Nina Kraviz Graces INPUT at Output April 10th
Once again, the thoughtful curators of Thursday night party INPUT have set the table for an above-average evening of techno and house talent. This Thursday, April 10th, three like-minded artists from both near and far bring their mix of retro-facing sounds to Williamsburg minimalist mecca, Output. Hoboken resident Joey Anderson comes to Output with the expectations of his first LP riding on his shoulders. Parris Mitchell, of Chicago house label Dance Mania fame and more recently of Berlin underground label Deep Moves, brings his ghetto house to the cleanest sound in New York City. Russian DJ and producer Nina Kraviz is no stranger to both early success and early controversy in her career, but she weathered her critics with a straight-shooting no nonsense style. She brings this same approach to her selection, and chooses only the most efficient, killer tracks for her intense sets.
Joey Anderson first showed his love for house not as a producer, but as a dancer. A veteran of the ’80s and ’90s New York City club scene, Joey became an instructor and built connections with Japanese dancers, learning the tricks of east coast competitors. When New York wasn’t enough, he took his skills overseas to compete in Japan multiple times. Joey put out his first release in 2008, but it wasn’t until 2012’s “Earth Calls” on Levon Vincent and Anthony Parasole’s New York-based label Deconstruct Music that Joey really took off. With the opening spot on Levon Vincent’s entry into the seminal Fabric series of mixes, “Earth Calls” immediately showcased Joey’s penchant for raw, twisting house ready for dark basements filled with pulsating bass. Joey is heading to Output with a new album tucked under his arm. This LP, titled After Forever, is due out this week and I’m sure it will be showcased this Thursday night.
Parris Mitchell is no stranger at all to the American house landscape. A key figure in the releases of the early Chicago house label Dance Mania, it is great to get a chance to see Parris still performing in 2014. Having shared a label with the key figures of the early ’90s Chicago house scene, such as DJ Traxmen, DJ Deeon, DJ Funk, and more, Parris brings a touch of house music history with him whenever he performs. Now releasing with Berlin-based label Deep Moves, his sound remains classic but fresh, with his newest release even getting remixed by the likes of one Nina Kraviz.
Fresh off her first South African tour, where she spun Cape Town and Johannesburg, Nina Kraviz brings her modern love for the vintage sounds of Detroit techno and Chicago house with her to Output. You might have heard about her now infamous video for Resident Advisor (watch the video down below) last summer that stirred up a storm of controversy over sexism, feminism, the lack of female DJs, and how she was attacked for being comfortable with her sex for taking a bath while RA followed her on the road. She responded with a no-nonsense approach, discussing her fight with RA to cut even more footage that seemed blatantly aimed at portraying her as a female rather than as a DJ. She was angry at the magazine for trying to sell her sex more than her musical knowledge, but she was angrier at those who claimed she was trying to use her sexuality to get ahead.
Fortunately, it is her production and DJ skills that draw the most attention, not her looks. Producing since 2009 and DJing for even longer, Nina has taken the world by storm. She has major festivals such as Amsterdam Dance Event, Sonar, Decibel, Awakenings and Detroit Electronic Music Festival under her belt, as well as a much-coveted residency at Richie Hawtin’s ENTER. project at Space in Ibiza, and regular appearances at clubs including Berghain, Fabric, and The Warehouse Project. She particularly loves Chicago label Dance Mania, and I’m sure she is excited to play alongside Parris Mitchell on the 10th.
It is simply a blessing to be able to see such highly talented artists as these on a weekday, and we are happy to see such great choices week after week from INPUT.
Advance tickets are available here starting from $20.