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DJ Sprinkles: Producer, DJ and Gender/Queer Theorist

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March 13, 2013


If you’re not familiar with the work of Terre Thaemlitz aka DJ Sprinkles (her deep house moniker), the American head of Japan-based label Comatonse, get ready for a heady dose of underground music mixed with theory. Preferring to use the pronoun “she”, Sprinkles is a treasure trove of words, ideas and sounds that revolve around queerness, race, gender, displacement, capitalism, and other-ness.

First music, then words. Here’s her set from the 2009 Clubberia Podcast:
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Now words. Lots of them. Dance music-head Marke Bieschke of the San Francisco Bay Garden engages Sprinkles in high-flown conversation just before her recent appearance at Honey Soundsystem, after her stop in Seattle at Q Capitol Hill for Decibel’s Shelter Wednesdays. Get ready to look a few words up, but this one is key: “essentialism: a belief that things have a set of characteristics which make them what they are, and that the task of science and philosophy is their discovery and expression; the doctrine that essence is prior to existence… [i.e.] the view that categories of people, such as women and men, or heterosexuals and homosexuals, or members of ethnic groups, have intrinsically different and characteristic natures or dispositions.” Sprinkles styles herself against the essentialists, pointing to the constructed nature of gender, race, sexuality, and just about everything involved in culture. Including music. On the way she skewers both Gaga and Madonna for their (in)appropriations of culture. Ready thyself:

Dancing and thinking are apparently not mutually exclusive!

Category: Music

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