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Enigmatic Artist and Producer | Sega Bodega – “Elf Skin”

  • March 27, 2024
  • 3 min read
Enigmatic Artist and Producer | Sega Bodega – “Elf Skin”

Trance, Sega bodega, indie, Dennis

In the bustling crossroads of Paris and London’s music scenes, Sega Bodega, the enigmatic artist and producer, has carved out his latest auditory venture, Dennis. Set for release on April 26th under the auspices of his freshly minted label, ambient tweets, this third studio endeavor promises an immersive dive into the abstract. The unveiling is accompanied by the single “Elk Skin,” a track that effortlessly melds euphoric peaks with a mystifying blend of Mediterranean strings and cryptic chants, featuring the ethereal vocals of Cecile Believe.

“Dennis” is the product of a journey through the whirlwind of mania, where euphoria, insomnia, and unbridled impulse blur the boundaries of reality. Sega Bodega, born Salvador Navarrete, translates these experiences into an album that questions the essence of our existence, particularly in an age where artificial intelligence and technology challenge the very fabric of reality. He muses on the creation of digital worlds so intricate that their inhabitants are oblivious to their artificiality, a notion that deeply influences the album’s narrative structure.


The album itself is an odyssey through a day shrouded in ambiguity, simulating the experience of questioning whether one has truly awakened. Each track seamlessly flows into the next, crafting a dreamscape where the line between consciousness and slumber is indiscernible. Navarrete captures the frenetic energy of REM sleep through sonic experimentation, making “Dennis” not just an album but an experience of disorientation and introspection.

Long celebrated for his ability to straddle the line between dancefloor dynamism and reflective listening, Navarrete pushes boundaries with “Dennis.” Tracks like “Adulter8” and “Elk Skin” epitomize the album’s ethos, blending disruptive sonic elements with haunting melodies and rich cultural influences. Navarrete’s abstract lyricism and storytelling, influenced by the likes of Luca Guadagnino’s film “Suspiria,” mirror the album’s thematic exploration of disorientation and self-discovery. See “Elf Skin” lyric video below:

Beyond the album, Sega Bodega’s contributions to the music industry stretch far and wide. From co-founding the avant-garde collective NUXXE to producing tracks for luminaries such as Caroline Polachek and Eartheater, Navarrete has established himself as a beacon of innovative sound. His recent residency on BBC 6Music’s “Lose Yourself with..” series further cements his role as a curator of eclectic sounds, showcasing his broad musical influences and collaborative spirit.

“Dennis” stands as a testament to Sega Bodega’s relentless exploration of the human condition through the prism of music. It is an album that invites listeners to lose themselves in a labyrinth of sound, questioning the very nature of reality as they traverse its sonic landscapes. With “Dennis,” Navarrete continues to redefine the boundaries of music, offering a glimpse into the future while remaining deeply rooted in the emotional and cultural tapestries that define us.

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Chris Ryan

Chris Ryan is an accomplished promoter, event planner, producer, activist, counselor, poet and blogger. Within the course of two and a half years Chris Ryan has worked with some of NYC's most established promoters/event planners, been named 2007′s GaySocialite of the year, granted a promoter of the year award from NYC's most famous gay establishment, Splash. He's worked in some of NYC's top venues including; Avalon, Capitale, Cipriani, Cielo, Pacha, Element, Le Poisson Rouge, XL, G Lounge, Plumm, Hilton Hotel, Indigo Hotel, Spirit, Myst/Quo, Splash, The Ritz, Vlada, Roseland Ballroom, Heaven, etc. In 2008, Chris Ryan has begun to unveil some of the most innovative & unique parties New York City has ever seen. The Fusion events "fuse" together all disciplines of art into an event that remains diverse yet cohesive at the same time. won best gay promotions website from NYC Event Patrons in 2008 & he was granted an award from the Jim Owles Liberal Democratic Club, Gov. Patterson & Michelle Clunie (QAF) saluting him for his hard work in nightlife. Chris Ryan has also begun working with many renown companies, including; doctors, lawyers, physicians, modeling agencies & more. Chris Ryan has been responsible for wide-scale promotions for all these companies & generating tremendous business. Chris Ryan has even started to become National with events taking place in LA & Miami this year. In May of 2009 Chris Ryan received the very prestigious honor of being named a "40 Under 40″ Gays in America by the Advocate Magazine. He also created three successful parties that generated over 1,500 patrons each. In January of 2010 Chris Ryan was featured as one of the top promoters to look out for in Noize Magazine Chris Ryan joined forces with legendary promoter/event producer, Lee Chappell and created one of the most talked about events of all 2010, Desire @ Capitale. Chris Ryan and Lee featured one of the most outstanding artists NYC has ever seen, "Oh Land." Her performance coupled with an exquisite and unforgettable set design added to this extravagant event that held over 1,000 patrons in one of NYC's most successful PRIDE events! Chris Ryan then joined forces with legendary Pacha promoter, Rob Fernandez in addition to Jake Resnicow and Tommy Marinelli to bring one of the largest and most successful parties worldwide to NYC, MATINEE. The event on Governor's Island saw over 2,000+ attendees and one of the most ambitious productions ever. In 2011 Chris Ryan started Emerge Music Promotions with business partner Darren Melchiorre. Emerge Music promotions began signing artists with plans to develop and market the artists to the community at large. Emerge Music promotions has big events planned for 2012 and 2013. Chris Ryan debuted the IMAGE events which took place on top of two of NYC's most beautiful rooftop venues, Rare View and Indigo Hotel. The events were blogged everywhere and featured the fashion designs of several clothing designers, artists and photographers. Chris Ryan felt that fashion and art should be displayed at every event and attracted the likes of Malan Breton, Calvin Klein and even Katy Perry. Chris Ryan began an extremely successful event which incorporated the concept of a house party into a nightclub atmosphere. The event Twist'D at G Lounge has been one of the most talked about events in NYC and allows it's audience to play nearly-naked Twister, beer pong, flip cup & more with other attendees. Chris Ryan was granted an excellence in volunteering award from AVP (Anti-Violence Project) for all his efforts in supporting the organization. 2013 has a very promising landscape on the horizon and Chris Ryan is complacent in saying "you haven't seen anything yet!"

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