Since 2004, Mike and Begoña (more commonly known as Sleepy & Boo) have envisioned the perfect live electronic music experience for New York City. In a metropolis such as New York where culture and arts play a major role in the local economy, rising to the top in the nightlife industry is no easy feat. Back when Basic NYC was formed more than eight years ago, married-couple and DJ partners Mike and Begoña hosted their Saturday night parties at the modest Sullivan Room in New York’s West Village. Aiming to bring a diverse array of talented electronic artists before a group of tight-knit friends and music-lovers, they worked hard to establish the renowned and intimate nightlife experience that is known as Basic.
From 2004 to the present, this series of underground music and events has matured into a widely successful and popular nightlife collective. Taking over various locations all over the city, from Le Poisson Rouge to the legendary Cielo nightclub, Basic has left its mark in all corners of Manhattan. The variety of musical talent that they have brought to New York includes big-room artists such as Kaskade, techno-legends such as John Digweed, and even house-masters like Derrick Carter. By hosting an assortment of world-class DJ talent throughout multiple New York venues known for their intimacy and appeal, Mike and Begoña have watched their dream come to fruition over the years.
At the start of 2013, Basic NYC upped the ante of their parties by forming a partnership with the recently revamped Marquee nightclub. Marquee served as a glamorous and top-notch nightclub that used to cater exclusively to VIP patrons and bottle-service crowds for nine years, before closing in October 2012. At the time of closing, owners Noah Tepperberg and Jason Strauss promised partygoers a completely new concept and design for Marquee when it reopens, and they did not disappoint. Major alterations took place not only in the physical layout of the room, but also in the attitude towards its clientele. No longer would this megaclub shun the true and passionate music fans from its lavish dancefloors.
After renovations, Marquee became one big room instead of three isolated, smaller rooms, and boasts massive 30-foot ceilings adorned with LED panels. The walls of the club were redesigned to express an industrial “warehouse” type of feel, without sacrificing the aesthetics of an upscale venue. This creative interpretation of nightclub design is representative of Marquee’s new attitude of striking a balance between glamour and music. Besides restructuring the room itself, the owners of Marquee upgraded the light and sound system in the club to provide a top-of-the-line multi-sensory nightlife experience. The owners’ multi-million dollar investments brought in a state-of-the-art Funktion One sound system throughout the entire club, along with a stunning LED video display spanning the DJ booth.
Marquee’s most shocking and (arguably) most successful venture however, is teaming up with Basic NYC for an unparalleled Friday night underground music series. By opening the doors to world-famous techno and deep house acts, Marquee has invited an entire new group of patrons to enjoy the proper nightclub experience. On January 18th this year, the nightclub hosted its grand reopening with none other than Sci-Tec label boss and former Deep Dish member, Dubfire. Since then, Basic and Marquee have dominated New York’s underground nightlife scene for almost six months now, bringing in diverse artists every Friday to play an extended set for a loyal crowd.
With 20 packed-out parties and going strong, Basic is fulfilling their goals of running the most accomplished New York City underground events. In a music scene where fans can be very critical of their experiences, it was a bold move for Mike and Begoña to partner with an upscale megaclub – but the results have been phenomenal. Popular underground legends such as Hernan Cattaneo, Nic Fanciulli, Steve Lawler, and even Richie Hawtin have graced the stage at the new Marquee. Even lesser known yet still talented acts such as Tiefschwarz and Lee Burridge have left their mark on the intricate Funktion One system there. This past Friday, Toronto’s tech-house producer Carlo Lio made his debut at Marquee, where his fans let loose on the dancefloor to his dark and hypnotic rhythms.
Don’t miss out on the fun this Friday as Basic NYC presents progressive-techno superstar Nick Warren alongside the founding residents, Sleepy & Boo. Get your tickets on Resident Advisor here, or sign up for the guest list by emailing Marquee@BasicNYC.com, and become a part of the hottest new underground megaclub in Manhattan.