This weekend, 52Hz transports Bangkok back to 1990s New York City with a night of old school house – care of legendary label Nervous Records. We talked to Commodore – NYC-based DJ and producer, and Nervous’s monthly mixer – about his upcoming jam at Studio Lam.
1. Hi Commodore, thanks for taking the time to speak with us. Why don’t you start off by telling us a little about yourself?
Thanks for having me!
I’m a New York-based DJ and producer, and have been performing in and around the city for almost 10 years now. I actually grew up playing classical music, but when I was in high school I was introduced to guys like Orbital and The Prodigy, and fell in love with their electronic sound. After studying in London for a couple of years, I moved to Japan, where I produced Japanese Pop and remixes for artists there. After I moved back to New York, I helped start a weekly party called Mile High in the city, and it’s been going for over 6 years now. These days I’ve been producing with Rich Chwastiak (aka The Wig), and we’ve got some great releases set to come out this summer.
2. Will this be your first time to Thailand? What brings you here, and what are you looking forward to experiencing?
I came to Thailand for the first time for Songkran last year and really liked it. I may make this a yearly trip! Last time I visited Chang Mai; this time I will just do day trips out of Bangkok. I also have some friends in the area who are DJs, so I’m looking forward to hanging with them, and maybe working on some tunes together.
3. Why and how is it that you came to work with Nervous? What’s the best thing about working with Nervous, in your view?
A friend of mine introduced me to Mike (the founder of Nervous) about 6 or 7 years ago, and I’ve been working there ever since. Aside from supporting him on the day-to-day tasks involved in managing the label, I also put together the monthly mixes. Mike is great to work with; he’s always out in the scene in New York, and we put on a lot of parties in different venues such as Output and Cielo. It’s nice to be in the middle of things, helping keep great music and parties going in the underground scene.
4. We hear you’re going to be spinning some classics from Nervous and other old school NYC labels on Saturday. Can you maybe share with us 3-4 tracks that’ll represent your sound?
Believe it or not, I don’t really get the opportunity to play these amazing classics all that often in New York, so it was really fun digging through the Nervous back catalog and finding some great gems.
Some tracks I’m really looking forward to bumping are by people like Todd Edwards, The DAT Project, Byron Stingily, Mood II Swing, Nuyorican Soul, and of course Masters at Work. I’m trying to focus on playing some cool remixes that will keep the floor grooving, and maybe bring back some memories! I also have a friend who works as A&R at King Street, so I’ve got some great classic tracks by them as well.
I think it will be a great night, and people who love this style of music will be sweating it up! I’m looking forward to see everyone on the dance floor.
Sounds like we’re in for a treat! We’ll be seeing you again from the dance floor – likely drenched in sweat. 😀 Thanks, Commodore.
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