Monday, July 12, 2010
Kirk Wagner/DJ ChaotiQueer of Skulk, the Hulking, on their Phoenix Debut
Back during Pride Week I posted a piece announcing the inauguration of the Phoenix’s queer live music night and the success of its kickoff. I’m even happier to announce that the live music will continue and one act to keep an eye on is Skulk, the Hulking, an electro/hip-hop/hardcore three-piece that features the tinkling keyboard designs of one Kirk Wagner—otherwise known as DJ ChaotiQueer—the engineer of the audiovisual feast party “B-List” held at sister bar Nowhere.
Kirk took a few minutes to tell me about his journey as an out and queer musician and how DJ-ing informs his music compositions.
CV: So tell us a little about your journey as a queer musician…
KW: I started playing music at the age of 15, although I didn’t come out until I was 24. That’s when music began to have a greater impact on my life, as I was starting to write about the real things happening in my life without having to worry about what the “straight” band members were thinking—this was in Seattle. Since then, I’ve been involved in everything from glam/alternative rock and speed metal to gayboy electro. New York has been the best part of the journey so far.
CV: How does being a high-profile DJ inform your music?
KW: It keeps me clued in to the “now” of the music world. Composing on my own sometimes sees me living in my own bubble, so DJ-ing is a way for me to stay in touch with things that are current. I pick up quite a bit of production tricks just from listening to the stuff I play.
CV: What can we expect from Skulk, the Hulking’s live show?
KW: High energy. While we have a pretty wide range of styles that we perform, it’s always a set that leaves you breathless and wanting more.
CV: How can folks be reminded about your B-List party?
KW: Search for me on Facebook as “Kirk Wagner – DJ ChaotiQueer.” Add me as your friend and say hello. I’ll make sure you get all my monthly invites!
Skulk, the Hulking performs with Lord and Master at:
Courage, my Love
@ The Phoenix
447 E 13th St.
Thursday, July 29th
with DJ Damian [Buddies], all night long