Super excited for this line-up!
On the decks:
“DJ Kaos (DFA/RONG/K7/ex Terranova), is a dance music producer and DJ, from Berlin, Germany & a member of Ghostcauldron. His first single was a collaboration with Ash Ra Tempel’s Manuel Göttsching (of 1984 E2-E4 fame.) He has performed across the northern hemisphere & released original music – on such seminal dance labels as Eskimo, Kitsune, Playhouse – as well as early singles for Rong Music & now Rong/DFA.
His remixes have proven in demand, remixing everyone from !!! (Chk Chk Chk) to Roxy Music to the New Young Pony Club. Kaos is a part of the exclusive K7 Records DJ Kicks mix series with his eclectic mix released in 1995, as well as his full-length solo LP released on K7 in 2005 featuring such vocal talents as Erlend Øye, Matt Safer (the Rapture) and Cpt. Comatose. He also participated in the Faith Records “Collectors Series” with a mix CD entitled “Danse, Gravite Zero” created with Sal Principiato of the legendary NYC group Liquid Liquid.”
Bobby Bray recently wrote about Skin Tight and Mark E. Quark for the San Diego Reader, below is the full article:
“DJ Mark E. Quark recalls Len Paul, owner of Soma, telling him things like ‘play more industrial,’ and “you’re playing too much of that techno shit.” Quark admits he pretty much ignored the suggestions, “As long as people were dancing, and the dance floor was packed, I felt like I was doing a good job.” Saturday nights at Soma was Quark’s first residency, circa 1989.
On a weekday morning, over some coffee in front of Le Stats on Park, Quark (Mark Hanson) recounts countless DJ adventures, including a rave on the streets of LA he played with Aphex Twin, for the filming of a movie called Strange Days. With army tanks and 10,000 party-people in attendance, they shot and re-shot new years countdowns to the end of the millennium (in 1994).
‘It was a horrible movie, I ended up watching it and was like eew,’ he says with light-hearted disgust.
Quark speaks of the strange (no-dance) days that occurred in San Diego during the 90′s. He says promoters held after-parties between 2am and 6am, and it was actually illegal to dance. The events were even policed to make sure nothing that could be construed as dancing took place. This spawned a local dance revolution of sorts, says Quark, ‘Kind of like the occupy protest – it was the right to dance protest.’
One of these protest-parties took place on the bay, aboard a party-boat called Neptune’s Palace, which was attached to a floating castle you could get ferried to. Quark refers to the event as a “naked rave.” Apparently he deejayed the non-nude part of the barge, but confesses he did in fact spend some time in the naked castle, although not in his birthday suit. The castle-barge combo had legal problems of its own and no longer exists.
Adding to the list of local dance clubs he has been a part of, including Playskool, G-Force, and Moonshake, Quark has recently started a night called Skin Tight at the Whistle Stop in South Park. Co-organized by Ethan Hull, the new monthly event involves elements of disco, although Quark warns that he tries to stay away from labeling.
‘I think disco music to me means something completely different. The type of disco that I’m interested in is exploring when disco became underground again, back in 1979.’ He refers to a history where disco was consciously killed in Chicago, creating a different environment.
‘I want to break records that have been favorites of mine throughout my entire history that I never really had a chance to play, and Skin Tight is a perfect avenue to do that.’
Although Quark is not philosophically opposed to deejaying with software, he has been spinning all vinyl sets at Skin Tight, and has amassed quite a collection over the years.
As dancing is currently still legal, you can get tight with Mark E. Quark, Ethan Hull, and DJ Kaos Saturday April 7.”
-Skin Tight flier designed by Lee Reynolds.
-For more information on Skin Tight, check out the FB Event Page here.