The Bunker

New York

Bryan Kasenic
How has The Bunker played a role in your local community and music scene?

We have been operating since 2003, back when techno was anything but booming in New York. We started as a very small party in NYC and organically grew into something much larger. We often feature artists from out of town, but always strive to showcase local NYC in everything we do. This includes not just our events, but a record label, booking agency, podcast series, and radio show.

What can we see, hear and experience at your parties?

The Bunker has always been strongly community driven. Many people have been coming to our parties for more than 15 years! We strive to present techno and related psychedelic musics that kind of defy categorization, on a killer sound system. After many years of existing in intentionally very dark rooms with almost no lights, we have turned to Kip Davis to help us realize a vision of club lighting that does not make us feel like we're having a seizure, and he's done an amazing job.

Tell us some DJs / artists you’re digging at the moment?

As usual, feeling very inspired by the crew around The Bunker. During the pandemic we started streaming and we've seen incredible marathon DJ set performances from Mike Servito, Patrick Russell, Erika, Derek Plaslaiko, Lauren Flax, Gunnar Haslam, Tin Man & LDY OSC, Justin Cudmore and Mike Swells. Also more amazing performances than I can even list from our epic No Way Back and Pride streams.

We also started a sub-label in June and have been spending a lot of time with those releases from Leisure Muffin, Blacklauren, Österholm, Carl Ritger, and Ryan Crosson. Going In is a sub-label of The Bunker New York, dedicated to long-form musical compositions geared towards meditation, psychedelic ceremonies, yoga, massage, or simply spacing out and going inside yourself.

What do you think will become of the music industry & the underground music scene post-pandemic?

I think where there is a will there is a way, and there are many communities of people around the world who will want to gather and celebrate with the music we all love, so that will continue to happen, one way or another. I do worry about the venues, especially in the US, who are being expected to somehow pay rent for a very long time with literally no income. NYC in particular has come so far in recent years with so many great venues and I hope the people who opened those places will be able to stay in business.

The Bunker
July 2020

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