KOLEKTi and ReSolute Label Co-Founder, Elon: Making It In New York

Guest interview & article by Richard Coulson

Co-Founder of the New York City label, ReSolute. Elon has been involved in the New York electronic music underground scene for over 10 years. Having booked and played with nearly every artist you can imagine, Elon provides much insight on the state of the scene today and the direction it is heading towards.

We took a minute to chat to Elon about the New York underground scene and the changes and direction that it has recently gone in. Elon talks to us about what it takes to make it in this highly competitive industry and what you need to do to survive.

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NYC Looks To Appoint Night Mayor to Regulate Nightlife and DIY/Warehouse Parties

Following on the footsteps of cities the likes of Amsterdam, Paris and London, New York City is now looking toward appointing a Night Mayor to overlook the metropolis’ nightlife.

New York City Councilman Rafael Espinal began putting together a proposal for legislation that calls for an entire section of local government to protect and manage the nightlife industry.  According to Espinal’s plan the Office Of Nightlife would oversee the regulation of the city’s DIY art and warehouse spaces, and would be the liaison point between City Hall and New York’s bustling $10 billion nightlife economy.

The Office of Nightlife would be overseen by a Night Mayor, in a very similar manner to metropolises in Europe such as Zurich, Amsterdam, Paris and London. With the recent attention on safety and licensing regulation, the city has suffered a loss with regards to the DIY art community. The Night Mayor would come in to oversee, preserve and protect the DIY scene and other smaller-scale venues.

H/T: Gothamist

Latest Verboten Update: Owner Jen Schiffer Arrested on Fraud Charges


The Verboten New York saga doesn’t seem to be stopping. We reported only last weekend that the Brooklyn club re-opened its doors on Saturday after news that its entire operation had been shut down and seized by the State of New York as a result of failure to pay taxes. The reopening was allowed to occur as the nightclub filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

Those news had come after months of allegation from artists, investors and employees that the owners of the club, Jen Schiffer and Jen Perez, hadn’t been paying wages, artist fees and were guilty of misappropriation and mishandling of funds. Allegations also arose that saw both owners accused of sexual harassment.

News today from a Facebook post seemed to indicate that Schiffer has possibly been arrested in New York on charges of fraud.



Now, reports confirm the arrest, stating that NYPD took Schiffer into custody in Greenpoint at around 1pm local time and charged her in connection with writing five fraudulent checks amounting to $31,000. This follows claims by the Department of Taxation & Finance last week that the club was guilty of failing to pay $360,378.05 in taxes.

We have contacted Verboten New York for comment but have not yet received a reply.

Mysteryland USA 2016 Phase 1 To Feature Eclectic Dance Acts

View More: longest-running electronic music, culture, and art festival will return to New York’s Bethel Woods for a spectacular third year on the original Woodstock grounds. Mysteryland USA 2016 is shaping up to be a dance marathon with a phase 1 lineup that includes a variety of known and loved electronic music names. From dubstep to electro to techno, Mysteryland will span three days of music and four days of all-inclusive festivities from June 10 to 13, an ideal festival to kick off a summer of fun. Read more

Nicole Moudaber and Victor Calderone Join Awakenings NYC


178432_540071546007383_152510453_o-980x623With the initial phase 1 lineup announcement in tow, Awakenings NYC will be joined by another heavy b2b set between Nicole Moudaber and New York native Victor Calderone for the Dutch brand’s first American edition. Read more

Adam Beyer b2b Ida Engberg, Pan-Pot, and Julia Govor play Phase 1 Lineup for Awakenings NYC

Awakenings 7Awakenings is one of the world’s most revered techno brands, and it will arrive on the shores of New York for its first ever stand-alone American show happening on President’s Day weekend. 2015 saw Awakenings’ 15th inception in Amsterdam, and 2016 will see a continued expansion of the techno festival. Read more

Pacha NYC Is Closing Its Doors For Good in January

pachaIn an official statement issued today, New York’s renowned Pacha Club will be closing its doors in January 2016 following a triple series of parties leading up to its grand conclusion.

In honor of being at the forefront of dance music for the last ten years in New York City, Pacha will be hosting a ten year anniversary celebration known as the Decade of Dance featuring a centerpiece show on December 12 by Pacha’s founding resident DJ Erick Morillo. The New Year’s party will be a 72-hour classics marathon with West 46th Street veteran Jonathan Peters. The closing parties will take place through the month of January and are to be announced in the coming month. Read more

Warped into the Techno Dimension at Time Warp US 2015


Brooklyn was a site to behold this past weekend, for it was the location of a tunnel into a peculiar dimension riddled with all things techno and the subtleties folded in between the tapestry of electronic music. My weekend excursion to New York for the second edition of Time Warp US was nothing short of eye-opening mind stimulation amongst the finest techno one’s ears could possibly commend on American soil. Read more

Local Crown Heights Officials Want Time Warp US Out


***UPDATE: Time Warp US has moved the event back to last year’s venue, the 39th St. Pier***

Here is the official statement from Timewarp on their FB page:

“As techno fans, we are members of a global community that celebrates inclusion and equality. That spirit manifests at the local level too. Out of respect to the community of Crown Heights, we have agreed to move Time Warp US 2015 from the Bedford Union Armory to the spectacular site of Time Warp US 2014, just 5 miles away. The dates remain the same.
Address: 39 Street Pier, 18 39th Street Brooklyn” Read more

Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival Returns for 8th Edition


Music festivals have taken on a whole new dimension over the years. Many festivals such as Decibel and ADE extend beyond the music festival itself, and offer attendees a wide array of events such as workshops, panel discussions, and of course, world class musical performances from some of the best in the game.

Today, Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival (BEMF) announced that they will return to Williamsburg on November 6th and 7th to host their eighth edition of BEMF. In 2014, BEMF hosted over 30 events spanning across ten venues throughout Williamsburg, and featured a wide range of artists such as Nicolas Jaar, The Black Madonna, Route 94, and more.

BEMF 2015 is also teaming up with THUMP to lead a plethora of free daytime panel discussions that always prove to be a wealth of insightful information for fans and industry folk alike.

The lineup is still forthcoming, but limited “blind faith” tickets are on sale now for $80– which provides access to all events, panels, pre-parties and after parties. One night passes will also be available for those interested.

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