We love being able to bring dance music’s best new (and classic) tracks every day into the comfort of wherever it is that you keep your computer, but the real joy for us is still hearing these tracks in the live setting, when DJs whip up a serious journey of tunes each weekend at our favorite clubs around the world—because, as you know, big, bad, and beautiful soundsystems are near and dear to our hearts. Today, Rolling Stone unveiled what their panel of voters (which includes our own Executive Creative Director, Clark Warner) consider to be the 10 best clubs in the US, so naturally we were riveted to see how our favorites slotted into the list.
A decade in club life is like a century for normal businesses. While people will always need shoes, the changing tides of music and partying preferences often puts a short shelf life on havens of entertainment. Not so for NYC landmark Cielo, which just marked its 10th anniversary with a series of high-profile parties showcasing underground heroes like Todd Terje and The Martinez Brothers. Co-founder Nicolas Matar is the man behind Cielo’s ethos, which he designed to be a timeless club—a goal that he certainly achieved by bucking the trend of NYC’s short-lived nightlife establishments. From being on the cutting edge of sound by having the first Funktion One soundsystem in the US (which we named the best in the country) to constantly keeping amazing talent on the decks, Matar describes what it’s like to have been at the helm of one of NYC’s most influential clubs.
Here at Beatport, we consider ourselves audiophiles: We simply love sound. From a fresh set of headphones to booming dancefloors, we are constantly surrounded by high-end audio setups that make our ears swoon. So with this passion for top-quality sound in mind, we hunted high and low across this great land to assemble a list of the 10 best club soundsystems in the US. Read on to see if we hit your favorite eyeball-rattling spot.