Tag: Seth Silberman

Editor-in-Chief's Round Table: The Power List

Out Magazine recently named their Power List, the 50 most influential people in the LGBT community.

The magazine poses the question: “How to measure a person’s power? In a world in which we have inexpensive tools to reach billions, it may seem that the globe truly is flat, and we’re all on an even playing field. But a few exemplary individuals manage to influence the way others live — either through their public personas, politics, or wealth — and affect cultural and social attitudes.”

So it got me to thinking, what does make one influential? What qualities does a person have to possess in order to make a list? And what about this particular list?

As always, Charles Winters and Demanda Dahling are here. Also joining me: GaySocialites.com‘s resident dapper Kevin Novinski; Associate editor Christopher Dellea; and NYC DJ, artist, writer and fantastical creature Seth Silberman.

So, right this way…

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"Nightlife is what you make of it" is central theme to The State of Gay Nightlife

We hope you’ve enjoyed reading our State of Gay Nightlife series over the past week.  We’d like to thank everyone who contributed throughout the week; it was interesting to read your responses and get your feedback.  It seems the central theme to most of the responses is that New York is constantly changing and though nightlife is different than it was, is really is what we make of it.  At the same time, nightlife is an industry like everything else, and at least it still exists in whatever form it may be. There are people willing to put the time, effort and money into it and we all have the opportunity to go either along force the ride or sit this one out. We can chose to go out and participate or stay in and entertain ourselves in other ways.  Whatever your choice, be safe and have fun.

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The State of Gay Nightlife: Response from PhDJ, Seth Clark Silberman

For me, New York City at night remains electric; I just wish our bars and nightclubs had better batteries. Their lack of juice stems from the WKTU-worthy soundtrack that echoes past whatever drunken state I may be in depending upon where I’m headed for the night with Demanda Dahling and the crew. Vodka handles the job that the music so often abdicates. I used to be intoxicated by a hot song I had never heard before or a clever remix of one I knew that complemented the DJ’s taste in late-night thump.

The fault for our musical homogenization lies not with any individual or group or even with any particular kind of nightlife worker. Still, I am going to rank on managers a bit. As a DJ who has worked across the city in a variety of New York City venues these past five years, I can attest that more than one manager whom no one would call a music fan has given me specific notes to play “pop” or “Top 40,” as if those words meant one thing — particularly the one definition of those terms that presides in their heads.

They rarely even know what they’re asking for, anyway. For example, I have worked for more than one manager who compliments my music then asks when I am going to “play some pop.” Typically, this question comes after a set with a liberal sprinkling of expected tracks by the usual suspects like Lady Gaga and Britney Spears. (I understand that part of my job is to inspire the crowd to stick around and buy more drinks. I watch the crowd carefully and make sure that I play more of the kind of music they respond to. Plus, I find nothing wrong with good pop music).

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