FIST (Fun Is Still Transgressive)

Brooklyn, NY

Daniel Leyva (Word of Command)
1) How has FIST played a role in your local community and music scene?

FIST's inception in 2016 was initially motivated by the lack of diversity within what seemed like two separate "scenes" at the time: LGBTQ+ events and techno parties. The type of techno and electronic music that we wanted to hear really wasn't at the spaces that were "safe", and the techno events weren't diverse enough in terms of lineups or audience. Building a community within nightlife felt crucial, so we would try and navigate the best we could (luckily events at the Spectrum and resources like TechnoQueers made it helpful). The main spark for FISTs inception though (and think for a lot of queer promoters at the time) was after the Pulse Nightclub shooting -- we knew then the importance of carving out a space for our community to build an event that was not only inclusive but allowed us to really rage and experience the sound we wanted. That same mentality and energy remains the core of our events. Luckily the community has grown exponentially since then and there are more options when it comes to participating in the scene; we hope to see even more events in our future, and new parties form, as our passion ripples to an even wider audience. 

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

Hard and energetic, but we push to include artists of varying genres for a sound that can be just as diverse as our lineups.

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

Loving the mixes and output of Miss Parker and excited for their future releases, along with Baby Blue and Isabella who've had some nice & hard new releases.

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

We've been lucky enough to have the venues that we've been able to throw FIST at and we remain fairly optimistic that venues like Basement (our latest home), Nowadays, Bossa, Good Room etc, will be up and running soon. The real change we think comes from the mentality of the experience of nightlife, engaging in even more of a "communal" experience and not taking for granted the spaces and community we've fought to build and maintain. A revaluation of excess in nightlife and which interactions we strive for, while reactivating our sense of time for enjoyment.

FIST (Fun Is Still Transgressive)
June 2020

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