QAOTIQ is a gathering of queer bodies at the intersection of underground fashion, art and music, with an emphasis on celebrating and uplifting BIPOC/Trans artists.
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The Carry Nation (Nita Aviance and Will Automagic) are DJs and producers whose style is deeply rooted and fundamentally intertwined with the historical arc of New York City’s most affirming nightlife experiences. Nita is a noted member of the legendary House of Aviance. She started DJing around the turn of the millennium and was a resident at the infamous Mr. Black and Westgay, both touchstones for queer artistry and culture in downtown nightlife of the early 2000’s. Will has deep roots in NYC club culture, having worked at The Loft and collaborated closely with David Mancuso, holding residencies at many of the downtown New York clubs over the years including The Limelight, Life and Vandam. After dividing his time between NYC and Paris, working on music with fashion houses such as Issey Miyake, Vivienne Westwood and Yves Saint Laurent, Will returned to DJing dance floors when he co-created SPANK with partners Sean B & Jason Roe. What started as a basement dance party evolved into a roving art-based warehouse party along with a namesake zine. SPANK began to work closely with Horse Meat Disco and the close relationship with that crew has extended in various forms through the years into the present. Currently, Nita and Will perform globally as both individual DJs and, more often, as a duo –they are most recognized for epic extended B2B sets and their wildly successful monthly queer party (also known as The Carry Nation) at Brooklyn’s Good Room. Their range is wide and exciting, and in the New York tradition they effortlessly flow through genres and time periods while keeping a modern edge. Since the inception of The Carry Nation, the duo has toured the world extensively including Glastonbury’s Block 9 and Berlin’s Berghain/Panorama Bar among many others. They also have a residency at Ladyfag’s flagship monthly Battle Hymn. As producers, their credits include releases and remixes on Get Up Recordings, Classic Music Company, TRIBAL, Nervous, TRAX, Batty Bass, TWIRL, W&O Street Tracks and more. Their latest venture is Major Records, an imprint they co-founded with Justin Cudmore to showcase their Majorettes collaboration with releases that are setting dancefloors alight with a fresh but classic house vibe that stays rooted in the excitement of New York’s history and underground.
Clark is co-founder of the Honcho collective and director of the Queer Fam Fund initiative. With an ambition to uplift his peers, creating visibility for all in our community has become a fervent goal for both himself and Honcho. As a resident at Hot Mass, Clark owes his sound to the club’s unforgettable late night atmosphere. His signature is deep percussion and swirling, spacey techno.
Five is a New Orleans born DJ currently living in San Francisco. ‘Club’ music in a very broad sense of the term has been a mainstay in Five’s DJ sets through the years, but a focus on classic house music directs the overall sound following some recent years of access to digging in record shops throughout NYC. Five is also one-half of the DJ duo Babygirl, who’s sound fixates on the raw, fun, and sexy energy present within the classic house music sound.
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Live visuals by Subset & Sophie Baker (@wearesubset & @loaf_bkr)
Sound by Envelope Soundsystem (@evenlop.e.her)