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How DJ Jesse Marco Moves Through New York’s Music Scene

by the Editors September 28, 2018

Keeping up with native New Yorker Jesse Marco takes hustle.

The in-demand DJ, producer and turntablist cuts tracks at his NoHo recording studio by day, and performs deep into the night at clubs throughout the city. And Marco is one of many colorful and passionate professionals who journey through their workdays (and nights) on two wheels.

Recently, Marco hopped on a Citi Bike® bicycle to take Life and Money by Citi on a tour of his spots for rare records, cutting-edge dance parties and even vegan tacos.

The first stop: Marco’s label, Off Record. It’s one of the 134 recording studios that call New York City home, and the place where all his influences come together. Here’s where Marco heads next for inspiration:

Turntable Lab

84 East 10th Street / East Village

New York City ranks seventh worldwide in number of record shops with 47 around the city (Tokyo takes the top spot). And for aspiring and seasoned DJs alike, this is a one-stop shop for all your record spinning needs. This East Village gem carries equipment, gear and an eclectic section of vinyl, from harder-to-find labels.

“In an era where record stores are pretty much extinct, this place is a really rare find, full of essential old vinyl and new releases,” Marco says of Turntable Lab. “It’s a really good barometer of what the DJs are listening to and playing.”

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This place is a really rare find, full of essential old vinyl and new releases.
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Fool’s Gold

147 Grand Street / Williamsburg

In a city that houses five of the world’s top 10 independent music labels, New York is an established epicenter for emerging music. Contributing to the rich soundscape is Fool’s Gold in Williamsburg; the storefront space reads as a cutting-edge boutique, with a highly curated selection of magazines, clothing and accessories — but it’s also an ambitious, star-launching record label.

“Fool’s Gold…has been leading the way in experimental hip-hop and electronic music for over 10 years,” Marco says. “If you love the hip-hop scene, it’s a great space to hang out and listen to experimental tracks — you might even catch me spinning there.” 

Black Flamingo

168 Borinquen Place / Williamsburg

Prefer your music paired with tropical-inspired cocktails and Latin dishes with a vegetarian twist? Then become a regular at the Black Flamingo. “It’s one of New York’s most established house, disco, underground dance music clubs. You gotta head downstairs for the party, and definitely don’t miss out on the vegan tacos,” says Marco.
 

Up&Down

244 West 14th Street / Chelsea

Step beyond the velvet rope to listen to Jesse spin during one of his Living Room Sessions at the Up&Down Club in Manhattan. “Living Room Sessions is a series I started a couple of years ago. The performance is like an extension of my studio and a platform to showcase whatever’s happening next in music,” Marco says. “Connecting with different audiences and feeding off their energy — it really inspires me in how I play and where I go with my music.”

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You gotta head downstairs for the party, and definitely don’t miss out on the vegan tacos.
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