DJ Paul V is gaying it up for Pride Month with a Totally Gay 80s: LGBTQ Dance Party at Akbar, June 29.
The Los Angeles-based DJ is dedicating his monthly Totally 80’s themed event to LGBTQ-identified artists/bands from the decade that gave of all things neon and rubber bracelets. Totally Gay 80s will feature artists like: The B-52’s, Culture Club, Pete Burns, Marc Almond, Neil Tennant, Freddie Mercury, Joan Jett, George Michael, Andy Bell, Sylvester, Samantha Fox, Steve Strange, Bronski Beat, Frankie Goes To Hollywood, Rob Halford, Divine, Michael Stipe, Pete Shelley, Man Parrish, and many more.
“I started my club DJ career in 1981, and all these bold and fearless LGBTQ artists were essential choices for the dance floor,” Stated DJ Paul V., whose government name is Paul Vitagliano. “Not only were many of them in my age peer-group, I consider them all icons and heroes for choosing to declare their queerness at a time when it was still quite dangerous and, possibly career-killing, to do so. And even if some of them officially came out a bit later in life, I think people need a reminder of just how many LGBTQ artists contributed to the soundtrack of all our lives at the time. So for Gay Pride Month, this is my chance to really honor those contributions. And seriously, they gave us some of the greatest and most beloved music of the 80’s to begin with, so it’s kind of a no-brainer”
Totally Gay 80s: LGBTQ Dance Party is going down June 29, at Akbar. 4356 W. Sunset Blvd., Silver Lake from 10pm-2am (visit AkbarSilverlake.com for more info).
DJ Paul V. Vitagliano is a mainstay in the Los Angeles and Silver Lake queer/mixed nightlife scene. His eclectic club and radio DJ career first began in Boston in 1981, where he was the resident DJ at the iconic Man Ray, Spit, and Axis nightclubs. He arrived in LA in 1988, hired to do Alternative Radio Promotion for Warner Brothers Records. While there, he worked closely with bands like Jane’s Addiction, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Ministry, Erasure, Jesus & Mary Chain, and Depeche Mode and eventually went on to manage Perry Farrell’s Porno For Pyros band and local heroes, Extra Fancy.
Along the way, his LA club career flourished as the co-creator and DJ/promoter at legendary hotspots like DRAGSTRIP 66, SPIT LA (at The Faultline), and BOOTIE LA (the all-mashup dance party at The Echoplex). He’s also booked to DJ concerts around town, such as Robyn, PIL, LCD Soundsystem, Ellie Goulding, Bloc Party, Miike Snow, The Gossip, OMD, Lorde, and Gary Numan among others, as well as DJing for event gatherings curated by Outfest, The Getty Museum, World Of Wonder, Project Angel Food, The Trevor Project and more. He was also the chief music reviewer for Frontiers Magazine, and is currently writing music reviews and features for The Fight Mag — thefightmag.com
Radio-wise he brought mashups to the masses on the LA airwaves from 2005-2009 via Indie 103.1 FM with his “Mashup Of The Day” feature. And his electro beats, indie rock, and mashups got heard every Friday afternoon inside “The Smash Mix” and every Saturday night with his “Neon Noise” mix show, which now streams Saturday nights from 9PM -12AM pacific on The Independent FM — http://bit.ly/IndieFMRadio
Paul is also the creator and curator of BornThisWayBlog.com (and accompanying published book) that shares global growing up LGBTQ stories and photos. He is currently a Donor Advisor for Center Theatre Group in Downtown Los Angeles, and is hard at work co-producing “Dragstrip 66: The Frockumentary” with Phil Scanlon.