Homodrop are thrilled to be welcoming Parisian DJ, producer and general super-babe Chloé (Bpitch Control, Kill the DJ) for the next instalment of their loved-up homodisco. Between releasing killer LPs, playing at her Rex Club residency in Paris, and DJ spots all over the world, we caught up to chat precious records, plans for 2016 and what to expect at Homodrop!
Hi Chloe, we can’t wait to have you back at Superstore! First of all, who is currently your favourite English producer?
At the moment I’m into Jamie XX. I really respect him as a producer – he has the talent to make a good mixture of multiple genders. I really like the production on The XX too.
What is the most precious record in your vinyl collection? of them all ?
I am very attached to all my vinyl collections – music that goes from classical music to 60’s/70’s jazz, 80’s punk rock bands, 90’s electronic, 2000 electroclash-whatever, 2005 minimal etc etc… difficult to just pick only one of those !
You recently played B2B with your friend Miss Kittin. What was the best moment of the night?
At one time Kittin played And I Miss You by Everything But The Girl, an edit/remix by Todd Terry. So I thought “Okay, then I can play Show Me Love by Robin S” – this old school hit from the 90’s. I have to say everyone was so happy to party, t0 just have fun – especially as it was just eight days after the Paris attacks. We really needed to be all together, and continue to do our job normally, even it was a bit difficult as we all think about the people that died there.
Homodrop is so glad to have you for the last edition of 2015! Tell us which track you really want to play during the night ?
I’d like to play one of the tracks from Markus Gibb’s new EP, out on Lumière Noire, a collection I’ve created on Kill the DJ. And I have tracks also to be coming on Lumière Noire from Moderna & Theus Mago to play for sure!
Can we expect a new album from Chloe soon ?
Yes, I am working on it!! Hope to finish SOOOOON!!!
Catch Chloé at Homodrop on Saturday 5 December from 9pm-5am at Dalston Superstore.
This Saturday we welcome the utterly fabulous Mama to Dalston Superstore for Lazertitz! A south London girl, now based in Berlin, Mama will be performing live in the laser basement! Ahead of the party we caught up with her to find out more about releasing on BPitch Control with her close collaborator Argy, her times as a key figure in Hannah Holland’s Batty Bass parties and the weird ways the music press likes to describe her…
You’ve hosted the insane Batty Bass parties, including the infamous NYD sessions… what’s the craziest thing you’ve ever witnessed or partook in at one of these?
Apart from witnessing the occasional nudity and people swinging from the ceiling there was nothing really as explicit as some of my lyrics about abortions, leaving your soul at the door, slags, tits and dicks. People would sing and chant along. I don’t know how they remembered all the words because it wasn’t online and we didn’t have soundcloud around that time but yeah, we had such a fun and open minded crowd.
How did you come to work with your close collaborator Argy?
We met in a dive bar in Berlin, both nursing a stiff drink after splitting up with our partners and thought it’ll be funny to write an album about it together. Two months later the ‘Dominonation’ album was born but wasn’t so much about the exes, we forgot about them quite quickly.
Mama, if you were house mother, what would you house be called and who would be the children of your house?
It’ll be called ‘MAMA’s Play House’. It’ll be full of New York club kids, lip-syncing drag queens, doo wop street singers, a lollypop lady to help the club kids cross the street, Haçienda ravers, top quality stand up comedians and Voguers. 24hr entertainment.
You’re originally from South London… what made you want to leave the wonders of the south for the techno decadence of Berlin?
I only planned to live in Berlin for a summer to record my album but some how after a summer of open airs, meeting creative people and Bar25 every weekend, I just never made it back home. That year I ended up recording with over 20 house and techno DJ/Producers such as Catz n Dogz, Tiefschwarz, MUNK, Bloody Mary, got remixed by Life + Death, Solomon, Paul Kalkbrenner, Jay Haze… the list goes on and on. Living in Berlin has been creatively fulfilling for me because I worked with some great names and I finally got round to writing and producing my solo album Dreams of Liberty. I also recorded an album with MUNK under the name of Mona Lazette (my sassy Brazilian alto ego) and collaborated on the Argy + Mama album project for BPitch Control. I must say though, I was on the tube the other day on the Victoria line and I suddenly felt like I woke up out of a dream wondering why I had left London for ze Germans in the first place, I could’ve written albums in the UK. It was like a surreal stoner moment.
What’s been the most pivotal moment of your career so far do you think?
Being the opening act on the Kele (Bloc Party frontman) tour. I was on such a high being on big stages every evening with excellent sound and lighting and a roaring crowd. We toured cities I would never even think of visiting such as Luxembourg and I loved getting rocked to sleep by the moving tour bus every night. It fit my life like a glove but sadly when it came to the end of the European tour I locked myself in the bathroom and cried because I didn’t want to go back to reality. I would happily live on the road like a gypsy singer traveling from coast to coast, maybe with a senile parrot on my shoulder and a cheeky Monkey in hand if you catch my drift.
If you had a time machine and could visit any dance floor anywhere/anywhen, where would you want to go dancing?
The Folies Bergère in Paris where Josephine Baker, the first Black Superstar performed her famous banana dance in 1927. I idolise that era where artists such as Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dali, Hemingway, Coco Chanel, T.S Eliot rubbed shoulders in late night bars.
What are your backseat car jams that you used to belt out in your childhood?
’90s r’n’b and acid house. I watched a lot of r’n’b on The Box Channel on cable TV and heard a lot of house music around the house because my older Brother was a club DJ. Think of a vibe that sounds like a mix of Voodoo Ray by A Guy Called Gerald and No One Else by TOTAL and that was my childhood jam.
If you had actual lazer tits, would you use your powers for good or for evil?
For good during the day offering lazer repair eye surgery for the blind and for evil by night to zap thunderbolt lightening up psychopaths anuses and force them to feel compassion and empathy for others.
What’s the best or even the most weirdly incorrect description you’ve ever read about yourself in the music press? “An intriguingly sophisticated diva-in-waiting” is pretty good…!
One prudish or undersexed journalist described my shows as close to a sex show “First off due reference must be made to the support act, MAMA. I’ve never been to, nor do I ever intend to go to, a live sex show but if I think I can rest assured that the eroticism of MAMA’s live show isn’t far off. From her semi-transparent leotard to her suggestive dancing and not forgetting her explicit lyrics, this was a performance dripping with sensuality…. Cyprus Avenue is not an easy place for support acts to come and win crowds over but by the end of her set at least half of the congregation was shouting and clapping, the other half were too busy trying to hide the stalk in their pants”
What does 2015 hold for Mama?
I just want to be on the road touring my solo album. It’s just me on vox and Riccardo Paffetti on live drum machine and keyboards. A little two man circus. I’m also working on album #2 from my laptop where ever I travel.
Mama joins us this Saturday 28th February for Lazertitz at Dalston Superstore from 9pm – 4am.
This Saturday sees a special team up from Borja Peña and Bpitch Control solo artist and former Hercules Love Affair member Aérea Negrot for B(e)ast. We quizzed Aérea ahead of the party to ask her collaborating with her Berlin neighbour Billie Ray Martin, singing in various languages and recording for Ellen Allien’s label…
Dalston Superstore: Tell us about the inspiration behind your stage name?
Aérea Negrot:Aérea was a name given to me by friends when I started performing, as I used to be fascinated by airplanes and airports since my childhood. Needless to say that started my obsession of dating flight attendants… Nowadays I hate airports, flight regulations and liquid limitations.
Negrot, however is a mixture of two famous Latina singers: Toña La Negra and Olga Guillot, both known for their melodramatic touch… Aérea Negrot since 1996.
What is your favourite language to sing in? Which do you feel you are most expressive in?
I feel quite comfortable singing in English, but I sing also in Spanish, Portuguese and German, I have a connection with these languages since I have been moving around for a while and have a funky mixture in my DNA!
At the moment I’m recording a song in Hebrew for a film called Marzipan Flowers by Adam Kalderon. I enjoy being challenged by sounds and languages.
Your vocal style seems a composite of styles and genres, perhaps anything you find interesting? How would YOU describe it?
I find it also hard to describe… it’s freestyling with a operatic touch! I’m inspired by many musical styles: classical to jazz to pop; salsas to sambas… all with a electronic beat.
What did your classical training entail?
My classical training was short lived as my entrance to Classical School was denied. That was traumatic, but it only encouraged me to continue my path… that teacher told me that by age 24 I was too old to start at Conservatorium, that around that age I should’ve already been singing the same repertoires that my vocal range would allow me to… SAD, but she was right. However, today I’m Aérea Negrot.
What are your personal favourite solo tracks from your former Hercules & Love Affair band mates?
After touring with Hercules and Love Affair for four years, I developed a special relationship to songs, because I had to sing some of them live. My favourite was of course Blind, originally sung by Antony Hegarty. Falling, which I used to sing in duo with Shaun J. Wright, You Belong by Nomi Ruiz and It’s Alright by Kim Ann Foxman.
You’ve remixed previous DSS guest Billie Ray Martin’s band The Opiates, recorded a duet with her and you’ve even interviewed each other… why do you gel so well together?
Oh Billie and I have been involved in projects since we met a few years ago. After all, we are neighbours and friends. It started with a remix that I made for her called Dinah And The Beautiful Blue. It was magic putting her voice in an airport environment…. still melancholic and sexy.
We’ve also recorded a duet together… coming out real sooon!!!
What makes Bpitch Control your label home?
Bpitch Control has been my home label since 2010, home to my baby album Arabxilla… it been just an honour to have these dreams released by them, and also a great opportunity to collaborate with other label artists like Kiki, Dance Disorder, Skinnerbox and System of Survival. All thanks to Ellen Allien who invited me to take part with the release of my first ever EP All I Wanna Do.
If you had a time machine and could go back to any dancefloor anywhere/anywhen, where would we be visiting?
Definitely Studio 54…. with a touch of Ancient Egypt, I guess the time is now.
This Friday sees Jahcoozi front woman Sasha Perera over from Berlin to DJ at Club Lesley. Signed to Bpitch Control, Jahcoozi is made up of Sasha and “two beat-freak producers/multi-instrumentalists — Teuton Robot Koch and Tel-Aviv born Oren Gerlitz.” Between them they create bass-heavy electronica that wins over fans of both dub and dance.
We caught up with Sasha ahead of her set to find out just what we can expect from this eclectic lady…
How did you meet your Jahcoozi band mates Robot Koch and Oren Gerlitz?
We met through a turntablist friend of ours in 2002. Berlin was much smaller then than it is now in terms of its creative scene. Everyone kind of knew each other personally and there was no internet. Most people didn’t even have a mobile phone. All three of us went to an Anti Pop Consortium concert and have been mates ever since.
As a native Londoner- can you tell us your favourite hometown hotspots?
That’s not easy as I haven’t lived there for 12 years! I’m not in London too often apart from Jahcoozi gigs. The last place I lived was Brixton. That was one of my favourite spots at the time. But, I guess it’s changed a lot, as has London as a whole.
I actually love Southhall for its Indian and Sri Lankan food. It’s one of the most intensely Asian/Somalian /Polish areas of London. You can’t find anything like that in Berlin.
My ecologist cousin works at an old cemetery in Tower Hamlets telling kids about the plant species that live there. It’s actually a great spot to hang out. I’m serious!
What led you to call Bpitch Control your record label home?
Modeselektor who were signed to Bpitch did a remix of an early Jahcoozi tune called Black Barbie in 2004. Then I wrote a song called Silikon on a Modeselektor beat for their debut album. A Jahcoozi tune called BLN also came out on a Bpitch compilation. So there have always been ties.
Ellen Allien had talked to us a couple of times in the past about releasing an album with them, and so with our third album Barefoot Wanderer we took that opportunity. Ellen has always loved our live show. She’s seen us playing all over Berlin ever since we released our first record and I think she digs that live energy as well as the sound.
What was the last record you bought?
Actually a Vex’d record called Gunman. It’s some early nerdy dubstep tune. Bought it in 2005 in Hard Wax. I assume you mean vinyl. The last MP3 I bought was a track by Joe on Hemlock Recordings.
You tend to collaborate a lot so who would be your dream person to work with?
Right now – Gonja Sufi, he’s a proper hero.
In the past – Moondog, also a proper hero but he’s dead.
Can you tell us a bit about the music exchange program you were involved in last year in Kenya?
BLNRB = Jahcoozi, Gebrüder Teichmann and Modeselektor headed out to Nairobi and recorded a load of tunes with Kenyan musicians, Mcs and singers. The Goethe Institute funded the project and rented a house which we converted into makeshift studios. We ate, slept and worked in the same house. It was mental!! (and loud!) One day we took the soundsystem down to Kibera, which is the biggest ghetto in Nairobi and put on a party in front of a church (it was the safest place). An amazing day and a serious eye-opener that was only possible with the help of our friends at Kibera street-art collective Massai Mbilli. 22 Kenyan artists were also flown to Berlin for a big BLNRB concert for the Worldtronics Festival. They saw snow for the first time!!
What’s in your record bag for Dalston Superstore?
Not telling, I don’t want to pre- ejaculate. Ok you twisted my arm. I admit I can’t stop playing tunes by Objekt. And there is the filthiest juke/footwork bootleg of a Destiny’s Child tune, which I’m often scared to play, but I might just have the balls to this Saturday. Maybe some Evian Christ to soothe the people after that… or some Monolake. Don’t know actually. No idea. I DJ with Ableton so I might just feel it out.
Where’s been the most unusual place you’ve ever played a gig or DJ set?
Brandenburg Gate in Berlin! Jahcoozi live and televised before A-HA at the opening of the Athletics World Championships in 2009. That was rather surreal, especially the crane shots of us on the telly!
We also played in Havana, Cuba in 2011 at a dilapidated amusement park in the jungle. Unfortunately there was a power cut after 7 songs. That kinda hurt because the place and vibe was so special.
What does 2013 hold for Jahcoozi?
We’ll be releasing the tracks we made this year on a project called Sound Camp Asia where we made music with electronic musicians from Kabul, Karachi, Delhi, Mumbai, Dhaka, Colombo and Berlin. It was a two-week residency with 20 artists on an island with no shops and just a dirt trail.
We’re also releasing a tune we made with Barbara Panther on Bpitch Control and working on a new Jahcoozi album too. I have a load of solo stuff which sounds absolutely nothing like Jahcoozi and the album is almost finished. Exciting!!
Jahcoozi frontwoman Sasha joins us for a DJ set at Club Lesley this Friday 19th October from 9pm – 3am.
The TrailerTrash team are super-excited to have Kill The DJ’s Chloé play their tranny-extravaganza and have wanted her on their bill for some time now. We were lucky enough to catch up with the French underground electronic star and quiz her on the dance scene in Paris, her recent projects and playing the Easter long weekend…
How did you get into DJing?
I started DJing when I was 17, actually when I discovered electronic music. I started buying records; at that time you couldn’t find this music on any other format than vinyl. I was studying law and university gives you a lot of time so I was playing more and more and then I started to produce. I released my first EP in 2001 on Karat records. Since then I’ve DJed everywhere, released a lot of EPs and remixes on different labels, released two albums, and will release a new track on my first label Karat in the next two months.
What’s the dance music scene in Paris like at the moment?
In the last two years there have been much more parties going on, inside clubs as usual, like Rex Club and Showcase, but more and more outside clubs which is kind of new for Paris.
You’re playing at the TrailerTrash Easter Sunday Special- do Parisians go all out for long weekends like Londoners do?
A lot of Parisians goes out on long weekends, but a lot also leave Paris to go to the countryside. In the summertime on long weekend Paris is a bit empty.
You DJ all over the world- what’s the most remote or strangest place you’ve ever played?
I’ve played few times in India, and it’s an amazing place to play that you’d never think about.
Your last album came out in 2010- do you have plans to do another?
My first album The Waiting Room was released in 2007, the second one One In Other in 2010. These days I’m not focusing on a new album, as I’m working on remixes and EPs, and also I’m producing an artist called The Big Crunch Theory, working on her second album.
Can you tell us a bit more about your live show and subsequent book Chasser Croiser?
I released a book and CD in September 2011, it was a very specific project organised by the French radio show L’Atelier de Création Radiophonique (ACR). The show asks artists from any origins to arrange and create an artistic piece. Radio is a laboratory of sound experimentation. I was totally free to choose a specific theme and to work on it the way I wanted. The result was a 40-minute piece that I performed live at the Centre Pompidou in Paris and is released on the CD.
The book consists of my photos taken during trips, tours and DJ sets, notes, projects, albums, collaborations, and excerpts from notebooks.
Which surrealist artists have been the biggest influences on your music?
Aragon, Duchamp, Elsa Triolet, Joyce Mansour, Maiakovski. Surrealists left us with an important freedom to dream, create poetry and love, and it’s in this way it’s a big influence.
Who would you share your dream line-up with?
Maybe my mum, as she use to be a Disc Jockey when she was young!
What is the one record you just can’t stop playing?
I like Metronomy’s latest album a lot!
Chloé plays TRANNYTRASH this Easter Sunday 8th April with Hannah Holland (TrailerTrash), Michelle Moist (TrailerTrash), Alexandra Parade (TrailerTrash), Nicola Fisher (Gutterslut), Josheline Caffe (Batty Bass) and Dame Squeaky (Paris’ Acid Ball) all spinning their wigs in-between spinning records from 8pm – 4am.