"For the record, there is absolutely nothing wrong with dirty," says promoter Andrew Luft by e-mail, discussing the "Cleaning Up the Dirty South" dance party he helped found. "There's just something about a celebration of austere cleanliness that brings out the best in the Dirty South."
It's important to qualify that Luft's talking about cleanliness in Jay-Z's sleek ballin' sense. Since May 2004's kick-off, the Cleaning Up the Dirty South (or CUDS) nights have celebrated crisp fashion and fashionable dance-fringe sounds, but haven't been afraid to descend into undulating hedonism.
CUDS was inspired by one bleary night of grinding electro at Miami's Winter Music Conference. During Tiefschwarz's slabs of scuffed house, Luft and his partner-in-grime Jeremy Berman -- together known as Factory Aire -- had a business-plan epiphany (not the plebian E-piphany in your average nightclub). They collaborated with others to bring this vibe to Atlanta, using venues including Bazzaar, the Mark, and Lava Lounge for their thematic decadence.
French maid costumes? Check. Three-dimensional installations? Check. Bristly, depth-charge robofunk? Check. CUDS' two-year run has hosted the retro- and rebel-futurism of DJ/producers, including James Murphy, Damian Lazarus, Jon G, James F!@#$%^ Friedman, Habersham & Numinous and CUDS resident Drew Van Atten.
Now Factory Aire is moving to New York, and for the final CUDS party with Luft and Berman in attendance, they host sketched-out, fashionista vocoder vamp Uffie & Feadz of Franco-fuzz-filter label Ed Banger Records. Mid-range mangling and midriff baring are mandates during dance music's equivalent to pogo-worthy riff rawk.
"The best events come down to the right chemistry of people and location," says Luft, reminiscing over the combustive reaction from crowds and fellow DJs willing to keep getting dirty for the artsy, rowdy CUDS cause.
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