April 25th, 2008 | by NILINA MASON-CAMPBELL Music | Posted In: Columns, Columns, Columns, Columns

Hang the DJ: DJ Cityrocker

     
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Yet another East Ender: Cityrocker. Let's meet him, shall we?


How did you decide on your DJ name? What's your real name?
Cityrocker was the name of a Japanese punk record label in the 80's. I'm sure they took it from a Clash song however. Real name is Adam.

As the Rapture say, "People don't dance no more, they just stand there like this" - how often do you encounter this?
Making people not dance is my specialty. I just figure they need more time at the bar as opposed to the dance floor if I'm going to get paid at the end of the night. Actually the problem is that people only want to dance to the same insipid drivel that has propped up every goth dj's career for the past 5 years.

Ideal crowd?
Snobby, drugged up girls in black lace and lipstick, and androgynous boys in pointy boots with rat nest hairdos.

How do you feel about requests?
I welcome them. It lets me know what side of the fence people sit on.

Do you have a story about a particular request or requester?
I don't really. It's just that people can really miss the mark. It's to the point now that I'm actually surprised when people ask for something appropriate to the format. Too often people will complain that an 80's goth night is only playing 80's goth. I've had a request for Marilyn Manson from a kid dressed as Marilyn Manson, and when I told him I didn't own any, he pulled it from his pocket. I can't force people to be brilliant. I can't win!

Do you DJ full time? / What do you do outside of DJing?
I'm a truck driver at a bakery. Full time DJing would be a soul sucking profession. I'd work as a vivisector before I'd spend my days downloading Killers songs.

Where can we find you?
EXPRESSWAY TO YOUR SKULL at the EAST END. Second Friday of the month. I often guest DJ at SHADOWPLAY, HIVE, OUBLIETTE and DEMENTIA.

How'd you get your current main gig?
I was in a punk band long ago with the venue owner.

How long have you been spinning?
Less than three years.

What drew you to DJing originally?
I was sooo depressed I decided I would spend the rest of my days doing fuck all but reading Poe, wearing black, and listening to goth of course. Unfortunately I arrived on the club scene right in time to see it be completely devoured by the techno flavored industrial "new goth". There simply were not any DJs playing the original stuff anymore, so I decided to set up my own old school "Deathrock" parties.

What are your thoughts on vinyl vs CDS vs laptops?
I like to use a mix of CDs and vinyl. It let's me cue up a few songs at once when time is short, and jump back into the bar line. My ear isn't as fined tuned as those who claim they can tell the difference between analog and digital so that isn't an issue. Computers are simply a tool for the soulless to download someone else's interests.

What songs will we find ourselves dancing to with you?
I really revel in the obscure, but the five bands that get me the hardest at the moment are...
SATOR CODEX, ABWARTS, SORT SOL, EUROSHIMA, and THE ABECEDARIANS. I really love the new BAUHAUS album as well.

How would you describe yourself in five words or less - complete sentence or not:
A black hole to avoid.

How do you describe the genre you play?
There can be a fine line between post-punk, punk, gothic, deathrock, 80's, early industrial, minimal, electronic, new wave, coldwave, dark wave, batcave.... It's all DEATH DISCO to me.

Who are your other favorite Portland DJs?
I like to go out for...
DJ APOCALYPSE and DJ BRAINEATER @ OUBLIETTE (Legacy lounge).
DJ MONIKER @ UNDERGROUND (The Egyptian).
DJ CARRION and DJ HORRID @ SHADOWPLAY (The Fez).
DJ LUKE @ EAST END
DJ OWEN @ HIVE (Plan B)
and DJ MisPRID, my partner at EXPRESSWAY... can produce an enjoyable
moment or two when she's not pandering to the crowd.

Links:
DJ CityrockerSpace
 
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