When a nightclub achieves legendary status, it's never by
accident. There's always a dedicated team of individuals behind
the success working diligently to create the sublime environment
that so many have come to idolize. The ultimate personification
of this concept is Sound Factory, where a multitude of elaborate
production elements converge flawlessly for some of the most
spectacular events in New York City, like Ric Sena's famed
Alegria parties. The club's brilliant lighting installation
truly stands out as one of the main attractions, and the man
responsible for its design and operation is Steve Revlon.
If you've ever been to an Alegria party
or experienced one of Sound Factory's wildly popular Saturday
night dance marathons with DJ Jonathan Peters, then you've
already witnessed Revlon's innovative imagery. On Sunday,
March 24, his luminous expertise will once again be showcased
during Alegria Xtreme when the lighting master joins birthday
boy DJ Abel for a post-Black Party dance extravaganza.
As a faithful devotee of the original
Sound Factory, Revlon would literally spend hours watching
lighting guru Tim Algier dramatically alter the room's atmosphere
with sophisticated visual effects. Mesmerized and inspired
by the club's revolutionary lighting design, Revlon set out
to teach himself the revered art form.
He eventually landed a gig at Sound Factory
working the lights for DJ Junior Vasquez just one year before
the disco's untimely demise in 1994. A few years later, Revlon
followed owner Richard Grant uptown to the new Sound Factory
space on West 46th Street where he has been working as the
lighting director ever since.
"For me to do what I like to do requires
a certain commitment on behalf of the owners," says Revlon.
"Most other places don't really take lighting that seriously.
I'm fortunate that Richard really understands how important
it is. If something breaks, the next week it gets fixed. That's
Revlon is truly blessed to work in an
environment where his creative vision is not only appreciated,
but wherein a plethora of impeccably maintained state-of-the-art
equipment is readily available to him. Relishing in the artist
freedom his current situation affords him, Revlon explains,
"I picture myself as channeling the music really, more
so than just doing the lights. I kind of just let the music
do what it wants through me."
Many have tried to lure Revlon away from
Sound Factory over the years, and his loyalty to Grant is
often tested. But Revlon loves his job and apparently wouldn't
give up the comfort and stability for anything. Heck, he even
turned down an opportunity to tour with Christina Aguilera
as her lighting designer. While nobody knows what the future
will bring, one thing seems certain - Revlon will be illuminating
many of our favorite dance floor moments for years to come.
Please visit SoundFactoryNYC.com
for more info.