We are thrilled to welcome Justin Robertson into the basement for his Superstore debut as part of Back to Back’s Friday night lineup. We persuaded our good friend Johnno Burgess – captain of the good ship Bugged Out! – to pose some searching questions for him…
Johnno: What do you remember most about the clubs you went to prior to you taking up DJing?
Justin: Ha! It was all very fashiony pre acid house, lots of jazz suites in Manchester, a lot of complicated dancing to early house, hip hop and go go. I remember wearing a lot of Soviet badges and Doc Martins! Then E arrived and we all went nuts.
You have been a DJ for over 20 years now. What’s the best night you have had in that time?
Wow so many to choose from, in the early years it was the last night of Most Excellent at the State, which is part of Legend. The club itself had a magic vibe, once being the home of the Twisted Wheel, the last night there was intense , insane, the chems banging tambourines and a lot of piano anthems! Clubs are still my home, and continue to be inspiring, I had a cracking night at 2022 in Manchester last week, and The Warehouse Project is probably the best club experience around at the moment, always a joy.
Your recording career has been varied, even taking you on to TOTP in the 90s. What three tunes are you most proud of?
Bjork – Big Time Sensuality remix is up there, it seemed to come together quite well, a techno dub excursion, and Bjork’s voice is just so amazing!
Lionrock – Packet Of Peace- I thought we were quite inventive and this one pulls together some interesting and diverse styles.
The Deadstock 33s – Tic Tic Toc- its a new one, and my favourite thing I’ve ever done…wonky and psychy.
You have recorded under many pseudonyms in your time, any you have regretted?
Oh yes I’ve done a few odd things in my time, some times I’ve tried some schizophrenic stuff in the past, some just didn’t work… my indie hop song about Uri Geller wasn’t great.
The new Deadstock 33s stuff is ace, what tune/remix should every discerning DJ have in their box?
Thank you, yes it’s going very well, I have two EPs coming out in May for Batty Bass and Join Our Club that I’m very pleased with: wonky acid business. I think the Justice remix sounds pretty cool and the remix for Erol Alkan and Boys Noize really cemented the sound in my head. I have a pretty cool 8 minute psychedelic re-work of Paul Weller that’s quite nice!
What can we expect at Superstore this week?
Jacking to the max, with some outerspace flourishes.
Most importantly, as a man of sartorial cool, what will you be wearing to the sweatbox?
I’m favouring the demobed service man gets involved with an outlaw biker gang look at the moment!
Justin Robertson plays Back To Back at Dalston Superstore tonight Friday 11th May from 9pm – 3am alongside Kezokichi, Jamie D Winter, PressPlay, James Harris and Alex Carlé.
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