The image of a shirtless, leather-clad circuit party circa the early s is the traditional image for this form of gay escapism, with DJs like Peter Rauhofer or Junior Vasquez setting the tone for the chiseled swaths of men on the dance floor with a very specific brand of pumping house. In the past decade, however, gay clubs have begun to splinter off from a somewhat antiquated sound. Eschewing big beat drums for TB basslines, techno grooves, and soulful vocals, the new queer movement is one that looks to the past while pushing its sonic boundaries further and further forward. Unique to the scene itself is a lack of a geographic center, with gay party crews from all over the country proving to be integral to its overall identity — not just those from the usual major nightlife markets. Jacob Meehan, Harry Cross and Aceboombap founded the Chicago dance party on the aim of providing a space free from inhibitions, away from the oppressive attitudes and abuse gay people are too commonly subject to in more public places. An inclination for openness is a requirement upon entry to bypass the sharp eyes of door-picker Ace — and so is removing at least half your clothing.
Courtesy of the artist She'll mix the jams before grabbing the mic for a brief moment of song, still working the EQs as she belts out lyrics, then gets right back into the groove. Colette got her start in Chicago's legendary house scene where, almost 20 years ago, she joined forces with Heather, Dayhota and Lady D to form the all-female collective Super Jane. For more than 15 years, though, she has been based in L. But most importantly, J Rocc is a DJ who will take you to every part of his record collection, illuminating connections between different music genres — and his collection is huge.