Scene spotlight: Verboten with Solomun, Huxley and Stadenco

The Diynamic label's Solomun makes his NYC debut with the Verboten crew.

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  • Photograph: Grace Chu

    Verboten with Solomun, Huxley and Stadenco at Highline Ballroom

  • Photograph: Grace Chu

    Verboten with Solomun, Huxley and Stadenco at Highline Ballroom

    Tina Nyugen, 27; psychiatrist, Gramercy; left
    “I’ve never been to one of these parties. It’s my first experience—but I love the music and the vibe.”

    Karin Kaskiel, 30; engineer, Hell’s Kitchen; right
    “I’ve been to a couple of Verboten parties. It’s so amazing how they can showcase a range of sounds. I’m kind of a new Solomon fan. When I first heard him, I was like, This shit is
    so awesome!”

  • Photograph: Grace Chu

    Verboten with Solomun, Huxley and Stadenco at Highline Ballroom

    Felipe Lekich, 26; graphic designer; Sao Paolo, Brazil

    “I follow Solomun on Facebook, and I’ve listened back in Sao Paolo so many times. I have seen him at the Edge, a very nice club in Sao Paolo. I’m a fan of his; his mixes groove and dance with disco. He’s one of the top DJs [in Brazil].”

  • Photograph: Grace Chu

    Verboten with Solomun, Huxley and Stadenco at Highline Ballroom

    Alejandro Perez, 25; pharmaceutical company employee; Lyndenhurst, Long Island

    “I’ve been going to Verboten for a little more than a year now. When I was young, I was always interested in [electronic music]; it was different than a lot of what everyone else was listening to. I started to follow popular DJs like Daft Punk, and then moved on to more underground stuff like this. Huxley plays a lot of garage house, deep-house stuff, it’s very groovy and good to dance to. He’s really just burst onto the scene within the past year, and’s been releasing tracks on a bunch of different labels, but I’ve never seen him live. I’ve listened to his music and I’m a big fan of the whole U.K. scene, so anything that comes out of there, I love.”

  • Photograph: Grace Chu

    Verboten with Solomun, Huxley and Stadenco at Highline Ballroom

  • Photograph: Grace Chu

    Verboten with Solomun, Huxley and Stadenco at Highline Ballroom

  • Photograph: Grace Chu

    Verboten with Solomun, Huxley and Stadenco at Highline Ballroom

  • Photograph: Grace Chu

    Verboten with Solomun, Huxley and Stadenco at Highline Ballroom

  • Photograph: Grace Chu

    Verboten with Solomun, Huxley and Stadenco at Highline Ballroom

Photograph: Grace Chu

Verboten with Solomun, Huxley and Stadenco at Highline Ballroom

Verboten’s latest edition of its Friday series at Highline Ballroom lived up to the hype, as the shindig’s resident spinner, Stadenco, primed the crowd for the Diynamic label’s Solomun, who—despite his international-superstar status—was just getting around to making his NYC debut. The U.K.’s Huxley, a specialist in killer basslines, rounded out the lineup with his housed-up beats, keeping the crowd going until 6am.


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