If the Suicide Girls made a couples calendar, it's pretty clear that Megan Massacre and Joe Letz of Letz Massacre (which is both the most and least clever name of all time, light years better than Brangelina and Bennifer) would be the spread for the month of August. The fantastic pseudo-celebrity DJ duo – and pretty good looking couple too – will be bringing a little bit of edginess to the Motors & Music Experience on 8/18.
Edginess is something that's a little hard to define. But if there's a couple of folks who can entertain a diverse crowd and looked damned fine doing it, it's most certainly these two, not to mention the fact that they're incredibly pleasant and good-natured people. But don't be fooled – it definitely wasn't love at first sight. "I always thought, 'Man, this guy is an asshole,' but I didn't realize that was all part of an act," Massacre says of Letz's on-stage behavior and character. "But we started doing small [DJ] gigs here and there, and five or six months later we started dating."
Massacre, the über-babe from NY Ink and supremely talented tattoo artist, and Letz, drummer for industrial alt-dance outfit Combichrist, have been touring the globe and entertaining the masses with their extraordinarily diverse DJ sets. Letz is no rookie to DJing, and he's taken Massacre firmly under his wing. And the cutest – if that's even an appropriate word for this power couple – is that they enjoy the time spent together during performances just as much as they do entertaining a room full of people with their musical selections. "At the end of the day, being together and spending time together is definitely worth it," says Letz. "The biggest bonus is getting to be with her."
The feeling – and respect – is definitely mutual. Still in the process of growing as a DJ, Massacre has picked up more than a few pointers from Letz during this journey. "I feel like I'm the one doing the learning," she says, "because he's been in music his whole life. For me, it's just exciting that I'm learning a new thing. It's very different. But at the same time, music is an extension of art."
Further, Letz's drumming background has made for an easy transition into DJing. "I base the way I do the things I do on percussion," he says, "so it's been a really easy transition." And this further proves the point that the duo isn't simply another celebrity DJ gimmick. With Letz's musical talents and Massacre's commitment to learning the craft, they've managed to land DJing gigs all over the globe so far.
While musical tastes and experiences over the years have undoubtedly forged the particular brand of audio that they're sharing with their audience, they're most certainly not pigeon-holing themselves and exposing the crowds to only the music they want to play. "We find ourselves catering to the crowd more," says Massacre. "The main objective is to keep the audience happy and dancing for as long as possible." | RDW
Letz Massacre at Motors & Music Experience • 8/18, 4 p.m.; second stage • Pontiac Silverdome • motorsandmusicexperience.com