JD Twitch doesn’t think techno and punk are that far apart.
JD TWITCH at the Drake (1150 Queen West), tonight (Thursday, January 15). $7. thedrakehotel.ca.
When JD Twitch and JG Wilkes started Optimo (Espacio) 11 years ago, there were few other events in the world to compare to their Glaswegian open-format Sunday-night dance party.
The unlikely crossover between the rock and dance worlds doesn't seem that unusual any more, and as a result, the oddball night has been cited as an influence on many momentary music trends, from the no-wave revival to nu-rave.
"I started DJing in the original rave era, so if anything, we're geriatric rave, not nu-rave," Twitch says with a laugh on the phone from his Glasgow home.
"I feel like the world sort of caught up to what we were doing, but then it went off on another tangent again. People seem to have gone back into monoculture and are just playing one genre all night, whether it's disco or minimal or whatever. When you're too purist, it all gets very boring pretty quickly."
Strangely, even though Optimo has always been a showcase for a no-genre-barred approach, Twitch resists the "eclectic" tag. He says naming a style (even an anti-style) artificially imposes assumptions that may have little to do with its actual intent.
"I think at the time, ‘eclectic' was a buzz word, and for me it had all these associations with being wacky or being a DJ dilettante. It seemed to imply playing different styles of music just for the sake of it, which is something we'd never do.
"I also just like finding certain words objectionable and having arguments about them, I guess."
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