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VERA RUBIN BOTTOM FORTY

Vera Rubin is a DJ, visual artist, writer, and weirdo. Her musical focus is in international new wave, dance industrial, and techno. Her residencies include Stranger Disco in Portland, Bananas in Seattle, and Shadow Cruising her weekly radio show on xray.fm.

Where are you based?: Portland, OR

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1) Why do you play music?
I really can’t imagine doing anything else. Whether or not it is in a formal club, alone, with a friend, on the radio- this is something I have been doing as a strange child who is now a strange woman. I will be on a hunt for all kinds of music and will be experimenting with music until I am no longer able to do so.

2) What do you see as your role in the music world going into the future?
Ambitiously, I am hoping to set a queer techno path for dark queens across the globe. I think collectively- the iron is hot now for clubs to become integrated high concept spaces with queer and straight people who are obsessed with the night and are audiophiles. However; for this to work in a way that is fun and beautiful I feel that queer people need to be at the front of building these spaces and need integrated spaces to be on queer terms. Queers historically have created culture and aesthetic and I am hoping to create a new one in this lineage. Quite simply, I am hoping to institutionalize and advance queer arts and music that builds a night all of us didn’t even know we have been dreaming about and have been hungry for it forever. I want all walks of life there of course, just on queer terms.

3) Favorite label or artist from the past year?
Dark Entries.

4) What are you looking forward to most this year?

There are so many things. I am taking my artistic installations more seriously and am taking that as an essential part of building club spaces. I want to see the nightlife that is cinematic, that is alive, that breathes, that is insurgent, and whose scenes and landscapes are as dynamic as the music. My future projects this year will be high concept raves based off of Alejandro Jodorwosky’s Holy Mountain and Slava Tsukerman’s Liquid Sky; a queer industrial/dark music/techno/art collective called Gay Death Cult, and seeing my current collective Stranger Disco challenge itself, be humble, be righteous, and grow.

TRACKLIST
Kuruki- Such a Liar
The Neon Judgement- Fashion Party
Lunapark- Lederhosen
Jean Conflict- One Day I Smile
Siam- Dont Want to Understand
Hard Corps- Porte Bonheur
Vicious Pink Phenomena- Ccccant You See
Borghesia- Jaz
XYZ- Hey You
Mark Lane- Who’s Really Listening
Ronny- If You Want Me To Stay
Twinkling Stars- Nine Circles
To Get Inside- Minimal Compact
Yell-O-Yell- Imitation of the Reel
Metro Decay- ?
The Cabinet- Das Cabinette
Land of Giants- Cannibal Dolls
Saada Bonaire- More Women

Nark
Nark
Nark (a.k.a. Kevin Kauer, Editor in Chief of Nark Magazine, Bottom Forty creator and Q Nightclub resident) has been exposing himself at parties around the nation, hip to hip with the finest musicians and record selectors around such as In Flagranti, Jacques Renault, Honey Soundsystem, Tim Sweeney, Horse Meat Disco, Moon Boots, Hunee, Sleazy McQueen, Juanita More, DJ Assault, House of Stank and many more. His constant drive to send a dance floor through space keeps a flowing stream of classic club and post-modern disco at your feet, just waiting to tango." "Kevin Kauer has been an unstoppable force in the Seattle party scene. He was worked with just about every venue imaginable creating an array of events with creativity, passion, and impeccable design, not to mention the hectic DJ schedule that has taken this young man up and down the west coast and solidified him as a key player in the dance world." -Blueyedsoul "Kevin gets his spot in the Seattle Peach 100 for always doing the most and for constantly pushing the envelope in terms of material–his photos and parties are full of drag queens, burlesque dancers and other glamazonia, and he can play a dance set that burns up the floor without resorting to tired top 40 hits." -Seattle Peach "..the beats coming from Stallion Saturdays at Rebel more than made up for all the unyielding musculature in the club. Seattle's DJ Nark had appeared for the evening, sporting fetching neckwear and spinning even more fetching, not-corny-at-all jams from disco greats to more current, creepy-good modern bangers. By the end of the night the place was packed.." -Caitlin Donohue, San Francisco Bay Guardian