We wanted to celebrate this first anniversary of Aphotic by showing love to the DJs and the cities that inspire us! We’re honored to have James Pennington of Underground Resistance, returning to NYC for the first time since 2005, to close out the roof. This event will mark the NY debuts of both the Spanish artist Annie Hall and the talented Berlin-based Polish artist Monya.
On the rooftop we have NY native and local legend Cylo Arias to premier his latest musical venture. In addition to this, our motley crew of talented DJs from the 3 corners; Dru Ruiz of Detroit, Oliver Caine of DC, and the Queens native ready to roll out some techno, Ron Steiner.
Also known as Suburban Knight, Pennington is best known as being artist, DJ, and producer with Underground Resistance, an independent record label based in Detroit, United States. Pennington has been pioneering the Detroit techno scene since the 1980’s, he attended the same high school with techno and house music legends such as Kevin Saunderson and Juan Atkins, and continued to DJ throughout college along with Derrick May and Eddie Fowkles. Pennington has inspired countless artists, producers, and individuals throughout his lengthy career both in Detroit and throughout the entire world.
Since his earlier days, he has started his own label Dark Print, in which the first release "Tech-hieroglyphics", was a compilation of Detroit and Belgian artists including GiGi Galaxy, The Sense, Locutus, DJ Tao, Punisher and Twonz. Suburban Knight has chosen to keep his releases less frequent then some of his peers; instead keeping his releases as what he describes as "essential lessons". His performances as a DJ are no different; rare, much sought after, and not forgotten.
Annie Hall is recognized internationally as one of the most elite Spanish producers of her time. At her production level, the technique developed into authentic mental journeys, advanced electronics, exciting and expressive, fit for the dance floor or to listen at home. Annie’s productions have seen the light in the catalogs of Semántica Records, Minuendo, Miga, Software records, D1 Recordings, Icon of Desire, Micron Audio, Blank Code & Detroit Underground label where she currently works. Besides this her new venture is with Kero as ‘vinyl cutters’ – Riverside Manufacturing (RVSD ™)is a new company where she does handmade limited edition vinyl. She works with artists and record labels for custom records and projects in the art of vinyl. RVSD™ is on the banks of the Detroit River between Windsor, Canada and Detroit, USA. In recent years she has performed at many of the best festivals and clubs all over Europe, USA and Canada, festival-Sonar (Barcelona) (festival-DEAF (Dublin), JMM club (Turin, Italy), Bleep43 – (London), LAUNCHMEAT-festival.
Originally from Poland, Monya has seen a quick rise through the techno scene in a short time. Already playing beside many respected techno artists, receiving bookings at the internationally renowned Tresor, as well as clubs and intimate venues throughout Europe. Through hard work and determination she continues to be recognized by reputable producers, releasing her first album for BCR and is doing remixes and EPs for other labels like ,Illegal Alien Records,IF ?, and work with well known artists such as Steve Stoll, Bas Mooy, Perc, Mike Parker. Monya's sound is industrial, bass-heavy, hypnotic techno. She is Owner of Corresponding Positions Label which is currently based in Berlin.
Born and raised in Detroit, Dru Ruiz was surrounded by a rich music culture from the start. As a young lad, his family would take him to Mexican festivals in downtown's Hart Plaza, where he became immersed in live music and the art of dance through rap battles and break dancing showcases. His love for music continued to grow, and by 1993, he dove into Detroit’s techno scene when he experienced his first underground party “Spastik” at the Packard Plant, a staple in the city’s early ‘90s rave culture.
Nearly 15 years later, Ruiz - who has now played dozens of events and festivals all over North America—is a versatile turntablist, having developed a distinct style of mixing through an ear for exceptional track selection and a knack to create novel sounds. With a style that ranges from techno to electro to hip-hop, Ruiz has distinguished himself as a multitalented DJ and an important part of Detroit’s electronic music culture, joining Bang Tech 12 as one of the collective’s original members and holding residencies at Eastown Theatre and Buddha Lounge.
Ruiz is now the CEO of Cultured Citizens a music-releasing platform, label, and production company.
After growing up on a balanced diet of Acid House, Alternative Rock and Punk, his active involvement in the electronic scene began in New York in 2000, producing a series of memorable parties for Creative time in the base of the Brooklyn Bridge and Manhattan. Fusing house and techno with experimental multimedia and urban installations, Cylo was quick to recognize connecting patterns of value between these art forms, with temporal, physical, spatial and minimal elements among the most obvious common denominators.
There’s no ego, just music, when Cylo brings his live act to the stage. Those who have met Cylo will know he appreciates a good joke and even better bass line. An avid performer with an arsenal of sounds at his disposal in the booth and inside the studio, it is no wonder that he has commandeered everyone’s attention.
Cylo has played at legendary clubs throughout the city since he became a permanent resident, seeing the booth at The Limelight, Elements, Bar13, Sullivan Room, Cielo, and Output. Most recently he began throwing a series of parties, Freshly CUT, along with his artist based organization WTF. You can expected every set from Cylo to be thoughtful curated, always playing to the crowd and the vibes.
Does this guy really need an introducing? Ron has been gracing the decks throughout NYC since the 90’s. His sets range from funky disco, classic house, to deep, dark techno, but no matter what he is playing, you can expect to spend the entire set on the dance floor.
Having spent the past decade commandeering the dance floors of New York City’s most world-renowned clubs and parties; Chris Luzz knows a thing or two about what it takes to keep a dance floor moving. In the wake of a countless number of appearances across the spectrum of NYC’s underground circuit -- including renowned institutions such as Cielo and Sullivan Room – Chris Luzz’s music is now reaching a worldwide audience.
In early 2011, Chris joined creative forces in the studio with Kev Obrien. The duos very first remix for Chicago’s Fresh Meat Records made an immediate impact on dance floors across the globe; with tastemakers such as Jamie Jones charting and singing praises for their funk-fueled sound. With a mutual love for music and their hometown in mind, the pair formed The Manhattan Projject with the goal of intertwining their own music with the everyday sounds that can only be heard while traveling Gotham’s bustling streets.
In late 2011, Chris and Kev also ventured into the world off label ownership, and together with partner Andy Inelli operate the Stranjjur Imprint. With artists such as Pezzner, MANIK and Kris Wadsworth already lending their craftsmanship to the label’s fledgling catalog, support is already pouring in from A-listers such as Maya Jane Coles, Joris Voorn, Nick Curly and countless others.