DJ Squalor on This Weekend's Fight Club Sadisco* and Fighting Cancer With Food

Categories: DJ Dossier

Jeremiah Toller
Toby Tyler Heidebrink (a.k.a. Squalor and Mess)
Despite all it's nihilistic, anarchistic, and pugilistic leanings, Fight Club is actually a tale of hope and redemption. No, really. Strip away all the brutality, bedlam, and bathing products, and the overall message of both Chuck Palahniuk's original novel and David Fincher's flick is that one can attain salvation, albeit through extreme and unusual means.

Fittingly, the M.O. of the latest edition of infamous industrial dance party Fight Club Sadisco* on Saturday is similar in a sense, as it aims to help save the ass of one its instigators -- Toby Tyler Heidebrink.

The local DJ and electronica musician -- who goes by either Squalor or Mess, depending on which of his multiple projects he's performing with -- has served as the Tyler Durden of the Sadisco* crew over the last decade and has been battling rectal cancer for more than year now. As a result, he's gone to significant expense in treating his condition via both traditional, and non-traditional means. (He's completely altered his eating habits, for instance, to a diet of raw and organic foods.)

So, much like the members of Project Mayhem, the other DJs of Sadisco* (shorthand for "sadistic disco") are mustering their efforts to put on one helluva a party and aid their leader. (Half of the $15 admission to Fight Club Sadisco will help benefit Heidebrink's recovery while the rest will be donated to a children's cancer charity.) And like its inspiration, Fight Club Sadisco* will involve patrons (males and females alike) engaging in actual scraps with other willing participants in the basement of the Monarch Theatre.

See also: Fight Club Sadisco* Returns for One Final Round in June

While the donnybrooks rage downstairs, Sadisco* DJs ///she///, 5arah, Blonde NOize, VEX will be dropping harsh and dark sounds in the venue's main room, as will Heidebrink and his Mess &* Phetamine partner Michael Colisimo (a.k.a. $&M).

Heidebrink will also team up with members of local industrial band BlakOPz to perform a live version of their collaborative track "Teminal Monster," which appears on Electronic Saviors Volume 3: Remission, the latest in a series of industrial music compilations produced by Rein[Forced] member (and cancer survivor) Jim Semonik.

If you've never thrashed about to the harsh and murky electronic sounds of a typical Sadisco* party (which used to run monthly and are still infamous in the local fetish and industrial scenes for being debaucherous, discordant, and diabolically fun), this weekend's event offers your last chance to do so.

According to Heidebrink, this will be the final Sadisco* party (as in ever), mainly because of his desire to focus on other music-related ventures, including his latest effort b∀phºf∀ggºt.

We spoke with Heidebrink earlier this week about the work-in-progress project, the fights that will take place tomorrow night while he and the Sadisco* members will be performing, and who he'd consider duking it out with if he ever wanted to do the man-dance.

His health also came up during our conversation and Heidebrink told us he believes he's doing better thanks to his diet, as did the utter irony regarding his fact that he started writing and composing "Terminal Monster" (a song about cancer cells destroying the body of their host) long before he was diagnosed with the malady.

Name: Toby Tyler Heidebrink

AKA: Squalor/Mess

Genres: Industrial, EBM, hard electro, harsh dance, electroclash, experimental, noise

Upcoming gigs: Fight Club Sadisco* (End Credits) on Saturday at Monarch Theatre

So why is this the final Sadisco* party ever?

Because there always has to be a last. [Laughs] That's the plain and simple truth of it. Plus, I'm focused on HexRx and I'm working on my own project too. So, I'd rather do music than plan Sadisco* parties. I did that for 10 years. So, moving on.

Care to divulge anything about the new project?

It's kind of secret. It's my own project. I don't really have too much going on with it so far, but it's only in the conceptual stages. It's not a club [event], it's like music. I guess if you want to hint at it, I can tell you what its called: b∀phºf∀ggºt. You could say that it's an electronic project of some sort that's beat-driven. It will probably be very dark and sexual, I think.

Are you expecting a lot of fights to take place on Saturday?

Probably as many as there usually is. Once they start, they usually don't stop.

Is anyone going to fight themselves, like either The Narrator or the late Thom Gabaldon did at Fight Club Sadisco* in 2010?

No, nobody has signed up yet to do that.

Too bad. It was a sight to behold watching him beat himself up.

Yeah, it was pretty good. Definitely.

Have you ever participated in the fighting youself?

No. [Laughs] I have too many fake teeth and they're expensive, otherwise I would. If my last tooth came out, I think my life would be over faster than cancer could kill me.

To paraphrase a question from the movie, if you could fight anyone, living or dead, who would you fight?

Uhh...I would fight my ex-boyfriend. Because he's such a douche that he can't ever be friends.

Who would win?


All of the fights will be officiated, right?

Yes. Mostly by Michael [Colosimo] and I think Kevin [Von Krol] while Mess &* Phetamine is on stage.

Location Info


The Monarch Theatre

122 E. Washington St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Music

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