Tomorrow night will see the House of Bacardi come through Melbourne to celebrate the city’s nightlife, turning it up to eleven and providing party-goers an unmissable night out. We caught up with two of the curators behind the Melbourne event, the CRXZY SXXY CXXL crew and Sydney collective Pelvis, to get their thoughts on the importance these types of parties have within Australian nightlife culture moving forward, especially Melbourne’s.
“The best part about Melbourne’s nightlife and party culture at the moment is that it’s legal.” Pelvis notes. “Sydney has been all but choked out of venues, it’s warehouse or nothing now, which is bizarre.”
For the CRXZY SXXL CXXL ladies, their city has long provided people with opportunities to explore, have fun and be exposed to events unlike anywhere else in the country.
“There’s always so much happening.” Jade Zoe says. “It’s great to be a part of a city with so many events and parties going on. Whatever your preference for music or style is, you will find a party to go to. From club nights to warehouse parties, to secret raves in a park, the best thing about our party culture is the endless possibilities in Melbourne right now.”
“Any day or night of the week you can find a pop-up food market, international touring act, live music galore,”MIMI adds. “DJs spinning all the genres… any night of the week there’s something to do all across town.”
With the House of Bacardi putting up stumps in Victoria this weekend, the Melbourne event comes as the final edition of the iconic brand’s east coast tour which has already seen successful events take place in Brisbane and Sydney.
“Events like this are important because having fun is important.” The Pelvis crew note. “When it’s tough trying to make something interesting or to change it up, then it’s good to have support from other parties and sponsors in letting people do what they want to do.”
“Bacardi & VICE understand that a good old-fashioned house party is always a good time.” MIMI adds. This is a party which showcases some of the very best party crews in town under the one roof.”
“These events bring people together,” Jade comments. “Different parties, collectives, DJs, creatives, people who want to have fun etc together. This is important because we can support each other whilst having fun and partying together.”
For Melbourne’s CRXZY SXXY CXXL, both MIMI and Jade have been kicking it in music and the party scene for years now and have become known names on the local scene.
“I’ve been DJing for about six years now,” Jade explains. “[I] started out as a door girl for Favela Rock (RIP) and just fell into DJing from there. I moved to London for a couple of years and played gigs over there.There are so many different scenes and parties in London, it inspired me to create something when I moved back to Melbourne. I wanted to do something different.”
“After meeting Mimi a few times from playing at the same gigs, I asked her if she wanted to start a night. We just instantly clicked and all the ideas just came out. We created CRXZY SXXY CXXL and I made a new BFF – the rest is history! I also started working as a host for Complex Australia, which has been incredible as I am able to see the other side of music with interviewing artists, such as Alicia Keys recently.”
“I come from a musician background,” MIMI says. “Playing piano & singing and studied Jazz music at the Victorian College of the Arts. It was actually my parents who suggested I DJ on the side as a bit of a side-job. It wasn’t til about 3.5 years ago that I decided I was going to do it as a career and do it properly. My 2017 plans are to get back into performing live on stage my originals and really put on a proper rock’n’roll show and a party beyond the decks.”
“Meeting Jade and forming CRXZY SXXY CXXL almost two years ago is one of the highlights not just of my DJ career – but my life. I found someone who shared my vision of what a party could be and shared my work ethic. At our second party, we had 800 people roll through. People were stacking bins on top of each other to climb through the roof to get in it was crazy. That’s when we knew we were onto something.”
So with Melbourne’s House of Bacardi readying itself for chaos walking through its doors, what can punters be expecting from Pelvis and CRXZY SXXY CXXL?
“Going to bring an undisclosed number of Pelvis members to the House of Bacardi to pop the pit off.” The Sydneysiders throw down. “You bring your odd feet we’ll bring the Grunt™. Pelvis began in 2012 to fill a hole, now we are in Melbourne to fill a pit.”
“Be prepared to be worshipped in the CRXZY SXXY CXXL GODDESS room.” MIMI assures. “It’s going to be a luxurious experience where we’re going to get absolutely loose.”
“We are bringing another world where you can feel like a Queen or King, feel sexy and safe to be who you are.” Jade adds. “We all have an inner goddess and its time to unleash her.”
The House of Bacardi is a free event happening tomorrow (December 1st), curated by VICE, Pelvis, CRXZY SXXY CXXL and Daydreams. Doors are open from 8pm at 26 Francis Street, Melbourne. For more information on the line up and the House of Bacardi series itself, visit www.houseofbacardi.com.