Over the years, Schrader deejayed at pretty much every club in Denver that had a goth night, including the Wreck Room, Rock Island, Club Onyx, Club Static, Millennium, the Church and Milk. He became familiar with many of the people in the city’s goth scene, as well as a number of the bands. In 2001, he established Pharoamoan Productions and put together various events, including shows with live bands. One of the earliest culminations of these efforts was Schrader’s involvement in the second Denver Dark Arts Festival in 2003.
The gradual creep of goth music and subculture toward mainstream acceptance has also meant a new audience and new blood in the scene. Still, many of those whose involvement dates back to the early days in Denver, including Tina “DJ Slaveone” Berger and DJ Ritual of Ominous Denver, as well as the Milk DJs and DJs Cozmos Mudwulf and Hepster Pat, are helping to keep the genre and the lifestyle alive.
A few years back, Schrader’s marriage fell apart, and he very recently developed a heart problem that has forced him to slow down and reassess his priorities. He chose to get back into doing the thing he loves most: deejaying and putting on shows — though not as many as he did at the peak of his activity.
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