A Peak Inside The Mind Of #MakeItNew’s Own John Barera

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For Mmmmaven artist John Barera, everything truly is about the music. The DJ and producer spends his weekdays invested in the business side of the music industry working for Supply Records, a vinyl label he co-founded in 2011. Then his nights and weekends are all about making music and playing live as a resident at both Make It New and Bossa Nova Civic Club’s Jack Dept. night in Brooklyn. There’s no denying Barera life revolves around music.

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Ahead of playing a show at the Good Room in Brooklyn Saturday, Barera was featured on the night club’s blog, where he played an exclusive mix and talked about some of his inspirations. The artist is quick to stress that while his focus is on the techno and house scenes, he understands and respects the importance of various genres that have had some type of influence on his preferred genres in some capacity. By allowing these influences to sneak their way into his tracks and mixes, Barera created an undeniably unique and appealing sound.

I aim to make soulful dance music, I am influenced heavily by Detroit techno and I also love house music & disco. This makes up the foundation of my sound, but there are elements of electro, funk, reggae, rock, jazz & r&b as well.

Listen to Barera’s mix for the Good Room below and read the rest of the club’s interview with him over on their site. And if you couldn’t make it out to Brooklyn on Saturday to catch his set, don’t worry; Barera will be playing the Residents’ Night at Make It New this Thursday right in Cambridge at Middlesex Lounge.

Support John tonight! Click the image to be taken to his pop-up event tonight:

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11/5: Make It New with The Black Madonna

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Riotous.

There are a few new American DJs who can be said to turn a club into ash and one of them is Chicago’s Black Madonna.

From the Bunker NYC to San Francisco, reports of her blazing sets have carried like the wind. As Creative Director at Chi-town’s renowned Smart Bar, she’s transformed it into a destination for techno tourists. Her stance on dance music is no laughing matter:

“Dance music needs riot grrrls. Dance music needs Patti Smith. It needs DJ Sprinkles. Dance music needs some discomfort with its euphoria. Dance music needs salt in its wounds.”

We’ll let her do the rest of the talking.

MAKE IT NEW WITH THE BLACK MADONNA
w/ Resident DJ John Barera
Thu 11.5
Middlesex Lounge
315 Mass Ave.
Central Square Cultural District
Cambridge, MA
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#MakeItNew 11-Year Anniversary Party with Bicep

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October 8th: Make It New with Bicep

For the celebration of our 11 years as a club night, we’re bringing back one of our favorite guests of all-time: the boys of BICEP. We love these guys because they came first from a rabid love of music and backed into becoming artists. First as a deep dive blog that has been running for, well, a long time, they devoted themselves to lost or under-appreciated genres like Italo, Boogie and Disco.

Yet it was their destiny to become stars.

Friends as teenagers, they would slip into raves and at the age of 16 had already witnessed the genius of Tiga, the phenomenal UNDERGROUND RESISTANCE and Philadelphia’s Josh Wink.

Fast-forward and they’re now releasing on labels like Fink and Will Saul Artist Page’s Aus Music and collaborating with Simian Mobile Disco.

The big time, basically.

Welcome back boys.

11 YEARS OF MAKE IT NEW W/ BICEP
And the Make It New Resident DJs

Thu October 8th, 2015
Middlesex Lounge
315 Massachusetts Ave.
Cambridge, MA
Central Square Cultural District
$20
21+

4 Years 4 M’s

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Jon Hopkins, who played our launch party.

Four years ago, the music, art, and technology festival called Together Boston had a storefront location in the heart of Central Square, Cambridge. Inside they held discussions, hosted a series of DJ in the live lab, and generally had an open space where music lovers could gather, chat, and chill. As we were closing down and moving out, we heard from a number of people that they were unhappy. No one wanted to see the space closed as it was a benefit to the community at large.

That’s when Managing Director Alex Maniatis and Creative Director David Day turned and looked at each other.

They said, “Why can’t we just do this all year?”

And Mmmmaven was born.

With the distinctive 4 M’s (each M represents 4 beats, so for M’s = 4/4 time signature) we went in search of investors, and met a lot of quizzical faces. We were told numerous times that “EDM” is just a fad (pro tip: We don’t really deal in “EDM”) or that there wasn’t an interest in the Boston music community.

“Why open this in a ‘rock town’ like Boston?”

The answer, of course, is that Boston has a passion for music and always has. With a wide array of musicians who could learn Ableton, or newly-graduated students looking to DJ, or simply Boston’s lengthy history of a passion for music, there’s not another city that makes more sense.

Eventually, with the help of our valiant General Manager Corina Hernandez, we launched a kickstarted and found a way to open. Some of our first instructors were close friends like Erik Pearson (aka Baltimoroder) or Ableton super-gurus like Encanti (a/k/a Ben Cantil).

Baltimoroder – Mmmmix #1 for @mmmmaven by Mmmmaven on Mixcloud

Soon, we were graduating students. These students would go to find bonds, and make their way up the ladder. What Alex and I really didn’t anticipate, however, was the community at large that would form.

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Fens, Alex Maniatis, Corina Hernandez, and myself in the Boston Globe.

Soon the team recruited Sarah Hoffman, who answered a Craigslist ad looking for a Business Development Director. More would join up, everyone from award-winning Boston DJ Leah V to Berklee and Ableton whizkid Wigbert “Wigz” Caro. Charles Mazzola, Andrew Hlynsky, DJ Rugged One, Polina Starobinets, the list goes on and on.

And that’s just the instructors. As I mentioned it was the larger community, the alumni, those who would attend a workshop or Make It New, that formed an extra-wide group of people …

all of whom share a passion to see the worlds of music and technology not only grow, but thrive.

So to anyone reading this sentence who has contributed in any way over the last four years, I hope you’ll consider this video below a result of you and your time and your effort.

Thank you.

See you tonight!