MX$3,920.00Donated So Far
Hey guys, since its a private local fundraiser most of you will know me.
For those who don`t I`m Sheng a.k.a. Sheng Who and have been investing and building nightlife in Tijuana for the past years since I just fell in love with the vibe and saw a strong need for an European style nightlife experience where it's all about the music. Known for keeping it real as a resident at Deck22 and through my organisation Best Kept Secret I have thrown numerous events in Tijuana and have always supported national and international talent to build a scene that was floroushing before the pandemic.
We also always have had open doors to collaborate with other organisations and provided logistical support for festivals and international artists visiting the region.
I wish I was not in need of any fundraising but 6 months of lockdown, cancelled shows as an artist and money locked in future bookings for the organisation is driving us to the brink of non existence.
Just in 2018 and 2019 alone I have reinvested all my earnings into my events which to be honest never made any money. This is and was a labor of love and I know that everyone who attended our events knows and feels that.
We`d lower the entree fee just to get more people in and as a consequence would lose money in the range of 500 to 2500 dlls per event but with an open venue I managed to barely pull it together by reinvesting my performance fees as a DJ into the organisation. Being fully vested into this and without any other income this pandemic has been extremely heavy on me.
As many of you might know I also have been very active in fundraising for others by assisting Dance television with the Stay Home Festival and unfortunately since they're also suffering for the same reasons haven`t been able to get properly paid for my work. We're all in the same boat so no hard feelings there but my unselfishness has been my undoing. Its times like these that humility catches up with you when you realized all you`ve given and what you have left. I wouldn't have done anything different though. I don`t live for money but its hard to live without having any.
I am a hard worker, always been always will be but not being a Mexican national causes me to basically be stranded here without any normal way to make a living, no government support and having been far away from home for years don`t get much support from there either. The pandemic hit the whole world. I wanted to avoid to fundraise as long as possible and am always positive and simply refuse to throw events illegally and irresponsibly to get by. There are people in more urgent need, more dire situations is what I`ve always been telling myself. It's also pride. This is not me. I`m always the one to help out but rarely ask for any help myself.
Those that know me know that I`m the opposite of a beggar so I`m not asking for straight up donations.
I`m asking for some help from our clients and collaborators to stay on my feet and will grant the people that supported me credit towards attending our future events and for Djs, venues or promoters that sympathise with my situation I can come down and throw a show when the situation permits and also have you over as a guest as part of the family.
I`ll also put together a special mix as thank you for everyone that donated as soon as we decided if we can stream or not. Been saving up a lot of gems to play out when there's the possibility but now its just music going to waste. It needs to get heard.
The people that know me know that I`ve always been helpful and supportive of everyone, some called me the nightlife mayor of TJs electronic and I hope you can all find it in your hearts now to support me to make it through this pandemic.
To livestream or not ?
If i do a livestream i would need to do it properly and unfortunately can`t do it from the venue. If the campaign is successful however i promise I will put up a good show for all you guys and can livestream our actual events when they start again hopefully by the end of September.
At the moment I can mobilize some resources to do something as soon as i feel its safe. I can`t borrow gear and risk confiscation by authorities due to the illegal nature. My heart and sense of responsibility means i rather starve then throw covid parties or stand behind a webcam all day to show I`m a DJ. Those that know know and a stream won`t do it any justice. The Magic happens when the audience and DJ get on the same frequency and journey together. I simply am uninspired to play in front of a camera with no audience but if you guys insist and will appreciate it I`ll do it for you guys.
What do i need 5k for ?
I need the funds to first of all pay some dues accumulated over the past months that are blocking me to do anything and to prevent landing on the street, I would love to utilize this time to make music but with all the stress I`m simply left uninspired and without the luxury of a government stimulus I simply am fighting for survival.
My main priority is to develop separate income that's not strictly tied to nightlife since the situation has been so volatile. Building that foundation will in turn allow me to funnel it back into Best Kept Secret to keep giving you guys the shows you all enjoyed so much without having to raise the prices to levels that are out of market for the local population. 5$ less cover unfortunately makes a huge difference in attendance but its not the amount i can give away every month for a 150+ people. Yet i did. I rather lose money then receive an artist with a meager crowd. I`ve given my all here and am now at your mercy to survive. If you ever attended one of my bigger events you know that it was financially unsustainable and worth at least double for the experience provided. Being on a long term growth strategy made me prioritize quality and creativity over profit and am now facing the consequences.
Helping me out to setup my side show is directly helping me to help myself to keep things going in the future. Help me to enable me to help others (which i always do and will always keep doing regardless).
My problem has been that I`m too nice and always making compromises to keep everyone happy at my own expense. I`ll lose money and pay staff top dollar out of pocket and take care of the artists regardless. I sincerely hope my efforts have been noted and that i can count on your support. Depending the fundraisers success I have various solid ideas I can put into practice with some funds in hand. And for every dollar donated to me I in turn I will donate and support others when the situation permits it and I`m back on my feet. Goes around comes around.
It would be amazing if you guys could help me to ensure that our ideology and creativity continues to push the boundaries and to develop nightlife in the region to heal souls through music and elevate the collective consciousness to a higher level by providing a platform where it's all about love for the music and life.
People from California that have visited our events at Deck22 know its a gem in the rough and for the locals its simply the spot to end the night and dance till sunrise. Its hard to replicate the let your hair loose kind of vibe we have down here and I hope you can support me to ensure its survival past the pandemic and to keep making people happy offering them solace in an increasingly grim and dark world.
Thank you for reading my plea and I hope that I can count on your support.
If you are in a difficult financial situation yourself I would appreciate it if you would share the fundraiser so maybe it can reach someone who can help.
I`m sending everyone my best wishes and eternal gratitude for supporting me and hope to see you on the dancefloor soon.
Much love and i mean that !
Be safe and hope to see you guys soon ! Stay Healthy and be responsible !
I don`t want to lose anyone.
Please support, It`ll be good karma, your supporting the good guys !
Here`s all my info in case you don`t know what I`m rambling about. A good friend of me is allowing me to use her bank account to receive the funds hence the name of the campaign owner.
The account is in Mexican pesos due to platform restrictions.
I have made one for international donors in USD on https://assets.gogetfunding.com/bestkeptsecret/ and will add the donations from the Mexican one to that one to achieve my funding goal.
FB profile (feel free to drop me a line if you have any questions and confirm its me raising funds)
List of past events :
Recording of my last public performance on Soundcloud :
Promoter page : https://www.facebook.com/beskeptsecretmx/ (pls like)
Dj page : https://www.facebook.com/djshengwho (pls like)
No updates for this campaign just yet