Posts Tagged ‘Berghain’

Benedikt Rugar

This November we ring in the third birthday of our favourite happy-go-lucky queer rave, Homodrop! Over the last three years, the Homodrop crew have cemented their place in East London queer nightlife, with a strong emphasis on the visual element of their identity. Their resident graphic designer for the past year has been Benedikt Rugar, whose lurid, cheeky and abstractly sexual work has been turning many heads in the venue! Having worked with iconic clubs and brand from Berghain and Cocktail D’Amore to Beam Club Bangkok, his artwork is now synonymous in London with Homodrop’s colourful, mad aesthetic. We caught up with him to chat childhood inspiration, mosaics and, of course, gay nightlife!

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Hi Benedikt! We absolutely ADORE your kinky, abstract Homodrop artwork! Where do you get your inspiration?

Hi – thank you so much! It is lots of fun to work for Homodrop. I get the concept of the party from my going out in the queer/gay scene in Berlin. I think I understand what Homodrop wants. It’s queer and colourful, sexy and playful, and it doesn’t take itself too seriously. Music, fun and love are in the foreground of the experience. For the poster series, I developed absurd spatial still-lifes that played around with queer topics, without necessarily showing men. From futuristic penis-instruments to a blowjob fruit salad in a glory hole – clichés from the scene in a new packaging.

Has graphic art always been a big part of your life?

I was always a very visual person. I have trouble remembering names, but faces I never forget. My graphic awakening was quite early, at the end of my school years. University was like a forge for my visual understanding, and drawing has never left me since. Graphics and drawing are a language that can be more easily read and understand across cultures. I find this exciting – that it can breach borders.

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You’ve worked with the Homodrop crew for a year now – can you describe the party in three words?

Unicorn, kinky, adorable.

What kind of music do you listen to when you’re making work?

Very different kinds of music. Lena Platonos is super!

What is your earliest artistic memory?

As a child, I drew my own action figures on card, cut them out and made them fight with each other – like you would with actual action figures. Almost all of these card figures were muscly “male mermaids” with vampire teeth. A mash-up of the Little Mermaid, He Man and Count Dracula. They belonged in a world of their own. Sadly I lost them over time, otherwise I am sure they would be on one of my walls now. 

That’s so cute! Which other artists or designers do you most admire?

Of course there a few artists that I like. But off the top of my head, I can think of the posters from Braulio Amado, which are amazing, or I still love – and have done so for years – the graphic and comic worlds of Igor Hofbauer or Yuichi Yokoyama.

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Which work of art do you wish you created?

Ask me that again when I’m so old that I can’t hold a pen with my hand.

You were recently commissioned to create a mosaic for Bangkok-based Beam Club – what was that project like?

It was definitely something special. I was asked to design a seven-meter long mosaic wall for the Beam club in Bangkok, which had recently been finished with an interior design concept by William Russell of Pentagram. The wall lies behind the bar in the lounge, a quieter area of the club, so the owner wanted the illustration to have a dream-like feel about it, inviting guests to linger in the space.

My immediate reference were vintage illustrations from the 1960s, where families gather in front of futuristic buildings, a representation of everyday life scenarios but in an imposing environment. These were the raw materials that I used to create a window into a fictional landscape. Instead of a conventional rendering, we decided to solve this challenge by creating a huge mosaic wall in tune with the materials used throughout.

The artwork – which I had to “translate” into the language of mosaics – is made up of hundreds of 1 x 1 cm pixels: the actual black or white tiles on the wall. The technique allowed for matt and glossy finishes, which used in combination allowed me to introduce highlights. 

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You’re involved with a lot of graphic design for nightclubs – is the clubbing world a big part of your life? How does it inform your work?

It has a big influence in my work, yes. I went clubbing a lot, especially during my first years in Berlin. It’s what happens here. In Frankfurt, where I come from, I never found parties like the ones I enjoyed later in other cities.  I got to know many different kinds of people going out in Berlin, and with some I am still connected. When I first met them, I never suspected that it would lead to very nice collaborations later, like record covers and club posters. The scene is full of talented people from the creative business – and it’s not all lost on the dancefloor. Sure enough, I love dancing and going out. It’s a part of life in Berlin.

What does your queer utopia look like?

Queer utopia ? It depends from where you start. From outside: for sure, more love and tolerance. And from inside – for the scene itself: less narcissism, more activism!

Any exciting project in the pipeline you can let us in on?

My biggest project at the moment is to follow my own art, next to my regular jobs. I just had my first solo exhibition in Hamburg, which was a very nice experience, but in very busy periods like those, I miss sometimes the energy and time to work on my own stuff. And it’s from these self-initiated projects I draw the material that I use in my other work, especially in club posters which depend so much on the visual. Free artworks need their own process, and usually jobs don’t give you the time for this. So it’s important for me to be connected with myself like this too.


Check out Benedikt’s artwork for Homodrop, and join us on the next party on Saturday 4 November from 9pm-4am at Dalston Superstore!

Luigi di venere

The DISCOSODOMA crew have had quite the prolific summer, flitting from their Dalston Superstore hotspot to Grecian boat parties and back again! For their next party, they welcome Italian DJ Luigi di Venere who has recently been making serious waves in Berlin. From gigs at Cocktail D’Amore to the hallowed Berghain garden, he has seen a meterioric rise this summer, and we can’t wait to welcome him for his Superstore debut! He caught up with the DISCOSODOMA crew to chat the anthropology of clubbing, Berlin’s virtues and what to expect from his first set in our lazer basement!

Hello Luigi, we are really excited to have you with us for our next party. Can you tell us a bit about you for those who aren’t familiar with your DJ career?

Hello guys! I am from Bari in Italy.  I started DJing during my Stockholm university years where I was hosting a radio show and throwing monthly parties. I am currently living in Berlin.

I always wanted to move here because I was so fascinated by the club scene, and… Here I am, three years now and quite satisfied with it! I play regularly at Cocktail d’Amore and I have my own parties – Maximum Joy, and Overdrive. I also played at Berghain Garden this past summer and… Yeah, that was insane!

On your Resident Advisor profile, it writes that you are “an anthropologist who decided to have clubbing as his object of study and DJing his form of expression”. How did this transition happen?

During my university career I focused on studying the club scene, the fundamentals that make it happen and the styles/fashions that come out of it. The DJ is a key figure in this environment – he/she absorbs the energy of the crowd and transforms it into a lively vinyl narrative composed of moods and rhythms. The result is a unique story that can’t be replicated. I like to express my thoughts through music, it gives me direct satisfaction because the feedback from the crowd is immediate and quite palpable. 

Do you think Berlin is still a city where young creatives can afford to explore and experiment on their art?

Berlin is still a creative city – young people can still afford to express themselves, but it is changing a lot. Rents are rising, clubs are disappearing and the energy of people that move here is different than before. We get a lot of very normal people that work for big corporations and start-ups; people with a 9 to 5 job and a family, totally unaware of the historical importance of the club scene and of all the movements that have made Berlin what it is today.

Would you consider moving to a different city to pursue your artistic endeavours?

If I would choose, now I would rather move to Athens, learn Greek, have great food and beautiful islands around me. That city has an amazing energy and wow, it’s so beautifully decadent! Tip! 

If you could travel to any point in time, when and where would you go? 

I would first go visit Neanderthal man, then I would check out Ancient Egypt, then I would go hang out with Leonardo Da Vinci in Renaissance time and I would go to New York between the 70s and the 80s. The list is long… Shall I go on? These places in time and space I listed are so fascinating for me!

Have you ever thought what would be the ideal party for you?

Arthur Russell live and a Ron Hardy after concert DJ set. A great crispy soundsystem, a wooden dancefloor, beautiful women with fluffy hair and great dance moves, sweaty hairy men shaking their bodies…nothing else matters!

What are the top five records you always go to at your personal times to lift your mood?

Sad City – Introduction To Lisboa, Aged In Harmony – You are a Melody, Michal Turtle – Astral Decoy, Lucio Battisti – Ancora Tu, Soft Rocks – Talking Jungle (Justin Vandervolgen Remix).

Are there any exciting future projects you can share with us at this time?

 I am working on my first record with J.E.E.P. He is a French musician/producer based in Berlin. Can’t tell you more at the moment!

What shall we expect from your set at DISCOSODOMA?

Love is in the air!

And finally, disco is?

Glitter balls, organic harmonies. Disco is more than being alive!


Catch Luigi di Venere at DISCOSODOMA on Saturday 8 October from 9pm-4am at Dalston Superstore!

Kosme

French producer and DJ Kosme has developed a cult following over the last few years, having played some of Europe’s most cutting-edge underground clubs as well as huge festival dates. Between gigs, he has established the famed Cosmic Adventure club night at Le Sucre, which has seen guests ranging from Theo Parish and Mr G to Konstantin Sibold & Move D. Ahead of his Dalston Superstore debut for Homodrop, promoter Florian Dovillez caught up with him to chat Boiler Room favourites, dream parties and plans for 2016!

 

HOMODROP is so glad to have you on board for your first gig in London. Tell us which track you really want to play during the night?

For sure some terrible disco classics like this :)

Who is your currently favourite English producer ?

Matthew Herbert, eternal source of inspiration

You’ve played two times already for Boiler Room. The first time before TALE of US, and the second one in 2015 before Laurent Garnier. Now you are playing in Dalston where Boiler Room was been created… Can you give us two tracks you played from those two sets? 

Donnie Mark – Stand Up For The Soul Grand Club Mix

Konstantin Sibold – Mutter

For New Year’s Eve, you played to the temple of techno, Berghain/Panorama Bar. Tell us the most intense memory from your set.

A friend that I have not seen for ten years cried with pleasure at seeing me playing & happy with other people. Friendship is very important for me.

What is the most precious record in your vinyl collection?

All of my records are precious for me, each one is a part of my life. 

If you have a time machine and could visit any dance floor / anywhere, where would you like to dance?

Paradise Garage

Can we expect new Kosme tracks on a new label soon ?

I will soon release on Concrete music, the label arm of famed Paris club Concrete.


Catch Kosme at Homodrop on Saturday 5 March at Dalston Superstore from 9pm-5am. 

 

Shaun J Wright

Dalston Superstore is beyond excited for our upcoming family affair this Friday featuring the unstoppable force that is Shaun J Wright. Between playing at Berghain’s Panorama Bar, releasing tracks on his own label – Twirl – and jetting between gigs in the US and Europe, he and Twirl partner Alinka debut new track, Way Back on Hannah Holland’s label Batty Bass today! We caught up to chat collaboration, dream-gigs and favourite parties.

 

What has been the most exciting moment for you since the launch of Twirl?

Alinka and I have shared some really cool moments since the launch of Twirl. Getting a  nice review for our first single, “Journey Into The Deep” in DJ Magazine was super affirming. Also, having Annie Mac & Heidi play our tunes on BBC Radio 1 was special.

The Twirl brand is a collaboration between you and another Superstore fave, Alena Ratner (Alinka.) How did you guys come together as creative partners?

We met through Scott Cramer, a Chicago-based promoter who is good friends with Alinka. He thought that we would get along well musically and personally. He was correct. He also helped us to facilitate our party Twirl! in Berlin.

The first time we met was in her studio. We had instant chemistry and we haven’t stopped making music since. That really is my favorite part of the process. Sitting with her and creating new material is always fun, always driven by our current moods, recent experiences and encounters with fresh sounds. We sometimes surprise ourselves when we head into new directions. It’s all very exciting!

You guys have had a pretty huge year, from being featured on BBC Radio 1, gaining the support of Robert Owens and featuring artists such as Eli Escobar. What’s next for the label?

We have a single out now called Need Someone with stellar remixes from Aerea Negrot, Snuff Crew and The Cucarachas. We have one more single in the works before releasing a compilation in celebration of our first year.

Can you tell us about any exciting new artists you have coming up on the label?

Yes, Alinka made contact with a young man from the UK named Spatial Awareness who will be our first official release from an artist besides ourselves on Twirl. His sound is massive and we’re really excited to have him on board.

We hear you’re also working on a solo EP– can you tell us a bit about that?

Wow! That’s been quite the labor of love. I’ve been working on the EP for about five years. I have collaborated with Alinka, Stereogamous and Aerea Negrot. I’m very close with all of them so the work and the entire process has been very personal and in ways quite revealing. I find the material to be very inspiring and I hope it resonates with other listeners as it does with me. 

It’s been an adventure attempting to carve out my space as a solo artist as I have yet to release any material under my own moniker. I’ve enjoyed the process of discovering my voice with collaborators who I can trust – who push me further than I thought possible. I really thank them for helping me shape this vision.

How much have you, as an artist, been influenced by your roots in Chicago?

 I don’t know if I can separate my Chicago upbringing from my work as an artist, at least, not objectively or analytically. I do recognise how my experience(s) with the various cultural offerings from my hometown are shaped by growing up in the west suburbs and on the westside of the city and coming of age in the 90’s. Oftentimes, it’s easier to talk about house music cultures(s) from Chicago in a homogenous fashion but it was so diverse when I was growing up and it was all under the umbrella of house.

I was a footworker. I joined Mega Sweat (a juke-dance posse) in high school and participated in events like the Bud Billiken parade and local talent shows/competitions. I started sneaking into black gay clubs like The Generator and The East of The Ryan on the southside when I was way too young. That’s where I was first exposed to ballroom culture which opened my mind to an entirely new way of engaging with the music via voguing.

As a dancer and now musician, I’m certain I wouldn’t have received such a diverse education and offering of styles had I not been born and raised here in Chicago.

You must have been to some incredible parties over the years! What is your most incredible Chicago House memory?

Beyond a doubt, Frankie Knuckle’s last birthday celebration at Queen at Smart Bar. Derrick Carter, Louie Vega, David Morales, Michael Serafini and Garret David burned the decks. Inaya Day sang gorgeously. I had the honour of chatting with former Warehouse owner Robert Williams. It was packed to the brim and I thought the roof was going to lift off the building. The energy in the room was palpable!

What is one record you like to throw in as a curveball to keep people on their toes?

I’d have to go with Kink’s Source of Uncertainty. It is so twisted and full of surprises. If I’m looking to raise the energy of the room that one usually does the trick and allows me to push further into darker, more aggressive sounds.

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

If I could only chose one I would go to the Music Box while listening to Ron Hardy spin. Just to experience the newness of house music during that era must have been riveting. I can only imagine the combination of the cutting edge sounds, the looks and the gyrating bodies. Pure unadulterated ovahness!

What does your perfect queer utopia look like?

Sitting in the living room with my closest friends with a bottle of red wine flipping between the latest political news/commentary and vogue performance clips from Ballroom Throwbacks.

Join Shaun J Wright on Friday 8 August for Twirl Presents at Dalston Superstore from 9pm-3am.

Roi Perez

Roi Perez is a DJ with one seriously impressive rap sheet. In addition to playing legendary ten-hour sets at Berghain’s Panorama Bar, the Israeli electronic music producer & DJ has spent the last couple of years jetting around Europe playing some of the biggest clubs and proving himself to be at the top of the house and techno game. Ahead of his Superstore laser basement debut this Saturday for Homodrop, we caught up to chat favourite records, marathon sets and new releases. 

Hi Roi! Can you tell us about yourself in a few sentences?

Hey ! I’ve been living in Berlin for the past two years, as a DJ, record collector, and a clubber. I’m also running the London’s Phonica Records section at The Store in Berlin. Before that I was a Tel-Aviv resident where it all started. 

What is something that would surprise us about the Tel Aviv party scene?

The scene is pretty much focused on big names worldwide rather than local DJs. I think the freedom of creativity to book whoever is more suited is important, but it’s becoming more of a fetish to glorify artists from abroad. I wish it was more supportive for local DJs/producers scene. I do think it will get there in few years. 

You are known for some seriously epic sets at Panorama Bar – what is it like playing a 10 hour set?! How do you go about it? 

I’m lucky to have Panorama Bar to allow this possibility. I prepare for the set very properly. But once it starts I get in a very specific mood and I run with it. For a set that goes for 10 hours without any breaks I’m aways surprise how it feels like 1 hour in the end. It’s fun! 

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

I’d have loved to go to an early David Mancozu’s Loft Party. When I was in NYC two years ago I went  to one to check it out. I loved it! It felt like everyone there was on mushrooms. 

What is the first record that got you into house and techno?

I really don’t remember, probably it was a Larry Heard album.

What is one record you like to throw in as a curveball to keep people on their toes and why?

Matrixxman – 808 state of mind. 
It might sounds like just a decent good track but I’ve tried it many times, it’s a dance floor slow killer!

What is your favourite release of 2015 so far?

 It just been out this month and it’s kinda hit material but Heaven’s Vape by STL (Smallville records)

Join Roi Perez this Saturday 1 August for Homodrop at Dalston Superstore from 9pm-3am

Dixon Avenue Basement Jams

By Elles Pinfold

This Saturday Paris’ Acid Ball welcome two glittering jewels in Glasgow’s impressive House crown- Dan Monox and Kenny ‘The Wasp’ Grieve, aka the ineffable Dixon Avenue Basement Jams. Noted aficionados of the raw sweat and grit sounds that make for earth-shattering club experiences, we picked their brains on Independence, emotional scenes, guilty pleasures and dancefloor filth. 

If Glasgow could teach London three things what would it be?

Dan: Hmmmm…. hard question… I guess Glasgow has a reputation for being a wilder party place than London, but that probably has something to do with the fact our licensing laws are tighter, so people tend to get “on it” a bit earlier. Having said all that, it’s not really relevant because the last few times we have played London the crowds have always been well up for it. So that’s 1 irrelevant thing, 2. be smaller, 3. be a bit colder.

Kenny: Yup, London seems to be catching up on the party vibe stakes, so…..
1. Boris is a stroker
2. Boris is a stroker
3. Boris is a stroker  

If you had a time machine and could go back to any dancefloor anywhere/anywhen, where would you set the dials to?

Dan: For me it would have to be the Muzic Box…

Kenny: If Dan’s going for Muzic Box, I’ll go for the Warehouse.  

Your sound has a raw energy reminiscent of the early Chicago, New York and Detroit house sounds- the kind of music that reportedly moved people to near-spiritual experiences- tears of joy on the dancefloor vibe. Ever lost your shit to a record in a club this way?

Dan: Yup, we played Your Love at Panorama Bar a few months back, and the shutters came up, and we were both having to hide our faces from the dance-floor while it played, I think there was a few of the dancers in the same boat. One of the highlights of our sets over the past few months has been the forthcoming Denis Sulta – A.A.S [Nite & Day Mix], it always destroys, and gets the place going wild. Last weekend we played with Denis together for the first time in La Cheetah, Glasgow, and seeing his face when he caught the reaction of the crowd whilst playing that track was pretty emotional too!  


Kenny: Totally agree with Dan for the above, we must be getting old and fragile. There’s also a low growling acid track with a haunting vocal From Tom Demac and Will Samson called It Grows Again. On the right dancefloor it tugs at the old heart strings a belter.

If the ‘Yes’ vote in Scotland had been successful and you were in charge of the new independent country- what’s the first thing you’d change?

Dan: The daft party animal side of us would say 24 hour club licenses (or at least 5am/6am close)…

Kenny: Yeah and Mondays would be a public holiday.
 
Tell us about the club you made in the basement of the flat on Dixon Avenue…

Dan: It was a flat with 2 floors, my bedroom was in the basement and then there was another unused room, with black painted walls, tiled floor, DJ booth, PA system, lights, smoke machine etc, which basically turned into THE after party venue in the southside of Glasgow. We had some pretty messy nights / weekends down there, and needless to say it “smelled” like a club come Monday too. Another guy moved in, and that turned into his bedroom, it had to be the grimmest bedroom in Glasgow!

Like a lot of small labels there’s a strong family vibe to DABJ’s whole output- which of yous is the mum and who’s the dad? 
 
Dan: Kenny’s the mum AND dad and I’m the daft kid…. or Kenny’s the dad and I’m the mum (suck mummies cock).
 
Who would be a dream DABJ signing?
 
The Horrorist & Frankie Knuckles supergroup.
 

What’s your guiltiest (musical) pleasure?
 
Kenny: Erasure.
 
Dan: Dire Straits (love em, not even guilty about it).

‘Rawness’ and ‘freaky’ are a couple of words that’s have been associated with the DABJ sound- whats the rawest or freakiest thing you’ve seen in a club while you were playing?

Hmmmm… hard question! too many to mention… we have both been to Berghain many times, but the last time we were there we were both stone cold sober (for the first 30 mins anyway…), so we noticed a LOT more than we would have done usually.
 
Which record never leaves your bag?

Kenny: Floorplan – Sanctify His Name / Rachel Wallace – Tell Me Why 

 
 
Dan: Butch – No Worries / loads of Lory D shit (one extreme to the other!)

Join Dixon Avenue Basement Jams at Paris’ Acid Ball this Saturday 1st November at Dalston Superstore from 9pm – 3am.

Stereon

The very next B(e)ast is a Berlin Vs London affair with the top bar seeing Borja joined by our very own Mikki Most for a hazy recreation of their b2b set at that den of iniquity that is Trailer Trash’s New Years Day party. Meanwhile downstairs Tom Peters is joined by fellow Berlin resident Stereon for a recreation of party vibes direct from the city where anything goes!

Viennese Stereon has been DJing both in his hometown since 1991 and now in his current chosen city of Berlin playing in places such as Cookies, Berghain, Tresor and more. We caught up with him to find out what’s in store for the lazer basement, how he got into DJing and what dancefloors around the world have his heart…

What’s the biggest difference in playing in your previous home of Vienna to your current home of Berlin?

Well, there are so many differences that it’s hard to describe. I had some great years DJing in Vienna, but Berlin just has so much more nightlife, and in general a much better informed and international crowd than probably any other city in the world. People come to Berlin to party and not just to go out a bit.

Where is your favourite dancefloor outside of Berlin?

I will always remember the club-room of the (not so legendary anymore) U4 in Vienna. I was resident there for eight years on the weekly Heaven gay night. I had a lot of crazy and very pumping nights djing there. And then there’s the now forgotten P1 Vienna. The first big club I went to when I was 14 years old and where I had a great time djing 10 years later as resident of a very successful weekly party called Liquid, in late ‘99 until around 2002.

What DJ inspired you to follow in their footsteps?

That’s hard to say as I’ve played a lot of different styles over the years and each branch of the electronic music tree has its own heroes. Christopher Just from Vienna was definitely always one of my main heroes before I started DJing myself. But I never really wanted to get into anybody’s footsteps. I think there are too many djs trying to get into someone else’s footsteps. I always tried to go my own way and I try to stay true to my vision of nightlife and party music without covering too much of the current trends and hypes.

What do you get up to when you’re not playing records?

I just enjoy my very relaxed Berlin Friedrichshain life. I’ve never regretted moving to this city and I still can’t think of anywhere else I’d rather live. It has the perfect mix of low cost and urban adventure to enjoy life in a way that other cities can’t really offer at the moment.

What’s the craziest party you’ve ever played at?

There has been some of course, but probably the Lady Gaga after show party at Berghain’s Laboratory was one of the craziest.

How do you detox after a heavy weekend of DJing and partying?

I normally feel quite fine after weekends. But there is nothing better for your body than a good herbal tea with a good amount of ginger, some fresh orange juice and honey.

What’s the most important aspect of the night for you- your tune selection, the crowd, the club, the atmosphere? Obviously all plays a big part but what do you find personally affects you the most?

For me it is the tune selection. As a DJ I always try to make the people feel good with themselves and sexy. I want them to dance and have some fun for their effort of coming to the club. And I think with the right tracks at the right moment, all other aspects can be influenced and tuned to the desired atmosphere.

What projects are you currently working on?

At the moment I am working on a remix for a friend’s band project. aMinus is a very friendly bloke from France who’s stranded in Berlin as well. I actually should have delivered already but I still don’t know if it’s finished or not. The single will be called Don’t Mind Me Now and will be released within the next two months or so.

Describe what your set will be like at B(e)ast in 3 words…

Sexy! Pumping! Vogue!

Join Stereon for B(e)ast with Tom Peters, Borja Peña and Mikki Most on Saturday 2nd February from 9pm – 3am.

Stop Making Sense

If, like us, you spend your Monday morning dreaming of summer, then you’ll be pleased to know we’ve already begun making our plans, as we’ve been invited back to man one of the ‘crews’ at Croatia’s Stop Making Sense festival. Set over five days with boat parties, beach parties and sunshine; it’s definitely a summer highlight for us. We asked Superstore boss Dan Beaumont what his favourite bits from last year were…

SMS @ The Garden, Croatia 12-08-11

We are hugely fortunate to haver been asked back the amazingly cosmic Stop Making Sense festival on the Adriatic coast… Highlights last year for us included the bonkers Superstore boat party with Hannah Holland and Jonjo, our cosmic sunset beach bar residency (ending in 5-way DJ back-to-back set), James and Giles from secretsundaze rocking the club with deeper then deep house and disco, the “tops-off” finale on the last night with Optimo, Nadia Ksaiba and me on the decks, Body & Soul’s Joe Claussell dishing out some serious punishment to the mixer and all the amazing new friends we made at the festival…. We can’t wait to get back out there.

SMS @ The Garden, Croatia 12-08-11

This year’s crews will feature some of our favourite people including secretsundaze, Electric Minds, Warm, Trouble Vision, Durrr and for the first time for 2012, the label off-shoot of famous Berlin nightclub Berghain, Ostgut Ton. We can’t wait to see who they’ll all be bringing along and what madness will prevail.

SMS @ The Garden, Croatia 12-08-11

Tickets are already on sale here so get organised early this year!

SMS @ The Garden, Croatia 12-08-11

Stop Making Sense takes place at The Garden Tisno in Croatia 
Thursday August 2 at 8:00pm until Monday August 6 2012 at 12:00pm
See Stop Making Sense’s official website for full details 

All images used courtesy of Antony Price – www.anomalousvisuals.co.uk