New York parties and the nightlife kingpins behind them

Check out the hottest New York parties to hit up in 2013, and meet the people who throw them.

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  • Photograph: Katya Guseva

    New York parties and the nightlife kingpins behind them

    Luke McCann, founder of Reconstrvct

  • Photograph: Katya Guseva

    New York parties and the nightlife kingpins behind them

    Reconstrvct

  • Photograph: Katya Guseva

    New York parties and the nightlife kingpins behind them

    Reconstrvct

Photograph: Katya Guseva

New York parties and the nightlife kingpins behind them

Luke McCann, founder of Reconstrvct


Luke McCann, founder of Reconstrvct, a party geared toward cutting-edge dubstep and its various bass-heavy offshoots (reconstrvct.com)

Origins
“I used to go to Dub War religiously and sweat through my clothes to the sounds of Joe Nice and Dave Q. It was such a release from the mundane, and when it ended I was devastated. Like a fiend, I started planning trips to London, honestly, faking sick at work to fly over for the weekend, staying in hostels or sleeping in the airports, just to be able to experience an eight-hour DMZ party in Brixton or Amerstdam. It wore me out, but it was the only way I could justify working such hours at a crappy job.”

The party
“We were just looking for a place that would allow us to play this music the way it’s intended to be played: loud and into the late night. These artists we bring out are sharp as surgeons and know exactly how to work the floor with their music. Please know it’s gonna get loud, with the bass reaching 149 decibels—you will feel it in your chest if you’re close enough to the speakers. What we don’t do is have cheesy rave lights, fake smoke, dress codes, or MCs speaking in tongues. Just the essentials.”

The crowd
“Colorful as the United Nations but with open minds and good hearts. Reconstrvct brings together enthusiasts and fans from a multitude of time zones, all to celebrate the most prolific, forward-thinking artists, producers and DJs in the EDM/bass culture scene.”

What you’ve missed so far
“The Outlook Festival vs. Reconstrvct was beautiful, primarily because it was the first time we moved to a big venue from a small (200 person capacity) venue. I was really nervous because I had never worked with the venue, nor booked so many DJs, nor maxed out my lines of credit. The Author (Jack Sparrow and Ruckspin) live PA set was incredible. You can listen back to it on Soundcloud and see what I mean. We’re definitely going to do that again this June.”

His recommendations
The Delancey has something fresh on Thursdays called Fourth Temple (facebook.com/fourth-temple) with DJ True Nature, and On the Sly (ontheslyny.com) at Le Poisson Rouge. The Lit City (facebook.com/litcitytrax) guys are doing it right too, they had Kode 9, Gang Gang Dance and [Chicago’s] DJ Rashad for ten bucks the other night.”

The future
“I’m really beyond excited to be bringing forth this new art and music showcase called Idle (facebook.com/stayidle), going on in Brooklyn on February 2. They’re bringing out this quartet Old Apparatus alongside Ashes57, amongst others, and I’ve got to say, their sound-and-art design is light-years ahead, with some serious next-level producers from South London making their debuts.”

The past
“I read an article about [techno DJ] Adam X and he talked about how Brooklyn used to be in the ’80s (cheap). He spoke of the blending of sounds at underground parties and the freedom in music people shared from raw techno, hip-hop, disco and beyond, which is what Berlin has become. I’d love to go back to when people had such an open mind about the transcending qualities of music experimentation instead of expecting a certain sound.”

Next event: Location TBA. Jan 19 at 10pm; $TBA, advance $15. Advance tickets available at residentadvisor.net. R.S.V.P. required; e-mail rsvp@reconstrvct.com or visit facebook.com/reconstrvct.



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