In our continuing “2012 in Review” series, we asked some of the major players in NYC’s dance music scene to reminisce about the year that was, and also to share their wishes for 2013.

This installation features Josh Houtkin (a.k.a. JDH) of Fixed, which may be our very favorite party in all of NYC. JDH and his Fixed co-conspirator, Philly-based Dave P, consistently book stellar talent from around the globe (Simian Mobile Disco, Kindness, and Rory Phillips are a few recent-ish ones that spring to mind), throw some amazing high-quality events (from Brooklyn to Manhattan, in venues that Public Assembly, Highline Ballroom, Cameo Gallery, and Le Bain), and play some of the tightest and most diverse DJ sets we’ve heard. More than eight years, Fixed is still going stronger than ever.

JDH has also recently added production duties to his extensive musical resume, remixing Lemonade’s “Big Changes” along with Chupacabras (Fender Bender) — we’ve had this one on repeat for awhile, and look forward to hearing more in the coming year. Give a listen here:

Don’t miss the next Fixed, happening this Friday (2/1) at Glasslands with a rare and much-anticipated U.S. set from Daniel Avery! (We are SUPER excited for this one — see you there!) Oh, and already announced for ’13: Mighty Mouse, Psychemagik, and Bicep!

Name: Josh Houtkin (JDH)

Neighborhood: Brooklyn





In 2012 …

The best thing that happened was: More and more younger kids started getting into electronic music, and it’s making things really interesting.

The weirdest thing that happened was: No question it was Hurricane Sandy causing so much destruction. That was the second hurricane in as many years.

The thing that bummed me out the most was: See above.

The thing I was most proud of was: Not music-related, but I ran my first marathon! Musically, it was nice to see so many good friends having so much success on a global scale.

The best track to play out was: That’s a tough one. There were a ton of good ones. We played a ton of John Talabot and Dan Avery, though.

The best track to play outside of a club was: Definitely Blanck Mass’ “White Math”! It even worked at a few parties.

My favorite NYC DJ was: We’re lucky to have so many great ones, but I’m always a fan of Tim Sweeney. I still feel like he’s much more underrated than he should be.

My favorite DJs outside NYC were: Matias Aguayo and Optimo

My favorite NYC producer/musicians were: Blondes are still one of my favorite local acts.

The best live sets I saw were: The Field, Vatican Shadow, and Quicksand

My favorite NYC venue was: Le Bain

The best trend was: So many people taking risks and trying to do good things

The worst trend was: Not enough quality venues

In 2013 …

My New Year’s resolution is: Personally, to run at least two marathons. Musically, to keep working on music with my friend Chupacabras.

My prediction is: Things are going to keep getting better and better. NYC is much stronger than people give it credit for!

 01/31/2013  Features, News