Pete Herbert

Former record store proprietor, long-time DJ and producer Pete Herbert joins us for another edition of Bender. He’s joined in the basement by Guy Williams, whilst upstairs Bender resident C*nt Mix Wont Mix and the inimitable Princess Julia bring the ultimate in camp.

In between running the Maxi Discs record label with Dicky Trisco, Pete has found time to record under a number of different aliases including LSB, Reverso 68, Frontera, Challenge and his own name. Not to mention DJing all over London and beyond and hosting his own radio show Music For Swimming Pools on Sonica FM Ibiza. 

We caught up with him to find out what’s made him such a London legend and what we can expect from his set at Bender…

What three elements, in your experience, does a successful record store need to have?

Great records, non egotistical staff, and a good selection of tea and biscuits.

What one balearic record would you say has had the biggest influence on your career?

Lupo – Hell or Heaven… this track sounds even more relevant now to me than it did 20 odd years ago. Never got bored of it… and still haven’t heard a track quite like it..

If you could go back in time to any dancefloor anywhere and anywhere, where would we be setting the dials to?

My first clubbing experience at The Wag circa 88. Think it was Tim Simenon, Fat Tony and Paul Guntrip on the decks… We didn’t want the night to end!

What made your Soho shop Atlas Records so infamous?

Great records, non egotistical staff, and a good selection of tea and biscuits.

If your house was on fire and you could only rescue one record from imminent melting, which would it be?

Talking Heads – Burning Down the House

How do you maintain a tropical balearic vibe all year round in a place like London?

Move to Bali for the winter…

How did you come to meet your Maxi Discs label co-founder Dicky Trisco?

He invited me to play at Autodisco, his night in Dundee, and we got on like a house on fire, excuse the pun. And it went from there.

What’s your most listened to/played out record on the label?

I’m happy to say all the releases have  been well received so far. But maybe our most prolific guest artist on the label, Marius Vareid from Norway, has always nailed the kind of sound we’ve been looking for, and I still haven’t got tired of playing his records. This, our first release, set the ball rolling sound-wise for us….

soundcloud.com/maxidiscs/md001-a-marius-disco-drummer-original-version

You’ve had quite a few different aliases over the years- which are you most proud of and why?

The aliases were more about different collaborations at the time with friends, and have all been equally pleasurable to get involved in. With LSB which I did with Baby G, we were really making quite dance floor Italo-esque tunes along the lines of what we were playing out at that time. The Challenge project with Tim Paris was a bit more experimental and about trying to meet in the middle of our musical tastes. And with Phil Mison for Reverso 68 and Frontera,  it was about making it down the pub as early as possible after a studio session…

How do you intend to set the Bender dancefloor alight in the Dalston Superstore laser basement?

At Dalston Superstore I intend to play something old, new or borrowed… in a club style… along these lines…

Nadia Ksaiba -Virtual Lover                                                                       

Marius – Discomagnifique (Pete Herbert remix)                                 

Tim Paris feat. Georg Levin – Golden Ratio (John Tejada remix)  

Michael Mayer – Good Times                                                                    

Mopedbart – Hubbabubbaklubb                                                        

Join Pete at Bender on Saturday 28th September from 9pm – 4am at Dalston Superstore.

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