DFA RECORDS BEGINS QUARTERLY RESIDENCY AT SMART BAR FEBRUARY 11
Smart Bar is pleased to announce a new quarterly residency in 2011 with DFA Records. DFA Records is an independent record label and production team, launched in September 2001 by Mo’ Wax co-founder Tim Goldsworthy, musician James Murphy, and manager Jonathan Galkin. In just the last ten years, the label has already become iconic among dance music fans. The label has grown steadily since, producing full-length albums for its ever-growing roster of artists, as well as releasing a selection of singles and compilations on their label. Notable releases include The Rapture’s EP “House of Jealous Lovers”, the twice-Grammy nominated debut of James Murphy’s band LCD Soundsystem and its follow up Sound of Silver. As well as Murphy’s LCD Soundsystem the label is currently home to The Juan Maclean, Hot Chip, Shit Robot, Delia Gonzalez & Gavin Russom, Prinzhorn Dance School, Booji Boy High, Shocking Pinks, Holy Ghost!, Hercules and Love Affair, Still Going, Syclops and YACHT.
Kicking off the DFA Residency on February 11 is Justin Miller. Justin Miller is the rare yet enviable combination of the two ends of the disc jokey spectrum – he is all at once a “DJ’s DJ” and a party-friendly, floor-commanding maestro of the downtown New York City scene. Quickly becoming an international tastemaker DJ, Miller spends his days employed by the iconic DFA Records, working with founding members James Murphy, Jonathan Galkin and Tim Goldsworthy. His evenings he fills with innovative events and his own DJing adventures.
Beginning in 2007 with the weekly 205 Tuesdays party, Miller hosted countless local and internationally renowned guests, off-the-wall ragers, and delirious mornings after. When those parties ended, Miller happily found himself embraced by MoMA and has now spun at several of their openings and galas, including a special DFA Dance Party for the Color Chart Exhibition, the 2009 and 2010 Armory shows with Gang Gang Dance and the Walkmen respectively, and the benefit for Tim Burton’s retrospective. He’s also been stationed behind the turntables for many openings at the galleries scattered throughout New York’s SoHo and Chinatown neighborhoods, like Deitch Projects and Terence Koh’s ASS gallery. For these events, Miller sees himself as a source of the evening’s soundtrack, but he also revels in being the artist audiences come to see. Testament to this is his long list of globe-spanning gigs, from Fabric, Cargo, and Plastic People in London to Social Club, Scorpitone, and Le Baron in Paris to the humble War Room in Bushwick, Brooklyn.
At the end of the day, Miller is cementing DFA’s presence in the dance music scene as well as continuing to explore the world of classic 12″s, dusty milk crates full of vinyl, and whatever his music-making friends throw his way. Whether he’s leading a small yet loyal crowd into the wee hours of a Tuesday morning or conducting the synchronized fist-pumping of thousands overseas, Miller is enthused to be in the thick of it and deeply gratified to be revered as one of today’s most sought-after names in an industry he’s dedicated his heart and soul to.
Fellow DFAers Still Going will also spin. Still Going arrived on the scene with the now classic “Still Going Theme” in 2007. Along with its hypnotic flipside, “On and On,” the single captivated listeners with its anthemic energy and quickly became a dance floor staple. With the release of “Spaghetti Circus/Untitled Love,” Olivier “Liv” Spencer and Eric “Dunks” Duncan cement their reputation for creating compelling dance music. The duo have also churned out a steady stream of remixes for an impressive roster of musicians, including Groove Armada, Bryan Ferry, Coyote, The Presets, Doves, Chk Chk Chk, Crazy P, Force of Nature and Low Motion Disco. They’ve also been busy with their respective DJ projects, Dunks with the infamous duo Rub-N-Tug and Liv as one half of dance favorites House of House. Still Going currently split their time touring and in production for their next 12″ and new remix projects.
Throughout 2011 Smart Bar will be bringing even more DFA artists to spin, so stay tuned for more announcements!