Eris Drew is a DJ, producer, and trans ecstatic from Chicago. She runs the T4T LUV NRG recording label with her loving b2b partner Octo Octa from a log cabin in New Hampshire. Together, they are BBC Radio 1 residents for the 2020 Spring/Summer season. Eris is a recording artist for her own label, Interdimensional Transmissions (Detroit) and Naive Records (Lisbon). She conducts the Psychedelic Rites of the Motherbeat with her friends at Pittsburgh’s Hot Mass and at Room 4 Resistance in Berlin.
Eris has been playing and programming keyboards since she was a child. A long-time resident at Chicago’s Smart Bar and DJ for the Bunker NY, she started mixing records in 1994 at the age of 18. Her experiences as a musician and dancer showed her that rave is a powerful apparatus that can be used to transform individual lives and communities. In an effort to contextualize the rave experience, Eris gives talks around the world on the connections between dance music culture and other ecstatic traditions such as shamanism. In addition, she is an advocate for trans/non-binary/queer people and mentors aspiring DJs and electronic musicians.
When Eris was 18 she had an intensely disruptive spiritual awakening. House music cracked her open and revealed a mystery contained within sound. This “Motherbeat”—as she would call it—was first beheld by Eris following a rave in 1994 at Chicago’s Oak Street Theater. She has helped Eris to heal, create art and find her friends for over 23 years. Motherbeat is a fundamental primordial pulsation; a whispering geometric wind with the power to heal; the archetype of a goddess ascending. She is there to remind us that:
I. Ritual dance music has been here since the beginning, before historical time.
II. Each of us is made for better things than the cultural download we receive provides.
III. We can use music as a technology to unlock our bodies, dissolve boundaries and models, and find each other.
ÂME b2b DIXON • ANFISA LETYAGO • ASH LAURYN • ASHLEY VENOM • AVALON EMERSON • BEN UFO • BROTHER DAN • CARLITA • CHLOÉ CAILLET • DARONE SASSOUNIAN • DJ HARVEY • DJ HOLOGRAPHIC • DJ KOZE • DJ MINX • DJ TENNIS • ERIS DREW b2b OCTO OCTA • HONEY DIJON • JAYDA G • JIMI JULES • SISTER SYSTEM • TARA BROOKS • WHOMADEWHO live • WILL RENUART
Rakastella promises to be a diverse and eclectic musical affair with romantic and intimate House vibes from start to finish. A brand new collaborative party concept that will make your heart swell at the historic and picturesque Virginia Key Beach Park, Miami.
"Now the rest is up to us to choose, and now chose it we must, every
single day." - Baldwin