Traditionally, Rubber Gloves Rehearsal Studios has not been a very DJ-friendly venue. Perfect for a punk, industrial or band/group-related show, the distinction between the "bar room" and the "dancefloor room" has always split the crowd in half.
Joey Liechty, aka DJ Yeahdef, has found a brilliant solution to the problem with his new Wednesday weekly called Me Gusta, which begins January 18. Liechty proposes to remove almost all the seating from the bar area, replacing it with his own new 3,000- watt soundsystem, effectively making the dancefloor room and bar room one in the same.
"You can either vibe on it and dance a little bit, or you can leave," says Liechty. "There's nowhere to escape to now."
The January 18 debut will feature guest DJs Ronnie Heart and Jason Faries, two former Denton residents whose work with Neon Indian has earned them substantial international acclaim. As Liechty is quick to point out, though, there are no genre tags for either guest DJ, or for himself.
"I played a house party recently and some kid was like, 'Oh, you're the '90s DJ'," he says. "It feels weird because they just know me as that and I want to separate a bit from that."
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His role as the '90s night DJ ended abruptly in late 2011and now he is eager to explore new territory. "I'm probably going to play R&B, hip-hop, newer dubsteppy stuff, some old jams," he says. "To be honest, I haven't put any tags on it because I feel like it's going to be different enough with the interior of Gloves being changed around so much."
The showroom will still be accessible, although his equipment will not be connected to the house soundsystem. Liechty plans on hosting a screening of found footage blog Everything Is Terrible's national tour, a 35 Denton pre-party and a mixtape release party for Denton hip-hop artist Juicy the Emissary.
Plans for a night at The Labb and other Denton venues are in the works as well, but for now Me Gusta is the only weekly he has in mind.
"This isn't '90s night mark two," he says. "I basically just want to play some newer stuff."