Behind the scenes look at the transformation of Cattivo
There’s something that the underground dance music scene in Pittsburgh has been wishing for: a reoccurring go-to spot for quality underground music. Dissolv and Flux-Capacitor are giving Pittsburgh exactly that with re:vision, a new weekly dance night at Cattivo.
“We’re looking forward to bringing something different to Pittsburgh that Pittsburgh has never seen before,” says re:vision partner Justin Sheppard, “and make it on a global scale.”
Starting Friday, June 7, each week the downstairs of Cattivo will be transformed into a subterranean electric jungle. While the upstairs will carry on as normal, Sheppard explained that they wanted to bring an underground feel to the room design.
“We’re completely renovating and transforming the downstairs to our own vision,” he says. “[There will be] a multitude of sound designs, special effects, and room aesthetics … A very big special effect, full stage sound, and light set up. It is not going to be for the faint of heart.”
- re:vision setting up at Cattivo
More of what not to expect: popular and hit radio tunes. re:vision is not using the term "underground music" lightly. The DJs won’t play anything heard in the mainstream music scene or the commercial EDM genre but will play everything from house, deep house, and tech house to progressive and techno.
“I guarantee that you will move and shake and dance just the same to all of it,” says Sheppard.
Currently, the only other weekly spots to hear underground dance music are after-hours places like Tilden and Hot Mass, both located Downtown. However, those venues don’t open until midnight or later.
“Dissolv has worked with them,” says Sheppard, “and their niche is their niche. [Re:vision] is happy to provide the ‘early show’ from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m., for people that come and have a blast and then head out to whatever their choice is.”
Re:vision is the collective vision of Sheppard, a Pittsburgh native who spent many years as a resident at Club Space in Miami; Keith Patrick, who founded Flux-Capacitor 19 years ago; Dissolv co-owners Nick Somma and Kris Verderber; and Stephanie Novakowski, who handled marketing and promotions at Dissolv since's its creation and is now re:vision’s promotions director. Both Dissolv and Flux-Capacitor have worked on bringing the best underground dance and electronic music to Pittsburgh.
For the grand opening, Sheppard, Patrick (K Patrick), Somma (Polterheist), Verderber (Bird), and Novakowski (Stefania) will be DJing. Every Friday will offer something different, like the July 12 edition with special guest Black Machine.
“Rest assured we will be making it fun every single week,” says Sheppard. “We’ll be adding, revising, improving, and chilling every single night that we’re there.”