First opening in 1979, Backstreet was the original safe space for Detroit’s LGBT community with strong ties in the formation of Detroit’s electronic music and nightlife scene. Keeping in line with its original ethos, non-profit events will be held every month to benefit and give back to the LGBT community. Honoring its history as a safe space, Backstreet will not only remain LGBT driven, but be a completely inclusive venue and accepting of all facets of the LGBTQ+ community. Backstreet aims to continue and grow Detroit’s rich culture of being a cradle to creativity and self-expression as well as individuality in the music scene.
Juan Mendez, aka Silent Servant, captures his influences of techno, post-punk, and industrial to create a completely unique sound. In this, he transcends typical classification attracting an amalgamation of forward thinking and stalwart fans across an entire spectrum of identities. In the mid 2000s, Mendez was incorporated into the Sandwell District label along with Function (an extension of Downwards Records by Regis and Female), which later developed into an anonymous collective in response to the growing celebrity oriented DJ-culture. After the dissolution of Sandwell District, Mendez has since released his debut LP with Hospital Productions, and formed a new label, Jealous God, with fellow avant-garde experimentalists Regis and James Ruskin. Having recently come back from a hiatus, we are happy to welcome him to Detroit fresh after his show at Berghain.
Marshall Applewhite is a staple of the Detroit underground scene. His sound is what one may call tangential, diverging from expected norms and keeping true to the essence of the futurist movement from which techno originates. Having released on Detroit Underground, How To Kill, Clan Destine, Clone and his own labels YoSucka! and Junted, Applewhite’s output is prolific to say the least. One can expect to find nuance in his live set, setting a mood or feeling with flaunting tempos, in deep contrast to many of his genre’s formulaic counterparts.
Augustus Williams’ sound developed from his early love of hip-hop, electro, and drum & bass coalescing into his early beginnings as a DJ, playing with the likes of: James Pennington, Mike Dearborn, Terrence Parker, Green Velvet, Frankie Bones and DJ Assault. For the last several years Williams has shifted his attention to performing live sets, earning him a preeminent reputation in the Detroit techno scene along with having signed with Hijacked Records Detroit and Sub÷Divizion.
$15 Pre-sale / $20 at door