This week knotmove.com attended a special intimate listening experience featuring legendary rock producer Tony Visconti hosted by McIntosh and John Varvatos at Soho House in NYC. McIntosh Laboratory, global leader in prestige quality audio for over 60 years, joined forces with award-winning designer John Varvatos to host a special “Curation of Music” event. Visconti has been called one of the most important producers in the history of rock by some of the most influentialmusic critics. He has produced hits with artists such as David Bowie, The Moody Blues, T.Rex and Thin Lizzy, and most recently with Morrissey, Kaiser Chiefs and AngéliqueKidjo for her groundbreaking Grammy winning album, “Djin Djin.” He was recently honored with the coveted Joe Meek Award for Innovation in Production at the 2011 Music Producers Guild Awards in London. During the event, Visconti played many of the top 10 hits he has produced over the years, while sharing stories that relate to the music and the sounds of the times in 1970’s London. The majority of the music was played on vinyl through a McIntosh SOHO System, allowing listeners to experience the full emotional impact of music heard through a McIntosh fine audio system.
“It’s our business to make sure that the next generation appreciates how sound reproduction really brings music to life, the way the artist intended it to be heard, so as much as we talk digital and yes that’s not going away there is also a time when you’re at home to detox and share music with people you love, your family and your friends in a way in which it can really express the true emotion of the music,” McIntosh’s Vice President for Sales and Marketing Linda Passaro told knotmove.com at the event.
McIntosh and John Varvatos began their partnership last year, when the company began offering select McIntosh audio products in renowned John Varvatos boutiques in New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco. The brands came together because of a shared passion for music and fine audio reproduction. John Varvatos grew up in Detroit – the music melting pot of America – where Motown, rock & roll, blues, jazz, and punk melded together in unforgettable period of music history. At an early age John was exposed to defining musicians including The Who, Led Zeppelin, Detroit’s own MC5, Alice Cooper, Bob Seger, and The Stooges. The creative spirit, electricity and edginess intrinsic in the personal style of these rock ‘n’ roll icons inspired John at an early age, and influenced the evolution of his eclectic sensibility. “Music is a driving force in my life. It gives me energy, excitement, stimulus, and inspiration,” states Mr. Varvatos. The Soho House events underscore McIntosh’s long history and reputation among many of the world’s most renowned musical artists and producers.
McIntosh, John Varvatos and hosted a similar event at the Soho House West Hollywood, recently with Jane’s Addition. Band members Perry Farrell, Dave Navarro, Stephen Perkins, and Chris Chaney were on hand for a sneak preview of their highly anticipated new album, “The Great Escape Artist,” scheduled for release October 18. Guests enjoyed classic Jane’s Addiction tracks on vinyl, played through a McIntosh SOHO System, allowing listeners to experience the emotional impact made of music heard through a McIntosh fine audio system.
In September, we were also invited to check out John Varvatos’ Fashion’s Night Out Bash! Rock ‘n’ Roll designer John Varvatos kicked off NY Fall Fashion Week, on Fashion’s Night Out, with a very special concert at his 315 Bowery store featuring the stars of his Fall 2011 ad campaign, and four time GRAMMY award winning artists The Roots. Special Guest Gary Clark Jr. opened the show. This was an Invitation-Only concert made everyone in attendance feel like rock royalty. The New York Fashion Week crowd, which was as fresh and diverse as the music, packed in to the dimly lit former CBGB’s space for Belvedere cocktails and Heinekens mingled with the variety of musicians and fashion industry VIPs. John Varvatos gave a special introduction of Gary Clark Jr. and his band as the opening show. The music was fluid and amorphous, filling the air with a sexy energy that only live guitars and high-fashion parties can spawn. The Roots played a nice blend of their hip hop music while also playing tribute and covering amazing rock bands such as Led Zepplin and Guns ‘n’ Roses …it was a rock fan’s dream come true. John Varvatos commented on evening’s performances saying, “Incredible. It’s something about the Roots being true musicians—they filled the room with pulsing energy, the likes of which we have never had. This was historic.”
The notable guests that came out to celebrate John Varvatos’ Fall 2011 Fashion Week event included: Alberta Cross, Aleksa Palladino, Chace Crawford, Amare Stoudemire, Chord Overstreet, Emma Roberts, Hayden Panettiere, Miss Jay, Heidi Klum, Dahani Jones, Kyle Howard, Emma Stone, Kyle MacLachlan, Kyle Howard, Cindy Barshop, Handsome Dick Manitoba, Kelly Bensimone, Corinne Bailey Rae, George Kotsiopoulos, Gina Gershon, Henrik Lundqvist, Hugo Becker, Hunter Parrish, Ian Harding, Jamie Scott, Jarrod Pharoah, Kaylee Defer, Matthew Settle, Melanie Fiona, Miguel, Prince Amukamara, Nelsin Ellis, Mike D, Suitz Beatz, Rose McGowan, Sean Avery, Seabastian Stan, Tika Sumpter, Tomas Jane—as well as Music Industry VIPs, Fashion Industry VIPs, and Spirit Industry VIPs.
George Kotsiopoulos, stated, ”I am not wearing John Varvatos tonight, but among all the Fashion’s Night Out invites for tonight I heard this was the best party to go to…it was the last stop!”
Rangers player, Henrik Lundqvist claimed, “One of the benefits of living in NYC is that we can connect with designers like John Varvatos, how have original “Roots” with the city.”
Amir “Quest Love” from the Roots said, “We’ve worked with John Varvatos before and we are very happy to be here jammin’ with him again.”