Richard Nordin was an army brat originally from Pittsburgh, who eventually found himself going to school in Worcester, MA. The mundane, seemingly nonexistent, nightlife scene in Worcester motivated him to finish school as quickly as possible, which would allow him to relocate to Boston, where the nightlife scene was thriving, full of life, creativity, and diversity.
He got his start DJing at the underground venue Red Tail in Manchester, NH. After attending Mmmmaven’s Make It New events, it sparked his interest in producing music. He loved the focus on underground music at Make It New, which led him to take music production classes at Mmmmaven. He not only took Production 101 and 102, but he took them twice.
“The producers I studied with were really gifted and intelligent and I could come in looking at any particular genre and the teachers would bend to whatever genre I wanted to learn production skills in.”
Nordin has gone on to play at Burning Man and notes Kink and House of Prayers as a couple of his musical influences. His long term goal is to utilize his knowledge and creativity to create music for the underground music scene. He started Houseboi, an event held the first Wednesday every month, which he also manages. It features performances that include singing, burlesque, drag, and is queer friendly. The characters are colorful, and the show is welcoming to all humans and their friends.
His advice for anyone interested in learning how to DJ or produce: put in the time, take plenty of notes, do your homework, and treat it like a second job.
I’ve never been able to fully go for DJing, because I’ve always seen something uncertain about it. I never wanted to make a lot of money with DJing. I wasn’t feeling it in that sense. That’s why I started a record shop.
Make It New is proud to be one of five US hosts for the 20th Anniversary celebration of the mighty Rush Hour Music from the Netherlands.
“I think there’s a certain respect for a DJ that comes with introducing tunes that are unheard in a certain scene. I try to focus most of the time on trying to discover new and old music. That’s where the passion is. I have a hunger to find stuff that I haven’t heard before. It’s nice when I go searching in a direction where I don’t know a lot of stuff and hear new tunes and then play them out.
To me, that’s the role of DJing, because in essence a DJ is just a record promoter. He or she has to promote records that you haven’t heard so that they become valuable for people.
Antal is bringing Rush Hour’s not-so-secret weapon, Hunee, in order to play all night long:
Hunee pretty much operates on his own terms, in his own world. As a DJ, too, he is tireless and visibly enthusiastic at every gig. His selections are made with a palpable passion and cover a cultured cross section of essentials from house and disco to afro and techno. The music he serves up comes from a place of love and knowledge in equal measure – there are no cheap thrills with Hunee, just pure musical joy.
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This has been a long, long LONG time coming. Known for her legendary mixing skills, from mix CDs via Kompakt Records or the dancefloor of the Rex Club Official Fan Page in Paris, and of course the playa of Burning Man, Jennifer’s been on our radar for years.
After more than a decade spent building an enviable reputation for herself in the clubs of Paris, Jennifer Cardini has become an international concern. Her infectious charisma and versatility behind the decks has led to invitations to play at such famed nightspots as Panorama Bar Berlin, Nitsa Barcelona, and Fabric London, and with her creative platform and label Correspondant very much on the ascent, her standing as a tastemaker is as prominent as ever.