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people. Lately we’ve been feeling like we could do so much more with our huge circle of talented friends. I think we’d rather focus our energy and give them large-scale, proper shows instead of a night that runs the risk of being empty.”

N: “Monday can still be an unpredictable night. When it’s good it’s great, but when it’s not... and you have to get up for work in a few hours regardless.”

B: “It’s funny, due to the bar we found out that our last party made the most money out of all of our parties and the club asked us back the next week. It didn’t feel right to us given everything, and it’s not about the money at all, so we didn’t say yes. Whatever money we make goes towards the website and Percussion Lab is a labour of love for us. It’s not a business. We like DJs and musicians. That’s it. We like these people who are into music and the art of mixing, and there’s nothing flashy about it at all. By existing slightly outside of the mainstream and not focusing on profits, we always maintain our integrity.”

N: “That’s part of the charm of it. It’s more relaxed stylistically. We don’t want our guests to feel any pressure to play a certain way. We just want them to play the music they love and want to play on that specific night. That’s the vibe we want to facilitate.”

P: “When I started this I just wanted people to hear the music I love on the internet. Later on I wanted them to hear it in public. That’s why we created this and it’s why we’ll continue to run Percussion Lab.”

This unbridled sense of infectious enthusiasm leaves DJ Mag USA in no doubt that opportunities will continue to blossom for Percussion Lab. Most


of these projects and ideas are not fit for print just yet but they have confirmed two upcoming collaborations, with London’s NTS Radio in late September and New York City party-throwers Turrbotax in October.

Log onto their website for the latest news and experience this extremely supportive and close-knit community of passionate music-heads for yourself.

Praveen Sharma

What’s your Percussion Lab anthem? “I used to play Wagon Christ ‘Shadows’ religiously as my closing track for almost all our Lucky Cat and rooftop parties. It became a sort of anthem that people would shout out requests for during my sets.”

Favorite Percussion Lab moment? “Seeing a packed rooftop listening to Landau Orchestra,Theophilus London, Machinedrum and myself. This was the same night on the same rooftop that made me want to move to Brooklyn in the first place.”

Brian Blessinger

What’s your Percussion Lab anthem? “I have two: Julio Bashmore’s ‘Battle For Middle You’, which always seemed to be the harbinger of a crazy Monday night in Praveen’s living room. This is tied with Braille’s ‘A Meaning’, which came out of thin air and kind of defined the summer/fall of 2010 while kickstarting Praveen’s Braille solo project.”

Favorite Percussion Lab moment? “Flying Lotus’ first set for us in 2007. He didn’t DJ or really perform so much as play tracks and remixes that toasted himself. He played a sick Snoop Dogg remix at one point and just generally looked like he was having an awesome time, dancing back and forth across the stage. A close runner up would be Scuba dropping KLF last summer.”

Nooka Jones

What’s your Percussion Lab anthem? “Peverelist’s ‘Dance Til The Police Come’, which was regularly played by resident Dave Q, but also highlighted by a destructive closing set from Nihal Ramchandani last summer. This is closely followed by Pangaea’s ‘Inna Daze’, which I heard played out at one of our first appearances on François K’s Deep Space party, on a night in which he collaborated with Dub War and Pangaea headlined. Recently, Travis, Praveen and myself took over Deep Space ourselves, which culminated in the three of us tag-teaming for the last two plus hours, and this was again one of the biggest tunes.”

Favorite Percussion Lab moment? “Any night when Dave Q starts playing hip-hop and it’s after 2am. You’re not gonna get the kids to stop dancing…”

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