The Bunker 16 Year Anniversary at Elsewhere
The Bunker 16 Year Anniversary at Elsewhere 599 Johnson Avenue 21+, 10p-6a
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.SOUNDCLOUD
A Berlin resident since 2004, Mareena developed her musical career in interaction with the steady advancement of techno and house in Berlin after moving from Rostock / East Germany. As a result of her experiences within the diverse musical channels of Berlin she has developed her own distinct sound. This development naturally led to DJ gigs in many notable underground clubs such as About Blank, Berghain, Griessmühle and eventually a residency at Tresor. Her influences range far and wide, including anything from Detroit and Chicago acid to the more hypnotic take on dub, ambient, and techno. Throughout the years she has performed extensively both locally and internationally, accomplishing the rare feat of earning a reputation solely as a DJ and curator. Acting not only as one of the curators of the New Faces nights as well as her own quarterly Klubnacht at Tresor, Mareena is also the founder of the UNRUSH podcast, interview, event series and record label. Through these multiple mediums she has continuously crafted new conduits for both established and emerging artists to break down musical barriers and transform the world around them. As a DJ she is a chameleon, carefully stitching together immaculate and immersive sound landscapes for any occasion. Whether she is playing peak time, warm up, or after hour, her sound reveals an intelligent eclecticism fused with bold elements of surprise that exemplify her rich knowledge of electronic music culture.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, 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 MIKE SERVITO LIVE AT NO WAY BACK DETROIT 2018 MIX
Lauren Flax is a DJ, songwriter & record producer. Her discography is extensive, flush with originals, collaborations and remixes, including projects with a long list of world class talent such as Grammy-nominated artist Sia, Kim Ann Foxman, Romy XX and Tricky.
It’s no surprise this versatile artist is in such high demand, whether she’s creating trip hop and down tempo with production partner Lauren Dillard as CREEP, or giving life to hedonistic dance tracks in her solo works, Lauren always captures the essence of the genre, deftly shaping musical ideas into her signature sound.
As a DJ, she exudes calm confidence and impeccable style. Performing internationally for years, Lauren is technically superlative and delivers a host of Chicago, Detroit and New York influenced house music.
In the midst of what is being hailed as a major revival of New York’s club scene, Lauren has firmly established herself as a fixture of this new era of dance music, she will no doubt continue to journey from cult following to club world mainstay.SOUNDCLOUD RESIDENT ADVISOR FACEBOOK DJ MAG REVIEW OF "DANCE TRAX VOL. 16" BEATS IN SPACE MIX, DECEMBER 2018
For the past 15 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; Concrete in Paris; Bassiani in Tbilisi; De School and Shelter in Amsterdam; Organik Festival in Taiwan; Output and MoMA PS1's Warm Up series in New York; Contact, 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. 15 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
It's been awhile since we've welcomed former resident DJ at The Bunker Unjust into the fold. Her yearly sets at Big Booty Hoes always impress.SOUNDCLOUD
Abby Echiverri is a young producer based in Brooklyn, NY, whose intense curiosity has led her to take on a variety of roles as a musician, sound engineer, DJ and VJ. Her releases include a track on the 15 Years of the Bunker compilation followed by her debut EP on The Bunker NY, entitled Ab Initio, which has garnered a number of positive reviews. As a live musician, Echiverri’s left-field musical influences, deft hardware manipulations, and experienced engineering meld into an inventive interpretation of techno.
Echiverri’s current trajectory started early in childhood when she was classically trained in violin, flute, piano and vocals, cementing music as a part of her daily life. In high school she picked up turntables and began collecting records, eventually moving to NYC to study recording engineering and perform in post-punk bands, and became a regular at Wierd and The Bunker at a very young age. Since then, Echiverri has devoted her professional hours to engineering, maintaining, and manufacturing audio equipment for studios and clubs around the world. Such intimacy with technology comes through in her music, where she enjoys working with unfamiliar hardware and acoustic samples, using unconventional effects processing, and manipulating the stereo field in disorientating ways.SOUNDCLOUD RESIDENT ADVISOR REVIEW OF AB INITIO EP DJ MAG "NINE ACTS YOU NEED TO HEAR THIS AUGUST" "STUDIO TALK" FEATURE ON HYPONIK FACEBOOK LIVE OF ABBY ON RED BULL RADIO
Newest member of The Bunker New York family with original music and remixes coming soon!
2018 was possibly our busiest year to date at The Bunker New York. The label started the year with the massive 15 Years of The Bunker compilation, and followed with 7 EPs, introducing Antenes, rrao, Abby Echiverri, and LDY OSC to our growing roster of label artists. We also released 23 new episodes of our podcast series, and did 33 broadcasts of our Red Bull Radio show. We took The Bunker on the road, celebrating our 15th anniversary in 16 different cities around the world. Most importantly, we threw 13 parties in NYC, and started working with New venues Nowadays and Elsewhere, and relaunched at Market Hotel after a two and a half year break.
Once again, we are excited to be celebrating our anniversary on the first weekend of January, as our first party ever was the first Friday of January back in 2003. This year we’ve invited a couple close friends from Berlin to play alongside a home team lineup.
The Hall will be headlined by Function. It has been our great pleasure to watch him thrive since he moved to Berlin back in 2008, first as a founding member of Sandwell District, and then as an Ostgut Ton label artist and Berghain resident who also relaunched his legendary Infrastructure NY imprint. In early 2018, he made his debut on The Bunker New York label with “Norfolk Street Acid”, a nod to subTonic, the venue where it all started for The Bunker, where he was a regular artist and patron. It’s been a while since Function has played a proper solo set at The Bunker, and after many legendary sets for us over the years, we’re very excited for what he has in store. Also in The Hall is Mareena, who hosts a quarterly Klubnacht at Tresor in Berlin and is also the mastermind behind the Unrush podcast and event series. Opening the room will be The Bunker founder and resident DJ Bryan Kasenic.
In Zone One we present the world debut live set from Lauren Flax, who will be joining The Bunker’s label and booking agency in 2019. Opening things up will be Unjust, who was born and raised in Miami (where she started to rep Schematic), did a long stint in NYC (where she was a resident DJ at The Bunker in 2005-2006), and now lives in Peru. Closing the room will be our beloved resident DJ, Mike Servito.
Up in The Loft, which was recently renovated, we will once again be presenting more chilled out meditative sounds, this time with The Bunker label artists Abby Echiverri and rrao.