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DJ Angel Toxin on Misconceptions People May Have About Goths and Candy Kids

Saturday nights are always a big night for Sidney Slaughter. That's when the 25-year-old local DJ, who performs as Angel Toxin gets to don some sort of geeky or freaky fetishistic costume and spin up some industrial and synthpop sounds along with her beau DJ Apollynon at their weekly City of Madness dance night at Club 24.

Such things are de rigueur at the weekly event, as each edition typically features some sort of theme and a majority of attendees wear bizarre outfits or maybe just some black pleather. In the last month alone, the couple has put on such wild affairs as "Steampunk Synthesis" and the "Fuck Me, I'm Irish" fiesta during St. Patrick's weekend.

Tomorrow night is no exception as the couple presents the latest City of Madness, which is feature the return of Tek NOIR and an all-out assault of industrial and goth upon your eardrums. Up on the Sun recently spoke with Slaughter and asked her how she and Apollynon come up with their weekly themes, why there are so few she-jays in Phoenix, and certain misconceptions people may have about goths and candy kids.

Name: Sidney Slaughter

AKA: DJ Angel Toxin

Preferred genres: Dubstep, dirty house, EBM, goth, industrial, synthpop, and electro. However, I am constantly looking to expand the list.

Explanation behind your name: Originally it was a toss up between two names the first being Toxic H8 and the one I have now Angel Toxin. Toxic H8 was actually a spin off of my old Gamer tag on Xbox. Angel Toxin was simply a mix of my angel complex (I like helping people a lot) and that tag. Plus, the name Angel Toxin kind of makes you think: what's toxic to angels?

Did you know that you can't have slaughter without "laughter"? Indeed I did. Something morbid is always a good laugh

What's the most morbid thing you've laughed at? Without creating too much controversy, Michael Jackson's death.

Why? He died pumped full of prescription drugs meant to keep him sane, healthy, and pain- free. None of those go together without some logical repercussion. The glorious lapse in common sense is I think what truly makes me laugh at it. Yes, he was talented in a multitude of areas but not the sharpest tool in the shed.

How did you get into the DJ game? My sister use to be a die-hard candy kid and in her raver days about 10 years ago she picked up a couple of Technics. When she wasn't around, I'd sneak into her room and play with them figuring out what the controls did. Finally, she brought me to a rave where a bunch of her friends DJ and I got to see first hand how some of it worked. I didn't really attempt to spin until I was encouraged by an old friend, DJ Pimpy to try out vinyl. I attempted and train wrecked a lot but eventually started sounding alright.

What misconceptions do people have about candy kids or goth kids? Everyone assumes all candy kids are drug lovers and some are, but not all. I was never really into that. When my sister took me to my first rave, I think I was the only person in all black. As for goth misconceptions, we don't worship Satan, nor do we cut ourselves, and, yes, we realize Halloween isn't for awhile. We just enjoy the darker side of life.

Why do you think there are so few female DJs in Phoenix? I honestly couldn't tell you. My guess is perhaps there are more but they haven't been given the opportunity to prove themselves.

What's your philosophy when it comes to DJing? Feel the energy of the people around and bring out the soul of the dance floor. People come out after a hard days work to let loose and feel the music. It doesn't judge them or how they dance, it's there to release tension and to bring out inner expression...and all that hippy/happy stuff.

How do you and Apollynon come up with the themes for each week's City of Madness? Some of them are recycled themes from my line of small fetish house parties I use to throw in Tucson. Others we brainstorm for. Typically, we pick something completely ridiculous so much so that people wind up loving it. Usually it just a matter of bouncing ideas off of each other and our guests.

Any crazy ones you've shot down? We haven't gotten any super crazy requests just yet. I think one that's pretty silly that we will be doing in April is EARMERGERDDERN, a meme costume dance night. Pretty crazy I know but we are going to have prizes for best costume.

Are you dressing as the goosebumps gerl? I was thinking of dressing up as Derpina...or the irritated Olympic medalist

Expecting any Grumpy Cats? Tons.

What's your favorite track of the moment? Probably the brand new Hero Defekt track "My Therapy." I've had it stuck in my head for a week now.

What artists have you been including in your sets lately? I added Bind.Torture.Kill in to my set list after opening up for them and God Module with DJ Apollynon. I've been throwing in a lot more old school lately such as Snog and My life with the Thrill Kill Cult. Also, always throwing some Zedd in the mix.

What about the music you spin appeals to you? It makes me dance. Just kidding. It's a form expression for me sometimes. Like if I'm super excited about the night, I'll start off with some high-energy stuff like "Hello Baghdad" [by FGFC820].

What's the craziest thing you've seen at a gig? I would probably say the recent [City of Madness] event "Fuck Me, I'm Irish." We had so many people playing on Bessie [a seven-foot whipping post] as well as the Saint Andrews cross. There was play piercing and rope demonstrations galore. Everyone was feeling the warm vibes.

DJ Angel Toxin is scheduled to perform on Saturday, April 6, during City of Madness: TekNOIR at Club 24. Doors at 9:30 p.m. Cover is $5.

See Also: - DJ Apollynon Rocks Rivethead Sounds, But He Held a Sparkly Flag Aloft During the '96 Super Bowl Halftime Show - Self.Destrukt on How Industrial and Aggrotech Are Perfect for the Brokenhearted - DJ Defense.Mekanizm on Why Most New Year's Eve Parties Are Boring

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Benjamin Leatherman is a staff writer at Phoenix New Times. He covers local nightlife, music, culture, geekery, and fringe pursuits.