To celebrate the third installment of the Gays Hate Techno compilation we asked Ariel if she would be willing to showcase her mad DJ skills around a diverse and somewhat complex array of 27 tracks that make up GHT3.0
We think the results are stunning and give you, our most valued listener, the inside-scoop on this white-hot, perhaps, hott-er than white slacks and pumps at an easter brunch-techno release.
1. RGL-Gifted with Pride
2. Dial F-"Adult Club From A Teenage Cyberpunk Dream"
3. Tom Ass-Undetectable
4. The Prey-The Pad Track
6. FALSE WITNESS-Los Sures
7. E. Hernandez-Xochitl
9. NLP-State of The Union
10. DJ No Requests- Cylon Warning
11. Ariel Ztna ft. Pollination Tech-Dog
12. orphanraver-La boca del presidente es la más horrible mierda en el mundo (the bad acid mix)
14. New Dad-alongshortly
15. "Sylvia Rivera"
16. rShade-Live at Soundwave Studios
17. Erica-Orchid Bite
18. Mr. Miles- In Capricorn
20. elle excess-Blue Dream
21. Mark O'Brien-Hayes Gate
22. Sensual Circuitry-Sensual Solace
23. Jay Fields-Gone Lately
24. Marvina-7-Hoodville Track
25. spookymotion-Step Inside
26. DJ Dreamcast-South Van Ness
27. vincent carpentier-092017
28. Eleven DImensions-Symmetry Breaking
How did you get into djing?
In 2013 I started producing music for a performance art group I was in and stat led into djing.
What is your preferred method of playing?
Present & future
Playing two Movement after parties in Detroit: Smart Bar BBQ at TV Lounge on Fri 5/25 and the Discwoman party on Sat 5/26 at El Club. Set to release a remix collection for Addy ft. London Jade that was on my Cyst EP ; recent release with Femme Culture, set to release on Trash Cult as well as remixes for FIRE TOOLZ and Boy Pussy; and some secret upcoming projects 🙂
photo Erik Michael Kommer
Ariel Zetina is a Chicago based club music DJ/producer/performance artist/poet. She is a 2018 resident at Smartbar; runs the club nights Rosebud at Berlin Nightclub & Ariel’s Party at Hideout & is one of the residents of Rumors. Her debut EP 'Cyst' was released on Boukan Records in September. Other releases on Club Chai, SHXME, Femme Culture, Pedicure Records (with performance group WITCH HAZEL), & with club personality Imp Queen. Her plays have been produced in NYC, Chicago, and LA. www.soundcloud.com/
Queer techno collective Gays Hate Techno release their third compilation on Thursday May 10th!
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Chordial Recordings (Chapel Hill)
Activ-Analog (Charlotte) (7”)
Alma Soul (Madrid)
Friends With Benefits (San Francisco/Portland)
Sound Warrior (Jersey City/Berlin) (Upcoming 12")
My preferred method of spinning is Serato with control records since I have a very slim record collection left sad to say. I enjoy CDJ's also but will play on anything that will allow me to share my love of music with the people on the dance floor.
I started making IDMish/house tracks in the early/mid 90's after seeing mods in action. I bought a used Korg Poly-800 early on and later borrowed a friend's Nord Lead and a K2000 hooked up to the original version of Logic Audio before Apple bought it out - the version that came with a dongle to ensure against piracy. The word dongle always made me chuckle.
As for DJing, I messed around with the turntables at my college's radio station. My friends accused me of trading them (my friends) out for records. I started really DJing when I lived in New Orleans about 6 years ago. It never dawned on me to spin the music that I loved until then.
I created Pegasus, a queer dance party in Chapel Hill, NC housed in one of the first gay bars in the nation in the 60's and plan to bring back some variation of this in the future.
Otherwise I gig fairly regularly in random spots around the NC Triangle such as the Nightlight, Pinhook, and Arcana as Lady Fingers or as half of the duo Holy Tribady and Sir Elton Jane.
Find my latest 7" out on Activ-Analog:
Also Juno.co.uk should have more copies soon!
I recorded the set at home with two vinyl turntables and a mixer. I thought the first take was appropriately rough.
Recording a podcast is difficult for me, because when I'm by myself I usually feel like I have nothing more to say after having played five records. About 70% of the tracklist was more or less finished for many many months, but I just couldn't find the missing pieces. In the end the mix became quite personal, so I'm happy with it.
I visited Berlin for the first time in 2009 and discovered that the gay scene there is significantly more fun than what Helsinki has to offer. After coming home I bought my first techno mp3s, started going to raves, and a year later I started buying vinyl.
I got into DJing in 2010 when me and my queer university friends founded the Homotekno collective, which was directly influenced by my experiences in Berlin. Inspired by squat parties and Finnish student culture, we decided to go for the non-profit DIY approach. We built up the soundsystem, lights and decorations from scratch for every party. There was a total of nine Homotekno parties in the span of four years, and I guess we're still recovering from the burnout.
In the future I intend to focus more on production and live sets. My small home studio is almost ready, I just need some patience to learn the gear.
West Coast Juke Squad (for footwork)
Ecology Benefit Society (for a green earth)
currently unaffiliated for techno, looking 4 techno crew
Vancouver, BC, Canada
As a child growing up in the 1990's I was naturally surrounded in electronic music, mainly from video games. I was never really interested in DJing until around late 2011 when I replayed games I grew up playing and noticed how awesome the soundtracks were. I've always been into playing music, however, playing in various bands in my youth. My affinity for noise, metal, and industrial music definitely influences my techno selections, but I also have a passion for juke, jungle, and garage. I've been deeply listening to electronic music since my early teens, first diving into the UK dubstep and techno scenes. All of the sounds that I've grown up listening to are currently what influence my djing.
I prefer to use Traktor, with a very modular setup. I connect my laptop to the mixer in external mixing mode, and use either turntables, cdjs, controllers, or a mapped keyboard depending on what is available at the venue. On occasion, I like to spin vinyl, although my beatmatching on vinyl is somewhat spotty due to lack of practice. My vinyl selection is mostly faster techno at around 140bpm.
I have a show coming up, called Togetherism: Hollow.
The venue will be announced the night before, due to the city of Vancouver's willingness to shut down raves that they find on facebook.
If you are interested, click "attending" on the event page.
and check out the poster for it that i designed!!! it's beautiful!!!
I throw a party called Deep Inside, among others, with my nasty-girl Roncha crew in Austin.
I started DJing parties in college around 2006. That's about the time I stopped studying music (because practicing is lame), switched majors, and started playing records out (because partying is awesome). It was all downhill from there. It's also worth mentioning I had a lot of exposure to house and techno from growing up in Dallas (and several of the producers on this mix are from Texas).
If there are two turntables on a flat surface with ample separation from drunk-bro, I'm gonna get down with the vinyl. Otherwise, CDJ CD/USB penetrations are lovely, and mixing externally from Traktor works great too. But for this mix, she just beamed music directly into the Internet with her mind. And unicorn magic.
I have a pretty intense month coming up with an official SXSW showcase and other gigs. I'm also playing some great parties later this spring and summer, including Sqrrrl in L.A. next month.
Check out my SoundCloud page here: DJ Collin Bass
sonic:torsion, ultrawizardsword, Proton Radio
San Jose, CA
I suppose one could say that my love affair with music began at an early age. Much to my chagrin, my mother thought it was beneficial to enroll me for piano lessons. Those lasted about 8 years before I decided to call it quits and move on to greener pastures. Ironically, it was during that time the transition from classical music to electronic music organically unfolded. Sometime in 2000 I began experimenting with blending music on my computer, with disastrous results… this was a time devoid of software sync. In the fall of 2001 I graduated to a pair of turntables and began my journey in collecting vinyl and honing my technical skills. I recall the first few months of practicing being quite frustrating as there was no one to turn to for advice and none of my friends were into DJing… but magically after about 3 months in, something just clicked inside of my head. The rest is, as they say, history. Musically, I've always leaned toward the deeper, weirder more abstract sounds, so my mainstay throughout the years has been a blend between quirky strange house and groovy stripped down techno. Thanks Mom, those piano lessons sure paid off.
My preferred method of playing consists of a harmonious marriage between Serato Scratch Live and vinyl from my record collection. I'm not one to use many effects, if at all, but if I am feeling especially mischievous I'll hook up my iPad mini in order to use Serato Remote to launch samples, loops, etc.
2013 ended on a rather high note, musically speaking (pun intended). I was fortunate to play several fun parties over the last few months; Hot Mass in Pittsburgh (Thanks Aaron Clark/Humanaut) and Beretta Music Halloween party in San Diego (Thanks Charley and Michael)… rounding off with two live shows on ultrawizardsword.net. 2014 so far has kept the momentum moving. I recently played an outstanding gig at the EndUp in SF, with a very up for it crowd on a late Sunday evening. I think something on the regular will be brewing with those guys. Looking forward, I have a few new podcasts coming up; MCast Sessions on Proton Radio in February, Honcho podcast in March and an All Things Minimal podcast whenever I get my lazy ass in gear. I also have another ultrawizardsword show planned for the end of April. Gig wise, I believe that I have some interesting things lined up for this year, but, I’m going to keep that pussy in the bag for now. However, I will say, one of my personal goals for 2014 is to play out more, go out more and put a face to the name that my atrocious Facebook wall has made for myself. I am definitely excited to see how 2014 unfolds.
I’ve been going out and dancing to techno for years but only recently felt inspired to start mixing. I finally met a couple of very cool homos with similar passions for techno and we completely hit it off. After having an amazing time in Detroit this year, I came home really excited about music. I picked up Traktor, a new mixer, and started messing around; haven't been able to focus on much else since.
I'm having fun with loops in Traktor. I’d like to add a little more complexity at some point; add two more decks to the Traktor set up and repair my turntables so I can learn how to actually mix my vinyl.
At the moment, I’m having fun playing and recording sets for myself. In the future, I’d be interested in playing for some people, but right now it’s more about me still learning to string together the music I’ve been hoarding.
Jacktone Records (SF), Katabatik (Oakland), Record Label Records (Oakland) are the main crews I work with. Releases on Detroit Underground (MI) Frigio Records (Madrid), The Centrifuge (UK), Ad Noiseam (Berlin), Terminal Dusk (US), Component (CT), Puzzling (Liège), Zod Records (Milwaukee)
San Francisco, Oakland, some random warehouse, out in the woods, etc...
I grew up obsessed with music, either tinkering with drum machines like the Yamaha DD-5, mid-range Casio keyboards and small boomboxes as recording devices or penning the lyrics to Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd albums as a kid. Later on, I played saxophone in school, drums and guitar with friends in our parents garages on weekends, inspired by Sonic Youth, Nirvana, Melvins and eventually bands like Mahavishnu Orchestra, Tony Williams, Weather Report. Hearing Plug/Luke Vibert, Aphex Twin, Squarepusher, Bogdan, Ovuca, Mike Dred (Universal Indicator) and all those folks on the Nothing Records sampler CD and seeing Come To Daddy on MTV as a teenager shifted things for me into the electronic space. Some friends of mine in High School turned me onto Impulse Tracker, Cool Edit Pro, ModPlug and AudioMulch and I just stuck with it. I liked doing everything myself and running with whatever vibe/feeling I felt at the time. Slowly, learning more software and eventually getting back into hardware and combining everything together while simultaneously learning more about the history of electronic music and dance/rave culture. After High School, I went to Ex'pressions in Emeryville (class# 8!) and School of Audio Engineering in Nashville - this gave me a good foundation for audio, I quickly realized I wasn't interested in recording shitty bands all day, hearing the drummer make the same mistakes over and over so I moved on, but that foundation is still applied every time I work on my own music. These days I'm more excited about working with other people who make music I like and creating something unique to us as a team. Abandoned Footwear (https://soundcloud.com/abandoned-footwear) is a project that Jynx (Nommo Ogo, Identity Theft, Seacrypt) and I started a year or so ago. Jynx prefers to stay all analog, whereas I tend to bring in more digital/software sources - so we've ended up with a super tight system combining everything together. Yes, there is a laptop involved but it's not handling audio, all the machines have their own voice but we are able to utilize some of the more modern features that software and digital machines bring to the table, while getting the warm, gritty, noisey, smooth, harsh and sometimes random sounds and textures from the analog machines.
Usually, when I play out it's a "live" set with Ableton and machines or sometimes just one machine like the Machinedrum. This time around I did a "DJ set" of tracks I like with a few of my own thrown in. I say "DJ set", but it's more of a sequencing and editing of other people's songs, strewn together to tell a story - sort of like assembling an album or collage. I'm not a real DJ, I can't beatmatch two records to save my life, I don't read the crowd and I don't practice or follow the DJ discipline at all, really. I just like to layer stuff and (would like to think) I have a good ear for frequency and musical balance. This set was assembled with Ableton and effects and contains tracks I'd like to hear on a loud system or on headphones.
1) I started a label with Dabecy & Doc Sleep, please buy a copy of our first 12"!: We are about to release a compilation, more info soon - Jacktone Records - http://jacktonerecords.com/
2) Abandoned Footwear (me + Jynx) are playing a live, all hardware set at Monarch on July 12th with [a]pendics.shuffle, Dr. Rek & Antacid - https://www.facebook.com/events/183793405106801/
3) The 4th annual Katabatik Summer Solstice campout is coming up June 21-23rd and is the highlight event of the summer for me. They're my family of weirdo's who play great music out in the woods, always something new, old, forgotten and memorable - http://katabatik.org/2013/05/katabatik-summer-solstice-campout-2013/
4) I have a new 12" out on Frigio Records, it's a neat variation of tracks that I'm proud of
US - http://www.crosstalkintl.com/node/40078
UK/EU - http://boomkat.com/vinyl/686344-exillon-mind-techno-control-ep
Digital - http://frigiorecords.bandcamp.com/album/mind-techno-control-ep
5) There's some live sets here, including the Boiler Room LA set and a couple gigs that Dabecy and I did together, plus my older releases: http://nollixe.com/
Sweat Equity Recordings
San Leandro, CA
Grew up playing music/singing in church and at home. In high School/College played in punk, rock, and jam/funk bands. In 1993 on Thanksgiving night I candy-flipped at a warehouse on Harrison St. in San Francisco. I have been in love with dance music ever since. Technically my first experience was in the parking lot of the Oakland Coliseum sucking down nitrous balloons at DJ Garth's Disco Bus but I digress...I started buying records and trying my hand at DJing in 1996-1997. In 1999 I started producing my own tracks. In 2004 I pressed 200+ copies of a white label of 4 of my tracks. I am more in love with this music than ever before. I live to be in my basement making tracks or on the dance floor shakin' my ass. Truth be told...I am a dancer. That's why I am here still a part of this scene. I just love dancing! Oh yeah...and I am an unapologetic raver that still sees the positive possibilities with the human race.
I DJ in Abelton Live with an AKAI APC40 controller. I generally will add some drum sounds and sometimes loops of tracks I am working on to add texture to the mix. I live for the extended mix of 2-3 tracks with added percussion. The way I like to mix is greatly influenced by the old Richie Hawtin set up 3 turntables and a 909. It s not uncommon for me to keep 2 or more tracks playing together for well over a minute.
This is James Demon's second outing for the podcast. Read more about him here.
Brussels & Rome
When I was a kid I listened often in my bedroom a radio show called Dj Mix on a Italian FM Radio, i used to recorded in tapes every session of the show. It was in 1984 and I played those tapes for years over and over before starting to buy those vinyls I was listening in my walkman. It was Acid House! At the same time I discovered the New Sound of Belgium called New Beat!
Some years later my vinyl collection were growing up more and more, collecting early house, italo disco, new wave, acid house, experimental music, rocksteady, minimal synth...
In the early nineties I played in Switzerland (Geneve) for the first time in a famous place called L’Usine, the sensation making and seeing people dancing started me as DJ until nowdays.
When I moved to Brussels in 1996 I started my radio show on an independant radio called Radio Panik (www.radiopanik.org). In 1999, with some friends we created our label called Pneu (www.pneu.org) and we start to run some parties. In 2005 I met some italian djs and I started to collaborate with them (Discolooser, Subwoofer, Cockette,...)
I mostly use vinyls but also cds. When I travel I use as well Serato Scratch.
I’m still running my radio show each wednesday from 8.30 to 10 pm on Radio Panik 105.4 FM Brussels
We recently released on Pneu Records the LP Palais Chalet: a compilation with some bands that played at our party during the last years.
Out soon my remix of Sambaca of ALIEN ALIEN on Roccodisco (featuring as well remixes by GM POP and Fabrizio Mammarella).. more remixes are coming.
Currently working with Hugo Sanchez & Rodion on a new project
.. Surprise soon!
Dots and Loops Radio
I got into DJing around 2003, after years of music hoarding, playing in bands and writing about music for some alt weeklies and rags in SF and Minneapolis. After forcing one too many mixtapes on a friend, she suggested I channel that NRG into DJing, and then got me my first gig (thanks, Campbell!). I also started composing film scores with that same friend using vintage synths, processed guitars and drum machines around that time. I moved back to the Midwest in 2008, and, re-fell in love with house and techno, and started taking the actual craft of DJing seriously. I came back to San Francisco in 2010 and started playing that stuff out, and, also recently started making music again.
When I started getting back into house & techno, I also started re-buying dance records and reconnecting with music I loved when I first started clurrrbbing. DJing those genres is still fairly new for me, so, playing and mixing with records and high quality coasters...I mean burned CDs, provides a really interesting challenge that I can't see myself getting tired of anytime soon. The fact that I now can mix the records I used to obsessively listen to in my little apartment in Minneapolis has been one of the most rewarding experiences I've ever had. With that said, I also think Serato is perfect for events where I have to hop from one disparate genre to another, and, I use it when the need arises. I have always loved buying records, but, I also now enjoy the digital hunt and instant gratification it provides. Since it's the year 2013 and we do not appear to be moving backwards in time, I'll most likely continue to buy both.
I recently started a record label with two friends - dabecy and Exillon - called Jacktone, and, we just released our first 12” (jacktonerecords.com). I’m also trying to find the perfect home for my radio show/podcast I co-host called Dots and Loops. I’m venue shopping in SF and Oakland for a new residency, and gigging around town/everywhere as often as I can. I'm excited to focus more on production this year and am chomping at the bit to travel to new spots, meet some like-minded music jerks, and, continue to absorb everything I can about DJing and production. I feel like I learn 100 new things about music everyday and I hope that never changes. I'm truly grateful for all the opportunities I've been given so far by my pals and they never cease to amaze and inspire me. It feels great to be part of such a supportive music community, so, thanks for letting me submit this mix!
Mat dos Santos and David Sternesky are Two Dudes in Love. We each have long histories of production, DJing, and promoting. Now we are sharing our love for each other and our love of music with the world.
We use whichever medium gives us the appropriate kind of creative expression depending on the situation. For this recording we used Serato Itch and an Allen & Heath Xone DX controller.
This live set is from a party we produced at Burning Man for Comfort & Joy on August 28, 2012. The party was called The Mechanization of Fertility. The party began as an celebration of human sensuality with groovy, soulful house music setting the vibe - but that's not what you'll hear in this recording.
At midnight, when this recording begins, the music abruptly changed to mechanistic, driving techno as bright strobe lights suddenly filled the tent. The garden of earthly delights was invaded by a procession of interstellar robot sex workers. The mechanical hustlers presented a mating dance to the human natives to awaken their sexual desires. Human fertility was usurped by mechanical fertility, and the human citizens willfully gave themselves over to robotic pleasure. Man and machine danced vertically and horizontally until the early hours of the morning (when the power source failed and the recording got cut off).
We are currently building out our studio and preparing a variety of production projects. Follow us at http://www.facebook.com/twodudesinlove for original songs, remixes, DJ mixes, and more.
317techno / Gynoid Audio / Chroma Recordings / Slap Jaxx
I started DJing in 1995 and seriously producing in 2004. I am mostly concerned with melting brains and rearranging atoms. I like to think of it as confrontational techno with some funk in the trunk.
Right now I have a forthcoming release co-written with Adam Jay on Translucent with remixes by Mattias Fridell and Ground Loop.
My main project right now is SUBterror Radio, my weekly show at http://www.subterror-radio.com and some other radio projects in the planning stages. You can hear selected archives of the show here: http://soundcloud.com/djshiva
Lately, I've been enjoying just doing what I love best: selecting amazing music and playing it on a regular basis.
I got into producing about 2 years ago with Ableton Suite.
Some of the best moments of my entire life, times where I have felt to be at the pinnacle of my existance, have been dancing with my friends to this kind of music, particularily deeper minimal/house. Having so much bass in this kind of music enables a very rare and intimate form of collective joy with those around you, because you're all simultaneously moving together while not just hearing the music, but (more importantly IMO) you're also feeling it together. That's been my experience with it, and being as touched as I am, and because of musics over all capabilities for my personal growth, I feel the need to contribute. I feel the need for others to have these feelings that music makes me have when I'm dancing with those dear to me. So I bought Ableton.
I've only ever DJ'd with Ableton + APC 40. As I just mentioned, I got into Ableton for producing, I'm much more interested in producing than I am in DJing, but I certainly love to DJ. I'm still pretty new with production and everyone can hear it, but over all I improve in leaps and bounds with every new track I make. They're all on my soundcloud page, soundcloud.com/tisdale
That being said, after learning production basics in Ableton, I just kind of inherently knew how to DJ based on everything I had already learned, so why not put it to use? Oh, also I made this mix "live" in my room in one shot with said software/hardware.
I've recently begun my most exciting musical venture called "WHAT?" with Trevor Sigler, Joe Pickett, and Dima, which is every wednesday at 222 hyde from 7 to midnight. I'm enjoying DJing but am even more passionate about making music and learning. I would love a mentor who's well versed in production that might want to take on a n00b 🙂 Also if you like my mix and want me to DJ for you, just ask, I'd love that!
dj at honey soundsystem (released music on hnytrx, ecstasy records, mr. intl records and untitled & after)
i started buying techno and house 12"around 1994 being inspired by the dj's i was seeing at the underground parties taking place in detroit. that insatiable desire to hunt down music hasn't diminished 18 years later. only the means to to do so has evolved.
i still lug around bags of vinyl to gigs but also play cd's. the one thing that hasn't changed is a tendency for being over prepared for a gig.
i currently dj around san francisco and beyond and help throw a weekly sunday night party with the honey soundsystem crew. on the side i continue to hone my production skills. coming up very shortly i've got a remix being put out collaboratively on 12" between honey soundsystem & cocktail d'amore. it's a song called "face love anew" by stereogamous featuring the vocal talents of shaun j wright. definitely check it out!
Desde niño me sentía atraído por los sonidos electrónicos y fui creciendo interesándome por todo lo que conlleva la electrónica, rodeándome siempre de gente que entiende el concepto de la música electrónica como arte. Siempre suelo estar mas en la pista de baile que trabajando como Dj , adquiriendo conocimientos y asistiendo siempre a todo tipo de festivales como "Sonar" , clubs como "Florida 135" ademas de Raves y conciertos. Siempre he tratado y he conseguido relacionarme con profesionales , de los cuales he aprendido a jugar, y actuar como Dj en alguna ocasión. Desde hace dos años participo una vez al mes en una emisora de radio de Belgica " Radio Panik" donde emiten mis Sets. para mi siempre ha sido muy importante el concepto de un set, tratando de crear historias y sentimientos . es lo que me gusta ofrecer . He tenido la ocasión de jugar en festivales independientes de moda "MIDE" y en algún que otro evento cultural.
Since childhood I was attracted by electronic sounds and I grew up being interested in everything that involves electronics, always around me people who understand the concept of electronic music as art. Whenever I'm usually more on the dance floor than working as a DJ, gaining knowledge and always attending to all kinds of festivals such as "Sonar" clubs as "Florida 135" in addition to Raves and concerts. I have always tried and I got to interact with professionals, of which I learned to play, and act as a DJ on occasion. Participated for two years once a month on a Belgian radio station "Radio Panik" where my issue Sets. for me has always been very important to the concept of a set, trying to create stories and feelings. is what I like to offer. I had the chance to play in independent fashion festivals "MIDE" and the odd cultural event.
Tuve la suerte de tener maestros de la vieja escuela que pinchaban con vinilos y aprendí a jugar con ellos, aunque actualmente uso el traktor pro 2
I use Traktor Pro 2 with a Traktor S4 mixer.
I recently graduated from art school with a Bachelor Of Science Degree in Audio Production. I have been DJ'ing for about 2 1/2 years and producing for 3 1/2. I like to make jokes and funny faces. I also love living in San Francisco. I think as far as music goes, the city as a whole is pretty spoiled with options. I like to exploit those options.
For this mix I chose a darker (subjective) selection then I would normally choose, but they are all still true to my sound. I hope you guys enjoy what this mix has to offer! Please feel free to send me feedback.
Trevor kinda neglected to plug his album, so I will. Check out & buy the album from Trevor's Bandcamp page.
I started playing around with production when I was 11 or 12 with a software called DM2 I believe. Haven't stopped ever since. I started out playing off a laptop but I've taken up playing vinyl exclusively instead. I occasionally bring some CD's out as well. The recording set up was very basic (it's all we can get in the forest) Two turntables. 1 CD player, a Behringer mixer and my Abelton Live to capture the audio.
I am simply floating around these days, occasionally playing parties in Brooklyn a few times a year for the Sunrise Over Monitor kids. Looking forward to playing for some fresh faces before the end of the year and generally I'm just looking to have lots of fun!
Long story. To make it short, I came out from punk and found myself into promotion of big illegal rave parties in Italy and Europe. I spent all of the nineties creating contexts on where to set dance and techno free on a d.i.y. base. After 20 years I felt the desire to release the absorbtion of musics, images and thoughts into performing it. This is how i came up to dj and funnily enough this moment was convergent to my coming out.
Toward digital I would say and I would love to bring the discussion out of a bipolarised dialectics between the sad tropics of an analogic warm sound's lost purism and the digital designed engineering of the information market. I'd invite to mix every source up and find your own individual way to comunicate, being it a mega set up or a simple two traktor decks in synch. Personally speaking I do not consider myself a dj but a writer bringing my rethorics to a synesthesic experience as my formation is social-anthropology and I work and teach in the queer studies and cultures of conflicts field. So it is about multiplyting languages to expand identities and life visions. It is about you as the filter and it is about the crowd as active response. It is about spaces and times crisis. It is about otherness. It is about liberation.
Well I am co-producing this bi-monthly event in Berlin that became an incredible expereince in one of the biggest and sexually liberating spaces in Berlin called KitKat Club. I am working with JopRec artist Fernando Poo and the label owner Konik Polny and I might start some collaboration in the future the new born techno roman label Black Sam Records.
To give you a meaning of what i think about queer spaces i'll post you some of the gegen manifesto i wrote one year ago to define the party:
☯ GEGEN MANIFESTO ☯
Against yourself. Around queer narratives.
Gegen is a complex word in German because it has two opposite meanings.
Historically speaking it means "against", signifying all the counter cultural movements since the very beginning of youth cultures but if you apply the word to time, it means "around". One meaning is closed, defined in terms of space. The other is open and undefined in terms of time. In the contemporary moment the idea of "enemy" — in which a thought and an action can be identifiable as "against" — is not there and is not clear anymore as power relationships changed through the development of post-modernism. And this gave space to markets to regenerate themselves through the queer-counter cultural movements by producing an oligopoly of empty events repeating themselves until their fast extinction and in the same time by crystallising the institutionalisation of big "queer meccas" which exercise more and more power on the scene. This process is verifiable in Berlin as the incubator of new world trends in the arts of entertainment.
This basic tension gives the spaces and the times for a new proposal to blossom from the ashes of the historical and infamous queer techno party called "SABOT°AGE BERLIN" which characterised fades of mutation in some of the wildest Friedricshain nights. The aim is playing with the solitude of the political meaning of GEGEN as a suicidal mechanism of the "self" or the sublime crisis of enemy subtraction as the aggression of dialectics. A linguistic game of pop art where the semantic putsch of "Gegen" becomes the broken mirror of its own impossibilities. The electric fear to find oneself multiple by being against oneself and unrecognisable. The dangers of being desireful in a psycho dramatic performance. The political practice of hallucinatory love to defy hate as antagonistic, identitarian mechanism.
Perceiving the idea of community as a demagogic form for bigger powers like religions, societies and markets to exercise their violence with the fake flag of politically correct partecipation, we do not wish to design a party just to give you a safe space and protection. We are not selling you the possibility to be "queer" for one night. We want to expose you to your own fears and pleasures by pushing you to understand how your own power mechanisms are produced. This is why we invite you to be GEGEN by performing your psychosis, by being the enemy of yourself, by thinking and being out of b/order and by destroying every rational thought.
Photo by Aghia Sophie.
I am an intermedia artist who has been utilizing dj sets for over a decade to lure listeners into a sensorial state of deep rhythmic and melodic abandon. I'm thoroughly obsessed with collecting and playing with all the different types of deep sounds that the universe has to offer.
After a hearty career of fledgling undergrounding, I got involved with various crews throwing parties in Los Angeles in 1998 and by the year 2000 I had already amassed a sizable collection of deep wax. After finishing fashion school, I got a job with Ovum Recordings from 2003-2005 in marketing and promotions. It was really great experience getting to help out with Ovum shows around the states and especially at WMC. In mid 2004 I met one of the founders of BerettaMusic, Ryski, as we were constantly running into each other at gigs in Southern California. 2005 was the first year I attended DEMF, and became great friends with the rest of the Beretta Crew. I have been integrally involved with the label ever since. I started the deep podcast "Distance Over Time" (http://feeds.feedburner.com/distance_over_time) in March of 2009 which serves as a broader musical framework for Beretta artists to contextualize their work within and also as a gourmet supplement to their personal musical visions.
My ideal setup employs vinyl and serato scratch live with a kontrol x-1 on technics and all routed through a xone mixer - this is setup I created my GaysHateTechno mix with.
This year (2012) at the Detroit Electronic Music Festival, BerettaMusic is proud to present their 10th birthday party which is bound to be legendary. Please feel free to check out all of my current and past projects at:
Pneumatic Records, Sycorax
Djing: I've always been into making mixtapes. i remember sitting by the radio as a kid taping songs off the radio and putting it together as a mixtape(first few seconds cut off of songs) , and then in the 90's trading tapes with friends, and i've been told that I make legendary mixtapes so yea……
I've been collecting records since my early teens, and then in my late teens early 20's friends of mine would ask me to play records at their house parties...and that's basically how it started. I didn't start to mix or really take it seriously till i started going out to parties in nyc around 2001-02.. I held my first residency and cut my teeth as a disco dj back in 2003 at a party called "Main Ingredients", and since then i've been fortunate enough to have played at: apt, santos party house, passerby, club 205, club love, tribeca grand, and le bain at the standard,
Producing: I played the drums as a kid, and studied music production/audio engineer in college, but it was daft punk that made me want to produce dance music! " teachers" is my template!
vinyl, and a few cd's
In January 2012 I started a record label with my creative partner Daniel Helmer, and in February we put out our first record: Sycorax “Scrapped & Buttered” ep. It's currently in stores, and is available to order through our website, or through downtown 304, and it hits shops in the uk/germany next week!
You can follow me on Tumblr, and Twitter:
We have a second release planned for the spring, which will have two original Sycorax tracks and remixes by Terekke (L.I.E.S) and Steve Summers (Clone, L.I.E.S)
I also have a Sycorax live PA debut show planned for may 5th at Shea Stadium in Bushwick, Brooklyn..powered by the infamous Bakery Soundsystem…
San Francisco, Miami, Las Vegas
I had always had a love for music at a young age. I never even considered DJing until I was still in high school when I started going to raves. I started buying my first vinyl records shortly after that. My first gigs and residencies were in Las Vegas the city that I grew up in. After too many years of sin city I decided to pack my bags and head off to cities with more of a Techno following. This brought me to Miami after only one short year in Miami I packed my bags again and headed to San Francisco to follow my techno dreams.
2 Technic 1200 MK5, Serato, Timecoded Vinyl, Vinyl, and a good attitude 😉
Right now I'm finishing up school in Music Business and am on the lookout for talented girls, gays, and gay friendly artists in Techno who share the same vision as me. That vision is to create a quality Techno brand with a diverse spectrum of music and a uniqueness that makes each artist special 🙂 I'm also ready to get into the studio soon to work on some original James Demon material.
Photo by Christine H. Wetzel
SQURRRL & Rocket Collective
I got into DJ'ing about 2 years ago after I started going to school for Audio Production. The production side of things really sparked my interest in DJ'ing and mixing other tracks together.
I use Traktor with a Denon DN-MC6000LE controller, I also use Serato Scratch and/or CD's for gigs that the DJ booth has less room in. I recorded this set with Traktor and its internal mix recorder.
Right now my biggest focuses are: A) Graduating, B) SQURRRL and all things we are planning for the future, C) Getting Rocket Collective off the ground to help benefit Burning Man camps and attendees. I'm also releasing an album in mid March accompanied by a release party. I had a remix released on February 10th on Coconut Palm Records. Its a tech house remix of Electro Crazed's "Dark Harmonies," http://soundcloud.com/tsigler3441/dark-harmonies-tss-rmx.
After years as a drummer, electronic music enthusiast and dancer, I began DJing in 2007 at a radical faerie gathering in the mountains of central Oregon.
I use Traktor Pro 2 with a Traktor S4 mixer. This mix was recorded directly within the software.
As resident DJ and musical director of Burning Man Camp Conception, I'm proud of the gorgeous parties we hosted this year at Burning Man: Rites of Passage 2011, with amazing artists and collaborators from across the spectrum. This live mix was from a Thursday night party called XenoConception, loosely structured around a narrative in my head about a small xenozygote wiggling its way through the cosmos looking for a mate (or three, or eight) and the adventures it had along the way, replete with chance interactions and changes of direction as with the party itself. The evening also featured DJs PG Tomasi & Tatar tag teaming from Want-It! (SF) and Bert & Chewy from Starborne (Seattle).
The Conception Artists Collective is a growing cooperative, aimed at bringing events, arts, music and spectacle both to the playa and year round in our Seattle base and partner cities up and down the west coast. You can learn more about our DJs, artists and events at: http://facebook.com/campconception, and can check my DJ page for more mixes and the like at http://facebook.com/djspaceotter.
Photo by Val Mohney, valmohney.com.
I have nurtured a lifelong passion for music. From a very early age I experimented with recording music, and began learning about music production in earnest at the age of 13. I've since produced music for myself and others in genres spanning house, disco, electronica, and rock; check out my profile at soundcloud.com/heskanen to hear select examples of my work.
My DJ experimentation began while immersed in the club scene of Munich, Germany in 2006 and 2007 as the minimal techno scene was at its peak. Soon afterwards, I acquired turntables, started honing my mixing skills, and developed a DJ aesthetic that encompasses disco, Chicago- acid- tech- and deep- house, and techno.
I moved to San Francisco in November 2009 and immediately felt at home in the city’s alternative queer club scene. I joined the Solid crew (www.solid.dj) in January of 2011. Recently I joined forces with fellow GHT-ers Trevor Sigler, Mat dos Santos, and Brian Maier as Rocket Collective (www.rocketsf.com).
Since starting my DJ career in January 2011, I've played at venues including the Stud, Qbar, Rebel, Powerhouse, and 222 Hyde, and I've contributed podcasts to Honey Soundsystem and Electronic Music Bears.
I typically use Serato Scratch Live with control vinyl. It marries the convenience of digital storage with the satisfaction of manipulating the turntables. However I'm continuing to grow my vinyl collection.
In January, Rocket Collective launched our new event called ROCKET, which is a party every fourth Saturday at Rickshaw Stop in San Francisco for queers who like underground dance music and radical creativity (as practiced at events like Burning Man, for instance). ROCKET is every fourth Saturday at Rickshaw Stop.
I'm part of a rotating crew of resident DJs at JOE, the Friday night party at Lookout.
I frequently play guest gigs around San Francisco.
I'm continuing to upload new songs and mixes to www.soundcloud.com/heskanen.
I started producing in 1998 some techno tracks with a really basic program but with nice results into techno sounds. As a dj i did on 2000 playing on privates parties and some expos. Since 2002 i started in some small clubs, openings and bars as FEM Madrid, Museo Chicote, Stars café, Suite, etc.. playing more ambient, techno and dubtechno in Madrid. Sometiomes i played tech-house and electro.I was the guest dj in Cassette Club openning in 2006 and I've played there two times more.
In 2009 i stopped djing and focus on producing music for websites, advertisements and some art videos. This music was experimental and more into electronic style. Also i made my own postrock project which is stopped until i can create my own band and i started playing drums. There was when SPACEBULLFIGHTERS born as a self project which i hope it will be my own record label soon. Also i still making techno... it's in my blood!!!
In 2011 i decided to move to Berlin cause i want to breathe the techno ambience is his natural being. Now a new project begin, Deerbeat. It's basicly a techno, dub techno and electronic sounds project. Hope than soon you can hear it.
Soon i will release an EP in T3R Records and will start to move my own project, Spacebullfighters with some friends.
DJ español, fanático de la música electrónica desde que tenía 15 años de edad. Influenciado por los sonidos oscuros y contundentes de sellos como Tresor, UR, Warm up o Plus8. Empecé a pinchar música electrónica en un pequeño pub de mi ciudad natal, donde nadie entendía el techno, pero fue bienvenido. Entonces, el círculo comenzó a crecer y se creó el colectivo "Scorefreq". A partir de ese momento comenzé a participar en varios clubs y festivales de España como el orgullo gay de Madrid, Metro Dance Club o el festival Explum, donde compartí el escenario con artistas como Angel Molina, Alexander Kowalski y Oliver Huntemann.
Mi método preferido para pinchar es con cds o Traktor.
I started DJ-ing when I was 16, I was a big techno fan that times, that was the genre I started with.. mostly the european scene. bpitch control, etc..
Not sure about the future, I'm doing it because it's a vital part of my life. I'm also getting deeper and deeper into production, on my way to find the best environment and tools I can work with..
Humanaut / VIA
I got hooked in middle school when Napster came around. I'd hear a lot of mainstream electronic music in the background of commercials, do a search for what the music was, and then download it. Over time I got to know the more underground producers because of the remixes they did of those tracks, and I just slowly went further down the rabbit hole into where I'm at now. Pretty early in I made the connection that this music had a party culture to go with it, and the minute I turned 18 I was dragging my high school friends with me to the Ohio clubs where I grew up. First time there that was that – I was hooked. Looking back on it, it was kind of weird the route I took into the music. Most of my friends entered into it through raves when they were younger, I came in from the opposite direction.
I really don't have a personal preference in method of playing. I love vinyl, I love CDJs, and I just fell in love with my buddy's Traktor S4 this past weekend (oh no!). My perfect setup will always include Tech 1200s no matter how advanced stuff gets.
Humanaut is my original baby out of the projects I have my hands in. That has been around in some form since 2004, and our goal with that one is to focus strictly on house and techno parties — the serious business. We just started a monthly called 'Out of Order' at a shitty punk club. Super dingy and dark — it's perfect. As of right now we have Kirk Degiorgio, Tin Man & Reference lined up to carry us into the summer. The other time suck for me is the VIA Festival, which we launched in October of 2010. It's an experimental A/V festival in the vein of Mutek, but with a bit broader range of music to it. It's not so techno oriented, although that is part of the programming as well. For the techno day of the 2011 version we had the Underground Resistance live band play, followed by a Humanaut afterparty with Sutekh, Donato Dozzy & Nuel. Edgar Um (from GHT) is also one of the main music curators for it. I've also been in the process of setting up a booking agency called Eightyº with Claude Young, Kirk Degiorgio and some really solid Pittsburgh locals like Shawn Rudiman and Pittsburgh Track Authority. I'm not getting much free time these days.
New York City
I started with tape edits and making mixtapes. Friends liked my selections of tracks and how they were programmed. I often did my own remixes by editing sections and extending them by using various versions and remixes of the track by hitting pause & record buttons. i didn’t settle on my own set of decks until 1999! I never would have achieved the skills i have today without the help & support of those who looked out for me back in the 90s.
My preferred method of deejaying is using vinyl and turntables. I like seeing music performed live so i like my mixes to have a raw and spontaneous feel. Perfect, seamless and tight mixing is the goal but a FEELING is a must. This mix was done in one take using records, 2 turntables and a mixer and was recorded directly to a CD Recorder and not to a laptop. Computer compression was used to upload and send to Gays Hate Techno in an AIFF format. I am beginning to use CDs more in my live sets so i can play unreleased tracks by friends or WAVS that are purchased since more and more new music that i am attracted to is becoming digi only.
These days, my buddy Ryan Smith & I are hard at work with our monthly WRECKED party in downtown Manhattan, where house, disco and techno of all styles collide in a basement for the those who live for the night. the party begins at midnight and can go past 6am. I sometimes dj over seas in Norway and look forward to venturing out to other countries as well. i would really love to dj in Scotland, Berlin, London, Budapest & Spain. i often hear & read about wonderful parties in Australia too. it is my belief that people look beautiful and at their best when they are dancing...personality and the soul is revealed. When a dancer notices you watching them, they usually smile or get shy. i think it’s incredibly cool and i want to keep people dancing for as long as i can.
StirSound/Gays Hate Techno
I started djing about 13 years ago and got into after getting tired of playing guitar in bands. Producing came around the same time when it dawned on me that I could have control over every aspect of the sounds I was creating instead of just the limited scope of a guitars sound. I really started leaning into production after I got my degree in recording and finally knew my way around a studio and became more fluent in the hardware/software that I was using. Somewhere around the age of 21 I started StirSound as an outlet for both myself and other unknown artists and built a great network of friends. Been musically hibernating for a few years after moving back to the States from Europe and finally getting back into both making and playing music.
I started out playing all vinyl, switched to Final Scratch and really felt a loss in the emotional connection between what I was playing and what I was feeling. I switched back to all vinyl again when I lived in Europe and was djing full time but now that I’m stateside, there are no record stores in DC, and the dollar sucks for buying records from overseas (especially as a poor student), I’m using a combo of both Traktor Scratch and vinyl. This mix was recorded with Traktor with 3 decks and a controller because I didn’t have access to decks. It gave me the opportunity to loop and layer more so there’s quite a bit of 3 tracks playing at a time in this one.
I’m really excited to be working behind the scenes with the Gays Hate Techno crew at the moment. Not sure where it will go but hoping to bring some great podcasts promoting gay artists and djs. Been working on a bunch of new tracks that I can’t seem to find the time to finish. Had a remix come out on Black Montanas under the name Controlled Choas recently and another coming out on More or Less out of Baltimore in the near future.
I was born & raised in Bucharest (Romania), and got into Djing many moons ago. My first few gigs were playing fetish parties & fashion shows in the Los Angeles area. My tech heavy setup & original mixes got lots of attention when I was worked as Butcher’s Porn, bruiserbox, & the rabbit. I had a residency at the Gold Coast bar in West Hollywood, CA where I did two nights (Wednesday & Saturday) for a year before leaving to pursue working with other clubs, parties, & filmmaking. I’ve played at Akbar, the Roosevelt, Paddy’s, MJ’s, & tons of other bars & clubs
Traktor on 4 decks connected through Albleton Live for effects & loops. The GHT mix is filled with my all time favorite techno tracks. The GHT mix was recorded live on 2x CDJ2000s & a DJM2000.
Check out Baller Beats (DjChristianCalson.com), podcast (iTunes, Soundcloud, & Mixcloud) & keep an eye out for my new EP & mobile app.