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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
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?
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.
Kuruki- Such a Liar
The Neon Judgement- Fashion Party
Jean Conflict- One Day I Smile
Siam- Dont Want to Understand
Hard Corps- Porte Bonheur
Vicious Pink Phenomena- Ccccant You See
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