Archive: Events

Verboten StageONE presents ‘Never Say Never’ with Sasha, Guy Gerber, Maya Jane Coles and more

What better way to celebrate America than with some of the world’s finest DJs in the heart of Brooklyn! This 4th of July, Verboten brings you the first in their outdoor StageONE series, with artisanal foods, high-tech lights, video projection mapping provided by Waking Dream, and a massive custom D&B sound system set to make the series a summer must. To kick off its flagship outdoor event, Verboten is bringing in the legendary Sasha, Supplement Facts boss Guy Gerber, Maya Jane Coles, Davide Squillace, and Bill Patrick, and we’ve got a wild prize pack that you won’t want to miss.

We’re giving away a pair of tickets and a copy of Maya’s new album, Comfort exclusively for HiFi readers. It’s the perfect way to preview StageONE, with Maya’s silky garage-house fusion becoming a foundation of contemporary deep house. Not only that, but you’ll roll up to the event in style with select Verboten merchandise, and prepare to get weird with thousands of your friends on the beautiful Williamsburg waterfront. Simply enter the contest below and double your chances of winning by sharing the flyer on OUR FACEBOOK.
Preview Comfort exclusively at Pitchfork Advance:

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Simian Mobile Disco Bring Their Live Show to Brooklyn This Friday for a Very Special Verboten x Fixed Evening

Verboten and Fixed are back at SRB Brooklyn in a big way this Friday with a special live show and DJ set from Simian Mobile Disco. The English duo, James Ford and Jas Shaw, will bring their full setup of analog synths and hardware to the stage, and any fan will tell you that the SMD live experience is second to none. If the pair’s latest full-length, Unpatterns, is any indication, we’re in for some of their darkest techno yet, with a tinge of electro to keep the dancefloor euphoric. SRB will be getting wild all night, with Fixed heroes JDH and Dave P opening the night up and Simian Mobile Disco going late into the night with a post-live show DJ set.

We want our HiFi fans to experience this live show for themselves that’s why we’re giving away a pair of tickets to one lucky reader. Simply head over to our Facebook page, find the flyer below and tag the picture with the name of a friend you want to bring. We will pick a winner at random on Friday!

Friday, June 21
Fixed + Verboten Present


With JDH & DAVE P 

SRB Brooklyn
177 2nd Ave, Brooklyn

Doors 11PM | 21+









Check out some of the group’s live set from Coachella for a taste of what’s to come:

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Julio Bashmore Lands in America this Thursday at Le Poisson Rouge

The Dog & Pony Show team up with Turbotax to usher in Julio Bashmore’s long anticipated return onto American soil this Thursday at Le Poisson Rouge. After a meteoric rise last year, Bashmore continues to impress both bass & house heads alike with the massive summer anthem Au Seve, production on Jessie Ware’s Devotion and the creation of his own label, Boardwalk Records. His latest offering Husk provides a stripped down groover with a workout video to boot. Keep an eye on our Twitter and Facebook feeds for a chance to win a pair of tickets.

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Win Tickets to the RINSED Two Year Anniversary w/ Egyptrixx, Braille, Rewrote and more this Saturday

This Saturday December 8th,  we are very pleased to announced the two year anniversary of our  favorite party heads RINSED! Taking over a room in an old umbrella factory in Williamsburg, the crew pulled out all the stops with a legendary soundsystem, futuristic lighting and interactive installations. Starting a midnight with a one hour open bar the festivities roll all night till after 8am wrapping the after party as well. It will be sweaty, it will be hazy, there will be dark nooks and crannies for debauchery to ensue. People must RSVP to guarantee $10 entry and receive the location. Click through for more info and to win tickets and drinks for the night.

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Our Top Five Picks for Dimensions Festival

OK, we can say it now. We’ve got less than one week until the worlds most educated party people touch down in Croatia for the much-anticipated premier of Dimensions Festival (unless you are a true-G and already getting down at Outlook).

Let’s talk about the artists we just can’t wait to see:

Little Dragon

Based in Gothenburg, Sweden, Little Dragon gives a performance that mustn’t be missed!  Lead singer Yukimi Nagano’s strong and sensual voice, paired with the perfect mix of percussion and electronic sound, makes for nothing less than perfection.  After seeing the band recently at Celebrate Brooklyn’s free summer concert series, we are even more eager to reunite in the forts of Punta Christo.

Levon Vincent

American born artist, Levon Vincent, aims to provide us with positive vibrations through his tropical, methodically manicured, and joint weakening sound.  There is nothing we won’t give to hear “Double Jointed Sex Freak pt. 3” on the shores of Pula.

Mount Kimbie (live)

This British duo took us all on a glorious journey through space after releasing their first and only full length, titled “Crooks and Lovers”. It was announced earlier this year they were signed to Warp records and are currently working on a second album. Let us thank them for taking the time…Dimensions wouldn’t be the same without you.

Δkkord (photo)

A lot of things are left uncertain when it comes to supposedly U.K. born collective, Δkkord. One thing, however, is for certain, based on a few releases that blessed us in 2012, we know they can make a proper bass tune.  Part break-beat, part techno, listen below for a taste. We can’t wait to experience the mystery that is Δkkord.


Brooklyn’s own Travis Stewart has taken the music world by storm. Whether its owning his own record label, collaborating with the amazing Praveen Sharma to produce the sounds of Sepalcure, or just plain smashing things up under his stage name Machinedrum, we love and support Travis to no end. Can’t wait to see you in Croatia.

As we prepare ourselves for another dimension, lets give thanks that we are among those going to experience the wonder that is Pula. Dimensions 2012, here we come.

Words / Amanda Rohowsky

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Introducing Dimensions Festival in Croatia

Dimensions is finally here and we couldn’t be more excited! Brought to us by the well known and loved Outlook Festival, Dimensions focuses its sound on house, bass, and the deeper end of the electronic music spectrum. This year’s lineup, which is stacked with jaw dropping artists, does not fail to amaze even the most critical of music critics. The bill includes Little Dragon, Motor City Drum Ensemble, Mount Kimbie, and Levon Vincent, just to name a few. And as if the line up wasn’t solid enough, it’s recently been confirmed that Nicolas Jaar will also grace the headlining spot. We almost can’t believe it…!

The festival takes place on the breathtaking coast of Pula, Croatia at Fort Punta Christo, the legendary site that is also shared with its big brother Outlook Festival just a few days prior. Taking advantage of its surroundings, you can also find a number of boat parties that will cruise the crystal blue waters of the Adriatic Sea. What could be better?

If you are looking for comfortable and affordable accommodations, don’t fret. There are a number of options, which include camping, hostels, and private apartments. We managed to find a sweet place via Airbnb, a trusted online host for apartment/home rentals.

Be sure to check out Cultivora’s guide for travel tips and insights!

Explore the official Dimenions site and find out more about tickets & pricing, schedules, accommodations, what to bring, and more.

Words / Amanda Rohowsky

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Danny Howell’s Return to NYC plus Our Interview with Benny Soto

The beloved NYC fan favorite DANNY HOWELLS returns to the Big Apple for a special Sunday summer throwdown at Brooklyn’s Dekalb Market! Dance.Here.Now and Basic are teaming up for this bash, featuring Danny doing his thing in Dekalb’s dope outdoor setting. Sleepy & Boo join him on the decks for what will undoubtedly be an unforgettable Sunday Funday of great music + people.

When: Sunday July 1st (3pm – 9pm)
Where: Dekalb Market (138 Willoughby St.)
Presale Tickets

We recently spoke with Benny Soto of Dance.Here.Now. and 718 sessions. You may not know his name but his legendary parties are quite the mainstay in NYC. He chats with us about Paradise Garage, essential tips for parties, and his time with Keith Haring.

HiFi Cartel: How was working with Keith Haring, and in what ways did he influence your musical upbringing in NYC along with your introduction to Paradise Garage?

Benny Soto: Everything about that time still plays a part in my life today. The music, the people, the clubs, art, etc…Clubbing wasn’t as sophisticated and evolved as it is today. It was raw. NYC was gritty and fun. Good stuff came out of that. I think people who experienced that particular time carry a little something rare and special. Keith was very special and he knew how to have a party. He really did teach me to have fun. He was a rock star in many ways. He brought all kinds of people together. People with money and the street. Essential elements for a great party. Working for Keith Haring was a gift. How many people can say they knew Keith..and Warhol, and Basquiat. I STILL go, “Wow!”

Paradise Garage was special. What can I say that hasn’t been already said? Not much…but I know it existed because it was a different time in NY. That club could exist at that time. That is no longer least not on the island of Manhattan. Brooklyn perhaps…Berlin I hear. I was extremely fortunate to have experienced Garage. I know it’s over and done with. But that spirit that I experienced there is with me still. That’s the magic I still look for in a party today ; )

HFC: Dance.Here.Now and 718 Sessions have become quite the success for both partiers and audiophiles alike. World renown Djs play under the intimate lights of Cielo , which has what we would argue the best club system in North America. How did this concept come about and how do you maintain it’s success in such a competitive NYC market?

BS: Cielo is special because the people who own it and run it actually care. They believe in what they do. It’s an intimate space that was really thought out and executed well. Cielo is almost 10 years old..but whenever I travel I still come back home and think ok this is still a cool place. It feels good. It’s consistent. It’s a club for music lovers. You can see that clearly. At the end of the day people want an authentic experience. I think Cielo manages to do that well.

HFC: What are your thoughts about both commercial and underground house music today?

BS: I think it’s fantastic the electronic music scene has gotten so huge. All these kids listening to all the commercial stuff will eventually start listening to different kinds of music. Musical tastes change and these kids will start wondering how this all started. Eventually they find the cool stuff. I personally try and be open to everything…keeping in mind that everything ain’t for everybody ; )

HFC: Name us a few records you can’t live without?

BS: Love is the message…Be Yourself…and everything in between that : )

HFC: Finally what would you say are the “essentials” for throwing an epic party?

BS: Keep it real and fun. Have fun putting the party together. Throw different things together. Mix it up. Don’t take yourself so serious if you are a promoter. I think most of us started in this business because we were having fun. Try and remember that. And the people that come thru the door and pay? Make sure they have a good time whenever possible.

Be sure to check out his parties all summer at Dekalb Market & Cielo!

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Contest: Win Tickets to Benoit & Sergio at Cielo June 28th

On Thursday 28th Cielo and DFA Records host a showcase for two of their upcoming star acts: Benoit & Sergio and Justin Miller. The French-American duo Benoit & Sergio had an amazing 2011 – Resident Advisor ranked them as one of the top 10 live acts, while placing two of their singles, ‘Walk And Talk’ and ‘Principles’, in their top 20 tracks of the year. The duo draws from influences mostly uncommon to the house and techno zeitgeist; bands like Talking Heads, Pavement and Roxy Music are sources of inspiration, along with electronic acts like Daft Punk and Ricardo Villalobos. All these influences resonate clearly in their music, joined a sexualized melodrama that makes its way into lyrics about loneliness, French girls, wine and even Ferraris! The unexpected juxtaposition of such pristine production and lyricism exemplifies why Benoit & Sergio are one of the most talked about outfits in dance music today… Justin Miller has been described as the kind of DJ who creates soundtracks to nights to remember. A longtime record collector and passionate lover of music, he is a key player not only in New York’s dance music scene – from its dingiest bars to its most up market clubs – but also a frequent guest at some of the best parties and clubs around the world. His earnest love of music has given him a rare ability toconnect with any room, making the rising star a firm crowd favorite and name to watch for future greatness.

We are giving away a pair of tickets to one reader. Simply send a tweet with the following: “Hook me up with Benoit & Sergio tix @HiFiCartel @cieloclub“. You must be following both HiFiCartel & CieloClub to win.


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Photo Gallery: Movement Detroit 2012 (May 25, 2012)

HiFi Cartel heads to Detroit for Movement 2012. Pictures from the festival joined with Circoloco & Flying Circus.


Posted in Events, Featured, Festivals, Photo Gallery

Nic Fanciulli Joins Loco Dice and Joris Voorn Friday at Dekalb Market

We are thrilled to announce LOCO DICE, JORIS VOORN and NIC FANCIULLI this Friday afternoon at Dekalb Market.

Advance Tickets

Joris Voorn will be playing Cielo later that night and Loco DIce will be spinning the after-party at Pacha.

Pacha NYC & RPM in collaboration with A.POP proudly presents

Joris Voorn
Nic Fanciulli

@ Dekalb Market, Brooklyn

18+ to enter / 21+ to drink
Doors open 3pm
Infoline: 1-888-497-7075
Onsite Art Direction by A.POP

Dekalb Market
138 Willoughby Street at Flatbush Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11201

Dekalb Market is a new community destination in Downtown Brooklyn. Dekalb Market, is housed in a collection of salvaged shipping containers, that bring together Brooklyn’s creative entrepreneurs in a community setting that include an incubator farm, events and performance venue, and a collection of eateries and work-sell spaces.

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