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Credit: Taj Albeck, courtesy of Candy Nightclub

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Portland’s Candy Nightclub on pandemic, positivity, and people (DMNW Interview)

Setting itself apart from other PNW clubs

With so many clubs beginning to crop up or return this summer, each are vying for a foothold in a growing market. Every venue feels like they have a niche that sets them apart, but Candy Nightclub creates that naturally through their values. Albeck reflects more on it:

“What sets Candy apart? We take care of people, and that’s exactly what we want to do. What stands out is that it’s 100% about the people. I believe being good to people has a tendency to spread. Giving people that love and attention, especially through the music that we all love, like why wouldn’t you share that? I feel like Portland’s been missing a lot of those values, but we want it to be clear to leave that negativity at home and be kind to each other here.”

Their dedication to celebrating everyone who comes in their doors is unmistakable. Since its inception, Candy has generated a safe space for members of the LGBTQIA+ community to dance and listen to music. That’s reflected throughout the staff and patrons, and is displayed wall to wall.

What’s next for Candy Nightclub?

Aside from their weekly recurring events which feature karaoke, popular Latin music DJs, and Friday sets of all things bass from Albeck himself, there are a few bigger one-off shows on the horizon.

While Albeck couldn’t reveal much yet, SweetTooth will be coming to the club on July 16. The up-and-coming dubstep artist with frequent releases on the Funtcase-run DPMO and more recently the Excision-run Subsidia will be one of the largest acts Candy has seen yet.

But no matter when you might find yourself at the venue, you’re sure to have great people around. Albeck wholeheartedly believes this, too.

“I know people that like to come out just to see DJ’s, but that’s not at the center. I’ve learned how important it is to break your shackles, and it’s taught me to not be afraid of meeting people and exploring your interests. Candy is Candy because the community is dope as f*ck. Point blank.”

Be sure to check out Candy Nightclub’s upcoming events on their Instagram and website.

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