RBMA NYC: TECHNOPOLIS
EXPLORING BROOKLYN’S UNDERGROUND WITH GALCHER LUSTWERK, ANTHONY NAPLES, DUST, AURORA HALAL, ITAL, VIA APP, UMFANG, VOLVOX, MAX MCFERREN AND BOOKWORMS
Manhattan may have dominated the golden era of New York clubbing, but the city’s best parties have been happening in Brooklyn for some time now. Guiding those dancefloors is an innovative crop of young producers, many of them taking inspiration from the raw, machine-driven sounds of the ’80s and ’90s and infusing them with a modern DIY spirit. In celebration of their efforts, we’re bringing together many of the scene’s key players for a sweaty, late-night party in a massive, multi-room Brooklyn warehouse. Silky, soul-inflected house grooves will come courtesy of Anthony Naples and White Material affiliate Galcher Lustwerk, while techno aficionados Volvox and Umfang, both representing upstart collective Discwoman, can be counted upon to take the proceedings further down the rabbit hole. Max McFerren’s love of dreamy textures should provide quite the contrast to the serrated blasts of experimental techno offered up by hardware adventurers Bookworms, DUST and Via App, as well as sets from scene stalwarts Aurora Halal and Ital.
Volvox has been pushing the sound and spirit of underground dance culture since 2006. Her sensitive and energetic sets have made her a favorite among party devotees. No matter the situation she captures the crowd with everything from raw acid and EBM-flavored techno, to dreamy sensual deep house.
Based in NYC since 2011, she currently holds one residency in Brooklyn: JACK DEPT. NYC 1st Fridays at notorious underground hotspot Bossa Nova Civic Club with John Barera of Supply Records. Since moving to NYC she has skillfully risen through the ranks of Brooklyn DJs playing breakthrough gigs for The Long Count, Lost Soul, and S!CK parties, opening for dance luminaries such as The Hacker and Tony Humphries.
As a co-organizer and resident DJ of the industrial/techno crossover Black Magic parties in Boston (2007), she developed a series of events that were as much visual experiences as aural. Past guests included DJ duo Dethlab from Detroit, electro-maximalists Motor from London, and minimal techno giants Pan-Pot from Berlin. The Black Magic parties were even given a nod by DJ Hell, who commented that the atmosphere of the events were in the same vein as the work he has been doing himself for the past 10 years.
As part of the Basstown crew she helped bring the hottest live electronic acts and groundbreaking young producers from around the country and the world to Boston. Parties headlined by Gui Boratto, Drop the Lime and Diplo broke new ground for electronic music in Boston (2008). Local legends Passion Pit played their breakout show at Basstown’s Great Scott Residency.
Her former residency Make It New continues to be Boston’s premier party for new House and Techno. While at the helm she spearheaded bringing in an extensive list of international artists such as Marcel Dettmann, Roman Flugel and Sian to play the wonderfully intimate Middlesex Lounge. The weekly party celebrated it’s 10-year anniversary in 2014.
NYC’s boundary patrolling Bossa Nova Civic Club regular and Chinatown resident splits his time between 2 as of yet known projects under his birth name and MCFERRDOG. Alleged “techno oddity”, McFerren spent the last few years grinding through the illest of NYC techno functions, including recent highlights such as the Shade NYC Halloween Warehouse rave, 1080p’s Label night at Bodi Actualized, and Thanksgiving at Bossa Nova Civic Club.
After putting out 3 split 12”s on Grayson Revoir’s Shoot The Lobster project, Max caught the attention of South London Ordnance in the UK and made plans for the mid 2014 release of the “Real Problem” 12” on SLO’s Aery Metals. Also around the same time a chance encounter with fellow 1080p artist M/M on his radio show led to a meeting with 1080p’s boss dawg, Richard McFarlane. This true love led to eventual marriage and the subsequent birth of “Club Amniotics”. Brother tape “Lawd Forgive Me” followed early this year and received distinct praise from such independant music dignitaries as Pitchfork. 2015 promises to be most fertile with McFerren releases expected on Physical Therapy’s new label Allergy Season along with some other unplanned surprises!
If you want some acid, booty dungeon, blissed out, ambient, jack, or sludge and we’ll get you McFerren on the decks. He also has iTunes® playlists under the names “fucked up”, “nasty”, “time 2 chill”, just in case. Very sensitive DJing!