Big Gay Idiot DJ fka Total Freedom is a multidisciplinary artist, DJ and producer based in Miami. BGIdj was a founding member of Fade to Mind, a Los Angeles-based music label, and a resident DJ at New York’s GHE20G0TH1K parties since their inception. BGIdj was the creator of WILDNESS and Grown, two popular weekly underground club nights in Los Angeles and was also a resident at the city’s beloved Mustache Mondays. More recently the parties Melting Point in NYC, Evian Christ’s Trance Parties in the UK and PDA in London have claimed BGIdj as a part-time resident. Known for collaborations, BGIdj has worked with fellow artists including Ryan Trecartin, Isa Genzken, Arca, Wu Tsang, Xavier Cha, Boychild, Josh Johnson, Kelela, Akeem Smith, and Jason Moran. Over the last decade New York fashion brands Telfar and Hood by Air have consistently looked to BGIdj to music direct their presentations and campaigns.
Greek musician and vocalist Evita Manji has been described as someone who “sculpts their music like a glassblower, melting down grains of sound before warping them into a delicate structure that feels like it could shatter at any moment”. Their long-awaited debut album Spandrel? was released on the 30th of January via PAN Records and through it, Manji asks an opaque question, wondering in the face of immense loss what elements of ourselves might be for endurance, and what might just be decoration. Their tracks, pieced together from the vapors of contemporary club music, baroque pop, and their carefully constructed practice of synthesis and experimental sound design, are a way for Manji to examine their relationship with the world at large and within, disassembling systems of control and highlighting interconnectedness.
Grace Sands moved to London for fresh pastures in 2003 and continued to develop her DJ career, playing solo and with Woosh. She put on DIY nights and her own ventures in London, visiting Miami’s WMC in 2010, and with Woosh became a mainstay of Glastonbury’s iconic queer venue NYC Downlow throughout its life. As a result of this she became an Adonis resident, giving her the opportunity to wow the kweens, kings, thems, trans & all inbetween with her ability to read a crowd and blend influences old and new. As the ‘uber grande dame of the free party deep house massive’ (Matt Smith, Exist to Resist), she has appeared online for Boiler Room for Adonis’ 2nd birthday, Mixmag Lab Ldn and CRACK Magazine. She kept active on LockdownFM.live in the quiet times, curating a HOMOBLOC takeover for the station this year, alongside writing and producing and running her label TruVanity Music. She regularly guests on radio shows for NTS, Rinse, FoundationFM and Netil. 2022 was strong one, with her debut at Panorama Bar rewarded with a return to play at Berghain’s The Lab for FC Snaxx United, alongside extensive UK, European and American touring. She’s been busy in the studio, with EPs forthcoming on Fabric-associated Lovechild label, Ornate and TruVanity Music.
marum is a multidisciplinary artist, DJ and curator from Lisbon based in Berlin, working between the fields of music and the queer rave culture, exploring deep psychedelia and collective care practices through sound and moving image, and researching on feminist hacktivism. marum’s versatile sets conjure various narratives oscillating between psychedelic storytelling, meditative soundscapes, but also fast-paced high-energy beats, ranging from trance, techno to bassy and dub gems. With an educational background in healthcare and media art, they cofounded the queer feminist party mina, artist label suspension, deep mind & ambient series infinity rug, the XenoEntities Network, and the artistic platform Rabbit Hole. They are cofounder of Lisbon’s cultural space Planeta Manas.
Seb Odyssey is a resident at London’s infamous Adonis, where he gets the party started with his deeper strain of electronic music. His tastes range from warm, slow-burning house to textured, percussive techno but all of his selections contain a signature groove which gets the dancefloor moving. He played the vast majority of Adonis parties throughout last year including Pride, the 5th Birthday and New Year’s Day. In 2022 he played at E1, Dalston Superstore and The Cause’s Seaside Beano, in addition to his first all-night-long set at All My Friends. Moreover, he hosted the first edition of his show on Threads Radio, Through Rain. He particularly loves the energy, unity and self-expression at queer parties and is always thrilled to play to a queer dancefloor.
Since her debut release on untitled (recs) last summer, Glasgow’s rising star TAAHLIAH has been making waves at numerous events across the UK and Europe, sharing stages with the likes of Stingray, Kelly Lee Owens, Eris Drew and LSDXOXO. Confidently cementing her position amongst the main players of the electronic music landscape, TAAHLIAH has been invited to the stage and studio by her peers VTSS, Loraine James and Sherelle. Heralded as a breakthrough artist by a range of tastemakers including DJ Mag, Mixmag, Mary Anne Hobbs and Jaguar, TAAHLIAH is also the first Black trans artist to be nominated and win in two categories at the Scottish Alternative Music Awards. After an explosive Boiler Room debut and two AIM Independent Music Awards nominations, TAAHLIAH heads to Purcell Sessions for a collaboration with the London Contemporary Orchestra.