September 21 2011: MY COUSIN ROY | New York City (Wurst)

My Cousin Roy is that cool, distant relation from New York you’re always looking forward to seeing. Roy’s the life of the party, endlessly entertaining with seemingly boundless energy. Certainly not bad traits for any of the roles the man assumes, from the Wurst label boss to globe-trotting DJ to one-half of production outfit Beg to Differ.

Roy Dank to his parents, and now everyone’s “cousin”, he first made a name for himself in the early 2000s as part of the drum & bass act Mathematics. Following releases on Hospital and Renegade, gigs at famed New York clubs Twilo and Centrofly, as well as the genre’s global ground zero, Movement in London, Roy eventually grew tired of the limitations of d&b in favor of playing the records he had been collecting for years. In 2003, he partnered with disco hero Brennan Green for the Pop Your Funk monthly at APT, sharing the decks with the best of them, including a now-legendary closing night boasting Lindstrøm & Prins Thomas’ US debut in 2005. However, it was Roy’s foray into the edits world the following year which put the man on the global disco map.

Wurst Edits was originally conceived of as an outlet for Roy’s own edits of yesteryear’s clandestine disco, and much to his surprise, quickly found favor with a broad spectrum of discerning DJs, from techno legend Carl Craig to DFA’s Tim Sweeney. However, he couldn’t resist expanding the label’s ranks upon discovering Runaway’s initial edits, which found their way onto The Glimmers’ Eskimo V mix and Lindstrøm & Prins Thomas’ Essential Mix in 2007. But edits only seemed to be the beginning of the Wurst story.

2009 saw the re-launch of the label as The Wurst Music Co, with the focus shifting to original productions, and artist development. At the same time, Roy linked with longtime friend Nick Chacona to form Beg to Differ, which to date, has yielded remix work for Thisisnotanexit, and Moodmusic, Under the Shade, and Warp. Roy’s collaborative and solo remixes, edits and his label’s stellar output have lit up dancefloors the world over, with support from such dance music luminaries as Harvey, 2Many DJs, and Carl Craig, not to mention media coverage in The New York Times, Pitchfork, and Resident Advisor.

2011 has already proven to be a big year for My Cousin Roy, having toured nonstop with gigs at the best clubs in Europe, Australia and all over the US, a slew of coveted podcasts, and playing any chance he gets when back home in New York. And there seems to be no letting up, what with plenty more Beg to Differ remixes and original productions to come, and of course, the growing profile of his Wurst label. The Wurst has yet to come, indeed…

To The Brooklyn Shakedown:

· Address: 81 South 6th Street Williamsburg Brooklyn (look for the blue light)
· Subway: J, M, Z at Marcy Ave / L to Bedford
· Date/Time: Wednesday September 21st 2011, 10pm-4am
· Price: Free
· Phone: 347-875-SPIN
· Web:


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