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DJ Saliva always bring some heat. Mauro is a founding member of Porto-based queer party "Arena Spa Superiora" and an intermedia artist. The Portugal-born, Berlin-based Herrensauna resident keeps things naughty with a hedonistic psychedelia. Whether in their sets or productions, Saliva's sound brings a slippery and slithery atmosphere aiming for a hybrid fusion of old school & hi-tech new school sounds, from up-tempo electro & big breaks to trippy, sonic techno and unexpected tribal materials. A multi-faceted artist, Mauro is also a sculptor, painter, performer and a visual developer who curates the visual identity and artworks for Herrensauna, managing their own music label.
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Salome is a dj and producer born in Tbilisi and recently relocated in Berlin where she immediately felt like home. Her sound covers from electro to acid and techno, often even bringing it all together with her own touch, her dj sets are poised and fresh yet leading people to into a dancing trance.
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In 2018, SPFDJ was inducted into the crew of residents at Herrensauna, the notorious monthly rave that has empowered and transformed Berlin’s queer scene in the past few years. Sharing a lineup with residents, this fertile and (not quite) fucks-free environment has seen SPFDJs sets become increasingly dynamic and uncompromisingly distinctive, a key tool in tipping the basement of Tresor over into trademark madness, as captured in an inspiring, increasingly iconic Boiler Room performance.
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Cofounder and resident at Herrensauna, Berlin MCMLXXXV is perhaps best known as a founding member of Herrensauna - the beloved queer party originating in Berlin - but the influence of his curational work resonates much further afield, encompassing the spheres of music, art and fashion with a sincere appreciation of subcultural movements and their associated aesthetics. His DJ sets celebrate a countercultural approach to electronic music, drawing upon an intense, seductive fusion of charged rhythmic tension and obscure sonic imagery. With a comprehensive knowledge of genres ranging from EBM and electro to hard trance and industrial, his ability to weave seemingly disparate references together is the result of years spent dedicated to the underground, in all its grit and glamour. Herrensauna reflected the need for a queer-led techno event in a city where underground and mainstream sit tensely alongside each other, and gentrification threatens the vast network of cultural spaces the city calls its own. Despite its name - a tongue-in-cheek reference to the clandestine culture of gay men’s saunas - it is the sense of community at the parties, which have now travelled the globe, that lend to their ever growing influence across the queer diaspora. Employing this approach in his own work, MCMLXXXV’s sets explore the darker end of the spectrum with an open mind, responding to crowds with an instinctive understanding of the nuances between genres, and an innate ability to work any dancefloor.
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Cofounder and resident at Herrensauna, Berlin CEM who was born into a Turkish household in the Austrian capital Vienna. He left his hometown almost a decade ago to fulfill his ambition as a musician in Berlin. You might already know CEM from Berlin’s underground scene; he is a co-founder of the legendary queer party Herrensauna and he has been at the heart of the label since the beginning. Herrensauna launched in other countries in the past years and CEM himself has been traveling around too; he played in many countries An anchor of the Berlin’s underground scene, you may best know CEM as the co-founder and resident of the no-holds-barred queer party events series and label Herrensauna. Initially inspired by hardcore punk and death metal in his younger years, the “CEM “ real name Cem Dukkha “turned to techno when he tapped into the underground scene at the age of 18, and found that the heavy and repetitive sounds he was influenced by could be found in techno, too. Moving to Berlin to fortify his interests and ambitions as a musician, Herrensauna formed with a collective of ravers he met at techno parties in Vienna â€“ sees the producer manifest his own sex positive vision in club form. Taking ideas from the raves in the 90s, Herrensauna stages lesser-known selectors in small basements, and has tapped the likes of Matrixxman, Cadency and more for its accompanying label.
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Silvia Jiménez Alvarez aka JASSS is a Berlin-based sound artist, producer and DJ born and raised in Asturias in northern Spain. Jiménez started Djing and has been part of the electronic scene in Spain since her early twenties. She started experimenting with electronic music production by editing field recordings after moving to the Netherlands in 2010. The following year she relocated to Berlin, where she began to actively Djing in the electronic circuit. Her first 12-inches appeared in 2016: Caja Negra on Anunnaki Cartel and then Mother via Alessandro Adriani's Mannequin label. By then she was a resident DJ at Mannequin's regular nights at OHM and later Berghain's Säule, where she honed a voice as a selector that smoothly traverses tempos and eras.