Giant Step Presents Electric Punanny (Jasmine Solano & Melo-X)
Over 4 years ago, an enterprising Jasmine Solano and MeLo-X, had the idea of pooling together their respective loves of reggae, hip-hop, and electronic music to form what would be titled Electric Punanny. Within the sweaty walls of NYC’s SWAY nightclub, Electric Punanny would grow to become one of NYC’s most popular monthly parties. Jasmine and Melo (each respected selectors and emcee’s in their own rights) enlisted the accomplished night life promoter Roxy Cottontail, and photographer TONE, to capture not only the visuals, but the mood and energy of each bash. Those who would become regulars of “EP” came to love and appreciate the diverse mix of characters, the perspiration inducing sounds, and just the right amount of raunch to keep everyone thirsting for more. What started out as a series of parties had come to represent a cross section of NYC’s downtown youth, indie, & street cultures, as well as a venue where creativity and true art in music would coalesce.
Followers of Electric Punanny have been treated over the years, to guest DJ’s and performers, including Chuck Inglish (The Cool Kids), Million $ Mano, Hollywood Holt, Theophilus London, Mickey Factz, Christian Rich, and Scotty B. Artists like Diplo, Maluca, Joell Ortiz, Kid Cudi, Murs, Ninja-Sonik, D-Nice, Curtains, and pro BMX rider, Nigel Sylvester among others, could be spotted taking in the festivities on any given night. With such a winning template, it only makes sense that Electric Punanny would extend this energy and try to translate it in other locales. In April 2010, EP set off to Denver in its first out of town effort, where over 300 willing party goers took their licks at the underground art gallery, Guerilla Garden. Since Electric Punanny has traveled to other cities in the US and abroad, making appearances at Denver’s Beauty Bar, Chez Moune in Paris and Fortune Sound Club in Vancouver, Canada.