The Bunker with Paranoid London, Jane Fitz, Mike Servito & Derek Plaslaiko, Further Reductions, Jasen Loveland, Abby Echiverri, Clay Wilson, rrao at Elsewhere
February 10, 2018
The Paranoid London mission statement wraps it up pretty well: "Paranoid London was born out of a desire to do things differently, Bored of how house music has developed, with vinyl hit so hard recently and labels desperate to do anything in order to sell a few records; we decided back in 2007 that the time was right for a brand new, old school acid label. We press on 180g vinyl, no downloads, no CDs and no promotion. Using vintage synthesizers and outboard equipment, we deliver warehouse/acid tracks with carefully selected vocalist to achieve the Paranoid London sound. Need we say more?”
We've been wanting to book these guys since the first record dropped, and could not be more pleased that it's finally happening.SOUNDCLOUD FACEBOOK
Brown eyes, black hair, doctor of medicine. Spiritual inspiration: militant atheist. Interests: house music, old samplers, philosophy, animals. I'm searching for people who are calm, open minded, no religion.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 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
Many DJs have reputations defined by a certain place and time. Not so for Derek Plaslaiko, whose 20-year career behind the decks has seen him gather a loyal fan base wherever and whenever he may be.
Some will know Derek as a favorite of the mid-90s Detroit warehouse scene, which lead to a personal invite from Carl Craig to appear at the inaugural Detroit Electronic Music Festival in 2000. Others recognize him from his near decade-long residency at The Bunker New York parties, during which time he was named “Best Techno Party DJ” by the Village Voice in 2006. Then there was the summer of 2011 spent behind the decks at Berlin’s infamous Club der Visionaere, as an honorary resident at the weekly Visionquest nights—a worthy introduction to the city he now calls home.
Of late, there is a new generation of party people who will know Plaslaiko from his extended sets (up to 12 hours) in New York, Paris, Seattle, Los Angeles and Philadelphia, or his regular appearances at clubs like Tresor, Hot Mass, Beta, Output, Smart Bar and Berghain, and festivals like Decibel, Communikey and Movement. Or some who caught his name on the flier for the No Way Back series of parties put on by Interdimensional Transmissions, the Detroit imprint that has put out several of Plaslaiko’s rare original releases, along with Perc Trax and Minus.
There are tens of thousands of others who caught on to Plaslaiko following his record-breaking 12-hour Boiler Room set, where he gave viewers a look into his living room, while friends and friend’s toddlers enjoyed the day. This landmark session properly archived the full Plaslaiko musical experience, from flawless house and techno, to hip-hop, classic rock, and whatever other musical moment this life-long record obsessive chooses to share. And let’s not forget the thousands of folks who have befriended Plaslaiko while sharing the dance floor with this committed clubber who refuses to hang out in the booth and will always skip the DJ dinner in favor of catching one of his peers behind the decks.
Wherever one picks up Plaslaiko’s story, maybe during his days dealing discs in Detroit’s famed Record Time dance room or possibly the years spent moving serious weight at Watts and Syntax Distribution, the one constant is top-shelf musical taste, as defined by Plaslaiko’s personal heroes—names like Laurent Garnier, Daniel Bell and Zip, and colleagues including Carlos Souffront, Jason Kendig and Mike Servito—and a passion for music that over-rides the usual trappings of the modern DJ industry.
This may mean to some that Plaslaiko is still unsung. But for those who know better (and there are many all over the world), praise for Derek has been sung for decades.SOUNDCLOUD BOOKINGS OUTSIDE NORTH AMERICA
A DJ for over 20 years, Jane Fitz is resident at legendary UK festival Freerotation and in London at Night Moves, the party she co-runs with Jade Seatle. Unique in creating her strong reputation from DJing alone, Jane plays a hard-to-categorise mix of music that can take in early UK acid tracks, deep, spacey house, modern psychedelic techno, or ambient textures. That’s why you’re just as likely to hear her playing in the mountains of Japan, the beaches of Montenegro, the warehouses of Birmingham or the basements of London as well as in the world’s most credible clubs, such as Concrete, Tresor, Closer or Panoramabar, often playing lengthy sets or even all night long. And she is now a resident at The Pickle Factory. Recent, unhurried productions have begun to surface under the Invisible Menders name (co-produced with Dom Ahtuam) on cult labels such as Porn Wax, Boe and Animals on Psychedelics. But playing records in obscure locations remains a focus. As always, there is plenty to discover, much to learn and more to come.SOUNDCLOUD
Shawn O’Sullivan and Katie Rose formed Further Reductions in 2008 as an outlet for their shared passion of electronic dance music. O’Sullivan, known for his recent techno releases as Vapauteen on L.I.E.S., 400PPM on Avian and Civil Duty (with Beau Wanzer of Streetwalker) on The Corner has been quite active lately blurring the lines between techno and noise music. With Further Reductions, O’Sullivan’s rhythmic sensibility is fused with Rose’s pop leanings to create super lush and atmospheric tracks that work both on and off the dance floor. Informed by the sounds of classic techno and early house, they subtly substitute the structure of functional club music with a more primal absorption based in their unique collaboration. Seductive vocals coupled with organically evolving sequences create a complex narrative that penetrates the subconscious in a way that conventional club music rarely threatens to.SOUNDCLOUD
Clay Wilson is a young Brooklyn-based DJ and producer who began turning heads in 2013 with his mesmerizing debut on Styles Upon Styles. While nerding out over our mutual love of fine craft beers and deep techno, we asked Wilson to create some music for our (then hypothetical) new label, and he has since more than obliged. Wilson was already a big fan of The Bunker, and a regular at our parties. He had already started making music before experiencing The Bunker, but the sound of the party inspired him massively, and helped him to refine his own aesthetic. He was deeply moved by Bunker sets by Voices From The Lake, Demdike Stare, Peter Van Hoesen, the Interdimensional Transmissions crew, Bee Mask, Atom™, Tobias, and many more.
Over the past year and a half he has released two hypnotically psychedelic 12”s for The Bunker New York, both of which quickly sold out. He has become a regular fixture on Bunker lineups both as a DJ and live act, and has performed in numerous label showcases throughout the US. In February 2016, Clay played a well-received four hour set to open the Bunker Klubnacht at Berghain. Following that gig, he launched a weekly show on The Lot Radio exploring his diverse musical interests and is currently wrapping up his next release for The Bunker New York.
Before Wilson started making techno, he studied improvisation at music school in upstate New York. Wilson played bass, studying with noted jazz musicians who had worked with Ornette Coleman, Alice Coltrane, Herbie Hancock, and many artists who recorded for the ECM label. He counts Coleman, Coltrane, and Art Ensemble of Chicago among his major inspirations. You can sense the subtle traces of Wilson’s avant-garde jazz training in his techno. You can hear the shifting layers of intriguing textures in the music, his deep understanding of the low end, of arranging and composition, of form. “Understanding the foundation of form has allowed me to not worry so much about putting loops into a full ‘song’, which seems to be a common thing with electronic music,” he says. “I think the textures kind of come from trying to get away from standard musical ideas.”SOUNDCLOUD CLAY'S LOT RADIO ARCHIVE FACEBOOK
Newest member of The Bunker New York family with original music and remixes coming soon!
Newest member of The Bunker New York family, watch for releases soon!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
The Bunker returns on February 10, 2018 with our second two room extravaganza at Elsewhere. We recognize that we had some problems at our first event at Elsewhere and assure you steps are being taken to improve your experience. The venue has heard our criticisms and responded with changes in staffing, layout and policy. We will be monitoring the entry and coat check line closely at this event to make sure your wait time to enter the venue is as brief as we can possibly make it.
We’ve been working on this lineup for a long time and are excited to share it with you. When we presented Paranoid London’s American debut performance back in September 2015, they completely tore the house down and really connected with The Bunker resident DJs and our crowd. We’ve been dying to bring them back ever since and our schedules have finally aligned to make this possible. If you’re a fan of their records (who isn’t?) then their live PA in The Hall is not something to miss. Continuing the theme of ACID, we’ve invited the mysterious producer Jasen Loveland to play a live analog set in The Hall. In spite of recent releases on Acid Camp and Interdimensional Transmissions, info about Loveland is scant, but track titles like “F--K 6-6 (Trip Report Mix)”, “Ground Score”, and “Paranoid Fantasy” are starting to tell the story of this deranged acid warrior. Look out for some original productions and remixes from him dropping on The Bunker New York in the first half of 2018. Opening and closing The Hall, we have acid brothers and The Bunker resident DJs Mike Servito and Derek Plaslaiko doing an extended back to back set. As anyone who has experienced their b2bs at The Bunker, Panorama Bar, and No Way Back can attest, there is always something special in the air when they share the decks. Headlinging
Zone One is Jane Fitz, who was unable to make it for her set in January due to the weather, and we are extremely pleased that she was able to join us at this party. A resident of Freerotation, one of the most renowned festivals in Britain, her debut at The Bunker last year turned a lot of heads and we’ve been dying to have her back ever since. We have a cast of Brooklyn all stars filling in the rest of the Zone One lineup, including a late night live set from Further Reductions (aka Shawn and Katie O’Sullivan), who put out one of our favorite records of 2017 on Knekelhuis. Longtime member of The Bunker family Abby Echiverri, who has new music coming out on The Bunker soon, will also be playing live, while Clay Wilson and rrao will be opening and closing the night.
We will program the 4 live sets across the two rooms so you can catch them all if that’s your thing.