Blake Baxter and DJ Di'jital—two Detroit techno and electro luminaries—will headline Sheik 'N' Beik's ten-year anniversary party.
Blake Baxter (live)
Ray Rose (live)
As Sheik ‘N’ Beik (SNB) hits double digits, we’re looking back at its humble beginnings in 2008 when founder Julio began throwing small parties as SNB’s sole resident. Born out of a simple love for music and wanting to DJ for friends, SNB went from intimate gatherings to its first warehouse party in DUMBO in May of 2008. A collaborative Halloween warehouse party followed later that year in Williamsburg with contemporaries ReSolute and Blkmarket Membership. After that, the events kept coming, with weekly Thursday night lounge parties and warehouse weekenders.
Five years ago, the desire to leave an indelible mark prompted the beginning of the Sheik ‘N’ Beik record label. The musical aesthetic remained the same, showcasing genre-crossing sounds by some of Julio’s favorite producers. Today, the label is on its thirteenth release with a stacked schedule heading into 2018.
As SNB matured over the years, it left the warehouse scene to focus on producing a few highly curated events a year, the biggest of which is the Jungle 51 stage at the Okeechobee Music and Arts Festival. Sheik ‘N’ Beik has produced the late-night Jungle 51 stage since the festival’s inaugural event in 2016, which has since become SNB’s flagship event of the year. SNB has come a long way since 2008 - “Who’d have thought that ten years would fly by so quickly? We’ve had our ups and our downs, and learned a lot of lessons along the way, but we’re damn proud of our journey!” Julio commented.
On Saturday, February 17th, SNB will mark our coming of age and celebrate the past and present while looking to the future with our Sheik N Beik 10 Year Anniversary Party. Returning to Brooklyn’s Good Room, the evening begins in the main room with SNB resident OG AG; an expert selector from Baltimore who rose to prominence in Ibiza as part of the Circo Loco team. NYC visual artist and member of XD and the NAAFI collective Debit continues with angular excursions through ambient soundscapes, skittering beats and sharp turns. N’conduit follows with live, moody and expansive techno in the same vein as his intricate release on the label. A peaking, acidic 2hr live set from Detroit’s legendary Blake Baxter; one of five original techno pioneers along with Juan Atkins, Kevin Saunderson, Derrick May and Eddie Fowlkes. This is his first hardware-only gig, and we are honored to be presenting this historical debut. The night ends with what’s sure to be an incendiary blow-out from Julio, the man of the hour, as he barrels down the rabbit-hole with his eclectic selections and singular, vortex-like flow.
Meanwhile, the Bad Room opens with a special ambient sound bath from Just R, the new alias from SNB mainstay resident, Ray Rose. The sonic healing gives way to futuristic, jazz-infused syncopations of EARTHTONE member Ika. Stars continue to align as the mystic Vagara brings his blend of Floridian breaks, indigenous rhythms and melodic deepness. Detroit electro mainstay Dj Di'Jital, who flew under the radar for years spinning in AUX 88’s live shows, finally makes his NYC debut as he careens through frenetic percussion and razor-sharp twists and turns at nosebleed bpms. Local favorite Maroje T closes with the signature techno-electro blend showcased on his stellar productions and around the borough.