Technosluts Lit Up Fort Lauderdale With EDM, S&M, and Costumes From a Dream
A solitary open door on the main drag in downtown Fort Lauderdale shook the heavy July air with the sounds of electronic dance music. There were three lines of people waiting to enter the Technosluts party at Off the Hookah; the streets were clogged with a cocktail of phaser effects, diluted with undulating bass.
Past the welcome mat of vibrating speakers and the first of four bars, the dance floor was illuminated by the glow of a projection screen, dividing DJ from dancers but also exposing a mostly vacant dance floor. The bars were being held up by what seemed like all walks of Florida wildlife watching the center of the room and avoiding eye contact with those around them. The promise of EDM meeting S&M seemed like it was made on less-than-solid ground, but it was still early.
The more sultry side of EDM appeared on the patio. Partygoers in a group were shaking a leg (just one...) and bopping their heads to the bass. This is where the party started. This was the music that should have been playing inside! Mostly because it was hot out on the patio.
But upon reentering the main room at Technosluts 7, a pulse began beating. Performers in extreme garb started slowly pouring out into the crowd, and the folks holding up the bar seemed more inclined to interact with them than anyone else. The audience at this S&M-themed party lacked the gusto of the hard-core fetish scene, so freaky performer types were easy to spot among the crowd.