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Kiss & Tell Party began as a knitting circle at Trash Bar in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, where like minded music obsessed ladies would meet up to knit, have a few drinks, and, well... kiss and tell! The first official party was on December 7, 2005. Kiss & Tell eventually moved a few blocks away to the very femininely decorated, wallpaper lined Rose Bar. In the new space Kiss & Tell blossomed into a debauchery filled Wednesday night monthly, where artist Seze Devres invited her favorite DJs to play genre-specific, vintage dance music sets. Guests would often attend in elaborate costumes or arrive wearing just one color requested in advance. Wacky themed decorations - often created with much group effort - became the norm, inspiring a wild and wonderful canvas for Seze to document with her camera. Through her professional and romantic connection to The Bunker New York, many visiting DJs would play a second secret set at Kiss & Tell while passing through town. Thus inspired a tradition of hosting well known techno DJs eager to play non-techno sets, often filled with the all the records that inspired their earliest love of music.

In December 2007 Bethany (ex Benzur) Erskine became the first resident DJ. With her encyclopedic knowledge of disco and italo, deeply inspired by I-F's seminal "Mixed Up in the Hague" 2000 compilation, Bethany has helped craft the party's own sound. In 2016 Seze invited three new resident DJs: Mike Simonetti owner of 2MR Records, well known producer, and head of the band Pale Blue, James Friedman owner of Throne of Blood Records, and Matthew Patterson Curry a.k.a. the artist Safety Scissors.

 

Kiss & Tell Hostess, Photographer: Seze Devres started Kiss & Tell as an extension of her raunchy knitting circle at Trash Bar on December 7, 2005. With a lot of help, support, and encouragement from her friends the party has become its own little monster. When she is not dreaming up crazy themes and guests for Kiss & Tell she is a full time artist and photographer. Seze's images and designs have graced dozens of galleries, record covers, posters, flyers, magazines, and web sites. She co-hosted and photographed the guests of The Bunker, a world renowned weekly techno party in Brooklyn from 2006-2016.

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Kiss & Tell Resident DJ: Bethany Erskine is Kiss & Tell's beautiful disco encyclopedia from Mississippi. Ever since she emigrated to Brooklyn in 2007, Bethany has ruled the dancefloor at Kiss & Tell parties with her Southern charm and excellent taste. Even the deepest crate digging record nerds are regularly awed by her rare records and can be seen trainspotting her selections. Each month she delights us with her mix of raunchy electro, glamorous dark disco, and soulful street funk. Bethany has recently been moonlighting at The Bunker party with some very memorable opening sets of space disco and house.

Sets
  Kiss & Tell Podcast
  Mix Archive

 

 

THANK YOU! To all my Kiss & Tell Party guest DJ and performers in the past. I could not have done it without you.

Bethany, Bryan Kasenic, Lori Sprester, Mike Servito, Grant/Insideout, The Neurotic Drum Band, John Selway, Ulysses, Function, Adam X, Reade Truth, .thejass., Deadbeat, $mall ¢hange, Ivy Feraco, Shawn O’Sullivan, Katie Rose, Further Reductions, Alyssa, Josh Cheon/Honey Soundsystem, Professor Genius/J Velez, Speculator aka Willie Burns, DJ Chupacabras aka Jeremy D. Rodriguez, Zachary Kennedy, Ron Like Hell, Sharegroove, Move D, DJ Olive, Borne, Patrick Russell, Marcellus Pittman, Karl Meier, Ken Meier, Galoppierende Zuversicht, Safety Scissors, Carlos Souffront, Robert Gorell, Mike Huckaby, Runaway: Marcos Cabral & Jacques Renault, Erika, Jeremy Berman, Matthew Dear, Atomly, Kendra, nd_baumecker, Eric Wrenn, Peter Van Hoesen, Reade Truth, Big Bully, Kristina Childs, Dang Chau & Tal Giat, Sharegroove: Duckcomb & Steve ShakeWell, Dan Selzer, Secrets/Matt Abbott, Smirk, Jon Schmidt, Sean OMeara, Josh McDermott, Anthony Parasole, Nick Chacona, Mark Verbos, Jon Autry, Kevin McHugh/ Ambivalent, Lauren Flax, Jakub Alexander, Lee Curtiss, Sam Valenti IV, Melody Nelson, Peter Gunn, John Selway, Carrie Whitenouse, Derek Plaslaiko, Veronica/Minimal Wave, Eddie O., Dawson/Big Bully, Jacky Sommer, DatKat, Heather/Doily, Abigail Feldman, Dethlab, Bryan Black, Messer Chups, Jeffery Ssfire, Brandon/Smirk, Carla Rhodes, Kurt Braunohler, Amber Ray…

 



Kiss & Tell Poster by the lovely Nubby Twiglet


credits & thank you
Resident Disco Dolly: Bethany
Promotion, Guidance, & DJ Booth Support: Bryan Kasenic
General Friendship Awesomeness, Decorations, Props & Creative Driection:
Deanna, Jazmin, Jenni, Justin, Michelle & Tree, Dave Cohen
Party Photography Fabulousness: Gillian Bowling, Zach, & Abigail
Sexy Hostesses & Co-pilots & Inspiration: Deanna, Lori
Logo by Nubby Twiglet
Site by Seze


K&T hostesses Lori & Seze in 2005