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For the Record is a conversation series where we speak with all manner of music heads — DJs, music journos, indie label captains, record shop owners, listening bar kingpins, et al — about their stories + the music that makes them.

Bruce Tantum

As a bassist in the band Moot back in early-’80s NYC, Bruce Tantum’s formative years were spent soaking up club culture in such hallowed halls as Mudd Club, Pyramid and Danceteria. Later in the decade, his time spent in those downtown dance dens, and those that that followed, inspired him to get step into the DJ booth — and over the ensuing years, he's played at pretty much any club willing to have him, as well as at more dingy basement parties than he can remember. For over two decades, Bruce has served as a music journalist, toiling for Time Out NY (where he served as the longtime Clubs editor), Resident Advisor, Red Bull Music Academy, XLR8R, Mixmag and more. He currently holds it down as North American editor of DJ Mag, while still heeding the call of the decks for the occasional night of record-spinning fun.
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Music Mentions

College years listening (3:27):


Throbbing Gristle

Depeche Mode

New Order

Joy Division

Being in a band right after college (5:02):


Peppermint Lounge



10,000 Maniacs


Liquid Liquid

Dog Eat Dog

The Feelies


Pere Ubu



Pyramid Club

The Ritz

Justin Strauss

Journey into starting to write about music (13:35):

Time Out New York

Adam Goldstone

Frank Broughton

Last Night a DJ Saved My Life (book)

Peter Kruder

Kruder & Dorfmeister

Autobahn (album by Kraftwerk)

Music discovery over the years (22:05):

Led Zeppelin



David Bowie

Roxy Music

The Ramones

Iggy Pop


Artists of note and currently listening to (29:06):

Memoirs of Hi-Tech Jazz (album by Wajeed)

Danny Tenaglia

David Morales

Juan MacLean

Octo Octa

Eris Drew

Frank & Tony

Francis Harris

New Northern Soul (label)


Danny Daze

Jonny From Space

Heat Wave (album by Jonny From Space)

Nick León


Homecore! Miami All-Stars (album)

Anthony Naples

Orbs (album by Anthony Naples)


Three Artists of note discovered in the last year (29:06):




Desert island discs (37:33):

Kraftwerk - Autobahn

Pylon - Gyrate

Pal Joey - Hot Music

Recommended guests for future episodes (43:36):

Bill Brewster

Anthony Naples