Eamon Harkin, Studio B
Written by Kristina Weise
Photographed by DJ Dan2600
As someone who mostly frequents the island of Manhattan
during the moonlit hours, it takes some major convincing
for me to give up my usual LES-East Village-West
Village-party circuit to head into Brooklyn. Yet
in early June, I found myself at Studio B’s
weekly ‘FUN’ party, where resident DJ
Eamon Harkin presented a stellar line up featuring
Kavinsky (who is supporting Daft Punk this summer),
a band called, ‘ Purple Crush,’ and
local guest DJ Shelly.
‘FUN’ is run by Studio B’s creative
director Justine D (Motherfucker) and her entourage
of talent: Rok One (The Bangers), June D (White
Dove) and Eamon Harkin (Calling All Kids). Todd
P. is credited for booking most of the influential
acts. Yet Studio B has been opened for close to
a year now so I am sure a few readers are scratching
their heads wondering why this review now?
This is less about Studio B and more about FUN.
I was quite distraught when I heard that ‘Calling
All Kids,’ a kick-ass party in New York City
founded by Eamon and Melody Nelson, was temporarily
on hiatus. When word spread that Eamon was focusing
on FUN in Greenpoint, a whole new crowd of friendly
and familiar faces could be seen making their way
to the local G train.
“It definitely has a certain cache and has
built up quite a rep in a short space of time,”
commented Eamon on Studio B’s seemingly overnight
popularity. For now, Eamon is concentrating on bringing
in top talent on a weekly basis. “I think
we're done a great job to date. Acts coming up which
are confirmed are Chromeo, Kid Sister and Flosstradamus,
Yo Majesty, Metronomy, Glass Candy, and The Glimmers.”
That’s pretty impressive for someone who
began his U.S. DJ career three years ago in the
basement of Lit. Few DJs catch my ear, but when
I first heard Eamon spin, there was something very
intuitive about how knew what the dance floor craved.
He would beat match so precisely that it kept people
moving, rather than having to down shift every time
a new song was played. And unlike so many other
DJs, who just play songs via their iTunes, Eamon
uses records as his instruments. It is quite evident
he has spent years practicing his finesse.
Despite what talent Studio B brings in, the venue
is lucky to have Eamon Harkin, a New York City nightlife
staple, whipping crowds of flamboyance, camera flashes,
and Ameican Apparel into an intoxicating scent of
sweat, glitter and glam. Throw in laser lights and
be sure to shake, not stir. In closing, Eamon wanted
to remind both Manhattanites and Brooklynites to
“get out and dance more. This city established
partying, dancing and the DJ culture. Let's stick
to our roots.”
And by all means, go out there and have some FUN.
Studio B is located at 259 Banker Street (Btwn
Meserole & Calyer Streets, Greenpoint, Brooklyn).
To find out about upcoming FUN parties, check out
FUN - http://www.myspace.com/funatstudiob
Eamon Harkin - http://www.myspace.com/eamonharkin