Straight out of New York's Lower East Side, indie-electronic duo, The Knocks, has been blowing up recently by putting out their own brand of dance music. Known for their viral remixes of tracks by the likes of Katy Perry, M83, and Dragonette, Ben "B-Roc" Ruttner and James "Jpatt" Patterson bring a sound we can only describe as falling somewhere between retro and new. What we do know is that it definitely makes us want to dance!
Just before a performance at Mansion Nightclub, the two sat down with Joonbug at the Perry Hotel in South Beach to tell us a little bit about their musical roots, their career goals, and what life is like for an artist in NYC.
Freshly spanked and squalling, the newbies of the NYC night scene have arrived intent on cajoling their way into the upper echelons! The nightlife game being “feast or famine” at best—perhaps even more so in NYC—the question ultimately becomes: How do these new kids on the block separate themselves from the pack? Whether it be through a versatile blend of attractive ambiance, eclectic food & drink, and hot beats—these spots are invariably wreathed in the “new bar perfume” and eager for their close-up!
Here are six of the newest recruits!
Juliet Supper Club, one of the few reasons I still party in Chelsea, is closed down this week due to a smoking violation. The hotspot has to dish out $19,400 in fines due to it's unruly nicotine addicted patrons and has to present a detailed plan to city officials of how they will combat the problem in the future. I have personally witnessed bouncers escort smokers out of the club and know that they do not condone smoking in any form, even those ridiculous looking smoke-free electronic ones. So sorry Romeos, you will have to wait one week for your Juliet.
The summer won't officially be over for another week when we all have to stop wearing white in fear the fashion fairy will fall out of the sky and turn us into a knockoff Chanel handbag (gasp). And, speaking of Chanel, it wouldn't be the start of the fall season without the rumor mill of New York Fashion Week whirling up and down 5th Avenue. I'm hopeful for many things, as I always am as fashion week nears. I expect to see color blocking in its best, PR companies scrambling to douse the thirst of their celebrity clients and, of course, Grace Coddington and Anna Wintour glaring at the models as they come down the runway. I also hope that the bedbugs that are plaguing New York City stay away from Lincoln Center. It would be a dreadful sight to see the girls bit up and itching as they model next season's collections.
On Tuesday August 24, 2010 Jet Set Events partnered with Down Lo Music Inc. will be hosting a benefit for the Christopher Wallace Memorial Foundation. An open bar from 9pm-10pm sponsored by Ciroc will kick off the event at BLVD. Come party until 4am with a $25 cover at the door. Part of the proceeds from the fundraiser benefit will go to the Christopher Wallace Memorial Foundation.
Music by DJ Cain and DJ Jazzy Jay! Special Performances by J-Eye, Rok Faries and Phony People! Specially invited celebrity guests: Jay-Z, Beyonce, Faith Evans, PDiddy, Jamal Woolard, and more!
Marquee is one of New York’s most elite nightclubs...
Thursday night I finally got my chance to experience the exclusive and elite Marquee. Though Marquee’s outside appearance can be quit deceiving, never judge a book by its cover. To onlookers, Marquee may look like an abandoned warehouse, but once the door opens you will be surprised by its majesty and elegance.
Well, that’s if you get past the doorman. Guys don’t come without any girls or there’s no chance you’re dancing your night away at Marquees "Our House Event." The impeccably dressed gatekeeper of Marquee, Shu de Jong, gave us a brief glimpse into the world of celebrity nightlife. Bring your sister if you need to, just don't show up stag. Shu likes to keep the girl to guy ratio 60:40 and isn’t scared to turn someone away even if voices begin to escalate. He is the brand manager, the one who upholds the reputation of Marquee. The Director of Marketing, if you will. On Thursday nights he has the last say so I got the inside scoop from Shu about who gets in and who doesn’t!