Controversial lifestyle trend health goth gets viewed through the lens of cyberpunk, trad goth, the internet and Johnny Love’s DJ skills.
The second H∆SHTAG$ special on the Vortex fixates on health goth, an internet meme dreamed up by Portland duo Magic Fades that was spun into a full-on lifestyle trend by LA DJ/promoter/personal trainer Johnny Love (AKA Deathface) and subsequently covered by journalists from New York, VICE and the New York Times. While its subcultural legitimacy remains hotly contested, the Vortex looks at this phenomena through different lenses. Andi Harriman, co-author of Some Wear Leather, Some Wear Lace: The Worldwide Compendium of Postpunk and Goth in the 1980s, gives the essentials on what goth music and culture really is (and isn’t). Artist/cultural commentator/seapunk founder Lil Internet and musician/witch house progenitor Pictureplane join music critics Miles Raymer (Pitchfork) and Michelle Lhooq (THUMP) to weigh in on whether “internet genres” are fulfilling cyberpunk’s promise. Rounding out the show, Johnny Love serves up a hard-hitting health goth-meets-bass workout mix to accompany his new Soft Leather party.