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Matthew A. Eller: I’m right here right this moment with the one and solely Dan The Automator Nakamura and Phil Reese from Good Luck Dry Cleaners, and we’re going to discuss artwork. So Dan, are you able to inform all people briefly who you’re, and what you do? 

Dan The Automator: They name me Dan The Automator. Historically, I’m a report producer.  I’ve achieved a bunch of information together with Dr. Octagon, Deltron 3030, Good-looking Boy Modeling College, Gorillaz… I’ve acquired a brand new single popping out in January with the Black Keys…

Matthew A. Eller: And you’ve got an attractive hybrid residence & artwork gallery right here in Alphabet Metropolis, NYC. Is there an official title for the spot?

Dan The Automator: No official title. It’s my home right here the place the brand new Good Luck Dry Cleaners is now positioned. Some time again I made a decision that I needed to have a spot in NYC as a result of I spend an excessive amount of time working right here once I’m not in California.

Matthew A. Eller: Plus, if individuals don’t know, you aren’t only a report producer.  You’re additionally a label proprietor who has labored with tons of road artists and designers over the previous couple many years.  For example I consider you used Pushead for The Dr. Octagon home releases?  Who else have you ever labored with?

Dan The Automator: Sure!  Pushead did Dr. Octagon. I’ve labored with Dave Choe… There’s so many covers by so many alternative individuals. The second Deltron cowl was achieved by Alex Pardee.  The primary one was achieved by a graphics man named Colin Miller, who was a part of that clique really.  Oh yeah, in fact, for Gorillaz we had Jamie Hewlett.

Matthew A. Eller: Thats a pleasant temporary background so individuals perceive that you’ve got a pedigree on this area. It’s not such as you’re simply opening a gallery for the hell of it. For the final 25 years or so that you’ve been working with, and collaborating with these artists. 

Dan The Automator: Precisely, I consider in artwork.  I come from the music aspect.  However I consider in artwork, interval! I may not have the talent set to color, however it’s not any completely different from a psychological place skilled by a film director, or a painter, or a musician, and even an actor, or a chef! However I ought to preface this by saying there’s variations of those that are really artists, and there’s variations of those that are good at it and do work, however I are inclined to gravitate extra in the direction of the people who find themselves really artists, whether or not or not they’re the most effective artists on the earth, they’ve that mentality.

Matthew A. Eller: Along with your background in road artwork and design its no surprise you ended up working with this man Phil Reese of Good Luck Dry Cleaners.  Phil, rapidly inform us about your self and what you do aside from dry cleansing?

Phil Reese: I do some little bit of every little thing. Principally it’s the end result of how I grew up within the 90s of New York Metropolis’s underground scene.  Once I say underground, I imply the pre social media days of going out with mates who had been artists, musicians, bartenders, the true type of New York nightlife the place you’d exit to an after hours place after they’d get off work at 4 o’clock within the morning and also you’d stroll into an Italian restaurant that was internet hosting an entire bunch of attention-grabbing individuals.  You needed to be within the know and it all the time struck me from a hospitality standpoint. Folks had been very taken care of as a result of there was a real appreciation for what they added to the room from a cultural and clearly from a private standpoint. It made the distinctive expertise what it was and that’s what I all the time goal for.

I’m the son of a self-taught artist/inside designer and I grew up round a number of artwork, in addition to taking part in in a punk band years in the past in New York Metropolis, and simply from being a child who grew up on punk rock, and hip hop, and eager to carry again the issues that I loved and cherished, and most significantly celebrating the proficient individuals who I take pleasure in spending my time with.

Matthew A. Eller: So how did you and Dan hyperlink up?

Phil Reese: I really reached out to Dan. I had met him informally at a pair exhibits over time, simply in passing. And I’ve all the time been an enormous fan of Automator’s work. I’m not simply attempting to blow smoke as a result of he’s proper right here, however I really assume he’s one of many best producers of all time. While you take a look at his vary of labor, there aren’t that many producers who can do as many issues as Dan does so amazingly effectively. So once I was doing my partnership with Saks Fifth Avenue for New York Vogue Week (and producing over 30 vogue campaigns over the course of three days), and doing seven completely different occasions over the course of 9 days, I wished to make completely different themes, completely different music, completely different vibes, completely different artwork each single evening to maintain issues attention-grabbing. I all the time guarantee that a consumer occasion I’m producing is one thing that I’d wish to go to, as a result of finally I’m going…ha..

Once I discovered that Saks wished to do one in all their occasions on Valentine’s Day, which is taken into account by many individuals to be the worst evening in New York Metropolis because of the strain of getting to exit and spend cash at eating places that at the moment are solely providing outrageously costly and restricted pre-fixed menus, and so on….so I wished to make it additional particular for individuals and have an invite-only free cocktail celebration the place Dan The Automator would DJ on the Good Luck Dry Cleaners we constructed within the basement of Saks for Vogue Week. Once I consider attractive and Valentine’s Day, I robotically consider Dan the Automator spinning. I informed Dan that once I was requested who I wished to carry out, he popped in my head like a horny Keep Puft Marshmallow Man. To me, there was no Plan B. I informed Dan that I wished him to be decked out in Gucci, taking part in Lovage, downtempo Good-looking Boy Modeling College, Barry White, all of the attractive classics…

That evening once I spoke to Dan, he informed me that Good-looking Boy Modeling College was going to be heading again into the studio to make new music after a protracted hiatus. So from there, we additionally introduced in Prince Paul and had Good-looking Boy Modeling College do a shock reunion efficiency at Saks Fifth Avenue throughout New York Vogue Week, which was a dream come true for me. And in addition very on model for Good-looking Boy Modeling College because it was a particularly good-looking night.

Matthew A. Eller: So let’s discuss Good-looking Boy Modeling College for a second. I used to like the TV present “Get a Life”. So I do know precisely the place these samples had been taken from. Did you hear that TV episode and go “Okay, I’m making a report about this!?”

Dan The Automator: Truly, it’s a complicatedly easy story, however mainly me and Prince Paul each had been followers of the present. And at some point I used to be really on the Tommy Boy places of work, and Paul was at residence, however we had been on the telephone speaking to one another. And we had been speaking about Good-looking Boy Modeling College and “Get a Life” and all that stuff. After which somebody at Tommy Boy got here in and so they requested, “What are you speaking about?” And my A&R man Max Nichols walked in and likewise requested what we had been speaking about.

So I requested them “Are you aware Good-looking Boy Modeling College?” And once I realized that they had by no means heard of it I informed them “It’s like our new group…it’s type of just like the Hip Hop Chemical Brothers.”  Paul & myself we’re simply fucking round. However Justin wished to listen to one thing.  However there was nothing to play him! So he walked out of the room and a pair minutes later Monica Lynch walks in and says “We’ll signal it!” And identical to that Good-looking Boy Modeling College was born.

Matthew A. Eller:  Which a decade or so later led to Good-looking Boy Modeling College getting again collectively at Saks fifth Avenue. How does this flip into an artwork gallery?

Dan The Automator: I don’t reside right here in NYC full time. So there was a possibility to do some cool artwork issues at my place. It’s not a public factor, however for a choose few that make sense, it’s a really cool place to do one thing. However this isn’t one thing you may simply purchase a ticket and see throughout common enterprise hours. It’s an unique house for us to showcase artwork to the proper individuals.

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Matthew A. Eller: To be clear this can be a full 4 story home with again patio loaded with works of many alternative artists unfold all through it. Some are on the market, some are out of your private collections, and it’s all on show in numerous themed rooms.  Was the thought to simply showcase everybody’s artwork and see what occurs?

Dan The Automator: I believe it was a mixture of ideas.  Phil has beforehand curated a number of these artists and I’ve a selected type of style. So it’s extra about Phil’s alternatives of kinds which match my style, and on the identical time I’m overseeing the vibe of the general house. Like I mentioned, it’s a non-public factor and Phil will get that.

Matthew A. Eller: Talking of Phils favourite artists you’ve acquired an enormous JPO mural on the bottom of the home, and a pair extra of his items inside.  Who else is featured at present?

Phil Reese: Effectively, the attention-grabbing factor about JPO’s mural, is that Dan was very concerned with the collaborative means of that mural. There have been rounds of revisions, as a result of we actually wished to make it particular to the again a part of Dan’s home, which is over 28 toes excessive.  One thing that may match Dan’s vibe, and likewise one thing that was attention-grabbing and new.  This was the primary time I had JPO paint in grayscale, which is a big departure from his typical fashion, however it simply works completely for this specific house. 


In addition to JPO’s beautiful mural, there have been artists I labored intently with like Steve Wasterval, KAFKA, and Edward Acosta who painted new work for particular areas of the home and it appears completely unimaginable. We even designed Dan’s toilet. Along with that, you even have a few of Dan’s personal assortment that’s not on the market, however not often displayed. It’s a extremely attention-grabbing curation as a result of it’s all in regards to the circulation of the house, and it actually works in the direction of the aesthetics of the home as on the finish of the day, it’s not simply an artwork gallery idea, but in addition as a spot that you’d wish to loosen up, take pleasure in, and hang around. It really is without doubt one of the most particular and distinctive locations in New York. That specialness on the subject of artwork, music, design, and vogue, combined with the best individuals on the earth, is one thing that Good Luck Dry Cleaners takes very severely, and it’s additionally why we’ve the wonderful help that we do on the model aspect along with the artists. When Dan informed me that he’d be coming to New York and didn’t know when he’d be again within the foreseeable future as a consequence of his touring commitments with Deltron 3030 taking part in exhibits with Wu Tang and Run The Jewels, we determined to throw a brilliant final minute launch occasion. And even with actually virtually no lead time, companions like Metropolis Vineyard, Getty Pictures, Brooklyn Brewery, Mijenta Tequila, and Eva’s didn’t hesitate to say sure and bounce in to collaborate. It’s all the time a room that you simply’re glad to be in.

Matthew A. Eller: I can inform you first hand that shifting by means of the house is a cohesive journey, so mission achieved! Dan, we solely have a few minutes left. Are you able to inform me one good story from the highway, one thing humorous that individuals would simply discover entertaining?

Dan The Automator: Positive, Quite a lot of years again, I used to be DJing at a non-public celebration for a very nice group referred to as Muzak. It’s organized by Donick Carey, one of many producers of The Simpsons, that they placed on within the yard of his residence. And I used to be taking part in the present there together with Tim Armstrong, Bizarre Al Yankovic, and a handful of different wonderful individuals.

Anyway, I’m at his home, so it’s not something like backstage at a live performance venue, there was an enormous tent within the again that had meals and stuff, so I walked again there and standing there may be the legend Bizarre Al Yankovic. Bizarre Al’s the best so I am going up and introduce myself and attempt to shake his hand, and naturally he’s a very nice one that tries to shake my hand again… aside from one drawback…he was holding a taco in every of his arms! So I did one of many worst issues a fan might ever do… interrupt Al’s taco time and create a really messy state of affairs (laughing).


So anyway, that encounter haunted me for years, and years, however a pair weeks in the past I used to be on the Hollywood Bowl as a result of Dying Cab for Cutie and The Postal Service had been performing. They usually’re previous mates of mine, so that they invited me to this celebration afterwards behind the venue and Bizarre Al’s was there! So I am going as much as Al this time and inform him “I’m actually sorry in regards to the taco factor”, which I’m positive he didn’t bear in mind, however he accepts my apology and informed me “we’re good now” (laughing).

Matthew A. Eller: Im very relieved to listen to that complete taco beef is lastly over (pun meant). Effectively, anyway, Dan, the rest you wish to push or plug earlier than we are saying goodbye? 

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Dan The Automator: Comply with myself, @Goodluckdrycleaners and @elleresqphoto for updates upon upcoming occasions on the gallery. Enjoyable stuff coming within the new yr!

All Picture’s & Textual content Copyright 2024 Matthew A. Eller.  Comply with me on Instagram @elleresqphoto. #elleresqphoto #elleresqphotowall


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