Artists > DJ Spinoza
GigsOct 15 - Neon Marshmallow, Brooklyn
Nov 11 - BEMF, Brooklyn
Nov 18 - The Bunker, Brooklyn
Dec 02 - No Way Back, Brooklyn
Dec 31 - The Bunker, Brooklyn
Jan 20 - The Bunker, Brooklyn
Feb 04 - Kontrol,SF
Mar 02 - The Bunker, Brooklyn
May 18 - The Bunker, Brooklyn
Sep 01 - Panorama Bar, Berlin
Bryan Kasenic (aka Spinoza) is known in the electronic
music world for founding The Bunker, playing adventurous
DJ sets, launching an influential newsletter, and starting Beyond Booking,
his own booking agency.
Although Spinoza has been playing tons of techno and house lately, he loves all music, and has a past that cannot be pinned down to just one genre. He started DJing in 1996, playing psychedelic soundscapes in chillout rooms and on college radio shows (Carnegie Mellon, Rutgers, and New York University). Slowly but surely, he became more obsessed with all forms of dance music, and at this point plays dance music in New York City at least twice a month, mainly at his own Bunker parties.
Spinoza is also known for his many other roles in the electronic music scene. As a free service to the community, he began publishing Beyond NYC Events, a weekly email newsletter, in 1997. The newsletter became an influential way to promote interesting under-the-radar electronic music events to a large fan base in New York. In 2001, Kasenic oversaw the booking of all of the promoters at Openair, a DJ lounge in the East Village that quickly gained recognition for its forward-thinking music programming. At Openair, one of the promoters he worked with was Magda, who brought in techno luminaries like Zip, Daniel Bell, and John Tejada to play at her first residency in New York City. From 2000 to 2005, Spinoza helped DJ Olive and Jameson run The Agriculture, a record label dedicated to bringing homegrown laptop dub to the masses.
Spinoza has thrown a ton of parties and weeklies in New York City, including a 5-year stint at Halcyon with the Undercity weekly. He has put most of his energy into The Bunker since January 2003, eventually turning it into the premier techno weekly in North America, which morphed into a bigger monthly party in 2009. In 2005, he started doing all the booking for the Wolf + Lamb Marcy Hotel in Williamsburg, helping to almost instantly transform it into the hottest after-hours spot New York City had seen in many years. Spinoza went on to curate and help throw many larger warehouse and loft parties with Wolf + Lamb. In 2008, he founded the House-n-Home loft party series with Anthony Parasole, which hosted many legendary loft parties over the course of a year.
Through the Beyond Booking Agency, Kasenic has helped build the electronic music scene nationally by booking his friends and allies in other North American cities. As he has become busier with other projects, he reduced the Beyond roster to just The Bunker residents (Derek Plaslaiko, Eric Cloutier, Mike Servito, and himself), but continues to assist guest artists coming through The Bunker to connect with the right people in other cities.
Bryan's latest endeavor was producing three events for the inaugural Unsound Festival New York in February 2010. Unsound, Poland's most adventurous music festival, brought a bold and uniquely modern program of music to Kraków for seven years before producing a New York edition. The three Bunker Unsound events were highly successful, presenting a cross section of some of the most interesting (and sadly most under represented) electronic music artists from Eastern Europe and the US.
While Spinoza has played lots of big clubs like Tresor, Twilo, Tunnel, and Vinyl/Arc, he honestly prefers small intimate rooms. He has DJed at big parties in New York for PS1 Warm Up, Resolute, Rhythmism, Madagascar Institute, Chengwin, Soundlab, Multipolyomni (at the Kitchen), Rubulad, Complacent, theDanger, the Lunatarium, and NYC Burningman Decompression. He's also appeared in Berlin (Watergate), Krakow & Warsaw (Unsound Festival), Seattle (Decibel Festival), Boulder (Communikey Festival), Chicago (Sonotheque), Detroit (Oslo), Philadelphia (Rizumu), Boston, Pittsburgh, and Montreal.