i think it was about 2 years ago that these posters were up on poles and walls all around Victoria. Chlorine used to be on Thursday nights at the defunct Neptune Soundbar. Neptune Soundbar’s old space is now occupied by Diablos Nightclub. Yoseff, Nigel Haze and Jemma put the night together for the most part, and I ended up helping out. Along the way DJ Brian also joined us to become a resident of one of the most well known progressive nights in Victoria’s bar history.
The clubnight’s attendence tapered off in early 2001 and the night was put to a hault temporarily around that time. I remember just getting over such silly conceptions about being paid for a gig just before then. I had never thrown a club night or a party, nor did I have any desire to. I didn’t want to be responsible for paying people, maybe out of my own pocket if necessary. I had only just dropped the notion that I was entitled to a certain amount of money for a gig.
Since then, in 2002, I’ve thrown 3 months worth of successful clubnights with Craig / Bedlam and Adrian / Mischiff at 11 Stones. The clubnight there was called “Experience” and I’m not certain that Experience is over yet either. The problem there is the actual night club. It has had 3 fires in just as many years. If only it would stop burning down, we could have gotten something special going. In any case, I have a preference for buildings that don’t go up in flames and as such I’ve moved on. Hush provides stability where there was no hope with the other club, but I only see that in retrospect. For the most part, the people at 11 Stones were great and I had some excellent experiences, but also some not so great ones. There was confusion, there was disorganization, there was bad communication.. etc etc. I’m really glad I got to work on something with Adrian and Craig though, that experience in and of itself was fun and entertaining and worthwhile on the whole. We didn’t make much money over 3 months. Probably paid for some records. But we didn’t lose any either and we ended up having a pretty regular crowd by the time the club closed because of the latest fire.
It’s nice to be working with Yoseff again. Experience was also on a Monday night. Monday nights are a hard night to sell. You have to pretty much convince people to go out on a night that follows the most dreaded morning of all — Monday Morning. They even have songs about how awful Monday mornings are. I have to admit, it’s frustrating seeing what Experience had built up, and then having to press reset before anything really blossomed out of the whole deal. Putting the same amount of energy into Chlorine has unfortunately yielded lesser results thus far. We’ve talked to Hush about changing Chlorine to another night but we encountered a straight up stone wall. Through talking we found out that we do have the option of doing one-off Friday nights.
That could be a lot of fun.
Freezing at the door of Hush waiting for about 15-20 people to show up over the span of about 4 hours is not really that much fun. I understand everything about investing time and energy, and that it is required to build a night, but I see time being the biggest resource drain of all in this particular case. I’m not sure what else we can do to get people to come out on the Monday night. We don’t have drink specials.
We do open early — we start at 9 pm and go til 1 am. Myself or Yoseff work the door, switching off when one or the other is DJing. I design posters for a monthly 11″ x 17″ b&w poster that gets printed by Brent and distributed by Braeden. We advertise on www.ravevictoria.com with a banner ad that points to the Chlorine website. Our events are listed on the same website. We book local DJs that spin progressive house or progressive trance or progressive breaks. Maybe we should mention the word “progressive” somewhere on our website or print advertising.
I’m taking Monday night off to go for a visit to Vancouver. I hear John Digweed will be there that Monday night as well but I’m not so sure if I am going to go see him. I don’t think I would’ve said that 2 years ago, but .. times have changed.