The Salt Lake City underground scene is thriving and it's getting better by the month. From regular happenings at chic places like Zest Kitchen and Bar and The Red Door, to private art galleries and even churches; there seems to be no lack of places for dance music to call home in this fair city. One unique venue in particular plays host to one of the hottest parties in SLC. That place is the Fallout, and that party is Control Room.
We at New City Movement want to extend our thanks to Victor Simonelli for bringing his amazing talent and music knowledge to the second DEEP4LIFE at JAM last Saturday. Naturally... buckets of rain had to descend from the heavens during hours of operation, but that didn't stop the clubbing faithful which packed the party wall-to-wall. JAM was hot, sweaty and jumping with raw, artistic soul, (see video above) which included a warmup set by my friend RED SPECTRAL who tailored his sound to suit D4L perfectly. The cops even came to put their stamp of approval on things!
As some of you know, Victor has a special connection to Utah having spent four years here as a teenager living with his mother who worked for Job Corps. Victor graduated from Carbon County High School (of all places...) and credits the experience with opening his mind to new experiences, long lasting friendships and ultimately helping him to re-focus on music full-time upon returning to NYC. It was there that he he worked with the likes of Arthur Baker at Shakedown Studios with more big name artists than you can shake a stick at, later going on to develop talent and form his own labels in the US and UK.
For a man with so much success under his belt, Victor has little to no ego. He's one of the kindest, most giving people you could ever come in contact with and it shows in his approach to music, touring and beyond. He's truly present wherever he is and that was an inspiration to me personally. So glad he could come visit again. Stay tuned for a recording of his DJ set to be posted at our Soundcloud page in the coming weeks. Till next time...
I'm happy to be joining the lineup for this years Lunar Transit Festival outside of Ogden, Utah. Excellent group of local, national and international music makers coming in to make this fest the best. The real news here is that all those sounds will be pumping through a Funktion One system, the industry standard for dance music aficionados. Prepare to levitate.
Lunar Transit Spring Festival by New World presents
DETAILS: Join us May 20th - 22nd as we embark on a new creative journey through space and time just 40 minutes from Downtown, Salt Lake City. Sign up to the Lunar Transit mailing list for the latest information.
Lunar Transit is a music and arts festival focusing on bringing a cosmic beacon of high quality production and international acts combined with a stellar community to the Utah region.
Originating in mountains of Southern Utah at 10,000 feet elevation Lunar Transit is a destination where music and dancing flows into sanguine sunsets and tranquil sunrises. With natural surroundings it's the place to discover yourself and connect with both the earth under your feet and the stars in the distance. It all started with a group of otherworldly artists, builders, seekers, and explorers combined to form a community with the purpose of reflecting the beauty of spaceship Earth.
There will be several new features at this years Lunar Transit Spring Festival including yoga and workshops from morning until noon with a break in music to recharge from the night. A newly designed temple to serve as a cosmic symbol and place of peace.
We will also be bringing new and improved sound design with Utah's first ever Funktion One / Tannoy point source sound system.
ATISH (SF) / THE BEAT BROKER (SF) / IMANOL MOLINA (SPAIN) / GHOSTEA (SF) / NATHAN CLEMENT (LV)
Artemis l Bastion l Bello l Better Homes & Gardens l Choice l Christian PP l Crystalroes l Cygnals l Eights Everywhere l Eco l Epace l Huex l Jesse Walker l Josh Volt l Make It Fit l Red Spectral l The Valencia Brothers
TICKETS NOW ON SALE!
Some great shows coming through this summer including Tears for Fears, Culture Club, Chet Faker, Kaytranda, Big Grams, Diplo (w Sneeky Long opening!) Jenny Lewis, Digable Planets, Grimes, Jagwar Ma, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue opening,Washed Out and many more.
New City Movement presents legendary NYC DJ VICTOR SIMONELLI on April 23, at a very special DEEP4LIFE at Club JAM.
A man who’s name is synonymous with the cutting edge of the Dance Music scene, Simonelli is one of the New York’s finest and most prolific DJ's. He was also one of the early pioneers of the unique NYC underground dance music movement that has now become a phenomenon it its own right and religiously followed by the clubbing faithful the world over. A producer/ re-mixer, song writer, record label owner, and highly sought after DJ, are just four facets of this multi-talented man. His discography of production, writing. mixing and editing credits reads like a "Who's Who!" Believe us, he’s gonna bring it. Truly Excited! Facebook Event >
2016 DJ Tour Schedule:
March 12 Leeds UK
March 17-24 Miami USA WMC
April 16 Phoenix Az USA
April 23 SLC Ut USA
May 4 Kuala Lumpur Malaysia
May 6 Singapore
May 8 Phuket Thailand
May 14 Cambridge UK
May 21 NY USA
May 28 London UK
May 29 London UK
June 16 NY USA
June 17 London UK
June 18 London UK
Aug 5 Lanzarote Spain
Sept 16 London UK
Oct (TBC) Amsterdam Holland Netherlands ADE
March TBC 2017 Miami USA
Aug 5 2017 Vis Island Croatia
DEEP4LIFE feat. VICTOR SIMONELLI
w/ RED SPECTRAL & JESSE WALKER
Saturday, April 23, 2016
9:00pm Doors / 21+ / $7
751 North 300 South
Salt Lake City, UT, 84103
Salt Lake Hip hop is in good shape if Concise Kilgore's debut record is any indication. Production by Finale Grand, KiL Wave, DJ Babu and LBOWDEEP make up a sample based jazz and future beat bedrock for some excellent rhymes by the man himself. Give it a spin and support these guys!
Photo: Nicole Jaatoul – (Concise Kilgore & Choice)
A big thank you from myself and the VOA to everyone who participated in the 2016 Bunny Hop. We raised $2,625 for the homeless youth resource center and its programs. Be proud!
Press play on Mr. Walker's club destroying set at the first DEEP4LIFE event in 2016. Turn out the lights, and turn it up!
"Last night is how to do it! Probably one of the best nights we have ever had. Get DJs like these... who can read a crowd and play amazing deep tracks and we we'll be there every week. The difference in energy and experience last night was amazing! It was a legit destination experience and the vibe was so good - And it was all about choice of music and how great DJs can work their magic... the music kept the crowd dancing and kept the space open and flowing all night. Seriously... Thanks for a kickass night!" – Josh Williams
1. Breathe by Ben Hoo (feat. Karen Gibson Roc)
2. Special Kinda Love by Audiowhores, Mr V
3. Love Is Free (Moon Boots Remix) by Robyn & La Bagatelle Magique
4. If Ya Fall (feat. Marissa Guzman) by Demarkus Lewis
5. Something More (Hot Toddy Percky Dub) Crazy P
6. Howsmusic by Detroit Swindle
7. Feel It by Kenny Summit
8. Watcha Gonna Do with My Lovin’ by Antonello Ferrari, Aldo Bergamasco ft. La Shonda Reese
9. Tribal Dub by David Anthony
10. Los Pueblos (Pablo Fierro Remix) by Pino Arduini & Javier Bollag
11. Mmmm by The Reaver
12. Found Love (David Morales Classic Mix) Blind Colors ft. Melonie Daniels Walker
13. Street Drums by Sahib Muhammad
14. Yeah by Siege
15. Sisy Ey 'Do It Good (Riva Starr Back To Detroit Mix) by Sísý Ey
16. Dark Shadows by Mattei & Omich, Re-Tide
17. Dancing With No Fear (Poisonous Relationship Transmix) by Holly Johnson
18. Tell Me Why (Duce's Carry On Dub) by Kathy Brown
19. Without Your Love feat. Randy Roberts (Spen & Thommy Heavy Vibes Mix) by Randy Roberts, Spencer Morales, DJ Spen, Tommy Davis
20. Love Is Right by Le Babar
21. Plus One by Local Options
22. Keep Dancin’ (Rhemi Ridin’ Dub) by Rhemi, Hanlei
23. Do You Feel Me (Christopher Ross Remix) by NYs Finest, Victor Simonelli
24. You Got Me Running (Right To Life Remix) by Andy Tee, Danny Losito
25. Dream Of The Life by Malachi
26. Too Much Information (Laolu Remix Edit) by Dele Sosimi Afrobeat Orchestra
27. Je Ka Jo (Drums of Passion) by Joe Claussell
28. Pasilda (Todd Terry’s In House Mix)
29. I Love To Dance (Joey Negro Extended Disco Mix) by Kleeer
30. Years Golden (Angel) by Gay Marvin
31. Break My Stride (Autocycle edit for House Of Disco) by Matthew Wilder
32. Gandalf The Party Wizard by Shit Hot Soundsystem
33. What Have You Done For Me Lately (A Cappella Version) by Janet Jackson
The Red Fred Project goes big picture with SLAC and Flying Bobcat Theatrical Laboratories adaptation of CLIMBING WITH TIGERS, the first book from Dallas Graham's series of stories created in collaboration with children enduring critical illnesses. A cast of all-star talent was involved in getting this dazzling tale of triumph and discovery off the ground. Opens this weekend and runs through March 27. Buy Tickets >
From Salt Lake Acting Co:
In an incredibly special addition to the season, SLAC proudly partners with Flying Bobcat Theatrical Laboratory and the Red Fred Project to present the world premiere of CLIMBING WITH TIGERS. Adapted for the stage by Troy Deutsch, CLIMBING WITH TIGERS is a story by 8-year-old Nathan Glad who was born with Osteogenesis Imperfecta (brittle bones disease) and Dallas Graham who founded the Red Fred Project, which Graham describes as "a silver-starred, magical collaboration through which I co-create original stories in the form of self-published books with 50 children with critical illnesses across the 50 states." Through a captivating combination of music, storytelling, animation, and film, CLIMBING WITH TIGERS tells the story of a little black bird named Blue who dreams of one day being able to fly.
I was featured on one of my favorite stateside blogs for great dance music this week. Check out the interview and my 'Hometown Heroes' DJ mix at MUSICIS4LOVERS.com!
Music Is 4 Lovers, Feb. 23, 2016 –
Salt Lake City is infamous for its brawny Mormon community. Most people experience this unorthodox aspect of American life via a TV documentary or HBO’s hit drama series Big Love. But there’s more than meets the common eye.
In SLC lies a heroic figure maintaining a healthy community of house heads. Jesse Walker–or Mr. Jesse Walker to you–has been reveling in the dance music culture since the late 80′s. Surviving the generational crossover of house music, Jesse is a self-proclaimed DJ, producer, promoter, and blog editor.
Once a weekly party, Jesse transformed New City Movement into “a forward thinking blog about music, culture and life in the Intermountain West.” Here he uses the platform to spread his expertise and balloon the culture of dance music in SLC.
Having accumulated many residencies since the mid-late 90′s–one of which alongside Kaskade during their college years–Jesse Walker sustains his promoter-like qualities to this day. His newly launched party “CASSEROLE” is an every other month party where Jesse concocts a recipe full of dance-floor nutrients.
We’re always pleased to hear stories from Heroes around the world making shit happen; Mr. Jesse Walker is a unique piece of the puzzle in America’s ever-blossoming dance music culture. Enjoy his housey mix and learn more about Jesse and the SLC scene in the interview below.
How did you first get into house music? Do you remember a specific moment that inspired you?
I was well into dance music and remix culture as a teen in the late 80’s being quite obsessed with the usual suspects; Janet Jackson, Madonna, New Order, Erasure and DM… rave and electronic music followed in the blink of an eye. I was playing a lot of Orbital, Hardfloor, Warp and Twitchin’ records until one fateful night in 1994 when the club I helped promote brought Doc Martin in to destroy things properly. It was all over after that.
What’s the scene like in Salt Lake City right now? How is the city unique compared to the rest of the world?
There’s always been a respectable scene here. What’s great about it is if you want to make things happen, you just go and do it. It’s the Wild West! It might not always work, but when it does, it’s magical and appreciated by all. There’s a real sense of community and especially now, people are hungry for what’s next. I feel like a whole new crop of really amazing DJs and promoters are defining the future.
Salt Lake, Provo… Utah, (and Idaho, for that matter—where I was raised) are unlike anyplace in the world because, well… Mormons, which I was raised but haven’t been for many years. The closest corollary might be the Bible Belt or Austin, TX which is a blue dot in a sea of red. There’s such a strong cultural, religious and political presence here that it creates it’s own diverse yet unified counter-culture. Salt Lake proper is astoundingly progressive, one of the gayest cities in America! I keep saying this but it really is an amazing time to be living here. Invest now!
Do you have any residencies? If we had one week in SLC what two parties/clubs would you recommend we check out? What about two restaurants?
I usually have a trick or two up my sleeve; right now it’s my new party ‘CASSEROLE’ (hyper regional humor). But for the most part I bounce around to various clubs and parties that will have me. The more I try to slow down, the more I seem to be playing out. It’s a dream come true.
Parties? My favorites are ‘Control Room’, a Boiler Room style monthly at a great warehouse location that has similar events from several other crews quite regularly …including ones with… techno! And ‘Recess Club’, a weekly that’s been funneling good acts and drawing support.
Restaurants!!! Food scene is on the uptick. Food trucks are everywhere. Two lesser known joints I frequented this week are the East Liberty Tap House (great burgers/tacos/drinks/patio) and the new Publik Kitchen for a huge $6 breakfast.
How did your blog New City Movement come about?
The name came from a weekly I used to throw at a prohibition era Jazz club where Ryan Raddon (Kaskade) also had a hugely popular college disco night. He gave me my first residency there and remains a friend today. ‘New City’ is the title of a theoretical architecture book by the late Lebbeus Woods. I’ve always been a futurist at heart so my idea was to campaign for a better city, even if it had to start with a dream. The website has always been an extension of that, essentially a labor or love and personal documentation. I’ve recently started my own guest mix series to highlight local DJ’s that need to be heard. I love helping shed some light on any given situation.
Tell about some of your parties around SLC; like your annual Bunny Hop and newly launched Casserole party.
The Bunny Hop revolves around Easter Sunday always being the first taste of Spring and Summer in this beautiful place. It takes place at The Garage, a blue collar ‘road house’ style bar on the edge of the city with an amazing patio. It’s not uncommon to see every walk of life during this all-day party that raises thousands for our homeless youth through the Volunteers of America, Utah. An assortment of vinyl-only DJ’s play all kinds of music and it goes from bonnets and bow-ties to bikers and drag queens pretty quickly.
‘Casserole’ was something my husband came up with years ago but I never used it because it was so cheesy. These days, I’m all about accepting our heritage and owning the fuck out of it. It’s regional; it’s whimsical; and a great metaphor for making family out of what’s left in the pantry. Oh, and house music… solid grooves.
What’s on the agenda the remainder of 2016?
Working on some tracks with a talented buddy, yes! No travel planned right now, I’m saving up for a new car. If anyone wants to fly me out… have USB, will travel = friends for life!
The Endup (SF), Deep (LA), Glitterbox (London)
What’s one track that always on your mind at the moment?
The Far Out Monster Disco Orchestra - Step into My Life (M&M Mix by John Morales) [feat. Arthur Verocai]
Tell us about your mix.
I typically only record live mixes so this was a fun to do. Thank you! I wanted to go a bit deeper, even for me. Something going back to my early inspiration hearing mixes by Mark Farina, Marques Wyatt and Knuckles. Something you could put on at an intimate after, after party.
Drink of choice…
Don't miss UMOCA's museum-wide unveiling this Friday. I'm excited to see what they have in store. From their press release today:
UMOCA is very excited to present a newly refreshed museum with exhibitions throughout each of our five galleries and our Ed. Space.
It will be a lively evening mingling with artists, exploring new ideas presented through artwork, and enjoying our cash bar. *Receive a free exhibition graphic button with your $8 donation while supplies last.
"Ideologue" is a group exhibition that brings together international and national contemporary artists who employ humor and hyperbole to reimagine platforms of ideology. Through text, print, video, and sculpture, the projects in Ideologue playfully map out how contemporary artists poke fun at the political universe and its pointed claims to social truth.
DAVID BROTHERS: ROLITHICA
Incorporating both the beautiful and the wretched, David Brothers creates elaborate, fantastical and sublime staged worlds as the palette for his photographic compositions. Through installation and photography, this solo exhibition will take the viewer into Brothers’ surreal world that is at once both hell and paradise. An accompanying publication will be available for purchase.
YOSHUA OKÓN: ORACLE
Oracle references the name of the eponymous small town in Arizona that was the site of one of the largest protests in the U.S. against the migration of unaccompanied minors from Central America. In Oracle, Okón attempts to give voice to the multiple and often widely dissenting positions surrounding the migration of tens of thousands of children, a phenomenon that reached unprecedented numbers in 2014.
ANDREW MONCRIEFF: A STRANGE FEELING
In Andrew Moncrief’s A Strange Feeling, the artist appropriates images of male wrestlers to unravel dichotomies of violence and intimacy, stoicism and submission, tolerance and taboo. Rendered in thick layers of oil paint, Moncrief’s striking figures evoke tensions between classical representations of the ideal form and contemporary understandings of the gendered body.
PAUL CROW: HERE
Paul Crow's photographs are records of his movement through places with the aim of being as fully present there as he is able. With the camera recording the trajectories of his attention, Crow puts aside traditional notions of composition, framing, and subject in order to represent both moving through, and being in, at once.
The University of Utah presents Cirque Alfonse and Timber! at Kingsbury Hall on Thursday February 4th. Bearded men log dancing, jumping over saws and and juggling axes sounds pretty fun doesn't it? Video >
You can almost smell the fresh-cut pine logs and the sweat of lumberjacks as you watch them jiving to a traditional folk soundtrack. The young circus troupe hails from a small town called Saint-Alphonse-Rodriguez and they have clearly drawn upon their country roots to find inspiration and energy for this unique creative project. Timber !, is clearly off the beaten track. The show’s creators designed unusual acrobatic apparatus inspired directly from the forestry resources available on their real-life family farm. The experience feels and smells authentic. The artists perform incredible feats of aerial acrobatics that are directly inspired by the natural raw materials of the forest and the equipment used on the farm. The atmosphere is hyper-festive. The talented acrobats and musicians create a colourful, energetic scene where we can witness epic feats of agility and strength, inspired by the exploits of the first North-American lumberjacks, loggers and farmers.