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Moongoons interview: The Honeymoon is over

Josh Clancy of the Moongoons
Josh Clancy of the Moongoons
An odd thing happened in 2007, and I can personally attest to this being someone who left in 2006 and came back at the height of this bizzaro renaissance: Minneapolis got fun. I'm not talking the kind of fun where you go see your favorite shoegaze band at First Avenue and come away feeling less depressed. No, we're talking do-the-Roger-Rabbit-on-the-dancefloor-in-gold-spandex-leggings kind of fun. And who do we have to thank (or blame, depending on your perspective) for this explosion of fashiony dance parties and reckless dancefloor abandon? The 18-and-up crowd.  It's not a coincidence that it's this age group the city wants to tame.   At the epicenter of this colorful (and let's face it, sometimes obnoxious) crowd are The Moongoons: Josh Clancy and Jonathan Ackerman. The promoter/DJ duo has taken the theme party concept and bent it over backwards with their monthly Honeymoon party in the VIP lounge, which are coming to a spastic end this Friday night. Confused and bewildered, we went looking for answers, not yet ready to toss our sunglasses with the lenses poked out.

GN: The Honeymoon is over, huh? Obvious question: Why?

Jonathan Ackerman: We love First Avenue and we love Honeymoon. This month is our two-year anniversary and we thought we would end it on a high note. We want to focus our attention on more unique one-off events that could happen every month or every three months. We also want the ability to fit a venue to the talent versus fitting talent to a venue, which really means that if we want to do a crazy headliner megablowout show we can, or we can do an intimate show with a band we are really psyched on.

Josh Clancy: Our Honeymoon party has been going strong for two years now so we'll just leave it at that. As Jonathan mentioned, we want to start doing more unique events in different locations that cater to our ideas. Beach parties, cook out parties, cook IN parties, warehouse parties, etc. We want to work with bands and not just DJs. We want to help be apart of great events as promoters and be involved with making cool things happen in this city... whether it's a dance party or not.  There are so many dance nights right now. It seems like everyone in this city has their own night with their own little gimmick and I really think people are getting tired of it all. It feels too saturated. Let's offer the people something different! 

Goth Party
Goth Party

Fiesta party
Fiesta party

 

GN: Are there any themes you wanted to do but just didn't make the cut?

JA: I have been pushing for a clown theme since the third one, but I'm the only person that thinks it would be hilarious. We tried to stay away from themes that were too abstract or confusing. When I asked Travis (the on-again-off-again Moon Goon), he said anything with old people.  A lot of weird themes have made it through.

Hobo party (yep)
Hobo party (yep)

 

GN: What do you remember your Honeymoon headliners saying about the night? Anything of note? 

JA: When we had Max Pask out, he said that he hasn't seen anything like what we are doing except in Berlin. Nadastrom was really pumped on our party and I heard from people all over how much fun they had. Also Dance Robots Dance couldn't believe how drunk and naked everyone was by 11 when they played here in the middle of winter.

JC: All the people we bring to town are blown away by the night. It's truly an honor to be doing events in this city with such great party people.

Moon Goon Jonathan Ackerman
Moon Goon Jonathan Ackerman

 

GN: What is next for the Moongoons?

JA: Awesome parties. We are going to continue to exceed even our own expectations for awesomeness. We have a lot of things planned for the rest of the year and we are even working on stuff for next year. We are going to continue our events with Scion through the end of the year and we are very excited about the headliners that we get to bring. We're still going to do BOMP! at the Bedlam every month and continue to grow that night as well. 

JC: Having one less monthly will give us more time to travel. We are getting more and more involved in production and over the next half of the year, you can expect some original material made for the floor. Very house-inspired tracks with a lot of really thick kicks. We are going to start bringing bands to the city that we really like. There's actually a lot to look forward to. I'm very excited for what is to come.


Moongoons interview: The Honeymoon is over

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