Posts Tagged ‘Barcelona’

Lokier

This Saturday we welcome Mexico City born, Barcelona based Lokier to Dalston Superstore for TanzBar. As both a DJ and a producer she’s adept at bringing together seeming disparate sounds and genres and mixing them together to create her own unique style. Expect her DJ set this weekend to span everything from techno to disco, taking in post punk and rock along the way. Ahead of the party we caught up with her to find out more about her move to Europe, her enduring relationship with Morgan Hammer and her taste in horror film soundtracks…

It often seems like women especially in dance music get asked really rubbish gender based question in interviews. What do you wish they’d ask they’d ask instead but never do?

They could ask for a funny/crazy experience or for advice. I always love reading artists anecdotes. You can either have a good laugh or learn something from their experience.   

You’re known for sneaking in a bit of disco or even post punk into your DJ sets- can you talk us through the evolution of your diverse music taste?

I’m always listening and searching for new music that inspires me. I can’t stick with one genre because that bores me. When I was younger I listened to rock and punk, then when I started DJing I played a lot of rough techno, then I played super slow and sweet disco, and now I think it’s a combination of everything I guess! It’s always been very complicated to describe my style because I’m always evolving in some sort of way. I like music that makes me feel something. 

Why did you choose In Aeternam Vale for your I’m A Cliché Edit Service contribution?

I remember when I first listened to Dust Under Brightness, it really caught up my attention. When I was listening to it, I imagined more sounds on top of it. I wasn’t thinking of doing an Edit Service at the time, but when I finished it I thought that it could work.  

You’re from Mexico City but are now based in Europe… What was the impetus for this pretty full on move? Why Barcelona over anywhere else?

Around the time that I decided to move I was having a lot more gig offers in Europe than in Mexico. Also, Morgan Hammer lives there and we were planning to work together and she finally convinced me to do it. The city is beautiful, the weather is great, and I have several friends that live there now, so I think those are the main reasons.  

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

Studio 54 of course!

You’re now working with Morgan Hammer- how and why do you think you guys complement each other?

Morgan and I have very similar taste in music. I think our minds are connected in some way. It’s not like she has something that I’m missing or that I do things that she can’t do, it’s more like whenever I feel like something is missing she would suggest something and it always feels like I would’ve thought of that any other day. She works as my inspiration when I’m lost and vice versa. 

As an avid horror fan, and considering you’ve even been described as “Berghain John Carpenter”, what for you is the epitome of horror soundtracks in terms of tone, cinematic scale and downright musical scariness?

That one is hard to answer! There are a lot of amazing movies and soundtracks. The one that crosses my mind right now is Suspiria. The soundtrack produced by Goblin is perfect. Mysterious, weird and elegant. Like the movie itself.

Okay, you’re throwing a party. Describe the ideal setting, venue, booth set-up (if relevant), line-up and crowd.

An old underground (literally) pub, lit with candles, not too crowded and as for the line up I think i’d love to play an all-nighter as She Made Monster (my project with Morgan Hammer). 

What do you hope your epitaph reads? How do you want people to remember you?

Instead of an epitaph, I want music to be continuously playing. Something melancholic, not too sad, not too happy. I want to make people remember feelings, not ideas. 

What was the last piece of art, of any medium, that truly moved you?

I know it’s ridiculous but that girl robot that dances with a monster mask. I even had a dream about me dancing like that. 

Join Lokier this Saturday 23rd May for TanzBar at Dalston Superstore 9pm – 4.30am.

Gay Bars!

By Niall Connolly

Oh, the good ole gay bar! Love them or hate them, gay bars have been an integral part of LGBTQ social life since the beginning of time. Not always just a space for cruising and dancing, the gay bar/gay club has also been a vital tool for queers to define themselves and the kind of people we wish to be, the kinds of people we wish to interact with (for better and for worse) and, ultimately, the kind of lives we wish to lead, away from harassment and hetero-normative judgement. 

Gay bars have also acted as a reflection of society’s acceptance, or lack of acceptance, of LGBTQ people, and our own increasing visibility in mainstream society. From New York’s Stonewall Inn (site of the Stonewall riots in 1969, the event which kicked the modern gay rights movement into existence) to Manchester’s Manito (the first bar in the city’s gay village to feature see through glass in the windows, ending the traditional stigma and shame of being seen in a gay bar) to London’s Admiral Duncan pub (which was horrifically nail bombed in 1999 to huge public outrage), it seems as though all of gay life could be traced through our pub and club spaces, and our interaction with, and within, them. 

Although not always positive – very picky door policies have led to claims of exclusion and division among queer communities – gay bars and clubs are hugely important to this culture. As it was recently the anniversary of the Stonewall riots, we thought it was high time we celebrated the humble gay bar, so we’ve asked five of our favourite queer dance acts and DJs from around Europe to name their favourite gay bars for us. This isn’t a definitive guide however, consider it some insider tips for homos, don’t-knows, anything-goes and friends/allies to brighten up your next continental jaunt. 

DANIEL WANG (Berlin) 

Daniel Wang

Founder of Balihu Records and internationally renowned disco DJ, Danny Wang may be an American citizen with close ties to SF and NY,  but he moved to Berlin some years ago, and I couldn’t think of a better guide to gay bars the German capital has to offer. Here are his top three:   

FICKEN 3000 
Ficken 3000 is the ultimate trash/darkroom neighbourhood bar, which is situated near Hermannplatz. Events-wise, Tuesdays hosts DJ Alternegro, while Sundays is reserved for the sleazy Pork party. It could just as well be in Florida: it’s covered in mylar, there’s a ton of kitsch on the walls, a real go-go dance pole and a full bed in the basement. And, of course, some funny people too.

LAB.ORATORY 
Lab.Oratory is technically also Europe’s biggest sex club, but on Fridays, with its 2-for-1 special, it’s primarily a bar. Albeit a bar with endless cross-continental cruising, and real-life porno happening every minute in every corner! 

GROSSE FREIHEIT 
This one is a bit off the beaten path, but it’s worth getting to if you can find it, because it’s really cute and also quite sleazy!  It has a sailor theme, so going there is almost like a mini-detour to Hamburg. And the darkrooms can be quite relaxing… 

SILVIA PRADA (Barcelona)

Silvia Prada

Although primarily known as a visual artist, and a very good one at that, Silvia Prada is also DJ now based in New York. Known for her Who’s The Boss parties in Barcelona and for spinning at illustrious NY clubs like Le Bain and Monster, she also runs the Wonderland Projects agency. Ahead of her set at Dalston Superstore for B(e)ast this Saturday we asked her to tell us the best places for gay social life in her former home of Barcelona: 

LA PENULTIMA
One of my favourite bars is La Penultima. It is a very cute, small place in the Raval neighbourhood. It really is a unique and special place where you find all kind of crowds, made up of boys AND girls (though mostly boys!). While there is no real dancefloor, it is an intimate and fun space, with music being played by local DJs and their friends. The cutest boys in town are at La Penultima! 

SATANASA (R.I.P.) 
There WERE a lot of significant and legendary gay bars in Barcelona, but unfortunately, they have all disappeared already. My favourite was one called Satanasa. If you wanted something you could call “underground”, that was the place. It was really buzzing in the ’80s and ’90s, all the bartenders were drag queens. Ah, that was a splendorous era for the drags! 

KIDDY SMILE (Paris) 

Kiddy Smile

Upcoming legend on the Parisian dance and electronica scene, Kiddy Smile makes the kind of sensual house music that fans of Azari & III, Disclosure and Hard Ton will cream their jeans for. Recently responsible for the excellent, old-school-but-fresh single/video Worthy Of Your Love, I tracked Mr Smile down to find out what bars were worthy of his love…

LES SOUFFLEURS
Les Souffleurs is owned by a transgender man who always welcomes you with a lovely smile! It’s a bit small and hard to find but it’s worth the pain of getting there. Drinks are cheap, and there are a lot of freaks hanging out there, along with a lot of English-speaking people. As well as all that, the basement hosts the raciest party in Paris!

RAIDD BAR 
If you are feeling horny and up for drinking, this is the spot. But you better like twinks and gym queens, otherwise you can just sip your drink listening to disco or pop music, while watching hot dancers performing a “shower dance”.

BONUS: CHE SHEN… cos gays gotta eat!
This place does the best Asian food in Paris for me! Do not be afraid if they are a little harsh, because the food is amazing and cheap. If you come to Paris you CANNOT leave without having their pork dumplings!

HARD TON (Rome / Florence / Bologna) 

Hard Ton

And speaking of… The bastard love child of Leigh Bowery and Sylvester (midwifed by Marshall Jefferson), Hard Ton is quite simply fabulous, and one of my favourite acts right now. Although hailing from different parts of Italy, Hard Ton (the band) were able to share with us their favourite queer spots from three of Italy’s major cities; Rome, Florence and Bologna: 

CRISCO (Florence) 
Small, dirty, smokey and always packed, Crisco is located in the very centre of Florence. The Saturday night parties are pure fun, and especially during Pitti Uomo, they can turn into total chaos. And if you need a break and some fresh air, you can always take a walk through Florence by night.

LA ROBOTERIE (Rome / Florence / Bologna) 
After originally starting as a queer techno party in Rome, La Roboterie has spread all over Italy. The crowd is mixed, cool people without an attitude, and they often have international guests playing jacking house and techno.

CASSERO (Bologna)  
Located in a XVIII bricks building that looks like an old castle, Cassero is the headquarter of the main Italian LGBTQ association. Their monthly bear party is huge, and their art festival, Gender Bender, which takes place at the end of October, is always full of interesting events.

FERAL is KINKY (London)

FERAL is KINKY

I Am Feral AKA MC Kinky AKA Caron Geary to her mum, is just little bit of a legend, and an un-heralded national treasure whose prolific output spans all the way back to the late ’80s acid house-era, with classics like Everything begins With An E. Ahead of her live PA here at Dalston Superstore next weekend for Bust Yo Nut, we couldn’t think of a better person to give us the low down on the best gay spots in ole London town: 

George and Dragon 
The George and Drag is at the start of Hackney Road, and has been running for years. It was one of the first places in the area that provided a more alternative vibe. It’s got a warm atmosphere, and the gorgeous landlord and performance artist Richardette let me have a party after the 1st year of my degree. I ended up dancing on the small tables with a large broom, that I think caught alight. I blamed it all on the special cut price cocktails Richardette knocked up for us… The pub gets ridiculously packed, people pour out onto the street outside and different DJs play retro and alternative sounds most nights of the week. It’s unpretentious and friendly with lots of regulars, some of whom have almost morphed into the stools in the corner, but that’s part of the charm. Depending on what the night is, you can sit down and chat or dance all night. You’ll find a mixture of art and fashion and east London types. The interior is old British pub with a twist and the walls are covered in kitsch paintings camp objects and they also have art exhibitions in the toilet. There’s a particularly good vibe in the summer and it’s a good place to start the night or stay until closing time and move on to whatever else might be happening close by.

Vogue Fabrics 
Run by the enigmatic Maori princess AKA Chief Witch and Mayoress of Dalston: Lyall. This bar/club performance space started life as a “Death Trap Disco” with parties rockin’ through ’til at least the next morning on most occasions. This subterranean lair still retains the feeling of a den of inequity and is now fully legal and even has a smoking area. The cute bar serves beers, spirits at reasonable prices and never shies away staging performances from more art based, less commercial and way more exciting radical performers, without losing the full on party vibe. The crowd varies depending on what nights are on, ranging from boys to girls to mixed to fashion to trans* and everything in-between. I’ve spent many a hot sweaty night below stairs and last month saw a fab show from Christeene here.

CHRISTEENE “Big Shot” from PJ Raval on Vimeo.

To read more from Niall visit his blog: c-v-n-t-y.blogspot.co.uk

Borja Vs Jonjo

By Borja Peña

I have been following Hot Boy Dancing Spot’s The Lovely Jonjo since he used to play at Trash on Mondays at the sadly now gone club The End. I remember it like it was yesterday, his sets were always so unexpected, from the Yeah Yeah Yeahs to Kraftwerk; you couldn’t help but turn your head to the booth and wonder who was this DJ with blonde curls…. 

Well, almost ten years later I have finally booked him to play at B(e)ast and I couldn’t be more excited, but before the party on Saturday 1st of June, let’s find out more about Mr. Jonjo while we enjoy some sangrias in sunny Barcelona just in time for Primavera Sound…

Hey Jonjo, Primavera always has the reputation to book these bands that are largely unknown to the general public and then a year later everybody is talking about them… who are you looking forward to seeing the most at this festival, who do you think is the underdog?

Two bands that have really dividing people at the mo are The Knife and Savages, I have seen both but can’t wait to see them again. Saw Veronica Falls last night, proper British band; the drummer is amazing. Other bands I’m looking forward to, apart from Blur and Phoenix (swooon), are Tame Impala and Death Grips.

Amazing I really hope you make them part of your set!

I remember hearing you playing with Erol Alkan at Trash in the now disappeared The End. What are the clubs you miss the most in London and why?

God there are so many clubs that are no longer around that formed my teenage ears. Smashing at The Eve Club, Turnmills for Heavenly Social and of course Trade, Bagleys, and I used to love The Leisure Lounge when Popstars was there.

Your club Hot Boy Dancing Spot is now an institution, but if we talk about actual hot boys… who is your ultimate hottie?

Movie stars or pop stars don’t really do it for me. Lots of cute boys walking around here in Barcelona but the boy I’m seeing really is the hottest in my eyes hehe.

I’ve seen you play at some crazy nights… and days… but what is the weirdest thing that has happened to you while playing?

God so many weird things, a man got a bit gropey in Tel Aviv, a little bit forward. Apart from that just odd requests, Geri Haliwell asking for “black music” springs to mind, silly cow, Prince was playing.

You play so many styles but if you had to do a back to back and you could choose any DJ who would that be and what would be the track would you start your set with?

Apart from you Borja you mean hahaha! I’m a huge fan of KiNK and would love to be on same bill as him let alone back2back. I would probs open with anything by Daniel Maloso, all of his releases drive me crazy.

It was so great working in the studio with you and Tom Stephan and I love playing the track we made together! Are you working on other tracks at the moment?

I know right! So much fun working with you and Tom, our track The Birds goes mental on dancefloor. I just finished a edit for Moonlight Matters as well.

And totally random I know but… If you were a B(e)ast… which one would you be and why?

I know it’s a little Miss World but I would have to say a dolphin. Sunny sunny and smiley.

Join Borja and Jonjo in the basement at B(e)ast on Saturday 1st June from 9pm – 3am at Dalston Superstore.

Borja Pena

Superstore Saturday nighter B(e)ast is run by our favourite international party boy Borja Peña; a man who knows a thing or two about what makes a party go with a bang. We asked him about his favourite dance floors across the globe… 

Uhmm…. well apart from the obvious choices that would be Berghain Panorama bar or Fabric on a Sunday… and the best of all of them Dalston Superstore especially while my night B(e)ast happens… hehe… my five choices are more intimate places with fantastic music and amazing crowd that make this five dance floors the best ones in the world to have a party…. in no particular order as I really like each and one of them for different reasons.

1. WHOS THE BOSS BY SILVIA PRADA @ CABARET BERLIN (BARCELONA)

One not to be missed if you go to Barcelona; this party is organised by the one and only Silvia Prada who’s a fantastic DJ, a great host and an all round gorgeous girl who curates a killer party… Cabaret was sadly closed by the government last year but thanks to the wonderful people of Barcelona it has reopened again and it’s back in full form with great music courtesy of Silvia herself and her guests that go from Hercules And Love Affair’s Kim Ann Foxman to the creative director of Luis Vuitton Kim Jones himself… and if you add to this hottest Spanish guys and girls, well if you happen to be in Barcelona keep your eyes open for this one… Super recommended!

2. MINITEL (MADRID) 

This party encapsulates the essence of Madrid: really underground local DJs, guests from all over the world, crazy shows, short films… It’s a very special party that moves from one club to another so you really have to check on Facebook if its happening when you visit Madrid. The promoter/DJ/ host of the night Juan Vulker is an icon of the Madrilian night who never fails to deliver with a really mixed crowd all really up for a good time. Really good fun.

3. BASSMENT @ MONSTER (NYC)

In truly underground New York style, this party is something of a hidden gem… The top floor of the bar where this takes place is a Broadway style kind of bar with people singing musicals and enjoying a glass of wine but when you go downstairs it’s The MONSTER… and this party curated by Jools Pamper and Mandy Graves… who also happen to be wicked DJs. It attracts from the vogue houses of New York to fashionistas and music lovers… it’s a very special party that happens on Thursdays. Regular DJs include Sean B & Will Automatic from SPANK (another very cool party that takes place in NY), Honey Dijon or international guests like The Lovely Jonjo.

4. COCKTAIL D’AMORE (BERLIN)

Some people say it’s the best party Berlin has to offer… Very lo key and run by Discodromo and Boris Dolinsk. This is a truly spectacular gay party that we were lucky to have at Superstore some months ago. It’s pretty much gay and the music is genius, it also changes location so it’s better to check in Facebook if you are in Berlin to see if it’s happening. This is the one party when you hear tracks from past, present and future that keep you dancing all night long! BRILLIANT! It also has international guests and DJs like London’s own Simon Rigg from Phonica Records.

5. JACK (ZURICH, SWITZERLAND)

Who said the Swiss were boring…? This party makes an exception because the hottest guys of Zurich come down and get tougher to dance the night away. The promoters are really amazing guys and are always bringing cool DJs from all over the world to keep this party the best one Zurich has to offer. It’s getting bigger and bigger from its start in a little bar in the centre of town now being held in an enormous venue part of a hotel with 2 rooms. Last time I went… I forgot how I got home… ridiculous fun! GOOD times!!

There’s so many other dancefloors all over the world that are worth a special mention but I do keep these ones above in a special place next to my heart! ENJOY!!

Borja is next playing at B(e)ast at Dalston Superstore with SNAX, Kevinfunkt and a very special guest on Saturday 4th of February! Don’t miss.