The Bunker with James Holden at Output / The Panther Room
April 26, 2014
James Holden has been something of a white whale to The Bunker for quite some time now. When Derek Plaslaiko joined us as resident DJ in 2006, tracks from Holden's debut album and some other remixes from that era made their way into practically every set he played. We became obsessed with the album in an arguably unhealthy way, playing it multiple times daily for ... a really long time! When asked who are favorite current electronic producer was, we'd immediately say "James Holden" and get strange looks. For whatever reason, people seemed to think it was quite odd that The Bunker crew held James in such high regard (we still don't quite get why). For years we tried to book him on Derek's birthday and were always told for one reason or another that Holden could not and would not play The Bunker (booking agents can be a hell of a thing). Fast forward to 2013 and James' second album was released, and we began to chase after him again. This time it worked! And after all that we're not just going to have Holden to play for 2 hours, but we're giving him the majority of the night to take us on a proper journey with an extended DJ set.
James' biography is long and impressive, you can read it on his website (linked below). Aside from his two albums, he's produced an endless stream of quality remixes and EPs. He founded Border Community and introduced the world to talented artists such as Nathan Fake, Extrawelt, and Luke Abbott. He remixed Depeche Mode, Madonna, and Britney Spears. He was the opening live act for an extensive tour with Thom Yorke's supergroup Atoms For Peace. He's become one of the most popular DJ's in the world without making any compromises whatsoever. We're very proud to finally welcome him to The Bunker.JAMESHOLDEN.ORG SOUNDCLOUD FACEBOOK
Bryan Kasenic (pka Spinoza) is known in the electronic music world for throwing many incredible parties, playing adventurous DJ sets, and starting Beyond, his own booking agency. The past few years have seen Bryan take his infamous Brooklyn-based party, The Bunker, to Panorama Bar in Berlin, Corsica Studios in London, Unsound Festival in Krakow, Communikey Festival in Boulder, Decibel Festival in Seattle, Smartbar in Chicago, GAFFTA in San Francisco, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, and of course Detroit. In January 2014, The Bunker celebrated it's 11th Anniversary and launched a record label.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
Timothy J Fairplay and Scott Fraser have burst onto the scene with a slew of impressive releases over the past few years. Both operate out of Andrew Weatherall's Bunker studio, producing analogue goodness for an assortment of labels which between them include Rush Hour, Emotional Response and World Unknown. Fairplay is most well known for his collaboration with Andrew Weatherall as The Asphodells, but that is really just scratching at the surface of his already impressive discography. Their Crimes of the Future parties have caused quite a stir in both Glasgow (Berkeley Suite) and London (Plastic People), and they've launched a label under the same name. They are known for playing leftfield house & techno as well as other outsider sounds inspired by krautrock and dub. These guys are exactly the kind of deep heads we love at The Bunker. Check out some of their mixes and tracks on the Soundcloud links below and you'll see what we mean. They'll be playing an extended set in the Panther Room.CRIMES OF THE FUTURE SOUNDCLOUD BOILER ROOM SCOTT FRASER SOUNDCLOUD TIMOTHY J FAIRPLAY 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 new residency at the Bunker, and worldwide representation from Beyond Booking.MIKE SERVITO SOUNDCLOUD FRAMEWORKS - WORLDWIDE BOOKINGS MINUS NORTH AMERICA MIKE SERVITO LIVE AT NO WAY BACK DETROIT 2018 MIX MIKE SERVITO LIVE AT HONCHO CAMPOUT AUGUST 2019 MIX