When we asked DJs Sean B and Tad Haes to make OUT an exclusive mix to celebrate the one-year anniversary of their party Powerhouse, which they produce alongide artist Jeffrey Ralston, we knew the end result would be a trippy, funky, cyber-psychedelic trip down the gay rabbit hole, and they did not disappoint. The duo, veterans of landmark New York City parties Spank, Xanadude and Occupy the Disco, turned out an acid-soaked banger that'll have you dreaming of hot summer nights spent on even hotter dance floors. Listen, below.
OUT: What kind of sound is Powerhouse known for?
Sean B: Acid house and breakbeat.
What's the crowd at the party like?
Sean B: Dance-focused dudes and Brooklyn queens.
Jeffrey Ralston: There are always sneaker wearing boys dancing in front of the speakers on the floor. And the last party, there were these amazing house dancers and vogue troops dominating another floor speaker. I like this diversity.
What connects you two musically?
Sean B: Were both interested in similar music. Tad had been a guest DJ at Xanadude several times and we really clicked musically. We played together at the first Wrecked at Analog and it felt natural to do something at that space. It's really a system tailored to vinyl and we both have been buying a lot of new--and old--records.
What makes Analog the perfect space for your party?
Sean B: The amazing sound system is a blast to play on and it's just a great big room with fun lights. At our last party people were gagging that the bass was moving their clothes against their skin. I also like that as a party location it's a destination, so it's really mostly the people we bring to the venue. [And] because it's in a warehouse area, you don't have to deal with sound complaints.
Why is summer the perfect time for acid house?
Sean B: Bubbling and percolating rhythms are the perfect beats to get sweaty on the dance floor.
Buy tickets for the Powerhouse One-Year Anniversary here.