The brainchild of seasoned New York DJs MeLo-X and Jasmine Solano, Electric Punanny has built a reputation as one of the top monthly club nights in New York City.
“Roxy Cottontail asked us if we wanted to do the party at Sway and we said yes and that's where everything really blew up,” Jasmine says.
“Within three months the cops came to shut down Spring Street because we had 300 people trying to get in. As the years went on things just continued to be insane just because of the formula we have for the music, the vibe and me and MeLo when we combine our skills.”
They're not definable by any genre and are well-known for drawing an extremely diverse crowd to their monthly parties.
“We kind of exist where the music clashes. We like to go where all the blurred lines are between music genres and that attracts a lot of different people. Whether it's Jamaican people that live in Flatbush or hipsters that live in Williamsburg, we kind of exist on this beautiful blurred line.”
Taking club nights back to their gritty roots, this is not a high class affair. Notorious for being a sweatfest of daggering, grinding and down low partying, they never want a single person standing still.
“Literally every time we have a party we're always walking out drenched. Your clothes are drenched, your hair is drenched and I guess that's a good sign and it's been happening for about five-and-a-half years now. It was the aim and it's still the goal every time.”
Perhaps what makes this collaborative effort so intriguing is the fact they freestyle on stage, rather than playing to a set list.
“It's normally always freestyle, we can prepare as much as we want and we always have the newest dancehall or just the newest bangers across the board, but once we get there it's just all about the people. We feed off of what they know and what they react to because the whole point is to get everyone to move as much as possible and just let go you know.”
With their monthly soundsystems a staple of the NYC scene, Jasmine believes good ole fashioned block parties are on the rise.
“I feel like it's always been there, whether it's a warehouse rave or a basement party. I think the new thing we've seen in the past ten years is the art of the festival whereas parties, these dance parties that were once really underground have now come above ground and are a major money making business in the industry.”
About to embark on a world tour, Electric Punanny show no signs of slowing down anytime soon.
“We're going to go on this world tour, that's what's next. We leave in four days and we are going to Paris, Sweden, London, Germany, Australia and Tokyo, so it's four weeks and it's ten different cities.”
Travelling to Australia for the first time together, what seems to be the most alluring thing for the DJ is the unfamiliar territory she will be travelling to.
“MeLo has been before and he has a nice fanbase there and we have a couple of fans that will hit us up on Twitter and be like 'come to Perth'. So I know that we have people that know about us out there which is really cool. For me personally, I don't know what it's like there and I think that's what's so exciting.”
Set to to play Island Vibe Festival in late October, they’re confident their music will translate sublimely from a nightclub atmosphere to a beachside environment.
“The point of what we do is high energy. We'll combine one really fast track with a really fast EDM track and that's where we kind of attract a lot of different people. They don't even know what they're listening to but it's so good. It's high energy and we're combining all these different cultures right in front of your ears and it always produces a great effect.”
Electric Punanny play Island Vibe Festival, North Stradbroke Island, October 25-27. islandvibe.com.au