We talk to the man behind New York's most influential techno party.
Bryan Kasenic probably deserves an award for his contributions to New York techno. When he threw the first Bunker party in 2003, Mayor Rudy Giuliani had already knocked the wind out of the city's afterhours culture with strict policies aimed at cleaning up the city. As a DJ and a promoter, Kasenic survived the decade-long dry spell that followed, when indie rockers and party photographers ruled the nightlife landscape. 15 years later, the rest of the scene has finally caught up, and The Bunker is now at the center of an explosive resurgence that's put New York back on the map.
If you're into heady electronics, The Bunker is arguably the city's best party. The nights tend to sell out without compromising on adventurous bookings. More than international acts, however, it's known for a ridiculously solid crew of resident DJs and regulars—a list that includes Mike Servito, Derek Plaslaiko, Eric Cloutier and Patrick Russell. Meanwhile, the record label is nearing its 30th release, and Kasenic is finally getting his due as a DJ, with gigs at big-time clubs and festivals across Europe and Asia. He and The Bunker are now at a crossroads, positioned somewhere between global recognition and local legend. RA staff writer Max Pearl stopped by his apartment in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn to talk in depth about the past, present and future of the institution.