Serena Butler is a virtual illusion and fe/male reality at the same time. S>H/E was never born, S>H/E besides in a male host even if is gender-abolitionist. ‘Gender abolitionism’ is not code for the eradication of what are currently considered ‘gendered’ traits from the human population. Under patriarchy, such a project could only spell disaster — the notion of “what is ‘gendered’ sticks disproportionately to the feminine.” Behind the scenes.
Have you got a bedside book?
At any time and in any bedside table, Dune by Frank Herber
One track you listen to in secret?
Actually is more like a ritual for me, but ten hours of the sad theme from Dark Souls II Majula’s bonfire is my best kept secret
What are you go at, besides music?
Astronomy and marine biology
Your worst « random memory »?
Me completely alone in the midst of Central Germany, with no cell on the wrong train in the opposite direction where I had to play the immediate night
Can you share us 3 tracks which will never leave your DJ Bag?
If you had to be reincarnated as an animal, which animal?
I would like to be a yellow-bellied sea snake, my favorite venom dealer from the seven seas
The most valuable record you have in your collection?
Your first record?
I was 14 and I was reading “Last Night A DJ Saved My Life”, wondering on a new incredible universe spreading in front of me. Studying the chapter about the birth of Chicago House, I noticed some playlists from the Power Plant era, and one of the classic disco tunes spinned by Frankie Knuckles, “Let’s Do It” by Convertion, was pure dancefloor magic at its finest. I made a 200km train trip to get a dusty VG copy. And I didn’t have any turntable. I did everything just for faith.
If you were a man, who would you be?
I am a man in my physical form, so I would be myself.
If you were an object?
Which artist would you like to see? (dead or alive)
James Stinson, one of the founding members of Drexciya and one of the most visionary musicians of the last century.
Do you have any ritual before stepping onto the stage?
Some basic stretching for shoulders and arms. Pretty funny to see but essential for me.
Your favorite machine?
Roland Alpha Juno 2, my swiss knife, omnipresent in every production of mine.
A guilty passion?
Crabs and oysters.
A track that you love but you can’t play and why?
“Smooth Operator” by Sade. Too sexy for a common club but if I sense the right place and time, be sure I’ll drop it.
Your favorite instrument?
My first fender electric guitar.
If you had to play or sample the soundtrack of a movie? Which one?
I already did in my track OTO, from my first ep for Eerie records. I sampled some dialogues from “Blade Runner” (1982), and I think every other comment is superfluous right?
An unusual place where you dream to play?
Amazon rainforest or a glacier in Norway.
A track that you wish to produce (and why)?
I’d love to produce some beats for Abra and/or Tommy Genesis. Because I really love hip-hop made by these grrrlz.
A record you regret not to have?
A « Hard Life » anecdote you could share with us?
I seriously risked my life during an incident with an avalanche, when I was a child during a mountain trip. I was lucky and I survived, others no. I don’t really want to share my private moments, so please understand my feelings and forgive me if don’t go deeper with this “anecdote”.