Were you friends in Japan, or did you meet in NYC?
S: We were classmates in first grade of high school in Numazu-shi, Shizuoka, Japan. We weren’t the closest of friends, but we both liked going to cafés, reading novels, and playing soccer, so we got along well. K: We became closer when we were studying to get into universities. We both liked the same girl, and we both wanted to do something unique (Shin wanted to be a movie director, and I wanted to be a writer and musician), so we started to talk a lot about our mutual interests.
How did you two end up working together?
K: After Shin graduated from College in Japan, he traveled to Paris, then London, then Shin finally came to NYC to visit me and fell in love with the party scene here. S: At the time, Kei was coordinating events and djing, so Kei taught me how to dj and we started to dj together, but I started to enjoy socializing and taking pictures more.
Aside from you two, who else is involved with 24HPP?
K: Mainly just two of us — but supported by many great friends we met in New York! Especially Shoko Tagaya (http://www.shokolaterie.com/), who was essential for building our website and logo; her playful and happy taste helped us in forming our brand.
Shin, you photograph a lot of events in Manhattan, do people invite you hoping you will take photos, or do you just party and bring your camera?
S: I get many invites, but I often just go to whatever interesting parties I find with my camera.
Kei, I see your music posted on 24HPP a lot, are there any artists you’re currently working with?
K: I am doing few remix projects for King Street Sounds, but I am spending most of my time creating my original music.
What does the 24HPP brand currently consist of?
S: We are just doing whatever we are interested in. Kei likes making music and designing, and I likes meeting people and taking photos, so we think we complement each other well.
When you’re not working, where do you like to go in the city?
K: We are doing what we like to do, so other than djing and taking photos, we usually just go to cafes or try new restaurants in NYC. S: Oh, and we like house parties and exploring places we have never been.
What is your favorite venue to DJ?
K: We love Le Baron and Le Bain!! We have many good memories at Chloe81 too.
Are there any parties/ concerts this summer that you’re excited about?
S: We don’t have any specific ones, but we would love to enjoy the sun and maybe beach parties!
What events do you guys have coming up?
S: June 5, Keiichiro will be djing at Simonez’s “Le Tuesday” at Le Baron, June 7 we’re doing Zigzag at Le Bain, and June 8, a party with Greg Krelenstein & Sophia Lamar at a new venue called DL (former Ludlow Manor).
Ete D’Amour with Tommie Sunshine & Populette @ Le Bain
Last Sunday was the triumphant return of Été D’Amour to Le Bain at The Standard. This is Été D’Amour’s third year at Le Bain, brought to New York from Paris courtesy of the Nouveau York team. Every Sunday this summer starting at 4pm, you’ll find the pool, dance floor, and grassy rooftop of Le Bain littered with Frenchies, francophiles, and half naked people of all nationalities. Tommie Sunshine, legendary producer, songwriter, and DJ, headlined the summer kick off with Throne of Blood’s Populette, the Brooklyn based duo consisting of Max Pask and Andrew Potter. Monsieur Sunshine took over the decks around 10pm, filling Le Bain with his signature blend of disco, funk, and minimal techno. Leading the crowd on the dance floor was Daniela Morselli, Tommie’s long time girlfriend/ muse, providing some visual stimulation on par with the sexy sounds of bass and storm clouds.
I’ve seen Tommie Sunshine DJ many times over the years, and I’ve never been anything but ecstatic and enamored. Tommie Sunshine was nice enough to answer a few questions for me about his plans for the summer, and I can’t wait to see him next.
What are your plans for the summer, and are you playing any summer music festivals?
I’m headed to Holland to finish the Horsepower album with Bart B More & RipTidE. playing the Spring Awakening festival in Chicago & hunkered down in the studio writing & producing my musical output for the next 12 months. It’s time to take EDM to another level.
Are there any albums coming out that you’re anticipating the release of?
The Boys Noize one should be good (they always are) & the Azealia Banks album will be bananas.
When you’re not working, what are your favorite spots in the city for date night with the Mrs?
Frankies, Angelica Kitchen, late night dancing at Le Bain, Brandy’s Piano Bar & of course Central Park. It never matters where we are because we are so in love we could enjoy each other’s company in a gun battle. (editor’s note: that is too cute)
Are there any artists performing in the city this summer that you’re excited to see?
Who have you been listening to lately?
The new Scissor Sisters album, Fleetwood Mac & lots of old Romanthony.
Daniela was nice enough to send over the above photo and a couple videos of the party taken by Tommie’s assistant Kevin Cerrato, which can be seen here and here