On the first Monday of every month, several dozen DJs, promoters, club owners, musicians and others gather at the Relapse Theater to talk about the vagaries of club life.
"People would talk about a lot of woes or things that were relevant, and we thought it would be useful to have everyone in one room to talk about what's going on," says Turner Knapp, who co-founded ConnectATL with his roommate and friend, Album 88 (WRAS-FM, 88.5) DJ and event promoter Mike Zarin.
"We felt like having this ConnectATL meeting would help bring to the surface some of the issues that are going on in the city with the parties, why people aren't coming out," Zarin adds.
When it began in September 2006, ConnectATL tried to build bridges between local players who usually don't communicate, and discuss an electronic-music culture that has seemingly fallen from its glory years in the late '90s. The duo recorded the meetings and posted them as MP3s on its website, www.connectatl.com. For a time, ConnectATL promoted events as well. The first, a concert by the quirky Chicago house-music group Greenskeepers at Center Stage Atlanta, was something of a flop. "We lost a ton of money," Knapp says. ConnectATL plans to stop promoting events, though, to focus on the meetings, and help create a more unified dance-music scene. "We've evolved to where we're going to be facilitators rather than promoters," Zarin says.
ConnectATL takes place Mon., Nov. 5, 8 p.m. Free admission. Relapse Theater, 380 14th St. www.connectatl.com.
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