Indie 5000

October 24, 2008

Indie 5000 was a legendary, weekly, hip-hop party founded in 1997 by myself, Sean Richey of Vinyl Dogs Records, DJ Max Glazer, Stephen “ESPO” Powers, and “On The Go” Ari Forman.

The party lasted for about three years and was named “Best Party In New York” by New York Magazine (I think that was in ’98 or ’99). Indie 5000 started at a small bar called Velvet (on Avenue A) but went on to be held at Nowbar, Joe’s Pub, 205 Club, and, finally, Spa.

The basic gist of the party was that at a time in hip-hop where everyone was questioning everyone’s “realness”, we wanted to have a party where you could hear Jay-Z and J-Live in the same mix. Our intent was to turn the backpacker kids on to having some fun while showing the usual party people that there were, in fact, a few other records out that weren’t recorded by Puffy. This formula turned out to be wildly successful and, each week, the party attracted a super-eclectic mix of music nerds, skaters, models, celebrities, recording artists, dirtbags, and everyone in between. In the process, we managed to turn some hood cats onto some lesser known artists, while teaching the backpacker kids not to be afraid of socializing (and dancing!) with actual, living females.

On a weekly basis, me, DJ Sean One , or DJ Force would warm up the crowd until it was time for the then-up-and-coming Max Glazer to come on and proceed to rip shit, dipshit.

Besides our in-house team, each week we would feature guest djs who included everybody from talented, unheard of, bedroom djs to some of the world’s most celebrated and legendary turntablists.

Eventually, Levi’s sponsored our party (Thanks Joe Townsend and Sheri Timmons!) and they even sponsored a number of Indie 5000 tours. Besides the Indie 5000 tours, they hired the Indie 5000 crew to book djs to play the pre-show action for a 35 city tour headlined by Sugar Ray and The Goo Goo Dolls. WTF!!!

Anyway, we are awesome and we had mad fun.

 

Big Up To All The DJs And Artists Who Played At Indie 5000

(Please let me know if I’m forgetting anyone)

A.Vee

Big Daddy Kane

Bobby Riviera

Camilo

Chairman Mao

Chubb Rock

Cipha Sounds

Citizen Kane

Defari

Diamond D

Dilated Peoples

Dummy

Eclipse

EV

Force

Grand Wizard Theodore

Grandmaster Flash

Horror City

Johnny Walker Red

K.O.

Kid Capri

Kool DJ Red Alert

Loot Pack

Lord Finesse

Lord Sear

Maceo of De La Soul

Madsol Desar

Masta Ace

Minista

Missin Linx

Mister Cee

Mr. Len

Nex Millen

Non Phixion

Peanutbutter Wolf

Percee P

PF Cuttin

Premier

Prince B (PM Dawn)

Prince Paul

RobSki

Sadat X

Scrappy

Sean Richey AKA DJ Sean One

Set Free

Soul

Special Ed

Spin One

Spinbad

Spinna

Stetsasonic

The Juggaknots

Toshi

Truth Enola

Xzibit

Yooter

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9 Responses to “Indie 5000”


  1. for leaving Soul off of the list.


  2. for leaving Soul off of the list.

  3. Matt Goias Says:

    Yo, no lie, swear to God, you were the first name I put but I fucked up somehow during editing when I went to alphabetize. But on the really really real though Mister O’Mally…why the fuck you biting with the sneaker shit??? That’s fow-ull. You know I own sneakersaregay.com, you even wrote about it on your blog. There’s a sign at the door…

  4. Matt Goias Says:

    Yo, no lie, swear to God, you were the first name I put but I fucked up somehow during editing when I went to alphabetize. But on the really really real though Mister O’Mally…why the fuck you biting with the sneaker shit??? That’s fow-ull. You know I own sneakersaregay.com, you even wrote about it on your blog. There’s a sign at the door…

  5. DJ Force Says:

    thanks 4 da trip down memory lane. good people, good times…

  6. DJ Force Says:

    thanks 4 da trip down memory lane. good people, good times…

  7. Matt Goias Says:

    Hey… What up Vijay!

  8. Matt Goias Says:

    Hey… What up Vijay!


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