The Holocene vibe

Holocene changed Portland’s club culture by building an electronic music venue.

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It’s the sixth anniversary of Holocene’s opening, and the Southeast Portland club is planning to celebrate. The club began as a venue for electronic music, and often it hosts local and independent artists. What’s the secret of Holocene’s success? The right niche at the right time.

On Friday night, acclaimed Norwegian DJ-producer Prins Thomas is set to spin records into the early morning to celebrate the birthday party. Thomas, who rarely makes it to the U.S., has just two other appearances planned stateside: one date in Chicago, and one in New York City. After years as an afterthought to the worldwide electronic music community, Portland is now on the scene’s shortlist. Holocene has a lot to do with the change.

“It was Jarkko’s idea to start a small club, centered [on] the minimal techno scene going on in Berlin that we had both become fans of,” the 36-year-old McLean says. “But then we ended up finding this space, and the space dictated the larger venue.”

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