The Second Annual Club World Award 2004




Our Second Annual Club World Award Ceremony in pictures.

On the night of March 8, the nightclub industry’s most accomplished contributors and promising newcomers gathered at Nerve Lounge in Miami to celebrate the year’s best venues, systems, products, and parties at the Second Annual Club World Awards. The quiet ceremony, hosted by Club Systems International, DJ Times, and parent company Testa Communications, took place on the Monday of manic Winter Music Conference week (March 8), and allowed attendees to lounge, chat, and drink while the nominees were read.

"It was terrific to have so many club professionals from across the country in one room,” said DJ Times editor and reluctant presenter Jim Tremayne. “The Club World Awards are certainly growing in stature and the American nightclub community now has an event to look forward to each year."

“We’re thinking we might become the Golden Globes to Dancestar’s Oscars,” joked Club Systems editor and Club World host Kerri Mason. “We want to keep it informal, brief, and fun, but still professional.”

Compiled by James Brundage, Daphne Carr, Lizz Gibbons, John Landers and Kerri Mason.

Nominees and Winners
Best Superclub
*The Winner Is:
Sound Factory
Avalon, Boston
Level, Miami
On Broadway, San Diego
Sound Factory, New York
Best Club
*The Winner Is:
The Church
Eleven50, Atlanta
Fluid, Philadelphia
Ruby Skye, San Francisco
The Church, Denver
Best Lounge
*The Winner Is:
Tabú Ultra-Lounge
Escape Ultra-Lounge, Minneapolis
Halo Lounge, Atlanta
Tabú Ultra-Lounge, Las Vegas
Zanzibar, Santa Monica
Best New Club
*The Winner Is:
Avalon, Hollywood
Cielo, New York
Hush, Houston
Ice, Las Vegas
Best Sound System
*The Winner Is:
Ice, Sound Investment
Deep, Advanced Audio Technology
Ice, Sound Investment
Stereo, SBS
Tonic Charlotte, Core Technologies
Best Lighting System
*The Winner Is:
Hush, Creative Production & Design
Crobar Chicago, SJ Lighting
Hush Houston, Creative Production & Design
Roxy New York, Custom Lighting
Senses Memphis, Sound Stage Systems
Best Video System
*The Winner Is:
Tabú Ultra-Lounge, Reactrix Systems
Hush Houston, Dave Chesal and John Humphries
Ice Las Vegas, V Squared Labs
Remote Lounge New York, Jordan Parnass Digital Architecture
Tabu Ultra-Lounge Las Vegas, Reactrix Systems
Best Interior Design
*The Winner Is:
Cielo New York, Dupoux Design
Cielo New York, Dupoux Design
Crobar Chicago, Big Time Design
Oxygen Lounge Coconut Grove, Kostas Design Group
Y Chicago, SLICK Design & Manufacturing
Best Resident DJ
*The Winner Is:
Danny Tenaglia, Be Yourself
Mark Leventhal, Rumi Miami
Jonathan Peters, Sound Factory New York
Danny Tenaglia, Arc New York
Marques Wyatt, Sixteen-Fifty Santa Monica
Best Party
*The Winner Is:
Glow, Panorama Productions
Dub Mission
Best Sound Product
*The Winner Is:
EAWs' KF730 SLAM small line array
CD Series amplifiers, Crest Audio
KF730 SLAM small line array, EAW
Dance Stack, Funktion-One
W8LC line array, Martin Audio
TSB-110 subwoofer, Turbosound
Best DJ Product
*The Winner Is:
Pioneers' C
DJ-1000MKII Digital Vinyl Turntable
DN-S5000 CD player, Denon Pro Audio
CDJ-1000MKII Digital Vinyl Turntable, Pioneer
Final Scratch, Stanton Magnetics
PMC-500 Professional Mixing Controller, Vestax
Best Lighting Product
*The Winner Is:
High End Systems' DL1
Legend 150R, Chauvet
Power Spot 250, Elation Professional
DL1, High End Systems
MAC 250 Krypton, Martin Professional
Best Effects Product
*The Winner Is:
Omnisistems' Stinger 1MC Laser
iColor Tile FX, Color Kinetics
Versa TILE, Element Labs
Atomic Colors, Martin Professional
Stinger 1MC Laser, Omnisistem
Best Video Product
*The Winner Is:
Edirols' V-4 Video Mixer
EJ MIDI Turntable, EJ Enterprises
Kaoss Pad Entrancer, Korg
U-Control UC-33 Controller, Evolution
V-4 Video Mixer, Edirol
NightStalker Award
*The Winner Is:
The End Up, San Francisco
Abaya, New York
Funky Buddha Lounge, Chicago
Nerve, Miami
The End Up, San Francisco

Some interesting points about the winners:

Club Hub: If snagging four disco globes in major categories is any indication, then Las Vegas is North America’s new club capital. Two Vegas hotspots – “meta-club” Ice and ultra-lounge Tabú – took home two awards each: Ice for “Best New Club” and “Best Sound System” (for Sound Investment’s Funktion-One-based system), and Tabú for “Best Lounge” and “Best Video System” (for Reactrix’s touch-sensitive projection system).

Establishing Dominance: There can be dynasties in clubland: Pioneer’s CDJ-1000 won “Best DJ Product” for a second year in a row (albeit for the newly updated MKII model), Denver’s The Church again won “Best Club” by a landslide, and Miami designer Stephane Dupoux again took “Best Interior Design” honors, this time for New York’s Cielo (his award last year was for Miami’s Pearl).

Big Fish, Little Fish: Sometimes the little guys are bigger than they think. Omnisistem’s Stinger laser stole “Best Effects Product” from trendier LED-based products, and Panorama Productions’ trance-focused Glow party, well known in DC but on the DL otherwise, took “Best Party” honors from well-branded players like GIANT LA.

Up The River: Incarcerated? So what? Just a day after police raided Sound Factory New York and arrested its owner, the club took “Best Superclub” honors at The Club World Awards. That disco globe is now sitting in the CSI archives, accruing value.

One Last Time: Another award that has already become commemorative is Danny Tenaglia’s “Best Resident DJ” disco globe, for his weekly Be Yourself party at New York’s Arc. The party and the club will close for good on April 23 of this year.

Big Love: When the CSI staff opened up online voting for the NightStalker Award (the only award determined by clubbers themselves, meant to honor favorite local venues), they were stunned at the outpouring of appreciation for legendary San Fran venue The End-Up. Not only did the after hours favorite snag 67% of the vote and the award, it also inspired patrons to write page-long essays about why it should win.

Nominations and judging:

The Club World Award nominations are determined by the jet-setting staff of Club Systems and its sister publication DJ Times, a staple of the pro DJ industry for close to two decades. An independent panel of 10 club industry veterans determines the winners. They are: Dawn Batsche, Batsche Designs, Austin; Eric Bernstein, Intelligent Lighting Services, Austin; Paul Binder, California Music Express, San Ramon; Diabolique, House of Diabolique, New York; Scott Henry, Buzz, Washington, D.C.; Hohman & Harris, Metromix, Philadelphia; John Landers, Club Systems, Hollywood; Jim Tremayne, DJ Times, Port Washington; Sid Vanderpool, DJZone Network, Twin Falls; Randy White, Washington Music, Wheaton.

For more information, including a complete nominee list, please contact Kerri at kmason@testa.com

Copyright 2004 Club Systems International Magazine
Copyright 2004 TESTA Communications