DJ Duo Case & Point break the silence with their nocturnal hits.
Casey Rankin and T.J. Jordan.
Known as much for their singular fashion sense as for their uncanny ability to generate “hands in the air” beats, the DJ team of Case & Point is developing into one of the most inf luential forces in electro-house music today. Major music producers like Avicii and Laidback Luke are fans of the duo, who this year have done official remixes for buzzy acts like Bingo Players and Terravita. Casey Rankin (aka Case), who hails from Worcester, and T.J. Jordan (Point), from Norwalk, Connecticut, started out as friends who shared an interest in creating music. Now, just a few years later, they’re releasing tracks for the independent record label Monstercat, and their infectious remixes log millions of plays from loyal fans. We caught up with the pair to uncover the city nightlife secrets that only those behind the turntables are privy to.
Favorite spot to perform: CR: One of our last gigs was at Icon, which is run by some of the best promoters in the nation, 6one7 Productions. They just did huge renovations—it’s a beautiful space—and the sound system is really impressive. TJ: It’s an awesome place to play in, super easy for us to jump in there, and the audience was reacting really well. Icon, 100 Warrenton St., 617-422-0045
Icon during a set by Case & Point.
Hottest tracs: CR: “Kuaga” by Pierce Fulton. This is a feel-good, hands-in-the-air track that always gets a good reaction. TJ: The Audien remix of Bastille’s “Pompeii.” You mute the audio and everyone in the crowd is singing along. It always gets everyone into the performance and engages them to start dancing.
Best bar: CR: I like Backbar. TJ: It’s a speakeasy vibe, where there’s no sign outside. They have some of the best cocktails in the city. In Cambridge, State Park has all sorts of pinball games, a pool table, and shuffleboard. I’m a sucker for their beer-and-a-shot combo—it’s a Toronto and a High Life. I could drink that all night long. Backbar, 7 Sanborn Ct., 617-718-0249; State Park, 1 Kendall Sq., 617-848-4355
Club ids: CR: We regularly go to Phoenix Landing. It’s not often you find a club where you can hear deep house one night and drum and bass the next. We’ve seen really huge DJs come by there who shouldn’t be playing such a small room. It’s just such a destination. It’s also a fun room to play because it’s so small—you can play really eclectic stuff. There’s also a venue called Rise, which opens at midnight and goes on until 6 am. Sometimes when you’re leaving, the sun will just be coming up. Phoenix Landing, 512 Massachusetts Ave., 617-576-6260; Rise, 306 Stuart St., 617-423-7473