The Bunker 12 Year Anniversary at Output / The Panther Room
The Bunker 12 Year Anniversary at Output / The Panther Room 74 Wythe Avenue 21+, 10p-6a
free before midnight with RSVP, $15-30 otherwise
Daniel Bell is considered to be one of the pioneers of the minimal techno genre. Born in Sacramento, California, Bell grew up outside of Toronto, and later moved to Detroit where he collaborated with Richie Hawtin as Cybersonik for three years on Plus 8 records. In 1991, he started his own label, Accelerate, where he released a string of extremely influential releases as DBX. Bell was influenced primarily by Chicago House as well as the works of Steve Reich and Philip Glass. His productions are characterized by minimalist house grooves accented by blips and bleeps. Some tracks also feature bizarre voice effects and eerie atmospherics such as "Losing Control," which caused a sensation when released in 1994. In the mid to late 90's Bell moved behind the scenes to create 7th City Distribution which exclusively pressed and distributed Robert Hood's M-plant, Dopplereffekt's Dataphysix and Anthony Shakir's Frictional record labels, to name a few. He also launched Elevate, Harmonie Park and relaunched 7th City Records. Debut releases on these labels helped kick start the music careers of Todd Sines, Rick Wade, Theo Parrish and Shawn Rudiman among others. In 2000, he relocated to Berlin, Germany, and released his first dj mix CD, "The Button-Down Mind of Daniel Bell," on Tresor Records to wide critical acclaim. 2003 brought a follow-up release on Logistic records, "The Button-Down Mind Strikes Back," and soon after a retrospective cd of older work was released: "Blip, Blurp, Bleep: The Music of Daniel Bell". For the past few years Daniel has kept a heavy dj schedule that has brought him all over the world. Since 2008, he's sporadically taken a live set that focused mainly on the classic DBX material on the road\, playing at DEMF and a handful of dates in Europe (plus a super surprise unannounced set at The Bunker for those lucky enough to catch it). Tonight he brings his new live set that features John Tejada on drums, which was without question the set of the weekend at Movement this year. Dan has played more guest sets at The Bunker over the years than any other artist, so it's a very special treat to have this unique live set headline our 12 Year Anniversary.
Rrose released three 12"s and an album (with Bob Ostertag) on Sandwell District in 2011, and moved on to start her own label, Eaux. After presenting his North American debut live set at The Bunker in 2012, he retuned for a DJ set last year and demolished Output in then process. We could not be more thrilled to present her return on this special night.RROSE WEBSITE EAUX WEBSITE RESIDENT ADVISOR RROSE BUNKER PODCAST
There's nothing wrong with modesty. But some DJs are too modest, and Derek Plaslaiko is one of them. As someone that has thrived in some of the most competitive scenes for electronic music in the world, he has plenty to brag about.
Plaslaiko cut his teeth in Detroit at the city's famed Record Time store, selling records to some of the city's famed DJs and producers. He took these retail experiences—Watts and Syntax were employers as well, once upon a time—and applied them to his fledgling DJ career, earning a residency at the Tuesday night weekly Family. Filling the city's Motor club on an unlikely party night is no mean feat, but Plaslaiko's keen selections and infectious energy won over the house heads in the audience. So much so that Plaslaiko was asked by Carl Craig to play at the inaugural edition of the Detroit Electronic Music Festival, as well as representing Spectral Sound around the world without ever having released a track on the label.
Eventually, Plaslaiko moved on to New York City where he quickly found himself another residency at The Bunker. As part of one of the most respected Friday night events in the city, Plaslaiko has played alongside Daniel Bell, Marcel Dettmann, Baby Ford, Alex Smoke and countless others, and even was named "Best Techno Party DJ" by The Village Voice in 2006. It was in New York as well that Plaslaiko first began to produce music, leading to his debut release in 2010 on Perc Trax, a 12-inch that was played by DJs like Peter Van Hoesen, Pfirter and Paul Woolford upon its release. Now based in Berlin, more tracks are in the works and the DJ gigs keep piling up. As we said, there's plenty to brag about. Not that he'd do it himself that is.
- Todd Burns, Resident Advisor
Bryan Kasenic (pka Spinoza) is known in the electronic music world for throwing The Bunker, 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 launched a record label. In 2015, The Bunker celebrates it's 12 Year Anniversary.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
Has it really been six years since we had John Tejada play at The Bunker? Time flies! John has played many memorable editions of The Bunker in NYC. Way back in 2003 (first year of The Bunker), John was in town for some audio conference, and was good friends with a Tonic employee, who managed to get him booked at The Bunker. He was amazing that night (we remember him cutting up doubles of SmithNHack and driving people mental), and played the gig for next to no money (we weren't even charging a cover yet). Then he played at that insane woodshop party in Bushwick we did with Wolf + Lamb and destroyed the place. And he also played a memorable all hardware live set during our short stint at Luna Lounge in 2007. Then he joined us in 2009 for one of our very first two room parties at Public Assembly. Tonight Tejada will treat us to a DJ set as well playing drums in DBX live. John is an incredibly talented DJ, with skills on par with some of the fastest hip-hop DJs, which is unusual for a techno jock. For those of you who do not know, John Tejada is one of the most talented producers in the world. It could be argued that he has the better ear for melody than anyone else making techno right now. The last time we saw him play live, many in the crowd couldn't believe that every single track was his, as they were all instantly recognizable hits they'd been hearing in clubs for years. John runs the Palette label, but has released on many other labels as well, including Steve Bug's Poker Flat, Dan Bell's 7th City, and Pole's ~scape. We're beyond excited to welcome John back into the fold at The Bunker.PALETTE
Harry+Jpeg (DJ's Harry Cross & Jacob Meehan) are residents of Smart Bar and the underground Men's Room party in Chicago. Soundtracking leather bars and bathhouses on a regular basis, their sound is drenched in the dark, smokey corners of house, techno and disco.SOUNDCLOUD MEN'S ROOM
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
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
Founder of L.A.G., member of Point Break.SOUNDCLOUD
Founder of Dusk Notes, member of Point Break.SOUNDCLOUD
It feels like each year of The Bunker passes a little more quickly than the last. It's no wonder why this year passed so quickly, as we released 10 records in the first year of our label, The Bunker New York, in addition to throwing 26 parties. We took The Bunker to Movement Detroit, Sustain-Release upstate NY, Great American Techno Festival Denver, and Panorama Bar Berlin for showcases. It was our second year in Output and our first year at Trans Pecos in NYC. We have a lot up our sleeves for year 13, and want to thank you all for your continued support by offering free admission before midnight with RSVP to the anniversary. The holidays season is tough on everyone's wallet, but we don't want anyone left out in the cold for what is sure to be a stellar night. DBX is playing live with Daniel Bell on electronics and vocals and John Tejada on drums. Rrose is back. Men's Room makes their debut at The Bunker alongside their good buddies Mike Servito and Wrecked. And we have some members of The Bunker "next gen" in Stilton House!