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Coming to America



DJ Robin Skouteris

DJ Robin Skouteris

Although he’s spun tunes around the world, Greece’s DJ Robin Skouteris has never brought his talent to the U.S. That is, until now. On Friday, the internationally renowned mash-up producer makes his American debut at the Atlanta Eagle with Mash Attacks as he collaborates with local DJ Pat Scott to raise funds for Lost-n-Found, which serves homeless LGBT youth.

The two DJs will kick off the donations with $1,000 of their own money to help fund the organization’s home for LGBT youth in need. And, they’ve challenged Atlanta Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence to match it. The Sisters will be taking donations at the door and conducting a raffle.

With his arrival in Atlanta swiftly approaching, Fenuxe asked DJ Robin about his pending visit and being an international DJ.

Fenuxe: Why did you organize Mash Attacks?

DJ Robin: I wanted to create a series of parties where everything is about blending the right stuff. I never liked genre-themed nights because I can never listen to the same kind of music for too long; it could get boring. I make my own productions, and most of them are presented in those parties.

Fenuxe: What do you think about visiting Atlanta and the U.S. for the first time?


DJ Robin: I am beyond excited to visit, after having it as a dream all those years. When you work in your small room in Greece and mix tracks, going to the USA to play them in a big club sounds like heaven. I have heard Atlanta has a great club scene, and I can’t wait to be a part of it. My U.S. tour starts in Atlanta, so it will be a whole new experience for me. Going to a different culture, is always a challenge, but I am coming to the land that loves mash-ups. For the longest time I’ve been waiting for the opportunity to come to the U.S., and my friend DJ Pat Scott has done a great job helping me make it happen.

Fenuxe: What do you like most about being a DJ?

DJ Robin: Being a DJ comes with the privilege of traveling and meeting people that love music. What makes it even better is if I’m playing my music and people are coming to hear it. It makes it all very special to me. As a producer that makes his own stuff, I enjoy the fact that I am going to present something that I created, even if it samples something popular. I never liked the idea of being just a DJ who plays other people’s music because I wanted to present something special. It would take away the creative process that I love so much. Even if I wasn’t making mash-ups, I would still tweak it in a way that feels like I gave my personal note. Then you can feel the people are there for your contribution to the track and not for listening to popular music that could be heard anywhere else.


Fenuxe: What is the most memorable moment in your DJ career?


DJ Robin: The most memorable moment must have been my gig in Tel Aviv, Israel. The response was great; I felt like the biggest star in the world. I had a guy approach me while I was waiting to go on the decks, and he whispered in my ear that I am a true inspiration for him and got him start mixing again, after he had quit for years. It was such a great feeling that I did something for someone without even knowing it. I actually began to tear up, and I had to escape to the bathroom.



Fenuxe: You’ve traveled all over the world as a DJ. Which spots are your favorites?

DJ Robin: Every place holds a special spot in my heart for different reasons. Singapore was my first gig abroad. Although they were not familiar with the mash-up thing, and they seemed that they didn’t know what to do with it at first, I still feel it’s special as my first experience because I feel like I introduced something new for them. Spain had the warmest people, and they were so open to fully experiencing what I do. Tel Aviv had the most loyal fan base. Most people know exactly what you do, and they were there to enjoy themselves. Austria had the most incredible dancers; some people would come in and start grooving on the dance floor immediately.

Mash Attack
Who: DJ Robin Skouteris and DJ Pat
When: Friday, February 24, 10PM-3AM
Where: Atlanta Eagle

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Sister Acts of Kindness



OVER THE LAST several years you may have seen some rather interesting looking nighttime nuns roaming the streets of Atlanta. Obviously, these are not your average, everyday sort of sistas and, trust when we tell you, that is a very good thing. These particular habited beauties are in fact Atlanta’s own chapter of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence aka The Order of the Flaming Sugarbakers.

If you don’t know who the Sisters are enjoy a little Cliff Notes version…the organization got started back in 1979 by a few gay guys in San Fran. The idea was to bring attention to social issues around the city. They thought a great way to get attention would be to dress like over-the-top, campy nuns. And guess what? It worked!

Cut to an Atlanta bedroom in 2009 where a 28 year-old man lay wondering what he could do to make the world a better place. Then it hit him like a ton of false eye-lashes from above: “BECOME A SISTER!” He rushed to the phone and enlisted a few friends to help. He soon became known as Gunza Blazin and the other two became Ivanna Pocahotass and Anita Mandablough. The trio set off on their adventure of good during Halloween 2009.

Since their immaculate inception, the Atlanta Sisters have raised money and brought awareness to causes like: Jerusalem House, Stand Up for Kids, M.I.S.T.E.R and the Phillip Rush Center. Their largest event to date was something they called “Intergalactic Love Affair”. This event raised $4,600 which was handed over to Youth Pride. The Sisters have also been able to provide grants to both M.I.S.T.E.R and the Phillip Rush Center. Not bad for an organization just a little over 2 years old.

Chandler Bearden of M.I.S.T.E.R. explains the Sister’s impact on his organization: “The Atlanta Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence are definite force in Atlanta’s community.  Their ability to manifest anywhere with ease and respect in order to share the knowledge of safety and the inspiration of joy is astounding. The Sisters are a blessing to MISTER. They share our sex positive approach to education and prevention of HIV and STDs without judgment or discrimination.”

This year the group is planning on getting even stronger with the addition of several new sisters, a major event called “Project Nunway” (stay tuned for more details) and of course a huge presence at this year’s Halloween and Atlanta Pride. Look for their “Remembering 30 years of AIDS” pride float.

Next time you see one of the sexy sisters strutting their stuff down the street, stop and say thanks. They may look a little out there, but at the end of the day their campiness is for a great cause.

www.atlsisters.org

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Flaming Sugarbakers Have Blowout Weekend Of Cosmic Joy On Tap


It’s a big weekend for Sister Gunza Blazin, Sister Dixie Normous and the rest of the Atlanta Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence as they present a Sugarbaker Exequatur today through Sunday.

For those not fully aware of the what the Flaming Sugarbakers are all about, they’re nuns dedicated to “the manifestation of cosmic joy” as they explain it. They manifest that joy through charitable acts, community outreach, social activism and – of course – freedom of expression.

So now the Order of the Flaming Sugarbakers have completed the necessary steps to become a fully professed house of Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence. To mark the occasion they’re inviting the community and fellow sisters from around the world to celebrate.

Congratulations to the sisters and thank you for the cosmic joy you’re spreading everyone’s way!

 

Schedule of Events:

Friday, May 13th

7:30 – 9:30 – Meet & Greet at Oscar’s Atlanta

9:30 to 12:30 – Dragnique at Jungle

12:30 – Whenever – On your own at The Heretic

 

Saturday, May 14th

Noon – 3:00 – PicNic in the Park at Piedmont Park

6:30 – 9:30 – Dinner – Manifested (Fun wear) at Einstein’s

9:30 – Whenever – Leather Fashion show at The Eagle

 

Sunday, May 15th

2:15 – Whenever – Brunch at Las Margaritas

 

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