A New Yorker by way of Sydney, Andrew Green is a DJ and editor with his pulse on the city that never sleeps. The founder of Konichiwang Magazine, Green defines a current breed of creative entrepreneurs: he's multi-talented, he breaks the rules, and his inspiration is driven by connection to his surroundings. In fact, Konichiwang's tagline is "Stories about starting out" and the publication explores the entrepreneurial stories of every-day people who have turned their ideas into reality. When he's not hitting the streets to find new magazine material, he travels to the corners and rooftops of New York to find the best in live music. Here's his story.
Originally from Sydney, Australia, I've been living in New York City since early 2011. When I was 5 years old, I saw an opportunity to make some money through the tooth fairy. I pulled out my front teeth prematurely and with the money that was left under my pillow I purchased a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle. Since then I've moved on from the tooth fairy business, but I have maintained an interest in entrepreneurship and making ideas happen.
Professionally, I just ceased working full-time at Bedrocket Media Ventures (BMV) as the Marketing Manager for their action sports brand NetworkA.com, so I could focus on my passion project, Konichwang Magazine. Before BMV I was a Marketing Manager at VICE. I've also worked freelance and for marketing agencies in Australia and Sweden.
Parallel to my marketing career I've pursued a career in DJing that has seen me play at major music festivals in Australia, and huge events to thousands of people including the World Premiere of Star Trek at The Sydney Opera House, and the launch of VICE.com.
New York City can be the best place in the world for your ears or the worst; With thousands of bars it's tough to find the best spots but easy to find cheesey joints that play music straight from the radio. I don't know the best spots for all types of music, but if you want to listen to house or you're curious about a few cool spots to see great live music then these eight spots should be on your list when you're next in NYC:
It can be a a bit hit or miss but when it's hit you realize why New York is the coolest city in the world. It's great for early 90's New York styled house music.
A top the Standard Hotel this place is no secret but they do a great job to constantly feature great house music DJs. Bonus that the sound system is one of the best in the entire city. Sundays or weeknights are your best bet.
In my opinion this is the best live music venue in the city. The venue is beautiful, the sound is crisp, the viewing unobstructed, and the capacity is large enough so famed acts will perform but small enough that you feel some intimacy.
A great warehouse-styled venue that has curates live acts who are just about to explode for example it's where Disclosure played their first ever show in New York. Neighboring venue 285 Kent is a bit more experimental but also amazing.
The Output Club
Is Brooklyn's first mega club. Admission and drink prices are steep but the incredible sound system and frequency that house music royalty play make this a must visit.
Rinsed /Mister Saturday Night / Tiki Disco
Three Brooklyn based house music parties that change venues regularly. Signup to their mailing lists so you can have the chance to party until the sun comes up.
One of the cities biggest attractions and for good reason. I've seen ballet, multiple symphonies, and even Nile Rodgers from Chic [he wrote Daft Punk's "Get Lucky"].
Cameo Gallery is a restaurant and common space, but in their small back room, you'll often find great live music or DJs on any given night.