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"When I arrived in Shanghai 18 months ago I asked in forums whether there was a Goth club but the answer was no, so we decided to start one ourselves,"Gantzert said.
About six months ago they went to a party at Dada bar because the promotional flier promised Gothic music but there were just two or three real Gothic tracks played at the party.
"We had been waiting for good music. We were so angry and disappointed that we just went home,"said Ryazantsev.
"We want to find more people who share the same interest and try to build a community in Shanghai,"Gantzert said.
One Chinese girl saw their website, Gothic Shanghai, and told Gantzert: "It's so cool that I can find other people who like Goth culture. I don't have to hide in the closet anymore."
This year Gothic Shanghai started to organize concerts, parties and Victorian picnics. Their Halloween party took place on October 27 and featured dark wave, Gothic and black metal music.
At Goth Victorian picnics, participants wear Victorian era clothes to a picnic at a park, bringing their food in hampers. Victorian clothes are part of Goth culture, a form of neoclassicism. The first Victorian picnic they held was in Zhongshan Park in April.
They promote their website and events by handing out fliers at concerts at places like Mao Livehouse, a city music venue that offers live performances by Chinese and foreign indie bands, and which is also a good place for them to meet other Goths.
A 32-year-old German catering sales manager in Shanghai, known by his nickname Wurstregal, said he learnt about the Gothic Shanghai website after seeing a post by Gantzert on a German forum.
He likes industrial and dark ambient music which are sub-genres of Gothic music. As there are not that many Goth parties in Shanghai yet, he sometimes goes to metal parties. "In Germany Goth parties are popular and people know what they want. But in Shanghai you have to take what you can get,"said Wurstregal, who has been living in Shanghai for 12 years.