Posts Tagged ‘Dalston Superstore’

Danielle Moore

Fresh off the back of a nothing-short-of-legendary Pride bash, pansexual Mancunian disco HomoElectric returns to the mothership for another mad night of dancing and debauchery! Joining them is living legend of the British disco scene, Crazy P vocalist Danielle Moore! Having graced stages all across the world, from Sydney to Bali and beyond, we are thrilled to welcome her to work her magic on our lazerhole! She took time out of penning the latest Crazy P album to chat festival madness, Top of the Pops and touring with Moloko!

Hi Danielle! We’re so excited to have you join us soon for HomoElectric! How has your 2017 been?

It has been pretty full on with a summer jam packed with gigs and festivals all over the UK and Europe. We have started writing a new album -its now a matter of finding the time to finish it and add some bits of magic!

Crazy P did a live Boiler Room set earlier this year from Bali – what was that experience like?

It was a real honour to do it. We had a crew of friends there too. Randomly a few of us had booked to go to Bali over the New Year period and that support was so welcomed. When you know something is going out live there’s of course extra pressure to deliver everything you’ve rehearsed just perfectly. It also adds some positive adrenalin to the experience. It was all very hectic as it had absolutely pissed it down with rain in the morning so it was all slightly up in the air for a while. All that said, it was such a good experience.

How did you guys initially meet and start working together?

Well Jim and Toddy met at Nottingham Uni and along the way met Matt our drummer and Tim and Jim knew each other from their school days in North Wales. I lived in a shared house in Manchester 1999-2001 and thats where our relationship began. The lads caught me playing tunes in my bedroom with a small audience and apparently singing …I have no recollection of this but that means nothing! They asked me if I wanted to come for an audition as they were looking for a front person. I stupidly said yes and that was that!

You have had an incredibly impressive career as a band, spanning twenty years. What have been some of the highlights for you?

The sheer rollercoaster of personal growth and relationships between band members and the circle of people you meet all around the world is irreplaceable as far as memories go. With regards to music, I think a big turning point for us was an Australia tour we were lucky to be part of which involved Nitin Sawney and Moloko. Indeed, it was Moloko’s final tour together as a band. We learnt so much from the experience and watching full live acts in their prime was invaluable. I suppose another is out tour supporting Faithless in 2005. To have the opportunity to play arena gigs in the UK to sell out audiences (obviously that wasn’t our doing) was just an experience that really made us look at wider aspects of our stage performance. We have been lucky to be involved in some amazing festivals like The Garden in Croatia, The Big Chill in its early days, Bestival, Gottwood, the first few years of the Secret Garden…the list is endless.

What is your earliest musical memory?

Going to see Chic at the Manchester Apollo with my mum …before that probably Top of the Pops, closing the curtain and thinking I was a member of FAME.

What’s your craziest festival story?

Oh gosh, I’m not very good when put on the spot. The most shocking one was when we played Global Gathering one year. We played in the Strongbow sponsored tent which was actually good, the rest of the festival, let’s say not my cup of tea…I remember turning up to what I’ll say was like a human zoo. Lads peeing up the Heras fencing and girls puking into bins with some proper banging trance…the worst of all were what looked like four generations of the same family gurning their tits off to Gabba!

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

Electric Souls at the Coliseum in 1999 I think it was. I loved it. I have had my fill in various places but I think that’s when I had my eyes wide open. Other than that maybe to NYC in the late 70s but I have such fond memories of the late 90s for new dance music, so I’d happily revisit those days as well.

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

The album I suppose – fingers and toes crossed.

One track that you can’t wait to unleash on the Superstore lazerpit?

Hmmmmmmmm…a couple of tunes by Jim and Toddy AKA Ron Basejam and Hot Toddy… But you’ll have to be patient!


Catch Danielle Moore at HomoElectric this Saturday 23 September from 9pm-3am at Dalston Superstore!

Harry Cross

Our cult-status, high-protein buffet of belters Battered Sausage returns with an almighty bang this month, as we welcome Harry Cross of Men’s Room Chicago to the lazerpit! No stranger to getting topless crowds of carnivores and vegans alike writhing on dance floors across the US and beyond, he’ll be unleashing his signature brand of cosmic belters on the Battered Sausage basement. We caught up with him to chat special projects, the gay underground and where to party in Chicago!

Hi Harry! We’re so excited to have you join us soon for Battered Sausage! How has your 2017 been?

It’s been a rollercoaster of a year, and I mean a batshit crazy rollercoaster like The Joker. Highlights include those moments when the entire gay DJ family got together at Honcho Summer Campout and the Trade Show USA party in Brooklyn.

Men’s Room was recently credited by mixmag as one of the 6 club nights redefining the gay underground – what do you think is the special ingredient of Men’s Room that has allowed you to maintain an authentically underground experience?

We’ve been lucky enough to find an audience that wants that edgier underground experience. Keeping that audience engaged by continuously innovating and allowing them to add to the experience is key.

Men’s Room has been in existence for over five years now – if you had to pinpoint a highlight, what would it be?

Men’s Room started at a bar called Wang’s. We crammed people into this tiny room for the first few years. The owner, Henry Chang, owned the space next door to Wang’s and used it as an art gallery until he decided to convert it to a proper dance floor. He built a stage, installed a Funktion-One sound system and created a doorway to Wang’s – without telling anyone he was doing it. At a very special Men’s Room party, at midnight, we drew back a curtain and revealed the new dance floor space to a packed house of hungry partygoers. The energy that night was LIVE.

Can you tell us a bit about the Femme’s Room specials you’ve been doing and what inspired you to start that project?

Femme’s Room started as a reaction to the masculine vibes of Men’s Room. We saw the lack of female representation in Chicago’s LGTBQ party scene and responded to it with Femme’s Room. Where Men’s Room is stripped down (literally), Femme’s Room is about self-expression via your look and attitude. The party was truly inspired by the incredible amount of femme talent in Chicago – from DJ’s, producers, artists, designers, dancers – and we wanted to provide a stage to showcase their talents.

There’s a lot of talk about LGBT nightlife being under threat in London – is there a similar concern in Chicago?

There’s some concern in Chicago as well. A few of the sex positive spaces that have been around for decades, such as The Bijou Theatre, have closed down and are not being replaced. The few new gay bars opening in Chicago tend to be rehashed gay bar concepts with lots of TV’s and a stripper thrown in. The gay bar owners aren’t doing anything innovative. In a world of hook-up apps, you have to provide a unique experience that people can’t get anywhere else to draw them away from their screens.

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If the queer club scene in London could learn anything from Chicago, what would it be?

It’s all about finding the right space. Men’s Room started at a small bar attached to a sushi restaurant. The owner, Henry Chang, allowed us to convert the space to our vision. We brought our own lighting, turned the sushi restaurant into a clothes check and cranked up the smoke machine. Any space can work with the right elements.

You are taking us on a date in Chicago – where are we going to eat, drink and dance?

Well, if I really like you I’m going to cook for you at my place. But if I’m still figuring out the chemistry I’ll take you to The Publican – a pork, oysters and beer place in the West Loop. Then we’re taking a long walk to the beach and smoke a blunt. After that we’re taking a sketchy bus ride up to Smart Bar to dance to techno bangers where we’ll truly see if there’s chemistry.  

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

I’d have to say Paradise Garage because I have a tattoo of the logo on my left arm.  

Any exciting plan in the pipeline that you can let us in on?  

Going b2b with Aaron Clark of Honcho at Smart Bar’s first 23-hour party featuring Derrick Carter, Miss Kitten, Robert Hood, Jason Kendig, Eris Drew, Justin Long and all of my Chicago favorites. Plus there’s talk of an international Femme’s Room tour. And I have a day party in the works. 

One track that you can’t wait to unleash on the Superstore lazerpit?

Keytronics Ensemble – Something in that Groove


Catch Harry Cross at Battered Sausage on Friday 22 September from 9pm-3am at Dalston Superstore!

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Ceri

The latest in female house music doyennes to join the Fèmmme Fraîche headliner hall of fame is London based DJ, producer and festival-head Ceri! Her rising reputation has seen her grace the decks at parties as far flung as Back To Basics in Leeds, DC10 in Ibiza, La Santanera in Mexico and Ipse in Berlin and beyond. She will be taking the helm for the twelfth instalment of East London’s fraîchest lez fest this Saturday, with her signature selection of deep and moody, atmospheric grooves, heavyweight peak time house fodder and psychotropic techno abstractions. We caught up with her to chat festival tales, women in music, and plans for Fèmmme Fraîche!

Hi Ceri! We’re so excited to have you join us soon for Fèmmme Fraîche

Aw thank you. I’m really looking forward to partying with you lovelies, and I love that sweaty basement at Dalston Superstore, so can’t wait!

Can you tell us a bit about Jaded, the Sunday morning afterparty rave at Corsica where you played as a resident?

I first played for them in 2011, at Cable, which was a real dream come true for me. I first experienced Jaded when it was at The End /AKA which was a huge clubbing inspiration for me, alongside Fabric and T Bar. I was a massive raver and used to end up at Jaded most weeks. They had such an amazing music policy, with the best names in house and techno often turning up to play unannounced.

When I first met the promoter Krista I didn’t tell her I was a DJ, but then I ended up giving Ray – their longest running resident – a lift in my car, and I had one of my mixes on because I was secretly wanting to hear what he thought of it without him knowing it was me! He actually asked me whose mix it was and when I told him it was mine he didn’t believe me. He told Krista and a few months later, after seeing I was getting some other gigs around London they booked me to play for them for the first time.

I was so happy and continued playing for them as a guest for a few years until they asked me to be a resident in 2014 / 2015. Initially it was supposed to be for one year but it went on for longer.

I loved being able to play nine hour sets in the second room at Corsica. It’s not often as a DJ these days you get to play that long. So I am really thankful for them believing in me and giving me the chance to go on long journeys with their crowd, who were really receptive.

When it comes to making your own music, can you tell us a bit about your production process?

It’s really random. Some tracks can take a few days, others a few months! Usually I am inspired by something specific; a mood, a sample or a vocal, and I start from there and build around it. I usually play the bass on my Sub 37 because I love bass, and for me bass is the most important part of the track, followed by the drums. I like to use a combination of drum machines – an XBase 09 and sampled 808 and 909 hits that I programme in. I have some other equipment I use for synths too and usually do the high end last.

I use a combination of logic and Ableton. If I am feeling uninspired, I will just play around with a few samples I’ve ‘stolen’ or recordings I’ve made and play around with them until I feel an idea coming on.

When I am in the zone it literally just flows out of me without me even knowing what’s happening, I wish I knew how to make it happen more often!

Favourite track of 2017?

I couldn’t choose one! Totally dependent on where I am, who I’m with etc…

You’ve been involved in Redbull’s Normal Not Novelty campaign – can you tell us a bit about why the project is important to you?

It’s a good way of inspiring and educating people about our industry. I like to teach the younger generation about where house music came from and why it’s so important politically and sociologically. A lot of people who claim to be into the music have no idea about how it evolved and it’s history of bringing people together and breaking down barriers in society. So I think it’s as important to spread that message as well as teach people about music production processes and how to get inspiration and creative ideas etc.

You’ve played quite a few festivals over the years, from Secret Garden Party to Lovebox and even Burning Man! What’s your craziest festival story?

I have so many it’s hard to choose one. The one most people think is funny and/or gross is how I got my Burning Man name ‘Kevin the Dancing Poo’. Which involved magic mushrooms and a portaloo. 

Haha! We won’t ask…

If you could change one thing about London’s club culture, what would it be?

Ban phones.

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

Either to Paradise Garage in New York in  the 80s, or to an early 19th century ballroom dance. 

We hear you have a new label dropping soon, can you tell us a bit about it? 

It’s called ‘Find Your Own’ records and the first release is out in October featuring two tracks from me and a Fred P Reshape. The label is primarily for me to release my own music. I want each release to be three tracks that suit different environments. It will still be house and techno, but different shades of it that work in different situations. I prefer EPs that have variety, rather than three tracks that are really similar.

I am really happy to have Fred P involved with the first release because I have loved his music for many years and respect him hugely not just musically but also personally. Moving forwards I want to involved more people who have been inspiring to me or who I believe are making music that will stand the test of time.

Who’s tunes will you be unleashing on the Superstore lazerpit?

I usually throw in some K-Hand or Mr G at least once in most of my sets, I love everything they do. Tomoki Tamura is another favourite, and D’Julz. They are all amazing at making classic sounding house and techno that is timeless and works on the dancefloor.


Catch Ceri at Fèmmme Fraîche this Saturday 9 September from 9pm-3am at Dalston Superstore!

 

Kiwi and Nina Nana

By Florian Dovillez


Our favourite happy-go-lucky homodisco Homodrop returns to Superstore this Saturday with a special appearance from London based DJ, producer and genre-defying wunderkind Kiwi (Disco HalalFuture Boogie)! Joining him is the queen of the queer scene in Geneva, Nina Nana who is known for DJ sets which branch into the world of drag performance and span disco, italo, boogie and beyond! We caught up with them to get a forecast of what to expect at Homodrop!

Describe in one image your vision of the party.

Kiwi:
Divine, Grace, Jones, and friends (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)

 
Nina Nana: 

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Describe with one track your vision of party.

Kiwi: This one’s much harder, because i can’t think of a track that really sums up everything a party can be. But this ones been doing the business recently, pitched own of course.

Nina Nana: 

 

Queen or queer?

Kiwi: Queen

Nina Nana: Queen of queer!

Are they any exciting future projects for you that you can share with us?

Kiwi: So many! Releasing tonnes of music this year, on some of my favourite labels including Life and Death, Disco Halal and Futureboogie, plus this one which is out soon and has a Tuff City Kids remix, and then I’m just finalising plans to launch my own label next year.

Nina Nana: This! 

What can we expect from your DJ set for Homodrop?

Kiwi: A good dose of fun, and the unexpected 😉

Nina Nana: Drag LOOKS! 


Catch Kiwi and Nina Nana at Homodrop this Saturday 2 September from 9pm-4am at Dalston Superstore! 

 

Doc Sleep

This Saturday’s edition of cult gay rave Tusk sees the Dalston Superstore debut of an artist who has been on our radar for as long as we can remember. Co-founder of Jacktone Records, prolific techno producer and regular Honey Soundsystem guest Doc Sleep is ready to unleash her prowess on the lazer basement this Saturday! Hailing from San Francisco, she made the leap across the pond to Berlin where she has been setting floors alight with her distinctive brand of experimental, leftfield techno and electronica. In between her residency at ://aboutblank, managing new releases for Jacktone and producing her own music, we caught up to chat Panorama Bar, partying in the Mid-West and plans for Tusk!

Hi Doc Sleep! We are so excited to have you join us for TUSK! How has your 2017 been so far?

Hello! I love the TUSK crew and have always wanted to experience DS so I’m excited about what I’m going to get myself into over there. :) As far as 2017… it’s incredibly busy, but I’m up for it.

Can you tell us a bit about your Jacktone label that you run with Darren Cutlip? How did you two come to work together and what inspired you to start a label together?

Darren and I initially exchanged messages on Soundcloud, then met up at a Honey Soundsystem party in San Francisco. After sharing many techno and 4AD tracks back and forth, one thing lead to another and the first Jacktone record came out in 2013 from Exillon, who was also part of the label in the beginning. We didn’t want to release in just one genre with this project, so we’ve put out everything from acid, kosmische, ambient, bleep, techno, house, EBM and electro. We’ll hit catalogue number 40 later this year and I truly love the label more with each release that we’re fortunate enough to put out.

You made the switch to making electronic music in the 2000s, having played guitar previously – what inspired the change?

I had listened to house for quite awhile, but, it wasn’t until I met a queer sound engineer in San Francisco who not only had a great record collection, but also an amazing synth collection, that I started trying production and DJing. We started working together, I would play synth and processed guitar, she would make beats and mangle field recordings. The results were mixed, but, I’m forever grateful to her for giving me the push.

What is your earliest musical memory?

My mom playing piano in our living room.

If you had to choose one person who most inspired you as a producer and DJ, who would it be?

Well, the FIRST person to inspire me in this direction was Andrea Parker. I heard her DJ Kicks release in ’98 or ’99 and it opened wormholes to entirely new dimensions of music. I had never heard that kind of music before, like Gescom and Dopplereffekt, and she was stitching it together with things like Gil Scott Heron, Kool Keith – brain wires were melted.

 You recently made the move from San Francisco to Berlin – how do you feel that has influenced you creatively?

Berlin is obviously a very nightlife-driven city, but it’s also peaceful – beautiful parks and lakes, quiet streets, etc. I’m able to be inspired, clear my head and focus here.

What is the craziest thing that has ever happened during one of your sets?

There was the time a promoter stole the turntable right after I put on my last record…but, that used to be a normal night out in San Francisco.

Your list of past gigs reads like many DJs bucket lists! Has there been a standout highlight for you?

Not a surprise, but Panorama Bar was so lovely, definitely a standout. You’re playing to a room full of enthusiastic dancers who are really up for the journey – it lives up to the hype and remains such a magical place.

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

I’m originally from the rural Midwest and would actually love to go back to some of those early parties in the ’90s. We used to dance at a bowling alley, it’s where I first heard things like Adam Ant and Armand’s Professional Widow remix haha. I would love to experience that type of musical discovery all over again.

One track that you’re planning to unleash at TUSK?

I’ve been enjoying this one lately:

Solitaire Gee – Slumberland (Rhythm Invention Mix)

 


Catch Doc Sleep at Tusk this Saturday 26 August from 9pm-4pm at Dalston Superstore!

 

Blende

For the latest edition of Pump, our special guest is non other than lauded Swedish music producer, songwriter and DJ, Johan Blende! Signed to the Belgian disco label Eskimo and famed for such cuts as Rikki and Fake Love, Blende has remixed for the likes of Lana Del Rey and Azari & III. With worldwide bookings from Space in Ibiza to Ministry of Sound here in London, we’re super excited to welcome Blende to the basement of Superstore! Fresh of the release of his banging new summer anthem single Back to Summertime, we caught up with him to chat new releases, Michael Jackson and plans for Pump! 

Hi Blende! We are so excited to have you join us for Pump! How has your 2017 been so far?

Hi there! Excellent, so am I! It’s been good so far, released a single just before summer and am currently making plans for the next one.

How do you think growing up in Sweden influenced your sound?

Hmm, don’t know if it did much really. I mean most Swedish producers I know and know of have quite a different sound to mine I feel, but there are exceptions so maybe there is something in the water after all.

If you could change anything about the pop music industry, what would it be?

Ugh, let’s not go there, I’ll be playing suicidal music on Saturday if so.

What is your earliest musical memory?

Listening to MJ’s Thriller on my walkman, in the back of my dad’s car. Not sure if I made the walkman, dad and car bit up but I definitely had the album on cassette.

You took a couple of years’ hiatus from DJing during 2015-16, what has it been like coming back to it after such a significant break?

It’s nice being back, though I’m still not quite up to speed just yet. We’ll see what else 2017 brings, definitely hoping more people will have me come play at their nights!

Can you talk us through your songwriting process?

Lately I’ve been mainly putting down ideas while working on something else; if things pop into my head I strip down whatever I’m currently working on to just drums or something basic and put it down on top and then revisit it at some point once I’ve finished what I was already doing. But I have something like 10-15 track ideas going on rotation at any time so it’s a natural process I think.

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

There are some people I’ve worked with these past couple of years that I’d love to do some more stuff with, but they’ve all been part of tracks that don’t have a home yet so I probably shouldn’t say too much at this point. It’s nice working together with friends on location though, so I’m trying to find time to do that again as it’s been a little while.

Favourite release of the year?

Pretty much every Deewee release this year has been great.

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

It would be Manhattan, in the 70s, CBGBs & Studio 54. I don’t think they’d let me in though, one saying I look too pissed and the other not pissed enough.

In five words or less, what are you planning to unleash at Pump?

Luscious & pumping electronic music.


Catch Blende at Pump this Saturday 19 August from 9pm-3am at Dalston Superstore!

Multi Culti’s top tips for successful raving

This Saturday, notorious gay rave institution Discosodoma joins forces with kindred spirits and masters of all things mind-altering, Multi Culti at Discosodoma <3 Multi Culti! We caught up with record label head honchos Thomas Von Party and Dreems, and asked them to add to our collection of top tips for successful raving… Needless to say, we were not disappointed!
 

1. TEMPERATURE CONTROL

Never let temperature ruin your party. Bring a hand-fan. It’s 2017, climate change is real. Thin insulated fabrics are great to keep you warm without having to schlep weight. Go tech, or go silk. And don’t be afraid to get nude.

2. PARTY BAG

To have sufficient options for temperature control items, paraphernalia, snacks. 

3. HANDYMAN ESSENTIALS

Can you even say handyman anymore or is it sexist? I’m sure there are handywomen out there I’m just not sure what they’re called… Anyways, back to the program… Being equipped means having something to share. Openers, flashlights, zip-ties, king-sized rolling papers… anything that can MacGyver the vibe out of harm’s way.   

4. DON’T TRAVEL IN A PACK

Parties are good for making friends and losing friends. Group decision-making dynamics can ruin a trip, and we’ll be fucking damned if we’d let that happen.

5. TOOTHBRUSH

It’s not a shower, but it’s the next best thing. For 24+ hour parties it’s essential, but we shouldn’t need to tell you that, unless maybe if you’re British.

6. SMELL GOOD

Dab some essential oils on your hand-fan, advertise your shamanic side with a palo santo stick, but please don’t overdo it with the perfume or cologne, it’s offensive.

7. SNACKS

Snacks are always a good idea. Up-market vegan chia/nut/cacao bars will let everyone know you value your own physical performance as much as you value your ecosystem, but most of these bars are disgusting. Preparing a GORP like nut-mix is great, it shows you’re willing to go the extra-mile as a hippie.

 

8. SUNGLASSES & BATHING SUIT 

Because you never fucking know where you will end up. That offer to fly to Ibiza might just roll in on the floor at 5am – and being ready to take on the sun and sea in perfect apparel can help with that decision. Or you could just go wild and go nude. 

9. PROTECTION. 

Ear plugs, condoms and a helmet. 


Catch Thomas Von Party and Dreems at Discosodoma this Saturday 12 August from 9pm-4am at Dalston Superstore!

CC:DISCO!

Femmesexual disco freakout Mints turns one this Friday, and they’ve invited Melbournian disco doyenne CC:DISCO! to join them for a very special high-camp birthday set in the lazer basement! Having opened for Theo Parrish in Auckland, soundtracked the romantic Adriatic Sea at Dimensions and unleashed her magic on Boiler Room and Meredith’s coveted Supernatural Amphitheatre, she is no stranger to setting dance floors alight with an irresistible blend of boogie, disco and house. We couldn’t think of a better babe to help us ring in their first year of PAK’s lipstick-stained nonsense! We caught up with her to chat thunder storm drama, parting in Melbourne and plans for Mints!

Hey CC! We can’t wait to have you join us this August for Mints! Can you tell us about yourself and how you got to where you are now?

I can’t wait either!  Well I’m a DJ and radio host from Melbourne who plays disco, boogie and house. I’ve been djing out in clubs for about eight years and in radio for a long long time. Getting to where I am now? Probs just set after after set and working me butt off.  It’s a been a great ride.

You started out as a radio DJ at the ripe age of 15, before progressing to clubs and festivals years later. How did you find that transition?

I think it was an easy one for me because I LOVE to go out, and back then I was a club rat for sure so I was super eager and always keen. They are both so different so I can’t even compare them, but it’s great to be able to see people’s faces react to music. With radio you just hope they are loving it and the only way you know is through communication to the station. Both are amazing. 

Can you tell us a bit about your Melbourne club night, Club Coco? 

Club Coco is my little baby, and I guess it follows the ethos of “less chin stroking, more dancing.” It’s open to everyone and the main focus is disco, boogie, soul and having a good time with no bullshit. The first one this year had my faves Rahaan, Frank Book and Rich Medina. It’s a good time with a good vibe. 

Your go-to track to rescue a waning dancefloor?

Shirley Lites – Heat you up (melt you down)

Dead seat classic but it never get olds to me and it always works on the dance floor

What’s the craziest things that’s happened during one of your sets?

Last year I was playing after Moodymann at Strawberry Fields at 2pm on the main stage and it was actually the most beautiful day. Smiles all round, but then in what I swear was two minutes it turned ugly/amazing really quickly. This storm came out of nowhere and wiped out the whole main stage. Basically, the last moment I remember was having a tarp put over me because water starting flooding on to the stage. It was scary as fuck, and then I look down and Move is under me cradling his record bag, as he was supposed to be on next. He was not keen on mother nature ruining his stuff – it was quite cute. The whole system shut down and that was that. But the 40 mins I got to play was heaven!

You’re taking us on a night out in Melbourne – where are we going to eat, drink and dance?

Lets say its an amazing day in Melbourne summer then.

Cheese and wine in Edinburgh Gardens. Then get me that Kingfish Sashimi from Chin Chin. And the most Melbourne thing you could do is drinks and dancing at SECTION 8 which is always amazing.

You have played at some of our dream fesitvals, from Meredith in the Australian bush to the idyllic Dimensions in Croatia – what has been your career highlight?

Meredith will always be the highlight of my life. It was the one thing I aimed to play and was number one on the bucket list. I will never forget having all the people I loved on stage with me, in the front row smiling and all in the Australian bush. There’s something special about having all of your loved ones in one place supporting you that could never compare to anything in life. 

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

Easy, New York 1978-1983 . We are still trying to create what was born there, I wish I could have lived through it. 

Do you have any exciting plans in the pipeline that you can let us in on for the rest of the year and beyond?

I do indeed! Firstly, these shows in Europe are SO SO exciting for me and I have lots of events in Australia in the pipeline, and a couple projects that I can’t talk about but are SUPER exciting .. so stay tuned.

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

SWEAT, BLOOD, DISCO AND HANDCLAPS BABY


Catch CC:DISCO! at Mints this Friday 11 August from 9pm-3am at Dalston Superstore!

 

Two years of Cult Culture

By PLU


Reaching the end of an amazing two years doing parties at our favourite London venue is super sad but also full of joy. We’ve had so many golden moments together! The superb music our guest DJs have brought to the party fill us with pride and joy, so we thought we’d share a couple of moments, and the records we feel have perfectly encapsulated our Cult Culture party over the eight parties at Superstore.

Without a doubt the highlight of our first party was the huge crew that came through from Bristol…especially the minibus ramble… we don’t think Superstore quite knew what was happening!

We’d also invited relatively unknown DJ, Soren Miehe over from Berlin. Not only was Soren an incredible DJ, everybody fell in love with this beaut at first sight.

With his big gorgeous smile, he was dropping bombs like this:

When people ask us to tell them our favourite party or who our favourite guest was, it’s almost impossible to answer.  However, we will always affectionately remember our Superstore party with the wonderful Telephones playing downstairs and the incredible johnsmith (Man-Up Winner) performing Madonna’s Vogue in their own inimitable way upstairs.  It was the first time I have seen an artist perform upstairs on the bar who immediately affected the whole venue… They finished their performance and it sent palpable shockwaves throughout the building. Meanwhile, Telephones was playing this masterpiece in the lazer pit at peak time and everybody went wild for it:

Our only regret was when we returned to our Airbnb and Henning changed into Oozing Gloop drag that we didn’t soundtrack it with the very same Jazz Carnival!

So when Jan Schulte (aka Wolf Müller, Bufiman and a bunch of other aliases) arrived from Dusseldorf to headline the lazer pit for us, we expected to feel like we’d been hit over the head with millions of drums…and we weren’t disappointed, it was a masterpiece of a set.  BPMs dropping to around a 100bpm at peak time and the dancefloor was still jiving hard. BUT it is this record that Jan told us he found in his collection (and thought he’d lost) just before departing to London that he played at just the right moment!

Next up was a choice booking for our headline slot, Auntie Flo.  Known for his incredible Afro vibes throughout his productions and DJ sets, he to decided shelve this and instead bought his entire Italo disco vinyl collection, making the most of his apartment being around the corner.  We don’t think we have seen anybody play such a flawless Italo disco set before…it was a delight to be there dancing.  All this been said, he did divert slightly to play this absolute edit banger!

Now the last record is often a challenge and something we have always found quite difficult to select.  You have a choice: you can either chose to close out with a chilled obviously-this-set-is-coming-to-an-end record OR you can leave the dancefloor begging for MOOOOORE…. Auntie Flo kinda achieved both and definitely holds the title for best last record of our party series at Superstore.  This got played in its entirety…for this very moment it was the best record ever!  There is a video floating around of this moment somewhere but alas we don’t know where?!

Upstairs we were thrilled to provide a wee platform for our friends at Rhythm Sister (a DJ collective that provides a safe and supportive environment for those that identify as women or gender queer to learn and hone their DJ skills.) When Jess Farley played this, it was proof that no matter how well a record is known if you time it correctly it always stands the test of time/never gets old:

Since we are closing our last Cult Culture ourselves this Saturday, we thought we would finish off with a few tracks that have become PLU classics over the years.

We went for years playing this record in every set we played.  This clip is actually from the theme tune of the U.S. Sitcom starring a young John Travolta! The edit we play derives from this, but there is not a clip of the edit online. If you are looking for the exact track, it’s a Doug Lee edit.

We have actually had people complain when we have not played this!

I don’t think this record has left our bag for the last 12 months.  We LOVE IT because it combines a nod to our love of early nineties rave and – we feel – still has a disco/funk vibe running through it 😉

In terms of the music we play and the artists we book, we play most things: house, Italo, synth, industrial, punk, afro… anything goes, but in our early People Like Us parties we very much just played disco, and this is one of the records that have endured up until this present day… It never fails.

Expect some more of this kinda magic on Saturday night as we go through all night long… Techno/bleep music from a label whose output was, for us, unsurpassed at the time.

Finally, this track remained a wee secret weapon for us for a while, helped by the fact it costs silly money to purchase second hand, so not many DJs had it. We are big fans of Red Axes anyway but they really excelled themselves when they did this edit of Shocking Blue’s Love Buzz.  We absolutely love how just before the breakdown they remain true to the original and allow the record to dramatically increase in speed…we’ve seen people lose their shit to this so many times.


Catch PLU at Cult Culture this Saturday 5 August from 9pm-3am at Dalston Superstore!

 

Lewis G Burton

For the latest edition of Spin Cycle, we invite multidisciplinary artist, drag performer and in-demand DJ and club host, Lewis G Burton to bring his unique brand of performance back to Superstore! His work spans the worlds of fine art and underground queer clubland, fluctuating from the grotesque to the beguiling, from high culture to low culture – but the one common thread in all of his performance is an intriguing study of identity, queerness and the body. Having performed previously at The Institute of Contemporary Art, The Peckham Space and The Mori + Stein Gallery as well as East London queer club spaces, we can’t wait to see what he devises for his next appearance at the ‘store! We caught up to chat learning and unlearning, collectivity and London’s queer scene!

Hi Lewis! We can’t wait to have you join us to perform at Spin Cycle! Can you tell us a little bit about yourself for those who aren’t familiar with your work? 

Hiya! I can’t wait for you to have me inside of you. Well I’m a performance artist, although people know me as a drag queen, superstar DJ, performer and all round club personality – the fat femme fab Lewis G. Burton!

Your work spans across the arenas of fine art and underground club spaces. In which ways do each of these worlds inform your work? 

Underground club spaces are a lot more fun. Having an audience of 1000 people off their tits at a rave in Europe is more exciting as you affect people in so many different ways. I feel like people in gallery spaces try and analyse and pick apart my performances too much rather than enjoying it for what it’s meant to be. I feel at home in the underground and it’s something that has inspired me and my work since I was 17. Being a part of the scene has inspired my work completely differently to being a voyeur reading through books. I get to have so many great conversations and meet interesting people from all walks of life. With my work I’m just holding up a mirror and reflecting the good and bad parts of society within these spaces. 

Did you study performance art in a formal environment? If so/not, how do you think that has influenced your approach and perspective?

Yes I studied fine art and specialised in performance at university. I had some amazing teachers from all disciplines and they encouraged me and pointed me in the right directions. My two performance tutors (Pil and Galia Kollectiv) had such a wealth of knowledge and really made me want to read more. As a queer person though I feel like I’ve had to unlearn the majority of things I’ve been taught growing up and really educate myself on my history. Identifying as LGBTQ+ and being part of a beautiful, diverse community has helped truly influence my approach and perspective. 

lewis g burton at dalston superstore

Can you tell us a bit about your process when it comes to developing performances?

It completely depends what I’m working on. For a club performance I might hear a song or get given a theme to work around and construct something around. I’m very aware in a club environment that I have to entertain and my London parents taught me when I was first starting “If in doubt, freak them out!” So there’s always a grotesque twist I like to include. When creating performances in more of a fine art sense I get the chance to collaborate and work with some really exciting creative individuals and we take each other’s ideas and constantly push each other until we’ve created something we’re happy with. There’s always a different angle to look at something or an element you can take further and working with someone really makes that come out.

If you could invite three queer icons, past or present, to dinner, who would you choose and why?

Kate Bornstein because they’re amazing and so smart, Grace Jones because she’s an absolute goddess and Pete Burns (RIP) because I was always too scared to speak to him when in a club!  

What is the most inspiring thing about London’s queer performance art scene?

The people – so many unique, talented and wonderful people from all walks of life. There are so many great conversations and discussions to be had. It’s just so diverse in terms of what people create! 

lewis g burton at dalston superstore

You have performed at some incredible venues, ranging from The Institute of Contemporary Art to Resistance Gallery. What has been your career highlight?

My career highlight will be gracing the floor at Superstore this Friday for Spin Cycle! (Tragic I know!) 

You also DJ at a number of club nights across London. Which track is currently on high rotation in your sets?

Oh god sooooo many bangers! My current faves are Robyn – do it again, Lady Gaga – Aura (Boyfriends kill the runway remix) and Tatu – all the things she said obvs! 

What exciting plans do you have in store for the rest of the year?

I’m working on an EP, I’m collaborating with fashion/art collective Fecal Matter on some projects and I’m shooting a new TV show in September were I get to take two extreme Tory supporters and open them up to the world of performance art and make them realise why voting Labour is so important and what impact voting conservative has on the community. Also I get to put them through hell which is really exciting! As well as the usual DJ, performance and hosting gigs. She’s a busy girl! 

Can you give us a cheeky hint about what you have in store for us at Spin Cycle?

I don’t want to ruin the surprise but there will be mess – a lot of mess and maybe some snogging with Anna Wall!! 


Catch Lewis G Burton at Spin Cycle this Friday 4 August from 9pm-3am at Dalston Superstore!

 

Markus Chaak

by Whitney Weiss


Markus Chaak is a huge part of a more diverse and sincerely underground queer scene in Paris, which sometimes gets overshadowed by other shinier more circuity mainstream lesbian parties. Whether it’s a residency at radical queer bar La Mutinerie or headlining the super-fun Fukthename parties (put on by an eponymous feminist collective), Markus consistently turns it with afrobeat and house music. Ahead of her UK debut at cult queer smash hit Patsy, we talked about formative gay clubbing at Le Pulp, where to go out in Paris, and Soul Train.

Markus! We’re super excited to have you at PATSY. Is this your first time playing in London? What have you heard about PATSY?

Hey! I’ve been to London for Pride, just to chill, but yes, this is the first time I’ll come as a DJ! I’ve heard Patsy is the famous queer party, it happens in London and Paris right now and it’s not so often that a queer party is exported, so I am very proud to take part in it. 

You’re based in Paris, where you’re involved with a party called Fukthename. Tell us the story behind the party (the name, the crowd, the mission, etc.)

Fukthename is a feminist collective created in 2011 that organises mixed parties and events that prioritise female artists in music, dance, and all other artistic forms. We like to align with associations and projects that share a common vision to help them collect funds/give them visibility. We want to try to open spaces to a minority that’s often underrepresented or silenced. Now we’re working with the Playnight collective to organise La PrudePride party, which will be the party to go to before the Pride march in Paris. We also have other surprises in store for 2017/2018!

What was your first gay/queer clubbing experience like?

My first lesbian parties were Le Privilege, a club that was under Le Palace, then also Le Pulp, which was around the corner! We danced to house and techno until the sun came up. It was awesome because at that point we weren’t fully out and about as lesbians all of the time. We also used to lie to our friends and parents and go out discreetly to Les Scandaleuses bar to be able to start our nights and have fun. Now, I get to go out to my own parties! 

Where and how did you get your start DJing?

I started DJing in 2011 for the collective FolEffet, who organised militant actions and events. At the beginning, just for fun, we DJed back to back together without any kind of preparation! Then I started DJing solo as Markus, and played places like Acte3 and Le Troisième Lieu. Now, I’m a regular at La Mutinerie Bar, Playnight, and DRH.

How would you describe the queer scene in Paris? Any particular spots/parties you recommend for an unforgettable evening?

Clubbing exclusively for women is not so great. There aren’t a lot of bars or spaces or regular parties, so finding good places is difficult. Now it’s time to remake this scene (editor’s note: we very much agree!) More and more mixed places and parties are opening, which fortunately offer new alternatives for LGBT nightlife. 

What are three records that never leave your record bag (or USB stick, or Traktor playlist?)

There’s always a song by Boddhi Satva, like Sweet Brown Sugar, Ethyene – Sound of Freenidad, and Fatnotronic – Botoque.

You’re headlining in the laser basement – what sort of a set can dancers expect?

I’m expecting a very diverse crowd that’s ready to have fun and also has eclectic taste, so it’s going to be an interesting (and fun) challenge! I’ll wait to be there and feel the energy to figure out what to play. Get ready to shake your ass!

What’s the last book you read and the last movie you watched?

The last film was A Fantastic Woman and I’m currently reading Battling Siki.

If you had a time machine and could visit any dance floor past, present, or future, where would you be going?

I’d go back to the 1970s and 1980s and head immediately for Soul Train! Then I’d go disco, funk, and hip-hop clubbing in New York, Detroit, Philadelphia, and Chicago.

What is the most ridiculous thing you’ve ever witnessed from the DJ booth?

One time I was DJing on a boat and finishing my set. The next DJ was ready, everything connected and plugged in. He put his headphones on, smiled, put his hands up, started dancing and screaming joyfully except…he didn’t have a sound in the room (only in his headphones) because he’d forgotten to put the volume on for his track. It was very funny, this moment of euphoria in solitude!


Catch Markus Chaak at Patsy on Friday 18 August from 9pm-3am at Dalston Superstore!

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Wolf Music

By Pavliné


SWEAT is back at Superstore for another round of proper house music, disco bangers and tropical nonsense! For its third edition at Dalston Superstore, it seemed a natural fit to invite two house and disco fanatics whose record collection and knowledge is rivalled by few: Wolf Music! Stuart and Matt have been DJing since 2009, which also saw the inception of Wolf Music Recordings, one of the UK’s most influential house labels of the decade. They’re talking shop, favourite disco tracks and answer THE classic Superstore question asked by SWEAT’s resident Pavliné!

Hey guys! We can’t wait to have you join us for SWEAT! Tell us a bit about Wolf Music and and what drove your impulse to create your own label?

S: I’d been involved in various musical endeavours before I met Matt but had never run a label. I thought, at least if it fails we’ll have some records to give out to our friends for their birthdays/Christmas/wedding presents! Luckily it didn’t, and we’re still riding that wave.

M: I was already running a label when the opportunity to work with Atmosfear Dancing in Outer Space came up. It’s an all-time favourite of mine and I couldn’t pass it up. I knew that what I wanted to do with it didn’t suit the current label so I decided to start something new. I asked Stu to join me and that something new went on to be WOLF.

If you had to choose one record to represent Wolf Music, which one would it be?

S: That’s a tough question, as over the past eight years styles and artists have shifted. However I think we’ve stayed true to the sound we set out to represent, quality house music. We’re also around 60 releases in so there’s a lot to choose from! I’m going to pick something from 2013, Medlar‘s debut album Sleep. In my opinion an absolute masterpiece. You can listen to the whole album with the accompanying video by Letty Fox here.

M: I’d have to agree with Stu on this question. The album is a real melting pot of sounds that all make sense when listened to as a complete piece.

You recently celebrated eight years of Wolf Music. What can we expect from the label in the year to come?

S: Hopefully we’ll be able to realise our dream of launching a range of branded fidget spinners.

M: To keep pushing the sound and culture that we identify with, and to buy that second super-yacht from the spoils.

You recently published a vinyl-only mix of soulful house. What was the idea behind this? Can you tell us a bit about your relationship to vinyl records?

S: The idea behind the mix was to showcase records from the golden era of soulful house, a sound that doesn’t get as much love as some other sub genres of house music. Matt & I have also played this style of house in our sets amongst more deeper cuts so we decided to take the time to dig into our collections to expose people to records that Matt and I class as classics.

The fact it was a vinyl mix was more the fact that Matt & I own those tracks on vinyl. Of course vinyl holds a special place in our hearts and we continue to push the medium through the WOLF releases and when DJing. I wouldn’t call ourselves vinyl purists though.

M: I don’t often hear DJs playing good vocals in clubs and this was a chance to show people they need not be afraid – there’s loads of amazing vocal tracks that still bump.

What can we expect from your set at Superstore?

S: I’ll most likely be rolling through with a bag full of vocal house & ecstasy disco

M: Pure Drama

Can you think of a track that would fit the tropical and hedonistic aesthetic of SWEAT?

S: Me’Shell Ndegeocello If That’s Your Boyfriend (He Wasn’t Last Night) (Mad Sex Remix). Lil louis helping Me’Shell throw shade from ’94

M: Stu’s gone house so I’m going disco. Bobby Womack’s I Feel A Groove Comin’ On

’cause I do too…

Now for the classic Dalston Superstore question, which is: if we had a time machine ready to take you to any dance floor, past present or future, where would you like to go and why?

S: I guess the easy answer would be to watch Larry Levan at Paradise Garage but I’d quite like to go back to last weekend at Love International to make sure I could leave the dance floor before Young Marco played Alphaville’s Forever Young and killed my vibe.

 Pavliné: I love Young Marco but Forever Young, ouch!

M: I’d like to see Siano at his Gallery peak. Before disco was called disco and the DJ would play whatever would move the floor. Then if there was still juice in the time machine I would go catch Ron Hardy bringing down the walls at the music box.

Forever Young though…


Catch Wolf Music at Sweat this Friday 14 July from 9pm-3am at Dalston Superstore!