This night-long conversation and DJ-set featuring Terre Thaemlitz’s underground deep house moniker DJ Sprinkles addresses DJ-ing as a vital discursive act. Nurtured in New York’s queer and transgender sex worker clubs in the late 1980’s and early 90’s, DJ Sprinkles’ work manifests itself as a form of deep sonic critique, while also being downright danceable. Intersecting the smooth, synthetic surfaces of deep house music with an oftentimes harshly formulated discourse on gender, sexuality, and class; the music offers a hyper-specific, analytical reading of the socio-economics of music production and DJ-ing.
Throughout the conversation and DJ-set that compose CRYING IN THE CLUB, Thaemlitz’s work as DJ Sprinkles will be approached on an analytical level, opening up its essayistic dimensions.
From Terre Thaemlitz’s website:
DJ Sprinkles is the deep house DJ persona of Terre Thaemlitz. Career highlights include winning an “underground grammy” for Best DJ of 1991 during his residency at the notorious New York transsexual sex worker club Sally’s II; a three-year residency at Tokyo’s Club Module from 2003-2006; and DJ Sprinkles’ “Midtown 120 Blues” winning Resident Advisor’s Best Album of 2009…and that’s about it. Everything else has been pretty much off radar, which makes sense for the kinds of minor and “underground” dance music featured in his sets. Sprinkles is unconcerned with mass appeal, and focusses on sniper-sets aimed at a long-gone generation of angry and depressed queer HIV/AIDS activists unafraid to cry on the dancefloor.
Terre Thaemlitz is an award-winning multi-media producer, writer, public speaker, educator, audio remixer, DJ and owner of the Comatonse Recordings record label.