New York’s finest
The Glass’s Dominique Keegan knows his Gotham City nightlife.
By Joshua P. Ferguson
Originally published in Time Out Chicago Magazine | 03.18.10
What did the Irish history major say to the Irish theology major while sitting at a bar in Manhattan’s Lower East Side? That may sound like the setup to a bad joke, but it also describes how Dominique Keegan and Glen Brady started working together as indie-leaning house duo the Glass. Friends since their college days in Dublin, the duo reunited one month before September 11, when Brady moved to New York City.
Keegan, 37, has been a staple of New York’s nightlife scene since he left the Emerald Isle in ’95. Along with fellow Dubliner Marcus Lambkin, who now records as Shit Robot for DFA, Keegan cofounded the Plant Music label and Plant Bar—the same bar that gave birth to the Glass, performing live at Berlin’s Stardust party Thursday 18.
“Marcus and I had been doing parties for a long time, and we’d walk out with decent money,” Keegan says, his Irish accent a mere hint after his years in the States. “But we still had to deal with bullshit from club owners.” His apartment building back in 1999 had a struggling bar on the first floor, so he got the okay from the landlord to add a sound system—designed by LCD Soundsystem’s James Murphy—and start throwing parties. “It was ridiculously big for the space. There were nurses from Eastern Europe who lived upstairs. Every time the bass punched, the glass in their kitchen would go ‘kshk, kshk,’?” Keegan says, mimicking clinking glassware.
Due to Rudy Giuliani’s reinforcement of the city’s cabaret laws, Plant Bar was shuttered for a dancing violation in 2004. “As New York got squeakier and cleaner, they would use it as a tool to shut down places that they didn’t like,” Keegan says. But the closing inspired Keegan to focus on the label and start the Glass.
(Rest of article and a recent mix from the Glass's Dominique Keegan after the jump.)