A fun, neighborhood bar in Portland's West End, much like being in your own living room! We offer daily specials, live and local entertainment w/ dj's and bands of all genres. We are located 1 block away from The State Theatre & The Cross Insurance Arena. Everyone is Welcome at Flask!
Slater Hogan heats up Flask Friday, November 22nd.
You started DJing in 1998. How has becoming a father impacted your career as a DJ today?
It’s almost the other way around. It is DJing, as my career that allows for a flexible work schedule. I was able to be around Jack (my son) all the time during the day. Most parents who work 9 to 5 don’t get that opportunity. Jack’s mom always says, “It takes a village to raise a child.” We have a great support system helping out when I’m working the late-night hours.
You’ve performed all around the world. You’ve released 100’s of tracks on various labels. What brings you to Flask Lounge?
My friend Zebo told me how great the vibe was at Flask the night he played, and he put me in touch with Mikey (DJ Phaded), and we were able to work it out. I’ve never been to Maine. So I am excited to see Portland and get down with everyone!
I’m ashamed to admit I had no idea just how prominent he was in the midwest house music scene, so being able to host him as my guest DJ at Flask is extremely exciting.
-Mike Dear (DJ PHADED)
How can small venues, like Flask, help keep the EDM scene growing and vibrant without having access to piles of cash and charging high priced covers?
I am co-owner of the Patron Saint in Indianapolis, and our capacity is only 185. We understand the small club mentality. I think the intimate venues allow DJ’s to go deeper into their crates and play stuff they may not play on bigger stages. When the rave culture started, it was more about the music than it was about LED walls and EFX. The EDM scene has taken electronic music and turned it into a rock concert with all the confetti, CO2, fire, etc. I’d much prefer to play a dark, intimate room with people that appreciate House music.
What lights you up as a DJ, and what makes you roll your eyes and shake your head?
I love it when the crowd recognizes the blend. When I first started playing overseas, I noticed the crowd would whistle when two records were blending together and creating a better groove then the records playing individually. They were so knowledgeable about DJ culture. You don’t get that a lot in the States. I guess my biggest pet peeve would be people who request a song by pulling it up on their phone and shoving it in your face lol.
What’s your favorite track you have produced?
Probably my remix of Truman Industries “Love Plus” It’s a fun, jazzy, disco vibe but also shared remixing credits on that release with Derrick Carter, and he’s always been a significant influence in my style.
It’s a Friday night, and you have no plans. What are you doing?
Finding a dive bar with a great jukebox and deep tequila selection.
Do you have any hidden talents?
A lot of people don’t know that I played tennis at Butler University and have been teaching tennis for 30 years.
What kind of tequila should I buy for your upcoming show at Flask on November 22nd?
Uh oh! Haha. Maestro Dobel Diamante is one of my fav’s. But I also love Fernet.
What are your upcoming shows? Anything I can help promote?
SWEAT @ Flask Lounge in Portland, ME! Let’s blow it up!
The best way for people to connect with you and listen to your music?
Stephan Jordan is a Veteran of the US Military, also a DJ, well-known as DAZE INN. Daze Inn is the curator of a weekly SUNDAZE dance party and bi-monthly party, FUTURE CLASSIC at Flask Lounge. Stephan has been DJing for seven years.
Serving in the United States Military and now Portland’s EDM Scene
How has being in the military influenced who you are today? Has it played a role in your career as a DJ?
I feel as though the military changes everybody who signs up for it. Military culture and dance music culture aren’t inherently intertwined, so it hasn’t played too significant of a role. Post-service, the USMC made me diligent in all walks of life. In that regard, it has helped me keep grinding in this industry.
Where did the name DAZE INN originate?
I stole it from a cheap hotel.
What is your favorite part about being a DJ? Least Favorite?
I spend many hours digging for music in hopes of finding hidden gems. So, when I see the crowd lose their respective shit while I’m playing one of those particular selections, it justifies all the effort.
As far as the least favorite? Requests. If you want to dictate the evening music-wise, find a jukebox. We are the captain of the ship — curators of the vibe.
There are rumors that EDM music and culture are fading. Do you believe this, and even if the statement is false, what can we do to keep EDM alive and fresh?
I don’t know if fading is the word. It seems to be hitting the peak of its roller-coaster ride. I see it more like a bubble that’s about to pop. Crowds are getting tired of hearing the same popular EDM tracks played by the same touring acts. It’s not sustainable. People’s ears want new and different sounds by nature.
Arguably, the underground always remains. Genuine fans of dance music will eventually find themselves. To keep it alive and fresh, we need a crowd. Not that the burden is on their shoulders alone. Producers need to make captivating new sounds and be experimental to draw crowds. DJ’s need to keep their sets exciting and also do their diligent duty and dig for music. Going to Beatport and downloading the top songs in your preferred genre is lazy and creates zero separation from what you’re doing and what others are doing in an already over-saturated market. Be unique.
Many people may not realize how much time and work it takes to be a DJ? You have a full-time job, a wife, and a life. How do you find time not only to play shows but organizing, booking, promoting, and hosting them? Does this ever cause conflict?
Balancing time can be an art form in itself. Setting aside time for the other things that give your life worth is integral to your mental health, and admittedly I can get lost in industry work from time to time. I’m so grateful to have a wife who understands that Djing is fun at times, but it is, in fact, a second job for me. If there’s a pro tip here, it’s to put in work on your lunch break.
Do you see yourself retiring from DJ’ing or passing the torch on your resident nights?
If I have the choice to hand it off to someone to ensure the music my nights provide in Portland continues to thrive, I absolutely will. As for myself, with opportunities come lifestyle choices and changes. I have loved music from the moment I heard it, so there will always be a part of me that wants to be behind the decks. I DJ to play the music I enjoy, and in doing so, I hope others fall in line with similar feelings. I will have the thirst for finding new and unique music forever, and I hope it is only rivaled by my need to mix those songs.
Your dream B2B partner?
Probably Ivy Lab. I have such an affinity for those gentlemen. It’s equally rewarding playing side by side with some of your best friends in the industry. I prefer a b2b with a good friend at an amazing venue such as Red Rocks over anything else.
What are your upcoming shows?
Saturday Night at Flask’s 12 Year Anniversary Party.
Sundaze is every Sunday with my resident co-host G-Force.
On 12/15 I have the Almost Human: RezinateFive Year Anniversary Show at the Worcester Palladium, I’m very excited about that one.
Shortly after (December 21st) I’m back at Flask, hosting the Six-year Anniversary of Future Classic.
There are plenty more announcements in the pipeline as well.
What is the best way for people to connect with you?
I often forget Dereloid’s name. Is it Darryl or Darrell Tapley? 🤷🏼♀️ To most, we know MR. DERELOID as a skilled veteran DJ, loyal friend, and talented graphic artist. Portland, Maine, is damn lucky to have him. If Dereloid is not making you dance your ass off, he’s presumably making you laugh your ass off. Dereloid hosts Foundation Friday (8 years and counting) at Flask Lounge. What makes the Portland EDM scene so unique? What chaps his ass? Is substance, in fact, greater than hype? Advice to upcoming DJs, these answers, and more to some “massive questions!”
Mr. Dereloid No Hype, Just Substance
How do you describe Foundation Friday to a stranger?
When I describe my night to people, it usually sounds like this: I say I play underground dance music. No radio stuff. House, techno, and all tasty sub-genres within. If they don’t know what I mean, I say it feels like a disco for robots. I do play actual disco and nu-disco, electro, breakbeat, afrobeat, synth wave, acid house, acid techno, and on and on. I also tell them the crowd is a nice mix of young, older, open-minded people of all genders and orientations. It is a safe space. Dance culture has always had roots in a welcoming and safe community.
In your opinion, how does the Portland, Maine electronic dance music (EDM) scene compare to cities like New York, Chicago, LA?
Having a long history with this subculture and being involved in it here in Maine since the ’90s, many answers come to mind. I will try to keep this brief to avoid writing a novella. The culture/scene has mutated into a strange tainted animal in large markets, and even here on some levels.
Up until recently, DJ’s were not viewed as rock stars on bright stages like they are now. One had to look around to find the DJ booth. People would get down on the dancefloor and experience the DJ’s sermon on their terms, dancing with other people and alone. Since the internet and social media have infiltrated everything in our society, changes have occurred. People are gazing at the DJ booth and dancing way less or not at all.
Also, It is VERY hard to find success in terms of touring and earning a living from having worthy DJ skills. If one doesn’t get attention from making music, being a producer, and releasing it on labels that get national/international hype, it is EXTREMELY rare to be able to live off being a great DJ.
The most special aspect of Portland’s underground scene to me is people come out and truly get down without being influenced by razzle-dazzle big-name hyped-up headliner events. We haven’t had large budgets or large venues, enabling us to be able to do large scale pricey events. Our loyal followers and community are the real deal Grassroot UNDERGROUND. There are people influenced by the hype over substance approach. But, for the most part, Substance > Hype is the way of the walk here. In large markets, you see locals struggling to fill rooms. You see people coming to events late for the big-name guest and missing the hard-working locals that play early sets. Our followers and community trust that we care about curating quality for them. I value that IMMENSELY. So, if you’re reading this and attend my events. xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxxo
All our lives are continually changing and evolving. Over the past few years, what are some significant changes you have experienced as a human and longtime DJ?
Geeeeez. This is a massive question. I won’t attempt to tackle the part of the changes I have experienced as a human outside of how that relates to djing. YIKES. I can say I no longer take gigs of which I am not fully interested. I realized the fest/rave hybrid scene isn’t for me. I stick to places with walls where I can control the vibe with people who genuinely want my product. A late bloomer, but I no longer get drunk when I DJ. Ha. I don’t book guest DJs out of pressure. I am strict on curating musical experiences through the guests I select.
Tell us what burns your tail feathers?
One thing quickly comes to mind. The 1 am end time here in Maine chaps my ass for sure. It is almost 2020 for crap’s sake. We can handle 2 am, at least. People want it. I am confident businesses wish to have the extra hour of sales too. Many people (who are working!) don’t make it out till 11-11:30 and even midnight. Poof, it’s done. LAME. After hour spots pop up here and there and vanish. I would love to join forces with a group of people to start a petition. Maybe the city would listen.
Yes. I have periodically focused on studio productions over the last decade or more. I am always collaborating with long-time friend, Highkoo. New original works are part of my winter plan. Overdue. We have had music releases on different labels over the years without really trying to develop our sound. This needs to change.
What’s one track guaranteed to light up any dance floor?
Again, a massive question. The overwhelming amount of music I have and continue to get makes it hard to give an easy answer. Here are a few sure shots for me lately.
States Of Mind – Elements of Tone (Richie’s Dream Mix) this is from 1990. Ha
Frits Wentink – Space Babe from this year
Jensen Interceptor – The Fontainebleau – Original_Mix from 4 yrs ago?
And this slow, playful sugary thing – Look Like – B.A.B.E.
Who is your dream B2B partner? What dream venue?
Hmmmmmm. Dream B2B partner(s) Derrick Carter out of Chicago. He dwells in the housier side of the styles I love — any venue but preferably in his town of CHI-TOWN. Then I would say UK og, Paul Woolford, aka Special Request. Again, any venue. He plays Detroit electro style music I love. Both DJ’s are TRUE SCHOOL badasses in the booth. No hype. No laziness. Raw energy. This style is my approach.
What’s one piece of advice you would give to the next generation of DJs?
NO half-assing it when it comes to the art of djing with emphasis on beatmatching, creative mixing, and use of the eq knobs. Create something new as opposed to lazy transitions to the next songs. And DIG for music. There is so much meh music easily found online. So, AT LEAST DIG DEEP THRU THE CRAP to find the hidden magic out there. Trust me. It is worth it. And lose the hype machine aspect. Let your product and aesthetic and talent do the talking. Also. Don’t be a jerk.
I make sure to be approachable while out at events, and at my own. I am just a person. I care about relationships. Community is a crucial part of this scene and life in general. Say HI if you see me. xoxox
What are your upcoming gigs?
My Foundation Party is every second Friday at the underground temple, Flask. The next one is on November 8th.
I am djing an all-night, old school styled warehouse event in Providence, R.I., on Friday, November 29th.
Saturday, November 30th, in Boston, MA. An all-night event featuring old school DJ veteran Jason Hodges out of Toronto with other New England vets.
Let’s do this thing y’all. Thanks for the continued love and support. It takes a village.
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