Native New Yorker Douglas Sherman is passionate about music and vinyl. Growing up in the Washington Heights area of Manhattan, some of his earliest musical memories are of his father constructing vacuum tube amplifiers as a hobby. His parents were folk singers who composed and performed their own music and often practiced at home. His father also had a diverse record collection and exposed Douglas to various musical genres, such as classical, jazz and rock, that laid the foundation for his passion for sound. It was a natural progression for Douglas to gravitate to DJ’ing during his teen years, to share his aesthetic musical tastes with others at house parties and special events around the city.
In 1979, while studying graphic design at the School of Visual Arts, Douglas was invited to 99 Prince Street, the home of David Mancuso’s seminal Loft party. This experience profoundly changed his view of how music can unite people as participants in an emotional celebration of dance and love. He became a regular at The Loft parties and his interest became noticed by David when he showed up early and offered to lend a hand with set up. Douglas listened and learned Mancuso’s concepts and principles around social progress, music, audio and the ephemeral life of a party. His relationship with David and the Loft has lasted over 35 years and he continues to be an integral part in keeping the Loft legacy and its core principles alive.
As a musical host, Douglas avoids playing from a set playlist in favor of constructing an aural tapestry that is emotional and transformative while always watching for the heart of the dancer to respond from the dance floor, to create a spontaneous and shared experience. He has gained a deep respect and appreciation for music and the importance of sound, to hear and experience records in the way that the artist intended without any manipulation.
In that spirit, Douglas has created a vinyl music event series titled “Adventures In Flight” that serves in part as a conduit for the collective vibration of music to reach the listener’s ear and inspire the dancer’s heart, creating an atmosphere where every record stands on its own and the music plays us. Join us for his next launch as he sets the controls for the heart of the sun, Thursday April 26th at Nowadays.
8p – 2a / free