Believers in the butterfly effect: ponder this one. DJ Seymour Butz decides to record a CD of dirty music based on his sessions at the Ken’s at Kensington sauna -“ and then Kylie Minogue calls him on his mobile.
Butz explains it best.
The CD got picked up for distribution in the UK by a couple of different stores, one being a gay lifestyle store called Clone Zone and another one being Rough Trade, which is my favourite record store/ label in the world, he says.
And as it was put in stores, the stores sent it out to some promoters, who ended up flying me over there.
So we did a launch party in Manchester and London which sold out.
Then the CD was passed on to Kylie Minogue by her gay stylist, and she was launching her Love Kylie range of underwear in London and Paris. So she asked me to join her to soundtrack the experience, Butz says. Kylie believes in me!
Fans of the first Sauna Sessions (including Kylie) will be pleased to learn Butz is about to launch volume two, a disc with the instructive title Sauna Sessions: Homo Rooting Music.
The first Sessions might have brought a glimpse of mainstream success, but that hasn’t diluted his latest effort.
The music is harder than the first outing, with tracks by Khan (Germany), Brooks (UK) and Kid Congo Powers (New York).
The first CD featured samples of sounds recorded at Ken’s -“ bubbles and dripping -“ but this time Butz has been more thorough.
You can hear the steam room in all its wonder, he says. You can hear someone getting blown in the spa.
Also the beautiful thing is that a lot of the music has been purpose written for this, which means the genre of music is really coming into its own.
Butz will be performing towel-only at Ken’s this Friday for the launch, a lateral leap from his most recent gig DJing for the David Jones fashion shows for Megan Gale.
He’s also busy preparing a 10th anniversary CD of music from Club Kooky with collaborator DJ Gemma, and has a Mardi Gras party gig in the mash/ breaks/ electro Marquee.
The slot is part of his rise and rise, and he can’t wait.
I got my first DJ Mardi Gras rejection in 1993 and I didn’t get to play until 2003, and that was only because New Mardi Gras actually want to be new and they want to embrace something new, he says.
When I got rejected in 1993 -˜Old Mardi Gras’ said -˜no music of the future’.
New Mardi Gras, this year they’ve gone out and developed more dance spaces, Butz says.
There’s a lot of naysaying and I’m all up for constructive criticism on anything, but this is one institution I want to hold dearly.
They’re standing up for me, so I embrace them.
Seymour Butz will be playing at the Mardi Gras Party under the Marquee from 5am to 8:30am.
Sauna Sessions: Homo Rooting Music will be launched at Ken’s At Kensington sauna on Friday 25 February from 8pm.