HomoElectric started back in the late ’90s as a queer spin-off from legendary Mancunian disco Electric Chair and is currently headed by the inspirational Luke Unabomber and resident deejay Jamie Bull. In recent years they have taken their club for a spin in East London with hugely successful residencies at The Shacklewell Arms and Dalston Superstore. Body Talk resident Rokk chatted to Jamie about music, nightlife and the sound of E minor…
Rokk: What was the first record you remember buying?
Jamie: My first album was Abba ‘Super Trouper’ (such a cliché, sorry). I was four at the time and I distinctly remember the man behind the counter asking me if I wanted it on record or cassette. I chose cassette, and I still have it.
Rokk: How did HomoElectric come about?
Jamie: I think HomoElectric started for two reasons. Firstly, as a reaction to an increasingly commercial and homogonised gay scene. Musically it had lost its ‘underground’. There was a feeling that previous gay generations had their own great underground music scenes… the ‘70s had disco, the ‘80s had Hi-NRG and proto house. What did we have? Britney? Secondly, it wanted to disregard the notion that on a Saturday night your straight mates went to club X, and your gay mates went to club Y. We were after something more inclusive.
Rokk: What does love feel like?
Jamie: Love feels like an E Minor chord, some cowbells, and a smile from a stranger.
Rokk: Describe your perfect night out…
Jamie: Hours of dancing to E minor chords, cowbells, and smiling at strangers. Do you see a pattern here….?!
Rokk: What’s the worst thing you’ve been asked while DJing?
Jamie: The most insulting one was when a girl said to me “Can you play something different because it makes me want to open a vein.” I asked her what she would prefer to hear, she replied “Rick Astley.”
Rokk: How did you get into DJing?
Jamie: I was seduced by my first visit to a nightclub. I went to an under 18’s night, I was 14 at the time and loved hearing the 12″ versions of the current hits. Whilst everyone else spent their time snogging I spent the night peering into the DJ booth. By the time I was legally old enough to be in a club I had learned how to mix and harvested a record collection. I got my first proper gig at Uni in the Students Union’s nightclub. It’s all I’ve ever wanted to do and being in nightclubs is where I feel at home.
Rokk: What can we expect from HomoElectric in the future?
Jamie: 2013 will bring change in location for the Manchester nights as our venue Legends is being demolished. As for London, I’m remaining tight-lipped for now, but it will be focusing on building on the success it’s having.
Rokk: Name your Top Ten HomoElectric tracks?
Jamie: My top 10 HomoElectric tracks of all time are (in no particular order)…
Todd Terje – Eurodans
Nick Chacona & Anthony Mansfield – Oh Snap (Greg Wilson remix)
Jackie Moore – This Time Baby
Simian Mobile Disco – Cruel Intentions
The Units – High Pressure Days (Rory Phillips mix)
Ronnie Dyson – It’s All Over Your Face
Maya Jane Coles – What They Say (Dyed Soundorom remix)
Oliver $ – Doin Ya Thang
Sana Doris – Pseudo Wind
The Pointer Sisters – Automatic
Jamie Bull plays Body Talk on Saturday 18th August alongside DJ Rokk, Tristan Reed and Charlie Bones from 9pm – 3am.
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