"For people who are marginalized, being in the nightlife is a political act as well. Because you need a space where you can just be yourself - and you can't be yourself in the outside world." So speaks DJ and Room 4 Resistance co-founder Luz, succinctly illustrating the animating spirit behind the Berlin-based, queer forward femme collective, whose members are the subject of the latest episode in the SoundCloud Next Wave documentary series.
Co-curated by The FADER, the docs have taken on global scenes ranging from Brazil's next-level funkeiros to London's diasporic pop takeover. The new episode goes deep into the Berlin after-hours electronic scene, where DJs like Luz, Doc Sleep, rRoxymore, Nazira, and Yuko Asanuma are working together to build oases for openness and visibility in the city's nightlife. Instead of a space to replicate dominant hierarchies or cloak predatory behavior, for the artists of Room 4 Resistance, the dancefloor is, well...their name explains it all.
Luz puts it best: "There's this concept of utopia, right? Where you would just imagine the society that you would want to live in. And for just a few hours, you can maybe try to experience it, and it can give you the energy to go back in the outside world. And just have fun."