So what are you waiting for? Come dance with us till the end of the world! His deeply syncopated brand of electronic dance music has evolved with every step of the journey. Through the DJs he has booked, his own DJ sets and the club itself, he made the Faust to one of the most important clubs in Seoul for sincere electronic music. Shaped during the early waves of afro and house music he started his career as a DJ back in and has since played at some of the most memorable events and venues sharing the decks with Roger Sanchez, David Morales, Ralph Falcon, Sander Kleinenberg to name a few.
In the years that followed he started travelling around the world and performed at countless clubs. DJ Doggy has established himself as a distinct and inspirational voice in the Shanghai underground music scene. At this time he also started to work on production. His deep, emotional and groovy sounds is getting more and more attention by the electronic music labels.
He is dedicated to making you move with his fine select of techno and deep house music. Date: Fri Not only will the music be haunting, but we will be turning Arkham into a Halloween dungeon.
- Fiction: Fat Johnny Little and Salty Salt Sue make a break for the desert – Zandra Renwick;
- Israel at War;
- Pinocchio and the Bunny-Huggers!
- Imaging Truth / Urban Hallucinations?
- SEVEN Entertainment pres. Back 2 the Golden Age.
Bring your demons along this Halloween. Presale: S. Taobao — stdparty. Since our inception 9 years ago, STD have been synonymous with the underground music scene in Asia. We have exposed the youth of China to the baddest riffs, the heaviest bass and the hottest international talent. To show our appreciation for your continued support, we are going to throw the Halloween party to end all Halloween parties. Our home Arkham will be transformed into a weird and wonderful den of iniquity where you will not only lose yourself in the music, but in our eerie installations and mind warping visuals from Keefer.
Le1f oozes sass and his his style is deeply rooted in tunnel bangers. Brain melt imminent. In her art practice, KARMA SHE deconstructs the signs and symbols of both immediate and far away cultures into a surreal and sensual visual experience. The project is a collaborative platform that involves other visual artists, performers, choreographers, dancers and designers. Together they create performances, videos, installations, and happenings.
Omer creates performance art events and interactive installation in galleries in Tel-Aviv, she directs music videos and actings in TV and film. Goldman is also a DJ playing mostly dancehall and hip hop music. Spreading a caribbean breeze to all dance floorswith a clubby interpretation of global music. And with Rome Fortune on 20th, these two parties are for those who have been supporting Preme in the last whole year. Stay tuned with us as there will be a lot more big things to happen in the upcoming future.
So hurry up to grab your tickets asap to have the most trippy Halloween weekend ever! He was also mentored and co-signed by Ice-T. James What has long been making his mark on electronic music. His is a two pronged attack, the first being solo as both producer and DJ. He has played everywhere from Panorama bar to Fabric to across both Americas, Europe and Asia, has previously hooked up with Crosstown boss Damian Lazarus as Zod and released on his other label, Rebellion.
So too has his original solo work, which is a knowing concoction of gruff techno, slick minimal and classicist house aesthetics, come on labels such as Crosstown Rebels, Poker Flat and Murmur, with remixes being commissioned by Rue de Plaisance, CityFox and My Favourite Robot. That project has just given birth its first album, and has also given rise to their new label Modelmaker, meaning this venerable talent is about to leave yet another indelible mark on the scene that he has so intrinsically been linked with ever since making his debut. The esteemed house duo has long been garnishing a range of international imprints with their inventive analogue house and techno sounds, but now they are focussing on their own outlet.
Never miss a party on holidays! The organizer Yoshinaga has invited his good friends — Masaru from Japan, and Shanghai based Provoda and Max Shen, together they will bring you a sleepless night with all genres of techno! Besides, Asian Vibes is going to celebrate their 5th Anniversary in November!
Please stay tuned! He used to be a genuine Hip-Hop DJ. When introduced to the rave culture, the Love Parade in Germany and the Boom Festival in Portugal has impacted and influenced his playing method to h is current electro-rock style. His audience is locked by his excellent expression of sound supported by his high-end gadgets and machines alongside his high-level mixing techniques!
This single was remixed by artists including Nishimura, and this special EP was listed in the chart of Wasabeat. He played at dozens of different diskoteques, tanzfloors and others. Shortly after his relocation to China in he became a resident of the techno night in Void Shanghai. We expect to carry out the domest ic pure electronic music culture to the world and show them our Chinese excellent electronic musicians, making Chinese electronic music culture in line with international standards.
Zean CN is one of the Rankadank records bossmen and a highly accomplished producer. His tracks range from trap to grime and his DJ sets dip into any genre, but they all have one thing in common — Big Bass! He will be spinning an array of UK sounds, from Grime to Bass with a sprinkling of Hip Hop thrown in to appease those who love music from the other side of the Atlantic. To get you started, we are giving everyone a shot of lit juice upon entry! Her Lost Cargo nights have been a staple of the scene here in Shanghai and her recent appearance on Boiler Room with Cha Cha blew everyone away.
Dazzy is a longtime STDJ and spins everything from hip hop to future. Her ability to work the crowd is second to none so expect a big performance in the booth! She prides herself on her unique taste and nobody knows what she will cue up next…. Master of the Romantic,Spacey,Eclectic style.
This legacy has been 25 years in the making, and along with his seminal Crue-L Records label. They are at the forefront of Japanese alternative music scene. In after his London experience, he started an another important collaboration with Tresor Berlin as regulary guest DJ and exclusive brand promoter for Italy for 3 years. In he has been a resident dj as well for Space Ibiza and Komitee, for which he mixed an other Space official CD releases. He is also working on different record productions. Latest his new releases on 8BIT, Snatch! Arkham Underground returns to showcase some of the best talent residing in Shanghai.
Entry fee includes a cold beer for your descent into the darkness. Louie Louie used to roll as Yung Sol, but as his soun d matured so did his moniker. He is deeply rooted in the underground scene and urban street culture which allows him to churn out vibing sets featuring the best of the industry — from old school house to hip hop. Carmack, Young Thug, Goldlink and more. Founding the Athletixx collective with L. The hottest Tribute of the Year. DreamWeaver Productions presents a block party to end all block parties!
This is guaranteed to be an epic show people will remember for years to come…. The trade show allows clothing brands to connect with those who wear the threads on the streets of China.
After throwing a crazy four venue party last year, we are now going to distill the vibes into one club with a huge party at Arkham. He continued exploring sonic boundaries as part of Leather Corduroys, with their album hitting over 1. In , alongside touring with Vic Mensa, he released a solo album — iiiDrops — and it was immediately received as one of the best hip hop records of the year, gaining a strong 8.
KOHH, born in the town of Ouji Japan , composes heavy hitting raw lyrics that express the realistic and rough side of life. His style cannot be categorized or placed in a genre box. Releasing tracks since , he became the first Hip Hop artist from Japan to be featured internationally on Vice. Fader produces Hip Hop while Louie Louie, the artist formerly known as Yung Sol, tries his hand at experimental urban sounds.
Fresh off the streets and blowin up the chinese rap scene, Blow Fever and Al Rocco are taking over Arkham on 14th as part of there 24K China Tour, get ready to see two of the hottest artists spit fire. As in china it is the first on-line and off-line sync live show , which will give you new entertainment Eco-sphere and performance form, shootings on stage and behind the scene, all live and fresh music show. With more reation and independence integrated into Hiphop, this generation attracts more people and becomes more popular. This might very well be one of the biggest nights Arkham has ever seen.
Their music is a mix of wide range of genres and often incorporates elements from trap music, hip hop, dubstep, hardstyle and moombahton. The videos for the singles became viral, each gaining over four million views on YouTube. Tracks of Cesqeaux are supported by i. Amsterdam based Barong family recently came together to create their own piece of music. Growing up between France and California, this young producer is a gentle combination of both worlds : west coast carefree attitude with a twist of parisian chic.
In Shanghai we have amassed a local army of talented artists to play at 4x4x4x4. Singh and DJ Kyoko, starting in when they decided to create a tune together on the spur of the moment. With their powerful DJ styles and charisma, the two are able to constantly amuse the audience and keep the dance floor pumping. Born in South America to Korean parents, it was on the streets of Los Angeles where he developed his ear for a beat and signature flow.
He was introduced to hip hop as a pre-teen and quickly toured rap battles across the city, dropping out of high school to focus on music. After building a strong web fanbase, becoming one of the first rappers to utilize the power of Youtube, the wordsmith took a half decade hiatus from the scene. I watched Dumbfoundead for years, man. They have presented the likes of Mr. Carmack, Hoodboi, Anderson. We are proud to be showcasing one of the most enigmatic and versatile labels of the past decade — Night Slugs. Founded in , Night Slugs quickly became a home for the synth-heavy hybrid sounds which emerged from the first wave of UK Grime.
This catch-all mentality transmits into their DJ sets and productions. His more recent output on Clone Jack For Daze saw some thumping ghetto house jams. One of these DJs would captivate a dancefloor all night, but together, they will provide a truly explosive show. The Shanghai Summer heat has the city faded, in need of good vibes and good music. We came through with just that and more! Club NASA resident, with swag on a million and music crates that run deep with bass. Tsunano, who is always there for you FAM, will be burning up the decks, guaranteeing you an epic night!
To complete the family, Dexter King will be preparing a special set, as always, featuring a mix between tradit onal chinese sounds and dope house tracks. Get ready! Adamant to escape the confines of categorization, his current releases steer the outliers of chillwave and ambient electronica toward experimental hip hop and underlines of guitar instrumentation. DMC World DJ Championships has been established for 33 years and has firmly rooted itself in DJ history as one of the most prestigious and internationally recognised events in DJ culture. DJ Kentaro is a mad dexterous surgeon, who slices and dices beats into a breathtaking concoction in his Sendai laboratory and at events all over the world.
Once a semi-regular DJ here a while back, over the last few years he has been honing his skills in his home town of GiuYang and is now ready to come back to Shanghai and show everyone what he has learnt. LJ has some serious skills on the turntables, and he takes DJing very seriously. Since then, many hip-hop parties in China continue to book him again and again. DJ Edi has become one of the most well known DJs in southern China by his excellent scratch technics, and his club, electro and trap music style. Polygon is a mysterious underground musical organization from Shanghai.
Experience our first party. We own an abundant resource of DJs who never disappoint. We will make you high and happy. He is so special not only because he makes the crowd go wild with his scratching skills, but he also keeps them dancing with his smooth mixing, even when switching up genres. He has embarked on a European tour spanning 7 cities across Belgium, Germany and Holland. First stop of the tour will be our bass camp Arkham.
And it will happen the 16th July at Arkham Fam! Forward thinking of Royal T has always made Grime a difference. Gavin Turek is a disco queen from LA with big hair and even bigger beats. Spin Magazine named her in their top 5 artists to watch for in July after she sold out shows at iconic Los Angeles venues such as the Troubadour and El Rey Theater. However, her most significant collaborator is indie-dance producer, Tokimonsta. The pair met during the medieval times on Myspace, and have been tight ever since.
Turek is a modern day Donna Summers who bridges the time gap between now and 70s, effortlessly blending pop and disco. Be prepared to see Chinese locals, expats, and everything in between get their boogie on at Arkham. This installment of Arkham Underground features four of the most talented DJs residing in Shanghai and comes with heavy shades of Chi-Town. Yasmin is a triple threat force to be reckoned with, singing, songwriting, and DJing.
Her first breakthrough was touring with British rapper Example. Will it get pop and pretty or raw and gnarly when she makes her Chinese debut at Arkham July 1st? Only one way to find out and it involves involves a wechat scan. Each trippy journey pushes beyond our pursuit of the infinite. Control Club is a sort of parties of both controllability and anti-controllability! He studied under the tutelage of Peter Cusack and David Toop.
But his love for the music is expressed above all in his compositions. Vasco, known as the underground king, is an affiliate of Korean hip hop label Just Music. Hiphop started gaining popularity in Korea since the year He is currently doing world tour in over 30 places a year. As a producer, he built together with other notable local producers an underground HipHop community. He returned to Tokyo in and released several projects from labels such as Jazzy Sport and Dogear Records.
He was again crowned champion at an Akai sanctioned beat battle held in Tokyo, and became a positive influence in Japanese HipHop scene. He teamed up with musician, Mabanua, to form Green Butter, and continued to take more people on his sonic journey. Xinobi is Portuguese house and disco producer with deep soundscapes that reflect Miami palm-trees to Berlin cold nights. His path to music was set by his Nigerian born father, a blues and jazz singer.
Building on this early inspiration he also allows house and hip hop to influence his production process, ensuring his creations have a boldly unique flavour. He released his second official project Snapshots from Berlin on Jakarta Records in April and a follow up release last year, Dubplates from Jakarta.
He brings an improvised show to Arkham, where his productions will be given the club treatment. Get involved. Salva began his music career as a genre floater, merging various sounds but never sticking to one thing. As his infectious beats made rounds in the electronic music circuit, Salva quickly became known as a master of heavy bass. In Asia, EDM is generally popular music culture, but Bunker is less about being popular and more about creating a deep sensory experience through music. Arkham Underground is back with a bang this weekend with some b2b madness. Exciting times for Freddie Glitch.
Not only has he hit upon a rich vein of creative inspiration and loving every second of being in the studiomaking music with his partner Fewture, this young man from Amsterdam also seems to be inadvertently, or maybe purposefully,shaping a fresh direction for the Amsterdam deep house scene. Taking up influences from Chicago via Detroit, London, Berlin andSan Fransisco and with a broad knowledge of deep house, jazz, funk,soul and disco that goes way beyond his years, he managed to getclose links and residencies at the Deep House Amsterdammovement as well as at the famous online magazine Overdose.
Amongst others, his sets were heard at P! When Freddie performs, he confidently takes you on to anuncontrollable dancing state of mind, led by top notch energeticjacking deep house beats influxed with jazz and funk bits and with alove for vocal stabs throughout the whole set. But the impact of the group was never just confined to music. Manufacturing a vast body of work including art installations, toys, books, sneakers and clothing with collaborators such as Futura , Ben Drury, Nigo, Will Bankhead Trilogy Tapes. Not to mention some of the most iconic record sleeves of all time.
This time they are joining hands with their brothers from overseas. Howie Lee, a Beijing-born, Taipei-based musician, fuses together his Chinese heritage and British training, creating his own niche of UK bass-heavy sound mixed with Chinese melodies. He also performed at international festivals such as SXSW. Mike Gao is a producer and music technologist from Los Angeles. His style is futuristic, forward thinking and always attempting to push the conventions of Hip- Hop. Gao also takes it a step further. With a PhD in Music Technology, he builds music-making equipment while others use what they have.
Nehzuil is an Australian producer known for putting out amazing originals, reworks and remixes of multiple tunes we know and love. The project is accompanying with singles and music videos. With his partner Jachary Beats, Bohan had produced 7 albums in the past 2 years. Connected only through their heritage, these new era rock stars go on an epic music journey to curate music through their Chinese identity.
Performed at international festivals such as SXSW. His style is futuristic, forward thinking and always attempting to push the conventions of Hip Hop. He makes beat scene and bass music to find the next aesthetic while ironically playing with existing idioms and conventions. This upcoming one is your April Fool giftl, German procurer, Barnt.
Mainly these biographical key points and his now over two decades spanning DJ experience are the base for his formula of pathos, calculated dilettantism and dance floor functionality that characterize all his productions. On Friday March 18th, come revisit the deep depths of Wulumuqi lu to celebrate another notch on the belt and another candle on the cake.
Over the last three years, Arkham has been working alongside some of the cities most exciting promoters to bring Shanghai an onslaught of the best live shows and DJ sets from around the world. Bring your friends and celebrate another year of good times in Arkham! Now, time to come back after CNY celebration, we will keep bringing solid artists and doing good parties.
Naming the project Deepbass was a strong statement of intent and commitment to a sound of his own, from the start. Along the way, he found in Italian producer Andrea Deplano, most widely known as Ness, a perfect foil for his vision of techno, with both collaborating on releases which displayed uncanny compatibility in sound between them.
What stands out from his production and DJing is that Deepbass creates something identifiably his own, but refuses to ever be limited by it or to get confortable repeating just one thing. The origin and destination of this bullet train might be constant, but the path it takes and how the journey feels is ever-changing. Strap yourself in. Since then it has become a powerhouse in the electronic music scene, terrorizing dancefloors with banger after banger. With already 10 releases, 5 mixtapes, a prominent fashion label and dozens of parties all around the world to claim, Bromance has become one of the most recognizable tastemakers in the underground scene.
Presented as a multidisciplinary project between music, visual arts and fashion, the mysterious Gener8ion is more than a one trick pony. The result? A massive production which was all the rage in the summer of ! He developed a strong taste for forgotten genres such as jersey club and bubblin at the same time as he started learning music at conservatory, where he would pick the trombone — a puzzling choice, perfectly fitting his persona.
Yet, he did not turn his back on his first loves and carried on producing rappers such as Bricc Baby Shitro, Bloody Jay and Jeff Chery, to name a few. Records alongside Kanye West and Leon Ware. Before the summer, he will release on Bromance a new solo EP: Numero Uno with 2 original tracks and 2 remixes.
On the heals of a new release to critical acclaim and in the record bag of Disc Jockeys like Dixon we welcome J Arriagada once again to Shanghai. This hermano chileano will surely heat the floor, and restore harmony and humanity. Be there when his sonic energy fuelled by your gyrating motions, opens a rift in the space-time continuum. Dance to the rhythm of your heart beat, let Charp caress you with his melodious tunes.
You like to move it, move it? Come right up to the speakers and open your mind to the melody transmission by Carlos Gibbs. Rhythm is a dancer and you can feel it everywhere. Lift your hands and voices to Miki Discosnot, free your mind and join us. Next up, dropping in on Arkham: Lapalux! Lapalux, born Stuart Howard, is an Essex native who crafts an accessible brand of atmospheric slow jamz.
Most tracks are beautiful patchwork pieces of texture-dense sound. There is a lot of fine-tuned sample work with injections of very soulful guest vocals. Think off-kilter beats and mesmerizing synths. And of course in true Brainfeeder fashion, it all comes together in a highly synesthetic experience. Another top-quality show for the electronically adventurous. Come check out Lapalux in Arkham as he takes the stage for his inaugural show in Shanghai. You already know to expect a night full of heavy bass, hip hop, trap, and other love sounds! Wechat Followert. Ekali Bio: Ekali is an artist who draws influence from sounds both old and new.
His productions focus on bass and soul, with intricate layers of texture floating in and out of view. The Vancouver-based musician shows a sense of confidence and control in his productions. The most exciting thing about Ekali is how he plays the melodies and the drums against each other; the kick drum and snare drive the deep bass line while a sweeping synth swooshes between the spaces. Everything is calculated and complimentary. A job well done for the Flow-Fi member. All 3 will play killer techno, tech house and deep house all night long.
T started his career as a DJ back in T has been producing electronic music and is recognized as a pioneer in electronic music production in China. T moved to Beijing and quickly became one of the most sought-after DJ names in the Chinese electronic scene. With a relentless passion for creation, she is continuously building a musical dream-world that grows from the studio into her on-stage performances. She has also been invited to play for festivals such as Strawberry, Midi, and Storm. The release includes her dark and dreamy original plus remixes from Hi-tek Soul master Jay Tripwire and London-based artist Nokken.
As manager of Arkham, one of the most important underground clubs in China, Max has 14 years experience in the electronic music industry. Peggy Gou is a Berlin based Korean artist. First through a regular stream of high quality mixes and now with her first EP, Art of War on Rekids, she has proved herself to be a technically proficient vinyl DJ and selector.
Sitting somewhere between Detroit, London and Berlin in sound, her DJ sets are a assured, kinetic combination of dark, pulsing house and techno, broken beats and abstract compositions. March will see the release of her second EP on Phonica, then Rekids will follow with the second half of the Art of War release in April. Peggy Gou Peggy Gould is also a style trend setter, having studied fashion at Uni in London before her move to Berlin. She is often seen at the front rows of fashion weeks around the world, getting street snapped, modelling and featuring in magazine editorials for Dazed and Confused, Instyle and Grazia.
Expect all these DJs to bring multiple levels of energy through a weave of a huge range of genres from hip-hop, house, disco, to soulful, groovy, minimal to dark twisted techno. This will be his 3rd time to China and second show at Arkham. Soichi Terada has long been a bastion of charming house music in Japan.
LK is a brand new label from Beijing that presents the fusion of art and electronic music. We believe in the sound of the future and aim to create pioneering live experience. The combination is exhilarating. These three boys are blessed with loads of talent, which shines through in everything they touch. Fjaak sets are full of Machine-like Vibes; normally thought of as two opposite concepts, they engineer a combination of both vinyl and live, creating an energy filled performance.
Since their establishment in , Fjaak attracted worldwide attention with an alternative and boundary pushing take on classic techno, house and breakbeat. The young Berlin residents are constantly searching for new ways of expressing their unique musical identity. Their music is mostly based on hardware jams capturing both the soul of a one-take recording and the energetic fusion of three individuals. Half a year after their first EP on 50 Weapons label, they debuted with their live set at the notorious Berghain as the youngest hardware only act to date.
Now they are based in Prenzlauer Berg, living centrally and close to airports for frequent out-of-country bookings and are regular DJs at Berghain. American street culture has been an inspiration and influence to generations after generations of youth around the world. Onra is a talented Paris-based producer known well for his soulful expression of vintage hip-hop through an international lens. His career kicked off in with his first album release and has since been bookmarked by a number of full-lengths, invitation to the Red Bull Music Academy, several funky mixtapes and constant flow of interesting collabs.
As always, such a comparison is high praise. Onra gained a lot of momentum from Chinoiseries which was spawned from a stint in Asia where he collected a heap of Chinese and Vietnamese pop tracks. These were later cut up and reworked into his retro hip-hop beatscape, packed with a plethora of tasty head-nodding beats and sporadic Mandarin rants with Asian instruments. Really fun stuff. This one is particularly for the hip-hop heads out there, but more widely for anyone that appreciates bouncing to a well-crafted beat. Who Dat checks egos at the coatcheck. Freaks, Stoners, Fashion and Music enthusiasts fill the club from dusk till dawn.
We only present serious producers to real music lover. Never one to be messed with in the world of tough, po faced techno, Go Hiyama is one of the most respectful artists in Japan and even the world. Berghain, Token, Industrial — you know what to expect when you see these 3 key words. Supported by Shanghai underground techno warriors, with 3D mapping visuals. He is also one of the best regarded and most international Japanese artists.
In he made his debut on Coda, a label owned by James Ruskin, who is also known for running Blueprint Records. His debut track departed from the four on the floor pattern with an offbeat sound of his own. In , Go Hiyama made his European debut in Spain. People recognized that he had his own style. His Japanese style of techno was pure, unique and underground — nothing that had been heard before in Europe.
His reputation and popularity quickly spread all over the continent. One of his most recent gigs was at Berghain Berlin, which is considered one of the best clubs in the world. In , he moved to Tokyo and started his own record label, Hue Helix. But finally all the things will pay off — No matter how your mind flops, there are thousands of reasons for going parties. Next Friday, you should swing by Arkham as always, and listen to your inner vice — Welcome to Viceland. This time, Vice China are here bringing the most forward-thinking and proactive label from L.
Andre Power is co-founder and Art Director of Soulection and has a diverse approach to creative endeavors taking on every project with an open mind and heart. This method and logic translates seamlessly into his musical and visual arts by capturing the essence in each idea and helping to tell a larger story around it through various creative mediums.
Veteran painter, illustrator and photographer, Mr. Power transfers his graceful aesthetic into sounds through his own productions, re-edits, mixtapes and live sets, and is quickly gaining the attention of conscious consumers of the musical arts worldwide. Julio manages worldwide bookings for Soulection, with a heavy hand in strategic partnerships, artist development, and is also a DJ on the roster.
A citizen of the world and a resident of both Brooklyn and San Francisco, this seasoned DJ, producer and event curator brings a unique perspective to the label infused with passion, optimism and inherent positivity. Whether blending two records in a unique fashion or working closely to help develop next level music creators, the common thread is his ability to see beauty in all things.
Creating his page in early after 4 years of development from his home studio, he decided he would upload his first EP that was part of his university project. After uploading, he started getting traction being recognised by a few small online labels and going on to be featured on many different radio shows. Since then he has gone on to release a White Label with Soulection and performed at the renowned Soulection monthly event TSOT as well as supporting other artists such as Mr.
Carmack, Jay Prince and AraabMuzik. His live sets are something to behold, combining Ableton live with keyboard, synthsizer, and percussion elements. Its going to be a big one for the last month of ! Free Wave boasts ten songs, while the lone guest appearance comes courtesy of fellow up-and-comer Playboy Carti. Their new partnership with Sony Music will be an exciting one to watch in upcoming years, and tonight is the night to celebrate that and many other accomplishments!
Their dark, moody vibe is always undeniably danceable, and they make sure that each set brings something entirely new to the table. Woz is the youngster of Black Butter Records, at only 20 years old. His interest in Detroit house, mixed with his UK based technique, has led to countless international bookings. But, like the evolution of My Nu Leng, he is focusing on the basics of musicality; the use of drum machines, making music in a more analogue fashion, and delving into the history and heart of different music styles allows him to understand that sometimes less production is more.
The best Reggae event of the year comes to Arkham this weekend. Jamafreeca is a Reggae project that was born on July 7, in Beijing China. This event was created with the aim to share the Afro-Caribbean cultures in China through a concert bringing together different artists from different backgrounds and musical genres.
Following the opening of borders between different African — Caribbean countries and China, this concert also established closer links between the different nations in order to strengthen cultural exchange on a musical point of view. Over the last decade, He has released eight full-length albums, four mixtapes, and countless singles. He is a singer, songwriter, beat-maker and has two albums to his credit. His style a unique combination of reggae, dancehall and soul. Back in Cameroon he was an actor in productions for television but also a football player in the amateur league.
General Huge is a Ragga-Reggae-Dancehall singer, songwriter and beatmaker. During the early years of his career, The General acquired a good popularity in France. ChaChas has made a huge impact on the reggae scene in China. The iconic local rap legend MC Webber is recognized has one of the pioneer of Chinese rap. He works a lot with UBC by always being behind the booth, playing the tracks for the crew and also singing alongside with them. The Bicycle Film Festival is a celebration of bicycles through art. It is coming to China for the first time, but has been screened across major cities throughout the world for the past 15 years.
DJ Sergio Vega from the Deftones will be spinning hip hop with influences from his hometown of the Bronx. We are thrilled to have him come back to grace us with his intoxicating brand of heavy italo that mixes airy synths, vintage drum machines and dark retro-futuristic ambience.
Rodion has been releasing strange gems on labels like Gomma and Eskimo for years, solo and more recently with Hugo Sanchez as Alien Alien. We also have Redscale VJs transforming Arkham and taking your eyes on a trip. The show spawned a label offshoot of the same name, which so far has released two split inches from Kemppi and Kusti. At last count, the Finnish techno producer had released material on 17 different labels. It was noticed abroad immediately. The track and official video became a global viral sensation and Keith quickly gained the attention of key tastemakers in the United States and beyond.
Within a few months, the official video had over 12 million views and musicians from around the world were reaching out to Keith to collaborate. With a number of successful releases under his belt, Keith is poised to continue on the path of his meteoric rise and we are excited to bring him to the Middle Kingdom this November for two shows!
He shattered Western stereotypes of Chinese youth culture as he brought his music global, and continues to change the electronic music world today. His eclectic and dynamic taste in music comes across in both his live shows and produced releases, showcasing hip-hop, bass, house, and funk styles to name a few, all brought together by his impeccable turntable techniques. His groovy mix of disco, house, and classics never fail to pump you up, and he always brings an element of his soul that can be hard to find with other DJs.
Now, we congregate on one of the best nights of the year to celebrate this sonic sickness in all its glory. In addition, our partnerships with the best locally based talent have always provide a homegrown foundation throughout all our events. Our first haunting on the Halloween lineup is Jack Adams, better known as Mumdance. When he was discovered by Diplo in , Mumdance became known for his unique collision of the indie and British grime sound that was soon in high demand for remixes and collaborations with big electronic names.
His touring has led to the combination of many styles of music around the world, which can be heard distinctly in his new sounds. MC Elf Kid is joining him on stage, bringing the underground south London grime to our underground home. In the truest of Halloween spirit is no other than Faris Badwan, the lead singer of The Horrors, coming to play an exclusive DJ set for us. The Horrors hail from Britain, and bring an edgy UK vibe to a rock-and-roll, punk lovechild style of music. Their music does what good music should do- energize, excite, polarize, and divide.
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Do not look at the sleeping child with affection. If got this from a friend, ifyou copy this article on your wall or just email it to all your friends, they will read it too. People in China truly can be great! Our scams have more to do with fake Dish TV, than stuff on the streets.
One note of advice, when traveling anywhere in the world never go into a shop or situation with no street store front or visible pedestrian area. Anywhere in the world. Unless you are with a true friend or reputable tour guide. Best of luck in your travels! Scams are prevalent everywhere in this world. I wish I new what world you live in. Especially for someone traveling alone, you should be more vigil. Single white female traveling alone in china supposedly being fondled by grown men most likely untrue there are worse things and I mean worse things that can happen to you.
Maybe not enough attention as a kid but I find your article utterly bullshit. Welcome to the real world sheltered single white female. This scam happened two years ago. And I behaved like a child. I was close-minded, immature, naive, judgemental and I expected everything to be how I wanted it. Completely the wrong attitude to have as a traveller, I know. Fortunately, travel is a wonderful thing for helping you grow into a better person — and after two years of travel my entire world-view has changed. This time without the biases and the expectations — and definitely without the whining Besides what you wrote there is informative, interesting and potentially very helpful to other travellers.
It takes humility to admit you were naive and ignorant. Do read up on all that is negative before you visit anywhere in your travels, google and forums really help. Shanghai Nanjing road, Paris artistes spots, barcelona la ramblas are all large and lovely places but alas such places draw those who make their fortune by questionable means. Despite knowing all about the soccer trip tackle by the north afrique or Romani pickpockets in Europe, one of them still tried it on me in Belgium. But I should never have hit him, all he tried was to snatch the was of 10euros scrunched in my back pocket despite me telling him to go away.
Ok, back to shanghai. Chinese are strangely like the Scandinavian folk, they are passivw until you approach them. Never talk to locals that tout to you. Drink and eat at where menu prices are clear and there are locals eating and drinking the same things. Hold on to the menu as you dine, same menu that you ordered from in case they switch it for another one with an extra zero.
If you need help approach an uninterested passerby who will respond to you instead. His response is absolutely insulting. Does he mean to say that a white female should not expect to be safe in a foreign country? That a woman should know better than to travel alone?
If a man had been ripped off, would his anger and reaction be more justified? Getting ripped off is embarrassing and angering. The people who do it, unless it is to put food on their plates, are despicable, and this is not something that is culturally relative, or merely the beliefs of privileged westerners who want things in a new place to be exactly the way they are at home. This same scam happened to me recently in Shanghai when I was traveling with my non-white husband who is originally from Mexico city, and not some sheltered small town in the American Midwest.
We have been living in Japan for the past year and a half and perhaps let our guard down because of the degree of safety that we have experienced there. A pretty Chinese girl came up to me and started chatting with me. In very good english she told me that she was meeting a friend and they were going to attend a traditional Chinese tea ceremony. She explained that every year all Chinese people travel from all over China to attend them. Of course this sounded like a fantastic idea.
I had plenty of time to kill, the two girls were very pretty and I had wanted to experience something that was very traditional and very Chinese. We walked several blocks away to some kind of shopping mall and then up to the second floor where we were lead into a small but nicely decorated room. I must admit, I had a great time and had no idea I was getting scammed.
The hostess spoke no english so the girls translated. We tried all kinds of different teas and I learned more about Chinese tea then I ever wanted to know. It was a very cool experience. Yep, they even talked me into buying tea and a tea set. They didnt take credit cards so they lead me to an ATM where I withdrew the amount needed and I paid the bill. I had that nervous feeling in my stomach where I knew I had probably paid way too much but I just tried to forget about it and relax.
I still had a great time and tasted lots of different teas and the girls were very nice. I even got their email address and took several pictures with them. When I got back to the hotel and did the conversion on a calculator I realized just how much I had spent. I told my wife and she was sure it was a scam. After getting back to the states I sent an email to both of the girls and never got any response.
As time has gone by I have become more and more convinced that I was a victim of a scam. Yes, now I know I got scammed. And I laughed out loud at my complete stupidity! Hi, I am a solo indian girl traveling to Shanghai. I just visited the Bund area today and got scammed. So stupid of me really. I first refused to go to a tea ceremony when a group offered to take me. But then I went with the other three , 2 girls and a boys. Guess what, the girl whom you punched was one of them.
It is really shocking that she is doing this again to other tourists. I was victim of this kind of scam in Shangai they charged my credit card Yuan If some one can help me to get the money back please tel me. Some bars in Julu Lu or Tongren Lu will get you one or two or six girls to sit with you and talk to you. For this they expect you to buy them drinks. Call police in the event of any scam. They are on your side in Shanghai.
Be very careful if you keep a tab as each drink costs rmb, typically the drinks the girls have will be watered down but customers drinks are not, and you will be encouraged to drink heavily. If you run out of cash be very careful when using a credit card not to let it out of sight, so that it is swiped only once and to check that the amount is correct. In a similar scenario a stranger offers to take you to a karaoke bar or massage parlor with beautiful girls. You go to the place, meet lovely girls and the staff will bully you out of whatever is in your wallet.
These people present a bill in thousands of yuan and if you protest, big bouncers will approach you with serious mean faces.
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Pay up or else is the message. Made me wonder, made me suspicious. I faked a phone call and got of. Thanks to your photos Lauren, I know now what I have missed ;- Nice story and a shame you have no photo of the girl after your punch :D. Just been reading your Shanghai Teahouse Scam post and its great, though its a completely different to what happens to a lone male traveller! I was in China about the same time and alone and its easy to get sucked into scams when you just want to talk to someone in English.
I picked up a weird vibe from the start though, im very cautious of friendly people when im away because that kindof thing just doesnt happen to me in real life! I did get revenge by tormenting those scammers and pretending to be a confused tourist a few times though! They didnt like it and nothing gives me as much pleasure of having them annoy me for a week and knowing I wasted lots of their time and seeing the annoyed look on their faces!
Another funny thing to do in this situation is to be a calm, ignorant tourist but then abruptly shout at them that you know about their scam! It scares them and embarasses them and I found shouting at them was the best way as they went away very quickly to avoid attention from other people and police! Though I think the police are actually in on the scam too. But as annoying as it is, if you dont get scammed its actually a pretty fun thing to watch and maybe the best people watching ive ever done there, so many weird things going on!
Even got talking to atleast 2 of the scammers, the ones who bring you to shops and seem to have connections with everyone for discounts etc. I think they felt weird when their scams didnt work as I recognised them so id go up and talk to them and got to hear why they do what they do, when questioning one girl and asking why she doesnt persue a career in a legitimate job she laughed and said do i think she will make as much money in that kindof job!
The scams in China are probably the worst though as they even happen in temples! I did find a way to embarass the people who continuously ask if you want a massage though! We had a similar situation today. They were very nice and one of the girls was very cute indeed which for a guy like me is like a hook with a big fat juicy maggot on for a fish. Anyway, same story, same ceremony and similar bill. I told them that we did not have any money on us and that they could walk us down to an ATM.
That they did. I promptly phoned a friend I have made in the city and after laughing her arse off because we had fallen for the infamous tea scam, she said that we should just find security this was in a shitty little flat above a mall. I said that I can handle it and after ending the call, I just told them that I did not trust them and that they were not getting a penny from us. We then walked off. Calling his bluff worked, he backed down and we were free. I have a picture… the girl you punched was one of them the one that I thought was cute! I just got scammed on nanjing… I was aware there were going to be scams..
But the long story made short is that these two girls totally convinced me that they were kind. I let my guard down and followed them to a restaurant.. I was insecure about the situation sobi just ordered a cheap salad.. When the meal came it was at least 5 playes along with whiskey.. I was pretty alarmed but somehow they were so convincing that i felt bad accusing them of scamming me..
I ended up talking with them for over 30 minutes.. Finally when thr bill came it was 2, Rmb.. And ofcourse they expected me to pay.. Only i could not settle for giving them anything so I prepared myself and acted like I was going to get up to pay,. I quickly put my cash back in my pocket when they grabbed my arms.. I easily shook them off and when sprinting out of the restaurant..
Up the stairs on accident.. Through several other businesses to another exit where I made my way back to the street… There the waitress stood cursing me but I knew they could keep up as I pulled off a track star performance down nanjing and into the metro where i was able to escape completely. Now my concern is running into them again and facing police or thugs.. Sort of terrified from the experience and saddened to feel like i ditched s bill even though it was an obvious scam.. I am going to stay far away from Nanjing..
But now im still paranoid of being recognized. Do you guys think I should be worried? Im at least happy I didnt lose a dime.. Save for a really bad scratch on my back. Those twirps didnt stand a chance at holding me back. Even the older man working the restaurant didnt dare get in my way. I am happy I did not resort to violence. Be weary out there folks. I thought I was smart enough to avoid such a stupid situation but these girls were truly talented at appearing as genuine people.
Safe travels. Thanks, Rebecca! I just returned from PVG Shanghai and I am so sad, disappointed and somewhat angry that I became a victim of this nonsense. Not Nice. As it is I am struggling with finances and last thing Imwanted was to face this. I also got scammed the same way. At around Yuan approx. I learned from it. Hi Lauren, just wanted to say how much I enjoy reading your blog and especially this entry because I had a similar experience when I was studying abroad in Shanghai.
I wish I had punched them in the face like you did! Most scammers working the streets are desperate for money and get paid jack shit while the people running the scam face no retribution. Getting taken advantage of is the worst feeling in the world, I know. Oh, absolutely! I can spare a few dollars and have it not make much difference. I just happened upon this post while googling about this sort of scam I just heard of.
I was interested to see how you got revenge, thinking you outted them on the street later or something. Serves her right for not only ripping you off but going in your bag as well! Going to police tomorrow! Fk this shit! Pity we didnt googlr before!! I want to meet locals, but how do I know who to trust? Who did you hang out with there?
I found that if anyone approached me, the conversation would inevitably turn towards tea ceremonies and art galleries within a few minutes. I hung out with other travellers instead. Maybe in the less touristy parts of China there are fewer scammers? I was scammed in a very similar way in Cuba by two guys who invited me to a bar. I wrote a ridiculous post about the 12 times that I know of that I was scammed or conned while traveling if you care to read it on my blog.
I hated feeling like I always had to be on my guard and shut down anyone who approached me. Many of my Chinese friends overseas, including myself, we all traveled and walked around China, and its many cities on our own, and nothing like this happens to us, or me. All that was just my guess. Your case is interesting, though. Thanks for sharing.
I think it may help if you travel or toured Shanghai with a Chinese friend. If those girls saw your friend speaks Chinese, they most likely will walk away. Or you can travel with me :. That is just insane, I guess when you travel frequently, you put your self in situation. But your able to handle it and did not get hurt. Thank God! Lesson learned! Thats worth a couple hundred RMB of your money back.
You were lucky to get away with it though as the way chinese stick together is xenophobia de-luxe. Regarding these scammers — what i find disturbing is the mentality of these people who treat it as if they are just doing a job. It really is a bit sick IMO. Of course I read this after my experience…. I got emails, phone numbers, and a video ……. Ok, I just want to say that part of the scam is having these young kids ask to take a photo of you. Shanghai has a large population of caucasian expats, not to mention many more as tourists, so as a white person, you are NOT that novel. If somebody asks to take a photo with you that should be a clear indicator that they may have motives.
We got scammed yesterday.
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Being tired after a long day, our guards were down. The boy and two girls told us they were students and they were very friendly. We ended up paying yuan for us both. I got it charged to my creditcard which was never out of my sight and asked for the receipt, which they gave me. I called the cc company a couple of hours later, but of course the charge had already gone through. They reassured me that no other charges were made to the card. They did not hink it was necessary to cancel the card. I read about the scam on some websites also this one , but still went to sleep feeling pretty stupid.
This morning, we went back to search for the tearoom, photographed the street name and memorised the housenumber. We then went to the police station. Nobody spoke any english, but they used a telephone translation service that worked very well. After we had explained what had happened and had shown them the receipt and address, stuff started happening. After some calling to and from, we were taken to another police station. En-route, we identified the place to the police officers. After a short wait for something in the police station we found ourselves in another police car sirens blaring with another officer, destination teahouse.
The officer walked through the establishment and emptied the place people ran out from all over the place, haha. We were then led to the exit all very politely and that was that. The officer stayed behind for his morning tea ;-. Fact is that the police were all very friendly and helpful to us. The bad feeling we had for being scammed has left us entirely ;-. If you got scammed by these people, go to the police! Now in China for over 9 years 2 years in Shanghai , yes, I see these people everyime I visited downtown area.
Good that I did not listen to them. After all these years here, I only heared this scam this month. I was travelling a lot and as in many asian country maybe except singapore , scam can varied as for the common taxi driver scam and goes through the complicated one like tea ceremony scam in china i always google tourist scam in xxxx or tourist trap in xxxx before i set foot on their country. I hope that this experience would make you love travelling more and more. Many thanks for the heads up. Lucky for them, I had my knife on me that day.
Many victims seem to return to the tea house, sometimes with the cops, to recover their money. Very interesting post, but I must say you were very lucky to get away safely and I strongly advise against anyone reading this to react the same way no matter how angry you may feel about having having been scammed. Just go to the police. There is actually a commissioned task force in Beijing and Shanghai fighting these scams, but with everyone they seem to stop, ten new one spring up.
Even if there are scammers walking the streets of Shanghai as we speak, there are thousands of good people here as well. OK so I thought I was an experienced traveller- 50 plus countries- never had a real scam until today- but luckily I read your post and went back to Hectometer Champs Elysees- not hard to find, and got most of the money back- after all, the tea was excellent, and the small amount finally paid well worth it.
So if by any chance, one of you lovely young kids read this, please contact me for a real opportunity…nathan kilikanoon. BTW, read all of the above before you go out with young students in China, or caveat emptor!! Blah, I got done too today. Spewing right now.
You essentially narrated my experience. I thought that it would be similar, but was I wrong. There were two girls who were so charming, college students, and yes, I was had. It was terrible. The reason why I am posting here is because I am so happy that you had visited Taiwan. It is the country where my family is from and I have always gone back every year. My friends always say that foreigners feel most hospital there out of other countries, but of course I never believed that. However, after listening to others, I now truly believe that Taiwanese are true to their heart and I believe that your experience in Taiwan has now truly affirmed my believe that people there are hospitable.
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I would never buy something before agreeing on a price. You essentially gave them a blank cheque the moment you took your first sip. I just see a bunch of foolish people who consume things without asking the price. Ted, at least in my case, they showed me the price list, and they told me we were going to have just the first item. Then the bill arrived, multiplied by 8x. I didnt blame too much, cos i heard about cases where they put drug in the beers, makes u unconscious, and steal every thing.
Worst thing is that this drug causes health problem even 6 months later. So i just paied, went to supermarket, bought water, drunk it, then put 2 fingers in the mouth. But you can see the sense of owing in most of the commenters here given the fact is that most people paid full price only to walk off in a huff, mad at the shopkeepers even though they only have themselves to blame for not being aware of what they were actually buying.
A friend of mine had this happen to him as a newbie in Shanghai. His bill was rmb or something. After he told me about it he looked at the bright side and said that in the half hour he actually genuinely enjoyed the conversations he had with the girls and learned some new things about China. First Night here and WOW — plenty of scammers out there. Typically a man or a middle aged lady will approach you to refer you to get a massage.
After you follow and go up stairs always up stairs or up an elevator you head to a room and part take in a tea ceremony or have a few girls come out and talk to you etc. Ask you where you are from, what hotel you are staying at, your name etc. Sounds like innocent chit chat right? Shortly after the massage will begin and they will try to sexualise it. Some fall for the trap, others get up and leave. You need to pay up to 30, RMB to get out of there or there will be trouble. They will explain that the massage sample was free, but you need to pay for the room, like a hotel room etc and stand over you to make sure you comply.
Your only options are to either pay up, or fight and run like hell. I did the latter. As a martial artist and powerfilfter I could hold my own against the 3 guys. They told me they had 10 more guys down stairs waiting for me if I tried anything stupid. To get away, I got a feel for their strength one time and see how serious they were with keeping me there and standing over me. They were quite serious etc.
Then they told me they got cameras rolling inside the room etc. I protested this was extortion and I wanted to see the footage etc. Told them I had no money then proeeded to get up and put my hands on my head like I was freaking out. What I was doing was actually protecting my head with my elbows and keeping them within striking distance should anything happen. I had a wrestle with the two guys guarding the door, pushed them out of the way and threatened they better not hurt me or else and promptly made a run down two flights of stairs. There were 2 guys waiting near the exit door but they were a bit slow to recognise what was happening as instead of running past them I walked at a fast pace then crossed the road just as a bus was coming out.
I ran like hell away from my hotel and then double backed to get to where I needed to go. It could have been really messy or costly. Thankfully it was neither. Now I have the dielema of bumping into them again so I will be prepared with something to defend myself. I have met some wonderful people in China, but Shanghai, espeically around The Bund area, is filled with tourist traps that can leave you pennieless or perhaps worse. PS: Prices are not always clear. They will add charges, house charges etc. Wow that sounds terrible.
It is the same way when we travelled to Czech and India, scams everywhere, you need to be alert and automatically just assume people are talking to you for your money and always confirm how much everything costs up front. I am sure you know this by now. Good luck. I got chatted up by these guys several times but I had read about them before coming to Shanghai so I never fell for it. They follow a script, someone must have passed on to them cause they all have similar questions and chat, but maybe in a different order.
Instead of scamming people, some of these guys could hold down a sales job and do quite well, they seem quiet friendly. The rest of Shanghai is quite normal. When I walked down Nanjing road with a friend they never approached me. But walking by myself, I could only walk half a block down that street before some other scammer Tea, massage, rolex watches, etc. I can relate to everything that you were saying about the tea scam place in Shanghai.
From the pictures you took, it seems to be the same place. I am still in Shanghai, and I want to do something about it! Try to get my money back or involve the police or my hotel or something.. Do you or anyone else have the name of this place? I wish I read this earlier before traveling to China. I just came back with my husband from shanghai and we totally fell for this tea scam. Now I am trying to dispute the credit card fee with my bank. Oh well, it is an expensive lesson and I am just hoping that the bank will accept my dispute claim for this bill.
A lot of hassle but I am really really disappointed with our trip 2 weeks from Shanghai, Beijing, Guilin, Yangshou and finally back to Shanghai again. For all those traveling to China, please please please be aware and always be on your guard! I know not all Chinese are as vicious as these scammers as I have Chinese friends as well but just be careful when faced with such situations. As they say, never take anything at face value…. I think being suspicious of any well-spoken locals who approach you for zero reason.
I do believe that because of our ignorance into their culture we sometimes assume that the cops are in on the scam. This certainly is not the case,but once you are caught in something like this,you do become very paranoid!! Remember traveling is about having new experiences,good or bad,you learn from them. And then one bad experience has you putting it up for months afterwards. I became a tea victim yesterday in shanghai. I unfortunate fly back in a couple hours. I had almost the exact same experience a couple years before yours When I first started reading your account, however, I was thinking I had you beat, because I had actually been warned about it, and felt like a numbskull for falling for it.
When I read that you had been warned about it as well, it eased the pain of the memory a little bit. I found your blog as I was looking to gather info as I am returning to that same area tomorrow for the first time since. Wow, it was still going on all the way back in ? Hope you managed to escape unscathed second time around Is there any info on your blog about how you have been able to travel like this for the last two years?
Do you work as you go? Did you just save a ton of money before hand? I love travelling and have traveled quite a bit, but it is expensive. If you could email me some info, that would be great! Hi Becca! This travel blog funds most of my travels these days. I work as a freelance writer as well, and I recently wrote a book. If I can work online then I can work from anywhere. Check out my FAQ page for more information!
Shanghai is best avoided — period! Luckily — I was fine. Quite often they will also make you sign blank credit card slips and may or may not keep your card. In way too many cases — the police have not been helpful. Although I totally get that line of thinking. Travel IS about being outside your comfort zone, but being wary but not paranoid is important — and this in the area in which you learned a hard lesson. I had just spent a fantastic 4 hours in the Shanghai Museum being fascinated by Chinese history. When I left I decided to walk for awhile before catching a taxi back to my hotel.
I politely declined and walked away even though they pleaded. About 10 minutes later walking through a busy plaza again, exactly the same thing happened, this time 3 girls and 2 guys, all speaking English fairly well, they said they are Beijing students travelling through Shanghai for Uni excursion, I took their photos and then started walking away, they were very persistent I join them to go to a tea ceremony and maybe catch a theatre show as they had a spare ticket blah blah blah….
I quickly walked away and when I came back to my hotel room, I started googling this as I wanted to know if my instinct was on the money. I guess my older age and enhanced scam instinct got me out of this. Glad you managed to escape the scam! It does seem like the scammers are all over the place in Shanghai!
I was just scamed like that right now!! I am in Shanghai, a couple of hours ago i went to people square and there was a group of 7 people students from beijing they said … they asked me to take a picture for them and then all started exactly the same way that happened to you. When they brought the bill and told me it was Yuan i managed to bargain to Yuan haha i knew it was a scam, and i got extremely afraid, i suddenly realised i was by myself in a dark room with 4 guys and 2 girls and they could do anything to me, i started shaking and gave them the money.
They also took me out by another door… I went straight to the hotel and i told the concierge what has happened and started crying out of raged and fear. They went with me back to the place, it was a gallery called champs elisees, we called the police!