Ahead of this Saturday’s mr intl records showcase, we caught up with our old pals Disco Bloodbath, who return to Dalston Superstore once more for a top floor takeover! For the uninitiated, Disco Bloodbath was and is an East London institution, throwing disco ragers in Passions, a basement club below a Dalston restaurant, developing into a record label and generally being record collecting badasses. With that in mind, we caught up with the duo, comprised of Ben Pistor and Damon Martin, to have a rummage through their record bags…
A record that is forever Disco Bloodbath
Ben: Fern Kinney – Love Me Tonight. Damon would play it towards the end of the night, it starts off all twinkly then when the vocals kick in everyone sings along either hands in the air or hugging.
A record that is too sad to listen to
Ben: Magic FM fave, Odyssey – If You’re Looking For A Way Out is deeply moving in the back of a cab at 5am.
A record that never leaves your bag
Damon: Cappuccino – Hell Dance With Me
A record that you’ve always wanted to play but it’s never quite happened
Ben: I’ve always wanted to hear Bruce Springsteen – I’m On Fire played to a heaving dance floor.
A record that sounds like it’s from a spangly disco future
Damon: Donna Summer – I Feel Love definitely fits the bill but a big favourite of mine is My Mine – Hypnotic Tango. A record that’s over 30 years old but still sounds massively futuristic to me. It’s also well spangly.
A record that transports you back to a spangly disco past
Ben: The Three Degrees – Giving Up Giving In. A huge mirrorball moment from the past that builds and builds and builds and explodes in to pure spangle.
Fave Andy Butler/Hercules & Love Affair/Mr Intl track
Ben: Obviously Blind is incredible but I really love Roar which is on the first H&LA 12”.
A record that always sounded brilliant in the basement of Passion
Damon: The Chaplin Band – Il Veliero
The one record you’d save if your house was on fire
Damon: I would probably spend too long trying to decide and burn to death. Although, apparently in house fires it’s the smoke inhalation that gets you first. Either way it would be a huge tragedy.
A record in your collection that’s TOO MUCH of a guilty pleasure to ever play out
Damon: I’m not sure such a record exists. I’ll pretty much play anything after a few shandies.
Join Ben & Damon this Saturday 16th May for mr intl at Dalston Superstore from 9pm -3am.
By Cliff Joannou / reprinted from QX Magazine with kind permission
Dalston Superstore put queer East on the map five years ago. With an incredible array of club nights, combining explosive DJs with the most mentalist drag queens and trannies, you don’t get more bang for your buck than a weekend at the ‘Superstore. Owners Mikki Most and Dan Beaumont plied Cliff Joannou with plenty of prosecco and told him just how they pull it all together every week…
CLIFF: Why is Dalston Superstore the dog’s bollocks?
DAN: Come down to our birthday next Sunday and we’ll show you…
You’re on. How has Dalston itself evolved over the past five years, and what impact has the ‘Superstore had on the area…
DAN: When we started out people thought we were crazy trying to open a gay bar in Dalston!
MIKKI: Yes, we were pretty much the first bar in the area, and certainly the first gay bar, so I think people thought we were mental. We’ve opened up a lot of doors in the area for people though, and it’s been amazing to be part of helping make Dalston more diverse. It’s been stressful at times but the booze helps!
How have you set it apart from other gay venues?
DAN: Music, booze, food and fun! You never know what to expect at the ‘Superstore. You could find Grizzle reenacting the Human Centipede on the bar – don’t ask! – and then pop downstairs for dance courtesy of some hot young DJ we’ve found in New York or Berlin.
MIKKI: Yes, we’ve always tried to push things a bit here and not just do the obvious stuff. We both ran clubs before [TrailerTrash and Disco Bloodbath] and putting on great DJs is fundamental. We’re open day and night, and I like the idea you can come for a decent cocktail and some food early evening and still be here at 4am in the morning dancing… There’s not too many places offering that in London.
For such an intimate club spot, you’ve had some very cool DJs jump at the chance to play there…
DAN: The best thing about programming your own discotheque is that you get to bring all your favourite DJs over to play. Highlights for us have been an amazing set from Prosumer in the early days, Erol Alkan dropping a disco set, the legendary David Morales playing for four hours, and multiple visits from people like Optimo, Horse Meat Disco, Chloé and Spencer Parker. Plus, our amazing residents – it wouldn’t be the same without Hannah Holland, Borja Peña, the Little Gay Brother guys, Lovely Jonjo, Dave Kendrick, Jos Gibson and the Duchess of Pork et al.
MIKKI: Absolutely, we recently had the guys over from Members Club in Berlin for B(e)ast and the music was really amazing and fresh for London. It’s great to have the freedom to bring over international talent and introduce it to our scene over here.
And it’s the place to put a wig on it…
MIKKI: It’s part of what we are and to be honest all the best nights I can remember at ‘Superstore have involved wigs and heels flying around all over the place. So many of our regulars turn up in flats and leave in heels, it’s what gives the place its sparkle.
DAN: [Laughs] Yes, our bar very often gets mistaken for a stage by our bewigged regulars doesn’t it? We wouldn’t be the venue we are without the support of people like Jonny Woo, A Man To Pet, John Sizzle, Jacqui Potato and Glyn Famous. In fact we are still in awe of their talents… not to mention their ability to stage dive in heels on a Friday night without sustaining any injuries.
Dalston Superstore (117 Kingsland High St, E8 2PB) celebrates its 5th birthday over the May Bank Holiday weekend with the main party on Sunday 4th May.
This Friday Disco Bloodbath welcomes Raudive aka Oliver Ho to the laser basement, playing under his more house orientated alias. Kicking off the bank holiday in style, Raudive, along with Bloodbath residents Damon Martin and Ben Pistor will be treating the basement to all kinds of aural delights. Ahead of the party we caught up with the man himself to find out more…
What separates Oliver Ho from Raudive?
Well, Raudive is my production alias that I use when I produce my hyrbid of “techno/house/no wave/industrial”. It’s a kind of dance music, but on my terms.
Oliver Ho is me, that encompasses everything from the Raudive stuff to my band The Eyes In The Heat, and my next project coming soon, Zov Zov, an experimental noise/post rock project with my friend, Tommy Gillard. That’s coming out at the end of the year on vinyl.
How did you come up with your moniker Raudive?
Well, I wanted signify a point in my artistic development, a kind of signal of independence and statement of being an individual. I have always been interested in the idea of EVP, which is “electric voice phenomenon”. It’s the process of recording the voices of spirits and ghosts through filtering the noise in our enviroment. Tape recorders would be used to document these strange voices of the dead. I love the idea the human soul speaking to us through electronic equipment, it’s a beautiful metaphor for music in general. One of the pioneers of this movement was Konstantin Raudive, so I named myself after him.
You’re based here in London- what musically is really exciting you in the capital?
London is fantastic, I have always loved the diversity of music here. Recently I went to Cafe Oto to see Leafcutter John, he was performing using bike lights to control the sounds in his music; it was very inspiring. Soon I will be going to see a Stockhausen piece being performed at the Royal Festival Hall.
What prompted your taste transition from being super into acts like Napalm Death and Godflesh to getting into dance music?
Well I still love those old heavy bands like that, but I think it was stuff like Aphex Twin and Autechre that got me into electronic stuff. And then after that it was Psychic TV, Psychic Warriors Of Gaia and Exquisite Corpse too. I really didn’t get techno properly until I started going to the Lost parties though, that club changed the wiring in my brain. Hearing the music on a huge soundsystem and feeling that pressure, something simple and relentless… I love the combination of simple and relentless.
You’ve released on loads of labels- which feels most like home?
I started out on Blueprint Records, that was my home for a long time. More recently, I have felt really good working with Stefan and Finn at Macro Records in Berlin. I have just finished my next album for them and I am so pleased with how it’s come out. They are super open minded, and always want their artists to have the freedom to really express an individual take on things.
If you had a time machine and could go back to any dancefloor any when and any where- where would you be going?
I would love to go back to the Music Box, and hear Ron Hardy play. I think that must have been quite incredible to hear all that stuff, The attitude he had, and the energy. I would also love to hear the noise band, Whitehouse, play early in their career, in the ’80s. Although that’s not dancefloor music, thats more torture chamber music, but in a good way.
If your house was burning down and you only had time to save one record, which would it be?
Bloody hell, only one record… probably my Napalm Death Peel Sessions record. It sounds amazing, like nothing else, but also listening to it is like looking at old pics in a family album.
What motto do you live your life by?
“Dream Your Life.”
Your mixtape for How The Other Half Live was very eclectic, covering all kinds of bases from Captain Beefheart to Gang Of Four and even Sasha Grey. What’s the weirdest curveball you think you can get away at Disco Bloodbath this Friday?
It wouldn’t be a surpise curveball if I told you now, would it! Wait and see!
It’s a genuine Disco Bloodbath reunion tonight as former member Dan Beaumont joins Ben Pistor and Damon Martin back in the Dalston Superstore laser basement. With his new record Reality Checkpoint out now on the Disco Bloodbath imprint, it’s about time for the trio to reform for one night only. They’ll be showcasing their trademark blend of raw disco, spaced out Italo, vintage house and proto-techno whilst Grizzle takeover the top bar with Atlantis: an oceanic disco odyssey EXTRAVAGANZA.
Ahead of tonight’s disco madness, we asked Ben and Damon to pose some burning questions to Mr Beaumont…
What were the first night club/club nights you started going to and what music was playing?
Elevation Reincarnation raves at the Crystal Palace sports centre – hardcore and jungle.
Strutt (techno) and L’Amour (handbag) at The Cross.
Space at Bar Rumba – deep house with Luke Solomon and Kenny Hawkes.
Garage (US garage) and Megatripolis (er… psy-trance?) at Heaven.
You recently bottled out of playing a Jungle set. What are your top 3 Jungle records?
1. Omni Trio – Renegade Snares (Foul Play Remix)
2. Leviticus – The Burial
3. Origin Unknown – Valley Of The Shadows
We know you buy a lot of 12″ singles but what was the album you bought?
I usually don’t really listen to albums because I don’t have the attention span… But I picked up Neville Watson’s release on Creme Organization last week and listened to the whole thing from beginning to end. It’s stunning.
Where is house music heading?
If I told you I would have to kill you. Actually I have no idea but I’m pretty sure it’s got nothing to do with hand stamped 12″s or EDM. Electroclash revival later this year? Nu-minimal? (Niminal?)
Which DJs have really blown the roof off the Superstore basement?
The handyman is on standnby whenever Optimo play (they are back on June 21st). Kim Ann Foxman always nails it; Robert Owens never fails to bring down the walls. Honey Dijon, Spencer Parker, Severino, Hannah Holland… all know how to do some damage down there. In our inaugural year Prosumer was pretty damn amazing.
I love our local heroes as well – The Lovely Jonjo, Dave Kendrick and Josh Caffe have been with us since the start and are all phenomenally talented.
Are there any upcoming bookings for either Superstore or Dance Tunnel that you’re really excited about?
Optimo coming back to Superstore will be a banger. We have The Carry Nation over from NYC for Paris’ Acid Ball after Glastonbury, they always know how to work it.
At Dance Tunnel I’m looking forward to Lawrence, Maurice Fulton, Dixon Avenue Basement Jams, Christopher Rau, Arttu, Soulphiction, Tevo Howard, Juju and Jordash plus return trips for ItaloJohnson and Tama Sumo. So everyone basically. Oh and FWD moving in.
Your debut solo single Reality Checkpoint has just been released on Disco Bloodbath Recordings. What’s up next for you in terms of production and releases?
Yes I have an EP on Classic Music Company coming out later this year with amazing remixes from Justin Robertson and October… Also some collaberations which I am not yet allowed to discuss!
You’re a very busy man. What do you do to relax?
Watch very old episodes of Doctor Who.
Can you give us a current top 5 records?
1. The Gnork cut off the forthcoming Blind Jack’ Journey 12″
2. Murat Tepeli – Forever (Prosumer’s Hold Me Touch Me Remix)
3. Marcos Shuttle – The Vox Attitude (original and Joey Anderson remix)
4. The Willie Burns – Run From The Sunset EP
5. Carl Taylor – Debbie’s Groove (original & Robert Hood remix)
In the past, we’ve discussed our dislike for “zany” interview questions. With that in mind, if you were a pizza topping which one would you be?
That’s easy: the Full Moon Slice at Voodoo Ray’s. Bacon dust and mayonnaise. Only available after dark.
Join Dan Beaumont, Ben Pistor and Damon Martin for Disco Bloodbath tonight, Friday 31st May at Dalston Superstore from 9pm – 3am.
DJ and producer, former label and record store owner, occasional KiNK cohort and purveyor of deep, raw and jacking house, the illustrious Neville Watson joins us for the upcoming Big Thursday which will kick off the long bank holiday weekend in style. He’ll be deep down in the laser basement for Disco Bloodbath’s 6th Birthday with Bloodbath residents Ben Pistor and Damon Martin, whilst upstairs Shay Malt and Nick G takeover the top bar for raucous party times.
Ahead of what is sure to be a totally mental party, we caught up with Neville to find out more about his rave past, what Myspace means to him, creative muses and more…
If you could go back to any dancefloor you’ve ever danced on, where would you want to be dancing?
Checkpoint Charlie at the After Dark club in Reading, 1994-2004. I walked in to that club as a punter and would eventually become a resident but in all that time the energy on that dancefloor never let up. A Jamaican social club down a dark alley with a thumping sound system and 300 baying lunatics. Magic.
It’s pretty well-documented that you met your frequent co-collaborator KiNK via the now mostly irrelevant Myspace. What do you think exists now in terms of social media to connect artists in the way you guys did and is it as important nowadays?
It is just as important, and it’s a blessing and a curse. A blessing because you can reach out to pretty much anyone instantly, a curse because it makes it that much more difficult to let things build slowly and get more of a lasting foothold. To be honest I quite miss MySpace; it felt a bit more anarchic and a little less micro managed. I’m fairly active on Facebook but I’ll be glad when something else comes along. Soundcloud is also massively important to what I do and is a real godsend.
You’ve had Kim Ann Foxman guest on a track of yours and KiNK- are there any other vocalists currently on your wishlist to work with?
There isn’t really anyone particularly famous that I have a burning desire to work with but I’m always on the lookout for someone with a unique voice and interesting take on lyrics, and it’s much harder than it seems. One of the best vocals I’ve heard on a house track in the last few years is Lakuti’s on Portable’s Deeper Love. There is someone I’m about to approach but I’m keeping it under wraps for the moment.
What can we see of your own music in the next few months?
The single One Four Green gets a re-release on Teng Records with new mixes from Deep Space Orchestra, Perseus Trax and Johnny Aux. A remix for your very own Dan Beaumont forthcoming on Disco Bloodbath. My main focus right now is the release of my album, Songs To Elevate Pure Hearts which comes out on Crème Organization in May.
What one piece of hardware, maybe not necessarily your favourite, could you not make music without?
If we’re talking absolute necessity, then as a machine I guess it would be my Mac. Sorry, I know that’s not very sexy but it’s the truth. I love my machines but if they all broke down tomorrow (I don’t really want to think about that) then I could still make shitty, faux “deep” house in the box.
You were for a long time, the muse of your brother, the photographer Gavin Watson… who would you say was your own creative muse?
My wife, Stephanie. Without doubt.
What is your favourite photo from the book you did with your brother, Raving ’89?
Ooh, that’s a tough one. There are so many good ones in there. It would either be the guy with “Go!” printed on his t-shirt, he looks like he’s been fired out of a canon and splatted into a patio door. Which pretty much sums up how it felt back then.
Or the one on page 108-109, it’s like some weird renaissance tryptych. Everyone in it looks completely disconnected from the other, and the weird ghostly floating head floating above that guy’s shoulder just pips it for me. We were surprised when doing the book how much of a dark vibe the pictures had, in our heads the memories of that time are really positive and uplifting but some of the pictures are almost Dante-esque.
What’s your best moment or hijink from that era that you can remember and that wasn’t captured on camera?
My favourite moment will always be the local football team moment, there is a picture from it in the book but not of the best part. For those who don’t have the book, my friend’s were in the local pub team and they went straight from a party to the game; all high as kites. Basically they were in no fit state to be upright, let alone play football. The rest of us pulled up in the car beside the pitch, got out and started dancing to the stereo, summoned one of our friend’s in the team from the pitch to come over and make a jazz cigarette. Which he gladly did, abandoning the game. But my enduring memory is of my friend, Stuart, in goal doing the acid house goalie dance (feet spread out hands out in front) and watching the ball just go sailing past his head in to the back of the net. Much to the distress of his team mates who’d all had a good night’s sleep, and the utter bemusement of the other team.
What were the first and last records released on your now sadly defunct record label Mighty Atom and what do they mean to you?
Good grief, you know about that label? I didn’t think anyone was taking any notice! The first one was Mono Tracks – Gabes Groove and the last one was Lovejuice – Acid Love. What do they mean to me? I’m not sure. Obviously they represent a particular time in my life but I’m not a particularly sentimental person, so once I put something to bed I’m pretty much done with it. That said we did put out some great records on there and I still play a few of them out on occasion.
Taking into account the fact Mighty Atom was also a record store, what are your current fave record stores having previously had your own?
In the real world Phonica in the West End, Hardwax in Berlin and Alan’s Records in…. actually I’m not telling you where that is, you’ll have to find out yourself. Online, Juno for the customer and speed of light service.
What one track prompted your first ever rave epiphany?
Just down the road (and allegedly via a secret disco underground tunnel) lies our new sister night club Dance Tunnel, underneath your favourite pizza spot Voodoo Ray’s.
As well as hosting joint parties with our friends Disco Bloodbath, Thunder, Kristina Records and more, Dance Tunnel will also be holding its own special nights with a strong emphasis on leftfield house, disco and techno. This weekend sees their party with our very own Dan Beaumont, Kristina Records’s Jason Spinks *and* enigmatic trio ItaloJohnson which is set to cause a roadblock all the way down Kingsland High Street followed by the incredible Tama Sumo the weekend after with Macho City’s Dave Kendrick in support.
Easter is no exception, kicking off with Bicep x Underground Paris, taking in Innerspace Halflife live and Gerd Janson along the way, before finishing off with NTS Radio co-horts on Sunday for Nonsense. And even more parties over the next few months featuring Big Names like Mark E, Tim Sweeney and Lawrence.
Ahead of next week’s party with Tama Sumo, we managed to get our mitts on this hot mix from Mister Dave Kendrick, not that we needed much more excitement for what is sure to be a bangin’ night!
Dance Tunnel Mix 001 // Dave Kendrick by Dance Tunnel on Mixcloud
It’s time to dance off that extra turkey leg courtesy of Disco Bloodbath’s Post-Christmas/Pre-New Year knees up! With Jamie Bull of Homoelectric fame plus Shay Malt and Nick G from Wet N Wild joining them, it’s bound to hit the right note to get you grooving all night long. We caught up with Disco Bloodtbath duo Ben Pistor and Damon Martin ahead of tomorrow night’s party to find out what 2012 brought them and what the year ahead holds for them and their fledgling record label…
What’s been your favourite party you’ve thrown this year?
Damon: Our party with Optimo at Dance Tunnel was pretty special. We’re really excited about that venue.
Ben: The first party we did was in February when is started snowing heavily at 5pm and didn’t stop until 6am.I didn’t think anyone would come but they did and it was ace.
I thought we might have to close early but there was a brilliant lock-in atmosphere until the end. It took my friend Alex 13 hours to get back to Dalston from Newcastle that night and he came straight to the club!
And the best party you’ve attended?
Damon: I had a great time at the DJ Harvey party at Oval Space. Obviously the music was great but the best part for me was seeing so many people that I’ve known from going out and putting on parties over the years in London all at one party.
Ben: The Harvey party was a real one off. Like a rave prom night.I also had a great night at Horse Meat in Berlin in an office block (I think) then on to Panorama Bar. Prosumer played ESP – It’s You as they opened the shutters, it almost made me ralph with excitement.
Why did you guys decide to set up your own record label and how do you intend for it to stand apart from others?
Damon: Starting a label is something that we’ve wanted to do for a long time. I think our main goal is to keep the quality of releases as high as possible and rely on the fine taste of the record buying public.
Who can we expect to see released on it next year?
Damon: We already have original tracks and remixes lined up from Waze & Odyssey, G&S, Al Gobi, Hardway Bros, Objects of Illusion, Neville Watson and a chap called Dan Beaumont.
Who would you really love to release on it- dead or alive…
Damon: Putting out a record by Sylvester would be pretty cool.
Ben: New York Citi Peech Boys.
Why is Dalston and the surrounding area Disco Bloodbath’s home?
Damon: It just sort of worked out that way. I’ve lived around here since I moved to London about 11 years ago and lot of our friends live round here too.
What’s your favourite end of the night banger to really surprise a crowd with?
Damon: Not really a banger but Olivia Newton John – Magic has been a big end of nighter for me over the years.
Ben: Is this so Beaumont can nick them? I’m really in to The Blue Nile – Tinseltown In The Rain at the moment.
Whose records should we buying that chances are we probably aren’t?
Damon: A new artist we’ve signed recently and are very excited about called Objects Of Illusion. Our first release from them should be out in the spring.
Ben: I’ve been enjoying Nouvelle Phénomène from Budapest who I found out about from the DJ History website. Not sure they’ve had any records out though, maybe a CD and some free downloads.
What’s your favourite dance floor and why?
Damon: I’ll always have fond memories of Passion on Amhurst Road where we started Disco Bloodbath.
Ben: Passion for me too, it’s got some magic that you don’t find in many places.
What’s the best piece of advice for 2013 you have for our readers…
Next week sees Superstore stalwarts Dan Beaumont and DJ Rokk pack their cases and take a little slice of Dalston with them across the seas to Portugal. They’ll be setting up shop for one night only at Plano B in the heart of Porto for a special “Dalston Superstore Clubnight”.
As any regular readers will know, Superstore boss Dan was famously part of legendary party Disco Bloodbath and our dear DJ Rokk runs monthly shindig Body Talk, as well as having just returned from a huge American tour with Swedish popstar Robyn.
If anyone knows how to throw a party full of house pumpers and dancefloor workouts, it’s these two! Check out this mix Dan did for ID Magazine a few months back to get warmed up on a foggy day…
Those H.O.U.S.E. obsessed Legendary Children are back for another Superstore takeover! Neil Edward, Prince Pac and Elles McFierce’em return with their take on Balearic, acid and bumpin’ house. After their recent inclusion on the updated version of the revered London House Tree for Faith fanzine, we thought we’d quiz them on their own thoughts on the London House Scene, where they started out and what their top picks are…. And they’ve also made us a very special mix especially for us!
What was the first house night you ever attended in London?
Elles: I think it was on my 16th birthday at Ministry of Sound of all places. Roger Sanchez was playing… I have no idea how I got in as looked about 10 and had the most suspect fake ID. I guess the will was strong. I’d been to a few house nights at home in Cambridge, but being a bit clueless and overwhelmed we just went to the one we’d heard of when me made the pilgrimage to London.
Pac: I didn’t really come to London until 2007, being stuck down in the arse end of the West Country, but the first proper house night was probably Disco Bloodbath in their pink basement – despite playing loads of disco it was still very HOUSE.
Neil: Growing up in Hertford we would sneak down to Liverpool Street on the train for illicit late nights out in the smoke… The End was a favourite haunt of ours. As for House specific nights, Josh Wink’s Ultimate Base in 1998ish was probably the first.
What’s your favourite current house night here?
E: Legendary Children of course! Hahaha after that Thunder is rad, also secretsundaze- they’ve still got it even after all these years. Bodyhammer is wicked too, and shout to newcomers Silk Cuts who are ones to watch.
Pac: Bodyhammer probably, or, if it can be considered house, World Unknown. I guess as it’s on the house tree it must be house, although I’m sure Andy will pick that one up with me at some point haha.
Neil: Yeah if we’re talking purely House Music it would be a toss up between Bodyhammer and Thunder. Joe, Paul and Matilda from Bodyhammer do a fantastic job and their party ethos is in the same vein as Legendary Children’s. Their music policy sums up everything I love about house, their choice of venue is always spot on and they have a knack of picking low-key guests that absolutely nail it. The Thunder family are up there because where the fuck else are you likely to see someone like Patrice Scott in a 150 capacity venue in Stoke Newington?
Nights in the capital come and go, so what now defunct night do you wish you’d had the opportunity to go to?
E: Shoom! An obvious choice but there you go.
Pac: Sabresonic or Blood Sugar I reckons, again an obvious choice, but I think this was Weatherall at his most creative and discerning point of his career.
Neil: You can’t help but say Shoom! can you? Also The Loft in Camden, blissful NY Disco and NJ Garage music policy, dedicated resident DJs and the list of previous guests is ridiculous… Loleatta Holloway, Tony Humphries, Kerri Chandler…
Who is your favourite London born and bred producer/DJ?
Elles: Terry Farley. A lovely chap who has been very supportive of us. And of course Miles Simpson who is the original Legendary Uncle and head-man at Thunder. Also I loved Norman Jay when I was growing up- DJ-wise he was one of my first teachers (not personally, just through his work) of soul and disco.
Pac: I’m not sure who’s London bred and who’s just been here for years! I’d probably choose two of my mates as I know they’re definitely London born and bred – Andy Blake and Charlie Bennett. Charlie’s mix for us from last year was fucking outstanding.
Neil: That’s a tough call… There are so many good people out at the moment. Andy Blake would have to be in there for both for his production and DJ sets, both of which never fail to stun me with their versatility. Rocky and Diesel X-Press2 have been outstanding for the last 20 years or so, likewise for Uncle Terry Farley.
And finally what track do you most associate with the London House scene from any era?
Elles: I don’t think I can pick a single track. There are too many. The house-oriented sound most evocative of London is UK garage though. I know that’s a whole genre but it breathes this city. Does that count as answer?
Pac: I don’t think there’s one track as the London house is so broad. Different club nights have their own perspective on what house is and that’s what makes it brilliant. I guess if you had to push me for something it’d be one of Pierre’s Wildpitch mixes which I hear played most times I go out.
Neil: X-Press2 – Muzic X-Press. If Boy’s Own was the hub of the London house scene in the late 80s/early 90s, this record would have been in the centre. It perfected London house to the point where Junior Vasquez and subsequently the rest of New York welcomed them with open arms, and you can’t ask for a finer endorsement than that.
Legendary Children takes place here at Dalston Superstore with Neil Edward, Prince Pac and Elles on Saturday 23rd June from 9pm – 4am.
They also made a special mix ahead of their Superstore appearance that you can listen to like right now
We are rather excited to announce the seriously talented producer, DJ, party-thrower extraordinaire and all-round good egg Maxxi Soundsystem as our special guest for our Lovebox after party on Sunday. He very kindly took some time out this week to answer our burning questions.
Hi Sam, how are you this fine rainy day?
Very well thanks Miss Superstore.
Lots of people seem to think you’re quite new to the scene but we know you’ve been producing for some time now. Can you tell us a bit about how you got started with DJing and making music?
Well my father is a composer and musician so it was always a big part of my life. Our house was always full of odd bands of drummers, massive bass amps and various pianos and I was taken along to lots of festivals as a kid. But to be honest, apart from playing the trumpet after school, I didn’t really take it to too seriously for a while. Back then I couldn’t get into most of my dad’s avant-garde jazz records but he had a few funk/soul/pop records (Curtis Mayfield, The Meters, Talking Heads I remember) and that sparked it off for me. So from that, collecting music and being a DJ was the initial drive – after moving to Brighton I got into putting on parties – I didn’t really get seriously into production until about 2006 but I knew I wanted to get good before I released anything. My first productions that actually got released were when I started working and touring with Cagedbaby around 2007. After that I quit my day job and went into the studio as much as I could.
What piece of equipment could you not do your job without?
My Nord Lead synth. It’s on everything.
We hear you’re doing a side project with Disco Bloodbath’s Ben Pistor… how did that come about?
Yes, we’ve done a couple of tracks together. I knew Ben from going to Disco Bloodbath and having him play at one of our parties in Brighton. He mentioned he wanted to do some music with me, possibly at one of the DB parties, I can’t remember. Anyway he ended up coming down to Brighton to my studio and we put them together. They don’t sound anything like my Maxxi stuff – much more raw/menacing. Ben likes scary noises.
You’ve released on some of the UK’s respected underground labels from Hot Waves to Futureboogie to Wolf Music. Which label feels most like home?
I’m still kind of looking for a home in a way. Initially I wanted to work with lots of different labels and there is still stuff to be released on new ones for me, but I think settling down and working with a label longer term is something I’d like to do but not sure where that will be yet.
You’re playing at our Lovebox after-party! What’s your favourite Lovebox memory?
I remember the one last year when I played out the back of a van – that was fun. I love London crowds they really get the music I play plus it was a bit wet too but no one cared… more of the same this year I’ll wager.
Who are you most looking forward to seeing at the actual festival?
I’ve still never seen Grace Jones so I need to check that out. Interested to see Chaka Khan too – sometimes the old school legends disappoint but got a feeling she will deliver. The NYC Downlow is always good so no doubt I will end up in there!
We see that you’re playing fellow Sunday artist Tim Sweeney’s New York radio show Beats In Space in August… that must be a huge honour!
Holy shit yes! I listened to his show religiously until I spent all my time in the studio. And I always still check out the playlists if I don’t have time to listen. It’s where you go to find new music and his selection and guests are always great. I’ll need to be on form on that day or I’ll never forgive myself…
What other festivals can we expect to see your face at this year?
I’m at Garden Festival in Croatia in July then Secret Garden Party and Eastern Electrics in UK. I’m also due to be in the Americas Aug/Sept so it cuts out a few of the European festivals for me.
Your remix of Parallel Dance Ensemble’s Shopping Cart has been massive this year with lots of DJs proclaiming it as their secret weapon. What other remixes or re-edits might be coming our way from you?
Well actually I’ve got something in that style that’s due to come out on Wolf Music soon and my remix of Saint Saviour just got released, so now I’m mainly concentrating on original stuff.
And finally, this is not the first time you’ve graced our lazer basement. What do you like about playing here at Dalston Superstore?
It’s got an atmosphere that is quite rare – it genuinely has an edge to it (which sometimes reminds me of Berlin) but the main reason is the crowd – you can feel free to play what you want to play which is all you can ever ask for as a DJ.
For those who don’t know TrailerTrash is the eastend rave rodeo that has defiantly stamped its filthy mark on London’s underground electronic dance scene over the last 8 years. They’ve showcased some of the best DJ’s around since 2004, when promoters Mikki Most and Dan Glamtrucker teamed up with DJ resident Hannah Holland and started the legendary weekly Friday nighter at On The Rocks, playing an explosive soundtrack of electrofied booty shake, jackin’ techno rave, distorted disco and dirty off-kilter jump up sounds.
Along with fellow resident DJ Ian Robinson the party ran for over 5 years until they finally closed the doors at On The Rocks in 2009, but the TT crew continue to put on big warehouse raves and this summer are lining up to takeover the main dance tent at Lovebox Sunday with party partners GutterSlut. It’s set to be a big day with DJ Hell, Tiga, LCD Soundsystem and Ivan Smagghe headlining the big top tent, which holds up to 5000 people – so no problems if the rains come!
Ahead of the big event we caught up with Mikki and Hannah for a chat about their fave TrailerTrash parties over the years, and which ones particularly blew their minds. So for all those who remember the lost Friday nighters and sweaty warehouse bangers then here are some of the standout moments from the last 8 years of no good fun… it’s been one hell of a ride!
Kwik-Fit Garage rave
The first massive rave we ever did nearly didn’t happen! We lost the original space at the last minute but luckily managed at the last minute to secure the disused Kwik-Fit garage near the Old Street roundabout. With hardly any power and one strobe light (literally!), about 1000 people turned up and went mental to Ivan Smagghe in the concrete bunker. Everyone thought we had hired a load of smoke machines for it but it was just all the dust in there!
Banged Up – Prison Rave
We were given the chance to do a party in a 200-year-old underground medieval prison near Clerkenwell. It was a maze of underground dungeons; an amazing, surreal and very creepy space, but it just worked perfectly, and I remember the atmosphere as being so intense especially when Hannah played the whole place went crazy. Because it was underground people couldn’t find the entrance for hours!
Every Friday at On The Rocks
Possibly the most seedist venue, it was voted the worst toilets in London by Time Out, with dodgy crates in the DJ booth, so that gives you a little idea of how grimey it was. But that was its charm and to watch it grow from a small family of Shoreditch party people to a completely mobbed electric rave over the course of 5 years was amazing. Every week it went off, people really lost there minds in there. The music of 2006 was probably the best year; Oliver Huntemann was a staple sound of the club… big dirty filthy electro techno.
Along with our pals from Horse Meat Disco and Disco Bloodbath this was the biggest outdoor party we have ever done and was actually after Lovebox in 2008. Over 2500 people turned up to some outdoor football pitches next to Liverpool Street (which have sadly now been developed) and it was just brilliant. It was special because it is so hard to do outdoor parties in London because of the sound issues but for that one night we were somehow allowed…. we even had an ice cream van!
Eastend Pleasure Cruise
We have done several boat parties but the first one stands out when we teamed up with our friends at The George & Dragon because it was just a perfect summer’s day. I will always remember a boatload of trannies sailing under Tower Bridge waving at everyone to the soundtrack from Baywatch!
Rumble In The Jungle – Boxing Ring Party
For some reason we thought it would be a brilliant idea to have a full size boxing ring in the middle of a rave with a DJ battle in it for our 8th birthday. It was totally amazing apart from when the ring broke because there was too many people dancing in it and we had to pay loads of money to a very pissed off boxing coach. Ooops… it was worth it though.
TrailerTrash and Gutterslut will be taking over the main dance big top at Lovebox Sunday this year – for tickets and info visit lovebox.net.
They will also be having a summer rooftop party in August, a series of intimate warehouse events in early September and a massive Halloween rave as well… so keep ‘em peeled kids…