A little article about my pal Angel out in Providence, RI (and, better still, written by my other pal, DJ Zydrate’s mom).
This man is awesome and very dear to my heart. He was one of the first friends I made in the Greater New England rave scene and one of the first to truly welcome me as part of the family and believe that I had something to offer and bring to the table. And when making the transition from a genre and scene that I was very well-established in but doesn’t fit so well anymore to one that I am genuinely passionate about, but relatively unknown in, that acceptance and belief means the world to me. I am very thankful to call Angel a friend!
Also, though I’m not technically local to the Providence area at this time, I have been adopted as part of Team Deep End and proud to leave my mark on the world of EDM/UDM in Rhode Island and far beyond. Plus it means I get to see some amazing people more :)
Angel (Model 2.5) & The Deep End, Providence’s Only Monday Night EDM Party
As I sit down with Angel (Model 2.5), Providence’s authentic answer to the Club Kid, I’m amazed and completely inthralled by his beauty. A fantasy look of bright blue hair & a beat on a mug that would put Ms. Ru Paul to shame. I am immediately put at ease with his warm, welcoming demeanor. “Bitch!! Your Hair is flawless!” Angel exclaims and I want to blush, thinking, if only I was half as pretty as this young man….And that is Angel, a gorgeous combination of beauty, attitude & music. A music lover first, then adding to his resume, make-up artist, DJ & successful club promoter. Think of a better Micheal Alig, a Micheal Alig 2.5, if you will. All of the charisma, mind blowing looks, & appeal but without the gruesome, drug fueled murder & sociopath personality. While Angel (Model 2.5)’s look might have the base of a 90’s NY Club Kid straight out of LimeLight, he’s added to it, making it better, making it his own. Angel (Model 2.5) comes complete with his own language of “Beeps” & “Boops”, he lovingly calls his friends “whores”, but most importantly he throws awesome parties. And his personality couldn’t be further from the elitist, unwelcoming NYC Club Kid. In fact, Angel describes The Deep End Party at Dive Bar as a “chill, underground” atmosphere. “Just plain Fun” he humbly describes The Deep End, a successful Monday night party. The music on the other hand is anything but chill, it’s high energy, it’s ALIVE. The Electronic Dance Music played at The Deep End is House, Drum and Bass, and Hard Dance. Music that will rock your soul and get the heart pounding with electronic music that can reach as much as 188 Beats Per Minute. Angel (Model 2.5) is a complete duality, almost a contradiction in ways, an enigmatic open book, a fabulous physical appearance with a raw, even gritty, love & passion for the EDM scene. In other words, he looks better than you, knows more about EDM (Electric Dance Music) than you, he’d just never say it.
Angel (Model 2.5)’s baby is The Deep End. He water birthed the night in 2012 when Dive Bar’s owner decided the only local promoter & DJ that could make a Monday night a success was in fact Angel. Through out the years he’s seen some super incredible talented visit & spin. Says Angel, “….as far as some of my favorite DJs that have spun for us, I’d really have to say that its been great having people like Justin Dupont, Jackie Treehorn, Jeff LeClair , Dan Desumthin , DJ Paralax, Mizeyesis, and Soappy were a few amazing talents. I don’t have a favorite, I love them all. I also have a special place in my heart for the kids that play their first show with us to established themselves. I have some great talented like DJ Zydrate who is fairly new to Deep End but dedicated and spins a unique style of EDM which is called Gabber. Honestly, I’m always happy with the talent that walks through our doors every week.”
What’s also inspiring, amazing and unique in Providence night scene where most parties are either gay or straight is how Angel can throw a party that literally appeals to all. Ravers, Conservatives, Gay, Straight, Shy, Out Going, Hard partiers or Straight-Edge. When I asked Angel how he manages to cross over into a more diverse crowd he says, ” I feel that being myself has helped with anyone gay, straight, raver, ect… is to have a good time. It’s all about being attentive and being a good host. If i know some one has never been to the Deep End before, I always make sure to say hi, introduce myself, and genuinely welcome them. This always naturally sparks a conversation. Also if people see that you’re truly happy to make sure they have a great time, they go home with that feeling and come back again. So i guess the secret is always be a great host.”
Well Angel (Model 2.5) you are running Providence, RI’s only successful Monday Night EDM Party so I’d say it’s working.
The Deep End is Monday nights at Dive Bar in Providence. Their Event Page can be found on FaceBook. Or you can Follow Angel (Model 2.5) on Facebook under the name, Angel David Vasquez.
~Rebecca Biondi reporting for Pop Icon & The House Of Icon