Producer/DJ/Promoter/Organizer/etc - they/them - Washington, DC
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Furtive is a full-gonzo polychromatic techno conjurer. A Washington DC-based producer, DJ, and event organizer, Furtive manifests the rave with warping, slippery textures and eclectic asides. Furtive helps foster underground community in the DC area as a DIY nightlife organizer, most recently as a member of SEQUENCE, a local team responsible for putting on some of the District’s zaniest techno parties.
A prolific and multifaceted producer, Furtive has landed releases on Warok Music, ROOM, Metro Xpress, Northallsen Records, and Format Recordings, along with multiple self-published releases and a handful of further pending ones. Furtive's production spans from psychedelic warphole-diving techno, quirky and muscular electro, acerbic acid, crooked ratcheting bass bits, and drum & bass.
Before the pandemic, Furtive was often sharing billings with internationally celebrated acts like Wata Igarashi, VTSS, Rhyw, Rrose, Umfang, Sterac, Adam X, Tensal, and Developer. During the pandemic, they have remained fully plugged in and engaged by playing live-streams, recording mixes, and steadily working in the studio.
Furtive grew up as a bit of a perpetual cultural outsider: born and raised somewhere in Southern California’s sun-weathered and dusty Inland Empire, but spending many formative years in Berlin, Furtive grew up between three languages and even more histories. Furtive’s musical arc zigzags wildly: from classical music, Russian pop, and a formative, fateful exposure to trance in childhood, to trashy metalcore and gabber in high school, and later to the transcendental worlds of gloomy experimental metal, Cascadian singer-songwriters, and the thrill of exploring obscure vinyl collections on sunny afternoons.
While Furtive’s production is fundamentally techno refracted through these aesthetic and conceptual sensibilities and some wacky studio idiosyncrasies, the real drive for Furtive's output is the creative cauldron of Washington, DC. Furtive arrived in the nation’s capital in early 2015, and immediately threw themselves into the strange, scuzzy, and enchanting underground spaces of the District.
Furtive is also a visual artist, sketchy illustrator, and tattoo scratcher.
In their own words (or, a cheeky amalgamated existential portmanteau):
“I aim for the stars, but sometimes I land in a pool of mermaids.”
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