CGNY: Eamon - you've been a staple on the NYC music scene for a while now. But tell us a little about your background and where you're from?
EH: Born and bred in Derry in the North of Ireland. I went to college and then lived in London for a few years before moving to New York for an adventure and an escape. I thought I'd be here for a year. 7 years later I'm still here.
CGNY: How did you get started in the music scene - was there a particular song that made you think "this is what I want to play"? What did you listen to growing up?
EH: I listened to a lot of indie and punk music growing up - My Bloody Valentine, Ride, the Undertones (of course), Blur, stuff like that. I played in a bunch of bad bands in and around Derry. There was a decent amount of cross pollination into dance music at the time though so I was always exposed to more beat driven sounds particularly due to cross over bands like Primal Scream, Happy Mondays, New Order. But I didn't consider DJing until I lived in London and became exposed to great clubs like Fabric, The End and Turnmills.
CGNY: You've been running the hugely successful "Sunday Best" and “Mister Saturday Night” parties now for a while. They've gone from strength to strength. Tell us about the genesis of those parties?
EH: Sunday Best was born from an idea which Doug Singer and Justin Carter had to do a summer party series at a spot in Gowanus where they'd done a one off event the year before. It worked so they wanted to do something bigger and they asked me to get involved. The whole operation very quickly clicked and became a huge deal. Mister Saturday Night was born as the resident Saturday night party at Santos in Manhattan but really matured and became its own thing when we moved it to the more appropriate and ultimately satisfying surroundings of the alternative loft spaces of Brooklyn.
CGNY: Who've you brought or are bringing, to the parties (DJ's) that you've been/are very excited about? I suppose everyone is special and different but there must be some personal faves!
EH: At this point we've more or less ticked all the boxes! Larry Heard will always hold a special place in my heart due to his genius-like contribution to the musical landscape but also because of his gentleness, grace and humility. The Optimo boys are also long time heroes of mine and it was with great satisfaction that we had an amazing party with them just a couple of weeks ago. But looking forward Justin and I will be doing more parties without guests. We're confident in our own abilities and the style we've developed and now is the time to push that forward a little more.
CGNY: How is different running an outdoor music event (daytime) versus putting together say one of your Mister Saturday Night parties are there different logistical considerations?
EH: The biggest logistic challenge can be rain. We've done parties in the rain which have been great and others we've moved indoors and then seen the sun reappear contrary to the information on weather.com! Otherwise the main difference between Sunday Best and Mister Saturday Night is the crowd. There's a little overlap but generally Sunday Best has a more family orientated crowd. We see lots of musically savvy people come out who otherwise wouldn't want to come out late at night to a loft party. It's very satisfying to reach and develop a different audience like that.
CGNY: How've you seen the NYC dance scene evolve and change since you've been here? What do you think about the new venues opening in NYC (District 36/Sankeyes)? It seems like there might be a bit of a revival going on?
EH: I've been to District 36 and it looks like a promising venue but its success will depend on how it's run ultimately. Despite the alternative nature of the venues we use I still believe in the idea of the 'the club' as a place around which to grow a culture and a scene. I've love studying all about the historical physical institutes from decades done by - from the Hacienda to The Hague to Amnesia in the early Ibiza days etc to modern clubs like Fabric, Robert Johnson & Berghain. I had high hopes for Studio B when I was a resident there and also Santos when we started Mister Saturday Night but it takes a very specific concoction of creative vision, talent and sense of purpose across a team of people to make something special like that happen.
CGNY: How would you describe your own musical style?
EH: That's a tough one. I try to play authentic music and present it cohesively in an entertaining way which builds the right vibe for the party. I don't tie myself to a specific genre but disco house and Detroit techno play heavily into the mix.
CGNY: Who are your favorite artists? Any Irish ones you particularly like?
EH: Jonnie Wilkes from Optimo is a top man and a great, great DJ. He hails from Belfast originally. I also love John Daly's productions and he's also a brilliant DJ. Both have played Sunday Best.
CGNY: What are your three (I know three is hard) dessert island disks?
EH: At this very time three records which I think I'd get some mileage out of would be Miles Davis - 'Bitches Brew', Manuel Gottsching - 'E2-E4' and Spiritualized - 'Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space'.
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