Posts Tagged ‘Andrew Weatherall’

Tusk Turns Three!

This February sees an important anniversary of one of our favourite parties, Tusk! Promoters Ant C, James Baillie and Chris Camplin have been bringing over some of Europe’s most impressive underground electronic music talent to our lazer basement for three years now! With previous guests including Andrew Weatherall, Craig Richards and Doc Sleep, we can’t wait to see what they have planned for 2018. They’re kicking it all off with Ostgut Ton legend and Dalston Superstore favourite Prosumer! We caught up with the boys to chat past highlights, favourite club nights and 

You guys have been throwing your TUSK night at Superstore for three years now! That’s awesome, happy anniversary! How did the three of you meet and start promoting together? 

Ant C (AC): Thanks! Time sure has flown. It’s been a lot of fun. Thanks for having us! I’ve known the boys socially for years from out an about around London.

Chris Camplin (CC): Yeah, we would bump into each other at our favourite dance floors – in fact I think I met both James & Ant at Horse Meat Disco initially. I know James came back to my place for a post-HMD afterparty one bank holiday Monday.

James Baillie (JB): It became obvious we all had a love for music, so I took the idea to Chris and Ant about us doing our own night and TUSK developed from there…

For those that have never been to your party before – tell them what it’s about (and what they’re missing out on!)

CC: Amazing music, great DJ lineups, stellar crowd, lasers and that awesome DSS basement sound system.

AC: Yep, that pretty much sums it up. We just want people to have as much fun as we’re having. I do love me some lasers! We bring in some extra lasers for TUSK and the boys have started calling me Laser Minelli. I kinda like it!

If you had to sum up the TUSK sound in one track, what would it be?

CC: For me it would be – Tiga – Love Don’t Dance Here Anymore (C2 Remix 1)

AC: Tough question – I think it would have to be Markus Gibb – Tohl (Original mix) – Always seems to go off, plus I tend to layer it up with a vocal loop from Voodoo Ray, which fits nicely.

JB: For me it would be Shake It by Fantastic Twins.

Who have been some of your favourite guests over the years?

AC: We try to keep things fresh by working with people who have something individual to bring. Doc Sleep was awesome – she really worked us out. Ewan Pearson for his musicality. A Love From Outer Space (Andrew Weatherall and Sean Johnston) when they took over the basement all night for our Pride Special in 2016. Ketiov was great too and a world exclusive for us!

CC: Ketiov, Doc Sleep & Nail have been some of my faves.

JB: A Love From Outer Space, Craig Richards and Doc Sleep.

Has there been an overall highlight for you?

CC: Being able to book some of my favourite DJs and producers at one of my top clubs.

AC: As Chris says, being able to work with some of the people we have admired for years. Everybody has been super nice and its been interesting to hang out and chat with them about their experiences and get their advice and input.

Your special birthday guest is Prosumer – why did you choose him to ring in your fourth year?

CC: I think Prosumer has a special place in all our hearts and we’ve been discussing booking him for some time now and everything just landed into place!

AC: Yeah – absolutely. I met him at Glastonbury a few years ago and we got chatting and stayed in touch. I think he liked what we were trying to do with TUSK and seems much more open to working with people on that basis, rather than just going for the huge shows. I tried to make it happen during 2017, but we couldn’t make the dates line up – so the third birthday party seemed the perfect choice to have him with us!

What are some of your favourite club nights in London at the moment?

CC: Of course at our sisters Discosodoma and Homodrop at Superstore are up there along with the legendary Horse Meat Disco.

AC: All of the above. I’m also enjoying the residency programs that XOYO and Phonox are running – its interesting to get somebody else’s take on who to put together to make a cohesive night of music.

JB: Similar really – A Love From Outer Space, Chapter 10, Discosodoma and Horse Meat Disco.

Any DJs that you would love to work with in the future?

CC: Sure, we have a big list forming. The Honey Soundsystem guys, Midland, The Black Madonna, Octo Octa.

JB: Felix Dickinson, Black Merlin, Job Jobse, Superpitcher, Massimilliano Pagliara.

AC: The list goes on – Jennifer Cardini, Justin Robertson, Optimo, Mike Servito, Marcel Vogel, Derrick Carter – who knows? Watch this space…

Are you pulling out any special surprises for your birthday that you can let us in on?

AC: Now that would be telling…

JB: I’ve got a good few head melting tracks that are not coming out until Spring…

CC: You’ll have to wait and see!    


Catch Tusk at their Third Birthday Bash on Saturday 24 February from 9pm-5am at Dalston Superstore!

CRIMES OF THE FUTURE

The Tusk boys are well known for bringing prolific heavyweight house legends to the Superstore laser basement, and the latest instalment is certainly no exception! Timothy J Fairplay and Scott Fraser are the masterminds behind Crimes of the Future Records, the imprint behind banging releases from Mystic Bill, Twins, Perseus Traxx and many more dusty, jacking underground house gems that you’ll want to get your hands on! Having come together at the studio of previous headliner Andrew Weatherall, we know these guys are going to bring some serious heat at this Saturday’s Tusk! We caught up to chat new releases, the Glasgow scene and plans for the future!

Hi guys! We can’t wait to have you guys join us at TUSK! How has 2017 been for you so far?

T: Has been good so far yeah, the Mystic Bill release was out a few months back on the label, which is one of my favourites so far. I released an album called Where Is The Champion? on Charlois in February. Have had some good times in Holland, Madrid, Berlin to name a few.

S: Looking forwards too! As Tim said about Mystic Bill being his favourite, he’s also a bit of a hero to me. Next up we have DMTR DSTNT & LVRIN with the Blasphemy EP then Paradise Box from Australia. It’s been a great year so far on the DJ front, just back from the US where I did the Beats in Space show with Richard Fearless which was great fun as we were both randomly in New York at the same time, then The Good Room in Greenpoint and Miami at the Electric Pickle with Joe. Production-wise I’m still waiting on my album dropping and I’m about to release a new record with Richard Sen as Hackney Vandal Patrol. 

Where did the name Crimes of the Future come from?

T: It’s the second film by David Cronenberg, in which a makeup company has caused a plague with its cosmetics products. 

What are some of your favourite memories from your eponymous Glasgow-based party series?

T: The first one when nobody came at all…?! Though generally a residents’ night, we had a few great guests, Traxx and EDMX being particular highlights

S: I’m going to add Lord Of The Isles and Plaid live, as I’ve got a huge amount of respect and admiration for what Neil does and Plaid and The Black Dog were a constant feature on my nineties soundtrack. Lovely guys too!

How did you two first meet and how did you come to be working together?

T: I was already working down at (Andrew Weatherall’s) Scrutton Street studios and Scott started renting the studio down the other end of the basement. We got asked to do the night together, and it was only a night for a while before we started the label. 

S: When I got to London, Andrew kindly offered me a space at RGC to set up my studio, so I guess it was inevitable we’d end up working together based on how things worked down there. It was very much a bunker of ideas and camaraderie down there.

What is the weirdest / best gig you’ve ever played?

T: There’s been lots of good ones, I kinda always remember that one in France where somebody crowd surfed and we were actually in the weird situation of trying to play stuff to make the audience kinda dance less and calm down. Live at Carcassonne was a great one partly just because of the setting. 

S: Agreed on the Live an Carcassonne. 

We had one gig where there was a power cut for 40 minutes, literally as we were about to go on which turned out to be a dodgy extension cable and we had to start completely from scratch… A big gig too, ouch!

I’m going to say Drugstore in Belgrade as those guys are probably up there with the best residents I’ve ever played with, they then went on to release a record with us as Tapan and I can count them as great friends now and have had the pleasure of playing with them over there several times since. Nebojsa has just started grappling with the joys of fatherhood but still finds time to bang out wicked music and DJ over there most weekends.

Having split your time between the Glasgow and London clubbing scenes, what do we have to learn from our Northern neighbours?

T: In Glasgow, it’s kinda different because all the clubs shut at 3am, so really everyone turns up midnight to 1am and you have two or three hours to bang it, totally the opposite of that going-on-for-days Berlin DJ journey thing. There’s a good afters party scene up there now though. 

S: The Glasgow dance floor suffers no fools and you need to be able to move it quickly due to the licensing restrictions. Honestly I kinda love that about it and I love warming a club up and one of the reasons for that is because I was schooled by the very best in the late eighties and early nineties as a punter listening to Harri at the Sub Club.

What recent releases have got you excited at the moment?

T: The new Innershades on 9300 Records, some as yet unreleased Antenna stuff, still the megahit that is Solar’s 5 Seconds, Jann’s Murder People on Pinkman Broken Dreams, Pentagram Home Video.  


 

S: I’ve been buying a lot of nice house stuff again recently…

John Swing on Relative, DJ Sports‘ album on Firecracker, digging that new Cadans 12″ on Clone Basement too. New Don’t DJ and ever good Brokntoys on the electro tip. Plus, lots of old weapons from the archive and still mining the second-hand shops for £2 bangers.

If you had a time machine and could go dancing anywhere/when, where would you go?

T: Ancient Greece, obviously.

S: Weatherall, Saturday night at Club 69 in Paisley 1996.

Have you got any exciting plans in the pipeline that you could let us in on?

T: I have a new EP called Mindfighter out on Höga Nord at the end of June, and I’m off to play in China for the first time in July.

S: Two nice remixes due soon, HVP with Richard (Sen), my album dropping on Berceuse Heroique, I’ve also got a proper song coming out very soon under my own name on a label I’ve released on before with a fantastic Scottish vocalist with a special remix on there too. Getting another label off the ground with Joe soon and I’ve been writing some US style house stuff under the AOD moniker. Some nice gigs bubbling along too. 

And finally, in five words or less, what are you planning to unleash on the lazer basement at TUSK?

T: U KNOW U JACK.

S: The house sound of Chicago.


Catch Scott Fraser and Timothy J. Fairplay at Tusk this Saturday 24 June from 9pm-3am at Dalston Superstore!

Heretic

One of Dalston Superstore’s most influential party institutions in recent memory is no doubt Florian Dovillez’s Homodrop. Over the past two years the promoter and DJ has welcomed a veritable who’s who of house and techno artists from the UK, Europe and beyond to repeatedly blow the lid clean off our lazerpit. This month sees the celebration of two years of brilliant parties, and for the special occasion, Florian has called in crowd favourite Heretic to return for a thumping basement sweat sesh. We sat down with the prolific DJ and producer to find out what makes him tick, and what he has up his sleeve for the birthday this Saturday!



Hi Heretic! We’re super excited to have you play at Dalston Superstore! Can you tell us a bit about yourself?

Hello, I’m Tim! Producer of electronic tomfoolery, DJ of very special interest music & I’m based in the artistically ever-declining / property developer utopia that is East London.

If you had to trace your DJ career back to one track that started it all, what would it be?

Well, I never really set out to be a DJ. Eskimo Twins, of which I am one half, started life as a live band but our manager made us learn to DJ. So that was actually the impetus to start playing records at people, but one track the we’d always shoe-horn into every set in the early days was Aspic by SMD. It still holds some pretty special memories, having played it at thousands of people, and at empty rooms.

What is the weirdest/best place you’ve ever played?

Played in an ex-army tank sprayed gold once at Secret Garden party once, that was a bit weird.

You recently remixed Andrew Weatherall’s Frankfurt Advice, how did you guys come to be working together?

I first met Andrew when we played with him at Slide in Brixton a couple of years ago. He opened by giving us a salute for a remix we’d just done and we’ve sort of stayed friends ever since. He did a remix of my track Pollux last year and it was an absolute honour to return the favour for him this year.

If you could pick any other artist, alive or dead, to collaborate with, who would it be?

With 2016 being the utterly shit year that it has been, I suppose I have a wider pool of dead geniuses to choose from.. I’ll go with George Martin though, my Beatles obsession is where my love of music started I think.

If you had a time machine and could go dancing anywhere/when, where would you go?

I’d love to go & check out The Dancing Plague of 1518 in Strasbourg. No one can say for sure why it happened, but the most likely cause was ergot fungi, which probably grew on their bread. It has a very similar makeup to LSD, so everyone was off their tits dancing maniacally. Sounds like a decent rave to me.

I think that might just be the most original answer we’ve ever had to that question!! What is your go-to track to rescue a waning dance floor?

Currently, I’d go with Dance.. While The Record Spins by Kornel Kovacs, it’s a groovy beast.

Favourite track of the year?

That’s really tough, there’s been such a monumental amount of great music out this year, so I’m not going to overthink this one. First one that comes to mind is Black Sands by Mikron. Belter.

Can you let us in on any plans you have in the pipeline for 2017?

Sure, I’m actually going to try and slow down on the release front in 2017. I feel the last 12 months have been a bit of an overkill with the amount of records I’ve put out and I’m keen to put more time and energy into my live show. So, I’ve currently only got one EP lined up in 2017 for the chaps at Ransom Note Records, and I’ll probably only do another two after that next year. I’ll have my head down, making the live show as good as it can be.

Can you give us a hint of what you have in store for Homodrop’s Second Birthday?

At this point, I honestly have no idea! I’ve played Homodrop a couple of times so I know what the vibe is likely to be, but you never know. I’ll take my ‘The Very Best of Drive Time: 40 Driving Classics & Feel Good Anthems’ CD along, but we’ll see where the night goes…


Catch Heretic at Homodrop’s Second Birthday this Saturday 5 November from 9pm-4am at Dalston Superstore!

 

Ewan Pearson

The legendary Ewan Pearson has been putting out eclectic records for 18 years under numerous guises, and we are thrilled to welcome him to the Superstore laser basement for Tusk! He has remixed for everybody from Depeche Mode to Chemical Brothers, and has more recently set up studio with previous TUSK guest Andrew Weatherall and worked on the new Jagwar Ma album. He caught up with Tusk promoter James Baillie to chat collaborations, clubland and exciting plans in the pipeline!

Last year you moved back to London from Berlin. Do you miss Deutschland?

I miss friends of mine in Berlin but I miss the city less than I expected to – but that’s more a function of having a two year old and a five month old to run after. Wherever they are is where my heart is. I’ve little time to go out wherever I am and certainly no time to pine.  So personally happy to be back – politically, economically – that’s another matter entirely!  If I’d had a crystal ball to predict the referendum result we’d still be in Berlin I think.

When you were based in Berlin you had a residency at Stattbad which was closed down by the local authorities in May 2015. The same thing is happening here in London with Fabric. Whats your thoughts on the whole Fabric situation?

Well with Fabric it’s a function of the current insanity with property prices in London – it’s not about drugs or public safety, it’s about getting hold of real estate. So it’s a much wider issue which affects all kinds of businesses and activities – a city can’t just consist of its paper value. But there’s so much money locked up in housing that all sorts of things are going to the wire as people attempt to get rich.

Can you remember the last record you played at your last night at Stattbad and why?

Well the last thing I played the last time I was there was Roisin Murphy’s Jealousy I think which is just a storming house record to end on – but I didn’t realise that was going to be the last record I got to play at Stattbad.  I thought I would be able to go over there every couple of months to play. It’s such a shame it was closed.

Any chance of a collaboration with Weatherall?

I would love to. Who knows?

You produced the brilliant new Jagwar Ma album which came out last week. Did you and Jono do a lot of digging in crates for inspiration?

I actually didn’t produce – I mixed most of it.  And played a bit on a couple of tracks. Jono is the producer, but I was giving feedback from the demo stages and was there for quite a lot of the recording. It’s more involvement than I would normally have with a record where I wasn’t the producer but I love them and Jono is one of my best friends so I’m happy to help in any way I can really.  I’m as proud of my involvement with Howling and Every Now and Then as anything I’ve done.  The new record definitely feels broader and moves into more territory than the first one. The faster four four tracks like Slipping and Colours of Paradise are amazing.

Another album you produced was for the brilliant Flowers and Sea Creatures. For a long time I thought it was your own album with collaborations. Have you ever thought of doing your own album and collaborating with other artists?

It has been suggested a few times and a collaborative record is a good way to make your own artist record I guess – Michael Mayer has just done that and what I’ve heard of it sounds brilliant.  I don’t know. I want to do more Partial Arts releases with my buddy Al Usher – I love the singles we’ve made for Kompakt and they really don’t sound like anything either of us would normally do which is just what you want in a collaboration.  

What projects are up next on the mixing desk?

I have just finished remixes for Crosstown Rebels, Days of Being Wild and a couple of other things I’m not allowed to say.  And I’ve produced and mixed an LP which is coming out on a big US indie label next year for someone I’m not able to name once again which has gone really well and I’m excited for people to hear.  I think there might be some kind of announcement of all that next month.  Don’t mean to be a tease!

This will be our last TUSK party for this year. What can we expect to hear blasting out the sound system from you?

Lots of righteous new music of an acidic nature. There’s so much great new music at the moment it’s hard to fit it all in!


Catch Ewan Pearson at Tusk on Saturday 22 October from 9pm-3am at Dalston Superstore.

Ewan’s final set at Stattbad before it closed its doors is available for download on Soundcloud.

Jennifer Cardini

Hailing from the south of France, Jennifer Cardini forged her reputation with residencies at Rex Club and famed lesbian club Le Pulp, ultimately going on to set up her successful Correspondant label to release both her own records and fresh new ones from around the world. Ahead of the party we caught up with her to talk about techno, love and Parisian lesbians…

What drew you to Paris in the late ’90s?

Friendship did. I met a girl who was also a DJ called Sex Toy during a radio interview I did for the release of my first ever record. After the interview we started to talk and became good friends. We started a band called Pussy Killers, which was one of the first DJ combo bands. We wanted to do something a bit different. Being fans of David Bowie and Rocky Horror Picture Show, we wanted to bring this rock-glam-humour into techno, because at this moment everyone was so serious, wearing label tshirts and stuff like that. So we started this and we wore Mexican wrestler masks, arriving on stage with a big ghetto blaster that played recordings of my dog barking, and playing Nirvana, AC/DC or Iron Maiden in the middle of our DJ set. It was a mixture of everything we grew up with, that superhero attitude.

She was the one who introduced me to the people from Le Pulp. I played there and they asked me to become a resident. So I said yes and just moved. Also Sex Toy and I wanted to make music together so it made more sense to be in Paris… I’m from the south of France and it’s not the most exciting region when you are young! It’s very nice now that I am a bit older- to go to the beach and stuff- but when I was in my 20s I was bored to death there.

So I came to Paris, which was really amazing, it was super exciting, so many things to do and people to know. So friendship brought me [to Paris]. But actually, I was already playing Rex Club and when I told them I planned on moving they offered me a residency. It was difficult to say no. I came here already having the two residencies, and for me they were the two best clubs at the time in Paris.

DJ Sex Toy was quite an influence presence in Paris?

She was an icon. Now there are two movies about her as she passed away 10-12 years ago. She was the kind of person who had 10 ideas every second… which could be very tiring! But she had this amazing energy and very creative. She had the craziness that I was too shy to have at that time. So we were a good combo- I was the more serious techno-freak and she was more the crazy creative person. She was always able to find crazy clothes to wear and be avant-garde-everything. Anything she wore, everyone else at Le Pulp would start wearing as well. She was this model for a lot of lesbians.

DJ Sex Toy

You were name-checked in RA’s article “The Alternate History Of Sexuality In Clubbing” as one of the most prominent DJs to come out of the Parisian lesbian club scene- other than Sex Toy, who were YOUR favourite DJs from that time?

Well, Ivan [Smagghe] was for sure. He was resident at the Kill The DJ’s parties. And Chloé of course.

Umm Le Pulp was really nice because it was small and dirty and crappy with the worst sound system ever! But we got everyone to play there, y’know. And it was also the time that everyone started touring outside of their own country and all the German DJs were really into the idea of coming to Paris to play and everybody was sleeping at our place, and we’d cook for them because we had absolutely no budget whatsoever. Which meant I got the chance to see a lot of amazing DJs play at Pulp. For example Michael Mayer, and we got to play back to back at this time. He is for sure one of my favourite DJs as he is a real storyteller. Just like Koze. He was another favourite DJ of mine at this time. I remember we booked him for Nouveau Casino and he started his set with Johnny Cash and it was just fantastic.

Even now, Koze, Michael Mayer, Ivan… and Andrew Weatherall are amongst my favourite DJs. Also I really love Ata from Robert Johnson. Because these DJs can take you everywhere.

Roman Flügel is another I like a lot as he is always on the verge of experimental and dance so it’s always very interesting and with a lot of elegance. Roman is a very elegant DJ for me. Very smart in his choices and how he builds things up.

What made that time in Paris so special that people still want to talk about it today?

Probably the fact that a lot of DJs came out of that time, Ivan and Chloé and me, we all started there. And also the fact that it was a lesbian club! That was pretty unconventional because the nightlife was ruled by the techno clubs or by huge gay parties. At the time Le Pulp started there was no place for queer subculture. Gays had gone really mainstream in the big clubs where you had thousands of boys dancing to commercial house music. So what made it special is that it was the place of a “first time” for a lot of people.

Le Pulp 

It was also a bit punk and a bit dirty. We just did whatever we wanted in there. There was no dress code. The entrance was free. And it was a lesbian club where boys were allowed if they behaved well. They would come with girls and everybody was really respectful. There were no social differences. You had hipsters. And you also had homeless people and from the suburbs.

Homeless people?

Yeah. I read an interview with Ivan and I remembered that sometimes when it was really cold we would let people from the street get in the club so they wouldn’t freeze to death. It was really like this err…

Community?

Yeah! And that’s something that has tended to disappear a little bit with the high fees that are charged for entrance. It leaves a lot of people outside y’know.

It was more mixed. Sometimes you had people from everywhere. We had Björk coming and people staring at her like she was an alien.

Do you think that women, queer or otherwise, in techno prefer to play at queer parties or venues?

I don’t know. I mean for me, I really like to play at lesbian parties! I know that promoters like Barbi(e) Turrix for example, which is the main lesbian party at the moment, they really like to book female artists. But I think it’s also very political. It’s a response to the fact that a lot of the festivals don’t book women sometimes. You can see lineups with no women at all! It’s like ‘ey!

But I don’t know. I can’t answer. I like to play good parties.

But you also play gay parties for guys as well as for girls, no?

I try to choose parties more according to the venue and the promoter. If I can see that the guy or the girl  making the party really loves music and is passionate, and you feel that by looking at the poster, you can see easily what the target is. If the target is “okay I am gonna make a lot of money” or the target is “okay I am gonna make money because obviously you are working for it, but on the human point I want the party to be great with a nice atmosphere”. You can feel this.


Jennifer Cardini – “Venom” (Official Video) by CorrespondantRecords

Your label Correspondant has been going from strength to strength- what should we be looking out for on it?

Actually right now I have a little fetish with the Mexican scene haha! We are gonna release records from a guy called Max Jones in September.

And you have Zombies in Miami too…

Yeah. The Mexican scene is extremely rich, very good producers who have one foot in more like rock music and one foot in raw dance music… and there is also a kind of humour to the music. It’s very heavy. And very sexy. I really like that.

But people that don’t know the label should listen to the compilations. They’re good snapshots of what we like to do. The diversity and range we like to go through. From techno to down-tempo stuff.

One of the best tracks from the last compilation is The Aspodells [Andrew Weatherall and Timothy J Fairplay]. It’s so beautiful. I would recommend that and also the fantastic André Bratten called Trommer og Bass. I still play it and have been for one year now. It’s a huge track. It’s gonna be on Erol Alkan’s Fabric CD.

Your own latest EP with Shaw references Paris Is Burning with tracks In The Ballroom and Pepper LaBeija- why do you think the documentary is still such a rich source material after all these years?

Because it’s still very modern, very relevant, it’s still very hard for a lot of gay kids to live their sexuality with freedom. For example, in the movie you see that kids were thrown out from their house, and rejected by their family. I think it is even Pepper LaBeija who says that when his mom found out he was wearing women’s clothing, she burned all of them.

Pepper LaBeija

We live in big cities and we don’t always realise all this, because we are in a social environment that makes us think that it’s easy to be gay, but I don’t think it is. I don’t believe that it’s like that for a kid that lives in a little city- he still gets the finger pointed at him. Even if we make progress it’s still not so easy to grow up knowing you are gay and to be happy with it.

I saw the film for the first time two years ago, just before going into the studio with David [Shaw]. I’d heard about the movie, but I’d never watched it, and my girlfriend showed it to me and I was really moved by those kids.

The film is also really relevant of the difficulties of going from one social class to another. In the movie some of the kids are dressing up like upper-middle-class or trailer or one is even dressing like an airline pilot. So you really have this feeling that by dressing up and by going to those ballrooms they are trying to climb a social ladder that in reality would be much harder for them to climb. With their background from living on the streets, it’s much harder for them to break the social differences. This moved me because I think it’s still the case. It’s still very hard to go from one social level to another.

What keeps you in Cologne?

This one is easy! Love does. I’ve lived here with my girlfriend for the last three years. I wanted to change my life a little bit. I’ve got 20 years of nightlife behind me and I just wanted to start the label and start to make music again. I’ve had this project with David [Shaw] and I’m travelling so much I just wanted to find a place that was a little bit more stress-free and laid back than Paris. Paris can be really tough! It’s still my favourite city and I’m totally in love with it. It’s so beautiful and every time I go there I’m like “wow”. But I wouldn’t like to live there anymore. I do miss my friends though.

Jennifer Cardini

The quality of life here [in Cologne], and the quietness in the week are really part of my stability right now and that’s something I don’t want to break.

What are your friends in Paris doing? What exciting projects, nights, things you wish you were part of?

I’m still friends with all the people from Le Pulp. That’s nearly 20 years of friendship.

And I do miss the queer scene in Paris! The queer scene in Cologne is very underground haha, I haven’t really found it yet! But in Paris it’s really good right now. Without pretention, I can really feel how much my generation gave more freedom to the new lesbian generation. Because we broke free from something.

We were like “’ey! We are here!” Before Le Pulp, I have the feeling the lesbian scene was very underground in Paris. Like, it was always very confidential.

I can feel it now with big parties like Barbi(e) Turrix where you have like 1000 girls dancing to really underground techno music and that is just amazing. And that is because of Pulp. And this is still something unique. Everywhere I go there is rarely 1000 women dancing.

To good music?

I am not gonna say “this is good music” or “this is bad music”. But, they are dancing. To music that we play. And that’s quite crazy for the lesbian scene! And that is really because of Pulp. And of us fighting to not become mainstream and keep our craziness a little bit.

 

And what do you plan to treat our basement for lesbians and their gay boyfriends to?

Ahhh, I don’t know! I’m still thinking about it! But I like to play all kinds of stuff so I’ll chose records, and then I’m there, and we see how it goes. It’s like a deal y’know, the energy I get from them and the energy I get back. It’s like going on a trip. All I can do is bring good music and then we see what we do about it. 

Join Jennifer Cardini this Friday 11th December from 9pm – 3am for Lazertitz at Dalston Superstore.

Timothy J Fairplay Does Discosodoma

By Elektra Complexx

Timothy J Fairplay joins the DISCOSODOMA crew in their queer disco studies for an acid fueled edition on the 9th of August at Dalston Superstore’s favorite laser pit.

Known from his Crimes Of The Future nights and label with Scott Fraser, and for his collaboration with Andrew Weatherall for The Asphodells; Timothy has released music on Astro Lab Recordings, World Unknown, Bird Scarer, Emotional Response, Magic Feet, Horn Wax and Rothmans. He has DJ’ed and played live all over the world, including Fabric in London and Robert Johnson in Frankfurt.

How would you describe your sound for those who aren’t familiar with it? 

Broadly I guess I’d say it’s house or techno, but along the way you’ll hear sounds from Italo, film soundtracks, nu beat, industrial, kosmische music, the odd breakbeat… all sorts really.

Your work is endowed with a distinctive aesthetic that crosses genres such as krautrock, acid and disco among others. What drives your inspiration? 

It’s mainly driven by my record collection, I don’t have the patience to work only in one sound, so I like to flit about across genres. I ‘spose I quite like playing with genres, placing my sound within the constraints of a particular genre. But really it comes naturally, I never plan to mix two styles in some contrived way.

Crimes of The Future: from club night to label, how did you decide to make this jump and what are your aspirations for this project?

Well me and Scott wanted to start a label, partly to have more control over how our music was released, for me especially from an aesthetic point of view. David Cronenberg’s films are a particular favourite of mine, so thats how the name came about, and I guess we did the logo with a bit of a Videodrome look. It’s just the starting point though, as Crimes of the Future is not a soundtrack label at all, we might put out some stuff like that, but really we put out the sort of music we play in the club.

The past twelve months have found you travelling around the world. From Glasgow to Berlin and from London to Los Angeles, what are you fondest memories?

There’s been lots of cool stuff in the last 12 months, Carcassonne with Andrew Weatherall last year was fantastic, really happy to be doing it again this year, Unknown in Croatia was really good fun. Belgrade was cool, theres a cool underground scene there. But L.A. probably is my recent favourite, the scene there is great right now – London should be taking note…

In past interviews you have referred to 70s/80s soundtracks as a source of influence for your solo work. If you could score a film, what would that be?

That’s a tough one, as it depends what I am into that week. At the moment probably something like Tombs of the Blind Dead by Amando De Ossorio.

If the technology was there, in front of you, when and where in time and space would you travel?

Ha ha ha awww I’d probably go and check out the fall of Rome or something…

Someone presents you with the opportunity to curate your dream night. Who would you choose for the line-up?

Klaus Schulze doing ‘Mirage’ in its entirety, followed by Sid Barrett era Pink Floyd and The Aphex Twin headlining doing Selected Ambient Works Pt 1 live.

What does the near future hold for you? Are there any projects you would like to share with us?

There’s loads of releases coming up, a single sided Junior Fairplay thing on Crimes Of The Future in September, two EP’s on a Glasgow based label called Work for Love, there’s gonna be a follow up to last years Good For Driving In The Night cassette called The Promise of Midi which is a collection of lost recordings, a mini album back on Emotional Response, theres lots of remixes and some collaborations too.

What should we expect from your set at DISCOSODOMA?

A lot of energy, there’ll be heaps of new stuff, as well as my newest material. Some forgotten classics, as well as some less forgotten ones!

And finally, disco is?

For me it’s that continuous beat, those hats, the kick and huge handclaps, I just never get tired of it.

Join Timothy J Fairplay at Discosodoma on Saturday 9th August at Dalston Superstore from 9pm – 3am.

Morgan Hammer

Saturday sees French DJ and producer Morgan Hammer in the basement for Hot Boy Dancing Spot! Part of the Relish Recordings family, the Barcelona based Morgan has been steadily releasing records an growing in popularity. With a track recently included on the latest compilation for cult Paris shop Collette, and more on the way, she’s one to watch out for. Ahead of the party, we caught up with her to ask a few question…

You’ve released on Matt Walsh’s label Clouded Vision, Relish, among others… what other labels would be a dream come true to release your records on?

There are a lot of labels where I would like to work with, but for now I will say Kill The DJ and Ivan’s new label Les Disques De La Mort. I also would love to do some music for Kompakt or Speicher as they have been my first big love since I started DJing.  

What came first- DJing or producing? What feels more comfortable for you?

First I started producing, and a short time after I did my first mixes. I love doing both; the more I play music the more I love DJing and it’s absolutely the same with producing. I need both to have a balanced mind.

We hear you’re a bit of a cold wave fan- what’s your ultimate cold wave track that you could actually get away with playing out?

Recently I’ve become a fan of Makina GirGir, a Parisian artist from La Forme Lente Records. This track is one of my favourites.


What’s currently on repeat on your ipod?

La Mverte new releases on Her Majesty’s Ship, some Timothy J Fairplay’s mixes, a lot of music from La Forme Lente, Mannequin Records or Domestica, also some of Yesco and Lokier tracks, but also a lot of classical like Johannes Brahms, Franz Liszt, Bach…

If you had a time machine to visit any dancefloor anywhere/anywhen, where would you go?

I think I would go to see Joy Division and Happy Mondays at The Factory in Manchester and finish completely drunk in a big endless after hour. 

You joined the Spun Out roster last year alongside the likes of Ivan Smagghe, Andrew Weatherall, Optimo, Psychemagik- it kinda feels like exactly the right home for you! Have those artists been much of an influence since joining?

Spun Out artists always have been a big influence for me since I started DJing, I’ll always remember the first time I saw Ivan Smagghe playing in Montpellier when I was nearly 18, It was such a revelation for me. Andrew’s music, Ewan Pearson, Justus are also big examples to me. 

What was the last book you read?

I’m now finishing Headed For The Blues by Josef Skvorecky.

You’ve got a new track on the latest Collette compilation, can you tell us how that came about and what is next for Morgan Hammer?

Colette’s team wrote me a few months ago to know if I would be interested on making a track for their St Valentines Compilation. It was such  great news for me because I’ve always dreamed about working with them.

Now I’m finishing my EP for Relish Recordings which is gonna be out around March/April. I also have an EP due with TheFkClub which is coming out next month on Astrolab Recordings, after that I would like to work on my first album.

Join Morgan Hammer this Saturday for Hot Boy Dancing Spot at Dalston Superstore from 9pm -3am.

Photo credit: David Imbërnon

Timothy J Fairplay

Tonight sees Timothy J Fairplay join Say Yes residents Nadia Ksaiba and Thomas Whitehead for a wild and wonderful celebration of genres from disco, post punk, early house and beyond. Currently collaborating with Andrew Weatherall under The Asphodells moniker, Timothy J Fairplay has also been pumping out hot production jams. His productions and DJ sets vary between Krautrock, sparse Chicago Jams and atmospheric ’80s gang movie soundtracks. We decided to find out more.

Why have you made “The Lonely City” your home?

It’s partly me trying to be vaguely mysterious, I quite like people not knowing quite where I am based, but it’s also an illusion to some fictional dystopian city, I make references to ‘The Lonely City’ in my music quite a lot.     

You also run a night in Glasgow with Scott Fraser called Crimes Of The Future. Where does the name come from?

Crimes of the Future is a really early David Cronenberg short film set around a dermatological clinic called The House of Skin. The clinics head scientist Antoine Rouge has caused a deadly plague with cosmetic products. It’s a very odd film – even by Cronenberg standards, and with a very odd atmosphere… perfect for naming a techno night after.

What informs your eclectic taste?

I have always been into all sorts of music really, there are too many cool sounds out there to only be into a couple of genres. I hate politeness in music and tend to like disorder. I worked in a record shop for years, that always tends to make your tastes very broad. 

If you stumbled across a time machine, what era would you be dialling back to visit?

Probably Germany in the mid/late ’70s/ early ’80s, see some of those krautrock acts at their height. Might wanna pop over to Italy too… I dunno, tough question, I’m actually quite happy in the here and now really with a romantic imagined view of the past.  

What’s next for your side project with Andrew Weatherall, The Asphodells?

Our album Ruled By Passion, Destroyed By Lust is out at the start of February, doing promotion for that and then I think starting on a follow up. 

A lot of your music ends up as vinyl only or limited edition vinyl- is this a conscious choice and if so why is vinyl particularly important to you?

Naa not really, I think some of it is gonna start to creep out now digitally. I don’t have a big thing about vinyl only, though it’s always nice to put out a physical release. 

What is your favourite film soundtrack?

That’s pretty tough, though its probably John Carpenter’s The Fog, though Fabio Frizzi’s Zombie Flesh Eaters soundtrack runs a pretty close second and Marcello Giombini’s Anthropophagus: The Beast bringing up the rear. 

What was the last thing you saw/read/heard that truly moved you? 

Favorite recent album is probably Tracks From The Trailer by Unit Black Flight, really enjoyed the film Holy Motors, and recently re-read Super Sad True Love Story, a properly terrifying book.  

How does your sound fit into Say Yes?

I have a love for Italo, electro disco and synth pop and I’ve been trawling the shelves for a few camp classics I have not played in a while. There’s quite a big Italo influence in my own music though I tend not to always shout about it.    

Join Timothy J Fairplay at Say Yes tonight with Nadia Ksaiba and Thomas Whitehead at Dalston Superstore from 9pm – 3am.

Horse Meat Disco

For those that don’t go out on school nights and for those who don’t all that often frequent south-of-the-river… We bring you Horse Meat Disco. On a Saturday. In Dalston. With all four residents. Over both floors.  That’s right, you’ve got Jim Stanton, James Hillard, Luke Howard and of course Severino Making the trek north from their home at The Eagle in Vauxhall to have a one-night-stand with Dalston Superstore.

We caught up with Jim for a quick chat about all things Horse Meat ahead of tomorrow’s party…

In London, where nightlife options seem endless, what do you attribute your enduring success to?

We set up HMD as an attempt to side-step the obvious that was happening in clubland nine or ten years ago; a seeming pre-occupation of sex and drugs before music. And the party crowd, it was all a bit dark and soulless with a few notable exceptions. I guess we’ve just always tried to keep these things at the fore ie. GREAT MUSIC and the PEOPLE and I think once you have this in place the sex and whatever else follows! 

The Eagle is a special place… What makes it so?

It is in the East Vauxhall side of things, an area known for frivolity and nightlife frippery, where the likes of Pepys could be found indulging their party requirements – the Lambeth Walk is across the road! It’s some kind of leyline here, really crazy.

We’re graced by all four of you this weekend… who is the biggest diva? 

Me (Jim Stanton), hands up before we get into a handbag fight. HOWEVER we ALL have our moments trust me.

Who have been your most interesting guests so far this year?

There have been some absolute CRACKERS, most notably David Morales who played through a dizzying set comprising of all his musical stylings, Kenny Dope was legend and I guess Weatherall for me was a personal jaw-dropping highlight.

What three records do you associate most with HMD on a Sunday?

Sylvester – Mighty Real

Diana Ross – The Boss

Sheryl Lee Ralph – In The Evening 

And finally, who is on the Horse Meat wishlist for 2013?

Frankie Knuckles! 

All four Horse Meat Disco residents join us over both floors this Saturday 24th November at Dalston Superstore from 9pm – 4am.

Ivan Smagghe At Trailer Trash

As the inimitable Ivan Smagghe is set to play the Halloween party hosted by our disco sisters Trailer Trash and the good ship Bugged Out, we managed to get a moment with the man himself to discuss what Halloween means to him, the roots of his long-standing relationship with Andrew Weatherall and what really scares him.

To really get into the spirit of things, check out this live recording of Ivan playing at our San Francisco friends Honey Soundsystem…

Londoners really get into All Hallows Eve- what’s the best Halloween party you’ve played in terms of effort gone into by promoters and by the crowd themselves?

I must admit I’m not a very big Halloween fan. I think it’s a corporate American thing that’s been imported here. It’s not an English tradition. Or European. It’s a bit of a cashing-in job I think. That said, if you want to have a costume party it doesn’t have to be Halloween. Like Horse Meat Disco. But that’s just their general style of living. It’s not a costume, that’s just the way they are. I think that’s the way to be.

Yeah, Halloween, I don’t mind it, but I wouldn’t put too much into it. If you want to dress up you can dress up any time really.

Do you find the mood different at Halloween events, in terms of reading the crowd and selecting records?

No. Playing records certainly not. If it’s going to be Halloween, it’s always fun if people make more of an effort but it gets into a cycle… there’s Halloween, then there’s Christmas… that whole invasion of things you “have to do”. Do it if you want to do it. I’m French so we do Mardi Gras which is in March/April. 20 years ago Halloween didn’t exist and people were still partying.

You’re playing at Bugged Out/Trailer Trash with Andrew Weatherall- a DJ/producer you’ve often associated with. How did you come to meet?

I was a fan, as were quite a lot of people of my age, but we met quite late actually. We met when I moved to London so about 10 years ago probably. It was quite randomly at a party that I was playing. We’ve got the same booker so that’s how we started playing together and we kinda play similar music. There’s not many people I play joint with… maybe only five or six and he’s one of them. It was a random meeting. Pretty simple. Even though I was a fan I didn’t feel intimidated, he might be intimidating to some people but he’s a gentleman.

You’ve said you have other DJs who you play out with quite a lot, but is Weatherall one you have a particularly close relationship with as you’re so often associated with each other?

It comes from the music I suppose. He’s a bit older than me but we were both listening to other types of music when acid house first happened. And we’ve got our differences, he’s a massive reggae fan and I’m not but it all comes from the fact we’re open minded and not only focussed on electronic music. That makes it work. With other DJs I play with the link is definitely more related to electronic music. We have links outside of music, books for instance. We talk a lot about other things. It’s not only about the music… And probably being moody sometimes. That’s been said about him beforehand and that’s what’s said about me.

What scares you the most?

What scares me the most? Myself. Probably.

And what should more people be scared of?

Not me! That’s a definite no. They shouldn’t be scared of me.

They should be scared of greed.

You recently contributed a remix for and played the Paris launch party for Astro lab’s compilation Treasure Hunting- have you got any more records coming out on the label?

Errr not that I know of. Maybe in the future but not at the moment. I’ve known Laurent (Pastor) for years but I’ve got a lot on at moment.

Anything else you’ve been working on lately- anything for Kill The DJ?

I’ve just finished a remix for Visionquest, Seth Troxler’s label. That should come out very soon. I’ve got a mix coming on Eskimo. But the main thing is really the It’s A Fine Line album on Kill The DJ. Hopefully it should be out before next summer.

Lots of people record under aliases, and Halloween is a time when people get to dress up and pretend to be other than they are. Do you ever wish this was a route you’d followed?

Pretending I’m someone that I’m not? Absolutely not. God, that is so not me. It’s the same thing isn’t it, if you want to do that why would you need Halloween for that? If you want to be someone else just be that person. And that’s it. It’s so complicated just being yourself, if you then had to be someone else… Jesus Christ. No. No. 

Ivan Smagghe joins Andrew Weatherall, Waze & Odyssey and Hannah Holland at the Bugged Out + Trailer Trash Halloween House Of Horrors tomorrow night (Saturday 27th October) from 10pm – 6am at Netil House in Hackney. Advanced tickets are now sold out but there are 50 held back for the door- first come first served! 

Sean Johnston Mix

A Love From Outer Space takeover Dalston Superstore on September 21st. Here’s a very special mix from co-pilot Sean Johnston (aka Hardway Bros) featuring an epic selection of  their patented sleazed-out space chug sound. Sean is keeping the tracklist close to his chest for the moment but has promised to give us some clues nearer the party. In the meantime enjoy this rather unique sonic journey…

A Love From Outer Space September Edition

 

Ivan Smagghe

Tomorrow night sees intransigent French DJ and producer Ivan Smagghe subverting the masses in the lazer basement for Techno In My Fridge. Originally famed for co-founding Parisian electronic act Black Strobe in the late ‘90s, he’s since gone on to help shape the listening tastes of countless electronic music fans via his day-job as A&R at the Kill The DJ record label, superlative DJ sets both solo and with occasional partner-in-crime Andrew Weatherall, and creating music as a duo with Tim Paris as It’s A Fine Line.

As a world-renowned DJ who, according to his Facebook, aims “to prove that electronic music can be so much more than a one dimensional soundtrack for a night on the lash”, he’s one not to be missed. With this in mind, we winged over some geeky and cerebral questions to pose to Monsieur Smagghe…

Hi Ivan, what are you up to right now?

I’m on the Eurostar to Paris to play with (Andrew) Weatherall and Optimo; then a three day marathon: Portland, Los Angeles, San Francisco. 

Or did you mean in general maybe? Working on our It’s A Fine Line EP, remixing Footprintz for Visionquest, and finally maybe about to launch the ‘Discipline in Disorder’  book collection.

Our readers do seem to enjoy a bit of a geek-out so can you talk us through your studio set-up please?

Errrr… No, not really. Too long, tedious and secrets of the trade… I could point out to the rare things we really love like our Publison DHM89, our Fairchild reverbatron blah blah… Show off.

What was the last book you read?

I am reading ‘Traveller of the Century’ by Andres Neuman at the moment, amongst other things… I always have a couple on the go. Just finished ‘Europe Central’ by William T. Vollmann. Brilliant as ever.

What are your thoughts on and involvement in Gay Pride in Paris?

Well, Kill the DJ has a float this year representing the lesbian underground scene under the ‘gouine comme un camion’ moniker (roughly translates to ‘fit trucker butch’). Sadly I will be in the States but not in spirit.

Who are your favourite French bands past and present?

Too many to exhaust: Alain Kan, Christophe, Bernard Sazner, Michel Colombier, a million new wave tape or 45 rpm only obscurities. 

Serge Gainsbourg of course, Areski and Brigitte Fontaine have a special place in my heart, so have the too forgotten Programme. And a huge string of One-hit wonders…

What qualities do you most admire in your occasional partner in crime (and Superstore fave) Andrew Weatherall?

His ability to grow a beard rapidly and his knowledge of London/English social literature.

What is in your record bag for Techno In My Fridge?

Dunno yet as I try not to plan in advance.

What is in your fridge?

Cat food. Alvarino wine if am lucky. A definite lack of French cheese.

You founded Black Strobe in ’97 with the rather amazing musical description of “frozen Balearic gay biker house”. What’s the best genre or description you’ve heard recently?

‘Goth step’ was mildly amusing, but I never read musical press so…

What motto do you live your life by?

One motto can’t be nearly enough.

Ivan Smagghe plays Techno In My Fridge at Dalston Superstore on Friday 6th July with Natalie Coleman (Mooch) and residents Mikki Most and Alexander Parade.

Check out this brand new mix from Alexander Parade for a taste of Techno In My Fridge…