Scandal is a determined practitioner amidst the wave of global female empowerment. From Shanghai, China, she is an electronic music label, aiming to discover, support, and promote female power in the local underground club scene. Founded in January 2021, the label has till now released two all-female lineup compilations, featuring both new sounds in response to open calls and tracks by local veterans. Scandal regularly hosts music production and DJ workshops, hoping to build a more inclusive and vibrant space for creative exchange and encourage more women to experience the joy of creativity through electronic music production.
Barbara Pleaser (dia/they) is a neurodivergence transmasculine feminine-presenting multidisciplinary artist. In 2014, they co-founded an Anarchoqueer Punk unit named BANANACH as singer-songwriter. They have been working oƴ-stage as Stage Manager, Assistant Director, and Choreographer on theater, ﬁlm, and festival productions since 2012. With the Indonesian Nonbinary Forum, they are practicing community-care around South East Asia.
High intensity like a wild rollin’pangolin, their DJ mixes are the many range of Ambiance, Trance, hXc, nXc, Speedcore, Drum n Bass/Jungle, World Hardcore, World Bass, and a little bit of Techno and Fast House – hailing from 80 bpm to 250 bpm. The words that can deﬁne their mixes are: Euphoric, Energetic, Cunty, and Sentimental.
Basically this mixtape has a very nostalgic vibe of the songs that we grew up listening to with a sprinkle of vibe towards the incidents that we have to criticize on a daily basis as living a queer lifestyle in Indonesia.
We believe that every little amount of queer joy saves life. It’s pretty hard these days for us because generally the government puts us in hypervisibility as the Presidential Election is coming up next year and it is used as an issue by the political parties to gain votes – religion has a strong value in this country and it affects the moral compass that the system wants. A Large number of people from different islands in this country are experiencing queer migration to Bali during the pandemic. These issues and gentrification of tourism affected our community’s stability in many different aspects, including the little amount of venues that can contain queer nightlife that leads to more homophobia, queerphobia, and classism of nightlife entertainment.
We try to create our way to thrive through creating a memorable set that is funny and banging, as genuine queer raves for the community are not happening so often. Please excuse my sloppy mixing, sometimes my emotion gets me hehe.