The Bunker: High Kicks and Neck Snaps with Magda, Mike Servito, BMG, Gay Marvine at Output / The Panther Room
The Bunker: High Kicks and Neck Snaps with Magda, Mike Servito, BMG, Gay Marvine at Output / The Panther Room 74 Wythe Avenue 21+, 10p-6a
Magda of course really needs no introduction. We're pretty sure you're all familiar with her achievements, the huge label she was closely associated with throughout the 00s, and her rise to prominence. What many of you may not know is how Magda is connected to Mike Servito and The Bunker. We first became aware of Magda in the late 90s, when we caught her opening for Richie Hawtin at various events in Detroit and New York. We fell in love with her style of DJing and gave her a Friday night DJ residency the week she moved to NYC at Openair, the short lived but infamous DJ lounge on Saint Mark's Place and Ave A. It was through Magda's bookings for this residency that we made early contact with Daniel Bell, Zip, Sammy Dee, John Tejada, Theo Parrish, Troy Pierce and many other artists. Magda also brought in Mike Servito to play her party, 10+ years before he became the resident DJ at The Bunker. This is how we met. We also met BMG from Interdimensional Transmissions, who we collaborate with on the No Way Back event, through his booking at Magda's Openair party. Turns out she was also tight with Derek Plaslaiko.
Lately Magda has taken Mike Servito under her wing to open for her at a series of events across Europe's biggest clubs called High-Kicks and Neck Snaps. These events have been a huge success and Servito wont shut up about how insanely good Magda's DJing was on all of these dates.SOUNDCLOUD
Mike Servito is from a very special yet temporary and partially lost fertile crescent of techno / house / party DJing. It was a time when raves were still a fresh idea, almost felt like a revolution, and DJs like Claude Young, D Wynn, Derrick Carter and Mike Huckaby were informing an upcoming generation. If you look directly to that inspired generation you will find the lost threads of Detroit Techno, House and beyond, you will find a group of DJs with insanely deep mixing skills, the ability to rock almost any kind of party with an improvisational approach that is so skilled it makes everything seem so well thought out that even they don't know where their set will go. But, it will take you there! In the future, this special generation of deep midwest mixers will be remembered and revered as the wizards they are, long after the trendy players have lost their luster.
Detroit never forgot about Mike Servito, his upfront dirty deep and bitchy taste has had an impact on Detroit nightlife for over a decade. From debuting in 1995 at Dat's Poorboy parties, to being a resident at blackbx and Ghostly's Untitled (along with Derek Plaslaiko, Tadd Mullinix, Matthew Dear, and Ryan Elliott), contributing to the bizarrely popular, wild and free Dorkwave, and progressing that concept into Sass (the hippest queer party in Detroit at the time), to blowing minds at Interdimensional Transmissions' No Way Back parties, Servito has made his impression. Moving to Brooklyn, Detroit's loss has been their gain, as he has found a proper home with a residency at The Bunker, and representation by Beyond Booking in North America and Odd Fantastic in Europe.MIKE SERVITO SOUNDCLOUD ODD FANTASTIC - EUROPEAN BOOKINGS
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 few months, these guys have become a regular part of our lineups at The Bunker, shining bright as both openers and in more prime time slots.WRECKED SOUNDCLOUD
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".INTERDIMENSIONAL TRANSMISSIONS RESIDENT ADVISOR SOUNDCLOUD DISCOGS FACEBOOK
More than a myth, Gay Marvine (aka Chuck Hampton) is a life long fan of great music, great dance music especially. Having been a skilled DJ for decades (studying the greats and becoming one) gives Gay Marvine a unique perspective into music. Being of Midwestern blood he hears and feels the music in a direct way and shapes everything he touches into the sound of the early cutting-edge Detroit DJs and the music they played, reimagined with the technology available today. With the world at his digital finger tips he can take the raw essence of even the most overheard radio mix of a song and emerge with raw hypnotizing juice. His records are edits and recontextualizations, but just as records are physical relics of a bigger movement or thought, Gay Marvine's records are totems of what DJs actually do in their sets, somehow a document of how a DJ hears music and what a DJ does. Look out for his records on Bath House Etiquette. (Bio by BMG)SOUNDCLOUD
Scott Zacharias is musically ambidextrous, the co-founder of both Detroit's Macho City and Disco/Secret with Mike Trombley, and the original resident of Oslo. He started in thrash bands as a teenager then moved on to space rock project Monaural before his interests in Jazz ultimately led him to the traditions of Detroit's deep house DJs, and then beyond into a truly expansive almost psychedelic take on Disco and all its weird friends. He has blossomed into Detroit's best kept secret, a true student of freeform dance music. In recent years, he has treated us to late night Sleaze sets, a special kind of lowtempo disco championed in leather bars in the late 70s, usually played in a euphoric post coitus way, deeply lost in the groove. (bio by BMG)
ISO is Grant Aaron, the man behind the fantastic Mysteries Of The Deep podcast (and now event series). He has decades of experience playing deep and weird music.MYSTERIES OF THE DEEP
Jason Rule is the man behind Astral Travelling, a radio show on CFMU at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada broadcasting every Monday night from midnight to 2 AM. He is also a long time attendee at and current intern of The Bunker.MIXCLOUD ASTRAL TRAVELING WORDPRESS
For the third time, we welcome back Magda and Mike Servito's High Kicks and Neck Snaps. Good pals Wrecked will join them in Output. In the Panther Room we have the Bath House Etiquette / Secret Mixes Fixes showcase with BMG, Gay Marvine, and Scott Zacharias from Detroit going deep. ISO of Mysteries of the Deep and Bonaventure of Astral Traveling are handling the chillout room in Stilton House.