Few others have been as influential to the Buffalo electronic music scene than now Denver-based DJ and Igloo music co-founder Paul Kuenzi. He started the collective in 2011 along with Brandon Chase “out of a need for intimate venues, deeper music, and events more formulated around the music and the vibe.” Since then, the crew has gone on to host monthly events throughout the city, with DJs Rufus Gibson and John Sullivan currently at the helm.
Kuenzi is clearly passionate about the thriving Denver house and techno scene, stating that “every week there’s at least four to eight events going on, I can’t even support everyone I want to in a given week.”
“There’s a lot of creativity here, being a place that a lot of people are moving to from all over the world. I think that energy and intelligence is creating a lot of cool events here.” Having played sets at Beta Lounge, one of the regions premier electronic music venues, the selector has also continued to evolve artistically since relocating. When asked how his current sets differ from his early work, he claims to have “certainly slowed down speed wise, and tried to flow more and be smoother rather than be heavy, hard and slamming,” aiming to “make things more of a story rather than an in your face kind of reaction.”
Making his return to Buffalo on Saturday, Sept. 26 to host and play Origins, Kuenzi expects big things from the techno event that also features Berlin DJ Oona Dahl, Jessica Lyn, Gene Linet, The Abbott, and Drumsound Blvd.
“You’re gonna hear some weird, deep, spacey, psychedelic techno,” he said, specifically excited to hear the unique sounds of Oona Dahl, making her return to the city for the first time in two years.
An eventful Labor Day weekend has come and gone, but the dancing won’t stop. On Saturday, Sept. 26 we will come together once more in the basement bar of the Dnipro Ukranian Center for Origins. Last week the Sequencer spotlighted some of the artists on the lineup, put together by Igloo co-founder Paul Kuenzi and Charlie Abbott.
In the second part of this series, we will meet Jessica Lyn, a fresh new face from Denver, Colo. by way of Buffalo. She moved to this city from the Hudson Valley in 2004. While not a Buffalo native, Jessica adamantly states that moving to Buffalo was the best decision she could have made for her journey through music.
“Buffalo gave me the tools that sculpted the adult I am today, and I’m proud to say that,” she said. With the help of some friends, Jessica found herself falling into the world of electronic music. Lucky to have the musical powerhouse of Toronto nearby, she became enamored with Break&Enter parties, which brought a slew of high-quality underground events.
Finding footholds in the funk, soul, and disco influences of house music, she also found herself drawn to the deep and intelligent sounds that techno brings. Jessica credits a part of her humble beginnings to Buffalo’s own Lydia Wrobel, better known as Bflo Lydia, who strongly encouraged her to learn to spin and let her borrow a set of turntables.
It wasn’t until early this year that she bought her own turntables and began pushing herself to play by ear, making it very clear “no laptops or sync buttons allowed in this house!” Due to her multifaceted interests, Jessica has described herself as “an M&M, with a hard techno shell and an ooey-gooey house center.” With names like Four Tet, Ben Klock, Luxxury, Gene Farris, Maceo Plex, Bicep, and Oliver $ making appearances in her playlists, she will be sure to bring a well-rounded sound to the party.
Stay tuned next week for a profile on Paul Kuenzi.