Expatriarch is a multifaceted music platform founded by Berlin-based DJ, producer, promoter and journalist Joey Hansom. Over the past three years, Joey has steadily built a reputation and following for his monthly Expatriarch show on BLN.FM, regarded for its unique queer and gender-sensitive angle on new music. To mark the show’s third birthday Joey reflects on his experiences and achievements with the program so far…
Damnin’ the Man since 2010, Joey Hansom
I started Expatriarch Radio as a queer-feminist perspective on music, featuring artists who challenge normative concepts of gender and sexuality. It wasn’t till a few months later that I learned that “gender” and “genre” come from the same root word, which makes sense as they’re both artificial limits—ones that we are evolving beyond. That’s why I term the show as “transgenre”. The selections have always been more far-reaching than what I typically play in the club, although there is definitely some overlap with my DJ sets. Each episode is a mixture of local Berlin acts, international talent playing in Berlin that month, plus any other new (or old) music I find relevant.
I also began the show at a certain point after experiencing techno burnout in Berlin’s typical club scene, when I started to go to and DJ at more gay and queer parties. But these weren’t satisfying either. Sometimes the music was good, but I soon became perturbed by the misogyny within Berlin’s bear(d) scene. The lesbian nights brought together a more critically minded crowd that I could connect with better, but I was sick of hearing the same Gossip songs every time, often on a janky soundsystem. I know I’m not the only one who sensed something was lacking, because around this time new alternatives started to pop up: Parties like Gegen, Creamcake and Dyke Fight, and by 2011 I was organizing Expatriarch parties and concerts in various venues throughout the city.
In creating a queer-feminist platform for music in Berlin (and beyond), I’ve been able to give people I admire an outlet for exposure, and in return I’ve been inspired to focus on my own music projects. For example, last year I fulfilled a teenage dream of releasing music on vinyl, a 7” produced for gingery singing sensation Alexander Geist. I’ve started my own band, and I’ve done remixes for Light Asylum and SSION. Along with all this, quite a few other cool opportunities have come my way: Aside from interviewing figures like Judith Butler and JD Samson, I’ve booked shows for international acts such as Maria Minerva and Zebra Katz (each their first time in Berlin). I’ve gotten to DJ alongside luminaries including Lady Miss Kier and Fatima Al Qadiri, and through Expatriarch’s growing audience online, have been invited to DJ in several other countries around Europe. South America and Asia, I look forward to hearing from you. Till then, I’ll keep on damnin’ the Man.
Past episodes of Expatriarch Radio can be streamed at expatriarch.com. Joey’s next DJ appearances are March 20 at Monarch (with Dickey Doo) and April 5 at Urban Spree (for Kool Thing’s album release concert with DJs Planningtorock and Molly Nilsson).