The 2016 edition of Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival kicked off in our fair borough last weekend, but the good times are just getting started. In addition to hosting The Black Madonna b2b Mike Servito (aka, a coveted Servdonna set) at Analog BKNY this weekend, THUMP has teamed with BEMF to present an evening of four panel discussions. Starting at 4pm on Saturday, November 12th, we'll be gathering at Williamsburg's Kinfolk 94 to address important questions about what it means to be part of the electronic music community in 2016, whether you're a clubber, a show organizer, a seasoned industry veteran, or one of the countless DJs and producers helping to shape the industry's present.
Starting at 4PM, and streaming on Facebook Live, DJ Stretch Armstrong and Evan Auerbach will celebrate the pending release of their new book, No Sleep: NYC Nightlife Flyers 1988-1999, with a discussion of the pivotal role of graphic design in the golden age of New York clubbing. Joined by designers Greg Homs and Eric Haze, plus Stress Entertainment's Jessica Rosenblum, they'll be doing a close-up on the exciting melting pot of cultures and musical styles that characterized the years 1988-1992, and how that period was fueled by a raw, new wave of creative party promotion.
Next, Mean Red's Jen Lyons will moderate a discussion between THUMP editor-in-chief and AdHoc co-founder Emilie Friedlander and Basilica Soundscape founder and The Creative Independent editor-in-chief Brandon Stosuy on the challenges of putting out work you believe in and connecting with creative communities in an era of oversaturation. At 6PM, THUMP features editor Michelle Lhooq will bring together Discwoman's Christine Tran, Fake Accent's TYGAPAW, Papi Juice's Oscar Nñ, and Techno Queers' Tyler Pridgen for a discussion of the new queer dance floor, co-presented by VICE. Finally, at 7PM, NPR Music contributing editor Piotr Orlov will moderate a chat between DJ and promoter Benny Soto, GHE20G0TH1K's Venus X, and House of Yes's Kae Burke on the changing political, real estate, and cultural landscape of the dance music underground.
The talks will be followed by a special screening of THUMP's 2016 documentary, J.A.Z and the Church of Episco-Disco, which chronicles a Charleston, South Carolina episcopalian minister turned DJ with a very special understanding of the ties between dance music and spiritual communion. RSVP on Facebook here. Hope to see you there