Thursday, June 26, 2008

Blowoff / Time Out NY

Out gay rocker Bob Mould was thinking outside the box when he ditched the guitars and alt-rock of Hüsker Dü and Sugar, went solo with electronica in 2002 and had a brief gig with the World Championship Wrestling division. Yet his more recent foray as club DJ for the massively popular Blowoff party—for which he tag teams with house/electronica/Pink Noise–remix guru Richard Morel—came from thinking about what’s inside the box.

“When I moved down from New York City to D.C. in 2002, Richard and I got together and started writing,” recalls Mould, who still performs as a soloist; he and Morel had first met at a record release party for Morel’s album Queen of the Highway. “One day there was a box in the corner, and I asked him what’s in the box and he said, ‘It’s a DJ rig. Some guys I work with gave it to me, but I hate DJs and deejaying.’ So I said, ‘Why don’t we deejay and throw a party? Maybe it would be a good way for me to meet people.’ And it’s given me an outlet for the club side of me without pissing off the indie rock boys that don’t like the synthesizers or the beats. So I tour [my rock stuff], then I always have Blowoff to look forward to selfishly and personally—a great balance.” (more at