New York, the ever-evolving city we chose to live and breathe, is also the birthplace of our biggest passion at OXD: disco and house music. These two twin music genres are products of an oppressed, yet creative gay community in the 70′s and 80′s. Our music flourished in clubs like the Gallery, Studio 54 and Paradise Garage, where queer crowds would dance together, express their individualities and leave behind problems and daily discrimination in the real world. For a long time, New York was the epicenter of new electronic music as gays, straights and everyone in between would come together at nightclubs in a communal dance experience, and all that mattered was enjoying great music. It wasn’t until the late 90′s, under Rudy Giuliani’s draconian regime, that the NYC’s creative nightlife scene was disrupted and almost dissolved. Luckily for us, it never disappeared completely. Brooklyn held on to the burgeoning underground scene through the 2000′s and now it seems as though 2013 is shaping up to become the year when house music is back to ruling New York.
Resident Advisor recently released a new short documentary on the revival of the house music scene in NY. The film launch coincides with an exciting time where new parties pop up every week, music-oriented clubs are opening and several artists are collaborating and joining forces to get the city’s groove back on track. It features key characters in the new scene, including familiar names to our readers like DJs Justin & Eamon from Mister Saturday Night and Mister Sunday, Steve Rogenstein (owner of the 12-turn-13 loft in Brooklyn where Mister Saturday Night and Spank parties are hosted), Bryan Kasenic (from The Bunker parties), Shawn Schwartz (Output) as well as Tim Sweeney, who we will have the honor to feature at our next edition of Paradisco, on Sunday, May 5th.
We hope that watching this short film will help others understand the political side of nightlife beyond entertainment, and its cultural and social relevance to New York as a city that will always welcome diversity and promote the new.