Terry Casey: “There Are Big Changes Happening in Montauk”

I don’t do The Hamptons. Although I have great friends that love the prospect of driving hours in a car through the cultural desert of Long Island to hang with people I strive to avoid in Manhattan while eating $50-a-pound potato salad, the idea has never appealed to me. I have done it and done it right, but I do remember spending a year there one night . I did design Dune at one point but never actually graced it with my divine presence. During the winter months, my clan treks out to Montauk to huddle around fireplaces and beachcomb. The water, the light, and the lack of crowds made me a believer years ago. I’ll be there come the cold. Apparently they have built this wondrous place called The Montauk Beach House and I have been told it’s a game-changer. My pal Paul Sevigny DJd there recently. When I was considering a story about Bastille Day and looking through my online emails and evites, I saw a big name pop out at me: Paul Oakenfold, one of the top DJs in the world. He’s doing a gig at The Montauk Beach House this Saturday, July 14th at 3pm. Take a look at the pics – it’s gorgeous. My pal Terry Casey is booking the joint and DJing as well. He called me about playing there come August so I asked him what the heck is going on.

What the heck are you doing out there? Who have you had already and who’s coming up and who’s coming to this place and …tell me all about it!
I GOT ASKED BY EVENT SOCIETY (RENE AND FRANCOIS) TO BOOK AND PRODUCE A MUSIC SERIES AT MONTAUK BEACH HOUSE WITH A GOOD FRIEND: MATT THOMAS. HE’S A BRIT AND WANTS GOOD MUSIC AND IS VERY KNOWLEDGEABLE. OWNER CHRIS JONES ALSO DESIGNED NIKKI BEACH, AND MONTAUK BEACH HOUSE FEELS LIKE A MIAMI HOTEL SO IT’S A NEW CONCEPT IN MONTAUK…RENE MANAGES OPERATIONS AND DOES IT WELL AT MONTAUK BEACH HOUSE; HE’S  THE OWNER OF EVENT SOCIETY. IT EXCITED ME TO DO AS I’VE BEEN GOING OUT TO MONTAUK FOR A NUMBER OF YEARS – I FEEL MORE AT HOME THERE THEN IN THE HAMPTONS. I USED TO DJ IN HAMPTONS CLUBS AND FEEL LIKE I SOLD MY SOUL. I STILL DO A FEW WILD HOUSE PARTIES IN THE HAMPTONS, BUT THAT’S VERY DIFFERENT TO THE CLUBS…THE CLUBS IN THE HAMPTONS ARE NOT MY THING. MONTAUK IS MORE LAID-BACK AND LOT OF SURFER CULTURE …THERE ARE  BIG CHANGES HAPPENING IN MONTAUK; PLACES LIKE SURF LODGE AND RUSCHMEYER’S HAVE SET THE PACE…LOTS OF FRIEND HAVE MOVED TO MONTAUK AS THEY PREFER IT.

WE DID A SOFT OPENING WITH PAUL SEVIGNY LAST WEEK AND HE PLAYED A LOT OF GOOD ROCK, SOUL, FUNK ..HE ROCKED THE PLACE….A GREAT DJ AND REAL RECORD COLLECTOR PLAYS VINYL AND LOTS OF IT. IT WAS IMPOSSIBLE TO GET HIM OFF THE DECKS. I GAVE UP AT 4AM, HAHA. I PLAY ROCK AND ELECTRONIC SO IT’S NOT ALL ONE STYLE …AND THE MUSIC SERIES WILL MIX UP BANDS AND DJS…ALL SUMMER…

FOR THE DAYTIME BY THE POOLS, WE HAVE DJS LIKE BRIDGET MARIE AND SARAH RUA. THEY PLAY MORE HOUSE, AFROBEAT, SOULFUL VIBES.I’ve rarely enjoyed the music out east during the summer.. you told me Montauk is different… tell me why that is.
MONTAUK IS DIFFERENT BECAUSE YOU FEEL AWAY FROM NYC. THE HAMPTONS FEELS LIKE AN EXTENSION OF PEOPLE’S BAD BEHAVIOUR IN NYC…PEOPLE ARE STILL RUSHING AROUND…YOUR SUPPOSED TO BE CHILLING OUT…ON VACATION.

I GO TO PLACES LIKE BANZAI BURGER AND FEEL LIKE I’M AT THE BEACH OR IN THE CARRIBEAN.  BANZAI IS ALEX DUFFY AND STEVE KASUBA’S NEW PLACE OUT EAST. THE FOOD THERE ROCKS…I GOTO SURF LODGE AND RUSCHMEYER’S. THEY’RE ALL GREAT PLACES AND ALL VERY DIFFERENT FROM EACH OTHER.

Are the townies coming or is it a hipper visitor, vacationer, weekender?
ALEX DUFFY LIVES IN MIAMI AND THERE ARE A LOT OF PEOPLE FROM MIAMI, NEW YORK, AND OUTSIDE THE US COMING IN. AND, OF COURSE, THERE ARE LOCALS.  ON WEEKENDS A LOT OF THE PEOPLE THAT ARE SICK OF THE EVENTS IN THE HAMPTONS ARE COMING TO MONTAUK FOR SOMETHING DIFFERENT…IT’S THE SAME REASON PEOPLE IN MANHATTAN GO TO WBURG …THEY’RE OVER MANHATTAN AND ARE LOOKING FOR SOMETHING LESS CHEESEY.

At the end of the summer, will you try to continue this series in a NY venue? How would you describe the state of NYC clubland?
I’VE BEEN APPROACHED TO DO MORE EVENTS IN NYC AND MIAMI AND I HAVE PROJECTS IN MUSIC IN THE WORKS. I LIKE THAT THERE’S MORE CLUBS BOOKING MUSIC ACTS AND LESS MODEL PROMOTERS …BUT NYC NEEDS MORE BALANCED MUSIC AND SOCIAL CLUBS. I WISH THE FESTIVALS WOULD BOOK MORE LOCAL DJS…WE ARE BOOKING TALENTED LOCALS LIKE JESSE MARCO ,CHAINSMOKERS, DJ VIKAS, JULIO SANTO DOMINGO, KRIS GRAHAM, LIQUID TODD, SHORTY, AND MANY MORE..THESE GUYS ARE LOCALS AND TRAVEL THE WORLD.

Paul Oakenfold. Like …how do you swing a name like that?
PAUL OAKENFOLD AND YOUNG EMPIRES (LIVE) …YES, ME AND MATT HAVE CALLED A LOT OF FRIENDS TO GET PEOPLE TO PLAY ALL SUMMER FOR SMALL FEES IN A 200-400 PEOPLE VENUE BY THE POOL….WE HAVE A LOT OF ACTS COMING LIVE AND DJING….I DONT WANNA SAY WHO, AS EVENTS ARE INVITE- ONLY..  BUT EXPECT MORE HUGE ACTS. 

Industry Insiders: Talking to DJ Diego Harispe

For our Oct./Nov. issue’s Industry Insider section, we interviewed professional house music DJ Diego Harispe. In the business for over 10 years, Harispe approaches his craft old-school, mixing CDs and vinyls, and weaving the sound into a story. Currently based in Miami where he’s found DJing at such spots as Nikki Beach and Mynt, Harispe has DJd across South America (Crobar in Buenos Aires) and Europe, where he honors the local cultures’ music. Here, Diego shares what he thinks a DJ should never do, the one song everyone loves, and what he reminds himself in the midst of success.

You’ve DJd all around the globe. What place do you look forward to spinning in the most?
That’s a hard question. I think every city and every country has something special. My favorite place is always the next one to visit, so this week it’s Ibiza. In Ibiza, every dancefloor is filled with different nationalities and cultures, but what is amazing about this magic island is that everybody speaks the same language: MUSIC. 

What’s a DJing-don’t? Something a DJ should NEVER do?
A DJ should never become a DJ for other reasons than the love for music itself. Unhappily, we have lots of supposed “DJs” in the industry  that are there just for exposure, a certain lifestyle, or other vein reasons than the music.

What is one song that people always love?
Gotye’s “Somebody That I Use To Know.” There are so many good remixes of it.

You’ve been a pro for years. What have you learned about success?
It’s not something that you finally reach. Success is being able to do what you love. It’s a forever path, and the key is to have faith in you. No matter how hard things get, with faith and consistency you will always achieve what you want.  

Island Hop to St. Barths in Style This Season With Tradewind Aviation

For those of you who don’t respect Labor Day as a seasonal divider, Autumn 2012: The Northern Hemisphere edition begins this weekend. Do you know what that means? If you’re an affluent, stylish opinion leader—and if you’re reading this, of course you are—it means there’s work to do. For one thing, you’ve got to shift your seasonal beach playground from the Côte d’Azur to St. Barths. Don’t worry, your super yacht will meet you there, along with Jay-Z, Beyonce, and Blue Ivy, but how will you get yourself to that gorgeous little speck in the azure waters? Here’s how: By private charter or premium scheduled service on a Tradewind Aviation Pilatus PC-12.

 

Sure, you could fly commercial, but you’d be at the mercy of all these massive carriers and their limited schedules. It’s so much cooler and more comfortable to arrive in style on one of Tradewind’s many scheduled flights to St. Barths. They’ve expanded their San Juan-St. Barths service with up to 15 flights a day, which means that no matter when you touch down in Puerto Rico, you’ll be wheels up and St. Barths-bound in the time it takes to sip a daiquiri. They’ve added a new Antigua-St. Barths route, which connects seamlessly with the British Airways flights to and from London.  And, if you’re really a player, you can charter one of their fancy planes to island-hop between St. Barths, Anguilla, Tortola, Nevis, Antigua, Mustique, and the Dominican Republic like the swashbuckler you are. They’ve got private jets from the U.S. too, if you’re really looking for convenience. Visit the Tradewind Aviation website for all the details.
 
Once you’re in St. Barths, whip out your iPhone or Android, onto which you’ve downloaded the BlackBook Guides app, and check out the best the island has to offer. The BlackBook Guide to St. Barths covers such local hot spots as Bagatelle, Nikki Beach, and Le Ti. See you there. 

Miami Spice: South Florida Gets a Restaurant Week

Restaurant week is a big deal in New York; you can find amazing deals at restaurants you couldn’t even think about going to any other time of year because of the outrageous prices. When else can you indulge in a three-course menu at gourmet spots for under $40 a person? Boston and Chicago have introduced restaurant weeks into their cities, and now Miami is set to follow suit. During August and September, bunches of Miami hotspots will be serving up three-course meals at $22 for lunch and $35 for dinner.

The mission of the Miami Restaurant Week — a.k.a. Miami Spice — is for patrons to discover “the tropical fusion of ingredients that makes Miami dining so wonderfully out of the ordinary.” Some participating restaurants include: Nikki Beach, Meat Market, and Smith & Wollensky.

Nikki Beach Turks & Caicos: Island Frenzy

imageAh, the simple island life. White sandy beaches, clear blue waters, $5,000 for a private VIP cabana — with full bottle service and a personal cocktail server of course. Nikki Beach is expanding its empire from high-end restaurants and bars in St. Tropez, South Beach, St. Barths, and other jet-set locations to luxury hotels. The first Nikki Beach Resort recently opened on the northeast tip of Providenciales, in the Turks and Caicos Islands. It’s the spearhead of an attempt to trade on the Turks’ sun-soaked beauty while swapping the islands’ sleepy reputation for more hardcore tropical partying.

The “six-star” hotel offers 50 rooms averaging $1,200 a night, including 35 ocean-view suites complete with ultra-modern Euro-design kitchens, flatscreen HDTVs, and more complimentary Café Nikki sushi creations than you can stuff in your sunburned face. Also included: go-go dancer girls (shipped in weekly from Miami) sashaying to house music on the poolside bar. Then there’s the upcoming 16,000-square-foot spa and fitness center, on-call personal assistants for each guest, and the world’s first ecologically friendly mega-yacht marina (good for both going green, and driving friends at home green with envy).

The beach and pool are stunning, and the signature Nikki white daybeds beckon you to lounge the day away sipping fruity drinks with tiny swords & umbrellas. Beguile the bikini-clad cuties with tales of how the Turks resort compares to the other Nikkis you frequent. Chillaxing aside, this is still Nikki Beach, home of infamous Sunday house music day parties, tabletop champagne fights, and Winter Music Conference celeb-DJ events, so better save sleeping for the plane ride home. And that better be a private flight, poseur.

The Turks location marks the first in a greater expansion plan for the Nikki brand; on the horizon are resort & spa openings in Panama Playa Blanca in December, plus more in Fortin Mindelo, Cape Verde Islands, Roatan Honduras, and Panama City by fall 2010. In essence, the Nikki crew is trying to create new destinations of their own devising to lure the jet set away from more established playlands. Inundated with commercial cash, such new places are sure to transform their host regions into something Bob Marley wouldn’t easily recognize.

[Editor’s Note: This post originally misreported that Chris Noth attended the opening ceremonies of the Nikki Beach Turks & Caicos resort. This was not the case. BlackBook regrets the error.]