Bekim Trenvoa – DJ, promoter, model and Renaissance Man. Atlanta, Georgia is where he was born but NYC is his current hometown. Bekim is the ring leader and the man behind “Fight Night” and if you’ve never heard of such a thing, today is your lucky day. Who doesn’t love a great boxing match? And who better to put together an underground extravaganza than Bekim Trenova. House of Marley was blessed to be able to sit with Bekim and pick his brain. Check Out: TRANSMISSION presents: FNT http://issuu.com/transmissiononline/docs/fntfinalshrinktiny
When did you first hear or connect with the House of Marley company?
I first connected with the House of Marley through Tracy Anderson. I connected with him when I threw a secret Skrillex party in 2012, weeks before he won his Grammy. Tracy was at WeSC at the time and they were the main sponsor for the event. I actually got that job because of the rep I had throwing the underground fights. Since then, Tracy has been a massive supporter and fan of the fights and has taken his work to the House of Marley. I’m super excited for him and have the utmost respect for what he is doing for NYC and The House of Marley. There is no bigger name than MARLEY if you ask me. I’m honored to work and have them sponsor Fight Night.
What does Marley mean to you?
When I think Marley, I think “being together” , “unity” and “love”. I want to live that way and provide that for my community . I adore bringing people together. No who’s cool this and that, we are all human. I love all the communities out there and try to be friendly and literally dive into all of them.
When did you start hosting parties, and what was the wildest party you threw when you first started?
Man, I’ve been hosting parties from my high school days. Slip and slides, BBQ bangers – you name it. I’ve always seemed good at it, and I guess it has somewhat translated to my real life career. It’s kind of scary, because a place like NYC doesn’t stop and my energy doesn’t seem to either. With nicknames like Thumper and Mogli, I just have accepted “I gots the wild style”.
Why boxing? What made you choose to host boxing matches over other sports?
Boxing came from two friends of mine joking about it in 2009, and it just so happened that I knew a couple of people that could help pull it off. This has all been a ride of faith, synchronicity, and magic. I didn’t choose it. It chose me.
FNT was clearly a huge success out in SXSW. Now with the rise in popularity do you think it will be more difficult to keep the events “underground”?
No, I don’t think so. It really depends on the attack and angle we use to take on NYC or other cities. Our NYC fan base and team knows the routine. “Quiet….Shhhhhhhhh.” At SXSW we were at a real gym and felt comfy. So we exposed it. It really depends, I trust myself enough to know I can make the right decisions.
I read in your Societe Perrier interview that you are going to have an event at Art Basel? Do you see yourself taking FNT overseas anytime soon?
I can’t wait for art Basel. Miami vs NYC is going be out of control. The idea is to go to cities that have a festival where we can pull bigger and wider ranges of influential audiences. We will 100 – percent be going to Europe and overseas in 2016. Imagine London vs NYC. I have our run of the next two years mapped out and it’s about to get real fun.
In your Carpe Diem interview you talked about the diversity of NYC and how you wanted different groups of people at your events. From skaters to Wall Street execs, models to music heads. How successful have you been with bringing out different crowds?
100 – percent successful, sports do that and It makes me so happy when everyone is together.
Are you the only person putting on these types of events? And do you see a rise in similar events due to your success?
There are definitely other outlandish things going on. I will say that BANG ON NYC is exactly how I like a massive party to be. Carnival performance, weird freaks, all sorts of music. I’ve been working closely with them for almost 5 years now, and I’ll never leave their side.
Who is the coolest person you have worked with so far? And if you could pick any artists to perform at your events who would it be?
The coolest person I’ve ever worked with so far is hard. I mean Bassnectar , A$AP Mob, and Skrillex are big names for sure. They all seemed to be peaking at the times I got to experience them. I’ve worked with so many cool people in different worlds for different things, modeling and acting etc. I guess breaking down cool and who’s got it, the coolest would be the A$AP Mob. They are actually the only artists I kind of got butterflies being around them the first time. I mean they took NYC and the world by storm. Coming from Atlanta, I love hip hop so much and it seemed like NYC rap was dead for awhile. Then A$AP Rocky’s mixtape came out and holy shit, the NYC streets were on fire. It was an exciting and motivating time for me. Migos, out of my hometown Atlanta, Georgia, is our number one target right now for the next fight night. They have taken over hip hop/rap and even the A$AP mob on the cool factor right now. The amount of mixtapes and hits they are putting out is kind of mind blowing.
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