretty cool anyway. I’m typing this back in Hong Kong and I can’t help but be sad – China is a beautiful place and is a place that SEEMS more suitable to people like me who find happiness in things like music and skateboarding. In Hong Kong, the living standard is so high that bands in Hong Kong cannot survive just by playing in  a band – even HUGE bands like LMF must find other jobs so they can live. If you are a skateboarder in Hong Kong then don’t EVEN EVER think that you will be able to live just by skateboarding. Since the living standard is so high everyone MUST work in order to pay phone bills, rent, pay for food, clothing…since we are working so hard to live, we must sacrifice the things that we all REALLY WANT to do. In China, things are the opposite. Because China’s living standard is lower it gives bands, skateboarders, bikers, etc. more opportunity to take their lives to a professional level. Bands in China can survive by playing shows and tours. Skateboarders can survive skateboarding EVERYDAY because they can make money doing skateboard demonstrations and entering competitions. Its sad for us I think…we sacrifice our happiness so we can live. Which means, for us to live we must be unhappy…hmmmm….

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