Some of life’s greatest pastimes involve the pelvic region. Dancing comes to mind, among other things. This is how Pelvis decided on its name. Elliot Shields is a founding member of the Sydney-based party collective. The name Pelvis, Shields says, “Is about dancing and about physicality; sexual prowess and dance-floor prowess. Also, it’s a bit silly.”
Pelvis has a growing Australian following. With its fusion of electronic music and trippy visuals, it’s a grimy time guaranteed. Despite its popularity (and even a successful clothing line), details about Pelvis remain scant. Shields speaks vaguely of the other DJs in the group. “It’s a number that changes, depending on the event,” he says. “There’s anywhere from three to 10 of us.” Regardless of logistics, Pelvis knows how to work a crowd.
“It is always more about a party than just DJing, or playing music,” Shields explains. “We’ve looked at all the parties that are happening in New York, Italy and all over the world. They all have a strong visual element. So we just thought it was logical: if you’re going to have a party with music, you’ve got to have stuff to look at.”
Considering its obsession with visual effects, Pelvis makes a perfect addition to the FCxMCA line-up. International and local musicians have shared the rooftop stage: Denmark’s Kenton Slash Demon with Melbourne-based Harvey Sutherland; Anthony Naples alongside Sleep D; now, Kenji Takimi and Pelvis.
“We’re still working it out with the MCA,” says Shields, “But hopefully there will be multiple projections. With the view from the MCA you’re always battling against Sydney Harbour and the Opera House. We won’t be doing anything too glamorous, but something that makes the place feel different to other times you were there.”
For Shields, working with Kenji Takimi is a huge milestone. He says, “Kenji has been at Crue-L Records and producing amazing stuff since the early ’90s. He is someone we really respect as a DJ. He has a lot of idiosyncratic takes on disco and house music that you can only imagine coming from Japan.” It seems that Pelvis has an affinity with Japanese culture: one member of the collective is over there already, building hype for an upcoming gig.
“We’re going to be doing a party in Tokyo … before coming back to play with Kenj,” Shields says. “We’re playing Forrestlimit in Hatagaya. It’s like a concrete bunker, but there’s a lot of room to do what we want in there.”
Pelvis and Kenji Takimi are playing as part of FCxMCA on Sunday March 13. For tickets, visit the MCA website.