COLUMBUS – The lineup for this very special edition of Midwest Fresh is inspired by the Share Power EP which gives a nod to both the MWF and In Training parties.
The dynamic duo from Argot – Steve Mizek and Savile -laid waste to the first MWF event at Grey Area in July of 2015. Savile’s track “3 Hours in the Meat Sink” commemorates the occasion. The pair has played throughout the world including multiple sessions at Panorama Bar and we are very happy to welcome them back to the warehouse for round two!
The flipside of the record called “Effort Won’t Betray You” was dedicated to the Cleveland event “In Training” so we will have an extended set by their residents Father of Two b2b ADAB.
This night in certain to be a sweat inducing celebration of Ohio’s underground with top tier tunes from start to finish.
This is a private event! RSVP NOW!
***7PM DEADLINE*** – RSVP WILL CLOSE BY 7PM THE DAY OF THE EVENT!! NO EXCEPTIONS.***
10pm until Late
CLEVELAND – IN TRAINING would like you to shine as bright as you can this month as we enter the midst of summer and, for one of the first times, welcome friends both from Ohio and abroad!
BATU [DJ] (TIMEDANCE/LIVITY SOUND/HESSLE AUDIO, UK) – Since breaking out in 2013 with his own original productions and the beginnings of his Timedance label, Batu (Batu_music) has established a singular sound and vision within dance music scenes in the United Kingdom and the world over. His productions and vision as a label curator seek to explore the grey areas between techno, ambient, and the rhythmic workouts his hometown of Bristol has become known for with the sounds of contemporaries like Hessle Audio and Livity Sound. As a DJ, his sets function as an extension of his production vision, incorporating techno, electro, and off kilter percussion into one pulsating mass. Outside of our affinity for Batu’s talents, the Timedance parties he curates also mirror the party values we aspire to for In Training; thriving upon intimate venues, low admission charge, and DJs playing strange music for even stranger people. We couldn’t be happier to host Batu for one of his only midwest stops on his American tour and give him a warm welcome.
NOELSFERATU [DJ] (BUILD, COLUMBUS) – Ohio’s own behind-the-scenes maestro of the infamous Night Mode (RIP) and BUILD parties in Columbus, two recurring series of parties that have sought to break down the barriers between art insallation, club sounds, and experimental electronics since 2013. Along with cohorts Shirtless and V1984, BUILD (or Bodies United In Love and Dance) has booked/shared bills in Columbus with many cutting edge artists and friends of In Training including Rabit, MPW (of Funerals), ADAB, Mumdance, and Bearcat. Noelsferatu himself has cut his teeth in the electronic underground for years, making a name as one of the regions best club music DJs and never shying away from tracks filled with strange and near cacophonous sounds. We’re thrilled to finally have him up for an In Training set to showcase his love of music that retains it’s experimental edges without sacrificying any elements of body movement and club readyness.
FATHER OF TWO [DJ] (IN TRAINING, CLEVELAND) – Fresh off a series of gigs crushing the Seasonal rooftop party in Akron and Club Toilet in Detroit, Father of Two is back to open In Training this month with his arsenal of mechanical shuffles and emotional top melodies. His love for other men is rivaled only by his love for smooth blends and EQing, and he’s here to let you know he means business before heading off to play slots at Midwest Fresh and the Honcho Summer Campout. Do your stretches!
IN TRAINING events are intended to be a space for autonomous living for oppressed and marginalized people who have run afoul of society’s expectations with regards to gender, sexuality, race, class and ability. It’s a party that also emphasizes practicing good consent on the dancefloor and helping people who feel unsafe in public spaces – especially club environments – feel safe and welcome. If anyone interferes with your enjoyment of this event by harassing, groping or otherwise behaving in an oppressive manner, please let the promoters and venue staff know and we will have them removed. We would also like to remind everyone that this is an 18+ event, and we will be verifying ages at the door.
QUEER RUN // QUEER ENFORCED
FRIDAY JULY 28TH / 9PM-2AM / $8 / 18+
“so many questions have been made
about this new dance craze, called acid
what people really want to know
is how the story, all goes, about acid…
this is acid
i’m gonna give you acid”
REDUX is bringing you another evening of non-stop grooves. This time bringing in Chicago’s Jarvi and Father of Two from Cleveland.
JARVI // chicago (nbfc, haus of diesel)
Jarvi – aka Acid Daddy – is a representative for the non-binary gender house and techno scene. A member of Chicago’s Naughty Bad Fun Collective, resident at Smart Bar for Planet Chicago (along with Sassmouth and Pat Bosman), and can be found on the dance floor jacking to proper beats. Hailing from Metro Detroit, they were introduced to the music at ayoung age. DJing has always been a dream for Jarvi and in 2013, with the help of mentor Sassmouth, that dream became a reality. Jarvi is additionally curator of the freaky queer club party, Acid Daddy’s Haus of Diesel at Berlin Nightclub in Boystown.
FATHER OF TWO // cleveland (in training)
Father of Two is a co-founder and resident at Cleveland’s queer electronic music monthly, In Training. During his set he draws you in deep, bringing raw, unadultered energy. He works to provide a decentralized approach where he connects the dots for regional dance music and styles from further abroad. Through In Training there is a set intention for autonomous safe living for oppressed and marginalized people regarding gender, sexuality, race, class and ability.
$15 at the door
11 p.m. – late
safe space: come as you are
Sound by Buffalo Pro Audio Group
A techno and house music scene, particularly for the queer community, was lacking in Cleveland, Ohio. Brian Bohan, otherwise known as Father of Two, is one of three who put together In Training – the city’s freaky, most prominent club night.
Bohan was born and raised in Cleveland. For the past six years he has resided on the west side of Cleveland, barring a short stint living in Chicago in his early 20s. During his free time he says “you can usually find me gliding around the streets of Lakewood delivering for Jimmy John’s, or at home with my boyfriend acting like a dumbass online.”
I inquired of him to reveal the mystery behind his moniker, Father of Two. “I had a much, much, much worse fake DJ name when we first started In Training that I will decline to share. So I was already in the market for a new one when one day, I was contacted by a stranger via a gay hookup app,” he says. “His opening salvo to me, which I assume he was hoping would lead to some sort of sexual congress, was ‘Hey! Father of two great kids here, how’s it going?’ It all fell into place instantly. I responded, ‘I’m doing well, and even though I’m not remotely interested, thank you for giving me my new DJ name!’ And the rest is history.”
He started DJing mostly through In Training, the monthly party he hosts along with Shane Christian (who DJs as Kiernan Laveaux) and Aerin Ercolea.
“There aren’t many avenues in Cleveland to get to play out the type of music I wanted to play before we started doing this. The only previous experience I had was doing a small Monday night residency with my friends in a crew called 4NPLCY a few years ago,” he says.
The idea for the queer-run and queer-focused party was developed by Aerin and Bohan in 2014 on the first night they met. “I mentioned offhand that I had always wished that I could do some sort of freaky queer night with weird music at a weird venue and she basically came back to me a few days later with all of the initial logistics for it planned out. Shane was (and is) Aerin’s roommate, so she was just always around when we were discussing all of this stuff so she became a part of it pretty quickly as well,” Bohan says. “I think we all happened to meet at an interstitial point in each of our lives where we were all very ready to switch things up and try something new, and that energy translated into all of this getting off the ground quickly.”
In Training is held at Now That’s Class, an underground bar and venue located in the Detroit-Shoreway neighborhood of West Cleveland. The venue is a sanctuary and blank space for the events that don’t quite fit into the more frequented and popular spaces of the city. “Now That’s Class, for better or for worse, has long been a venue and gathering space in Cleveland for freaks, weirdos, and musical acts that realistically couldn’t get booked anywhere else. The few ‘clubs’ there are in Cleveland (LGBT or otherwise) were useless and tacky, and we had zero faith in them to let us do what we wanted to do or be any sort of asset to us. Their incompetence and lack of ambition is a large part of what drove us to start doing this, so in a strange roundabout way, I almost have to thank them. We needed a space that we could transform and fully control, and Now That’s Class has provided that. The venue and location isn’t perfect, but it’s our home and it’s almost impossible to imagine doing it anywhere else in Cleveland. The world’s shittiest dive bar with, somehow by the grace of God, a really great soundsystem, knowledgeable tech people, friendly staff, and bathrooms that demand an iron will.”
The party has hosted artists and performers including Titonton Duvante, Bill Converse, Tony Fairchild, DJ Shiva, Clark Price, Sassmouth, Jarvi, Pat Bosman, Steve Mizek, Savile and more. The name of the party was Aerin’s idea. Bohan says, “It sounded mysterious, kind of slutty in some undefined way, and open to interpretation. It mostly just sounds cool, and it can mean something different to everyone”
Cleveland is among the smaller U.S. cities that play a very important role of the evolution of the American dance floor. “I think our small communities provide the blueprint that some parties in larger enclaves do their best to try and emulate. I can only speak for us here in Cleveland, but we do what we do because we would otherwise have nothing to live for. It’s that simple, and that (apparently) gives what we do in these places a sense of urgency and authenticity and ‘grittiness’ or whatever people in the larger cities can attempt to create their own version of with their more abundant resources.” Cities with the tight-knit family structured communities are fueled by concentrated energy, cooperation and a do-it-yourself attitude.
“Our communities drive this thing. We are the source of the energy. I think a lot of people generally assume that we basically just do small town versions of a big city phenomenon when it’s often the other way around. I may sound like I have a slight chip on my shoulder, but I think all of us doing things in these places should acknowledge our place and be proud of the work we do and what it means for the culture as a whole.” – FATHER OF TWO
Although he says it’s difficult to be objective about how In Training has played a role on a larger scale, he delves deeper into what the party means to him, being queer in Cleveland. “Doing this has really helped me spread my wings, so to speak, and really embrace being gay and feeling like I can define what that means for myself in a way that encompasses every aspect of my personality. Cleveland’s wider LGBT scene is pretty emaciated for a variety of economic and cultural reasons, and it was pretty hard to connect with most of the people I was coming across or even trying to date. So I hope it’s done for the scene what it’s done for me, which is put the right people in close enough proximity to each other under pleasant circumstances so that they can grow, teach each other, learn from each other, dance together, act stupid together, and make a bunch of new weird-ass friends.”
The In Training crew identifies wholeheartedly with the community they have cultivated, bringing an authenticity and ingenuity to their parties and their mission. Aerin Ercolea identifies as non-binary/femme and Shane Christian is transfemme and her talents as a DJ are becoming increasingly recognized. Historically and culturally house and techno has roots as a refuge for minorities and the oppressed. Although today’s youth has embodied a culture of acceptance, it is clear through recent events that there is still a lack of understanding and compassion. So queer focused parties will continue to maintain defiance against prejudice and hate by allowing strength in unity on the American dance floor.
“As much as we stress the by-queers-for-queers aspect of our party, at the end of the day, a substantial portion of our audience is straight and cisgender. In a city where it’s a struggle to get enough critical mass for anything besides bad garage rock and fusion tacos, we’ll take what we can get, and as long as these people recognize that they are guests in the space, we very rarely have any problems with the queer and cishet crowds coming together. Personally, I view it positively.”
Similar to Hot Mass, the Pittsburgh party that strives to blur the lines between the gay and straight communities of their city, Bohan revels in the relationship he has developed with that particular dance floor and everyone involved. He says the Hot Mass family “has become a huge part of my life personally and some of the strongest and most supportive allies for us as a crew. So much of what they do has served as the initial [and continual] inspiration for what we do and how we operate, but I think both the vibe and our goals are pretty different. I think that’s what makes the relationship between our two institutions so special.”
When it comes to the queer community of the house and techno scene beyond Cleveland he says he’s not sure how much of an impact their party has made yet. “But I hope we are part of a process that will start to open up space for all queer people and weirdos in this current sort-of Renaissance we are having for underground dance music in America.”
Catch Father of Two, along with Chicago’s Jarvi, on Saturday, March 4 for the next installation of REDUX in Buffalo, N.Y.