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Thursday, May 6, 2021

THE HOWLING – SL’s FINEST IN MUSIC CLUB ENTERTAINMENT. – JOSH (THOMAS1 BELLIC) REPORTING


It was a Saturday night, and I thought I would set out to do some exploring.  No matter how well you think you know the Grid, with its constantly changing sims and regions, it can be a completely different place from one day to the next.  In the course of my sojourns, I am always on the lookout for new places and activities to share with SL Enquirer readers.  It was on one such recent such journey that I happened upon one of the hidden gems of the SL Club Scene.  A place called “The Howling”.  As soon as I walked in, I was given a warm welcome by their exotic and inviting staff.  DJ Logan had a crowd rocking to the beat on the main dance floor.  Around the room were, not one…but two dance poles, with one of the grids most attractive dancers on each pole.   Without hesitation, I decided that this place would require a deeper look.  It would take all my skills as an investigative reporter to bring you, the SLE readers, the kind of reporting you have come to expect.  Yes, I knew it would involve long hours, interviewing lovely dancers, asking penetrating questions to get to the heart of the matter – to truly understand “The Howling” difference. It would be a tough job, but SOMEBODY would have to do it. (heavy sigh)

Later that evening, after the last guest had TP’d home for the night, I asked the staff if they wouldn’t mind hanging around to answer a few questions for me and the readers of SL Enquirer.   To a person, they all graciously agreed to do so.  What follows are the results of that interview with the Owner, Business Manager, Dance coordinator, and Dancers of – The Howling.

Josh (Thomas1 Bellic) (JB):  Hi Logan.  Thanks for agreeing to chat with me.  Let me ask, how did you come up with the idea for “The Howling”?

Logan Paris (LP):  The Howling was the idea of the original owner Mitzi Otsana around three years ago she liked wolf themes and thought it would be a cool name for a club.  I purchased a pre-fabricated club and then customized it.  My schedule is such that building a thing from scratch is not possible unless it is very small.  This way it also helps the makers in SL.  I help keep the SL economy going.


JB:  What makes “The Howling” different from the other dance clubs out there?  What is the Howling difference?

LP:  Well, there are many clubs out there for sure. I've noticed in the past attending other clubs that they can seem cliquish at times, which we avoid.  When you come to our place, it's like you are meeting friends even if you are there for the first time. We make it a point to greet everyone with open arms and involve them in the event.  We try to make the bar as authentic as possible.  Everything is as close to a real-life club would be, minus the toilets and vomit.  We also don't limit the music we play.  Every week we try to bring a different genre in to represent.  Some DJs like to focus on a particular artist and highlight their careers to do a tribute to them.

Katrina: For me it seems like when I go to another club that everyone there kind of knows each other already regardless if they mean to or not they seem to have their own little in group and you can feel left out. We don't really have that at Howling we are all pretty outgoing and make an effort to include everyone in on the fun. We even talk to people in IM's as long as they are polite.

Jennifer: I would also say it's the diversity of music. Many of the clubs I have attended are great but they only do one music genre. We do everything from Latin Pop to Heavy Metal.

JB:  Tell us about your staff?   How many people does it take to keep an operation like this running?

LP:  The crew that we have there now is probably the best crew we've ever had. Many were friends before they even joined Second Life, and some of them are even roommates in real life. We all get along really well. I believe we have ten people on staff officially, but there's additional support staff as well.  It's a group effort to run the club.  Everyone takes their part very seriously.  Creative, beautiful people are making a positive effort at all times.



JB:  Have you ever had to ban anyone from your club?

LP:  To my knowledge we've never banned anyone but we've had to remind some of the rules every now and then.

JB:  Do you have any plans for expansion?

LP:  We have expansion plans. Currently, we are operating on Fridays and Saturdays from 2 to 4 slt, but we are always looking for new DJs. We like to keep the music diverse so that there is something for everyone. We also have a concert venue on another sim that we will be launching real soon for live concert events

JB:  Any special events coming up you would care to share?

LP:  There are some events being planned but not yet scheduled. The best thing to do is get one of the VIP tags when you visit the club so that you can stay up to date on all the latest developments.

JB:  Is there anything else you wish to share with our readers?

LP:  Just that if you want a good time with great music and no drama, check us out. I feel like we are just getting started with all the beautiful things we've got planned, so feel free to drop by and say hello sometime. We hope to have you join us on this incredible journey in Second Life.

JB:  How long have you been dancing for The Howling?

Rachel: We all hired in around a year ago maybe a couple months in between everybody

Tiana: I think Rachel and Katrina were here a couple months before Mandy and me

Mandy: That sounds about right.


JB:  How well do you get along with the other Dancers?

Rachel: I think we all get along really well most of us knew each other in real life before we joined Second Life. Tiana, Mandy, and I have known each other since we were 12 years old we were in grade school together and now in college together. Mandy and I still rent a house together. Tiana lived with us until she got engaged recently.

Tiana: It's very true I mean we are more like family than some of our actual family members. I mean if you know somebody long enough, you'll eventually argue about something but we all get along really well.

Mandy: I think it's because we are all so focused on a common goal here because you are always thinking about something bigger than yourself. I mean it's about us but in a way it isn't because we are trying to build something.

Katrina: For me it's a special place to work because of the people I look forward to dancing every Saturday.  Jennifer and I didn't grow up together but we do go to college together in real life and work together at the same real-life job. We split an apartment. The rest of the staff is great I love the people I work with on here.

Jennifer: Yeah, I worked at two other clubs before this one and it's definitely different. Of course, part of it is working with my real-life best friend but we really all get along there's never any egos or drama. I think that would also go back to your second question as far as what makes the club different. I've never seen a club on here where everyone knows each other like we do.


JB:  Can you share something about your most memorable patron?

Katrina: I see the others nodding I think the most memorable would be Sirpentine. Just a really nice guy that's super supportive and we all became friends with him outside the club. Right now, he's offline for a bit in the middle of an RL move but we hope he gets back soon.

Rachel: Yeah, he's a good one.  We really try to get to know people if we can I feel like that personal touch makes it special.

So, there ya have it, Folks.  Drop on by The Howling.  Grab a VIP tag and learn of their upcoming events.  You’ll have a Howling Good Time.  I guarantee it you will.

Be there!  Aloha !

JB

SURL: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Campagnola/133/222/2502



 

 

 

 

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