In just over two years, The Dog & Pony Show has fast become one of NYC’s go-to names in underground dance music. Having played host to the diverse likes of Omar S, Bicep, Holy Ghost!, Jimmy Edgar, Maxxi Soundsystem, and The Revenge, the team guarantees first-class nights out, whether on their own or in collaboration with kindred-spirit buddies like Fixed, TURRBOTAX, Verboten, or Let’s Play House. Further cementing the legacy of TD&PS is its weekly radio show/podcast series, which features exclusive mixes from Co-Founder/Resident DJ Paul Raffaele, as well as from special guests representing the best and brightest in disco, house, and techno. (At the time of posting, they had nearly 100 podcasts under their belt!)

We recently caught up with Raffaele to reminisce about the last year and speculate about 2013. Read on, and catch him in action at this Saturday’s mega-rager at Output with TURRBOTAX’s Contakt and Detroit techno legend Rolando and TD&PS’ April 20 gig at Cameo with DJ Garth and Justin Strauss!

Name: Paul Raffaele

Neighborhood: Midtown Manhattan

Party: The Dog & Pony Show

Soundcloud: wwww.soundcloud.com/paulraffaele

Facebook: www.facebook.com/paulyraffaele

Twitter: www.twitter.com/paulyraffaele

Website: www.dogandponynyc.com

In 2012 …
The best thing that happened was:
Tough to say, but finally being in a comfortable place with making music was a big hurdle that I overcame in 2012. I’ve got 3-4 releases in the pipeline for 2013 that I can’t quite talk about yet, but am super excited about.

The thing I was most proud of was:
Pulling off great parties in a city like New York

The thing that bummed me out the most was:
RIP Grandpa Sal & Martin Dawson

The best track to play out was:
Soft Rocks’ “Talking Jungle,” the Justin Vandervolgen remix (ESP Institute)

The best track to play outside of a club was:
Kindless’ “House” (Polydor)

My favorite NYC DJ:
Danny Krivit

My favorite DJs outside NYC:
Ben Watt (although I haven’t heard him since 2009… come back, Ben!), Harvey, The Revenge, Bicep… too many to name

My favorite NYC producer/musicians:
Eric Duncan, Jacques Renault, FaltyDL, Populette, Ron Morelli

The best live sets I saw:
Chromatics, New Order, Jessie Ware

My favorite NYC venue:
Le Bain @ The Standard Hotel

My favorite NYC parties were:
The Revenge & 6th Borough Project @ WIP, KO & Friends @ Space Mountain MDW

My biggest pet peeve about going out in NYC:
BAD SOUND!

The worst trend:
All those dark, moody baselines everyone was using (and playing) last year. You know the ones. It was cute for a minute, but enough already!

My choice for late night, post-gig food:
Joe’s Pizza! (Carmine St @ 6th Ave)

My favorite NYC record store:
Bouncing between A-1 & Halcyon, always

My favorite NYC radio station:
I guess 89.1 since Beats in Space & Bentwave air are on there?

My favorite NYC-based label:
Not playing favorites, but L.I.E.S., Let’s Play House, The Corner, Throne of Blood, Plant, and Discovery all killed it! I hope we get more from Wurst this year! 😉

In 2013 …
My New Year’s resolution:
More music, more parties, more Europe

The up-and-coming DJs or producers I have highest hopes for:
Phil Moffa, Archie Pelago, Policy

I’m most looking forward to:
Holding my first test pressing, throwing more great parties

My wish for NYC’s nightlife/dance music scene is:
Less politics, more dancing!

 03/28/2013  Features, News