REX THE DOG’S ridiculously popular night BREED returns for its fourth outing as he’s joined downstairs by residents RUFUS&BAMBI and Pleasure Cruiser creating a sea of super-electronic music to bite your ass; whilst upstairs sees the musical stylings of John Sizzle and A Man To Pet who’ll be entertaining you with pop, disco and guerrilla bar-top cabaret.
With the last event becoming one-in-one-out by midnight, we caught up with Rex to find out just what makes BREED so exciting…
Why did you start BREED?
Well I’d been keen for a while to do a party where I could take control of everything; the sound, the look, the whole night. I make a lot of things like models and animation and screen prints, and I wanted to bring it all together with the music that I like and make a kind of special Rex party. Like a little event each time.
Describe the music in the laser pit at BREED
We have a policy that the music is 100% electronic, so that means no ’70s disco, no ABBA! Essentially just music made with synthesizers. The atmosphere in the basement seems to be pretty full on and energetic, so it seems to work so far! I personally like a very sequencery, electronic sound, and there’s a lot of great music in that vein, but we also delve into Chicago and italo and little bit of early synth pop. We draw on any thing that fits together well, that is kind of charged with energy and has synthesizers in it…
Tell us about the residents
Well the BREED crew is me, Nic and Elena. Nic plays under the name Pleasure Cruiser and Elena plays as RUFUS&Bambi (a totally confusing name because she’s just one person). We organise the night as a team, and then when we get behind the decks it’s extra fun because we’ve all worked quite hard to get each party ready. We go out a lot together in between BREED, and we eat a lot of noodles and talk about ideas for T shirts and artwork and mixtapes.
And you give away the T shirts at Breed, what’s the idea behind that?
Well that’s part of the idea: to make each party an event in its own right. So each party has one image that we use on the posters and T shirts and for prints on the walls. It’s part of the whole ‘craft’ thing too, so the T shirts are hand printed and limited to just 40 or 50 to give away on the night. At first they were going to be sold alongside the night, but then we got into trouble with the second BREED T shirt; it was an homage to the BOY London clothing label, but someone from BOY got in touch and said they would take legal action if we tried to sell them. That was the point where we realised it could be good just to give shirts away free anyway…
And the Robo Rexes?
Yes, they’re DIY too! We made ten of them, nine with LED eyes and one with actual laser eyes. The laser one guards the DJ booth downstairs, and the others we hang from the roof in the upstairs bar, just to keep an eye on everything. Unfortunately some have gone missing. Nic found out that one of them went home with someone quite well known. I’ve been negotiating over Facebook to get him back, but it’s not looking good.
Who would be your ultimate fantasy special guest?
Actually we’re not into the idea of guests downstairs at the moment. We feel we know what we want to do, and we prefer to do it ourselves for now, with our own little crowd. We could be more open to guests in the future, but for now we’re power freaks.
What else is REX THE DOG up to?
I’m actually in the studio making some new tracks, in between hunting for that missing Robo Rex…
Rex’s January BREED top five in no order:
Punks Jump Up – Get Down (Fare Soldi Remix) [Kitsuné Music]
Gesaffelstein – Aufstand [Turbo Recordings]
Hannah Holland – Transsexual Bass [Batty Bass]
N/Y House’N Authority – APT. 2A [Nu Groove Records]
Azari & III – Reckless With Your Love (Tiga Remix) [Island Records]
BREED #4 will be Friday 3rd February with residents REX THE DOG, Pleasure Cruiser and RUFUS&Bambi with John Sizzle and A Man To Pet upstairs.
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