Alan Fitzpatrick Won’t Techno For An Answer

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As the global dance music community gets ready to descend upon the sunny shores of Miami Beach to attend Winter Music Conference, Ultra Music Festival and the assorted parties and shenanigans known as Miami Music Week, we were stoked to learn that UK techno stalwart Alan Fitzpatrick was heading to North America to play a string of dates — five to be exact — hitting clubs in Montreal, Toronto, Detroit, New York and Miami.

Known for his bespoke DJ sets and top-notch productions on Drumcode, Cocoon, Suara, Bedrock and his 8 Sided Dice imprint, Fitzpatrick, who has remixes in the pipeline for Argy and Dubspeeka, has truly come into his own over the past few years. We caught up with the techno talent via e-mail before he boarded the first flight and asked him about his upcoming North American tour. Continue Reading

Danny Tenaglia: A DJ’s DJ Finds His ‘Balance’

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It’s a Monday afternoon in September and through the magic of Skype I am talking to Danny Tenaglia who is sitting in a hotel room in Montreal. He played a long set on Saturday night into Sunday morning, and instead of jetting back to his home in Miami only to have to fly to Vancouver to play his next gig, the DJ legend called an audible and decided to stay in town and relax.

“I’ve been here so many times but I’ve never stayed,” Tenaglia admits, addiing that he’s woefully underdressed for the brisk autumn weather. “It’s going down to 36 degrees tonight. I was like no-no-no. I wasn’t prepared for this. I only brought a little hoodie.”

Having interviewed Tenaglia many times over the years, and religiously catching his sets at Twilo (from 1995-1997) and Vinyl (from 1999-2004) back in the day, I confess that I’ve been a bit out of the loop about his exploits at Pacha in New York City. The first thing I tell him is how blown away I am by his Balance 025 compilation. A departure from the Hard & Soul sound he forged in the ‘90s and early ‘00s, the two-CD collection finds Tenaglia bringing his unique techy twist to techno with a track listing featuring sublime cuts by Nicole Moudaber, Thomas Schumacher, Regis and Lewis Fautzi.

“It’s been many years now since I moved myself a little more into the techno world where my sets peak, without ever forgetting what people like to hear from me — that New York/New Jersey/Chicago vibe, which is why I like to play long sets,” Tenaglia tells me. “But if I’m doing one of those two- or three-hour set — maybe I’m the headlining DJ or maybe I’m closing — I’ve gotta come on strong. Tech-house is what’s always helped me to jack up the party a bit.” Continue Reading

10 Questions With Sankeys New York Co-Owner Antonio Piacquadio

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When David Vincent’s Manchester, England based clubbing institution Sankeys announced in 2010 it was expanding to the West Side of Manhattan, the news was met with enthusiasm from the city’s dance music community. Clubs come and go in NYC, so the addition of one with as global reputation was considered a much needed shot in the arm. But after the excitement died down, the Manhattan club never materialized, leaving many to speculate about why it never came to fruition. Three years later, Sankeys announced in October that it had secured a new location — the former District 36 space in Midtown sporting a Void incubus sound system, designed and installed by Anthem SSL, featuring the world’s first hydraulic LED Grid Matrix system — and would open its doors on Halloween with a themed night billed as The British Are Coming featuring with (non Brits) Reboot, No Regular Play, My Favorite Robot and Dave Rosario. (Friday’s lineup includes live performances by Amirali and Slow Hands as well as DJ sets from Fur Coat and Tanner Ross. Saturday’s bill features DJ Sneak, Julian Perez and Deep and Disco presents JKRIV).

In an exclusive interview with Sankeys New York co-owner Antonio Piacquadio (an accomplished tech-house DJ/producer in his own right) who is joined in the venture with Carlo Seneca, Robert Toma, Paolo Angelo and Dirk van Stockum, he explains what caused the club’s long delayed opening, how the two-room nightspot will fit into currently expanding Big Apple club scene and where Sankeys might expand to next.

Sankeys has a worldwide reputation courtesy of its successful club in Manchester and events in Ibiza. What prompted you to expand to New York City, a notoriously competitive city?
Antonio Piacquadio (pictured, below right): My passion for the business as well as the underground music scene. I have been a DJ and producer of forward-thinking music before the house music explosion in NYC (late ’80s). I’ve always been based in New York and have been active in the nightclub business as a DJ and operator/promo director for the past 25 years. I felt the time was right for me to open a venue I believed in and the brand was right to bring to NYC.

antonio piacquadioIn 2010, Sankeys announced it was opening an outpost on the west side of Manhattan. There was a lot of buzz and excitement, but the venue never opened. What happened? Did you at any point give up on the dream of opening a club in New York?
I’ve never given up on the dream ever. I am a very strategic thinker. As we were developing the NYC project, Sankeys Ibiza got into some financial trouble. There has never been a successful large scale American operator in Ibiza. The way it works is it usually takes three years to build a brand there if you are accepted. Sankeys Ibiza opened in spring of 2011 and had some hard times. They called upon me, and I had to make a decision. Continue on with the New York project and see Sankeys Ibiza fail, or step up to the plate. Get Sankeys Ibiza Back on track and put New York on hold until Ibiza was stable? The decision was obvious. Our team stepped in and worked side by side with David Vincent to make Ibiza the success it is today. By the time we were able to restart NYC, we realized that the west side outpost may not be the right fit for Sankeys and the 36th St. location became available so we pounced on it. Between that and licensing and dealing with NYC, etc…you can now see why it took us three years. You know what I always say? Perfection takes time and better late than never. (Although it actually is the absolute perfect timing for Sankeys to hit NYC).

“For Sankeys it’s not about the names of the artists, it’s about the music that is played.”

There are several new clubs opening in New York City How will Sankeys fix into the mix, and what will it need to do in order to be successful?
Sankeys will be a club that is very different musically and architecturally than most. Great sound, futuristic lighting and forward-thinking music will set us apart. For Sankeys it’s not about the names of the artists, it’s about the music that is played. That is the significant difference between Sankeys and the other New York City nightclubs.

Sankeys has taken over the former District 36 space. What have you done in terms of décor? Tell us a bit about the sound system and DJ booth.
You will have to come see for yourself. I will say this, it will certainly has a ‘wow’ factor. I can assure you.

“Let me tell you, hitting an opening deadline for a major venue in NYC is no easy task. A hundred things can go wrong to delay our opening. We have corrected 99.”

Bottle service is a contentious issue for a lot of clubbers in America. Some feel priced out of seeing their favorite DJs because they can’t afford to spend a few hundred dollars on bottles of alcohol. Understanding that clubs need to make money in order to stay in business, what sort of balance do you have in mind between catering to both ends of the spectrum.
This has been a very sticky subject in our world. Main problem is that a club in NYC just cannot exist without it. It’s very simple how we are approaching this. No one is expected to purchase bottles. We won’t hold up the door in efforts to force people to do this. However, we will offer it once you get past the door. If you’re the right fit for our venue and there for the music, welcome aboard. It is your option to buy bottles if that’s what you like to do at that point. We will not offer bottle service on the main dance floor, there will be a designated area for that far away from the DJ on the mezzanine. This is our way of solving the problem and making everyone happy. If you want to dance and be with the DJ, great (that’s what we love). If you want to sip your bottles, we have a place for you to do that also. It’s entirely up to the customer.

Let’s talk about opening night! Halloween seems like as good a night as any to open. Did that happen by chance, or was it planned well in advance?
We planned it way in advance. Let me tell you, hitting an opening deadline for a major venue in NYC is no easy task. A hundred things can go wrong to delay our opening. We have corrected 99 [laughs]. We have pushed through and have done the unthinkable. A club in NYC that opens as planned is a harder proposition than it seems. Whew, we made it!

The opening weekend features No Regular Play, DJ Sneak, Reboot and others. What will be the club’s music programming? How will it compare to the bills you present in Manchester?
Actually, we will be following more of the Ibiza Sankeys format. That is our mothership now so the lineups will look a lot like those and will feature most of the Sankeys Ibiza artists.

Danny Tenaglia has played a lot at Sankeys in the UK. Do you see him as a potential resident? Will the club be naming residents in the future?
We love Danny and welcome him with open arms. Hopefully he will love our space too. The rest is entirely up to him! As far as other residents, we will announce them in the coming months but the answer is yes. We do plan on having certain residents. Stay tuned.

Now that the club is finally a reality, what’s the most important lesson you learned about opening a club in New York?
Cross your T’s and dot your I’s. This certainly ain’t Kansas Dorothy!

Obligatory final question: Which city will Sankeys expand to next?
This is a question that has been plaguing the Sankeys family for a while. If I had to guess, Miami may be the next stop but we also have London in the works. It’s a race but either way Sankeys is expanding and will continue to as long as the fans embrace our concept.

Electric Daisy Carnival New York Announces Full Lineup

Electric Daisy Carnival New York has announced the lineup of its event taking place May 18-20, 2012 at MetLife Stadium. The bill includes a variety of world-class DJs including Carl Cox, Richie Hawtin, Goldie, John Digweed, Danny Tenaglia, Seth Troxler and Art Department.

Obligatory press gush from Pasquale Rotella, founder and CEO of Insomniac Events: “We felt a buzz coming from East Coast fans and decided that New York, with the right venue, would be the perfect stop for EDC. We’re excited to bring Insomniac’s unique multisensory festival experience to the New York area, a kind of production I have yet to see delivered in this market.”

Obligatory press gush from Eddie Dean, co-owner of Pacha New York who partnered with Insomniac to produce the event: “It was a testament to the strength of our brands, and electronic music in general. New Yorkers are a tough crowd to please, but they could hardly contain their excitement for a chance to experience EDC at home.”

Friday May 18
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kineticFIELD Stage
Armin van Buuren
Chase & Status
Fatboy Slim
Fedde le Grand
Madeon
Cosmic Gate
Funkagenda

circuitGROUNDS
Stage
(Hosted by
Bassrush)
Pendulum (dj set)
Shy FX
Zomboy
DJ Craze
Crizzly
TC
AC Slater
Star Eyes

neonGARDEN Stage
(Hosted by Pacha
New York)
Boris
Chus+Ceballos
Oscar G
Chriss Vargas
Paige
Dev Bhandari

Saturday May 19
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kineticFIELD Stage
Avicii
Sebastian Ingrosso
* Calvin Harris
Alesso
Cazzette
Chris Lake
Michael Woods
EDX

cosmicMEADOW Stage
(Hosted by Size
Matters)
Steve Angello
Erick Morillo
Thomas Gold *
AN21 & Max
Vangeli
Junior Sanchez
with special
performance by
CeCe Peniston
Tim Mason

circuitGROUNDS
Stage
(Hosted by A State
of Trance)
ATB
Markus Schulz *
Gareth Emery
John O’Callaghan
Jochen Miller
Tritonal
Rank 1
Sied van Riel

neonGARDEN Stage
(Hosted by Carl
Cox & Friends)
Carl Cox
John Digweed
Danny Tenaglia
Seth Troxler
Art Department
Cassy
Layo & Bushwacka!
Nicole Moudaber
tINI

Sunday May 20
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kineticFIELD Stage
Afrojack
Bassnectar
Dirty South
Chuckie
Sunnery James &
Ryan Marciano
Manufactured
Superstars

cosmicMEADOW Stage
(Hosted by
Bassrush)
Nero (dj set)
Subfocus Live
Borgore
Downlink
Dieselboy
Delta Heavy
Jaguar Skills
Goldie
Sazon Booya
Fury

circuitGROUNDS
Stage
(Hosted by Jacked)
Very Special
Surprise Guest
R3HAB
Shermanology
Bassjackers
Quintino
Bobby Burns

neonGARDEN Stage
(Hosted by Richie
Hawtin presents
ENTER.)
Richie Hawtin
Loco Dice *
Dubfire
Victor Calderone
Hot Natured (Jamie
Jones & Lee Foss)
Visionquest
Magda

Danny Tenaglia Resigns From DJing on Facebook

Legendary New York DJ/producer Danny Tenaglia is known for his deep connection with his fans. If you’ve ever seen him play one of his marathon sets, you’ll know that he often gets on the mic — something of a rarity in dance music culture — and addresses his flock a few times throughout the night.

Taking to Facebook yesterday Tenaglia posted a long, heartfelt post asking “please, just LET me BE, LET me BE!… The Time Has Come for ME to “finally” BE MYSELF!!”

“As of this day, I am ‘resigning’ (not retiring) and all future gigs will sadly BE canceled except for My Belated Birthday @ Pacha on Sat April 28th! This will BE my final gig until I feel I am ready to return back to the decks. This is the hardest decision I have ever had to make in my career, but if not now, then when??

Tenaglia went on to discuss the trials and tribulations of his chosen profession — everything from the trappings of success to how difficult it can be when traveling around the world. He wrote: “I HAVE SEEN THE MOUNTAINTOP as a DJ and I just need to STOP and smell the roses of my life and simply try to “Grow Up and BE who I really am” but “everything””

Tenaglia also revealed extremely personal information, stating that part of his break will allow him to move from his New York City loft filled with 10,000 record which he can no longer afford. “I know many people think I am wealthy but I assure I am not! I have lived well and have very nice things to show for my earnings, but I cannot stop working!”

At around 11am today Tenaglia posted again on Facebook that he was amazed by over 1,756 comments to his post. “I will share sooooooooooo much with all of you,” he wrote before eating his breakfast of oatmeal, berries and “a big Fu**ing cup of caffeine!.” “But let me get some fuel in me!”

Image via Facebook

When Michael Jackson Visited Danny Tenaglia at Studio 54

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In Issue 23 famed New York City-based DJ/producer Danny Tenaglia fielded questions from Big Shot‘s readers. One of his biggest fans, Jamie, asked Mr. T when he was going to grow his mustache back. Tenaglia replied: “When Michael Jackson comes to visit me again!” Tenaglia was kind enough to allow us to publish this photo of his meeting with Jackson taken presumably near the DJ booth at Studio 54. 

image courtesy of Danny Tenaglia