We caught up with Will Luterzo, co-founder of BP² in NYC, and got the inside scoop of his powerhouse organization.
Can you give us a brief history of the night?
BP² started in November of 2012. It was Boss Party (myself & Bobby Skillz) and Boom Platoon (Val & Felipe). There weren’t too many DnB/Jungle shows you could attend that weren’t in the same shitty venues with shitty sound systems and we wanted to change that. So we found a beautiful venue that had never hosted a DnB show before, and had a very successful night. We strive to bring the best of everything, from sound to line ups to venues.
How long has the night/crew been officially going?
2015 is our third year working together as BP².
Who are your current resident djs?
Currently our residents are Double Dragon(Golden Child & Sblendid Selections), Big Juana (BigEars & Mamajuana), Nicky Twist, Bobby Skillz, No Request, Spincycle, DJ Mash & MC T.R.A.C.
In a world engulfed by “EDM” what do you contribute the nights longevity to?
I believe that the vibes you get from our events are what really make the difference. People who attend our events see the love and energy we put into them. We never skimp on sound and we always have fun little extras during our events that make people feel like they are a part of it. Even when there are hundreds of people in attendance, it always feels like everyone knows each other. It has a real family feel to it.
What are your Top 5 Favorite memories or milestones?
Top 5 in no particular order:
When we booked AK1200 & Gridlok to play our second show. Originally they were going to play separate sets but ended up battling for 3 hours. Gridlok got on the mic and asked, “Who said NYC DnB is dead?”
When Bryan Gee ended up playing for 3 hours because no one wanted to stop dancing. We went until almost 6am at the Paper Box in Brooklyn. They turned the lights on at 4 and then shut them back off because everyone was still there dancing and even the venue’s staff was having a great time.
Booking the legend, Top Cat. The event was called Push Up Ya Lighters, and while it wasn’t our biggest crowd, the vibes in that place were unmatched by anything I have ever attended. We gave out 200 lighters and all of them were in the air during Top Cat’s performance.
Skateboarding in Webster Hall with Rene LaVice before the Ram Records showcase. He was doing acid drops off the bass bins. Then him and Andy destroyed Webster Hall.
Double Dragon’s closing set at one of our annual boat parties. Sailing past the lit up NYC skyline during their set with a few hundred people having the time of their lives. Someone even lost a finger that night. That is what makes the best memories for us; seeing the people attending smiling, enjoying themselves. Having people thank you for the time of their lives and for giving them a place to feel accepted.
If you could pick any 3 djs past, present, or future for a dream line up who would they be?
This is a tough one. I’ll go with DJ’s we haven’t booked before. Mostly because it’s difficult to get these artists to the states today, I would have to say Dillinja, Shy FX and Nicky Blackmarket.
Any advice for new promoters?
Don’t do it to make money, do it because you love it. Don’t be afraid to lose money. Book amazing artists, book amazing sound systems and don’t try to trick people into coming to your events. Put your heart into it. People see those things and will continue to support you if you are REAL.
Mike is the Editor-In-Chief and co-founder of the DNB Vault who, notably, was a long time writer for the now defunct KMAG while covering music and events from Warp Tour, NOFX, Dirtyphonics and Benny Page.