The Bunker 17 Year Anniversary with Haruka, Mike Servito x Derek Plaslaiko, Clay Wilson x rrao at Basement NY
January 4, 2020
Tonight we celebrate 17 years since we threw The Bunker for the very first time, co-incidentally also in a basement, back in January 2003. These anniversary parties are always a nice way to reflect on how far things have come since our very humble beginnings.
We are very happy to have snagged Haruka on his first North American tour. Haruka is well established in Japan, where he became a resident and co-organizer of DJ Nobu’s Future Terror parties, has played a b2b set with our label artist Wata Igarashi at Labyrinth and he just announced the launch of his new record label, Protection. While it’s unusual for us to have a Bunker rookie play a peak time set at the anniversary, we love Haruka’s sound so much that we’re confident he’ll knock it out of the park.
Opening the night will be our label artists and frequent collaborators, Clay Wilson and rrao. Clay Wilson’s hypnotic music has been the foundation of his releases on The Bunker NY, as well as his tripping live sets that combine years of studying free improv with an innate feel for techno and beyond. With only a couple of tracks out overall, rrao has been quickly turning heads with their ethereal take on both ambient and rhythmic electronics that induce trance-like meditative states, and has a solo release coming on our label this year. Both artists are also professional sound engineers who are dedicated to getting the most out of whatever sound system they’re playing on.
We can’t think of a better way to close out this night than handing the reins to long term resident DJs and acid brothers Mike Servito and Derek Plaslaiko for one of their legendary b2b sets. It’s been about 2 years since we unleashed this duo on a NY audience alongside Paranoid London. 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.