Come and meet the one and only Nicky Siano, New York's legendary Disco Pioneer. Nicky will be signing copies of his newly released DVD "Love is the message" (available at Exit9) on March 27.
2 DVD set $29.95
CD soundtrack $19.95
Exit9 Gift Emporium
51 Avenue A
NY 10009 (between 3 and 4th)
March 27, 2014 6pm - 8pm
Nicky Siano was a resident DJ at Studio 54. Siano was born in Brooklyn, New York. In 1971, at the age of 16, he got his first djing gig, with the help of Robin Lord, and in 1972 he opened The Gallery in SoHo, Manhattan with his older brother Joe Siano. At the time he was considered to be the best DJ in the city and this helped the club attain its legendary status. In fact New York Magazine called it "one of the five most visually breathtaking nightspots of our time". The Gallery even took over from David Mancuso's Loft for a short period in the 1970s as the hottest underground dance party.
Love Is The Message is a film about Nicky Siano's legendary nightclub The Gallery. Featuring interviews with Siano, Frankie Knuckles and David Mancuso, all footage was shot on location in the NY warehouse between 1976-77 and has now been made into a feature documentary with a soundtrack compiled and edited by Siano. Whether DJing dressed as the Statue Of Liberty - or in nothing more than a set of headphones (at the end of the night he was known to mix with his toes) - the flamboyant Siano opened his Gallery discotheque with brother Joe in 1972 (beforeStudio 54 or the Paradise Garage) redefining clubbing with a weekly party that inspired/launched the careers of Grace Jones, DC La Rue, Larry Levan, Loleatta Holloway and others. The inclusive, LGBT-safe environment was decorated weekly, a place where all the colours of the rainbow could be seen and heard, where dressing up was all part of the experience and where soul, funk, disco, gospel, Afro to r'n'b lived and spun in harmony on Siano's turntables.
In the early '70s Nicky helped pioneer a new style of DJing, one which was to become a creative art in itself. Mixing records and sound FX on relatively primitive equipment compared to today's technology, it's no wonder Nicky became known as one of the best club DJs in New York and simultaneously scored himself a DJ residency at Studio 54. But it was The Gallery that became the hottest (and probably the most fun) party in Manhattan for a period. New York Magazine called it "one of the five most visually breathtaking nightspots of our time".
Thankfully, between 1976-77 a committed team from Tisch University's graduating class captured it all on film, including interviews at the parties, which have been edited into a feature length record of The Gallery's heydays.