This past weekend, venues all along the waterfront in Williamsburg, Brooklyn were taken over by some of the greatest electronic musicians of our time. Their presence has become a familiar one in Brooklyn, where guitar fuzz is rapidly being replaced by sub bass, and the Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival has become the annual summit exemplifying the movement.
This year, BEMF put forth their most venerable line-up yet, with events at Music Hall of Williamsburg, Cameo Gallery, Output, Glasslands, Villain, and 286 Kent featuring performers like John Digweed, Lunice, Evian Christ, Oneohtrixpointnever, Groundislava, Actress, Jerome LOL, Star Slinger, and a ton more. We caught up with Katie Longmyer and Jen Lyon of MeanRed Productions, to find out a little bit about the history of this annual event and see where it’s going.
Can you give us some background on how you started BEMF?
BEMF started six years ago as a daytime event at our waterfront venue BKLYN Yard. It evolved from there into a night event at the historic Can Factory, and we are excited that it has grown exponentially into the multi-night multi-venue takeover it is today.
Why you believe it has been successful?
Brooklyn music and Brooklyn fans are survivors.Where are we going, anyway? We’re staying put, passionate about our scene and music.
What’s the criteria for the artists you select for the festival?
We present artists who are risk-takers, genre leaders, genre creators, unknowns-but-should-be-knowns, industry veterans who kill it, artists that have a deep connection to NYC and Brooklyn, and sometimes it’s an artist who knows how to throw down and keep a party raging.
What makes Brooklyn a viable place for this type of event series?
The warehouses, the artists, the grit, and the propensity for transition. Brooklyn is a Phoenix!
Will BEMF expand further in the future? Are there any other cities you hope to spread to?
BEMF will definitely continue to grow. For now the festival will stay at home in Brooklyn, but our monthly party Dark Disco, which is a year round affair will be doing national and international pop ups in 2014!
Where Brooklyn at?