WHEN: 4.30.2011 | WHERE: Club Orpheus in Baltimore | TIME: 8PM-2AM | MORE INFO
FireCell Productions presents the 1st fundraiser for the Leap of Faith Burning Man arts project! Djs, art, fire, dancers, and sculptures!!! As well as some special surprises you have to see! You can see our plans for the Burning Man Project Leap of Faith 2011 here.
A Portion of the proceeds will be going to Burners Without Borders as well.
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Conway, tell us a little about yourself, and how did you become a part of the D.C. Electronic Dance Music scene?
As far as me, who knows, where do I start? I live in Richmond, VA (the Capitol of the Crunkfederacy). There’s a lot of creativity and awesome people here, and I’m really stoked to participate. I love good music (variety!), good people, and good vibes. I also really really love good beer (IPAs and Imperial stouts are my jam). Generally, I like to keep it Crunk.
I’m a total gear nerd, and I spend a lot of time learning all about audio. I love tweaking sound systems, and learning as much as possible about running sound. I went to Burning Man for the 1st time in 2007, and it totally changed my life (everyone says that, I know). Since then, well, the deal is kinda sealed.
Given that I live in Richmond, and I’ve only played in DC a few times, so I would only sort of consider myself part of the DC scene. That being said, Richmond is very close, so there’s definitely some overlap. My most recent DJ experience in DC was the Naughty Snowball 2, which was definitely an awesome time. I really love all the DC people I know, and all of my electronic music experiences up there have been pretty great.
“Generally, I like to keep it Crunk.” -Conway
Back in October, one house music promoter told me that the opening of the U Street Music Hall posed a risk to the District’s off-the-beaten-path venues. Four months later, one of those venues sealed its own fate, and the other is more active than ever.
For the last two years, D.C. has only had two consistent “underground” dance music venues: the Trinidad & Tobago Association in Brightwood and the Warehouse on New York Ave. NE. The advantages to booking nontraditional venues are clear: many of them don’t have set hours, they’re often cheaper to book, and they appeal to a savvier crowd. But few rental venues have a long lifespan in Washington.
Between 2008 and 2010, the T&T Association, a small private club on Georgia Avenue NW, hosted at least two regular parties (watch video from a 2008 party), an early D.C. appearance by wunderkind Nicolas Jaar, and some of electronic music’s hugest producers, including Theo Parrish and Derrick May. But these days, dance music promoters don’t mess with T&T. “There was some organizational shifting… and the old people who used to book the space and run the bar were turned over,” says Chris Burns, the D.C. promoter who originally told me that U Hall’s success could stomp smaller venues. After several successful parties, management renovated the once-dingy club, and “started requiring all promoters/organizers to pay a huge, substantial, nonrefundable rental fee that really deterred everyone.” Two sources told me the fee nearly doubled. Management at the Trinidad & Tobago Association could not be reached for comment.
Hillary, What is Bandersnatch Designs and where did the name come from?
Bandersnatch Designs is an indie crochet shop on Etsy. The name comes from the Lewis Carroll poem, “Jabberwocky.” “..shun the frumious Bandersnatch.” I’ve always loved the bizarre and fabulous creatures from Alice in Wonderland and the Jabberwocky poem.
How did you get started making your creations?
I first learned to crochet when I was about 8 or 9, but I hated crocheting then. My mother was the one who taught me. I remember getting extremely angry at her for trying to teach me something that was so annoying and hard to learn. I may or may not have thrown down my project and stomped on it haha. It wasn’t until about 2009 when I got into crocheting again. It was getting cold out and I decided that I wanted my own crochet beanie hat. So I went on a search for one, but couldn’t find any that suited my personality. I then came up with the brilliant idea that I should just make my own hats. It started out with very simple designs, and then went on to include a stegosaurus hat, which was my first quirky design.
Where do you get your idea’s, inspirations for your designs?
I get my ideas from a lot of various places. Sometimes I’ll just be watching National Geographic, or Animal Planet and decide…Oh dear god…Can you imagine how much better of a world we would all have if there was such thing as a fox hat, or a narwhal hat? Lately I’ve been getting into more Japanese Kawaii inspired, and steam punk creations (which will be up soon). I want all of my designs to reflect a sense of humor and a bit of my personality. And perhaps it will also reflect the personality of those who wear my creations too. If you’re going to be cold, you might as well look fabulous right?
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