‘ETCetera,’ a new NYC party with Ge-Ology and Mark de Clive-Lowe

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Words by Korby Benoit

Since my days as a child I’ve always embraced new friendships. As an adult I’m more keen of my innate need to connect with people and exchange ideas. Commonalities usually bring us all together, yet it is through our differences we can evolve and have a rich exchange of information and perspectives.

I enjoy discovering the musical tastes of my friends. And yes, at times I may develop a genuine connection with a  person who simply doesn’t appreciate the same music I do. In those instances all is not lost…or is it? (Remember, music is everything!)

If I’m just getting to know a person and they mention their appreciation for the sounds of Ge-Ology and Mark de Clive-Lowe, I’ll likely have an emotive response to this information. More specifically, an internal signal alerts me that I’m around my artistic kinfolk. We’ll probably enjoy the same events and we might offer each other chunks of musical perspective that we each yearn for, but have yet to discover.

Ge-ology and Mark de Clive-Lowe are both well versed in appealing to an audience through sound. I attended their first installment of ETCetera, a new quarterly event at The303 at Louie and Chan in New York’s Lower East Side.

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Interview: Ben Watt Shares His Latest + NYC & LA Shows

 

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Veteran music maker, DJ, author, and label-owner Ben Watt catches us up with his latest happenings as he prepares for a string of US shows to promote his upcoming album, Hendra. He’ll be playing Joe’s Pub in NYC on April 1 (sold out), Rough Trade in NYC on April 2, and The Echo in LA on April 4. You aren’t going to want to miss these!

Giant Step: It’s been over two decades since your debut album, North Marine Drive, came out in 1983 and over a decade since your last work with Everything But the Girl. What inspired you to get back into the studio for your own project?

Ben Watt: Instinct, mainly. After Everything But The Girl stopped in 2002, I focused on DJing and running my two labels Buzzin’ Fly and Strange Feeling Records for ten years, but I felt myself wanting to get back to words and writing again, not just beats and other people’s music. The first thing I did was write a new book – a memoir all about my parents’ lives and marriage that will be published by Bloomsbury in the US in June. (It has just come out here to great reviews, which is very heart-warming.) And then right after that I fell into songwriting again. It was perhaps triggered by the unexpected death of my half-sister, Jennie. She died just as I was finishing the book and it was a heavy blow. A lot of stuff just tumbled out.

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Brooklyn Goes Hard with DJ Grandmaster Flash Rocking #Offline Weekly

 

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by Lisa Russell

If you’re in the know, you know that #Offline’s Wednesday night party featuring live sets with Tribe Called Quest‘s front man Q-Tip and Natasha Diggs plus special guests is a party not to be missed. And if you’re really in the know, you know that #Offline was the place to be last night to witness legendary Grandmaster Flash kill it on the decks, proving he is the definitive master of the ones and twos.

Old school hip hop bodes well at the Brooklyn-based venue Output where its dress code is “Brooklyn is the new black.” The venue, with two dance floors, two full bars, and a dope outdoor space is the first dance club in Williamsburg and it prides itself on being as real as it gets. There is no bottle service and you won’t find a barrage of cameras as distractions. Instead you’ll witness a communal space where love of music and intimacy with the resident and guest DJs supersedes love of hype. The venue is so real that in the small chance you leave behind one of your valuables, you can write their lost and found at ilostmyshit (at) outputclub.com.

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NYC: #Offline This Week to Feature Grandmaster Flash

 

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Join us this Wednesday, March 19 for a very special #Offline with legendary DJ & innovator Grandmaster Flash at the helm this week! And get ready for an amazing summer with a plethora of surprises in store for the coming weeks, too!

Enter our contest to win tickets to #Offline this week!

Event Details
#Offline
w/ special guest Grandmaster Flash

Wednesday, March 19

Tickets: $15 adv / $20 door
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Output
74 Wythe Avenue
Brooklyn, NY

#Offline, A True Slice of NYC DJ Culture

 

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Words by Korby Benoit

Whenever I listen to music enthusiasts describe New York City’s hallowed nightlife history, I’m often reminded of how this city has a storied past as an incubator for cutting edge music on a global scale.

In the early days of hip-hop, partygoers would travel from parts remote corners of the five boroughs and greater tri-state area, all in the name of pure and undiluted DJ culture. Foreigners would come from abroad to get a glimpse of the likes of Afrika Bambaataa, Jazzy Jay and Red Alert display their skills and extensive knowledge of music.

In 2014 New York is saturated with an assortment of smaller bars and lounges; many of which do not place an emphasis on music culture. DJs hired by these venues can easily feel stifled since many of these establishments require their DJs to play a strict regimen of top 40 tunes. Perhaps the playing field is also made a bit more difficult by a few less than polished DJs who haven’t honed the visceral mechanics of engaging a crowd through sound.

#Offline, Q-Tip’s weekly Brooklyn party is by all means a destination for people who simply want the DJ to take them on a ride. Tucked away in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn, Output is a DJ-centered venue that boasts one of the best sound systems in all of NYC. On my visit to last night’s installment, I caught an eclectic and immaculate set performed by resident opener Natasha Diggs, who gracefully ushered in our main man as an expert vibe setter.

It was a true pleasure to witness Q-Tip perform in his hometown as the master dance floor conductor he is, playing a vigorous set of funk, disco, and soul, over and over compelling a packed dance floor to stay on its toes. Output’s sound system reminded me how professional recordings are designed to perform at venues, as the sounds cut the air strong and clean, establishing musical atmosphere. And I definitely wasn’t alone in my appreciation as the venue attracts a crowd of people who also appreciate the music and how it is being presented.

If a true slice of NYC DJ culture is what you seek, take a visit to this Wednesday night gem and trust that you are in good hands.