DJs often bring people together through sensual and hypnotic rhythms. DJ Cinful and DJ Dionysus--a sexy husband and wife team that go by the name 'Synchronicity'--hope to inspire club kids in Los Angeles and around the globe with their own union. LA native Cinful is probably best known for her long-standing gigs at Playboy Mansion parties. She continues to spin there and at local hot spots like Area and Nacional with the Australian, Mauritius-born Dionysus (under the name ‘Synchronicity’). The theatrical pair really put on a show for night clubbers as they mix spiritual and sensual eclectic house tracks, often clad in costumes and packing visuals put together by Dionysus.
Q: How did the gig at the Playboy Mansion come about for Cinful? Do you play there as Synchronicity as well?
I started playing at the Mansion in 2004 while working in conjunction with a charity event there that was amazing because I had the opportunity to personally raise over a half a million dollars for the charity between 2004 and 2008.
As Synchronicity, we are now proud to be working with a different charity that benefits America’s severely wounded servicemen and women called “The Wounded Warriors Project.” We usually do one or more events at the Mansion each year that are often in support of charities.
Q: How do you gear up for shows at the Playboy Mansion? What do you play?
We’ll have a cocktail or two…get something to eat and pop into the hot and steamy grotto to warm up before our set. We make sure our sets have a lot of different elements. We play some funky electro, some bangin’ tracks and some sexy and beautiful vocal tracks. It’s important to have a balance of masculine and feminine energy in the music so both of the sexes walk out satiated and satisfied. Bangin’ for the boys and pretty for the girls!
Q: How is couples DJ’ing different from going it alone?
You’ve got to share the mixer but we use the Pioneer SVM-1000 audio/video mixer which is a lot larger than most audio mixers so we are able to take one side each. You’ve got to put your trust in your partner and communication is critical to staying in sync. It’s a lot more fun because you’ve got someone up their sharing the fun with you and that magnifies the whole experience tenfold.
There is a lot to synchronize.That’s why we chose the name Synchronicity. We have to vibe completely, be in sync and tuned into each other, which comes very naturally to Dionysus and I. We feed off each other’s energy and the crowds as well.
Q: Sensuality is a big part of Synchronicity’s vibe and message. It seems like that would resonate really well with LA audiences.
I find that the sexy and sensual vibe that we send out really resonates with LA audiences because people here love to feel that way and are really open to expressing that side of themselves.
Sensuality is a very integral part of a nightclub experience. And it’s totally integral to the Synchronicity Experience. Music and dancing involve the senses and we take the experience to the next level by adding visuals, both on the screen and by way of Dionysus and my performance on stage.
Q: Describe the visual component of the Synchronicity experience.
We cherry pick all our tracks carefully first. Then we source video content that we feel will match each track. It’s important that venues embrace video and make it a part of the partygoer’s experience. We’re in the 21st century and I feel that a lot of clubs have yet to make the leap there.
Q: Has progressive house become more or less ingrained in the West Coast culture through the years as far as you’ve witnessed?
It’s definitely had its ebb and flow, especially in LA. It was a lot more popular a few years ago and then Top 40, mash-ups and hip-hop just ruled. But I think progressive house and all house styles really, are making a comeback. It’s time for sophistication, soulful grooves, circular progressive and funky electro to come around big time again.
Q: You’ve toured all over the world. How do LA crowds differ from say crowds in other countries?