Taimur Agha -Blk|market Membership / Cheap Sunglasses – New York
One of NYC's most active house/techno DJs and promoters, Taimur is a major force shaping the scene. His deep DJ sets are a late night staple in NYC's underground. With partner Fahad, he has helmed the Blk|market Membership parties for over two years, producing over 50 events that have hosted some of techno's biggest names and brightest up-and-comers at locales like Cielo, bar 13 and L.O.V.E.Some of his past main acts at the Blk|Market Membership nights (2006-present) that he has open or closed for in NYC are (in no order of appearance): Someone Else, Ark live + Mossa live, Butane, Bill Patrick, Dennis Rodgers, Quenum, Three, Adultnapper, Todd Sines, Mikael Stavostrand live, Lusine live, Losoul live, Jamie Jones, Matt Tolfrey, Glacier live, Kooky Scientist live, MyMy live, Terry Francis, Agnes live, Touane live, Aril Brikha live, Dan Curtin, Ryan Elliott, Craig Richards, Argenis Brito live, Pier Bucci live, Reverse Commuter live, Derek Plaslaiko, Dachshund live, Cassy, Vincenzo, Markus Fix, Jay Haze live, Johnny D live, Giles Smith, James Priestley, just to name a few. Some of their upcoming lineups include Markus Fix, Pig+Dan live, Jay Haze live, Glimpse, Johnny D live, and Robert Hood, Deepchord presents Echospace live, Craig Richards vs. Ivan Smagghe, Sammy Dee, Sascha Dive, and Portable Live amongst others.
The artists that are hand picked are ones that influence the sound that they push as dj's. Taimur also has created a side project in which he collaborates with Larry Ursini of Udder Maddness of Denver, now NYC transplant, and Memo of Bar13 entitled the Cheap Sunglasses parties, which have become instant impact events at major techno nodes such as the Winter Music Conference 08 , DEMF 08 in Detroit, Seattle's Decibel Festival 08, Minitek 08 Official Closing Party and San Francisco's legendary 'End Up' club for its 35th year anniversary weekend. These parties are now some of the most talked about in the US now . The idea behind these events are simple. To have a theme, an ALL-STAR lineup up, a booming sound system, crazy giveaways and just an all round good vibe with no bullshit. Some of the main acts have been Martin Landsky, Magda, Italoboyz, Glacier Live, Konrad Black, Three, Matt Tolfrey, Jamie Jones, Mikeal Stavostrand, Matthias Tanzmann, Baby Ford, Dixon and Ame. Be on the look also for Taimur's label 'Cheap Sunglasses' coming very soon.
Taimur also works at Halcyon record shop as the main buyer for the house and techno genres its really no wonder he is ahead of the pack when it comes to new music.
How did you create all of this?
BLK Market came about in summer 06 after I was introduced properly to my partner Fahad by our friend Taj. I came up with the name and both of us were into exactly the same music. We decided to give it a shot and see what happens and to be honest its come a very long way which I am proud of. We have brought in some of the biggest names in the industry to come play at our party. I have maintained friendships with almost all of artists that we bring and keep it in the family. All these guys are people who influence us as DJ's and what we play. We have definitely developed our party into where the ROBOTS left us the torch to carry on the best Techno party in NYC.
For Cheap Sunglasses, it came about just last winter music conference. Memo that is the general manager of bar13 and Crazy Larry who was running the Uddermadness nights in Denver (funny enough it started the same month and year as blkmarket and had a similar roster in talent) and I all decided that we should do the ultimate bash (I have known them both for a few years previously to this). A bash that would be our first party that we had all thrown together outside of NYC or Denver and something that would be to remember. With a crazy concept, crazy give ways, an all star lineup, outdoors and indoors, and an extended 14 hour party, I have to say that it was the talk of last conference by many. This year we are hitting WMC (Cheap Sunglasses 1 year anniversary), DEMF, Mutek and Sonar.
My all time favorites are Tyrant (Craig Richards + Lee Burridge). I know both Craig and Lee, I see Craig as a mentor since he has opened my ears to such good music which I would never even think of. Its a great feeling to be working continuously with someone whom you have been a fan of musically. Lee also is one of the best DJs for me as well.
What you are most looking fwd to about WMC?
Being back in the sun. Its been frigid in NYC and I'm looking forward to being with friends in Miami (minus all the riffraff at each conference). Its our Cheap Sunglasses 1 year Anniversary Party @ WMC on Friday 27 for 14 hours and on Friday night were doing a Blk|market Membership + Resident Advisor Party presents Secretsundaze. Im also doing my first live PA at our pirate boat party on Saturday. I'm looking forward to SSFD and Circo Loco.
What inspires you?
The artists that play at my parties. Also working at the best record shop in NYC (www.halcyonline.com) is an amazing experience. Everyday I find something new in there. I constantly listen to new music being in between my events and the record shop keeps me ahead of all new and old.