A Nice Set

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Lately, it seems that everyone’s a DJ. For better or for worse, iPods, CDs, and laptops allow anyone to forgo a proper vinyl education and hop into the booth. Though, when you step back and think about it, perhaps the principles behind what makes a good DJ are always more universal than anyone realized, at least when it comes to creative sublimation. Just as DJs distill the work of many musicians into a new and larger entity, creating a separate experience for the audience, visual artists, too, are tapping into their own cultural surroundings, sampling the influences they have accumulated, integrating them into their work. Both the visual artist and the DJ can be seen as “selectors” who draw from trends and fads, the finished product being their interpretation of the art around them. With this in mind, A Nice Set was born, conceptualized by Jeremy Hollister and Jeff Staple several years ago, after the pair stumbled upon a pile of spare slip mats Staple had hanging around his office. Originally conceived as a solo show in which Hollister would exhibit his own art on slip mats at Staple’s New York Reed Space, it evolved into its current form when Hollister decided the project would be more interesting if he could invite a collection of international artists to contribute work, and Staple would then exhibit them in his New York and Tokyo Reed Space locations.

DJs

WHAT IS THE BEST/WORST/ CRAZIEST EXPERIENCE YOU HAVE EVER HAD OUT AT A CLUB ?

To make a painful story short, let’s just say it involved my best friend “eating” the butt of a creature at the bar of a really cheap, sleazy, dirty gay club, and under torture I’d swear I forgot what followed…

– Marc Atlan

Someone once spilled a bottle of amyl nitrate all over me, and a crowd gathered around me to sniff it off my clothes as I lay on the ground overcome by fumes. Best, worst, and craziest…

– Jeremyville

I saw Corey Feldman, Ron Jeremy, and Rick Fox hanging out together at a club in LA once.

– Bob Kronbauer

An intense, almost religious experience that will be hard to match by any other artist was the 2004 concert of Bonnie “Prince” Billy at the Paradiso in Amsterdam. Total surrender of artist and audience.

– Harmen Liemburg

I got pummeled by two guys while my buddies were trying to pick up the pummelers’ girlfriends inside a club by telling them that they played pro football for the Pittsburgh Steelers and that I was some sort of karate champion.

– Kenn Sakurai

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ists

IN YOUR OPINION, WHAT IS THE BEST DANCE SONG EVER WRITTEN ?

STEP ON,” HAPPY MONDAYS

– Kustaa Saksi

SINGING IN THE RAIN

– Jeff Staple

SEX MACHINE,” JAMES BROWN

If that don’t get you up off your ass I don’t know what will!

– Carlos Rodriguez

EFFIGY,” MINISTRY

– Jeff Zimmermann

"DISCO INFERNO," THE TRAMPS;

"SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER," BEE GEES;

"FUNKY DOLLAR BILL," FUNKADELIC

– Stephen Bliss

"LET THE MUSIC PLAY," SHANNON

– Stephan "Maze" Georges

"SUEÑO LATINO," REMIXED BY DERRICK MAY

– Genevieve Gauckler

RESPECT,” OTIS REDDING

– Hanna Werning and Joakim Ericson

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ues

WHAT IS YOUR SIGNATURE DANCE MOVE ?

The Electric Glide.

– David Ellis

Spin round, jump down, do a little shake.

– Jeremy Hollister

Nice n’ sexy ;)

– Maki Kawakita

The Interview… its when I “type”’ out answers to artist questions in midair for everyone to funk to.

– Asif Mian

The Fetal Position.

– Timothy Saccenti

Side flip aerial and low spin.

– Ben Loiz

I have this one move that’s a little bit of dancehall, hip hop, and traditional Uruguayan folk. Hard to imagine but it determines whether I’m happy with the music that’s being played.

– Carolina Chaves

Errmm, head down, arms in running mode, doing a sort of sidestep shuffle.

– Judy Wellfare

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