1. Who/what is Angels of Disruption?
  2. What is the history of Angels of Disruption's events?
  3. How many people typically come to each event?
  4. When/where is the next event?
  5. How much is cover and is there a guest list?
  6. Can guest DJs and/or bands play at these events?
  7. When approaching nightclub owners/managers, what is Angels of Disruption looking for in terms of location, event dates, compensation, etc.?
  8. Are you open to adapting what genres you are playing depending on the venue's preferences?
  9. I can't read the list of bands on the Pandemonium poster. Can you tell me what it says?

Who/what is Angels of Disruption?
Angels of Disruption is a company (formerly incorporated, but currently not) owned by DJ Jinx. DJ Jinx organizes all Angels of Disruption events. This includes finding venues, advertising and promotion, hiring of guest DJs and door staff, finances and website management, but does not include Facebook pages for any of the events, which are managed separately. Jinx has been DJing since 2001, and she continues to DJ at most Angels of Disruption events. Non-Angels-of-Disruption events that Jinx has DJed at in the past include Ballet Mechanique (Machine), Schlachthof (Crazy Horse), Datalink (Warehouse/Underground) and Terminus (Dickens Pub).

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What is the history of Angels of Disruption's events?
The first event under the Angels of Disruption name was Chimera, starting in 2006 at Soda. Chimera ran at Soda from 2006 to late 2010; Quincy's from 2011 to 2012, and Sal's in 2013. The other events (Pandemonium, Discordia and Hydra) were all attempted at Soda during 2010, but only Hydra continued to run (along with Chimera) when Angels of Disruption's events moved to Quincy's.

Pandemonium and Discordia were initially conceived of differently than their current incarnations - hence why older playlists for these events are not available on our website at present. Pandemonium, formerly spelled "Pandaemonium," first ran as an almost-exclusively metal-focused night, whereas the version currently being promoted is more evenly split between metal and the harder industrial genres. As for Discordia, this night was more synthpop-oriented when it ran back at Soda, but as we feel our local crowd is already very well-served in that capacity at present via the Hang the DJ event at Dickens, in the future we would like to distinguish Discordia by moving it in a more rock-oriented direction.

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How many people typically come to each event?
For any of our events, the lowest attendance that we have typically seen is around 25, and the highest has been around 100. Chimera has typically averaged much higher than any of our other events, e.g. closer to 60-70 whilst others have hovered around 30-40.

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When/where is the next event?
For a variety of reasons, we have decided to run events on a more occasional basis rather than monthly for the time being. Check back frequently for updates re: when the events are occurring, as there is currently no regular schedule with regard to either frequency or day of the week when events will take place.

As to where future events will take place: rather than being at one particular set venue, future Angels of Disruption events may take place at a variety of locations. So again, please check back regularly for updates.

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How much is cover and is there a guest list?
Cover at most events is $5. In the past, up to $10 has occasionally been charged either if bands are playing, or if DJs are from out of town, or if a special event is offering costume prizes. (In all of these cases, additional costs needed to be covered, hence the higher cover.) While business partners of the venues have been admitted for free when they are there to talk to the bar owner, and bars may have guest lists of their own, the general policy of Angels of Disruption has been not to have a guest list - with the sole exception of entourages of bands/DJs coming from out of town.

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Can guest DJs and/or bands play at these events?
Due to patrons' reluctance to pay higher cover, and Jinx's not having an "entertainment budget" per se to cover bands' costs in particular, we are currently reluctant to bring in additional parties for the events, as we can only provide limited compensation.

Guest DJs are typically paid for Hydra events; in the past, the way Hydra has worked is that 3 guest DJs play and the $5 cover is split 5 ways, with one share for each of the 3 DJs, one for the door staff and one for DJ Jinx. A guest DJ for Hydra would thus typically make between $25 and $100 as per attendance numbers mentioned above. However, all other guest DJing (e.g. at Chimera, Pandemonium or Discordia) is unpaid at this time, and we would have to confirm with our new venue(s) whether we will still be running Hydra in the same way as the past.

A few other things to note at the current time are 1) the more rarely events are taking place, the less likely we will be able to accommodate guest DJs at events other than Hydra, and 2) guest DJing is open only to DJs playing our events' current genres (i.e. goth, industrial and metal + their related subgenres), not to guests playing other electronic genres such as dubstep, psy-trance, gabber, etc. We understand that many fans of those genres feel they bear some similarities to industrial, however, as our own crowd has largely tended not to share that opinion, we do not want to hire DJs playing these genres because we do not want them to encounter unappreciative audiences at our events.

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When approaching nightclub owners/managers, what is Angels of Disruption looking for in terms of location, event dates,compensation, etc.?
Our ideal venue-wise would be a venue that has all of the following characteristics. Please note though that this is just our best-case scenario and not a list of absolute requirements:
  • Central location, e.g. near downtown
  • Close to public transit; in particular, close to a train station
  • "Alternative-looking" interior appropriate for goth/industrial events
  • Dim lighting
In terms of dates, a few of our considerations include:
  • For weekends, we would prefer Fridays rather than Saturdays, in order to avoid any competition with existing non-Angels-of-Disruption events that our crowd may frequent.
  • For weekdays, we would prefer Thursdays because in the past, that has been our "established" day for events. Failing this, the later the weekday the better, e.g. Wednesday is our second choice and Monday is our last choice. At the current time, we are not considering doing events on Sundays.
  • We would like to have at least 2-3 weeks of notice prior to an event in order to have time for promotions, hiring new door people, etc.
  • If we were to secure a recurring monthly slot, our first choice would be "first X (e.g. Thursday/Friday) of the month" and second choice "last X of the month", but anything else (e.g. second, third) is also acceptable. Furthermore, we do not necessarily require a monthly slot - every second month, once a season, or one-off events are also great for us.
  • We like the idea of having a monthly slot, but rotating it between the events listed, e.g. keep a consistent date-per-month but have Chimera one month, Pandemonium the next, etc., as this would both give us a regular presence and allow for variety. But again, this is just a possibility we would like to try, not a demand on our part.
Lastly, re: compensation, our past arrangement has been to have our own door people collect cover while the bar makes its money from drink sales, i.e. the bar technically is not paying us. However, we are also open to other arrangments, e.g. the bar's staff collecting cover and then paying our DJs either a flat rate or a percentage. We are open to negotiating this on an individual basis for future events.

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Are you open to adapting what genres you are playing depending on the venue's preferences?
Within reason, yes. i.e. if a venue were to give us a weekend night and in return would like us to play some more accessible music in addition to our core genres, we are willing to do this. Some of the genres we are willing to emphasize more strongly if a venue feels it would be beneficial include:
  • 80's rock & electronic music
    (e.g. Dead or Alive, Eurythmics, Human League, Men Without Hats)
  • 90's rock & electronic music
    (e.g. Chemical Brothers, Prodigy, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Stone Temple Pilots)
  • Hard rock & classic metal
    (e.g. Alice Cooper, Black Sabbath, Faith No More, L. A. Guns)
  • Current popular metal of various subgenres
    (e.g. Lamb of God, Mastodon, Sabaton, Skeletonwitch)
While any/all of these genres could theoretically be mixed with the industrial/gothic content of any/all of our events, the event that is most amenable to this adaptation is definitely Discordia. So if a venue has concerns about the accessibility of industrial/gothic, but would still like to give our events a chance, Discordia is the event we would most likely want to put on at such a venue. Nonetheless, a Chimera with some retro content and/or a Pandemonium with some popular metal content are both options that we are also open to.

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I can't read the list of bands on the Pandemonium poster. Can you tell me what it says?
The list of bands on the poster reads as follows: Alestorm, Amon Amarth, Angelspit, Birthday Massacre, Bio-Tek, Celldweller, Chemlab, Chthonic, Die Krupps, Dimmu Borgir, Dope Stars Inc, Eiscbrecher, Ensiferum, Fear Factory, FGFC820, Finntroll, Genitorturers, Ghost, Gothminister, Grendel, Halo In Reverse, Hanzel Und Gretyl, Heimataerde, In Extremo, iVardensphere, Jack Off Jill, Kamelot, KMFDM, Korpiklaani, Laibach, Leaether Strip, Lord Of The Lost, Ministry, Moi Dix Mois, Moonspell, Nightwish, Noisuf-X, Oomph!, Panic Lift, Psyclon Nine, Qntal, Rammstein, Razed In Black, Revolting Cocks, Satyricon, Skinny Puppy, Suicide Commando, Tactical Sekt, Therion, This Morn' Omina, Turisas, Uberbyte, Velvet Acid Christ, White Zombie, Wumpscut, Xandria, X-RX, yelworC, Zeromancer, 16volt, 69 Eyes.

This admittedly-eclectic list is meant to be representative of music played over the course of the night as a whole. In practice, most of the metal will be played early and late, while the danceable industrial will be played toward the middle part of the evening.

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