This week’s URB podcast is a special delivery courtesy of TJ Hertz, better known in the underground as the man behind the sounds of Objekt. Within a two-year span, the Berlin-based producer has seemingly taken storm of the worlds of techno and bass music by simply blurring the line entirely; with his two self-released white-label 12s causing a spike in maniacal dancefloor activity worldwide. It didn’t matter where you went; a rooted dubstep party in London, a techno party in Berlin, or a NYC event that catered to both; you were going to hear an Objekt tune.
In the era of superstar DJs and mega-festivals, the notion of the weekly DJ residency is a dying one. Even in New York, a city famous for its self-contained club scene—from Larry Levan at the Paradise Garage to Danny Tenaglia at Vinyl—you’d be hard pressed to find a successful night helmed by the vision of one artist.
Unless you head out on a Monday for Deep Space, the weekly party powered by legendary DJ Francois K. Deep Space is celebrating it’s 10th anniversary this Monday (March 18) at Cielo, the Manhattan venue that has hosted the party since the very beginning in 2003. Joining FK on the decks is Hotflush label head Scuba (who recently wrapped his own infamous Sub:Stance residency at Berlin’s infamous Berghain).
From techno and house to disco, left-field, ambient and the all important dub, the music policy at Deep Space has always been as diverse as the many guests who have taken to the booth over the past 10 years—Carl Craig, Gilles Peterson, Theo Parrish and U-Roy to name just a few. To celebrate the 10 year mark, we asked Francois K to tell us his 10 favorite tracks from a decade of Deep Space.
Start the list after the jump.
To celebrate legendary NYC nightclub Cielo’s 10 year anniversary, on Thursday, January 17, 2013, the Meatpacking District staple club welcomes The Martinez Brothers to the decks.
I arrived at Camp Bisco a few days before I was scheduled to shadow dance with Psylab, so I could get my party on. Impatient, after hours of sitting in the RV, I meandered a bit and found myself backstage as Infected Mushroom began their set. I felt a tap tap tap on my shoulder, turned around and was greeted by the Disco Biscuits’ keyboard player, Aron Magner. “Wanna see something neat?” he asked, eyes wide. “Of course. Yes!” I said resolutely, skipping with excitement. I followed him, curious, through the sea of ravers and revelers. We arrived at a tent filled with consoles, knobs and switches. I quickly realized we were standing in the center of where light is born.
Infected Mushroom’s psychedelic synths roared. Magner grabbed me by the hand and pointed to some buttons. After a quick lesson, he smiled and said, “Now, it’s your turn.” Nervous, I attempted to sync the enormous strobe lights surrounding the stage to the music. Always a half beat off, I giggled as Magner shook his head laughing until I realized the power my keystrokes possessed. Bolts of light blinded us, frenzied brilliant bursts showered the crowd; and for a moment, I fell under my own spell.
That was my first and last time commanding a lighting console for thousands of tripped out party people, an experience I’ll always cherish, deepening my appreciation for the art of lighting design. These artists, often overlooked and underappreciated, shine brightly behind the scenes.
Francois K’s seminal Deep Space events have always had thunderous and tremendous guests delivering their brand of sonic influence to whoever’s listening, but there’s always something extra special when it comes to debuting at the event. Lest we forget someone like Joy Orbison who smashed it in 2011 with an unquestionably impressive three-hour set, tonight the decks are graced by none other than the man known as Objekt. Having made a distinct impression upon the circumventing scenes of techno and bass music, Objekt has released only a handful of records, but is known for his expansive DJ sets and his impressively distinct brand of off-centre dance music. To say that we’re delighted he’s here would be an understatement, and there’s no reason that anyone should miss out on his debut at Cielo tonight. Check out the details on tonight, as well as the flyer after the jump.