The Bunker LTD New Year's Eve with LA-4A, Patrick Russell, Bryan Kasenic, Nihal Ramchandani, Ken Meier at Trans Pecos
The Bunker LTD New Year's Eve with LA-4A, Patrick Russell, Bryan Kasenic, Nihal Ramchandani, Ken Meier at Trans Pecos 915 Wyckoff Avenue all ages, 10p-8a
$10 Drip Members, $20-30 advance, more at door
Does Kevin McHugh, aka Ambivalent, really need any introduction to anyone in the New York City electronic music community? We would hope not, but it seems that many are unaware of his history here, and need a refresher course. He made his big splash in New York City in 1996, when he began to produce and curate Creative Time's Music in the Anchorage series at the age of 20. What where you doing when you were 20? Curating and producing huge events for one of New York's largest arts organizations? Us neither. On one very memorable night in 2001 (and there were a LOT of memorable nights at the Anchorage), when there was little to no techno happening in Brooklyn, he brought Zip and Thomas Brinkmann to play in the base of the Brooklyn Bridge, which is still one of our all time greatest Brooklyn memories.
Kevin went on to produce the very successful Micro Mini events at Filter, bringing in artists like Akufen, Sammy Dee, Matthew Dear, Magda, and many more. After a brief stint in Berlin working with Richie Hawtin, he moved back to NYC, got a very "real" job, and occasionally surfaced to throw The Novay events at APT (with guests like Magda, Roman Flugel, and Luciano). For the most part though, he disappeared into his studio to work on his own productions. All of that hard work paid off in a big way in 2006, with huge releases under his Ambivalent alias on M_nus. His "R U OK" single on M_nus was at the top of the Beatport charts for a long time and Kevin was suddenly very in-demand on the international DJ scene. Soon after, he moved back to Berlin to work on music production and touring full time, and has been very successful at both for many years now. In 2014, Kevin is starting a new chapter in his career.
In 2014, he sneakily launched the vinyl only Delft imprint, releasing anonymous acid/electro records under the La-4a alias. These records found their way into the bags of The Bunker residents without any of us having any idea that Kevin was behind them. Delft also released music by Bunker faves JPLS and Matrixxman. Kevin also launched another label for his more straight ahead techno tracks called Valence. We're extremely proud of our friend and excited to see where this all leads, but one thing is for sure, this new chapter is off to a great start!
Kevin has made two stellar appearances at The Bunker as LA-4A in the past year or so, and we're excited to have our old pal on board for New Year's Eve.DELFT SOUNDCLOUD
Patrick Russell is a true veteran of the underground, perhaps one of the last unsung heroes of a now lost era in the Midwest. He magically transforms the diaspora of pure jack energy into a fluent sonic dialog that never fails to devastate the dance floor. A Detroit-bred DJ, artist and producer since the early 90's, Patrick has now made Brooklyn his home. His resume highlights include everything from an exclusive opening for Jeff Mills in Detroit in 2007, performing at the 2001 & 2008 DEMF/Movement festivals, to decorating and performing at the inaugural and now legendary leaky warehouse No Way Back. His consummate taste and ecstatic yet disciplined execution have created a respect that cannot be purchased. Patrick is not just one to watch, he is one to be experienced. Patrick appeared at Labyrinth festival in Japan this year and is about to drop an EP on The Bunker New York in 2016.SOUNDCLOUD FACEBOOK TWITTER RESIDENT ADVISOR RESIDENT ADVISOR FEATURE, NOVEMBER, 2016 PATRICK RUSSELL MIX: LABYRINTH 2015 (MIX RELEASED SEPTEMBER, 2017)
Bryan Kasenic 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 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
Nihal Ramchandani is a regular at The Bunker who has joined us a few times behind the decks and blown the room apart every time.SOUNDCLOUD
Ken Meier, alongside his wife Yoonjai at Common Name, has designed every flyer and record for The Bunker New York since 2013. On top of his obvious skills as a designer, he is one of the deepest music heads we know. Ken hasn't played The Bunker since he opened for Monolake and Scion in 2010, and we can't wait to hear what he brings to the table.SOUNDCLOUD
Gavin Russom is a composer, artist, DJ and producer of electronic music. Originally from Providence, Rhode Island, he currently lives in New York City. He has also spent a significant amount of time based in Berlin which he considers his second home. From an early age, he became interested in experimenting with sound, image and movement and investigating the territory where the boundaries between them blur. Not surprisingly, his career has straddled many worlds and scenes.
Looking beneath genre and the shifting landscape of stylistic trends, Russom's focus is really the vital energy present in all earthly things and the ecstatic nature of reality. As a result his creative output, an attempt to continually liberate and channel these energies, often overlaps one medium with another yet still represents a remarkably consistent vision. He has exhibited visual artwork, which often contains a sonic component or references music, in galleries and museums all over the world including MOMA PS1, The Migros Museum and Galleria Fonti.
As an electronic musician he has produced numerous releases on New York's DFA label including "The Days of Mars" and "Black Meteoric Star", also creating many of the visual elements that accompany them. At the core of his work are electronic instruments he designed and built himself as a way of deepening his creative process. This practice, as well as his prowess at programming analog synthesizers, led him to become the in-house electronics expert at DFA's studio from 2001-2004, and to tour with the label's most acclaimed act LCD Soundsystem on their 2010-2011 farewell tour.
In 2009 he began The Crystal Ark, a collaborative music and performance project with filmmaker Viva Ruiz. The group released their debut LP on DFA in 2012 and has toured extensively as a 5-10 piece multi media ensemble since then. He has produced remixes for a wide array of artists including Cut Copy, Caribou, HIM, Planning to Rock and Kris Menace. In 2014, he released "The Purge/Enthroned" on the UK based Entropy Trax label. It is the first in a series of experimental dance floor 12"s that he will do with the label. More recently, he released an EP on L.I.E.S.
The last time Gavin played at The Bunker was at Tonic ~2004, upstairs as Gavin and Delia.GAVINRUSSOM.COM SOUNDCLOUD
It's hard to believe that for as long as we've known Lauren Flax, she's never played The Bunker, and we're excited to remedy that. Lauren cut her teeth DJing at Motor in Detroit, alongside The Bunker residents Mike Servito & Derek Plaslaiko, and just about every DJ who mattered in Detroit or passing through the city. Her current production project is CREEP, her duo with Lauren Dillard, with whom she also runs their imprint, CREEP Intl. Last year, she produced a single with The Bunker alum Kim Ann Foxman for CREEP Intl. Currently she is resident DJ at a monthly party called City Club (named after a club in Detroit she used to frequent where we also attended some epic Hawtin-produced parties during DEMF) alongside Gavin Russom and Zachery Alan Starkey at Bossa Nova Civic Club.SOUNDCLOUD RESIDENT ADVISOR FACEBOOK RESIDENT ADVISOR REVIEW OF "ONE MAN'S HOUSE IS ANOTHER WOMAN'S TECHNO EP" BEATS IN SPACE MIX, DECEMBER 2018 RINSE.FM MIX, JULY 2019 MIXMAG FEATURE, SUMMER 2019 BOILER ROOM, DECEMBER 2019
Ron Like Hell is a resident dj and co founder of WRECKED, a dance party for gentlemen and their friends who like the boom. Past gigs include The Bunker, Cocktail d’Amore (Berlin), Khidja (Romania), Output, Le Bain, Studio 54 VIP Lounge, Honcho (PGH), Honey Soundsystem (SF) to name a few and 9 successful tours in Norway. Of those past gigs, Ron has shared the decks with Prins Thomas, Rune Lindbaek , Lindstrom, Discodromo, Mike Servito, Bjorn Torske, Justin Vandervolgen, Dan Beaumont, Phil South, Eric Duncan, Prosumer, Alex From Tokyo, Tim Sweeney and his Wrecked comrade, Ryan Smith. Yet another expression in his love of sharing music are his years of record shop experience working for Academy Records Annex, A-1 Records, The Thing and as a sales and store manager for Satellite Records from 1998-2005. Ron owns quite a large collection of obscure and underground music of all sorts on vinyl and is loaded with many unreleased edits of his own and by others so prepare yourself for a night of freakish disco, exceptional underground house and beat heavy rock styles mixed together with love and an appreciation for the dance.SOUNDCLOUD
Tonight marks our two year anniversary at Trans Pecos, and our third consecutive New Year's Eve there! It's been another incredible year of parties and releases for The Bunker, and we're excited to celebrate with The Bunker family with some of our favorite DJs in the intimate confines of Trans Pecos. If you're sick of big amateur hour crowds and NYE hype, this is the party for you.