We uploaded a few hundred of our favorite shots from 2012 on our facebook page. Come relive the madness with us!! Looking forward to an insane 2013 with all of our friends and the burdel family.













































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Don’t call her a “female DJ” – DJ WHO AM I Featured on Stylish Thought

Our homegirl Irene AKA DJ WHO AM I was interviewed for Stylish Thought. Check it out below.

“In the age of  the “craze to be different” there are those of us who just are and exude a strong sense of unique confidence. Irene also known as DJ Who Am I, happens to be one of those fearless chicks. I met Irene a little over 6 months ago and was instantly drawn to her outgoing, albeit strong personality. Who Am I is not only a great DJ, with a sound all her own, but also a great person who is the life of the party where ever she goes!…

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Name, Age, Current Location:

Irene aka DJ Who Am I, currently residing in NYC

What was your first experience DJing like?

It was at Mehanata in NYC where I had my first residency. It was on a Friday night and the room totally packed. My set was 6 hours and I was so nervous. I was afraid I would run out of music and mess up (which I did mess up quite a bit), not to mention just scared to play for such a big crowd.  It was all the regulars of the club and all my friends who are mostly musicians.  I will never forget that night…most nerve wrecking experience.

As a female in a male dominated industry, what has your overall experience been like?

I’ve been lucky to have great people and more experienced DJ’s both women and men guiding me.  I am sure it’s tough for everybody but for the girls, it may be harder I guess.  You never really know if someone is enjoying what you do because you are good, or because they want something else from you.  I definitely tried to stay close to other female DJ’s and get their advice.  It’s important for us to stick together!

You’re definitely not shy on your social media outlets and on your event flyers, lol. I think its great that you speak your mind, where do you get your confidence?

My father is a musician and so is most of his family. He has always encouraged me to do what I love. I grew up watching him play in bands and family parties. He is a crazy maniac and super fun and confident. I am definitely my fathers daughter!

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What kind of music do you spin?

I play a lot of music from all over the world.  I don’t have any limitations or BPM preferences, like some other DJ’s may have.  I am originally from Ukraine which still influences my style today.  I still love to throw in a random folk or Klezmer song from my town.

My family immigrated to Philadelphia in the early 90′s and growing up in Philly influenced me in major ways as well.  I used to go to all these underground hip hop clubs and warehouse raves which is where I learned about electronic music and American music in general.  Although these days I like playing a lot of tropical style and house music.   I love African house, Cumbia, tech house, Gypsy, electronic folklore, old school jungle and house.  I guess if I had to sum it up, it would be world electronic and house!

Where can we catch you? Events, residencies, parties?

I just started a Wednesday night party at Bembe in Brooklyn.  Monday’s I am at NUBLU.  I have a bi weekly residency at Piano’s NYC on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month.  As well as a once a month party called BASTRDZM, that I throw with another DJ. BASTRDZM is a party that combines all genres of music with a different theme each month.

Any exciting projects that should be on our readers’ radar?

I am just tapping into the idea of actually learning how to make/remix songs, so hopefully soon you will hear some productions soon.

Do you have any advice for other ladies who are interested in DJing?

If you really want to DJ, I think you should get into it for the love of music and wanting to make people shake their asses.  Definitely learn “sound”  and how to be great technically.  I am still learning.  Go out and listen to other DJ’s live and learn from them. It’s not about your outfit or how sparkly your headphones are, etc. I hate to look at myself as a “GIRL DJ” but people will put you in that category. The reality, it is a male dominated industry so we have to work twice as hard to get respect. But the only way to be respected if you are actually a good DJ, is by being a good selector, and respectful to others.

Check out Irene’s, ahem, DJ Who Am I’s, sounds on her Soundcloud and be sure to follow her on Twitter!”

Soundcloud: http://soundcloud.com/eerochka / Twitter: https://twitter.com/irenewho



We’re here with a lineup of rad events to tell you about this weekend–first up, our pre-Halloween Soviet Costume Party this Thursday!

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Come full force on Thursday in your most severe soviet military garb for a pre-Halloween dress-up throw down! Any and all clothing and accessories to set the militant mood (minus firearms) are game. You have two days to run to Brighton Beach and buy yourself some hammer and sickle badges…

Raphlex & Mishto have your non-stop immigrant anthems with an extra dose of Russian festive while Chico Cristo & Crispeto spit out rhythms on the congas… TRY YOUR HAND AT TRANS-GLOBAL COMMUNAL INSANITY!

$5 RAKIA SHOTS ALL NIGHT, $2 WINE BEFORE 10PM, THE ICE CAGE VODKA DRINKING ROOM IS OPEN (obviously). ♪ ♫ FREE ADMISSION to BURDEL DALI on our list… RSVP: burdel.dali.presents@gmail.com

RSVP at Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=136411009742936

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And don’t miss our CRAZY HALLOWEEN PARTY ON SUNDAY! Featuring Raphlex, Mishto, Mishka, DJ WHO AM I, Chico Selekta, Escarioka, and the beautiful ladies of Bastet Belly Dance…

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Raphlex X Mishka in the ICE CAGE

One epic night in the ice cage with Raphlex & Mishka—accompanied by our beautiful shot girl Sarita, our Russian princess Anastasia, and all of the attractive bohemian wackos we’ve come to know and love at our Saturday night party, BALKAN BUBBLEGUM…

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Sarita & Mishka!

Raphlex going bananas… with our fabulous new masks from Chinatown.

For that one glorious night before the new stripper poles were installed, we set up the projector to have Devdas and various highly decorated films projected on the back wall. People were loving it.

Our homegirl DJ WHO AM I was holding it down upstairs, with her psycho-festive russian setlist and ridiculously sexy body paint.

Raphlex & Mishka in the ice cage, Saturday nights! Mehanata Bulgarian Bar, 113 Ludlow btw Rivington & Delancey.

War paint… No one is safe.

Raphlex & Mishka kept the ice cage bangin till 4AM with the help of their war painted troopers, DJ Who Am I dropping in to get sexy, and the rundown of classixssszzz…! NEVER FORGET! ♪ ♫ ♪ ♫

Big kisses to Elena, who went back to Russian the morning after — I’m sure she won’t forget us!