Justice, Volvox, and Deano speak; Deeperlove shines
The more we dig here at Circuits, the more dance nights, DJs, and genres we find. This week we have three different styles, three different DJs, and three questions. “Why spin what you spin?” “What nights are you spinning?” And the obligatory “Where did you get your name?”
DJ JUSTICE rocks Boston Rocks this Sunday, January 14, at UTOPIA, the long-running deep-house night in Faneuil Hall. “Spinning there is not for the faint of heart,” he writes on MySpace. “If I can spin there, I can spin anywhere.” Like most DJs, Justice has a host of mixes on-line, all tropical and smooth house blends. “I became a DJ because of the control the DJ had of crowds’ emotions, and when I met house music, I realized this music really controls people’s emotions.”
The Dean of Mood Mosaic at Redline in Harvard Square, DEANO SOUNDS (a/k/a Jeff Swallom) plays elegant lounge music: Brasilica, deep funk, Northern soul, and what’s termed “jazz groovers.” In an e-mail he explains, “I felt like there wasn’t a night in Boston that catered to the different styles of retro music I spin. And I wanted to challenge myself to mix all these styles together properly. Since I was a wee lad, I was fascinated with all styles of music. And I thought it was time for a different sound in nightlife.” Different is right. This Wednesday, January 17, Mood Mosaic welcomes BROTHER CLEVE’s new incarnation DJ SHARAABI KAPOOR to spin all his new brownsploitation/Bollywood finds from India.
This Friday, January 12, it’s all about neo-goth madness at T.T. the Bear’s Place: Man Ray’s former club night XMORTIS resurrects, as it does every second Friday. DJ CHRIS EWEN spins per usual, with special guests DJ SILENT PERFORMANCE and DJ VOLVOX, who tends to swerve outside traditional goth sounds. Names like Booka Shade, Black Strobe, and Adonis are sprinkled throughout Volvox’s playlists. “I knew there was more dark dance music out there than the standard industrial/EBM fare, most of which is not written for mixing,” she writes via e-mail. “I just felt that this music needed to be heard by the American underground audience.” Volvox (a/k/a Ariana Paoletti) has been DJing at Redline and Enormous Room and up in Lowell. “I started out as a clubgoer at Man Ray years ago but felt that more could be done with the music being played and how the DJs were playing it. Artists like Motor have been readily accepted since I started spinning them around Boston, and I hope to add names like Terence Fixmer and Richard Bartz to the locals’ musical vocabularies.”
That hope is echoed by DJ Justice. “I found house music to be a truly universal music not assigned to any one demographic or country for that matter. And the energy that the music brings from what some describe as ‘lounge music’ tops the energy levels at even the largest hip-hop or techno events.” Swallom is also concerned with energy. “I came up with Mood Mosaic because I wanted a music you could still dance or groove to but that wasn’t the same four-on-the-floor or cheesy Top 40.”
: New England Music News
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