MIXMAG by Harrison Williams
February 21, 2018
Kicking back in a Brooklyn apartment on a Friday night, a group of seasoned clubbers in their late 20s have gathered to begin the weekend’s debauchery, but there’s conflict. Amid the frivolity a debate begins regarding where to spend the night out. Should they start at the Greenpoint hotspot Good Room, grab a drink at the intimate sonic paradise of Jupiter Disco, head straight to the acclaimed nightclub Output or linger in the apartment’s kitchen until 2AM before making their way to wherever the underground party people at Resolute have set up for the long morning? Each venue is hosting international talent, has exquisite sound and boasts a bumping dancefloor. In today’s global scene, this type of conflict is welcomed by the experienced club heads. Right now, Brooklyn is a premiere clubbing capital and its community is continuing to grow at a rapid rate.
These days, no matter where the dancers decide to go, there really isn’t a bad move and new venues like Elsewhere , Nowadays and even Analog BKNY are making decisions even harder. That said, it wasn’t long ago that you’d be hard pressed to find a proper dancefloor in Brooklyn. The nightclub scene was sparse just five years ago. As DFA Records affiliate The Juan MacLean discussed during a recent episode of Mixmag’s On Rotation podcast: “There just weren’t any clubs. In Brooklyn there definitely weren’t any. We used to just play in bars. DJs would play for a longer time and they would have to be more eclectic. There definitely wasn’t Output back then. Output really planted the flag.”
When Output opened in 2013, it filled a massive void for a diverse range of contemporary dance music to flourish in New York City. Manhattan ruled over local club culture with Pacha, Cielo and Marquee satisfying the nightclub thirst during the EDM era, but they severely lacked raw and eclectic bookings. These venues were filled with VIP bottle service, high heels, buff bros and DJs like David Guetta. Space was needed where the underground shades of dance music could take root. A space where someone could spend the entire night dancing their heart out to minimal house, banging techno, leftfield electro and everything in between. These types of parties were driven way underground during the time around 2010, where warehouse parties saw success, yet a consistency was lacking.
Before the Brooklyn club scene was booming, there were concert halls like Music Hall of Williamsburg and the now closed DIY venues Glasslands Gallery, Cameo Gallery and the old House of Yes, plus warehouse parties put on by Resolute and the recently-defunct Blkmarket Membership. Even the year before Output opened, Bossa Nova Civic Club in Bushwick established a haven for gritty electronic experimentation with its DIY approach. But there simply wasn’t a proper nightclub in Brooklyn with consistent weekly line-ups featuring international underground talent. Today there are several and the tides changed five years ago when Output recognized the increasing demand.
Immediately major underground heavyweights came to Brooklyn to play the multi-level, multi-room venue, including Tale Of Us, DVS1, Loco Dice, Jackmaster and Ben UFO in the first few months. Funktion 1 sound, inviting and dimly lit dancefloor, no photo policy and line-ups not commonly found at the time were a huge draw. The borough was hit with a major shot of adrenaline as a result of international bookings, but local DJs, producers and promoters also felt a strong boost. The homegrown artists, who had been living in the shadows, now had a reputable space to support them.
Local DJ and producer Cry Baby, founder of the FM Elle collective with releases on Nervous Records, touched on the importance of Output’s support during the early years and onward: “Output was the first mega club to reach out to my old collective House On Mute to throw parties. They were always, and still are, supporting local DJs which is crucial to the growth of our Brooklyn scene.”
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