Eight years ago, Missoula had its share of industrial music parties and was host to the occasional fetish bash at the now defunct S&M shop Delta’s Venus. But in the last five years, according to local DJ Ir8Prim8, the industrial parties have died off and the fetish parties have been relegated to private houses.
DJ Ir8Prim8, aka Missoulian Tim G. (he prefers not to disclose his full name), aims to bring back this vibe on Friday night with “Dark Dreams,” Missoula’s first public gothic/fetish dance party in years. For those curious about what this might entail, Tim G’s cohort Colin Smith, aka DJ Raven, says it’ll be a cross between “a funeral, a wake and a rave.”
“There are no sinister motivations,” he adds. “It’s about expressing yourself in ways often shunned by the public.”
The party aims to celebrate “dark culture” with DJs spinning a variety of old and new gothic and industrial music, including the subgenres of EBM (electronic body music), synthpop, futurepop and fetish, the latter of which features bands that have administered genital piercings during live performances.
“Most of it is dancey,” Tim G. says of the music. “It goes from ethereal to abrasive.”
Tim G. and Smith planned the gothic/ fetish party because they feel Missoula’s music scene is increasingly homogonous, and they know there’s a segment of the population looking for something different. And although there is no strict dress code for the party, Tim G. says dressing in your favorite gothic or fetish getup could enhance the experience.
“The only thing we won’t tolerate,” he says, “is intolerance and hate.”
The “Dark Dreams” party, featuring DJs Raven and Ir8Prim8, takes place at The Loft Friday, June 16, at 11 PM. The show is 18 and up. $5.