A Brief "Q And A" With DSoL Productions
With Cliff, DJ Th'Elf
Article written by The Madhatter
Jan 30th 2007
Q; Its been just over a year since DSOL started
its Cold Steel Thursdays in Hamilton, care to
talk about the decision to bring events to
the Hamilton Scene?
A; Why Hamilton? Why not? *chuckle* Honestly, Kitchener's
scene is vibrant but small and we were looking to
expand. Guelph has a mediocre night except that it's
free and that's hard to compete against. London has a
great group running a clubnight there. So we looked
south past the 401. We'd noted that in Hamilton you'd
see the alternative kids, the darklings, the goths and
rivetheads downtown dressed for wandering... like
Queen West. So we checked out a few clubs and found
one we liked.
Q; So why Absinthe, what drew you guys to this particular club?
A; The size, the two floors and the possibility for doing
a lot there that you just can't in a one floored club.
It offered good diversity. The downstairs portion
wowed me with the decor and the feel. And then we met
the management and were impressed with how welcoming
they were, how much they were into community building.
Q; Care to talk about some of the guests that have come
A; Ah, where to start *grin* We've had some great bands
in there. Perdition, Defence Mechanism, H427,
Promonium Jesters, Virtigo, Nanochrist and more. We've
tried to offer variety upstairs... not always the same
kind of band or artist. Sometimes harder, sometimes
more casual, but always worth seeing.
Q; Out of all the nights that have past at Absinthe
have there been any that have really stood out?
A; Easter Weekend, '06. Schedule conflicts resulted in
our shifting to the Friday and it was packed! We got
to work with WINK Burlesque for the first time and the
girls were great. A high energy, solid and fun night
Hallowe'en, I'm told [I wasn't there... I do a
Hallowe'en festival in the US every year] was
fantastic as well. Great crowd, great feeling... very
But y'know, and I'm not just being political here,
every night we've had has been a damned good, fun
night. The people, the bands, the designers, the
Q; So you guys have brought Sin City to Hamilton, what
prompted this decision?
A; Well, we had started Sin City in Cambridge but
decisions by the club left us without a home. In
speaking with some people in Hamilton it was suggested
[strongly] that we move it to the Werx. A serious chat
with management and it happened!
We've been very happy with the Werx. Though getting
the third floor going, on a monthly Sunday, is tough.
We're giving it a rest until Easter and the long
Q; Lets say I have never been to Sin City at The Werx,
what would I expect.
A; Upstairs or down? *chuckle*
The third floor is a huge space with a fantastic dance
floor. Great lighting system and great sound. It's all
request dark alternative up there, with occasional
extras like fashion shows or burlesque dancers.
The basement is another thing... it's a fetish play
area for the night. People in skimpy clothing, or
latex, or corsets or... well, something sexy. Play
furniture scattered throughout two rooms. But really
it's about socializing and enjoying. There's a lot of
chatting and hanging out while the furniture [benches
and crosses and chains and the like] see a fair amount
of use. A very friendly crowd.
Q; With the New Year just past are they any exciting
ideas for the coming year?
A; Oh yes, all sorts of 'em *grin*
Some I can't [or won't] say just yet... don't want to
We're moving Cold Steel to Friday nights, though that
means we have to give up the top floor for the time
being, until we get the kind of crowd where we can
command the entire bar again.
Sin City will see a little tweaking and we've a BIG
surprise in the works for Easter weekend. And we've
been invited to open a Sin City night in Toronto as
well, so this will offer some good cross traffic, we
And we're talking to more than a few bands, big and
small, with thoughts of giving Hamilton a year to