House hero Kerri Chandler spins a rare Gotham set at Cielo. Not many deep-house producers have a sound as distinct as New Jersey’s Kerri Chandler; his muscular basslines, dopamine-activating chord progressions and, most of all, badass kick drums stand out in a genre that can sometimes seem a bit monotone. He’s been working his unique style since the late ’80s, but Chandler’s star is as bright as ever, as evidenced by his constant gigging in Europe’s clubs and festivals, including a residency at Ibiza’s famed Circoloco party. He rarely spins in NYC anymore—but on Thursday, February 28, the venerable Nervous label has snagged the dance-music icon for an intimate session at Cielo.
RECOMMENDED: More DJ mixes from the world's top spinnersTime Out New York: You grew up in New Jersey. How much influence did [seminal Newark club] Zanzibar and its resident, Tony Humphries, have on your development?Kerri Chandler: Oh, lots. We were all going there when we were teenagers…younger than that, even. It had a huge influence. I was already deejaying, playing at this place around the corner called Club America, and we would run over to Zanzibar when my club was done for the night. The same guy owned both clubs. We would get there around 11 o’clock in the morning, listen to Tony until he was done, and then finally head home.Time Out New York: You started releasing music not long after that time, in 1989—and even on your debut release, the Super Lover EP, the Kerri Chandler sound was pretty dist