Mystery surrounds electro/shock pop duo, Drama Club. They are encased in costumes, faces hidden behind white, porcelain-like masks. They look like twins, but perform as individuals. They are known as Andromeda, after the constellation, and Zero, considered by ancient cultures to be the ‘cosmic egg’, depicting both the nothingness of death and the totality of life within the circle. Featuring Andromeda on live bass guitar, with Zero adding vocals, the music of Drama Club engage the audience from start to finish.
Producers or musicians? The debate over EDM has always been to determine whether EDM artists are musicians or merely producers of sound. Drama Club incorporate their musical skill and authentic compositions with electro sound mixes that make it more than just production. They are musicians and producers. In remixing a selection, there is a general idea, but not always a formal plan for the finished song. Andromeda describes, “Usually it takes form as it gets created. Sometimes we’ll have a general principle; whether we want it to be something really dance-y or something really involved or complicated, but I think any form of art takes on its own form as it’s created”. A good DJ is a performer in his own right. The best DJs use a combination of remixed songs with original compositions to develop a unique, yet diversified set. Drama Club tap this technique to make their live show an exciting EDM masterpiece that features their original smash hit, “Halloween 365 (Never Coming Down)”.
Every day is Halloween. Costuming aside, Halloween is a time of acceptance…and anything goes. Much like the music of Drama Club, it is a time when we are free to express ourselves in any way we choose. Zero and Andromeda strive to generate the atmosphere of Halloween, which allows listeners an opportunity to enjoy themselves without restraint. Zero says, “That’s what our parties are. It’s all about expression and it creates a safe area.” There is no room for hate or judgment at a Drama Club party. Zero explains the hate factor by stating, “It’s not even about us. It’s toward each other too. We want to have the most freeing, fun parties and Halloween always has that (element). So, for us, we figure that every time we play, it’s going to be a Halloween party.” By re-creating the festive vibe of Halloween, each performance becomes the one place you can be what or who you want to be, and know that you will be accepted.
Equality is a top priority. The masks may seem to obscure identity, but in fact, serve to keep Andromeda and Zero equal. They do not care about the perks of recognition; the ultimate goal is to deliver the most liberating and inviting experience for the listener. Drama Club uses their considerable musical abilities, as well as their own brotherhood, in a singular mission to devise the best parties. The identical wardrobe actually levels the playing field, providing the equality it takes to design the perfect party climate. By covering their faces, audience members are not responding to visual clues from the performers, but are free to interpret the sounds in their own individual way.
It’s a party, not a performance. Playing to a sold-out show at the Agora Theatre in Cleveland, Drama Club turned up the volume and sent the crowd soaring with their high energy, cinematic stage act. At one point, song lyrics were displayed in four-foot letters behind the artists, turning the crowd into a giant, group karaoke party. My initial curiosity over the faces behind the masks was instantly replaced by a sudden urge to jump, sing, and dance with my fellow concert attendees. And I did, concluding that I do not need to see their faces in order to connect with the music of Drama Club, because it is more than a performance — it is a party.