Two DJs from Cleveland's queer electronic music community spin off into contrasting territory. Info
Cleveland-based DJs Kiernan Laveaux and Father Of Two, real name Brian Bohan, collaborate closely as organizers of Cleveland queer DIY electronic collective In Training, but their sounds fall on opposite ends of electronic music's vast continuum. Bohan's mixes often incorporate complex but immediately danceable house music. Shuffling percussion patterns and syncopated synths lie at the center of the beginning of mixes like his most recent Soundcloud upload, with Pittsburgh's ChadKid. He's also no stranger to the distorted and more opaque, opting for a punishing sound at times over pleasurable.
But where Father Of Two dips his toes into abrasive territory, Laveaux sometimes bases entire mixes around it. From the start of her most recently released mix, Laveaux barely uses songs with any consistent rhythm at all. Instead she seems to curate sounds, ranging from natural and industrial, more so than songs. Laveaux's mixes do not so much balance highs and lows but rather steadily build far-reaching and constantly shifting atmospheres, and in the confines of a smaller live setting like Robinia, this bold and abstract world-building should prove even more effective. —Henry Solo