996 and Heavy Bass: Electronic Music Is Taking Over China’s Hustle Capital

A city of immigrants and a land of opportunity, but also a fast-paced metropolis powered by an extremely competitive working culture, Shenzhen has developed an ecosystem of underground electronic clubs that’s second to none in China.

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A city of immigrants and a land of opportunity, but also a fast-paced metropolis powered by an extremely competitive working culture, Shenzhen has developed an ecosystem of underground electronic clubs that’s second to none in China.


On the neon-lit dance floors of Shenzhen’s legendary Oil Club, local youth gather to break free from the pressures and conventions of daily life, expressing themselves creatively in bass-heavy ethereal utopia that only exists from dusk to dawn.


In this episode we feature the masterminds behind Oil Club, as well as a roster of local DJs and producers, to unpack the relationship between the lifestyle of youths hustling in China’s biggest tech hub and the underground culture that’s blossoming within it.

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