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 features disco shaman Gavin Russom of The Crystal Ark, also known for his work with LCD Soundsystem, Black Meteoric Star, and Delia Gonzalez. Hot on the heels of last fall’s self-titled album release, The Crystal Ark are touring up a storm (next NYC stop: Roseland Ballroom on April 9 with Hot Chip and Tanlines) and are about to release a remix-heavy EP for the single “Rain.”
In the midst of all this, Russom continues creating in the name of music and art and positive vibes: Starting today/tomorrow (depending on when you read this), his new RUN ONN party kicks off at The DL in the L.E.S. The new weekly has all the makings of a dream Thursday on the dancefloor: tropical rooftop, open bar, no cover, and a weekly lineup of NYC’s best house/disco DJs carefully curated by Russom himself. The inaugural edition features Nancy Whang (LCD Soundsystem), Nomi Ruiz (Jessica 6), and Druzzi (The Rapture)… get details here! (And, full disclosure, GlitterballNYC is proudly co-hosting! We hope to see you there!)
Oh, and check out this clip from last year’s CMJ Fader Fort at Converse Rubber Tracks to see The Crystal Ark Party Machine (the enchanting, scaled-down, vibrant, feel-good live PA version of the band that puts most other bands’ live sets to shame) in action — fingers crossed they’ll be back doing it again soon!
Name: Gavin Russom
Neighborhood: Washington Heights
In 2012 …
The best thing that happened was: Reelection of Barack Obama
The thing that bummed me out the most was: The blatant racism and misogyny of the Romney campaign
The best track to play out was: “Rules of Love” by Joel Alter featuring Eric D Clark (Franck Roger remix)
I was most proud of: The release of The Crystal Ark LP
My favorite NYC DJs were: Nita Aviance and Will Automagic, especially on tag team as The Carry Nation
My favorite DJs outside NYC were: Tyler Pope, Nd Baumecker, Eric D Clark, Traxx
My favorite NYC producer/musician was: House of LaDosha, Midnight Magic, again The Carry Nation, DJ Qu, Jon Nicholson a.k.a. Porkchop a.k.a. SSPS
The best live show I saw was: Light Asylum at Music Hall of Williamsburg
My favorite NYC venue was: The Loft above Public Assembly
My favorite NYC party was: Bassment Thursdays
My “secret” spot was: Inwood Hill Park
My favorite NYC record store was: Dope Jams R.I.P.
My favorite NYC radio station was: Kiss FM R.I.P.
My favorite NYC-based label was: L.I.E.S.
In 2013 …
I’m most looking forward to: Taking The Crystal Ark on tour
My wish for NYC’s nightlife/dance music scene is: Wreckless abandon/dancefloor revolution
My prediction is: Things are gonna get interesting
Musically, I plan to: Keep on movin’ don’t stop