For about two years, I walked around Paris feeling invisible, because nobody would make eye contact with me. They'd look through me like it was the Sixth Sense. Same thing on the metro. In New York, I was used to sizing people up by staring them down, or at least acknowledging they were sharing space with me by meeting their gaze and having them meet mine. It was explained to me that in France, this kind of behavior is actually super vulgar and predatory. Oops. It's stuff like this where the mistake is assuming our cultures function in the same way when there are vastly different codes in place. It's deeply humbling (and alternately funny, frustrating, ridiculous, and delightful) to get to live in the liminal state of now, uncomfortable in my homeland and not quite at home in France. No growth without discomfort, so it's all a blessing.
The Bromance label has come to an end. I believe it’s been an amazing ride with Brodinski and co....
What are you interested in?
I want to create a space within dance music that is safe for the freaks, urgent for those who might not identify with the sexy EDM festival vibe, that is about making art that is challenging and disruptive and vital. The point of RAAR is not to consider if the music will please an audience so much as demanding, "is it beautiful, interesting, unique, upsetting? Is it necessary?" If people like it, awesome, but that is not something we consider when deciding to release something. We are a terrible business model and very proud of it.
Brodinski once told DJ Mag: “You know, the very best thing about Louisahhh is that she really has no idea how good she is.” If you don’t know, now you know?
On Saturday, August 5th, Le Bain presents Louisahhh
Nelleke and Aharaw
The Standard, High Line | 10pm