Dark Friday: Where you can stop fighting against being different, and start embracing it. Really. Others may have forfeited these all-too-often forgotten charms of death and decay; brutally quashed facets of humanity hastily relegated to the stuff of nightmares and farce.
But not you, oh no. Your dark sensibilities demand and revel in pleasurable aspects of the morbid and macabre--nothing more than memento-mori. So lift up your bleeding hearts and brooding brows, and be welcome to drink, dance and speak what you may, because you have no reason to be anywhere else, other than DARK FRIDAY.
Come 24 April 2009, the Singapore Dark Alternative Movement (SDAM) will revolutionise local club culture once more with internationally-acclaimed talent DJ Sect (Eve of Destruction) of Moscow, Russia / Seattle, USA. As the only club event featuring exclusively Gothic / Industrial / Electronic Body Music (EBM) / Darkwave / Future Pop music in Singapore, Dark Friday’s seventh installment promises another stellar night of mayhem and misdemeanors for devotees of the Gothic and Alternative subcultures.
Headlining April’s event is DJ Sect (Eve of Destruction) of Moscow, Russia / Seattle, USA. DJ Sect is multitalented, serving as DJ, composer, sound engineer and producer for his musical projects PURGE and THE SECT. Throughout the course of his career, he has collaborated with the likes of KMFDM, Unter Null, Hanzel und Gretyl and Icon of Coil. DJ Sect also organises and promotes industrial and goth parties in Moscow, Russia as “Eve of Destruction”. His innovative DJ sets pay homage to a wide spectrum of dark alternative sounds, ranging from Gothic classics to industrial, EBM and noise world club hits.
Hot off the success of the December 2008 installment of ‘Dark Friday’ featuring electro-industrial talents DJs DestroyX and ZooG (Australia / Germany) of Angelspit fame, the SDAM has breathed life into local club culture with an exclusive and bonafide Gothic / Dark Alternative clubbing experience held at Night and Day Bar. The benchmark-setting event has drawn considerable attention as the new and emerging Mecca of Dark Alternative Music in Southeast Asia, since hosting on other separate occasions, DJ Panic of the notorious Slimelight Goth club in London and DJ Eskil Simonsson of Sweden's darkwave kings Covenant.
As Dark Friday is held as a social imperative to promote the Goth and Dark Alternative subculture in Singapore, a reasonable S$12 cover will be requested of all patrons. The uninitiated will find their musical sensibilities bombarded with music colloquially referred to as ‘gothic trance’ or ‘hard floor’. Yet familiar dark alternative anthems are likely to be spun amidst new, groundbreaking releases with local deck surgeons DJ Saito Nagasaki (Aesgrade), DJ Mentor (X’ho in a guise) and DJ Murderfreak in tow.
Dark Friday has also attained international sponsorship from global publishing and promotion company NetManagement who has remained staunch in support since the ‘Machines Against Hunger‘ launch and charity event (Beneficiary – Action against Hunger) for Singapore and Southeast Asia by SDAM, held on Friday, 13thJune 2008. As part of their gracious gesture to relinquish one Friday a month to the alternative social collective, Night and Day Bar has adapted quickly to SDAM’s devoted denizens, serving up $18 absinthe shots while also providing a cosmopolitan outlook on their unique and vibrant aesthetics.
About the Singapore Dark Alternative Movement:
The Singapore Dark Alternative Movement (SDAM), founded in 1998, is a social collective catering to the needs of the Singaporean gothic and alternative lifestyle community. It also functions as a support / help group for members within the latter regarding issues such as suicide, gender and sexuality.
The SDAM focuses on promoting dark alternative culture through promoting music and art genres that interest the community such as Goth, Industrial, EBM (Electronic Body Music), and facilitates meet-ups and events to assist in growing the social platform.
For more information:
SDAM and Dark Friday details / party pictures – http://www.sdam.asia
SDAM Portal and Forum – http://www.sdam.sg
SDAM Official Livejournal - http://singaporegoths.livejournal.c
SDAM Official Facebook community - http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=5
DJ Sect - http://www.myspace.com/syncore
NetManagement – http://www.nmmv.de
Night and Day Bar - http://www.nightandday.sg/