Larry Tee On His Favorite Project Yet: New Single ‘Charlie’

You can’t talk about the "good ol’ days" of nightlife without homage to Larry Tee. However, Larry, like myself, likes to be remembered for what he has done and acknowledged for what he is doing in the "now.” Larry and I have worked together many times. Sometimes the relationship has been testy, but it is always respectful. He has constantly redefined nightlife and our culture. I was around when he coined the term “Electroclash” for a genre of music that few knew about then. He helped push artists like RuPaul, Peaches, Fischerspooner, and Scissor Sisters into our vocabulary. He talked about Williamsburg while we were still paying Manhattan rents and listening to boring disc jockeys.

His Love Machine party with his Atlanta clan RuPaul, Lahomma Van Zandt, and Lady Bunny was the precursor to so much of our fabulously forward nightlife. He was pushing Amanda Lepore when she was still sporting a push-up bra. I remember hearing him talk about Princess Superstar when she was Princess "I wanna be a” Star. Larry has always been in front of the action. He has always gone where no man has gone before. So when he says that something’s going to be the next thing… we better listen. He and I were partners in crime at Le Palace de Beaute with Michael Alig before the famous crime(s). He has made a rock star out of Perez Hilton and created W.I.T. This can go on and on but as I said up top, Larry is still making it happen in a huge way and we chatted with him about it.

We met many years ago and worked together often. I have always looked at you as an innovator. Electronic music, RuPaul… talk to me about the things and people you helped push into the public view.
I have always been lucky to befriend people who have big talents, from my friends in Georgia like Michael Stipe and RuPaul, to the Scissor Sisters and Afrojack more recently. I have always loved other peoples’ big ideas and have tried to push them into the spotlight too since it’s exciting to watch. My whole Electroclash period of festivals and touring groups like Peaches, Chicks on Speed, Fischerpooner, etc., was all based around my love of outrageous and often political shows. And lately my work has been hi-jacked by more mainstream stars like Santigold, Shontelle, Steve Aoki, and Princess Superstar with my song "Licky" and Afrojack, MDPC and Roxy Cottontail with my "Let’s Make Nasty" track. As ‘crazy’ gets more mainstream with Nicki Minaj and Lady Gaga, my brand has been dragged into the mainstream too, thankfully.

Your single comes out today! Tell me about it and how it started.
The song is called “Charlie” and features 15 dogs in wigs dressed as contemporary artists like Chihuahua Del Rey and Stinky Minaj, designed by Lady Gaga’s hair couture genius, Charlie Le Mindu.

How do you get 100 million views on YouTube? That was the question when I decided to make a video with Charlie Le Mindu. Google-image him for sure. After some research, we realized that if you didn’t have Justin Bieber, Rihanna, or Eminem in your video, you better have children or animals. The song “Charlie” is a collage of sound effects, mad pianos, electro-synth riffs, a 60-year-old subway singer, and hyper-percussion bongo breaks, and so we needed something equally madcap to make the video pop.

So we got Charlie to make wigs for 15 dogs. When we were finished shooting, people kept saying that this dog looked like Lana Del Rey or this one looked like Amy Winehouse so we took the idea further and gave the dogs fake celebrity names like “Chihuahua Del Rey” and “Madogga.” It was one of the most satisfying projects in my life, I tell you.

Do you still DJ? What else do you do with your time now spent in London? Why did you abandon us?
Since I have had so many breakouts on the dance floor and in movies these last couple years, it’s led to a DJ residency at the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas which is amazing. I was arm wrestling with Pete Wendt from Fall Out Boy at the pool party I did there last week. In London, Super Techno Party Machine at East Bloc is my residency every Friday/ I have guests like Rolf from the 2 Bears, Severino from Horse Meat Disco, Rueben Wu from Ladytron, Chicks on Speed, supermodel Luke Worrall, Richard Mortimer from Ponystep Magzine, and Carmen Xtravaganza from the house of Xtravagnza. What do these guys have in common? Nothing except if I wanted to put on an amazing party, I would want to have lots of diverse guests and sounds! And some fabulousness! And I still consider New York to be my spiritual home, but it was becoming like Groundhog Day where every day seemed like the one before…London has inspired me to make new things and experiment with new sounds, so I’m super happy.

While we are on the subject…what’s great in London club-wise, for people with…er… different perspectives?
London always has new hot spots popping up that are worth a try. Destroy Cluture raves are amazing featuring the Boy London DJ Team, Alis Pelleschi, the post-rave fashion goddess, and Sean Bass, the graphics genius behind the DISNEY bastardizations. Hot Boy Dancing Spot is just what you would expect: BUTT magazine come to life.

 

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Just An Ordinary Weekend At Atlantic City’s Borgata Hotel

I never thought I’d be attracted to a piece of meat. But at 3:25, on an afternoon at Atlantic City’s Borgata Hotel, it happened.

The meat was oversized, blown up on a screen that covered an entire wall of the Borgata’s Music Box theatre, where several hundred people watched the hamburger patty sizzle and sweat in a pan on the stove. Over the patty reigned Geoffrey Zakarian, otherwise known as “the guy who won The Next Iron Chef” or “the cute chef with the glasses.”

With his gift of gab (which he attributes to his mom: “She was bitingly sarcastic,” Zakarian says), the bespectacled chef serenades the crowd at his cooking demonstration with his Italian accents, self deprecation, and meat innuendos. After two hours of cooking a hamburger (“no sauces or spices, it’s all about the meat”), a ginger and golden raisin-inflected coleslaw, and a raspberry soufflé – the crowd was sold – and so were his cookbooks.

Zakarian is the culinary lifestyle consultant of The Water Club, the more luxury hotel branch inside the Borgata resort. And the term “lifestyle consultant” is really just a fancy name for someone who checks in and okays all the activities involving food and drink consumption.

And wowee, did a lot of that happen during my recent stay at the Club. The portions are three times the size of any entrée at most NY restaurants (yep, I’m looking at you, Izakaya’s peanut butter-chocolate-crispy sushi roll) and it’s the options themselves – choosing from the Borgata’s 12 restaurants – where a decisive appetite becomes more valuable than some chips at the poker table.

Lines like shoelaces – full of day-trippers and vacationers craving all-you-can-eat – loop around the corners of the Borgata Buffet, while dinners at Bobby Flay Steakhouse on a Friday and Saturday night necessitate reservations made days in advance. I dined at the resort’s Japanese restaurant Izakaya, and most notably the southern Italian restaurant Fornelletto, and let’s just say it’s inspired this strange dream about a plate of potato gnocchi with sage and brown butter, lifting into the heavens, on top of a dish of their heavenly vanilla ice cream.

But people don’t come to Atlantic City for the food. They come for the party. And on – oh, just an ordinary weekend in Atlantic City – two celebrity DJs were spinning at the Borgata’s mur.mur nightclub and MIXXSamantha Ronson (aka Lindsay Lohan’s ex) and Steve Aoki. So when you pair these two rockstars with the Zakarian visit, the Borgata suddenly becomes an oceanside celeb hub.

But for me, the star of the show was definitely the Immersion Spa, where I headed for some much-needed recovery. A masseuse named Elyssia somehow managed to restore my late-night pancake and vodka-stuffed self into a viable, blissed-out human being. The whirlpool also helped.

Now, I’m not going to tell you to go to the Borgata and stay at, more specifically, The Water Club. I’m all about showing, not telling, of course. But when you are, in fact, looking for a weekend that includes a view of the ocean, celebrities, and really good gnocchi, may you consider the Borgata. It’s the AC experience.

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Up in Richard Wheeler’s HOUS: Fashion Tips + VIBE & HOUS Limited Editions at #VIBEVMix!

VIBE has joined forces with NYC’s legendary LAVO NYC doorman/fashion designer, Richard Wheeler, to create a limited edition HOUS shirt that will be sold exclusively at our first-ever V-Mix concert starring A-Trak and A$AP Mob, this Thursday Nov 29. (TICKETS HERE). Wheeler sat down to give us the skinny of secrets to passing his coveted red rope, the 411 on the VIBE collabo and more.

Why is the Vibe V-Mix concert important?
The answer is simple: VIBE nailed it, a leader in hip-hop youth culture that has created an event that solidifies what is happening today. Electronic Dance Music, becoming the most exciting genre of music today, literally exploding on the dance floors across the globe, top ten charts, TV and advertising. The truth is, within this explosion of EDM it was greatly helped by hip-hop and it’s collaboration with EDM. Today they dominate together. This event is a reflection of this. Let’s celebrate!

Name some of the most stylish celebs that have passed the red rope at LAVO:
Mariah Carey, Michael Jordan, John Legend, Black Eyed Peas, Leo DiCaprio, Steve Aoki, Ciara, Jay Sean, Lennox Lewis, to name a few. We have seen nearly Every Victoria’s Secret Model on many occasions – a preference, naturally. Justin Beiber has some style (surprisingly!). My Zenith was reached when I lifted the rope for Stevie Wonder.
 

Read the full story at VIBE.com!

A Q&A With DJ Photographer Rukes

Considered the number one DJ photographer in the world, “Rukes is like a ninja,” according to mix master, Dirty South. The shutterbug, “beautifully captured the rise of a movement and the musicians that lead it that otherwise would have continued to go unnoticed if not for his amazing photographs," superstar DJ-producer Kaskade adds.

The worldwide client list of Rukes includes Swedish House Mafia, Deadmau5, Avicii, Zedd, Steve Aoki, Skrillex, Porter Robinson, Calvin Harris, Dada Life, Sub Focus and even Tommy Lee. When not on tour with DJ’s he can be found photographing massive events including Electric Daisy Carnival, Holy Ship! and Stereosonic in Australia, keeping Rukes constantly on the move

W Times Square approached Rukes with the idea of co-curating an exhibit as the brand is deeply committed to music and EDM in particular. Thus, “Inside the Booth” was born. The show will feature never-before-seen images of famous DJs shot by Rukes. Next to each DJ’s photograph, a listening station will be installed, allowing guests to enjoy the artist’s music while they fully immerse themselves in the moment as if they themselves were on stage. 

How did you become the go-to photographer for DJs?
A combination of trust and good photography! I started off taking pics of DJs around 2005 when digital cameras were just starting to get big, so there were very few people using them to capture the EDM scene. When I started honing my skills as the years went on and figuring out my eye for photos, they turned out to be the type of photos that most DJs wanted to represent their work. Not to mention my ninja-like skills of being able to take photos without getting in anyone’s way or even the DJs noticing I’m there!

You’re clearly a fan of EDM since listening stations will accompany this exhibition…
Yes, definitely! Been a fan since probably the very late ’90s, well before I even used my first camera!

Who is your favorite DJ and why?
It’s hard to pick favorites, there are so many out there for various reasons! I would have to pick two for now…

One would be Hybrid. They aren’t very well known, but should be. They have produced my favorite EDM music since I started listening to them, and were the first DJs to recognize that I had some talent hidden away and I should keep on working on my photography.

Second would probably have to be Zedd. We are really close friends; so much so that I was able to hang around in his top secret studio while he worked on his upcoming album, which is a MONSTER. One of those rare albums where pretty much every track could be its own #1 hit; and I rarely come across albums like that. He’s just starting out, and we definitely are planning on doing a whole lot of work together when he gets even bigger in the future!

Do you listen to hip-hop ever? Who?
Not regularly, but I’m pretty much a fan of every genre of music. I still haven’t fully branched out into hip-hop for my music catalog (I love to just load up tons of music on my iPod and hit shuffle in the car).

Who is your all-time favorite DJ to photograph live? Why?
Again, I can’t really pick just one, there are way too many for various reasons. From Deadmau5 and his amazing production spectacle, to Dada Life and their champagne and bananas, to Steve Aoki and his crowd interaction, every DJ has their own reason why I love to photograph them.

You seem to be everywhere at once since there are so many DJs all over the world everyday of the week! How do you do it? When do you sleep?
I am always on the move it seems. Thankfully summertime I usually have a little bit of time off before tour season really starts, so I’m able to get some breaks here and there, and plan a family vacation to Tokyo.

I try to follow a “normal” sleep schedule as much as possible. I have to put priority of my health and well being over photography, as there can’t be good photos without it. I won’t be able to react quicker to capture any photos, or hold my hands stable enough with a lack of sleep. So for the most part, my schedule is sleep, eat, work on photos, shoot more photos, eat, sleep. Rarely during tours do I ever have a moment off to even explore the city; usually the best chance I get is when I’m looking for some food.

Is there anyone you haven’t shot and are dying for?
Probably Daft Punk is all that’s left on my EDM list. I saw them at Coachella and I did have a camera in hand, but since I knew I was witnessing something amazing, I felt I should actually enjoy what was going on without working. I rarely do that.

Who inspires you as a photographer?
Not to sound cheesy, but myself. When I take a picture that is amazing, it just inspires me to keep taking photos at that level and improve myself so the next time I take a photo like that, it’s even better. I sometimes reach that stage of creative depression where I think “Oh, nothing will top that picture I just took” but then I just surprise myself later when I do!

What advice do you have for the budding shutterbugs?
My favorite piece of advice is to make sure you find your personal eye for photography. Figure out your style; don’t spend all your life trying to emulate another photographer, that is a dead-end. Take photos the way you want to take them and make sure they make you happy, don’t try to make someone else happy. If people like your work, they will respect what you do.

What’s your fave software?
Adobe Lightroom is my program of choice for editing all the RAW photos I have. Can’t live without it!

Hardware?
Definitely my new Canon 1DX, it’s an amazing camera that helps get some shots I couldn’t get with earlier cameras! Every new technological innovation makes it a little easier to get those extreme low-light shots the way I want them.

Second would have to be my new laptop, a Dell Precision M6700. A lot of people are surprised I’m not a mac guy, but when you realize the MacBook Pro doesn’t have a great screen for photo editing (colors are a bit off even when calibrated, doesn’t have a full gamut of the color spectrum) it really helps having a beautiful 10-bit IPS panel with 100% sRGB color and more. No need to hook up an external monitor; the colors on my laptop are now the same as the colors as my pro monitor at home!

How has EDM’s explosion in the US change your career?
It’s done a lot to help boost it up, but not too much to change it. I’m still doing what I used to do, just a bit more now. More DJs I have worked with for years are starting to tour bigger and bigger venues, and more festivals are popping up. So pretty much EDM’s explosion has just provided me with the opportunity with more work, better “Rukes shots” (the behind-the-DJ fisheye shot with the entire crowd) and now with this exhibition at the W Hotel in Times Square, the ability for people to see what they missed the past few years, like the beginning of Skrillex when he first was hanging out with Deadmau5 in 2010 as “Sonny” and then later opening for his first Deadmau5 shows before “Scary Monsters And Nice Sprites”


For more exclusive photos, head to VIBE.com!

On Board Holy Ship! The Floating Electronic Music Festival

Brits have their mud-drenched, guitar-soaked Glastonbury, while Stateside hipsters sweat through the indie inferno that is Coachella. But leave it to dance enthusiasts to take the concept of a music festival to a whole other level. Holy Ship! is a three-day mother load of all things electronic music, and last weekend it sailed its maiden voyage from Fort Lauderdale, onto the crystal clear waters of the Caribbean. We were there.

“Back in ’97, I was on a boat with a bunch of German techno guys, and the idea of a cruise like this popped into my head,” confessed Gary Richards, the producer of LA’s HARD Fests, and the mad genius behind Holy Ship! With a roster of enviable contacts from his DJing days, an active imagination, and serious balls, Richards’ vision coalesced into a weekend-long dance party, spread across several venues on board of a swanky, sixteen-floor, floating skyscraper. He managed to squeeze in over 2000 international guests, and 29 performers that included Fatboy Slim, Diplo and the crew from Paris Social Club (not to mention Ms. Dita von Teese and her favorite stage prop—a gigantic martini glass.)

“My goal has always been to keep this genre credible, by booking artists who are well respected among the fans, and I’m not talking about cheesy, overblown guys who get a lot of radio play,” added Richards. “And when you put that together on a cruise ship heading to Bahamas, then you got something.” Judging by the euphoric fist-pumping crowds, that was something pure magic. “It’s so surreal,” said Margaret Reynolds, who drove down from Chicago before boarding the ship. “The music is amazing, the sky is clear, and we are in the Bahamas. What’s not to love?”

Maybe because the HARD crew was worried that deep bass in the middle of the see might cause a tsunami, they at one point shuttled everyone on board to a private beach, where Fatboy Slim and Dillon Francis performed on top of a pirate ship, to a legion of half-naked fans, all dancing waist deep in the crystal clear ocean. “I love these kinds of gigs,” said Fatboy Slim, who on average plays seventy-five shows per year. “I never go in with an exact plan of what I’m going to play. I feed off the crowd, and here they are so happy, and so is my music,” he added, before closing his set with Bob Marley’s “One Love.”

This type of symbiotic relationship, where a set’s trajectory can intrinsically affect the crowd and vice versa, seems uniquely attributable to electronic music.  “That’s the difference between the rocker fans and these guys,” explained Motley Crew’s Tommy Lee, who was onboard spinning with DJ Aero. “They are totally chilled out and nice and just happy to hear this music. My rocker fans will try to have me sign t-shirts so they can auction them off, or ask if I can speak with their buddy back in Arkansas. Here, it’s like peace and love.”

For someone like Tommy Lee, not the first name that pops when it comes to DJing, his love of electronic music is just a natural extension of his love for the medium. “In my head, it’s not like I’m switching back and forth from electronic to rock and roll,” said the drummer, who, starting in February, will be performing with his legendary band for three weeks in Hard Rock Las Vegas. “It’s all music, and having done this for thirty years, I’d be fuckin’ bored with just one thing.”

Holy Ship! made it feel like electronic music was the most popular genre in the country, but despite a few brand names—and especially if measured by radio playtime (not counting the soaring synths you hear on just about every Rihanna track)—it is virtually nonexistent. But that doesn’t deter Richards; if anything, it motivates him. “Look, radio is a relic that in some ways killed music as we knew it by playing the same thing over and over,” he explained, wearing his finest captain hat. “Today we don’t need radio anymore. Most of my reach out comes from Facebook and Twitter.”

Steve Aoki, who rocked the boat with several sets, and whose assortment of side projects includes Dim Mak Records, merchandising, and his new restaurant, Eveleigh, agreed. “What I like about this particular time is that everyone has to do their own homework,” he said. “It is the time of YouTube and Spotify. You’ve got to go out there and find what you like.”

On the second day of the maiden voyage, the boat slammed into a sandbar, keeping its future in jeopardy. “We hit an iceberg!” screamed a panic-stricken passenger. But for this crowd, dressed in animal masks, and carrying glowsticks, any reason is a good one to party hard. The crowd went bananas. (Several towboats eventually freed Holy Ship! from its grainy misery.) “Yeah, we are stuck at sea,” shouted out Cat Burns, from Connecticut. “This is totally awesome and I’m signing up for next year.”

The slight mishap didn’t scare Richards, however, who boldly proclaimed he wants to take his floating party “To the moon in a rocket ship. That would be cool. But for now I’ll be all right with a Holy Ship! around the Mediterranean.”

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Fatboy Slim.

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Steve Aoki, Diplo, and Skrillex.

Photos by Drew Ressler at Rukes.com. Fatboy Slim photo by Erik Voake.

Steve Aoki Talks Identity Festival & Dim Mak Records

The Identity Festival arrives just as a friend said to me, “There are no good festivals in New York this year.” Don’t you just love it when that happens? This is a good one. Talent lined up includes DJ Kaskade, Steve Aoki, DJ Shadow, Booka Shade, and DJ Chuckie. The shin-dig will be at the Nikon Theater at Jones Beach this coming Sunday, August 21. There are 3 stages; the Skullcandy Main Stage, The Rockstar Energy Drink x Dim Mak Stage and the Beatport Stage.

One of the headlining DJs is my old pal Steve Aoki. Back in the day I befriend Steve Aoki’s brother Kevin who was promoting events at my clubs. We became friends and through Kevin met Devon his wonderful actress/model sister (now a mother) and his famous father Rocky Aoki. I was amazed at the level that they all worked. I consider myself quite the dynamo, with 5 careers taking me from 7am every day until late at night. But I am tortoise to these hares. We always run into each other. I designed the WESC store on Lafayette and Steve is friends with owner of the brand Gregor Hagelin. Steve designs some of the brand’s DJ headphones, in fact the ones I use. Our mutual friends have mutual friends who are friends with us. He is DJing at all the hotspots but is doing something new for the Identity Fest. I caught up with Steve Aoki as he headed to NYC for this incredible Identity Festival gig.

First of all, great to connect again and congrats on everything you’ve been doing. Tell me about the clothing line. Steve Akoi: The clothing line’s doing great. We started a new branch of the line called D1 and we’re going to be showing it in January 2012, to sell in fall/winter. The full range includes outwear, knits, and our tees. It’s more of high-end men’s range. And we still have our Dim Mak T-shirt line with that.

Do you still co-own the Korean BBQ joint, Shin? Yeah, I’m still part owner and I actually just opened a new restaurant called Eveleigh, like a year and a half ago.

Where’s that? It’s also in LA, in the Sunset Plaza area. I co-own it with these Australian guys that have amazing restaurants like Kingswood in New York. They have restaurants in Australia and New York.

You come from a restaurant background. Your dad, Rocky, was a food guy, opening all those Benihana restaurants. Is your brother Kevin still running Benihana? Kevin’s focusing on Sushi Doraku which is his restaurant and that’s his main focus. Benihana is run by a publicly traded company, so there’s a board of directors. There’s like two arms of Benihana, there’s BI that handles all the domestic operations and then there’s Benihana Tokyo that handles all the international rights.

Are you still managing DJs with Deckstar? Yeah, in the beginning when DJ AM wanted to start a management company with his manager, Paul, I got involved then and me and Matt, my manager, formed a sub-management underneath the management, which is now pretty active. We’ve gone from being a DJ-driven open format club organization to artist management, and now we have bands like Blink 182, Rancid, Travis Barker’s work, other rock and indie bands, and obviously DJs.

And you’re working on Aoki Magazine as well, while touring as a DJ? The touring is about 250 gigs a year now, so my main projects are producing music and finishing my album, which is coming out the end of the year. That’s been a three-year project for me, in addition to touring and running my record label. With the clothing line, since we partnered with an amazing company that’s going to help develop and finance the line, I leave a lot of the day-to-day stuff with them. My main business right now is the label Dim Mak Records and I’m on the Identity Festival tour right now.

The Identity Festival is billed as an electronic musical festival, bringing a club type atmosphere to an outdoor setting. How do you guys coordinate with each other so you don’t have the same vibe? With Identity Fest, there’s so many different kinds of artists including Rusko and Kaskade on the Dim Mak Stage, which is the stage I was involved in curating. The idea is to make a very diverse, eclectic array of artists on that stage. We have Holy Ghost, which is more disco and funky and then DJ Shadow who’s the one probably the one that stands out the most, because he’s more break beats and hip-hop, mixing his own music and sampling. Then you have Nero, who’s a dubstep artist from the UK and Crystal Method who’s been around for ages, with platinum albums and then I’ll be headlining. I’m doing a live show for the first time across 20 dates and that’s been a really big deal for me. I have a trailer entirely full of technicians, people that are in the structure of the rig of the live show doing the visuals and the lights. It’s an elaborate process to put the whole show together.

How is your set different from a club set? I’m doing an hour and a half of entirely Dim Mak music and my own records, in exception to two unreleased tracks that aren’t on the label. Because they are unreleased tracks, I can get away with putting it in the set, and they go so well with the set. For the most part it’s Dim Mak music, all records from the record label and all my own music, probably 70% my own music.

How many days a year do you wake up and not know what city you’re in? Actually, on that last question, if you go to TheCobraSnake.com and click on a couple links, you’ll get a picture of what my live show looks like. There are also live videos at YouTube’s Dim Mark Records page; they’re putting up videos online everyday and you can get an idea of the crowd, the action, as you see the show live.

It sounds exciting as can be, but how many days a year do you wake up and not know what city you’re in? Today. I woke up and was like, where the hell are we?

Hollywood Club Cinespace Closes

Last night in Hollywood, we said goodbye to that hook-up heaven otherwise known as Cinespace with a blowout led by electro-Pied Piper Steve Aoki. With his weekly Tuesday bash, Aoki single-handedly put the venue on the international radar via stellar DJ bookings (including renowned spinner Lindsay Lohan) over the past 8 years.

England’s Tinie Tempah performed at the packed club, and as the drunken masses schmoozed, smoked, danced, and made out, it could have been confused for just another night at Cinespace. But the club has seen better days, and the owners know it. Later this year, the space will reopen under a new name. In the meantime, Aoki will continue his Tuesday night weekly as a pop-up called Dim Mak Sessions, named after his record label. Cinespace will host the party next week, but may move to different venues this spring as it makes the transformation to something new. Check out the venue’s Facebook page for updates.

Has Ed Banger Banged Its Last Ed?

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The Ed Banger/Dim Mak coterie recently overtook Cinespace in Los Angeles. Everything was as planned, it seemed, at least in pictures. Nary a neon jersey was missing. Gold chains dangled from the lanky bodies that filled the room. But something was amiss, the scene seemed to have lost its sparkle.

The thing we always liked about Ed Banger and company was their decision to drip sweat rather than apathy. Whereas most other dance parties are overrun with furtive gazes at the nearest exit and precious hipster posturing, these kids knew how to throw down. But have the lights on Dim Mak dimmed, or was it simply an off night? We’re worried, because, while the scene certainly hasn’t yet died, it has most definitely gone arthritic from all the banging.

Photography by Drew A. Kelley

Dancers in the Dark

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It was all supposed to be very official. We had official press passes, we were on the official interview schedule, but the Official Klaxons After Party held on Monday night at Rebel was anything but…

Immediately following the Bjork show at MSG, hundreds of PYTs filtered past the velvet rope to see performances by Spank Rock, DJ Steve Aoki, Mike Bell (LFO), and Mystery Jets. Tape recorder in hand, we were anticipating a very brief chat with Klaxons. After making our way to the door, where Magnum PR girls were brandishing very official lists, we were informed that none of the bands wanted to do press, and we should “Just go and have fun with everyone.” And so we took heed. Even Bjork joined her earth intruder friends for champagne and dancing. There were fewer paparazzi. There was more cigarette smoking on the back porch with rockers like Will Rees from Mystery Jets. There were no VIP tables. And so, it’s official: Best. Party. Ever.