“THE ONLY REAL DANCE PARTY IN NEW YORK” proclaims Dan “Carly” Wender of RINSED, about the monthly party he co-created with Blacky II one year ago. In anticipation of their huge first birthday party this Saturday at Public Assembly, which will be headlined by Braille, we saw down for a chat with the rinsed boys Dan and Blacky, as well as Billy Cadence, new addition to the crew who will be opening the party. Read up to hear the guys’ thoughts on the state of music today, the city of New York, and what’s inspiring them right now — and of course, download the 4 track mini mix that the artists provided exclusively for Arcade44.
Blacky II – Took
Dan Wender – We Don’t Need a Baby
Billy Cadence – Daily Daisy
Braille – The Year 3000
When was the moment when you knew you had to make music your career?
Blacky II: I’ve always wanted music to be a part of my life, so I’ll tell you about the moment I felt that way about electronic dance music: there used to be a club in NY called Vinyl. It’s legendary. They didn’t even serve alcohol most of the time. I was there one night about nine or 10 years ago, soaking in the sounds, my mind automatically layering new ones on top of them. I remember thinking, “Yes, this is what i want.”
Dan Wender: Since I was a child.
Billy Cadence: I’d like to think it was at one big defining moment like, wow when I saw Daft Punk for [their] Alive 2007 [tour] it just shook me to the core and I was never the same again. More realistically though, it was when I first performed in front of an audience and noticed how we could share this really intimate, music-induced moment together. The immediacy of that connection is unique.
What music is making you excited right now? What are you listening to?
Blacky: There are a lot of super talented people out there right now and a lot of record labels that are really pushing boundaries and blurring the lines between genres. This makes me really happy, I feel like I’ve been waiting for this time in music for a while now. Modeselektor immediately comes to mind, and the other artists on their Record Labels — Monkeytown and 50 Weapons.
Dan: Lots of British and Montreal based bass music. I’ll just name some labels because their are too many artists to include them all. Numbers, Hotflush, Hessle Audio, LuckyMe, NightSlugs, Greco-Roman.
Billy: Lots of Gesaffelstein. He murdered 2011. This year was all about techno and R&B and the odd cross-pollinations between them. I’m really into Azari & III, L-Vis 1990, Kastle, Julio Bashmore, Jacques Greene, and Sepalcure — in addition to my go-to peak hour guys like ZZT, Clouds, Modek, Ado, Mumbai Science, etc.
Tell me a little about your background and how you started your career.
Blacky: I started DJing and learning production in 2001. I started throwing my own parties, in a small basement in the East Village, because it was the easiest way to get out there and actually play in front of some people. I chose the spot because a few DJs I looked up to threw parties there. Since then I’ve definitely grown a lot and had some wonderful experiences, getting to play in other cities and getting to play with artists who inspire me. We started doing the RINSED party about a year ago and it’s definitely contributed to my growth in success and creativity.
Dan: I started DJing in LA with my buddy Quinn in 2008. We threw a huge rave that ended up being shot up by a Mexican gangster — true story — so we split and started doing parties in the Lower East Side. I started working for MeanRed Productions, a Brooklyn-based event planning company, in May 2010, where I met Blacky II. Quinn, Blacky, and I started throwing RINSED in December 2010 and it’s just been growing from there. In the past year I’ve had the pleasure of playing with Jacques Greene, Falty DL, Peaches, L-Vis 1990, Friendly Fires, SBTRKT, Nick Hook, Girl Unit, Kingdom, and plenty more that are slipping my mind. It’s been an amazing year.
Billy: I wouldn’t call it a career quite yet. I’m just thrilled to be making music.
How does the music scene in New York City influence and inspire you?
Blacky: I really wish there was more I could say about the music scene in New York. The Nouveau York/Ete D’amour parties are definitely one of the places I’ve been able to see some of the most inspirational artists in the last year. The sad thing about the scene in New York is that a lot of the times there’s an artist I really want to see, it’s either at a really shitty venue or there’s an outrageous ticket price or something, which is part of the reason we started RINSED. We wanted a party that we would want to go to, where we could hear good music, on a good sound system, have a few drinks, and not be broke the next morning.
Dan: It’s dreadfully uninspiring. In fact, the whole reason we started RINSED is because there was a major shortage of high quality, cheap, pretense-free dance parties in New York. I really think you need all three of those things and to miss one is to miss completely. A shitty, cheap, pretense-free party is a major bummer. A dope party that’s expensive makes it inaccessible to the masses, the same thing with a dope party that’s cheap but pretentious (i.e. strict door), the common people can’t experience it. We built RINSED so everyone who loves dance music and not this elusive “scene” can come and have a depraved evening.
Billy: There’s something about New York that makes you crave bass. I’m okay with it.
Would you be making music even if you didn’t live in NYC?
Dan: Of course.
Billy: Honestly I’d be making more music if I lived somewhere else. New York is overflowing with worthwhile distractions, so it’s hard to consistently devote time to produce. Plus there’s the whole day job thing. I bet I’d be ONLY making music if I spent a month holed up in a basement studio in Berlin or a cold shitty cottage in the countryside.
What are your favorite websites, blogs, and magazines for discovering music?
Blacky: Beatport, Turntable Lab, XLR8R, Rcrd Lbl, Sound Cloud … I like to sometimes just do a Google blog search of a new track or a new artist and just jump around to different blogs, see what other music those people are talking about.
Dan: FactMag, XLR8R, Resident Advisor, Beatport, and Twitter of course.
Billy: The Erol Alkan Forum. The electronic music market has become so saturated though that it’s not really about trolling some site or magazine for recommendations. I tend to follow the record labels I like and grab all their releases as they come.
There you have it! Enjoy the tracks, and make sure to get to Public Assembly early this Saturday to see Billy Cadence, Blacky II, Dan, and of course Braille for only $2 before 11 p.m., $5 after