Speedy J, Neurotic Drum Band aka John Selway and Ulysses, Nick Chacona, John Roberts, Bethany Benzur
This January 8, for The Bunker 7 Year Anniversary, we decided to
go all out and do something kind of crazy we've been attempting
to pull off for years. We're turning over the back room to Speedy
J for the entire eight hours of the party. To help balance the
insanity that will occur in the back room, we've invited our
sister party, Kiss & Tell, to present our hostess and
photographer Seze's 35th Birthday Party in the front room. In
addition to a stellar lineup, Seze will be presenting a slide
show of her extensive archive of party photos from The Bunker.
Jochem Paap, better known as Speedy J, has been making his mark on
techno for as long as he's been making it. In the early 90's, he
played a critical role in shaping what became the sound of Plus 8
with dancefloor monsters such as "Pullover" and "Evolution".
After two albums that were more geared towards the dancefloor, he
started going out a bit more with the LP's "Public Energy No. 1"
and "A Shocking Hobby". While those album's were more sonic and
textured and maybe a bit more experimental, they proved more of
what Jochem was capable of in the studio, and are some of the
more interesting stuff we've ever heard. Moving on, he started to
take things back to the dancefloor crafting four to the floor
techno, while still maintaining what he'd learned previously.
Again, forging new ground sonically. It's really hard to pin his
sound down. His performances are unmatched by nearly anyone. His
tastes are so broad, and he just seems to know how to bring it
all together. Which is why we have decided to give him the entire
night for his set at The Bunker 7 Year Anniversary: a rare treat
that he seems as excited about as we are. We recommend being
there for the whole thing. It is surely going to blow some minds.
John Selway and Ulysses are no strangers to The Bunker. They've
played together as Neurotic Drum Band at one of The Bunker's
infamous 303 Acid parties, and also made the only live appearance
of their career at The Bunker. These days, they rarely perform
together, as both of them have busy schedules balancing family
with career. Their recent 12" on Wurst went to number one on the
Juno charts, which is no small feat. Tonight, they will likely be
playing lots of the party jams and forgotten classic club records
that help define the somewhat undefinable Kiss & Tell sound.
It's nearly impossible to pin down Nick Chacona's genre, but you
can definitely pin down his vibe: a fucking good time. Much of
his productions are based around the space disco sounds with
heavy dub influences, but that's not at all where he draws the
line. His discography just keeps growing and growing with
releases on Moodmusic, 2020 Vision, Ben Watt's Buzzin Fly, Saw,
Dogtown, Bearfunk, and the inaugural release for Prins Thomas's
Internasjonal, not to mention a very extensive remix list. His
extremely versatile DJ sets have gained his high regard across
the US from NY to San Francisco, as well as Brazil, Germany,
Spain, Poland, Romania, Belgium, Sweden, Serbia, Holland, and the
UK. You never know what you're going to get out of him, save for
what we already mentioned above: an extremely good time!
2009 was a big year for John Roberts. He started gaining a lot
more attention for not only his ridiculously good EP's, but for
his live shows as well. You may recall him kicking off the year
by DESTROYING the front room on our anniversary party last year.
Since then, he has been playing shows all over the globe and
quickly gaining a ton of notoriety for them. 2010 will see the
release of his first full length, which we have heard, and it's
nothing short of brilliant. Definitely looking forward to having
John back in town to do what he does best: wreck shop with some
of the deepest house music imaginable.
Bethany Benzur is Kiss & Tell's resident disco encyclopedia and
vinyl purist from Georgia. Recently emigrating to the Big Apple,
Bethany has been ruling the dancefloor at Kiss & Tell parties
with her Southern charm. The DJ nerds are regularly awed by her
selections of raunchy electro, glamorous dark disco, and soulful