Labor Day Weekend is our last summer hurrah, so who better to close off the season of celebration than the head professional party starter - Brooklyn's Verboten. Sunday, September 9th marks their third installment of the StageONE series - headlined by the illusive Maceo Plex and thrillingly diverse DJ Tennis. David August and Rebolledo also appear on the lineup, as well as very special guest DJ Koze.
If you haven't had the pleasure of attending a StageONE event - this is your chance. The premiere outdoor party of the summer will be held at 50 Kent Ave, right on the Brooklyn waterfront; complete with astounding visuals and one hell of a sound system, StageONE promises art installations, food vendors, and a couple of unforgettable surprises. But if there's one thing you should be dreaming about - it's the music.
Maceo Plex describes himself as a figure purely devoted to movement, sounds, and inherent funk; the Crosstown Rebels dignitary has been a key player in the electronic music scene for quite some time, his skills are apparent and unparalleled in almost every case. The artist tends to lean towards an old school vibe with incredible flashes of futuristic darkness in his productions. If there's one thing to watch out for, it's his love for the theatrical; we had the extreme pleasure of catching his mainstage set at Movement Festival in Detroit - his performance had clear build-ups, climaxes, and soothing resolutions. If you're lucky, you'll even catch him integrating classical pieces into his mixes - something extremely commendable and refreshing. On the other hand, Maceo may choose to go extremely dark and demonic - reminiscent of his Maetrik style - playing with dissonant sounds and deep, rich flavors.
DJ Tennis offers us another mystery grab bag of styles. The NYC favorite is far more eclectic than most and switches his sets based on his day's mood. The man is truly a DJ's DJ, completely diverse and an undeniable master when it comes to blending sound. Two music species quite often associated with the producer are dark psychedelic tones and techy timbres with deep resonance - sounds like a damn good time to me. As founder of the Life and Death Label, he has been involved in a number of massive projects including collaborations with Art Department, Pillowtalk, and Clockwork; and as a DJ for almost three decades, you can guess he has some tricks up his sleeve for us. Can't wait to see what DJ Tennis decides to pull out for the summer's last Sunday.
German superstar DJ Koze is this StageOne's special guest; and a very special guest indeed. Named DJ of the Year for six years straight (1999-2004) by the definitive SPEX Magazine, Koze offers a strange and extraordinary sound. His strengths are in classic, hard hitting Hip Hop - his amusing knack for bombastic and eye-widening sound/speech samples make his sets memorable and shocking. When it comes to techno and electronica - Mr. Kozalla is just as breathtaking. We can assume the DJ/producer will play a more deep beat, bass inspired set for us on Sunday - but with DJ Koze - you're always in for a surprise.
Lending support with also be Hamburg's improv-master David August [Live], Ellum's own Mama Maars and Oswald - Odd Parents, and the smooth synthetic sound maverick Rebolledo, who will be playing a much anticipated B2B set with Maceo Plex at Verboten's official afterparty.
Perhaps the best part about this weekend's StageONE event is the sensationally mysterious lineup - with this roster's artists, there is no telling what we will hear. What we can except is mind-blowing performances and a staggering exhibition of skill. Dance on my friends, see you there.
Buy Tickets to Verboten's StageONE HERE.