Shayne Oliver and VenusX of GHE20 G0TH1K (pronounced Ghetto Gothik) seem to be everywhere as of late. If they're not creating music for fashion shows, appearing in T Magazine, DJing Art Basel Miami and OC parties, or going on tour with Gang Gang Dance, you can find them at their now legendary weekly NYC party. We met up with $hayne and Venus at the annual San Gennaro Festival in Little Italy for some meatball subs and carnival games, and talked about what's new on Planet GHE20 G0TH1K. Plus, they made an amazing mixtape for us––check it out.
Zachary Ching: So how do you guys know each other? $hayne Olivier: We've known each other since we were babies. VenusX: We met when we were 19. We used to run around the city and had all the same best friends. We'd go to Room Service, Roxy’s parties, Sway, Happy Valley...
ZC: So you've always been friends? VX: I didn’t really care for him at first (laughs). But a couple of years later, I realized he was cool. Then we started DJing together and we fell in love… Then I asked my friend Daniel Fisher (DJ Physical Therapy) from school to DJ with us. He was amazing, so we kept doing it together. With so many hours to fill the night, you've gotta find a good core team––and that was me, Daniel, and Shayne.
ZC: Who has always shown GHE20 G0TH1Ksupport from the get-go? VX: Gang Gang Dance and Spencer Sweeney have been really supportive. Alexander Wang used to come a lot and that was cool. Mya (M.I.A) would come really consistently last summer. A lot of radical artists, feminists, gay people. I don’t know, we have such a diverse group of supporters.
ZC: You've been doing this for two years, and you're going on tour with Gang Gang Dance next week. What's next? VX: We want to make our own music, like an EP. Work with young girls, female artists––all female. A girl universe. It’s all about women.
ZC: You've always had a guest at your parties. Who have been some of your favorites? VX: Ashland. (DJ TOTAL FREEDOM) He’s so insanely beautiful. He’s my favorite. Who else? SFV Acid live was amazing. $O: Oh yeah, that was my favorite. Like really good.AraabMuzik was good too.
ZC: Who would you love to have at GHE20 G0TH1K? VX:Sissy Nobby. Amber Rose. I think booking people outside is like a nice treat sometimes. But it's good to keep working with our friends. They’re so talented and don’t really get acknowledged by the city because everybody’s trying to hear crazy party music.
ZC: What would the GHE20 G0TH1K anthem be? $O: Oh god. VX:"Creep Lo" by Code of Darkness. That’s pretty fucking evil. It’s like early Bone Thugs-era rap music. It’s all about homicide and the devil. But it’s made by black people. So it’s Ghetto Gothik.
ZC: That’s why I love Bone Thugs. Like, ouija boards, incantations, backwards writing on the CD... $O: They knew exactly what they were doing! VX: Yes! That’s what we’re looking for again in the mainstream, because nothing is fun right now. Everything is really evil and dark. There’s a recession, the world is coming to an end, and people are kinda scared. So the music should be the same.
ZC: What gigs outside of New York have you really liked? VX: I liked playing with Odd Future at SXSW. They were really fun. And we got to meet Puff Daddy, Wiz Khalifa and Amber. Art Basel Miami was fun, too.
ZC: Let’s talk about your hair. VX: Wanna know why it’s green? Because I like to smoke mad weed, and one day I woke up and it was just green.
ZC: Exactly what I thought! VX: And also because green is the color of money, and I’m looking for that right now (laughs). And also because if you think green, you’ll survive the Apocalypse. Green is just the color of 2012.
ZC: So $hayne, you just showed the Spring '12 collection for your line, Hood by Air. You and Venus, of course, did the music for the show. Are GHE20 G0TH1K and Hood by Air merging into the same thing? $O:GHE20 G0TH1K and Hood by Air are both under one name, Clear, Inc. VX: Having one umbrella gives us more flexibility. The GHE20 G0TH1K party is going to continue as long as there’s space for it, but we want to make our music, have a band, and continue Hood by Air––and mobilize everything through what we've built over the past two years. The sound of the party became the style of the clothes, and the style of the clothes informs the future sound of the party. It’s hard to break everything apart.
ZC: Would you call it a lifestyle? VX: I mean, it’s already there and has been for a long time. The DMX cover, Flesh of My Flesh, Blood of My Blood, Ghetto Goth, you know––we didn’t create it, but we’re just bringing it back. It’s how we feel. Everything is mad corny. We don’t like disco. We don’t like LMFAO. And we don’t like a lot of things. So (laughs) we just try to make some noise that we do like, and try to feed people new ideas. And then give them clothes that look like the sound of those ideas. And la-di-da-di-da. You know what I mean. It’s all the same shit. Lifestyle.
ZC: Let's play fill-in-the-blank. $hayne, you go first. $O: Ghe20 Goth1k is dark but never evil .
Venus is the best friend but the worst at being anybody but herself .
Most weekends, you can find me at if I told you, I wouldn't go anymore .
I would never been seen in the morning .
ZC: Venus, your turn. VX: Shayne is the best friend but the worst lover .
Most weekends, you can find me at the mall .
We really like Opening Ceremony but we LOVE Hot Topic .
If your party were a person, it would have: Amber Rose 's body, Hatsune Miku 's hair, Gwen Stefani 's style, and Aaliyah 's voice.
ZC: Last question––true or false. Is green the new black? VX: True! Very much so.