Eamon Harkin and Justin Carter aren't having any problem keeping themselves occupied these days. Their parties, Mr. Saturday Night (featuring "consistently epic" guest DJs) and Sunday Best (on hold ‘til warmer weather rolls around), have gone beyond simple popular dance parties, to become events that people plan their whole weekend around. Meanwhile, New Release, their blog of sorts, has quietly become somewhat of a to do list for those in the know. I was lucky enough to grab these two for a few questions about their upcoming New Year's Eve party.
Joonbug: Obviously, you guys know how to keep a weekly party fresh. Have you been saving anything special for New Year's Eve at the Market Hotel?
Justin: Well, beyond the fact that we're running an open bar all night, we're keeping things as we normally keep them at Mister Saturday Night. We'll probably do a countdown or something, but really, I feel like New Year's Eve gets too much pomp and circumstance sometimes, and the best parties I've ever been a part of on New Year's were good because they were good -- not because of something specifically New Year's related. That's not to say we won't make it special -- we're hosting Omar S, playing really good music ourselves, using our full Turbosound sound system and stocking the bar with drinks that are made with quality -- it's just to say that we try to make every one of our parties special.
Eamon: We're actually trying to make New Years Eve really simple for our audience this year. A very affordable ticket gets you a great party, with one of the world's best DJs and a full open bar. You really can't do much better than that!
Is there a New Year's Eve that stands out in your memory or lackthereof?
J: The first New Year's Eve party I ever threw was probably my favorite. It was at Asterisk, a now gone Brooklyn spot where I threw my first loft parties. I think it was 2004 going into 2005, and we had a few bands on the bill. I think Kudu, The Epochs and a few others. Roy Dank and Brennan Green played in the back room, I played in the front room, and there was free beer for everyone who came, and it was just generally a big, crazy party.
E: A couple of years ago I played a 5 hour set in the basement of 205. It was packed and, strangely for NYE, felt very spontaneous. It was the only time I played there and I had a blast.
2009, a good year for New Release and its various incarnations. Any grand visions for 2010? The new decade in general?
J: 2009 was really our first year! I mean, I started writing
the New Release Weekly Selections (the one about events going on every week in
New York) about five years ago, and Eamon and I have both been doing events and
DJing for a while now; but this was the first year that Eamon and I worked
together constantly as a team, and it was the year that we gave a lot of our
past endeavors real focus and direction. As an individual it's really nice to
step back and see that the partnership has taken me forward. There are a lot of
ideas floating around up there, but without the right partner, those ideas
often don't take shape, and with Eamon, things really have gelled.
As for the future, there are lots of grand ideas that we have cooking. But for right now, Mister Saturday Night, Sunday Best and our Weekly Selections will keep us plenty busy.
E: We're delighted with the success of Mister Saturday Night and Sunday Best in 2009 and New Release is really finding it's voice as a credible music editorial site now. We plan to build those brands in 2010 and to continue to challenge ourselves and do new things. Justin and I have really hit our stride as a DJ pairing, which I'm really happy about. We definitely want to build on that and find some time to do gigs in Europe and throughout the US. I also have some productions coming out with my production partner Steve Raney, which I'll be happy to see get released.