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Sappho was born and raised in the nerdery. Fed a steady diet of prog-rock and musical factoids, it’s no wonder that she is a consummate record collector. She began their journey into the world of techno & house music in 1991 when she attended her first rave in Dallas, TX with the most excellent Deee-Lite as the showstoppers. From that moment on, Sappho was hooked. Throughout the 1990s, you could usually find her scouring record bins looking for gems and in front of the speakers at events from Portland to Vancouver BC. Armed with her music collection, in 1999, Sappho made the jump from dancing party-goer to DJ. Sappho played alongside such international artist as Green Velvet, Soul Clap, Tiger & Woods, Slow Hands, Leon Vynehall, Peanut Butter Wolf, Isolee, Matthew Dear, Toshaya Kawaska, Robert Yang of Honey Soundsystem and Ambrosia Salad. She’s a vinyl lover that always brings her love of forward thinking music and community to the dance floor. Currently she is throws and djs for the Portland parties Stranger Disco, Yes Please and Playground.
Based out of
1) Why do you play music?
It made the most sense for me to be in the dj booth.
2) What do you see as your role in the music world going into the future?
I want to continue the path I have been on, finding and sharing music I am passionate about with others so we can all have a lot of fun partying.
3) Favorite label or artist from the past year?
4) What are you looking forward to most this year?
Playing alongside Lady Miss Keir for my Playground Pride Party (and also, 40th birthday soiree) in June.
5) What is your favorite beverage while DJing?
Dreams (Edit) – Marvin & Gay
The War Inside – daWad & Mokic
Loon – Medlar
Nihilist-Easy – Disco Nihilist
Needle on the Record (Lipelis Remix) – Naomi
Abdul Abbas – Pepe Bradock
Invasion – The Chica
Pure Blue (Tunnel Signs Remix) – Splashh
O Vad Det Låter Bra – Ishi_Vu
Life is a Jungle (Discodromo Edit) – Kikrokos
Meine – Daso
You like bass with your gorgeous meditative world music vibes? Check out the new Heart and Mind EP by Eugene, Oregon’s Luke Mandala on Desert Trax Records. Luke was the headliner of Electric Tea Garden Seattle’s closing night and is a frequent visitor to our tree-lined city. Good stuff.
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A nice writeup and interview with Nark of the Bottom Forty collective this week in Proud Queer Monthly out of Oregon, with mentions of our B40 events as well as Nark’s recent parties in Portland. Nice job!
“Seattle’s resident superstar deejay has been very busy dabbling in Portland nightlife of late. He’s been seen at Love Ball, played Bridge Club, starred at Control Top, and — along with his Bottom Forty — headlined a certain drag show at The Fez that offered our fair city an up close glimpse of Jinkx Monsoon. And, it seems, that’s all just the beginning.
So who is this music maker from the North and why do all of our city’s party architects love him so? We aimed to get to the bottom of the who, what, where, when, and why that surrounds Kevin Kauer, Seattle’s deejay Nark, on the eve of his big gay Pride party, which brings Alaska Thunderfuck back to town.”