Party people looking to keep the weekend going with good tunes and cheap drinks have a new Monday night hangout. Local DJ and producer Niko Javan, who recently dropped an EP via Vice Magazine's Thump, has linked up with the Mondaze weekly at downtown dance club The Nest.
"Basically, my homie Brian said, 'Yo, I'm doing Monday nights, come spin whenever you want,'" Javan tells Crossfade. "I said, 'OK, how about every night?' I could always do that. It's fun."
So far, no two Mondazes have been the same. Sometimes, there are bands, like when local party-psych rockers Dark Rift dropped a 30-minute punk jam. Other times, there are guest DJs playing anything and everything with a good beat. The bar also just gave the green light to Ladies' Night, so now all females drink free before midnight, and there's never a cover.
"I'm a regular and LzyFace is a regular," Niko says. "Everything else is a big question mark."
That open-ended format leaves a lot of room for fun and games. For Javan, it's a chance to get out of the studio and try new tracks on a friendly crowd.
"I do cool shows but spread out every couple of weeks or couple of months. It's nice to finally have something every week where I can see growth," he says. "I have a lot of shit that I want to do that I can't do just at home. I spend more of my time making music than I do DJing. It's a whole different game, sharing with people. So that's why I go out here."
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As always, Javan's been doing a lot of work in the studio. The recent Dream Boat EP shows an impressive stylistic evolution, as Niko relies on downtempo, haunting vibes rather than turn-up trap anthems. It's still got plenty of spine, but reveals a new side of the young stunner.
"I wanted to just tune out everything else that's been going on and just do something. Just me chilling, not taking influence from anyone," he explains. "I had friends chilling in the studio while I was making it, and I was making sure their heads were nodding."
He's dropped Dream Boat cuts and unreleased tracks for Mondaze. It's a nice, intimate spot for getting down. At this point, anything and everything can happen.
"Every week, we add one more thing that's a little bit better, and somebody brings one new friend," Javan says. "We go ham out here. We're going to be experimenting."
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Mondaze. With Niko Javan and LzyFace. Every Monday. The Nest, 62 NE 14th St., Miami. No cover. Call 786-766-2411 or visit thenestmia.com.
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