I’ve been uneasy lately about some recent adventures and was hoping for an easy and restful week. However on Monday, I had a little jam session with Nate Boss from Nervous Records and he informed me that Carl Cox was doing a 6-hour-set in Brooklyn. Tickets were acquired before I could reply with an “oh shit”.
To host this world-class tech powerhouse, a relatively new venue called “Output” was chosen. Located on Wythe Avenue and North 12th street in Brooklyn, the place brings another option for the EDM crowd to occupy (probably mainly techno, tech-house and deep house acts?) and Williamsburg acquires yet another attraction to add to its arsenal.
Getting In: A bit of a pain in the ass. It’s expected though; this was none other than Carl Cox. Doors opened at 10, we were there 10:15 and the line was half a block long. By 10:30, it sort of doubled not to mention it was cold. What else is new? Security made it very clear that photos were not allowed. This dude abides so you will not see any photos from inside the venue in this article.
Scratch that; we found this on Carl’s Twitter!
Admission Process: Once you’re inside, it was simple. The ladies at the counter had no trouble finding my ticket just by presenting my ID and a copy of the ticket on my iPhone.
Inside: As soon as you walk in, the feeling is already intense. The place trembles with every kick drum. Add a bass line and the urge to dance is irresistible. In short, the bass is no joke. The speakers on the main floor are focused toward the middle and the subs emit waves through the floor, ensuring that your ass will shake. Speaking of shakes, the screws somewhere in the main floor bathrooms need to be tightened because something in there sounds like it may fall off from the intensity.
The mezzanine is slightly different. There are only a few areas the sound is focused on. It’s a lounge-dancefloor environment comparable to the upper level at Pacha NYC. Two stairways leading to the mezzanine make it easily accessible and it’s complete with a bar and more bathrooms.
As said by Output in their Resident Advisor listings, “Output is open to anyone, but is not for everyone. Output welcomes individuals who value the communal experience of music over cameras and bottle service.” A lot of people have been looking for something like this for a while.
Lounge Area: Exactly what it sounds like. Has a bar, some seating, music isn’t nearly as loud as anywhere else in the club. Good area to have in any place. For those of you wondering, there is a smoking section.
The Experience: First off, Carl Cox killed it, no doubt about that. Dropping deep house bombs in the beginning and filthy tech later in the night, can’t go wrong. The Wednesday crowd roared every time you heard “Brooklyn, how you feeling?” and the signature “Oh yes, oh yes!” Face it, the guy knows how to work a crowd. We were all begging to be worked and he saw us work (all the puns intended). In the end, screw resting, I’ll have time to rest when I’m dead. Go see Carl if you haven’t yet. It’s an unforgettable experience.
As for Output, I was impressed. The lighting is designed in a way that you have no choice but to believe that you’re at a secret rave. The place itself is designed in such a strange but pleasing way. No doubt that everything is brand new but with that decrepit feel feel to it makes it very reminiscent of the “underground” experience. The sound system is unbelievably powerful and just really hits the right spots. The people I spoke to and the people I came with all said positive things about the venue. One party-goer urged me to bring earplugs. Noted.
Overall experience: 9/10