When I found out Boys Noize had two upcoming shows in New York at Output, I deliberated whether or not to review his show again. I had already wrote about Boys Noize’s performance at Electric Zoo this year, and with his performance looming at HARD Event’s Day of the Dead festival in less than two weeks, another set review seemed overkill. I debated which days to go, and decided to ask around.
“You need to come both nights,” his camp told me. “These are going to be two different shows.”
That spooked me. When an artist is scheduled to play two shows at the same venue, you rarely get two transcendent performances. Eric Prydz’s masterpiece the week before was an anomaly. The feat is painfully tough from the artist’s point of view. How do you reconcile people that are only seeing you one night with those here to see you both nights? The second set has to be just as impressive as the first one, possibly even more. Yet you cannot hold back during the first night and disappoint. Boys Noize did just that. (more…)
During CMJ’s massive week in New York, while many of the music events were spaced evenly across Manhattan, Brooklyn’s Output held a showcase of Nick Catchdubs’ and A-Trak’s project, the amazing Fool’s Gold record label. A perfect venue in the label’s own backyard, Output welcomed the a cozy crowd unlike the usual CMJ fare – underdressed non-industry types there to enjoy a good time for the artists’ music. With a brisk wind whistling from the East River, New Yorkers who were lucky enough to attend the show were treated to multiple eclectic sets that spanned several genres, each no more than 2 hours long. (more…)
It was easy to see why Paul Kalkbrenner is one of Germany’s most legendary electronic music acts during his performance last Thursday in Brooklyn. His enormous draw was made evident at first sight of the crowd of hundreds huddled near the entrance of Output’s doors. Last year, Kalkbrenner made his way state side for Sonar On Tour, bringing his famed brand of techno to cities across America — including a performance at Coachella’s Sahara Tent in April. New Yorkers weren’t as lucky, though, as Hurricane Sandy barred the touring festival’s stop at Roseland Ballroom to take place due to catastrophic damage to the city’s infrastructure. His Output debut would mark his first play in New York in three years, making the occasion a no-brainer for any self-proclaimed electronic music connoisseur.
Most dance music enthusiasts I know, including myself, are a little overbearing at parties. Common to all of us is the want, no, the need to dictate the music selection at get togethers. For every “Blurred Lines” play, I feel an unwarranted personal responsibility to play the newest dance track that I play on repeat. Justifying my selfishness as a benefit for the general community (after all, in my mind, I am only choosing the best songs!), I begin to spin my own personal set at the party on the speakers.
This annoying need stems from the understood subconscious that music sets the atmosphere for a great fun night. The music’s ability to subtly affect the mood of the party is empowering, and a bit intoxicating. Which brings me to why I was so excited to see Nicole Moudaber’s set this past Saturday at Brooklyn’s Ouput. (more…)
For the formal release party of his latest Pretty Lights release, Derek Vincent Smith took to New York City for a private show at Sirius XM radio for a handful of his most dedicated fans. Packed into the ‘fishbowl’ at Sirius XM’s studios, diehard fans got a once in a lifetime, up-close-and-personal Pretty Lights experience. Standing inches away from the king of Colorado bass music, fans were treated to a collection of productions, both old and new from the highly animated DJ/producer. Following up his performance at Sirius, the party continued in Brooklyn’s latest hotspot, Output, where Smith debuted the entire A Color Map of the Sun album to a sold out crowd. Output’s Funktion-1 sound system and stripped down, music first atmosphere proved to be the perfect environment to hear the latest tapestry of sound from Pretty Lights – showcasing every intricate layer of Smith’s newest masterpiece.
As part of the monthlong Red Bull Music Academy series in New York City this month, the legendary Giorgio Moroder was billed to take on his first ever DJ set at Output in Brooklyn this past Monday. With the assistance of his “music director” Chris Cox (whom you will hear Moroder himself introduce through a vocoder at the beginning of this recording), the pioneering producer spent the extent of his set breezing through many of the highlights of his life’s work, including his work for Donna Summer, Three Degrees, Sparks, and Suzi Lane. He touched on his own work as Munich Machine, his Academy Award-winning soundtrack for Midnight Express, and his new track “Racer,” premiered by Google earlier this week. For a 73-year-old, we think he’s doing pretty well for himself these days.
Cassy Britton, one of the leading ladies in the underground world today, will be the first resident to play regularly at Brooklyn’s recently opened (and much lauded) club, Output. Cassy has already been making appearances throughout the US festival circuit this year, spinning at both Ultra and Coachella as well as Movement next month, and her relevancy in the American scene is stronger than ever. She’s a veteran of many of Europe’s favorite clubs (not excluding Berlin’s Panorama Bar), so her expertise behind the decks is certainly a welcome addition to the already well-curated bookings Output has been offering. She will be appearing quarterly and is set to begin the week after Movement Detroit, on June 1st.
Resident Advisor, in conjunction with Red Bull Music Academy, has returned with the latest volume of their Real Scenes series, and this time New York City is the focus. New York means a lot of things to a lot of different people, but the overarching theme RA and RMBA land on for this mini-documentary is the hard-ass mentality and hypercreativity it takes to survive as an artist in the city. Not that this theme should ever be confined to America’s largest city, but it’s more about the way in which residents view themselves and their own plight in relation to the changing tides and historic themes of electronic music in New York. Interviewees include FaltyDL, Anthony Parasole, L.I.E.S’s Ron Morelli, and the planners of Mister Saturday Night, Blkmarket Membership, Output, and Mister Saturday Night.
Last month I told the tale of Carl Cox’s debut performance at Brooklyn’s new acclaimed dance club Output, and it appears the electronic music ambassador has uploaded the first two hours of his set for his recent Global Radio show. In his commentary at the start of the episode he boasts that the club is the best thing to happen to NYC since Twilo — a nightclub that closed in 2001 that used to host the likes of Sasha and Digweed. The mix is from the beginning of his five/six hour set, so offers a glimpose of Carl Cox properly warming up a room.
When news sprung that Nicolas Matar — owner of famed New York nightclub Cielo — was opening a Berghain-style nightclub in the depths of Brooklyn, true dance music faithfuls both clamored with excitement and immediately began to speculate potential bookings. Cielo’s been opened for a decade and Matar has developed some of the best relationships with some of the biggest DJs in the world — hosting deadmau5 (before he was deadmau5), Kaskade when he was still playing deep house, 2005 tag team sets from Steve Angello and Sebastian Ingrosso, Detroit legends Kevin Saunderson and Carl Craig, David Guetta, Marco Carola, Deep Dish, and countless others. The who’s who of DJs have all graced Cielo’s decks, making it one of the most storied nightclubs in American dance music history. With word of Output opening, New York had no choice but to expect something game-changing. (more…)