Posts Tagged ‘Athens’

Amateurboyz’s Top Tips for Successful Raving

Our favourite Grecian power rave returns this Saturday 2 December for their final party of the year, and they’re pulling out all the stops to make sure it’s a special one! Their guests of honour are fellow Athenian tastemakers, previous guests and ‘sodoma soul sisters Amateurboyz! Having raved a long summer’s day away with the Discosodoma crew as well as rave royalty Discodromo at their A THREESOME ON ACID party during Athens Pride earlier this year, they are well-placed to provide us with their expert top tips for successful raving ahead of Saturday! 

1. Cubicles that take six people x2 

2. Never ending booze

3. A disco nap area / special K discovery room

4. A lock in

 

5. An after party

6. Glory holes

7. Track pants

8. Vegan bumps ( or Organic Chanel) 

9. Fag hags

10. Smoking wherever you like

11. And bonus: No lights!


Catch Amateurboyz at Discosodoma this Saturday 2 December from 9pm-4am at Dalston Superstore

Bad Spencer

Next weekend sees special guest DJ Bad Spencer join us for bi-monthly queer party Les Poppeurs to play his signature eclectic party sound in the laser pit alongside Tel Aviv’s Partok and Poppeurs resident Whitney Weiss. He’ll be jetting over all the way from Athens, where he throws the spectacular Yes It Does! Sure It Does party that has hosted everyone from Dan Avery to Trevor Jackson to The Magician. Ahead of the party next Friday we caught up with him to find out more about the Greek party scene and more…

Yes It Does! Sure It Does is an Athens institution, congrats on your seven year anniversary; what’s been some of the highlights?

For the past seven years we have been throwing parties in many different venues in downtown Athens, trying to represent a part of its culture. Throughout the years we have been lucky to host parties in former jazz bars, metal clubs, summer cinemas, terraces and other interesting venues, and to invite many great DJs mainly from London. Some of them are Superstore regulars, like its governor Dan Beaumont, also Jonjo Jury, Severino etc.

What makes Athens a great city to throw parties in?

It seems that the financial crisis has changed Athens dramatically. Athenians are still trying to deal with hardships. However, amidst the ruins, it seems that Athens is becoming interesting to live in and visit. There seems to be no clear idea where the trend is going, but this is part of the excitement, I guess.

What’s the story behind your DJ name?

Well it kind of suits my body structure and my, ahem, dynamic DJ style. Also, when me and my brother where kids, my father would rent Bud Spencer & Terence Hill movies all the time. This was one of our favorite things to do together.So I guess my DJ name is also a tribute to my childhood and my father.

If you had access to a time machine and could visit any dance floor anywhere/anywhen, where would want to go dancing?

I dunno, actually. That is a tough one. I would have a tough time choosing between UK in the (very) late eighties or New York during the Paradise Garage era. Maybe I would opt for the former, because the idea of listening to new music which resembles nothing you had heard until then is one of my favourite feelings as it seldom happens to me nowadays.

You’re known as an eclectic DJ- but what’s a record people would be taken aback to discover you secretly love?

I am such a sucker for almost all smooth yacht/smooth rock records. Put some Kenny Loggins or Michael MacDonald in the mix, and I will probably love it.

Why does Greece need marriage equality?

I don’t think there are reasons why Greece is special in this matter. So my answer would be: for the same reasons every place needs marriage equality: because it’s fair and right.

You just played at Athens Pride – what’s a track you played/would play to make the boys get their tops off?

It was more of a Pre-Pride fundraiser and I was happy to have been invited by the organizer Stathis to play amongst very good DJs to contribute a small DJ set to a good cause. I remember this working nicely…

Who out of all your superlative Yes It Does! Sure It Does guests really and unexpectedly blew you away?

We have been blessed with so many amazing DJ sets by our guests over the years so it is hard to choose. If I really had to narrow it down to one, it would be Krikor from Paris, a few years back. We invited him for a two hour DJ set. He ended up playing more than three and then ended up doing another two hours, so five hours back2back with me. He played everything from Suicide to techno. They had to drag us out of the DJ booth at 7AM.

If you could change one think about Greek politics what would it be?

Out of so many things that need to change I think that the most important would be for people to start choosing their representatives more based on actual capabilities and track record rather than choosing the ones that are good at addressing crowds or talking to the TV cameras.

Join Bad Spencer on Friday 19th June for Les Poppeurs at Dalston Superstore from 9pm – 3am.

Elektra Complex

This Saturday, we welcome the wonderful Discosodoma party back to Dalston Superstore. As it’s their first birthday they’ve invited their very first guests Amateurboyz back from Athens, and they’ve invited NYC based DJ and producer Justin Van Der Volgen to play… AND they’ve invited one half of Chateau Flight, Gilb’R to also play! Plus a whole hosts of regular guests including Sanjay Sur, Diet Clinic and Terry Childs. Ahead of the party we caught up with two members of the Elektra Complex collective, Stathis (aka Sex Video Tapes) and Ilias to find out more about what has made Discosodoma such a special party…

Tell us how the idea for the night came about. What’s Discosodoma’s origin story?

Ilias: It all started over nibbles of Greek spinach pie in Stathis’ kitchen talking about how the music we enjoy was misrepresented in London’s queer nightlife. I think I lost a small part of my receding hairline when he dropped the name on the table. I still remember our first meeting with Dan Beaumont, who told us straight away that he loved the name and the concept. 

What influence do your Greek roots have on the way you approach throwing parties?

Elektra Complex: Ha! Our last minute approach most probably!

Which guest out of all of your amazing previous guests was the biggest surprise for whatever reason?

Ilias: That’s a tricky one! I would say Timothy J Fairplay. I left the Superstore that night reeling from the experience.

Stathis: I’m gonna say Reza Athar. He played the most ‘DISCOSODOMA’ set.

You guys are crazy ambitious and the parties are getting wilder! What does Year Two have in store?

Elektra Complex: Bigger, better, bolder! Just kidding. Well, we now have a new member in our team, DJ and radio producer, Maria Politi, who will be helping us to grow not only DISCOSODOMA but also launch our new night at Dance Tunnel in August. Stay tuned for more!  

What’s one thing you love about queer nightlife in London and one thing you think we could all work on?

Ilias: You can’t beat the diversity and vibrancy of London’s queer nightlife, despite the recent developments of many venues closing down. We will always find ways to persevere, and that’s also a more general comment to the treatment of nightlife economy by the authorities. On the other hand, I would like to see more alternative nights that deviate from the pop, disco, house narrative. 

What’s one song that exemplifies the Discosodoma dance floor?

Elektra Complex: That record would be a long edit of Donna Summer’s I Feel Love.  A timeless track that unites all dancers.

You always book dreamboat DJs… who else is on the wishlist?

Stathis: Hashtag DreamWishList: DJ Harvey and Daniele Baldelli.

Ilias: Keep dreaming Stathis! But I will have to agree.

What dance floors of the past inspire what you’re trying to achieve with Discosodoma?

Ilias: Not a dance floor per se, but a dance floor moment I like to keep as inspiration is Larry Levan dropping Sylvester’s iconic Over & Over at Paradise Garage.

Stathis: As I have the memory of a goldfish, my inspiration lies in imagining the dance floors of the future.  

You have loads of superlative DJs playing at your birthday party. Can you talk us through the programming and why you decided to have three headline worthy Djs on the same bill?

Stathis: As a Gemini, I couldn’t really make up my mind and to save Ilias from a stroke, we decided to book them all. Besides, these guests represent exactly the sound that we wanted to offer for our first birthday.

What’s been your own personal best moment of dance floor ecstasy?

Ilias: Actually a relatively recent one, when nd_baumecker played Sandra’s In The Heat Of The Night at Panorama Bar on a Monday morning. I genuinely lost the plot with that one.

Stathis: Dancing to Talking Heads – Psycho Killer at the last ALFOS party at Corsica Studios. It was such a pleasant WTF moment! 

The new artwork is a slight departure from previous posters- who designed it and what was the thinking behind it?

Elektra Complex: The idea came to us one night during a dinner when a friend of ours read the tarot cards for fun on the table. The judgment card stood out and we took its design and gave it a DISCOSODOMA approach with some Greek mythologies references, from the Minotaur to the ecstatic crowd dancing on the top of the column. We are very lucky to have John Philip Sage as a good friend who understood straight away what we wanted to do and designed this amazing artwork for us.

You’ve also had some spectacularly sexy promo videos- which is your favourite each and why?

Ilias: That would be the last one for me. We asked our friend, Munir Malik, to direct it and he did a great job despite using an iPhone to shoot it in the end.

Stathis: Same for me, even though I had to replace the model that was supposed to be in the video, and ended up being covered in chalk powder for more than three hours. I’m still vacuuming my room!

The resident DJs and regular guests are a big part of what makes the party so special. The individual parts are all amazing DJs but together the family is really something a bit unique- why do you think this is?

Elektra Complex: As true Greeks, family is important as it allows within its ranks to nurture not only our individual aspirations but also to grow and present a common idea. In our family, we all share a similar aesthetic towards the arts and more specifically dance music. We wouldn’t have been able to be here without them. 

And HOT GUYS are also a big part of the party’s success! Describe the ideal crowd…

Ilias: The crowd that checks its preconceptions about what makes a good party at the door and embraces the sound we offer every time. Bonus points are given to those losing their shirts in the folly of the dance floor.

Stathis: Come on, Ilias! It’s always a sea of leather daddies dancing to acid disco! 

Sum up the ethos of Discosodoma in one sentence…

Elektra Complex: There is no ethos in sodomy. Hahahaha!

Join Ilias and Stathis of Elektra Complex for the Discosodoma One party this Saturday 9th May from 9pm – 5am.

Amateurboyz

This Saturday Greek party starters the Amateurboyz join us for the launch of brand new night Discosodoma. As promoters and DJs in their hometown of Athens, the Amateurboyz have built up a loyal following both their and abroad for their quirky parties and discerning taste for booking quality guests. We caught up with them ahead of Saturday’s party to find out more about the fun-loving duo…

What led to you guys setting up the Amateur Parties in Athens? Why did the city need it?

It all started with our love for dance music and a trip to Berlin. In our opinion, Athens was going in the wrong direction regarding its nightlife; very formal clubs with expensive drinks and high entrance fees for no reason! A house party in our new apartment back in 2004 convinced us that our friends, and their friends were ready for something new. Then, we grabbed the opportunity and transformed our house party into a monthly local party in a Russian disco.

You’ve put on a lot of great live acts and international DJs- who was the hardest to pull off logistically?

We have been lucky because we have people’s love. Even if every event is risky, at the end we’ve always manage to pull it off! The hardest event, as far as we can recall, was with Rebolledo, it was a difficult night for Athens, full of riots and strikes; nothing was moving. Not that many managed to actually attend the event, but the music and feeling of the night ended up great after all.

-What’s one record, or even the first record, that brought the two of you together?

It was the 12’’ of Frankie Knuckles Your Love. We remember when we first played it in our house, we felt like someone was pushing us to the dancefloor.

It’s such a pity he left us so early.

Tell us about the FFEEDD series of parties?

FFEEDD was created after a big “tour” around the strangest places/bars/clubs in Athens. We were in need of a place to settle for a while and Six Dogs was the best venue for us! The guys managing it trust us 100% and we had the opportunity, and the help, to bring some of our favourite DJs/producers like Tiago and Thomas Bullock.

What inspired your DIY aesthetic?

Randomness, “dirtiness” and pureness.

If you had a time machine and could visit any dancefloor anywhere/anywhen, where would you be going to dance?

Spiros: The Warehouse club in early ’80s in Chicago.

Thodoris: Paradise Garage in New York.

You’re also involved in the Athens art scene- what’s the most recent project you’ve been working on or supporting?

We loved participating in Angelo Plessas’ project “The Eternal Internet Brotherhood”, during our vacations two years ago on our favorite Greek island, Anafi. It was so interesting to meet different artists and people from other countries and see how they create or react to art in a loose environment during their holidays.

What do you look for in a quirky party venue?

We love authenticity and a loose atmosphere; in whatever capacity these two can be interpreted. When they are in place, anything and everything can happen!

We previously spoke to Paola Revenioti about how difficult it was organising the first ever gay pride in Athens back in 1992… what difficulties does Pride still face and why is it so important to the LGBT community there?

Athens Gay Pride becomes every year more and more popular with more participants, but there are still many difficulties to overcome. There is no support from the authorities except the logo of the mayor on the official poster. There is also a lot of polemic from the extreme right-wing and the church whose presence, unfortunately, is still very strong in the Greek society. The Greek LGBT community has a lot to claim and Athens pride is still more of a political and activist act than a celebration, unlike in other big European cities like Madrid or Berlin.

What’s your favourite curveball end of the night track?

There are so many! But our most beloved one is from the late Tzeni Vanou – Xypna Agapi Mou (Wake Up My Love).

Join the Amateurboyz on Saturday 12th April for Discosodoma at Dalston Superstore from 9pm – 3am.