Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival | Friday
This event is 21 and over
If you're not an avid follower of dance music but are tuned into popular culture at all you've likely experienced music touched by the hands of John Digweed. Originally hailing from England but having clearly arrived on the global scene well over a decade ago John has long since cemented his name in the pages of dance music history. His list of achievements is groundbreaking to say the least. Highlights of which would be the first proper dj mix compilation ("The Mix Collection", done with Sasha), being the first British dj to hold a residency at what was then the world's most well known club in NYC (Twilo, also with Sasha) as well as having remixed music by William Orbit, Underworld, Quincy Jones, Mr Fogg and New Order.
John Digweed is a DJ's DJ. The beauty of what he does lies in just how different he really is from his contemporaries. From his early beginnings in Hastings, England at the age of 15 in the blossoming scene of acid house to the apex of the international dj'ing world he has created and maintained a level of integrity that is the benchmark for both dj's and producers globally. In fact, he has reached the very top of his profession, being voted #1 in a voter's poll. John Digweed has become the people's choice while maintaining his longstanding presence in underground dance culture. His popularity as both a dj and a person seems to have no limits, but his efforts transcend dj'ing alone, he is as much a producer and promoter. His moniker "Bedrock" is actually three things: a record label, a promotions company and a studio production partnership with Nick Muir.
His management and creative direction for the Bedrock record label spans over 12 years with the vision and creative insight to seek out mixes and remixes from the worlds best producers . To have a record released on Bedrock serves as the global stamp of production quality, ingenuity and integrity for underground producers worldwide. In fact, the name John Digweed is synonymous with those very qualities. From the nights he has either created or been a part of (Bedrock, Northern Exposure) to his world renowned mix cd's (Renaissance, GU, Northern Exposure, Transitions and Bedrock compilation album`s 10 ,11 12 and Structures) he has consistently produced characteristic products that stay in demand, himself included.
As one half of Bedrock the production duo he has landed two tracks in the top 40 ("Heaven Scent" and "For What You Dream Of") the latter of which made it into the hit movie "Trainspotting". He has even tried a bit of acting himself ("Groove"). He and Nick Muir as Bedrock the production team also scored a Hollywood film ("Stark Raving Mad") as well as the animated release of "Spider-Man" for Sony / MTV. He's toured every corner of the planet including bus tours in the USA (Delta Heavy and Area 2 (with David Bowie and Moby) , The legendary Big Beach Boutique in Brighton with Fatboy slim had him gladly performing to 250,000 and most recently selling out the O2 Brixton Academy for Bedrock`s 12th Anniversary.
His Transitions Radio show is now it`s 10th year and is still one of the most successful dance music shows, being broadcast to over 30 countries across the world to a weekly audience of over 12 million.
As a person John's lack of pretense is enveloped in imagination and invention. Good reason for John being one of the most respected, analyzed and imitated dj's in the world. Digweed is both solid and durable with unyielding precision. His sinuous dj'ing and production sound has become its own convincing dance ethic. He is centered to the principles of life, living and friends in such a way that he generates an aura of self-explanatory excitement and enthusiasm. Without heroic pretensions his sets are filled with moodiness and musical mystery but held down with a punchy distinctiveness and earthly rhythm. Always emanating a sense of boundlessness he overlaps dream events that spill into reality with an enormous certainty.
Lunice is just THAT dude. So cool, so easy. But at night he's a monster making bedroom dance videos to Footcrab and Sex Intelligent (remix stoopid). It was just over a year ago that Lunice started bumping his own beats at the Turbo Crunk nights. To think that he's since played two European tours and attended Red Bull in London, cheeeez, Dude is doing those big things already. Wish you all could of seen him standing in for Mike Slott in front of the 8000+ audience at our Sonar showcase in June 2010. Straight up, we felt this kid was a star. And we've known each other a minute now so it's family. Fuckin honour to work with this guy. Stacker Upper is comin for you, October 2010 on LuckyMe.
Mario Basanov is a name that will start to become familiar to many. Already a hero in his home country of Lithuania after winning producer of the year in 2011 in their annual music awards, Mario has gone on to champion the world. Mario rose to fame with his producing partner Vidis who together crafted a string of underground hits such as I’ll Be Gone, Who’s Shot The Silence, and Changed all becoming huge international phenomena after the release of their debut artist album Changed. Now Mario steps out on his own having recently released a string of singles and his debut album Journey.
A Wolverhampton, England-based production duo, Letherette is the project of Andy Harber and Richard Roberts, who form and fuse house, electro, and hip-hop into a stylish whole that at times recalls the work of Dilla and Daft Punk. After becoming friends at age 11 and going to college together, the pair began recording tracks together as Letherette in 2003. Part of the Artists' Valley collective, which also counts Bibio's Stephen Wilkinson as a member, Harber and Roberts released the first two Letherette EPs on Alexander Nut's Hotep imprint in 2010 and 2011 respectively, then signed to Ninja Tune. Around that time, they also made mixes for BTS Radio and remixes for Bibio and Machinedrum. The duo's Ninja Tune debut, the Featurette EP, arrived in 2012, and their self-titled debut album appeared in April 2013.
Born Stacey White On November 8th 1990 & As Part Of The Brick Bandits Later Down The Line In Life, Which Include The Likes Of Tim Dolla, Dirty South Joe And Dj Sega, Dj Sliink's Records Have Been Obliterating Club Sound Systems Through The Hands Of Some Of The Most Respected Soundboys In The Business.
His Signature Blend Of Jersey/Philly/Baltimore Club, Incorporating Aggressive Uptempo Rhythms With Soothing Pop And R&B Samples Give Him Extensive Appeal Across The Pop And Underground Spectrum.
Erika dreams on the cellular level, or perhaps of transdimensional intelligences moving through strange patterns on celestial objects, working towards a mysterious goal. Her connection to the dreamworld becomes concrete in her approach to music, simultaneously so solid and yet so ethereal. Erika still finds time to accomplish many things in her waking hours, such as being a member of Ectomorph, co-conspirator of Detroit's Interdimensional Transmissions record label, DJing with vinyl, making music with her pet machines, and running erika.net - a freeform streaming radio station. Erika.net celebrates its 13th year this year, being one of the very first radio stations to be an iTunes preset. From 1993 through 1999, Erika was very involved in WCBN in Ann Arbor, as a freeform and jazz DJ, and Program Director.
If you haven't heard the buzz yet, let it be known that Chicago native Rockie Fresh is quickly becoming your next favorite rapper. Only 20-years-old and starting his music career just a few years ago, this young up-and-comIer is already one of the hottest independent artists in hip-hop.
With a unique sound that has deep urban undertones and an alternative rocker mentality, Rockie continues to break barriers and defy conventions. Working with artists ranging from Fall Out Boy lead singer Patrick Stump to internet phenom Lil B, and with co-signs from the likes of new-age college rap sensations like Asher Roth and Kidz In The Hall, Rockie's grassroots movement has every corner of the music world talking. From Complex Magazine to BroBible.com, The Source to MyspaceMusic, and BET to RockTheVote, Rockie is quickly taking the industry by storm.
Fresh's debut mixtape "Rockie's Modern Life" was released in December of 2009, quickly propelling him into Chicago stardom as fans and tastemakers across the city began echoing the name of a new hometown hero. Not sure what to expect, Rockie took to the stage for the very first time in his career at his own release show. To his surprise, he found himself in front of a sold out crowd of eagerly anticipating fans. From there he was propelled into the national spotlight as he earned performances at SXSW, A3C Music Festival, and Bamboozle, and opened for Rick Ross, Big Sean, The Cool Kids, Twista, Chip Tha Ripper and more across the country.
Coming off of his newest project "The Otherside", Rockie continues to outdo himself. As his sophomore release, "The Otherside" tallied over 15,000 downloads in it's first week alone, and over 30,000 downloads to date. Presented by 2DopeBoyz.com and MTV Top DJ's illWill & Rockstar, the project was deemed "one of the most impressive mixtapes to close out 2010" by The Smoking Section and one of the best mixtapes of the year by many, making Rockie Fresh one of the top emcees to look out for in 2011.
or those unfamiliar with Evian Christ's work, he produces sparse, heavy bangers, splitting the difference between the stripped-down menace (and occasional four-on-the-floor creepy house beat) of Shackleton or Pinch and the dark, minimalist swagger of Keyboard Kid's 'Based' sound, with some decidedly mean rap vocals appearing at opportune times. The bass throughout is utterly massive, thick, round and subby as hell, with no cliched midrange wobble to it- your neighbors, I'm sure, will really appreciate you digging this mixtape.
Naveen G is no newcomer to the scene, having made his start in 1996 hosting his own show on the influential WNUR89.3FM Streetbeat Radio that launched the careers of many of his peers originating in Chicago. Having caught the attention of world class djs with his very first productions, which were licensed to the seminal Global Underground series, Naveen G has fostered his own sound, one that is constently hailed as exploring the late night side of the dancefloor, straying far from the conventional formula, yet still garnering acclaim from DJs and clubbers alike.
From minimal to progressive and everything in between, Naveen G's productions reflect his DJing ability to adapt to the crowd or a headliner, drawing on his diverse range. Equally comfortable warming up a room properly or playing on his own deep into the night, Naveen has brought his unique and varied style to the unsuspecting dancefloors across the world from South America to Asia, where they have learned to expect the unexpected. With a long standing top 10 show on Proton Radio, a steady string of releases for 2011 with past support from Sasha, John Digweed, Satoshi Tomiie, Hernan Cattaneo and others, as well as gigs at beachside bars to international festivals alongside a wide range of DJs such as Danny Howells, Lee Burridge, Anja Schneider, Cassy, S.O.S., Spooky, Audiofly , Chris Fortier, and many others inbetween, Naveen G continues to gain new followers across the board.
If it takes fifteen years to make an overnight hit, then Nicolas Matar has truly come of age. The story of house music has run from the New York underground via Ibiza to London and back around again many times over the past fifteen years – and as the chapters have unfolded, our man has been there to turn the page.
Although his unique sound sees no boundaries, New Jersey's Nadus truly excels at creating and producing fast-paced Juke, hard-hitting hip-hop, and energetic Jersey Club under the umbrella of East Coast Club music.
Nadus has come a long way since Dirty South Joe, Tim Dolla, Mike V, and the Brick Bandits family put him on the map when he was only fifteen years old. Now at twenty years old, Nadus' signature sound and masterful performances behind the decks have taken him as far as Sydney, Australia. His original productions and remixes have been released on labels like Ninjatune, Palms Out Sounds, Ghettophiles, and Kingdom's Fade To Mind Imprint. He has produced music for the Seattle rapper, Eighty4Fly and is the official DJ and producer for the rap group, NJ Rebels. Nadus is also the co-founder of the "Thread" party with Exrahk, DJ Reck, and Elete of St. Joe Louis.
Ever since he's been on the scene, Nadus has racked up a mile-long list of supporters amongst his peers of DJs and producers, including his mentor DJ Steel, Dave Nada, David Heartbreak, Munchi, DJ Sega, Nick Hook, Cobra Krames, DirtyFingers, DJ Ayres, DJ Tameil, WCKids, Luny P, Sinden, and Diplo, who even wrote a college recommendation for him.
Born in Jersey City and raised in Union City, NJ, a predominately Latino community in the outskirts of New York City, his surroundings have been a major influence in the style and music that he plays. With tropical latin sounds mixed in with hard urban beats, from old to new he plays it all.
At a young age, DJ Reck was taught by his cousin DJ Vlad Vera on how to mix and blend. Later on he taught himself how to scratch and has honed his skills throughout the years. As the technology evolved so did Reck, with the skill to be able to play on vinyl, cd or computer. Diversity is his middle name.
Playing everything is an understatement. Hip Hop, House, Club, Salsa, Merengue, Bachata, Cumbia, Reggaeton, Freestyle, Kuduro, Baile Funk, Reggae, Soca, Moombahton, Dub Step, Zouk, Juke, Rock, Pop etc. Armed with a huge library, a keen knowledge of music and the ability to read crowds, DJ Reck always aims to please and rock out parties where ever he goes.
DJ Reck has played throughout New Jersey, New York, Philadelphia, and as far out as Texas with the likes of Mad Decent DJ's, DJ Tameil, Tim Dolla, DJ Sega, Dirty South Joe, Munchi, Uproot Andy, Geko Jones, Sabo, DJ Ayres, Mike B, A-Mac, DJ Camilo and opened up for acts such as Tito Rojas, Toby Love, Oro Solido and more.
He's a part of Brick Bandits, New Jersey's biggest family of Producers and DJ's spanning from Jersey to Chicago and Philly, as well as part of the collective called Danger Room with such members as Wu-Tang Clans Cappadonna, Chedda Bang and VDJ Roc Star. DJ Reck also participates in charity events, fundraisers and toy drives that help in uplifting and enlightening various organizations such as New York's AID's Walkathon, City of Roselle, ULP and more. He also is the co-founder of the first official Moombahton party in NYC called Moombahton Maxxin along with Phi Unit, Cousin Cole and Monica Sharp. A Latin Party in the Lower East Side at The SKINnY Bar and Lounge and Thread in collaboration with fellow Brick Bandit's Elete, Ezrakh, Nadus and DJ Slink.
As always he is working on more edits and remixes as well as original production. Find him at various venues from bars, lounges, clubs and concert events
DJ, Producer & Musician from Jersey(US). Member of the Brick Bandits.
If DJ Slow was a barbecue, he'd be pulled pork. If he was an over-the-counter medicine, he'd be cough syrup. Behind every great crew lies a head honcho, a shot caller and for Belgium's Pelican Fly label it's DJ Slow who’s playing the role of figure head, CEO of the groundbreaking label. Acting as the label's A&R and head DJ, making sure the fountain of vibes is well maintained. All of this would be nothing however if DJ Slow wasn't an expertly skilled selector and digger. Voted two years in row as DJ #1 for the DJ MAG TOP 100 by Brodinski (even if he wasn't in the list). He manages to find a tasteful balance of North American Urban Club music with European sophistication. For example, blending the far reaching sounds of ATL rap with Jersey club into House Music into sleazy Techno and the rawness of UK Grime into a perfect cohesive structure. DJ Slow has also been selected for the 2013 edition of the Red Bull Music Academy where he will perform in New York City this Spring.
Brendan M Gillen founded Interdimensional Transmissions in late 1994 when he heard far too many ancient voices in his head. Positive that dimensions were colliding and that he could literally feel the deepest will of some mystic past, he decided not to ignore these voices but to contemplate their input, and thus Interdimensional Transmissions came to fruition and the idea-based project Ectomorph found a true home. Since then the vision has continually grown organically and mutated into something that is hard to describe yet easy to feel. His sets effortlessly combine a multitude of seemingly disparate genres into a coalescing solid sound system sensation - pure transcendent psychedelic wizardry. A polymath or sonic alchemist or something. He has recently produced Erika's solo debut, provided a remix for "Hexagon Cloud RMXD" and collaborated with her on the song "Gardeners".
Carlos Souffront is a DJ from Detroit with impeccable taste who apparently has one of the most insane acid collections in the world.
Patrick Russell is a true veteran of the underground, perhaps one of the last unsung heroes of a now lost era in the Midwest. He magically transforms the diaspora of pure jack energy into a fluent sonic dialog that never fails to devastate the dance floor.
A Detroit-bred DJ, artist and producer since the early 90's, Patrick has now made Brooklyn his home. His resume highlights include everything from an exclusive opening for Jeff Mills in Detroit in 2007, performing at the 2001& 2008 DEMF/Movement festivals, to being a key figure in the now legendary No Way Back parties.
His consummate taste and ecstatic yet disciplined execution have created a respect that cannot be purchased. Patrick is not just one to watch, he is one to be experienced.
Mike Servito is a DJ's DJ — a lifelong music fanatic with a truly
unique ability to move a dance floor. Fearless in his seamless
transitions from one style to another, Servito has an unpredictability
and a deep trust in his music knowledge that has garnered him a cult
following over the years.
Although Servito is a New York transplant, his DJ style is
unmistakably Detroit. Inspired by Detroit radio of the '80s and the
city's local DJs in the '90s, Servito came of age in a flourishing
electronic music scene, making his debut in 1995 and immediately
gaining attention and the respect of his peers and local
techno heroes. After a brief hiatus, Servito was lured back through
the vigorous encouragement of his close friend Magda. He returned to
the DJ realm in 2002, redefining himself and finding inspiration in
the new generation of electronic-music producers and DJs.
Bryan Kasenic (aka Spinoza) is known in the electronic music world for founding The Bunker, playing adventurous DJ sets, launching an influential newsletter, and starting Beyond Booking.
Although Bryan's peaktime sets consist mostly of techno and house, he loves all music, and has a past that cannot be pinned down to just one genre. He started DJing in 1996, playing psychedelic soundscapes in chillout rooms and on college radio shows (Carnegie Mellon, Rutgers, and New York University). Slowly but surely, he began to play more dancefloor friendly sets that incorporated his interest in the deeper spaces you can go to in the chillout room.
Bryan is also known for his many other roles in the electronic music scene. As a free service to the community, he began publishing Beyond NYC Events, a weekly email newsletter, in 1997. The newsletter became an influential way to promote interesting under-the-radar electronic music events to a large fan base in New York. In 2001, Kasenic oversaw the booking of all of the promoters at Openair, a DJ lounge in the East Village that quickly gained recognition for its forward-thinking music programming. At Openair, one of the promoters he worked with was Magda, who brought in techno luminaries like Zip, Daniel Bell, and John Tejada to play at her first residency in New York City. From 2000 to 2005, Spinoza helped DJ Olive and Jameson run The Agriculture, a record label dedicated to bringing homegrown laptop dub to the masses.
Bryan has thrown a ton of parties and weeklies in New York City, including a 5-year stint at Halcyon with the Undercity weekly. He has put most of his energy into The Bunker since January 2003, eventually turning it into the premier techno weekly in North America, which morphed into a bigger monthly party in 2009. In 2005, he started doing all the booking for the Wolf + Lamb Marcy Hotel in Williamsburg, helping to almost instantly transform it into the hottest after-hours spot New York City had seen in many years. Kasenic went on to curate and help throw many larger warehouse and loft parties with Wolf + Lamb. In 2008, he founded the House-n-Home loft party series with Anthony Parasole, which hosted many legendary loft parties at 12-turn-13 over the course of a year.
Through the Beyond Booking Agency, Kasenic has helped build the electronic music scene nationally by booking his friends and allies in other North American cities. As he has become busier with other projects, he reduced the Beyond roster to just The Bunker residents (Derek Plaslaiko, Eric Cloutier, Mike Servito, and himself) and a few friends, but continues to assist guest artists coming through The Bunker to connect with the right people in other cities.
Bryan produced three events for the inaugural Unsound Festival New York in February 2010, and followed with more in 2011 and 2012. Unsound, Poland's most forward-thinking music festival, brought a bold and uniquely modern program of music to Kraków for seven years before producing a New York edition. Every Unsound Festival edition of The Bunker was highly successful, presenting a cross section of some of the most interesting (and sadly most under represented) electronic music artists from Eastern Europe and the US.
While Kasenic has played lots of big clubs like Panorama Bar, Twilo, Tunnel, and Vinyl/Arc, he honestly prefers small intimate rooms. He has DJed at big parties in New York for PS1 Warm Up, Resolute, Rhythmism, Madagascar Institute, Chengwin, Soundlab, Multipolyomni (at the Kitchen), Rubulad, Complacent, theDanger, the Lunatarium, and NYC Burningman Decompression. He's also appeared in Berlin (Panorama Bar, Watergate, Tresor), Krakow & Warsaw (Unsound Festival), Seattle (Decibel Festival), Boulder (Communikey Festival), Chicago (Smart Bar, Sonotheque), Detroit (No Way Back, Oslo), Philadelphia (Rizumu, Inciting), Boston, Denver, Pittsburgh, and Montreal.
2013 is looking bright for Bryan. In addition to their New York events, The Bunker will continue a residency collaboration with GAFFTA at Monarch in San Francisco, and launch a new residency at Smart Bar in Chicago. After a sucessful first gig at Panorama Bar in September 2012 alongside The Bunker residents Derek Plaslaiko and Eric Cloutier, Bryan was asked back in February and is building a European tour around that date.
Outer Space is a project run by John Elliott of Emeralds, which is based out of Cleveland, Ohio.