It doesn’t matter how many years you’ve spent on the dancefloor in New York City, there’s always a new party to discover. There is one such party happening this weekend that caught our eye by the House Massive Brooklyn. The collective continues its 15th Anniversary celebrations this Saturday with a massive loft party (pardon the pun) in Flatbush.
Finding this event online has left this writer a little perplexed. (Heads up, breaking down the fourth wall here and switching to first person) Having spent almost a decade on the scene here in Brooklyn, how is this the first time I’ve heard about this party?! What caught my attention was their booking of Jeannie Hopper, a DJ who became a local legend through her long-running radio show Liquid Sound Lounge on WBAI. On clicking through to the event listing, it left me with even more questions.
The House Massive Brooklyn website doesn’t share too much about its history. What it does say is that it’s led by DJ Freedom and they throw several events, from skating parties to a bi-annual music festival. The reason I have so many questions is because this party seems like the real deal - an old school Brooklyn loft party filled with skaters and old heads dancing to house music. I mean, life doesn’t get much better than that. We are going to talk about their party more in our listings below but from what I can tell, it sounds like a party I want to go to.
11.18 - House Massive Brooklyn Loft Dance Party at Flatbush Loft
To quote Vaughan Mason, we are going to Bounce, Rock, Skate, Roll our way through House Massive Brooklyn’s Loft Dance Party this Saturday. The crew is taking over the Belmir Dance Studio for an eight hour party that will have both old school skaters and house heads jamming. The early portion of the night is dedicated to roller disco where skaters can groove to the classics on four wheels with music by DJ NYJae Jordan and DJ Freedom. At 11pm the skates come off for some high energy house music with selectors Jeanie Hopper, Ghost Cat International and DJ Freedom. BYO skates for this one.
Not too many DJs can say that they’ve been DJing since nine years old, unless you’re Derrick Carter. The Chicago house hero got his start playing disco at family reunions and hasn’t stopped since. Derrick has been a staple of the Windy City’s underground since the `80s, having worked at Gramaphone Records and has held a residency at Smart Bar. Today, his sets are still rooted in house, but he freely travels outside club tastes, seamlessly incorporating old-school disco, soul, jazz and whatever catches his fancy. He’ll be bringing it all to House of YES this Saturday for their DEEP party.
Reading through David Morales’ history, it’s almost hard to believe it’s true. He grew up in New York going to parties like The Loft and The Paradise Garage in the 1970s. That inspired him to start his own club night, Ozone Layer, in Brooklyn, which led him to play at the Garage and Club Zanzibar in the `80s. This led him to remix and produce more than 500 artists in the `90s, from Mariah Carey to Arthea Franklin to Whitney Houston and just about every other number 1 selling artist of the decade. And this led him to win a Grammy. Today, he’s still playing music around the world but this weekend he returns to where it all started, a club night in Brooklyn. David will be playing all night long at his Sunday Mass party at Good Room.
Follow the links for mixes and playlists from the DJs and Musical Hosts who will be playing at these venues.