Not too long ago, it looked like New York’s glory days as a center for dance music had passed. As the birthplace of disco and hip-hop and the home of legendary nightclubs like the Paradise Garage, Limelight and Twilo, the city has long been part of the cultural fabric. But as the notoriously grimy city of the late 20th century transformed into the sleek and hyper-gentrified metropolis of today, its thriving underground lost its foothold.
New Yorkers have long flourished under adversity, though, and its now bustling party scene is a testament to this. Promoters, producers and DJs jumped the East River to establish Brooklyn as a new creative center. Lofts and warehouses filled the void left by Manhattan’s shuttered nightclubs, and a new generation of producers is infusing the city’s musical legacy with the sounds of the international scene. But the luxury condos rising along the waterfront are a constant reminder that the city’s relentless evolution could easily stamp things out again. We burrowed deep for our latest Real Scenes film, discovering how some of the key players in this vast scene are hustling hard to make it last.
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A expedition undertaken to discover, learn, meet and document the ideas and people behind the controls of vinyl record production.
Recorded over 6 weeks, travelling through Germany, Switzerland, Austria and the UK – For The Record exposes a number of notions about why vinyl is such an indelible medium and how it continues to remain popular in the the face of opposing format change.
Special thanks to all the people who helped and collaborated on this documentary.
Additional thanks to Creative New Zealand, for support funding.
Watch and vote for “The Archive”, a documentary profiling the quirky owner of the world’s largest record collection, and his attempts to sell it and move on. To cast your vote in this category, visit each film’s YouTube page (I Survived, Once Upon a Rooftop, Seltzer Works, or The Archive), and click the thumbs up “like” button at the bottom of the video player.
Electronic Beats sat down and had the opportunity to interview a Detroit Techno Pioneer, Derrick May. Derrick speaks about todays Electronic Music scene, how DJ’s come and go, Who’s responsible for todays “Circus”, and how he still active in the Club scene.
“Wherever the music comes from, if there is no focus behind it then it’s just noise” – Derrick May
Derrick recalls when two men confronting him asking “Ya man your into a Dubstep? So happy to see you play this shit man” and let’s them and everyone know he doesn’t stand behind no particular genre. “It’s Music man, i just dig it. I don’t know where the fuck it comes from. It’s just cool shit” and goes on by saying “It’s cool, i like it, i play it. I don’t care where it comes from. Im happy it is part of some particular movement and Im able to jump on board but i didn’t mean to, I just like Music”. [Read More]
DJSounds put together a couple of videos that take a look behind the scenes at a few of the important clubs in the city and interview the people who make it all happen. If you can make it through the hideous intro and transition clips, there’s actually some good stuff worth watching…
We were fortunate to have the opportunity to sit down with legendary NYC DJ Danny Krivit (Body and Soul, 718 Sessions) and discuss the profound influence that New York City has had on his distinguished music career. He notes that the musical landscape of his youth was significantly different than it is today, which left us wondering: does NYC, in its current state, have the ability to inspire new talent the way it did in Danny Krivit’s formative years? Check out the video and let us know what you think! Then, get on over to Webster Hall on Sunday (July 20th) for this month’s 718 Session!