SILO Announces Brooklyn’s Newest Hotspot
Beloved NYC promoter duo Alex Neuhausen and Lilly Wolfson have been involved in creating authentic, unforgettable experiences with their ‘Secret Loft’ series, an underground party that began in a refurbished Brooklyn auto garage, lauded by publications such as The New York Times and Timeout. Now they’re embarking on a new journey, pouring three years of planning, fundraising and hard work into SILO: an immersive, carbon neutral, multi-genre music and event space. Opening on February 10th, 2023, SILO has teased an exciting lineup of DJs, including the mesmerizing sounds of Josh Wink, the grooves of acid techno artist Hiroko Yamamura, and a special all-nighter with house music purveyor EliEscobar. No detail has been spared in the creation of SILO, with the founders giving the utmost care to the caliber of the artists, the physical design of the space, and sound quality. The club strives to promote gender equality and features community programming to make SILO a welcoming addition to its neighborhood. There are even novel food and drink offerings.
he Music: Fully outfitted to deliver the ultimate multisensory experience, SILO will host DJs and producers who represent the full spectrum of dance music and the cultures and communities that have grown up around them. There is no guiding genre or standard BPM, rather an energy that will permeate the dance floor and an ethos that lends itself to the open-minded exploration of sound. The history of house and techno play a vital role in the acts they book. Lilly shares that “if you know your history, you know that dance music is queer, that it was invented by marginalized people seeking community, and that it’s inspired by and calls for a free and equal society.” Alex adds, “If we have a direction in our booking, you could actually call us traditionalists. We’re looking to elevate the same underground communities and artists who have always broken new ground in dance music.” Accordingly, Alex reveals that SILO will host ‘vinyl only’ nights where patrons can take time to appreciate classic long-play records. “We want to be a home for a scene. We want to be the spot that 20 years from now, people say ‘I was there and saw so and so spin their first set in the front room of SILO.”Art & Design: While she has a background in software engineering and graphic design, SILO was Lilly’s first interior design project. “I wanted the space to have an elevated, polished look while still keeping the industrial aura. It’s very structured and clean, but I don’t want it to feel like a club. I want people to forget where they are. I intentionally left the graffiti on the exterior to keep it nondescript. I want people walking by to think, what is this place?!” Lilly’s love of natural materials was infused in the design as well, with a front bar molded from three giant concrete blocks polished to a smooth finish and the showroom bar cut from a slab of semi-translucent Patagonia quartzite. Though a music venue at its core, SILO is not just a club – it’s a dream in a tunnel, a place for people to experience a temporary suspension of reality. It’s engineered to draw your eye upward, with a ceiling that feels more like sky than an interior nightclub wall. Wolfson and Neuhausen envisioned a space that would invite patrons to exit the outside world and journey into their daydreams; a space that could be made to emulate a snowy winter or a desert, where the environment could be anything imaginable. Lilly shares, “We hired our friend and visual artist Yoshi to create a huge floor-to-ceiling wall mural. It took him months, he drew it by hand, then printed in high-res, then wheat-pasted the whole thing to our wall and shellacked it with gloss. Yoshi has interesting ideas, he has conviction and takes risks. I hope that people who come here sense that they’re in a place where creative risk-taking is possible.”