Deli showcases the DIY band scene in Pittsburgh

Deli showcases the DIY band scene in Pittsburgh

Deliciousa new music venue in Auckland, bringing house music to house. According to Elizabeth Sedelnikov, a senior industrial engineering student who runs the venue, Deli wants to create an inclusive space where everyone feels welcome.

“Every time we put on a show, when I think about it the next day after everything is cleaned up, we finally have time to take a breath, and we’ve just set up an amazing community center,” Sir Inikov, Chief Industrial Engineering, said. “We really try to gain that sense of community. When they walk through doors we greet them, we try to talk to them a little bit, and we really want them to feel like they belong.”

The venue is owned by four students from Pete, Alex Gosek, Max Kraning, Lizzie Sedelnikov and Gwen Valvona. Every month they host 2-4 shows for local bands and tours. Admission is $5 and information about upcoming shows can be found at Instagram.

Deli hosted the Pittsburgh teams Cut the relationshipsAnd the Kicked in the head by a horse And the A razor bladeBeside dark room, a touring band from Ohio, on Friday to attend Metalcore, a heavy and aggressive rock band. Those present listened to music, communicated with each other. One person made a jump during filming and at the end of the show, and another person sprayed fake blood on the crowd. Between groups, attendees and bands mingled in the corridor, and artists sold their wares on the balcony.

Razorblade performs at The Deli on Friday nights in Auckland.
(Amaya Lobato | Staff Photographer)

According to Gosek, chief environmental scientist, the venue tries to host a variety of bands and gives everyone a chance to perform.

“We try to get people who don’t necessarily like playing time in Oakland as much as I do with other bands from all over Pittsburgh,” said Josik. “It’s a good mix between artists like Pittsburgh and touring artists. Like this weekend we had a band from Ohio, the Cutting Taes. They don’t play that many house shows. So it’s great to get a chance.”

According to SideInikov, it’s important that Deli is very close to campus, especially for first-years who are new to campus and don’t have cars or feel comfortable going on public transportation.

“What makes it so important is its proximity to the campus. It gives a lot of new students and seniors [students], but new students have the opportunity to attend these shows,” SideInikov said. “When you are new to a city like this, you don’t necessarily have a car. You don’t have to be aware of the way the buses are going. We are a 5-10 minute walk from the dorms.”

The Deli is a great way for people to get involved in the underground and home music scene, according to co-owner Valvona.

“As someone who doesn’t play music, and who isn’t able to play music, it’s nice to be able to feel involved in the scene in some way,” said Valvona, senior art studio. “In a big way, it’s not just being in a band or making real music and being able to talk to and get to know the people in a scene as well.”

Attendees dance during a show at The Deli Friday night in Auckland. (Amaya Lobato | Staff Photographer)

The Deli highlights a lot of local bands like weak little horseAnd the her suit And the milk fountainas well as teams like regret from Chicago and normal rat From Morgantown, Virginia. Darkroom drummer Marcus Moan said he was excited to perform at Deli last Friday, as Columbus doesn’t have many home performance venues.

“Columbus has a laundry called Dirty Dungarees, which is the place to go DIY, but there aren’t a lot of home offerings right now, so it’s exciting to be here,” Moen said.

According to Moan, DIY or “do it yourself” has many meanings. He told their band, this means booking shows, making merchandise, and getting flyers on their own without outside help.

“DIY means a lot of different things to a lot of different people,” Moen said. “I guess that means we won’t be waiting for someone to book us a show or make our merchandise or get our flyers. We just do it ourselves.”

DIY can also mean bands record and produce their own music without acquiring a producer or record company, said Nate Miller, vocals for Darkroom.

“that they [Darkroom] Record everything, mix everything, perfect everything and make it look good.”

According to Kraning, a psychologist, the Deli is an important space for the DIY scene. He said attendees can see many great DIY bands on the cheap, and for bands it’s a great place to start a performance. The Deli provides space for the DIY scene because it allows people to connect and encourages people to come back, according to Kranning.

“I think DIY spaces like this are very important for smaller bands. Because you pay a few bucks and you get to see these bands you probably won’t have an easy time getting a concert or something,” Kranning said. Really to expose people because there’s such a regular crowd we’re talking about that people come back every time.”

Kicked in the Head by a Horse performs at The Deli on Friday nights in Auckland. (Amaya Lobato | Staff Photographer)

Sierra Mitchell, a Friday show attendee, said the Deli was the place where she felt comfortable and belonged. She also said that the place attracted a variety of people, which provided a great opportunity to meet new people.

“Everyone is so tight-lipped. If you go to a show you’ll know everyone there, so it’s very welcome,” Mitchell said.

Mitchell said she wouldn’t have discovered some of the Underground music she’s listening to without the house shows. She said she recommends going to the deli or other house shows whenever possible.

“If you’re looking to have a good time, have nothing to do, kind of want to meet some new people, find some new music, I think going to house shows is definitely the way to go,” Mitchell said. “There’s a lot of great music out there, like underground music that I didn’t know existed until I started going to house shows.”

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