Bemf and The Bunker present Function & Silent Servant, Mike Servito, Gunnar Haslam, Justin Cudmore at Good Room
Bemf and The Bunker present Function & Silent Servant, Mike Servito, Gunnar Haslam, Justin Cudmore at Good Room 98 Meserole Avenue 21+, 10p-5a
$10 The Bunker Drip members, $15-25 advance, $30 door
Function, aka Dave Sumner, should be a familiar name to anyone who's been paying attention to techno in New York City for the past 20+ years. Heavily influence by the early New York rave scene (Limelight, NASA, Storm, etc), Dave dove into production with a few releases on Damon Wild's seminal Synewave label in the mid-90s. From the late 90s to the early 00s, Function put out many productions on his own label, Infrastructure. He also made an undisclosed number of the incredibly popular, anonymous User techno 12"s. He probably made a ton of other anonymous records too, but we'll never know for sure.
In the process he made a strong artistic connection with Female and Regis from the UK, and formed Portion Reform with Regis, releasing a handful of 12"s on Downwards. In 2008, Dave moved to Berlin and began to strongly focus on the Sandwell District label, which was undoubtedly one of the breakout labels that year, and remained in the spotlight until it was retired in 2012.
In 2013, the techno spotlight continued to shine brightly on Sumner with a residency at Berghain, a new album on Ostgut Ton and mix CD on Fabric, and and regular appearances at other huge clubs around the world. His appearances at The Bunker over the past few years have been legendary. In 2014, Dave relaunched his Infrastructure NY label and released a collaborative album with Vatican Shadow and a mix for Ostgut.
Function's appearances at The Bunker are always special, but his set as part of the Infrastructure showcase at The Bunker 13 Year Anniversary earlier this year was downright legendary, as he kept the dancefloor full well past the scheduled closing time.SOUNDCLOUD
Joining us once again is Silent Servant, who has treated us to more great sets than we can count at The Bunker over the years. He rose to fame alongside Regis and Function with their Sandwell District imprint before they laid it to rest in 2011. His full length album on Dominick Fernow's Hospital Productions was easily one of 2012's best releases, and he is known worldwide for his uncompromising productions and DJ sets. He's gone from strength to strength with the launch of his well respected Jealous God imprint in 2013.
Mendez has become a fan favorite at The Bunker and often digs a bit deeper into his crates for sets that will incorporate not only techno, but also industrial, EBM, synth punk, and other sounds.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
Techno producer Justin Cudmore’s coming-of-age as a fan and creator of dance music happened amidst the wide expanses of central Illinois. As a kid growing up in the state’s tucked-away capital of Springfield, he played the drums at home and in school as a jazz percussionist. But where most of his peers were tuned into pop music, Justin was wearing out self-made mixes and classic disco compilations. Then as a student in the college town of Champaign Justin dove further into electronic music, workshopping new-wave influenced beats in bands and DJing parties, primarily at the club night Physical Challenge, which he started in 2007.
But he fully came into his own in cities across the country and world. While studying in Norway, Justin was a regular at monthly parties thrown by Todd Terje and Prins Thomas. He moved to Chicago after college and began working for the influential dance music blog Little White Earbuds, which opened him up to the city’s thriving underground house and techno scene. Currently, Justin is a fixture across Brooklyn, popping up on dance floors and behind booths, where he has spun records at his Hotmix parties along with Mike Servito and Gunnar Haslam.
Through it all, Justin has remained a student of history who recognizes that house and techno still drip with the sweat of its pioneers. Much like the teenager who burrowed deep into his own mind, Justin prefers old sounds over new. He has spent years digging into crates both digital and physical, gathering inspiration for his own productions, which marry snaking acid lines and bouncy grooves to samples that have remained close to his heart. 2015 saw his track, "Feeling,” released on the Denver-based label Deep Club. His newly released 12" on Honey Soundsystem records is currently the talk of the town, and he has a track on techno veteran Heartthrob's ISNISNT label coming this summer.SOUNDCLOUD FACEBOOK
The Bunker and BEMF join forces for the fourth year in a row. Function and Silent Servant team up for a very rare all night 8 hour set in the Good Room. After their amazing all night take over of the Bad Room in July at the Atom™ and Tobias party, we couldn't wait to bring back Hot Mix (Mike Servito, Gunnar Haslam, Justin Cudmore) to do it again!
Admission included in BEMF pass.
Sound reinforcement by Tsunami Bass.