The Knocks (DJ Set), Party Supplies, Sammy Bananas

The Knocks (DJ Set)

Everyone can now make music. The increasing access to music related technology and the liquid flow of music and information is a blessing to aspiring musicians, but a curse to those who have to sift through the terrible mash-ups and tunes in order to find quality music. Based out of New York City's Lower East Side, The Knocks are taking a stand and reclaiming good music for all.

The Knocks - Ben "B-Roc" Ruttner and James "Jpatt" Patterson - garnered their name from the early days of their production career when they tirelessly worked out of their home studios and complaining neighbors would knock on their doors. Coupled with DJing and making mixtapes, the pair cobbled together enough money to open their studio; HeavyRoc Music. Following the tried and tested route of classic New York producers of the past, the pair would head straight from the studio to the club with a new fresh jam to test on the crowd in their DJ sets.

They have since produced original material and remixes for Katy Perry, Britney Spears, Marina & the Diamonds, and now their own music. With heavy rotation on Australia's Triple J, their single "Make It Better" was released on Neon Gold Records and their hit "Dancing With the DJ" was #1 on both the Hype Machine and Japan's iTunes. The Knocks have been taking their energetic live dance party all over the world, including their sold out NYC Bowery Ballroom debut, Tammany Hall headlining show and their European tour with Sleigh Bells and M.I.A. They've shared the stage with acts like Big Boi, Chromeo, and just finished a U.S. tour with Ellie Goulding. Be prepared, because The Knocks will be knocking at your door and stereo very soon.

Party Supplies

Party Supplies is the stage name of Justin Nealis, a Queens-born producer and literal one man band whose handmade MPC symphonies and heartfelt stage presence blend hip-hop energy with anthemic indie hooks. His homegrown remixes for Arcade Fire and Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros turn festival favorites into cut and paste epics, and his production work for the likes of Action Bronson and Das Racist prove his boom-bap bonafides. Yet on original tracks like "Workin Out" and "Going Hard Forever" (from his forthcoming debut LP on Fool's Gold), both sides of Party Supplies combine for yearning singalongs over propulsive live drum machine beats. It's a show that must be seen to be believed, and has made fans-for-life out of the thousands who have already caught PS in action at Fool's Gold parties all year long. This is classic rock from the future, don't get left behind...

Rising Brooklyn remixer and party maestro Sammy Bananas lives up to his name by crafting ecstatic tracks that ditch trendy production tricks in favor of pure pop satisfaction. Hook and melody are the consistent components of his dance music, which swerves through genre boundaries while maintaining a commitment to sparking club mayhem. Sammy is a skilled remixer, with reworks for Passion Pit, Kid Cudi and Chromeo under his belt, and these as well as his original tracks are loved and played by DJs across the globe. Traveling often, he brings his good-time DJ sets to dancefloors from Europe to Australia and everywhere in between.

With High Top Fades and Braids & Fades, his first two EPs on the influential Fool's Gold label, Sammy set the tone for his style, chopping up 90s R&B hits into quirky and infectious uptempo club tracks. This approach is still evident on his recent bootleg "My Body", which transforms snippets of R.Kelly's classic "Bump & Grind" into a near anthemic 2-step house jam. His first non-sample based song "Move Your Body" saw release in November 2010 on Fool's Gold Vol 1, a label compilation put out in partnership with Downtown Records.

Telephoned, Sammy's collaboration with NYC vocalist Maggie Horn, has wowed listeners with their innovative approach to the cover song. On their self-titled EP on Fool's Gold, and through a series of mixtapes, the duo transform and mutate current hits and reshape them in their own image using Maggie's versatile voice and Sammy's production skills. Their first original tune "Hold Me" is out now on Scion A/V, but they keep their mission statement in mind by featuring a cover of their own song on the B-side of the release.

$5.00 - $10.00

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The Knocks (DJ Set), Party Supplies, Sammy Bananas

Thursday, May 29 · 9:00 PM at The Westway