Marley Marl & Pauli Cakes
How has DisCakes played a role in your local community and music scene?

DisCakes came into fruition in 2019, it was born out of necessity.

We felt the need to create spaces that we were not seeing, spaces that preserve and amplify joy for marginalized people, spaces for radical self expression that were further dwindling in NYC’s underground. DisCakes focuses on intersectionality of creative expression, identity, politics and raving. DisCakes has been described as a protest against an individualistic approach to throwing parties, built on the foundation of community love and care.

We have instinctively worked towards implementing guidelines and mutual intentions to create safer spaces for queer + trans + nb + lgb BIPOC both in and out of nightlife. We’ve insisted on “Pay as you identify” policies at our raves to ensure that our spaces prioritize entrance for marginalized people. We focus on harm reduction, divesting from white-cis-hetero status quos and line ups and emphasizing community care in and outside of nightlife. Discakes does not tolerate any form of bigotry, racism, classism, homophobia, ableism, transphobia, sexism, xenophobia, discrimination of any kind and we swear by those intentions. We believe that the spaces we activate are hubs for radical self expression, growth accountability, love and resistance.

DisCakes has been able to connect people globally and create a worldwide autonomous network of radical resistance within underground creatives that centers queerness, and transness, outside of a homogenized capitalist framework. DisCakes is working towards creating a virtual space exclusively for queer, trans, bipoc to express themselves, while dismantling an overwhelming white-patriarchal music scene. We created DisCakes as an outlet and mechanism of support for our community. We hope to radically uproot and change the ways in which society functions at large, through collective consciousness and action.

What can we see, hear and experience at your parties?

EVERYTHING, DisCakes is a feeling and instinct. Our sounds consist of everything from vogue beats, baile funk, heavy bass, break beats to hard rave beats to fierce commentators, platform boots stomping, smooth winds of simultaneous fanning and smooching. Head to toe in sparkling, spikey, shiny, statement DIY looks. Infinite queer, trans, non-conforming joy, lots of dancing sweating and expression. We like to call it sonic resistance. We are the genuine experience of the new york city underground. We put alot of work into trying to create comfort for our community, our main goal is to divest from the normalcy of burned out, reckless cis-het-white dominated club spaces. This is what we mean by experiencing discakes as a feeling.

Tell us some DJs / artists you’re digging at the moment?

Noting that Queer, Trans, Black, Indigenous, POC have been the driving force of music as a whole, this is reflected on our lineups and most valued sounds. Some of our favorite artists are, Morenxxx, Memphy, Jasmine Infiniti, Ms. Boogie, Princess Peggie, Dj Delish, Bored Lord, BEARCAT, Shyboi, Uniiqu3, Xiorro, Linn De Quebrada & much more.

What do you think will become of the music industry & the underground music scene post-pandemic?

We have hopes that after this pandemic and the influx of uprisings, venue owners, bookers, and those who essentially hold power in the industry will seriously start to work much much harder to uplift, prioritize and consider the safety of our community, especially black trans people. It is crucial that this is the true intention of these establishments, companies, collectives and not just a marketing tactic. Inclusion and the amplification of marginalized identities needs to be an infinite ongoing conversation, not just when it’s considered ‘politically correct'.

July 2020

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