INTERVIEW: NRP is No Regular Dance Act

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Nick DeBruyn and Greg Paulus were pushing each other’s creative buttons long before they handled their first mixer. The success of No Regular Play is no regular story, and when you listen to their unique jazz-infused house beats, you’ll only begin to understand how these sounds were a lifetime in the making.

The duo met in the Twin Cities when they were only eight years old. Even as children, the future tastemakers were ahead of their time. Paulus’s innate talent for playing trumpet along with DeBruyn’s impeccable musical tastes set the stage for something truly special. Late nights were spent composing music, sharing vinyl collections and connecting over a shared love for the legends, from John Coltrane to A Tribe Called Quest (inspirations to whom they still pay homage). Unlike most adolescent friendships that fade and lose shape over time, DeBruyn and Paulus maintained close ties. Their bond, and their relentless pursuit of making music would eventually bring them to the Marcy Hotel in Williamsburg. Wolf+Lamb‘s legendary parties acted as the influential backdrop where Paulus and DeBruyn connected with likeminded artists and eventually formed No Regular Play – a one-of-a-kind dance act that is a true testament to Brooklyn’s diverse underground community.

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“The Meadows” Will Return to Queens in 2017

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Even Kim Kardashian‘s supposed kidnapping couldn’t stop The Meadows Music and Arts Festival from making a triumphant return to New York City in 2017. Earlier today, the folks at Founders Entertainment (the same squad responsible for Governors Ball) announced that their Queens expansion, The Meadows, will once again take over Citi-Field this fall. This year’s festival will take place September 15th-17th, bringing with it an entire extra day of music, art, gourmet eats and activities.

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BPM INTERVIEW: Heart and Soul Clap of Brooklyn

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Hanging with Soul Clap on the Roof deck of Canibal Royal (Photo by Ashlyn Fulton)

When we met up with Eli Goldstein and Charles Levine at Canibal Royal, the two looked as though they had just ransacked a thrift shop on Bedford Ave. Goldstein’s retro jumpsuit, aviator glasses and thick black beard made him instantly recognizable amidst a crowd of performers hanging backstage. To his side, I see the approachable Levine wearing a colorful, geometrically inspired button-up paired with his signature smile. He went in for a kiss on the cheek before making introductions.

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The Sonic Jungle is Brooklyn’s New “Cultural Oasis”

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I’ve been wondering when the day would come where I could find reiki treatments and electronic music under one roof, and finally, my new-age prayers have been answered! (Okay, truthfully, I never imagined I’d find this combo, and now that I know it exists, I’m shuddering at the prospect of having to hit a dubstep show with my chakras in disarray.)

The Sonic Jungle is Brooklyn’s newest “Cultural Oasis Pop-up”. Later this month, a 44,000-square foot space located at 510 Flatbush Ave. will be transformed into a singular destination for lovers of music, visual art and wellness – and we couldn’t be more intrigued.

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Win Tickets to See Wax Motif at Output This Thursday!

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Wanna get wavy on a school night? Well, we’ve got plans for you. Australian producer Wax Motif is laying down the beats at this week’s INPUT party, and we guarantee that you’ll go deep, and you’ll get NO sleep . . . or maybe some sleep, if that’s your style. Buuuuuut, wouldn’t you rather us just craft a good excuse and take that three-day weekend you’ve been craving?

We’re giving away a pair of tickets to see the G-house pioneer in the flesh on February 9th, when his highly anticipated Retrograde Tour (with support from Denver bass producer, Wuki) makes its pineapple-clad pitstop at Williamsburg’s own Output. Wax Motif’s unique approach to production has led to collaborations with deep house diva, Anna Lunoe, and the HARD father himself, Destructo. If you’re looking to achieve Thursday night swerve, Waxy boy has got you covered.

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BangOn!NYC Announces Lakewood Camping Festival

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UPDATE 3/17/17

BangOn!NYC has released Phase 2 of their much anticipated Lakewood Elements Arts and Music Festival. Additional headliners include Harlem-shake originator and trap visionary, BAAUER, the modern bass bender, Liquid Stranger, and sizzling house hottie, SNBRN. They join an already stunning list of national and local names (full lineup below) who will be taking the stage during BangOn!NYC’s first ever camping festival. Three-day passes are now on sale via eventbrite starting at the second tier price of $140 and can be purchased HERE.

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This “Day Zero” Jungle Party Looks Insane

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BK club favorite Damien Lazarus at Day Zero 2016 (Photo Credit: Here & Now, instagram: @wearehereandnow)

If you’re a fan of techno visionary Damian Lazarus, then you already know he played a three-hour set at Output earlier this month. The sound was impressive thanks to the Funktion One sound system, the vibes were chill because the club recently expanded their dance floor, and the average attendee was okay with spending $14 on a mixed well drink. I mean, come on, what did you expect? This is Brooklyn.

When you caught the Crosstown Rebels labelhead at Williamsburg’s best club, you were seeing him in an environment that was familiar. In fact, the most unusual thing that happened to us that night was scoring an Uber home for less than $20 (NOICE). New York attracts artists from all over the world, but in terms of atmosphere, what you see is typically what you get. It takes an adventurous spirit and an open mind to venture past these convenient venues to see DJs like Lazarus in their best environment (and Billboard touting his legendary event as “the best party in the world” certainly doesn’t hurt either.)

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From Brooklyn to BPM: The Design Behind All Day I Dream

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In less than two weeks, the 10th Anniversary of The BPM Festival will descend on the lively city of Playa Del Carmen, Mexico. *Sips excitedly from salt-rimmed margarita glass.* The annual event welcomes more than 375 of house and techno’s biggest names, and a collection of 60,000 music lovers who come from near and far to celebrate the scene’s best and brightest.

So what does this south of the border shindig have in common with our fair borough? Aside from fast tacos on every corner, many of the featured artists have close ties to Brooklyn, and one highly anticipated Martina Beach party in particular had its humble beginnings here. Once again, Lee Burridge’s All Day I Dream of BPM tops the list of #BPM2017’s “must see showcases”. The acid house DJ who has been credited with launching Hong Kong’s underground club scene in the 1990s has become a household name among neighborhood scenesters thanks to his experimental beats and sun drenched day parties.

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