Taimur & Fahad
As mainstays of New York’s underground scene since 2006, Blk|Market Membership residents Taimur Agha & Fahad Haider have been instrumental in building the growing New York dance community to where it now stands. The duo witnessed many of NYC’s premier club residencies of the late ‘90s and early 2000s including Sasha & Digweed’s legendary stint at Twilo and Danny Tenaglia and Deep Dish at Vinyl, until the scene’s dissolution post-9/11 and retreat into the underground. When Bill Patrick, Nick Ac, and Dennis Rodgers parted ways at the end of ROBOTS, they handed the torch to Taimur & Fahad to take the city into its next nightlife era.
Their list of accomplishments as promoters from reads as a who’s who of artists from the era, hosting debuts from the Wighnomy Brothers, Cassy, Art Department, San Proper, Jamie Jones, Skudge, Rødhåd, Mike Dehnert, Apollonia, and many more as well as the returns of legends like Laurent Garnier and Scan X’s L.B.S. project, Carl Craig, Moritz von Oswald, and a rare 2013 appearance by Dan Bell as DBX. Frequent regular guests include Robag Wruhme, DJ Koze, and Innervisions’ Ame & Dixon. Those who inspired them have enthusiastically been invited for long-awaited appearances, including Sasha, Digweed, Michael Mayer, Craig Richards, Adam Beyer, Luke Slater and more. Besides sharing stages with these luminaries, the duo have also appeared together at some of the world’s premier clubs and events including PanoramaBar, Trouw, Gipsy Arma 17, New York’s Output and TBA Brooklyn, Dubai’s Analog Room, Club der Visionaere in Berlin, the Endup in San Francisco and the Zoo Project Ibiza.
Rapidly rising club and party scenes in New York are creating new alliances, and the opening of megaclubs in Brooklyn since 2013 has brought new opportunities and new challenges. After six years of success as buyer and head of the A&R wing of distribution for Halcyon Records, Taimur at long last devoted himself full-time to his own DJ career and to the launch of the eponymous Blk|Market Membership label, now on its second release. As nightlife in New York goes above ground to new clubs, Blk|Market Membership is keeping the underground alive with events that carry on New York’s warehouse legacy. Ten years of history and accolades creates a resume thick with accomplishments, and Taimur, Fahad, and Blk|Market Membership hold an esteemed position as architects of New York’s contemporary dance scene and guiding lights for its future.