Ibiza Voice Podcast 547 :: Elon
New York's club scene is buzzing thanks to artists like Elon. It's hard to imagine that only ten years ago the city was still reeling from the effects of Mayor Giuliani's reign in the 1990s that obliterated the once world-leading scene. But as Brooklyn grew in popularity and new crews like renegade promoters, ReSolute, injected the scene with a new vitality, the seeds were set for todays' radically different and booming New York club scene. Over the past decade, Elon has been one of Brooklyn's key protagonists. An early member of the ReSolute crew, he split from the party a few years ago but still manages the ReSolute label and has recently contributed an EP with KiNK and Mass Prod to its discography. For a taste of this new and rejuvenated Brooklyn, we let one of New York's finest takes the reins of the Ibiza Voice podcast.
Ibiza Voice: what's new with you?
I’ve been all over the place last year. My passion has always been music but as a Jew living in Brooklyn, you have to play a big role here and look for the gold and sometimes music is not the centre of it.
We just put an EP on ReSolute, a collaboration EP which I did with KiNK, Alexi Delano, Mass_prod and David Scuba. I was a bit busy with my weekly KOLEKTi events the last couple of months, lots of studio time, lots of digging, new music, some upcoming releases, but mainly I was focusing on enjoying life. Discovering Burning Man and being united with the universe, I feel fluffier and fluffier every day!
How did you record the mix and what equipment did you use?
Oh God! That was an annoying process to be honest. I usually like to record a set when I play out, but I decided to to a studio mix and digitise some wax. After I recorded 40 tracks I realised that my Big Knob was pressed on MONO so I had to do it all over again, FUN! I dropped my favourite tunes and a couple of original productions into Ableton and started fucking with it and that’s what came out.
I liked the fact that I could actually edit tracks and shorten them. It’s pretty cool to create a mix by treating it as a project on Ableton, rather than recording a live vinyl set.
Where do you get your music from?
I must say, I’ve been spending way too much time on digging lately, probably a couple hours a day. I look mainly on Discogs for older records. For new records, Deejay.de is the shit. Over here, I usually go to Halcyon, A1 and Academy. I check my promos maybe once a month and usually, it's a big waste of my time.
Tell us about your record collection?
In the last six months I’ve been gathering my old collection from different places and don’t get me started on how nostalgic it makes me feel. There is a lot in there. I think every one of the records tells a little story about me, not always a good story though. I started buying and playing records in 2001 and I worked for many years at a couple of record shops over here. I have a very wide range of interest in many different genres, but I’m still very particular.
My record collection includes lots of house, techno, jazz, trip-hop, funk and lots of other shit. I love to play across genres as well. I have a monthly residency at TBA, Brooklyn where I get the chance to do so.
Tell us about the scene you came up in?
My love for house and techno started in 2000, right before I moved to NY from Israel. I loved Danny Tenaglia back then, I used to go to clubs myself, pay cover and watch the DJ behind the decks.
One time, I got to meet Danny in person in a random club in NY. After five minute of a conversation with my poor English, he asked me if I wanted to “sneak out of here.” I felt like a five year old girl who'd just met Santa and of course I agreed for the reindeer sleigh ride. He took me to his place which was basically a four floor building. He gave me the tour of his listening room which was a club for 600 people with controlled adjustment for the DJ booth with the old Vinyl club sound system and was bigger than my apartment at that time. I was in heaven.
Later on, he dropped me off and we watched a movie until he figured I’m totally straight. In retrospect, my career could have been in a different place if I had him a blowjob.
You used to be part of the ReSolute event but still manage the label, is that right?
I left ReSolute events four years ago and have continued working on the label ever since. Nektarios, my partner back then, did an amazing job keeping it an amazing brand and even stronger than ever. We started as a one-off loft party. It was super underground for New York back then. From there, we pretty much took off, doing some of the craziest parties I’ve been to. You never knew what you were getting yourself into when you went to one of those secret locations. Rooftop, basement, a church, a synagogue, a boat without a captain, you name it.
Brooklyn has changed a lot and become the centre of the club scene in NY. How would you describe the scene now?
There is more competition but the crowd and the partygoers have increased a whole lot in the last five to seven years. The Brooklyn scene became huge and very diverse which is great, but it doesn’t have the same feel as ten or more years ago. It was more intimate. You went out and it was just friends. Nowadays, it doesn’t feel the same way, maybe because I don’t go out as much and am becoming a grandpa.
The trickle down effect of EDM's big bang is a hot topic and although at odds with the rest of dance music, it has brought a lot more people into the scene and finally broken dance music in mainstream America. Are you seeing that trickle down in effect in New York yet? Are there kids who discovered dance music via DeadMau5 a few years ago, who are now moving onto to listen to Perlon?
EDM is just a phase in teenagers these days, something new and cool. I don’t see the connection between those genres. I never experienced a rave candy girl waiting in line for my party. It’s a totally different scene. I don’t think someone who listens to EDM will likely listen to Perlon.
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