Beyond Booking presents
October 18, 2014
Ambivalent (Delft, Valence, M_nus | Berlin)
Mike Dehnert (Fachwerk, Delsin | Berlin)
M. Geddes Gengras (Opal Tapes | LA) LIVE
Bryan Kasenic (The Bunker New York)
Virginia (Ostgut Ton | Berlin)
Wrecked (Ron Like Hell & Ryan Smith | Brooklyn)
Tad Haes (Occupy The Disco)
Stilton House (Chillout Room):
Leisure Muffin (The Bunker New York | Philadelphia)
Borne (Anticipate | NJ)
$15-20 advance, $30 door
AMBIVALENT (Delft, Valence, M_nus | Berlin)
Does Kevin McHugh, aka Ambivalent, really need any introduction to anyone in the New York City electronic music community? We would hope not, but it seems that many are unaware of his history here, and need a refresher course. He made his big splash in New York City in 1996, when he began to produce and curate Creative Time's Music in the Anchorage series at the age of 20. What where you doing when you were 20? Curating and producing huge events for one of New York's largest arts organizations? Us neither. On one very memorable night in 2001 (and there were a LOT of memorable nights at the Anchorage), when there was little to no techno happening in Brooklyn, he brought Zip and Thomas Brinkmann to play in the base of the Brooklyn Bridge, which is still one of our all time greatest Brooklyn memories. Kevin went on to produce the very successful Micro Mini events at Filter, bringing in artists like Akufen, Sammy Dee, Matthew Dear, Magda, and many more. After a brief stint in Berlin working with Richie Hawtin, he moved back to NYC, got a very "real" job, and occasionally surfaced to throw The Novay events at APT (with guests like Magda, Roman Flugel, and Luciano). For the most part though, he disappeared into his studio to work on his own productions. All of that hard work paid off in a big way in 2006, with huge releases under his Ambivalent alias on M_nus. His "R U OK" single on M_nus was at the top of the Beatport charts for a long time and Kevin was suddenly very in-demand on the international DJ scene. Soon after, he moved back to Berlin to work on music production and touring full time, and has been very successful at both for many years now.
In 2014, Kevin is starting a new chapter in his career. Throughout the past year, he sneakily ran the vinyl only Delft imprint, releasing anonymous acid/electro records under the La-4a alias. These records found their way into the bags of The Bunker residents without any of us having any idea that Kevin was behind them. Delft also released music by Bunker faves JPLS and Matrixxman. Soon Kevin will also launch another label for his more straight ahead techno tracks called Valence. We're extremely proud of our friend and excited to see where this all leads, but one thing is for sure, this new chapter is off to a great start!
MIKE DEHNERT (Fachwerk, Delsin | Berlin)
Having established his Fachwerk label as a go-to imprint for heavyweight but funky techno, Berlin based Mike Dehnert has begun stretching his legs in recent times. A couple of full length albums have seen him explore everything from stripped techno to acid, deep and dirty house and beguiling sound design in production form, whilst his live sets explore similar territory in the club. Respected by all serious heads and peers alike, the rawness and realness of Dehnert's sound is what has rightfully propelled him to the top of the techno tree.
M. GEDDES GENGRAS (Opal Tapes | LA) LIVE
M. Geddes Gengras has inhabited the Los Angeles experimental music scene for the last 7 years, bouncing through various bands, monikers, and a critically acclaimed collaboration with Sun Araw and The Congos. The producer perhaps shines most brightly, however, when left to his own bespoke devices. His solo work is largely based in modular synthesis, comfortably straddling a variety of forms while remaining rooted in a deep affinity for the limitations of analog electronics and a keen ear for timbral manipulation. He's also put out some amazing techno releases as Personable on Opal Tapes. His recent "Ishi" album has been in constant rotation at The Bunker Bunker.
Tonight, Gengras will do an early hardware set, "sort of hybrid textural/kraut/ambient zones" according to the man himself. You haven't heard music like this on Output's soundsystem before.
Recent live set on NTS:
BRYAN KASENIC (The Bunker New York)
Bryan Kasenic (pka Spinoza) is known in the electronic music world for throwing The Bunker, playing adventurous DJ sets, and starting Beyond, his own booking agency. The past few years have seen Bryan take his infamous Brooklyn-based party, The Bunker, to Panorama Bar in Berlin, Corsica Studios in London, Unsound Festival in Krakow, Communikey Festival in Boulder, Decibel Festival in Seattle, Smartbar in Chicago, GAFFTA in San Francisco, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, and of course Detroit. In January 2014, The Bunker celebrated it's 11th Anniversary and launched a record label.
VIRGINIA (Ostgut Ton | Berlin)
The talented DJ, Singer, Songwriter and Producer, Virginia has been deeply involved in electronic music for over a decade. Growing up in Munich, the energetic and dedicated artist quickly found her feet in music. Her career kick-started in the late 90s thanks to a wave of early hit singles, and she soon began to tour as a DJ, discovering a real passion for life in front of the crowd.
A world-wind of live shows and international DJing ensued, with Virginia finding many a follower, thanks to residencies like the cult club Flokati, Tobi Neumann's famous house heaven, or her longstanding nights at Sven Väth´s Cocoon club in Frankfurt, which ran for over 3 years. Inspired by the warm and analog tracks of the 80s and 90s, her DJ sets combine this sound with modern records in an exciting fusion, layered with spontaneous live vocals adding a unique third dimension. With a careful mixture of peaks and also moments of reduction, she commands attention in her hybrid DJ / Live performances.
Her song-writing and production projects continued to grace the charts and hold her in great respect in the scene. Her full length album, 'Twisted Mind', was released in 2008 on Rough Trade, co-produced with Eye- Q Records' Steve B-Zet; a wonderfully musical cross-over album that found its way into Film and TV airplay. The album was a positive blend of electro-pop, a project which saw Virginia touring live on stage with a 5-piece band.
Viriginia co-wrote a wealth of productions and guest appearances, alongside the likes of Steve Bug, Butch, Abe Duque and most recently with Panorama Bar resident Steffi, on her album 'Yours & Mine'. Beginning with a vocal-led collaboration, 'Reasons', on Jus Ed's acclaimed label Underground Quality in Oct 2010, they have since gone on to produce some very exciting results. Steffi's album focuses two tracks around Virginia's vocals which she feels really reflect her true musical direction - the tracks 'Yours', a rousing hit in the making, and the touching 'You Own My Mind'.
Virginia's rich, colourful and vibrant voice has brought a golden touch to her widespread and highly respected release catalogue, and she continues to collaborate with some of electronic music's key players. Always developing her own production skills, she just released her first solo production "Loch & Hill" on Ostgut Ton, 8th of april 2013.
WRECKED (Ryan Smith & Ron Like Hell | Brooklyn)
While shopping for vinyl at a record store, Ryan Smith met Ron Like Hell, a veteran DJ of 19 years. Both excited to meet another like-minded gay individual into timeless musical sounds, past and present, they were inspired to work on a project together. They really came into their own when they launched the Wrecked monthly at National Underground, which was an immediate success. They've made it their mission to book solid underground talent to express the changing tides in the gay underground. Currently, Ron is working on music and remixes while Ryan is working on a label, Discaire Records, with 3 other gents while working as a booking agent. The duo is always cooking up some exciting new projects and surprises. For the past year, these guys have become a regular part of our lineups at The Bunker, shining bright as both openers and in more prime time slots. Tonight we celebrate Ron Like Hell's birthday!!
TAD HAES (Occupy The Disco)
LEISURE MUFFIN (The Bunker New York | Philly):
Leisure Muffin’s modern take on kosmische music is not easy to pin down. Influences and reference points are extraordinarily wide-ranged, but include early Warp (Seefeel, Autechre, and Aphex), Drexciya, Skinny Puppy, Meat Beat Manifesto, Coil, and Perrey and Kingsley. He was also deeply influenced by the sound of The Bunker (and other) dancefloors. A former audio engineering educator, Hopkins has a mastery of both Ableton Live and modular synthesizers. After drooling over, and even borrowing some key pieces of gear from Sarah Lawrence College and Charles Cohen’s studio over the years, the recent advent of more affordable modular equipment meant that he finally has a dream setup of his own.
“The fact that modular synths have become affordable now has really helped,” he says. “I always wanted to be writing using that stuff and after waiting for a really long time, I finally have the kind of setup I always dreamed of.”
It makes sense that someone with Leisure Muffin’s broad tastes makes music that is hard to classify. When most people tell you that they love all forms of music, further examination of their claim usually leads to disappointment. This isn't the case for Leisure Muffin. If you join him for tea, you could end up listening to an accordion record as easily as you might hear electronic music. He spent most of his life working in some of the best and worst record stores in the USA, for the pure joy of being able to hear new sounds every day (before the internet put all music at everyone’s fingertips). If you talk to him you might hear about the pleasures of attending the symphony after eating a pot brownie or how you should listen to African Juju records from the 1930s. .
"I don't know what to call it--I really just make the kind of stuff that I want to hear,” he says. “And honestly, if I didn't love dancing and playing at dance parties so much, I'd probably just be locked in a room somewhere torturing synthesizers or playing boring whale sound guitar solos for hours. Actually, I suppose I do a fair amount of that anyway. Maybe that's why it's taken me almost 20 years to actually release something that anybody is interested in putting out."
In the mid-90's, he was playing shows in clubs in the Lower East Side (Den of Thieves, Unity Gain, Tonic) when he was too young to drink. He pulled off a lot of great sets over the following years and built a reputation as a live electronic performer during an era when that was far less common. Live recordings of both his solo sets and his duos with Charles Cohen made the rounds among good friends (including The Bunker New York bossman Bryan Kasenic), but finishing a studio record had, until now, eluded him.
With the encouragement of Kasenic and The Bunker New York family, Leisure Muffin finally managed to finish an EP in the studio, and we couldn’t be happier with the results.
BORNE (Anticipate | New Jersey)
Borne (Scott Vizioli) plays a diverse montage of musical influences, from experimental ambient to minimal techno and all that lies between. A lover of many styles, and the absurdities of everyday life, he enjoys the chance to blend in the unexpected. Across the east coast Borne has spread his unique sound in nooks, crannies, forests and concrete boxes ranging from The Bunker to Imagenode's inflatable blinky bubbles and spaces in between.