Victor Calderone W/ Mike Frade @ BKWRHS Recap!

Victor Calderone W/ Mike Frade @ BKWRHS Recap!

House4DJ recently had the chance to attend RPM’s second installment of BKWRHS, an underground party series that takes place in an undisclosed warehouse setting in Brooklyn, and headlining the massive event this time around was none other than techno/tech house legend (and New York City’s own) Victor Calderone! Featuring opening support from his Waveform Recordings label partner Mike Frade, as well as a subterranean dance floor featuring local upcoming DJs and producers from the NYC area, BKWRHS was set up to cater to serious house lovers, keeping the music as the main focus, as it should be!


We started off the night by checking out up and coming DJ/producer Les Carbonell’s set in the basement level of the warehouse, which was the ultimate underground setting. Between the low ceiling, steel structures that supported the main floor spread across the dance floor, and minimal lighting, it made you feel underground (and you literally were), and was perfectly complemented by Carbonell’s fiery mix of techno/tech house (listen below).

It should be noted that the BKWRHS experience is all about the music, and provides for one of the most minimalistic yet big room settings NYC has to offer (aside from Output and Sankeys) – with no LED screens present, a basic and straight to the point lighting system, and sound, being the most important thing, booming loud and clear, there’s no question that BKWRHS is an underground music safe haven.


Setting the tone for the night on the main stage was none other than Mike Frade, co-owner of Waveform Recordings with Victor Calderone. Proving once again that he is a force to be reckoned with, Mike Frade played a two hour plus set of some really groovy techno, warming up the crowd for the night’s headliner and working his craft in such a way that left every attendee in wonder, although it’s no wonder why Mike Frade has been the consistent opener for Victor Calderone (even when on tour) as well as sharing the top spot in the Waveform hierarchy. 3am was the moment we all were waiting for, seeing the man himself Victor Calderone entering the booth and getting ready to go – no one was quite sure on how long of a musical journey the techno wizard would take us on (having caught him this past year for two marathons in particular, a mind-blowing ten hour set New Year’s Day at Sankeys NYC and another ten hour marathon at Space Miami this past WMC), but we knew it would be unforgettable, and needless to say, Calderone delivered.

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Victor Calderone kept it dark and groovy for the first few hours, keeping the crowd moving yet calm, progressively building the party up as more and more people continued to fill the dance floor. By 6am, Calderone switched gears and went full throttle, dropping bangers and techno bombs unlike any we’ve ever heard, as we often hear for the first time some of the newest upcoming IDs from events such as these. For the remainder of the night (Calderone ended up spinning until around 10am after a hefty 7 hour set), the crowd went wild and never simmered down, and towards the end of his set, Calderone hit us with some of his more recent favorite tracks. We heard quite a few bombs off of the Drumcode label, such as Nicole Moudaber’s Come And Lay, Sam Paganini’s Chocolate, and Luigi Madonna’s Primo, as well as a few tracks from Sam Paganini’s Body To Body EP on Cocoon Recordings, such as Fire In My Arms and the self-titled Body To Body. One of the biggest standout tracks that left us mind-blown was Matt Sassari’s Akuyeri, and it was around that moment where several in the crowd started claiming they were in “techno heaven,” to which we concurred. Victor Calderone is undoubtedly a master of his craft, and for those who have yet to experience hearing him live, it’s a must.

The next installment of RPM’s BKWRHS series will be with none other than the techno legend in the making, Joseph Capriati, whose latest album Self Portrait was recently released on Drumcode. As an announced 12 hour marathon set in a new warehouse location, it’s needless to say you better get your tickets now. We’ll keep you posted for more details soon!


Photo Credits: Jill G. Photography/RPM

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