Evlv Tech is a Boston-based community for self identified female, trans and non binary djs, producers, live performers, and event curators/promoters in music technology.
Evlv Tech Festival will provide a platform to showcase the abundance of talent emanating from female and non-binary artists in music technology.
Over four days, together for the first time in one space, this assembly of pioneers will augment the norm shifting momentum, focusing on intersectionality, cultivating stronger support systems, skill sharing, musing and experiencing music and dance.
Every first Wednesday of every month Zuzu opens its doors for music and party lovers. This month they are super excited to be bringing you Lenore!
Lenore is one of the founders of the longest running dance night in Boston- Elements. This fantastic night has hosted some of the biggest names in Drum n’ Bass, but were you aware that Lenore also spins House music? Please join Zuzu and celebrate a fantastic night of old school House by Lenore
From jam bands hidden among the Michigan oak trees of Rothbury Festival to hardcore bands hidden in the basements of punk houses in Allston, Mmmmaven graduate KC Mackey has always enjoyed the thrill of the chase when it comes to finding new music. So it should come as no surprise that she is drawn to playing vinyl sets, which require an intimate knowledge of one’s music and the perpetual search for new records to spin.
My goal is to master beat matching vinyl so smoothly, know my record collection so intimately, and be able to read crowds and vibes so well, that I can take a crate of records and just let people’s energy lead my whole sound from the beginning to the end of the set. I love playing songs [people] know and love, mixed with songs they probably never heard but will probably love!
Billing herself at “Pink0,” Mackey has started bringing her carefully curated vinyl sets to the general public as of late. She recently spun at ZuZu’s weekly Zuesday event, where she featured an impressive slew of records that perfectly complimented the event’s general atmosphere. Relying on the mood on the dance floor to guide her, Pink0 managed to keep the crowd going late into the night.
“The timing for my Zuesday set was perfect, because my friend who was moving had just given me a free crate of about 50 hip hop singles,” Mackey reflects. “Zuesday is known for hip-hop, R&B, booty bass, dancehall, reggaeton, and I try and stay true to the vibe of the night […] When I’m really in the groove, I like to freestyle and follow my gut, and it usually works out better than I expect!”
Mackey’s innate ability to feed off the crowd perhaps stems from her inherent love for the entire dance music culture. She got her first taste of the scene as a junior in high school after seeing Party Monster, a film about the infamous Michael Alig that has become an essential part of the club kid canon. “I bought the soundtrack and looked up more stuff by Miss Kittin, Stacey Q, and Felix da Housecat,” she remembers.
“I wanted to be a club kid so bad!”
In the years since, Mackey’s involvement with dance music has waxed and waned, but she found her permanent place in the scene after graduating from college. “I started going to clubs and getting super into house music and getting into the DIY music scene and listening to tracks by local producers, and mixes by local DJs” Mackey says.
I wanted to learn to DJ because I wanted to facilitate for other people what DJs and producers and musicians have always facilitated for me- a context for losing one’s self to dance and feeling good in one’s body and bonding with people by wiggling around like freaks together.
The more experience Pink0 gets as a live DJ, the more insight she gains into finding her own niche within Boston’s electronic music scene. “I [want] to commit myself to all-vinyl because I don’t see it as much, and I want to see more of it,” Mackey explains. “People said it’s impractical, but I really enjoy the skill of it! Plus, there’s always [going to] be some fun people who love vinyl and want it for their nights, and it feels exciting to now be in their pool of options for DJs.”
After the thrill she experienced from her set at Zuzu’s, Mackey has no plans to slow down when it comes to her DJing career. She’s bringing her vinyl skills to Middlesex on November 11 opening for another Mmmmaven grad, Byoosik, at Vault. If you can’t wait until then, you can also catch Mackey DJing between sets at Midway Cafe’s Substructure event on October 28.
Make an appearance at ZuZu‘s tonight for a killer performance by Mmmmaven grad KC! KC has been attending the Zuesday Queer Dance Party on-and-off every week for the past year and is finally ready to take the stage herself. KC took a break from her busy beat-spinning schedule to discuss her DJ career, musical education, and upcoming performance with me.
Can you briefly explain the progression of your musical career—how did you end up where you are now?
I guess a lot of it happened kind of by chance and by being open to trying new things. I don’t know what I want to do with my life but I know what I enjoy and what makes me happy, and I want to align these two things.
Dance music makes me happy, and I have always been curious about how DJing worked and I wanted to try it.
Now that I know that I like it and I know what I’m doing, I want to keep trying to book gigs at nights and events that are special to me.
How did Mmmmaven help guide you on your path to musical expression?
The class was like learning 10 years of experience in two months. It was really awesome to have a space where you can be with other people who are just starting out so you can all learn together and learn from each other. Being in a class with other beginners really fostered community support. Teachers were patient and knowledgeable, and the staff is really encouraging.
Please tell me a little more about tonight’s performance. Are you excited/nervous? What do you have in store for us?
I am both excited and nervous. I think a lot of co-workers and friends are going to come that love to dance, so you can expect a great crowd that appreciates music. My set consists of songs that are really special to me, as well as some of my friend’s favorite songs. Expect a vibrant and energetic dancefloor, with amazing sets to follow mine by Bianca Oblivion and Justin.
There you have it folks. Lace up your dancing shoes and come see KC perform tonight at Zuesday! … we can’t wait to see what tricks she has up her sleeve.
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