Broken Glass, Industrial Wasteland, iNation offer local outlets for industrial actsWritten by Chase Will | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Some may say industrial music is dead, but DJ Havok is out to prove the scene is alive and well in Toledo.
For the past two years, DJ Havok, whose real name is Paul Nowicki, has been hosting Broken Glass at Frankie’s Inner City, 308 Main St., once a month. The event caters to fans of old school industrial goth music who may not find many events celebrating this music.
Broken Glass recently celebrated its two year anniversary on March 27 with guest DJs DJ Pockets and DJ Justin Carver.
Due to the positive reception he gets from Broken Glass, Nowicki has started a similar event called Industrial Wasteland at Iggy’s, 128 Main St.
“I wanted to make it different than what I do at Frankie’s,” Nowicki said. “It basically focuses on more the newer industrial music coming out because there’s a ton every week.”
Nowicki is sent several promo CDs each week from new industrial bands, and since Broken Glass focuses primarily on older music, Industrial Wasteland is where fans of the scene can become exposed to these bands.
The difference between old school industrial and newer material coming out is lyrical volume and a darker, grittier quality, Nowicki said.
To keep up with the new material released daily, Nowicki listens to nearly a dozen industrial podcasts and keeps Spotify on all day.
Industrial Wasteland is held the second Friday of every month with different guest DJs from across Ohio and the Detroit area.
Maria Carroll, bar manager at Frankie’s and event coordinator at Innovation Concerts, said Nowicki’s events have helped both Frankies and Iggy’s grow.
“We really don’t open the basement at Frankie’s out for much unless it’s a special event, and his is definitely one of those,” said Carroll. “He provides an outlet for anyone into that type of music.”
Nowicki said those who are into other types of electronic music typically enjoy industrial when they hear it for the first time, and these two events hope to spread appreciation for the genre.
“I feel like if everybody that you see online that’s into this music in Toledo would come out on the same night it would be a pretty sizeable crowd,” Nowicki said. “I think that’s part of why they asked me to start another, to see if we could get something going that would get some attention and let people know there’s still this type of event going on in Toledo.”
Nowicki also attends iNation, another industrial-centric event at Liquid Bar in Bowling Green. Although he’s been going socially for years, he hopes to draw people from iNation out to Industrial Wasteland.
“It’s a big college town, so the music there’s slightly different, more for the younger crowd,” Nowicki said. “But once they’re out at Industrial Wasteland, even though they’re not hearing all the same songs they’d hear at iNation, they’re having fun because they’re there with people they know and no one’s causing any trouble, everyone’s having a good time.”
Broken Glass and Industrial Wasteland are both $3 for age 21 and up, $5 for age 18-20 .
Updates on both events are available on their Facebook pages.