Unlike CDJ cues. It comes as no surprise

Unlike
anywhere in the world, New York has produced some of the most exhilarating and
influential subcultural movements. In many ways this is thanks to the
incredible ability that New Yorkers have had to transcend geographic barriers
and constantly recreate and reinvent themselves in ways that speak to global audiences
as much as they do to NYC natives. Perfectly embodying this spirit, GHE20G0TH1K
have created a unique space for misfits and outcasts to turn up and have a good time, regardless of
their backgrounds and gender identities. Drawing from a massive spectrum of influences GHE20G0TH1K
has become synonymous with DJ and producer Venus X, which describes its ethos as “having the access and power to be exactly what
you want to be instead of having to fit a prescription or stereotype”.

 

Born in
2009 as an underground club night, GHE20G0TH1K was founded by Venus X and Hood
By Air’s Shayne Oliver as a ‘fuck you’ to New York’s increasingly superficial
and segregated nightlife. Originally named after its hood and punk aesthetic
philosophy, it has now become a staple of NYC alternative nightlife. Its
considered one of the few parties in the city where you’re as likely to come
across fashion designers as you are hip-hop heads, goths, punks and ballroom
voguers. But most importantly it
was created by and for marginalised youths as a space to exist freely and
radically. GHE20G0TH1K represent for many the confluence of a number of
powerful cultural currents: a restless quest for inclusivity, the DIY
enthusiasm of a post-internet generation, and a predilection for making – and
consuming – art that speaks to diaspora
clubkids. That’s why the music we hear at these nights is unlike any other, a
chaotic mix of gangsta rap, baile funk, industrial, kuduro, techno, dancehall
and 90s r&b mixed by DJs who have mastered the art of sampling using CDJ
cues. It comes as no surprise that producers like Arca attribute their first
experiences with GHE20G0TH1K collaborators like Total Freedom as the birthplace
of their style.

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Famously
shut down in 2014 by Venus X herself after being allegedly ‘appropriated’ by
Rihanna, Venus has made it clear that she doesn’t want celebrities to cash in
on her aesthetic. But like any smart brand ambassador
she’s rethought this decision and confessed
to W Mag that although “the mainstream has to seize the best ideas and make
money off them, that doesn’t mean I have to stop doing what I do, stop evolving
or experimenting or supporting the people I support.”. And one of the strongest
voices she supports is that of LSDXOXO, resident DJ and long-time GHE20G0TH1K
collaborator. His first mixtape, which also happened to be the first
GHE20G0TH1K label release, Fuck Marry
Kill, is a gift to all those who appreciate 90s pop and r&b sampling as
much as they appreciate industrial techno. Recently he’s also hinted at a new
album release after his new EP Bodymods came
out earlier this month via the FADER. His music is everything we imagine
GHE20G0TH1K to be: a dark fantasy that seems born out of a twisted pop dream.

 

While showing no signs of slowing down, GHE20G0TH1K
is evolving into a platform that allows artists to grow and celebrate their shifting
identities. Born as a dissident club night it has slowly progressed into being
an exploration of black identity, a pressure cooker for
electronic experimentation and dance music from around the world. Last year Venus X travelled to Sao Paolo with ASMARA of Nguzunguzu to work on
‘Putaria Maxima Volume 1 Edits’, a tape that fuses original Brazilian baile
funk vocals with American hip-hop and Dirty South gangsta rap instrumentals. She
also opened Planet X, a GHE20G0TH1K affiliated boutique that sells carefully
curated pieces from across the globe in an attempt to reclaim fashion inspired
by queer and punk culture. This December she headlined Dirty Lemon’s NYE party
in an iconic link up with Cardi B. No matter what project she’s involved in, whether its recording house music from Angola or Dominican
reggaeton, Venus X is always producing music that sets itself apart from the rest. At the heart of GHE20G0TH1K
is that same focus and obsession with delivering raw energy and surrealism.

 

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