Shady Lady: Deep inside Ladyfag and Seva Granik’s Berlin-inspired warehouse party
It seems almost perverse to call a party Shade, but as Ladyfag put it when she announced her latest party with Seva Granik a few weeks ago: “It’s a party, don’t throw it!” And, you know, what’s wrong with perverse anyway?
We rolled into the party late-late night on Saturday, and while shadows abounded in the undisclosed Bushwick warehouse space, there really wasn’t any shade being thrown at Shade. The music may have been kind of dark, but the mood was light, with a packed dance floor and ecstatic crowd dancing to beats and bleeps courtesy of Fatherhood DJs Michael Magnan and Physical Thereapy, Gavin Russom, Veronica Vasicka, and Wrecked DJs Ron Like Hell and Ryan Smith.
“It’s so good to hear these guys play for a new crowd of people,” Nita Aviance told us as the Wrecked boys spun. “They are giving you raw beats! It drives and it is sickening! Plus, Seva’s light show is out of control!”
Ladyfag and co. subtitled Shade’s launch “Berlin,” but she was quick to point that that wasn’t really a theme in the strictest sense. “We wanted to explore the influence that that culture had on our DJs. So we’re not trying to be Berlin. It’s an homage, a way for our DJs to have a new fun experience.”
Of course, we also wanted to know all about her Fifth Element-inspired look: vintage medical corset and huge kinky bobbed wig. “I think the ambiance and the look of the party definitely trumps mine, and I’m OK with that!” she said.
Out on the dance floor, all the usual Bushwick party people were bumping and gliding: Gage of The Boone, DJ Sokolowski, artist and film maker Mikey Pellerano, stylist Diego Montoya. We chatted with Gag DJs Cameron Cooper and Zach Cole about their new monthly party Cruise Control at Nowhere, and Cooper made us promise to stop by the next one on April 12.
With the party stretching into the wee hours of the morning, we had to peace out long before the dance floor cooled down, but not before trying to get a sneak preview of the next Shade from Ladyfag. “Let’s put it this way: This one was all very minimal, blue hued techno, and the next one’s gonna be a lot more colorful—and don’t the gays love that?”