The Bunker: Magda, T.B. Arthur, Mike Servito and Bryan Kasenic at Analog
The Bunker: Magda, T.B. Arthur, Mike Servito and Bryan Kasenic at Analog 177 Second Avenue 21+, 10p-6a
$10 for The Bunker Drip members, $15-$20 advance, $20 door
Magda of course 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.
Since then, Magda has been running the long-standing and successful Items & Things imprint with Marc Houle and Troy Pierce, while continuing to DJ globally. She has also been collaborating with T.B. Arthur (also appearing tonight at The Bunker) on their first record as Blotter Trax.SOUNDCLOUD
Anonymous producer TB Arthur’s music is a dusty throwback to a mythical midwestern past -- artifacts of the musical cultures that thrived at places like Chicago’s Medusa’s and Detroit’s Record Time. First appearing in late 2014, TB Arthur has released a number of records that get heavy rotation at The Bunker, most recently collaborating on new material with Magda for the appropriately acid-drenched “Blotter Trax” project. TB Arthur will be playing a live set for us on December 2 and we're anticipating something special from this, his first ever East Coast appearance.
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
For the past 12 years, The Bunker New York has led the way for American techno by bringing together hundreds of artists from all over the world. More than a mere techno party, The Bunker unites diverse sounds from across the electronic music spectrum, connecting the dots between house, techno, experimental sounds, and much more. The Bunker New York began as a party, grew up into a record label, and has become a collaborative community, fostered by founder and curator Bryan Kasenic since its launch in 2003.
Kasenic's roots in the world of music go deep. In 1993, at the age of 16, he began DJing on Carnegie Mellon’s WRCT in Pittsburgh. He went on to launch his own radio show on WNYU in 1997. The radio show, and his interest in the many weird corners of the NYC music scene, eventually morphed into the creation of a weekly email newsletter, which included noteworthy party and event listings at a time when nothing of the kind existed online. As Bryan became more established in New York City, he created Beyond Booking, the agency that would become a core part of The Bunker New York. During this time, Bryan was also a sought-after DJ, performing at parties and events on a weekly basis. Currently, Bryan also hosts a weekly show on Red Bull Music Academy Radio, featuring The Bunker's friends and family.
Bryan is much more than a mainstay at The Bunker New York. He has also played in many of the finest clubs and venues around the world: Berghain, Panorama Bar, and Atonal Festival in Berlin; Output, Verboten, and MoMA PS1's Warm Up series in New York; Air Tokyo and Circus Osaka in Japan; Smart Bar in Chicago; the Communikey and Decibel festivals in Boulder and Seattle respectively; Public Works in San Francisco; and many more. Additionally, he has co-produced numerous events and festivals, including several years at Unsound Festival New York. Unsound is one of the leading electronic and experimental music festivals worldwide, and he subsequently brought The Bunker to Krakow, Poland, Unsound's native city.
To understand Kasenic as a DJ one needs only look back at his decades of passion promoting electronic and experimental sounds in New York, and towards the sound of the artists that have become key members of The Bunker New York family: the psychedelic, cerebral bent of Atom™, Voices From The Lake, and Reagenz; the swirling, atmospheric soundscapes of Clay Wilson, Zemi17, and Marco Shuttle; and the industrial-strength hardware dynamics of Løt.te, Mark Verbos, and Romans. 12 years after its founding, The Bunker is stronger than it has ever been and continues to grow, thanks to Kasenic's vision and effort.SOUNDCLOUD SETS AND INTERVIEWS FACEBOOK RESIDENT ADVISOR RA ORAL HISTORY OF THE BUNKER FEATURE (2013) THUMP: THE BUNKER IS THE GODFATHER OF WEIRD TECHNO PARTIES FEATURE (2014) SELF-TITLED FEATURE, OCT 2014
For our final event of 2016 we're excited to bring back a long-time friend and supporter of The Bunker, Magda. We've been her fan since we first heard her play in Detroit in the late 90's and are looking forward to hosting her alongside mysterious acid producer T.B. Arthur. We've heard a lot of raving about his live performances over the past few months and this, his New York debut, has been in the works for a while. Mike Servito and Bryan Kasenic are both home from their travels for a bit to play for the hometown crew.