Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Coming to rest....

It seems that ABSOLUTION has come to rest after the 6 week "venue tour" we have gone on, which has been exciting and fun. Patrons have watched us pick up speed as we did one night each at the old Annex(Doghouse Saloon), China 1, Fontanas, Uncle Charlie's 87, and now back to Fontanas. Dizzy? We were, lol! We had a wonderful time, and we received a lot of positive feedback about the various venues. Some seasoned veteran DJs and club patrons gave us their input, and we've decided that Fontanas is a good choice.

FONTANAS is a rock club which promotes other branches of the rock n roll tree- punk, metal, etc. They gladly accepted us, a Goth/Industrial night, and treated us well in the process. We will be at FONTANAS for the next two Fridays in a row, starting at 12 Midnight. Coincidentally, it's located at 105 Eldridge St...LOL!

Even seasoned promoters like Jason and Myself who have been active for well over 10 years in the Goth/Industrial scene have a hard time changing venues so much. But we decided to take it upon ourselves to do it. Sometimes you have to just "work your way in"'s like a game of Tetrus. I love thinking "outside the box", and this is a perfect example.

A lot of the promoters of old have left NYC because it's much harder to do business here and stay ahead financially. There are only four Goth/Industrial parties now being held which have any promoters who have lineage from the great old parties of 10 years ago, DefCon @ Pyramid, Ward 6 @ Le Poisson Rouge(a monthly), Contempt @ Identity(a monthly) and our ABSOLUTION. Only DefCon and ABSOLUTION have achieved the usual norm for parties, a weekly status. It's no coincidence- the promoters of old NYC have proven themselves time and time again in an environment so competitive that most would not be able to withstand the stresses.

When I first came to NYC, the club scene had a feeling of security, nobility and history at each event. All that was taken away with the changing economic climate of nightlife of the recent years. Now, we hope to provide such an environment by booking DJs who represent the parties of old. For if not us, who is there who remembers?

Thursday, November 19, 2009

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Wednesday, November 18, 2009

ABSOLUTION goes Weekly!

ABSOLUTION has been up and running since July 4th Weekend, and I am happy to report that our customer base is now large enough to switch from every other week to weekly. This is exciting because it will be the first weekly gothic event in Manhattan since the defunct Albion. Note- there is one other weekly event currently in Manhattan of interest to Goth/Industrial club patrons- DefCon Saturdays at The Pyramid Club which plays mostly Industrial.

The main problem with going weekly for most Goth/Industrial events in Manhattan has been the lack of a venue that will allow it to operate on such a frequent schedule. After the nightlife economy in Manhattan was devastated by the twin evils of Mayor Giuliani and 9/11, it never quite recovered. I feel that this is due to Mayor Bloomberg's continuation of Giuliani's anti-nightlife policies. Therefore nightclubs in Manhattan, faced with rising rents and endless tickets, can only devote lucrative Friday and Saturday nights to topics which are guaranteed to make large amounts of money such as House, Hip-Hop(shudder), etc. This requires flexibility and creativity on the part of the Goth/Industrial promoter who would offer a weekly weekend event.

We have decided to solve this problem and provide you, the club patron, with a weekly event by switching from venue to venue but remaining weekly. As ABSOLUTION gathers a customer base, it becomes more and more attractive to owners who are more likely to give it back to back slots at the same venue. This is a very interesting experiment which seems to be working quite well- I've received positive comments from patrons expressing their delight in seeing a new space every other week. It couldn't have happened to a better party:)