Beating the norm: Gen Z drummer's Beijing life | Updated: 2023-06-16 09:00
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Despite a fluctuating monthly income, Xie Yuanyu, a young drummer, still decided to settle down in Beijing.

That's not easy for any Gen Z-er who has to build his own life from almost nothing.

Yet, unlike most of his peers who are seeking a stable job with a nine-to-five routine - a popular job choice nowadays-, Xie, 25, said he has his own definition of stability.

Being a professional musician doesn't mean that he gets paid enough to make a decent living in a metropolis like Beijing.

He became a deliveryman to make ends meet during the COVID-19 pandemic when live performances still were shot down.

Even with the live music market warming up, he is currently a part-time teacher for additional income.

"I play the drums as a professional. That means stability to me," he said.

Against all odds, the city still offered a dream-catching chance for him.

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