In our continuing “2012 in Review” series, we asked some of the major players in NYC dance music to reminisce about the year that was, and also to share their wishes for 2013. (Ed. Note: Yes, we know we are a tad late with some of these, but since we figure you can probably still remember a few months ago, you’ll likely enjoy reminiscing about the year that was along with some of your favorite musicmakers.)

This installation comes from Blacky II and Dan Wender, two-thirds of the umbrella connoisseurs/rager makers collectively known as Rinsed, which also includes with the lovely aesthetician A.POP. Since 2010, the Rinsed empire has slowly but very surely grown, taking over venues like Public Assembly, Le Bain, and their “secret spot,” The Umbrella Factory warehouse, from lofts to boats to BEMF, with special guests that have included Beacon, Jacques Greene, Krystal Klear, Egyptrixx, Braille, and Ital — top that off with cheap tickets, open bars, debauchery a-plenty, and the most tricked-out decor you’ve ever experienced. (LEDs inside blow-up dolls? Laser matrixes? “Blood” showers? Check, check, and check!) 

Well, tonight marks the biggest and brightest Rinsed yet: The crew is bringing the party to a brand-new, top-secret location (mysteriously dubbed “The Umbrella Hospital”), with an insanely excellent line-up that includes DJ sets by Azari & II and Morgan Geist (Storm Queen and half of Metro Area). It may be a little late to get in on tonight’s action if you don’t already have tickets (still worth a try, and it’s going LATE) but best to hook up with Rinsed online (see handy links above) to be sure the next one is on your radar early! Check out a recent Q&A from Blacky and Dan –>

Name: Blacky II & Dan Wender

Neighborhood: Brooklyn

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/rinsed.it

Twitter: @rinsednyc

Website: http://rinsed.it

In 2012 …

The best thing that happened was: Spreading the love of RINSED, finally getting 1k Facebook likes, and the Jacques Greene/Krystal Klear gig

The weirdest thing that happened was: Leaving New York (Blacky), getting a normal full time job (Dan)

We were most proud of: Rinsed 2-year anniversary

The best tracks to play out were: Bicep & Ejeca – “You” / Myrryrs – “Fantom Doze” / Breach – “You Won’t Find Love Again” / Jessie Ware – “Running (Disclosure Remix)”

The best tracks to play outside of a club were: Shlohmo – “Rained The Whole Time (Nicolas Jaar Remix)” x R Kelly – “Number One (Hemsworth Blend)” (Blacky), Frank Ocean – “Thinking About You (Sliink Remix)” (Dan)

Favorite BPM of 2012: 135 (Blacky), 123 (Dan)

Our favorite NYC DJs were: Praveen, JDH, Mike Q (Jersey’s close enough), Nooka Jones, Beto Cravioto, Nicklogistic

Our favorite DJs outside NYC were: Jackmaster, Krystal Klear, Jacques Greene, Modeselektor, Mak & Pasteman, Joy O

Our favorite NYC producers/musicians were: Sepalcure, FaltyDL, Archie Pelago, Sky White Tiger

The best live shows we saw were: Koreless / SMD / Sepalcure / Sky White Tiger Remix Set

The best trend was: Snap bracelets, Fender Rhodes house revival

The worst trend was: Tamagotchi, monk haircuts

Our favorite NYC venue was: Le Bain… again

Our favorite NYC party was: Fixed

Our “secret” spot was: The Umbrella Factory, duh

The best afterparty was: BEMF Official Afters

Best late night, post-gig food was: White Sauce Hot Sauce (86th Street Brooklyn), 45th Street Taco Bakery

Best drink: Whiskey

Biggest pet peeve about going out in NYC was: The assholes who can’t lighten up (you’re at a party, come on)

Our favorite NYC record store was: Halcyon, TTL … are there any others left?

Our favorite online record store: Boomkat

Our favorite NYC radio station was: Hot97 & WNYC (for FM), Percussion Lab (for Internet)

Our favorite NYC-based label was: Novel Sound / Sci Fi & Fantasy

In 2013 …

Our New Year’s resolution is: To release vinyl

We’re most looking forward to: Continuing Rinsed

The up-and-coming DJs or producers we have highest hopes for are: Druid Cloak, Jason Burns, Seapoint, Lamin Fofana, Max Pearl, Nicklogistic

Our wish for NYC’s nightlife/dance music scene is: People stop caring about superficial shit and just dance

Our prediction is:  That Rinsed will expand and become an even better operation

 03/08/2013  Features, News