Sappho is a DJ, musical artist, event producer and co-owner of Koritsi Komma Records based out of Portland, Oregon. Currently, they are a resident DJ at Underground SF in San Francisco, Bottom Forty based on the West Coast, and the following in Portland, OR: Opal Underground and The Eagle PDX. In addition to their work in nightlife, they are a DJ for the Rose City Roller Derby.
A prominent figure in the music scene in Portland, Sappho is a highly respected DJ and producer known for their eclectic and diverse musical style. Sappho has made significant contributions to the LGBTQ+ community through their music and activism. Their work in and outside of nightlife highlight their commitment queer rights, gender equality, and mental health. Their unique musical style and dedication to promoting inclusivity have made them a beloved figure within the LGBTQ+ community and the Portland dance music scene. They return the love of their community by continuing to work to create safe and creative spaces for dancefloor magic and freedom of expression.
Harkening back to the most famous poet of antiquity who did not identify as a man, Sappho’s namesake has a strong connection to lesbian love and sensual empowerment. Much like the fabled name that they have built their base upon, they have often been the marginalized voice amongst a sea of male creatives. With over 20 years of involvement in the dance community, they are a mentor to queers and femmes in the craft of deejaying and a resource of underground nightlife culture. They have been changing the status quo with their deep research, guided by precise, almost librametric, methods, branching into new forms and combinations that weave an intricate modern day poetry for a current generation of souls, freeing them, to dance, to love, to feel - the way only a perfect stanza of poetry could elicit.