Bass first found the idea for his elusive event series while traveling with a friend in Berlin. In search of an alternative to the city’s glitzy, over-blown party scene, he found himself in a bar littered with old newspapers and empty glass bottles -- a place too janky to earn the label dive. “It was so real and so cool,” he tells me. “It had this ‘found object’ vibe.” Upon returning to the city, Bass reached out to Vance Brooking -- a male model and former Le Bain dancer -- and DJ Mae Wok. Together they resolved to throw a party with the same DIY feel of the Berlin joint. To keep budget as low as possible, they found a venue with a basement and a liquor license -- Jobee -- and began to craft a guest list. “The whole concept was ‘whatever we had’,” Bass jokes. “I had Chinese silk lanterns from an event I’d recently thrown for a Chinese bank, and some sculpted letters left over from a Pepsi event. I found some green paint in a warehouse, so I painted the walls green. I told my friends to bring curtains and pick things up off of the street.” And somehow, the fashion elite came running.
“At the launch, we had Steve Buscemi, Debbie Harry, and John Waters,” Bass says. “Courtney Love couldn’t even get in. That was a good party.”
And it was ephemeral. These days, the party has moved on to new venues, and Jobee has, in the parlance of Google, “permanently closed.” Nostalgia doesn’t get more instant.