Posts Tagged ‘A-Trak’

Nightwave

One of the most exciting voices in the British underground electronic scene is Slovenian-born, Glasgow-based DJ, producer and Heka Trax label boss Nightwave! The Redbull Music Academy alumnus’ latest EP Wavejumper is out on the illustrious Fool’s Gold label, and we are thrilled to present the launch party in partnership with weekly Wednesday shakedown Uncontrollable Urge. Described by Mixmag as “pure dance floor euphoria” with a heady mix of grime, footwork and high-energy techno, we can’t wait to hear it played out in the laser basement! We caught up with her to chat battling misogyny in electronic music, life in Glasgow and exciting upcoming Heka Trax releases!

Tell us about your history. Why did you end up in your adopted home of Glasgow and how much has it shaped where you are now?

I moved from Slovenia to London 15 years ago and I loved it, but decided to move to Glasgow for a change (and to save some money.) I have so many friends in Scotland and I love the energy of this town – everyone helps each other out and people are always up for a party. Glasgow is a seriously musical town and so many are involved in production or promoting, so it’s really inspiring. 

Fool’s Gold is a big look. How did you get involved with A-Trak and co. for your new EP? Have you learnt anything from the way they work??

 I’m chuffed to be on Fool’s Gold and it was my dream choice for this EP – it really fits I think. We did it the old skool way – sent the demos and they liked it! It’s good to see how they work and it definitely gives me some ideas about growing my own label Heka Trax.

We’re guessing the title, ‘Wavejumper’, is a nod towards Drexciya. What are three electro tracks that have inspired what you do and what makes them so special?

It is! The record doesn’t sound much like Drexciya but the work of James Stinson is something I keep in mind all the time and it seriously inspires me to make music and try not follow others. Really hard to choose three tracks but maybe Drexciya – Aqua Worm Hole, AFX remix of DMX Krew – Can’t hide your love and Dopplereffekt – Sterilisation? Too hard.

You have your own label Heka Trax. Who are the artists on there and what do you look for when it comes to signing a release? How much music do usually you sift through before you find what’s right?

I’ve released all sorts of stuff – Big Dope P, Glacci, Carpainter, Pixelord…the next release is a new band called Tree Trunks so there’s no real policy, just the stuff I like. I get sent quite a lot of demos and listen and reply to them all. Some are amazing some are just not right.

Showcasing your eclectic, party-focused DJ style, your Paris Boiler Room was the catalyst for them facing up to the bigotry in their chat rooms. In your experience, have things improved in the wider dance scene since that debate? 

Nah nothing’s changed, all comment sections should just be gone. We should just confine these assholes back to their geeky hate forums. Hate only breeds more hate.

Coldwave, chill wave, minimal wave, new wave… What is your favourite musical wave to listen to at night? 

Actual sea waves!


Catch Nightwave at the Wavejumper EP launch on Wednesday 26 April from 9pm-2:30am at Dalston Superstore!

GutterSlut At Slutty Shopper

We pinned down Per QX and Nic Fisher, two of the boys behind one of our favourite east London gay party institutions, GutterSlut, to chat them up to them about how their night came to be and how they’re playing our very next bank holiday bonanza, Slutty Shopper…

What made you want to start GutterSlut?

Nic: After a couple of years living with Per and Ralf, having too many after parties at ours trashing the flat we decided it was time to move. Per had experience promoting club nights in Sweden, we’re both DJs and as Ralf is a great photographer he would be the best to then document the night. It seems like the perfect idea.

Per: We started GutterSlut as protest against the gay scene that at the time, in 2007, was quite stagnant back then. There was clubs like Trailer Trash around in east London but not much more playing cool dance music. There was no where to go out on Saturday night, so we thought let’s start a fun club that felt like a house party.

You’ve been going for a good few years now- what’s your favourite ever GutterSlut memory?

Nic: The first GutterSlut we did in Berlin was at a place called Hubertus Lounge. To go into the basement you had to enter through a cupboard door, go down a really narrow set of stairs to end up in this really dark and dusty space where the rave was going. It was kind of surreal, very Alice In Wonderland.

Per: There’s too many. I loved it when we played at Summer Rites festival and had all the trannies climbing in the dance tent scaffolding up to the roof, Miss Crystal MC stage diving from the DJ booth, and A Man To Pet crowd surfing away to the music.

You’re going to be at Lovebox Sunday with our disco sisters Trailer Trash and you’ve got DJ Hell, Tiga and a special DFA Disco version from the LCD Soundsystem guys James Murphy and Pat Mahoney playing in your tent! Who are you most looking forward to?

Nic: They are all amazing DJs but I’m really excited to see DJ Hell as he will also put on an incredible visual show.

Per: I’m Looking forward to Tiga. I’ve heard him before and he always rocks the house, but also DJ Hell and the LCD crew will be cool.

Describe the level of debauchery at an average Gutterslut on a level between 1-10.

Nic: With parties that are normally a 10, you’d have to make them 5 so you could give GutterSlut a 10.

Per: 9.5 sometimes 10

What’s your one quintessential Gutterslut tune each?

Nic: There are a few at the moment, MK ‘Burning’ (Round Table Knights Mix) but one that I tend to always play is Deetron ‘Starblazer’

Per: I’ll go for a party anthem Martin Solveig – The Night Out (A-Trak remix) 

If you could have your wildest dreams come true, who would you book to play a dream Gutterslut- alive or dead?

Nic: DJ Sneak, he’s a legend, I heard him in Berlin a couple of years ago and he was brilliant. I love the dirty disco sound he’s releasing on his label.

Per: I think A-Trak would be great.

This weekend you’re playing at Slutty Shopper- a magic team-up between Sink The Pink and Tutti Frutti. Bank holidays here at Superstore are always bananas and it’s fair to say it’s going to be a tranny bonanza. What have you got planned to either drive these ladies wild or keep them under control?

Nic and Per: We don’t think those ladies need to get any wilder, they’re quite mental already and it would be a too difficult job to try and keep them under control, but a few bottles of Jaegermeister always helps.

Define a “gutterslut” for us and tell us which of the two of you first that bill more.

Nic: A true GutterSlut lives in Dalston, goes out on Friday and comes back on Monday sometimes Tuesday escorted by an ambulance or the police with half her garments missing, she wasn’t wearing lots anyway as she loves to show her bits.

It would have to be Per in his hay days , I guess we’ve both calmed down a bit with the years.

Per: A GutterSlut is a person that don’t care about who you are, who you know or when it’s time to go home.

Both GutterSluts Nic Fisher and Per QX play Slutty Shopper this Bank Holiday Sunday here at Dalston Superstore and co-host the dance tent for TrailerTrash Vs GutterSlut at Lovebox Festival in Victoria Park on Sunday 17th June.