NOCTURNE : TECHNO AFTER DARK
FOR OUR NEXT FEATURE, LETS TAKE A LOOK AT THE SAN DIEGO BASED EVENT SERIES AND COLLECTIVE "NOCTURNE". THIS BRAND HAS BEEN CARVING OUT THEIR CORNER OF THE SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA MUSIC SCENE AND WE LOVE SEEING WHAT THEY DO. WE TALKED WITH CO-FOUNDER AND RESIDENT DJ DAVID KLAUSE, KEEP SCROLLING DOWN TO HEAR US TALK ABOUT WHAT MAKES NOCTURNE DIFFERENT FROM THE REST //
What is Nocturne?
Nocturne is an event series focused on the more stripped-down side of techno. We feature a variety of sub genres including acid, industrial, hypnotic, melodic, Detroit, breaks, electro and more but we try to steer clear of the more commonly heard banging/progressive style of “techno.”
How did the idea come up? What is the main focus?
The idea came up more than a year ago when my friend Will Lavin and I were offered a bimonthly residency at Blonde Bar in San Diego. Blonde Bar is one of SD’s premiere electronic music venues, hosting Dance Klassique, SD’s most established weekly house event, and other events. It’s a scene club for those in the know so we’re really grateful for the opportunity and their continued support. We started it in response to the lack of proper techno events in the area shortly after my return from Berlin, which really inspired my love and vision for the music.
Tell us a little about everyone in the crew!
Will Lavin and I are the founders but we’ve added others to the team throughout the year. Dylan Payne was the first resident we added and is also one of the area’s most talented DJ’s and producers. He runs a revered podcast series and can mix vinyl better than most people can mix digitally. Leela Lebastchi was the next resident we added. She’s really helped us improve our organization as a business with her finance background and she’s one of the kindest, most charismatic individuals in the scene, not to mention a great DJ. Dominic Vetuschi is our newest resident and another talented DJ and producer who’s really helped shape the event to be what it is today. Leah is our interior designer and perhaps the hardest working person on the team who we are very grateful for.
Tell us about the San Diego music scene. What kind of influence does the city have?
The scene in San Diego is very community based so collaboration has been one of the keys to our success. It’s common for a portion of the crowd to know each other and this really adds to the vibe of the event. Effort is reciprocated so supporting other’s events has led to the support of our’s.
How does it feel to have the 1 year party coming up? Any goals for the future?
We’re pleased to have been doing this for more than a year and don’t plan on ending things anytime soon. We have a talented upcoming roster including Hydrangea from Germany and Edit Select from Glasgow (the last time he played for us was in May) so if you’re in ever in the SD area, check us out! We’re focused on bringing the freshest international and local talent so it won’t be an experience that you’ll soon forget!