DJ Hertz van Rental, the latest incarnation of Kirk Wagner [aka DJ ChaotiQueer], has been a keyboardist and producer for over twenty years. He has been a celebrated Portland deejay since 2000. As a keyboardist he has played and recorded with such bands as Margin of Error, Ginger Snapt, Nicodemus, and Splendora & the Gender Fluids. In 2007 he headed up his own project called Rough Trade Unlimited, an electronic project that sought to explore the darker sides of queer love, lust, and real life. In late 2007 he picked up and moved to NYC and began playing with the Brooklyn electro group called Skulk, the Hulking and appeared in their video "This Commercialism Sure Means Business." Currently he and Betsy Winchester, under the moniker Gas Mask Bunny, have released a 5 song EP called "Optics Matter." In 2014 and 2015 he collaborated with Diego Montoya on his Future Ritual installations, the second of which was featured in the Leslie Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art. As a producer, he not only composes and records his own material but he's also remixed artists who shall remain nameless (for legal reasons), Rachel Car, Matthew Duffy ‘s cover of Pete Shelley’s "Homosapien", and Mattachine's "Lovers"
As a club DJ, Hertz van Rental plays an eclectic mix of beats spanning many genres and styles. He is currently a lover of Nu-Disco, Indie House, Tech House and anything with an overdriven resonating bass line. As DJ Chaotiqueer, he was resident DJ at Portland clubs such as the Eagle PDX, Aura, and Panorama. He has also DJ’d at events such as Booty (Portland, OR), The Blasphemy Ball (Portland, OR), Darklady’s Masturbate-a-Thon (Portland, OR), and produced his own event called Queer Fetish (Portland, OR and New York) for over three years. In 2007,when he changed his dj name to Hertz van Rental, played every third Sunday at Nowhere Bar in the East Village. In 2010, he was the featured DJ at The Phoenix’s Halloweenix. In 2012 he returned to the Phoenix for about 6 months for a weekly residency on Thursdays. 2013 -2014 saw a monthly gig at The Metropolitan called Time of the Month every fourth Thursday night. For the past 3 years running he was one of the featured DJ’s at the MIX Queer Experimental Film Festival, as well as being sound designer for the space. During the past year, he has been branching out of New York, DJ’ing Philadelphia’s notorious Dancechurch. He is available to play out in the greater New York City area for virtually any occasion including a bris, quinceñera, and mail-order bride reception. He will not play Lady Gaga, and you can’t make him.
DJ Hertz van Rental’s tracks