BASEMENT – season one

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BASEMENT, a brand new venue, launches this May underneath the main hall of Knockdown Center. The newly designed and literally underground room will be New York City’s new home for top and up-and-coming underground techno talent from all over the world.

Opening May 10 with a performance from Rebekah, BASEMENT will host events every Friday and Saturday night. Other artists to play the venue will include DVS1, Hector Oaks, Function, Shifted, Fiedel, Vatican Shadow, Aurora Halal, Somewhen, Headless Horseman, FJAAK, Volvox, Newa, Silent Servant, Shlomo, Rebekah, CEM, Tommy Four Seven, Veronica Vasicka, Luke Slater, and Etapp Kyle, plus the NYC debuts of 999999999, Shlomo, Shdw & Obscure Shape, Fabrizio Lapiana, and NDRX.

BASEMENT will feature special events including STAUB, Berghain 09 Mix Release Party, and Unsound Festival, Quo Vadis and will be the new home to the Wrecked party series. Additionally, BASEMENT will host various workshops with performing artists, and release podcasts from those playing the space with details to be released soon.

Keeping with European club tradition, BASEMENT will feature a state-of-the-art, Funktion-One sound system, and a custom lighting rig throughout the venue. All events will be 21+, and attendees will be required to adhere to a set of house rules, including no photo/video, and a safer space policy.

For more information and tickets to all May events, visit the BASEMENT WEBSITE.



PITA / Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe / January Hunt

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A night of “immersive sonic experimentation” with modular synth alchemists Pita and Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe playing on the kind of soundsystem they deserve.

An alias of Peter Rehberg, Pita has been an outlet for the Vienna-based artist to explore experimental niches in electro-acoustic sounds steeped in industrial, noise and left-leaning techno. His oeuvre spans two decades of boundary-pushing music, and has seen Rehberg collaborate with the likes of Jim O’Rourke, Fennesz, Marcus Schmickler and Stephen O’Malley. Rehberg is also the founder of the seminal pioneering Editions Mego label and family of sub-labels, which needs no introduction, and he’s released some of the most important albums from the electronic avant-garde since 2006 via this platform. Performing solo as Pita with his modular synthesis setup, we can expect the unexpected as sounds are pitted against each other in tensile, unconventional and beautiful ways.

Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe is an acclaimed and adventurous artist and composer who primarily works with voice and modular synthesizer for sound in the realm of spontaneous music. He has contributed to, and collaborated on, a dizzying amount of projects in the contemporary classical and electronic music world for more than a decade, both in Brooklyn where he’s based and internationally. His performances often invoke trancelike states as he uses his voice and analogue modular synthesis in tandem, pushing each instrument to its fullest depth of expression.

Artist, sound engineer, writer and producer January Hunt combines her many talents, utilizing noise and drone to convey life experience, emotions and identity musings amongst other things. We are excited to have her back on another Quo Vadis lineup, having performed for us last year as New Castrati; this time opening the room with an intense, noise-driven foray into body-centric musings, transition and malleability.




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SOUQ Festival returns to NYC for a 2-day festival!

⏀ “Life passes like a mysterious caravan, take from it its moment of joy”

Day 1

❍ – OASIS Stage: Feathered Sun (Live), O/Y (Live), Söra, Special Guest

❍ – SOUQ Stage: Viken Arman (Live), Iorie (Live) + Special Guest

❍ – AKUMANDRA Stage: Spaniol, Mateo, Eli + Special Guest (live)

Day 2

❍ – OASIS Stage: Baris K, Acid Arab, Viken Arman & More

❍ – MYSTERIES & HAPPENINGS: Fortune tellers & magical potions, Body Painting & Henna Tattoos, Art installation & Visual Mappings, Circus acts & performers seen all around



♦ Ṩ ♦ ounds like the imaginary souk in your head

♦ O ♦ n all the charming melodies and emotions

♦ U ♦ nravelling your craziest dreams

♦ Ϙ ♦ uestioning the red light of the horizon


Innervisions New York

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Innervisions will hold its first US event of the year in none other than the city that never sleeps, New York.

Dixon and Âme will be joined by some of the most exciting names in underground dance music: critically-acclaimed DJ Koze, fast-rising star Trikk and French talent, Jennifer Cardini.

Knockdown Center in Queens, a former factory with over a century of history and now transformed into an innovative arts and performance space, will play host to Innervisions for 8 hours of non stop music and dancing.

For more information about Innervisions:


Pan-Pot / Martin Buttrich

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It can be the similarities between two people that draw them together, but it’s the differences between them that create something special. It would be nothing if those two polar opposites failed to meet in the middle. Such is the story of Pan-Pot.

Tassilo and Thomas met at Berlin’s renowned School of Audio Engineering, better known as the SAE Institute, and were drawn together as they were the only two in their studies who had their sights set on the sound of techno. Their initial musical efforts placed a primacy on integrating electronic experimentation with minimal stylings while simultaneously establishing the ominous, murky sounds that have since become synonymous with their name.

The defining moment of Pan-Pot’s career came in 2007 with the release of their debut artist album, Pan-O-Rama. The aptly named long player offered a 360-degree view of techno that was unique, uncompromised and most importantly, their own. The body of work perfectly balanced heavy, peak time club stormers to deeper, more intricate atmospherics and birthed the overground hit “Charly”. More recently “Confronted” and “Captain My Captain” have demonstrated their classic, bold and timeless production style, presenting them as the producers at the top of their game, both sonically and conceptually.

Pan-Pot haven’t gotten to where they are on their previous accolades alone, the duo have lent their craft recently in the form of a second album „The Other“ and high profile remixes for the likes of the legendary Carl Cox, Slam, Paul Kalkbrenner and the renowned Stephan Bodzin, all while touting a ferocious touring schedule appearing regularly at the best clubs and largest festivals in the world like Time Warp, Awakenings, Glastonbury, Kappa Future and Tomorrowland to name a few. The relentless touring is how they have truly gotten to where they are: by touching the writhing, euphoric, dancing seas of bodies at countless gigs every year. Not only do they have an electric vibe to watch, but their grasp and keen understanding of each and every dance floor is unparalleled. Whether it’s an intimate club night or a massive festival, Pan-Pot know exactly what to do. Unconstrained by boundaries, they traverse Techno, House and everything in between with a masters touch.

Although their name comes from a basic element of studio equipment, they have rewritten notions of form and function through their own idiosyncratic language and are now stepping completely into a new world since the launch of their own imprint, Second State in 2014. Over the last years, Second State has not only become a platform for Pan-Pot to release their own music, but a creative outlet derived from a family of like minded artists around them to inspire, imagine and travel the world with, spreading the Second State vision and catapulting new names into the spotlight like Amelie Lens, Stephan Hinz and Micheal Klein. It’s a place where all ideas can flow seamlessly, from music and events to art and fashion.

With no letting up in sight Tassilo Ippenberger and Thomas Benedix have proven that there are no limits to what can be achieved or dreamed. Now is the time Pan- Pot are truly coming into their own. Not only as world class artists and performers, but as tastemakers and masters of their own destiny.

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