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This Friday sees the first instalment of MEGALAST, our brand new extravaganza from J. Aria + Ni-Ku! Expect extreme bass, acidic explorations and alien club music. Headlining this experimental, abrasive, uncompromising and trip-inducing experience is LOFT (Astral Plane)!

Following their first release in 2016, the queer Mancunian producer has been quickly making waves. With their mixes encompassing rave birthed drum programming, experimental electronics and kylie edits, their style is renowned for its uniqueness.  Having featured in both Crack Magazine and Mixmag, as well as an EP with the label Wisdom Teeth and contributions to the Astral Plane compilation, LOFT is trailblazing the experimental music scene. More recently, LOFT was given the ultimate seal of approval: Björk selected their track Funemployed alongside the most innovative artists in the game, including Arca and Kelela, in her Mixmag cover mix

We caught up with the experimental producer to chat about their performative DJ sets, their experience of being visibly queer in the nightlife scene and what we can expect from Friday!




Oh hey LOFT, we are SO excited to have you at Dalston Superstore! If our readers aren’t acquainted, can you tell us a little bit about you?

Hello hi friends , I am Joeli and I do the LOFT thing. I’ve been doing it since I was about 14. I make stuff that has the privilege of Wisdom Teeth and Astral Plane Recordings’ love, support and distribution networks.

You’ve been making music since you were 14?! That is quite awhile! Do you have any highlights to your DJ career so far?

Playing in a pub in Lancaster for the drummer of my dad’s best friend’s new krautrock excursion ; playing at a club in Athens where people don’t show up until 2AM at the earliest ; playing in the home HQ safe haven that is The White Hotel on numerous occasions with only the best lineups.



You must have been introduced to some talented DJs, do you take inspiration from anyone?

I’m big into feedback loops , I like listening to Ariana acapella tracks , I’m honoured to be surrounded by people as talented as Anastassia Radtsenko IceBoy Violet, Acre, Forrest Lloyd ,Hesska MICHAELBRAILEY, Szare ; Manchester is fertile atm.

You’re known for having a really unique mixing style, how did you develop this and what is your process in choosing tracks and creating new pieces?

When I was 17 I was a vinyl purist , I’ve done a lot of live “ controllerist “ live sets . I hope I can offer something more dynamic than either of the above these days . Honestly I’m just scrambling for the next tune that will make any ( or no ) sense against the preceding track . 


There seems to be almost a theatrical element about you at the decks. Did you intend to integrate performance into your sets?

I get drunk and write poems sometimes and occasionally I perform these to an audience . My main aspiration is to make people feel so included that tears roll from their little eyes . 

Queer Femme producers are at the forefront of the Manchester electronic music scene at the moment, with Castles in the Sky seeming to be paving the way. Have you found solidarity and support through other queers at the top of the game?

Yes absolutely, I would argue that queerness requires no explicity and as such most of the people that have chosen to work with me over the last couple years are at least “ queer sympathisers “ . Love and support is strongest feeling I get from everyone I work with. 

How have you experienced being visibly queer in the nightlife//club scene?

Y’no what ? it’s been alright , sure I experience some weird stereotyping and code switching ( I always find it funny when someone’s like “ Oh honneeeeyyyy “ and I’m ale drunk and respond in a fairly deep northern vernacular ) but within my surrounding club culture I feel pretty safe . The bad shit happens outside of that . 




From your experience playing around the UK and abroad, how do you think queer nightlife can be improved?

More queer spaces in cities outside London . Manchester has a huge gay scene but , as I’m sure we all know , queer =/= gay . BOYGIRL we building it .

So, what would your queer-utopia look like? 

Cop out answer : I couldn’t possibly comprehend . I’d make a comment about it requiring the pursuit of each individual’s ideals but that sounds a bit Randian now doesn’t it ?!

Finally, what can we expect from your premier DJ set at DSS?

Fun , tears , hugging each other , maybe a couple minutes white noise .Honestly I’m so honoured to have been invited.


Catch LOFT at MegaLast: LOFT, KRY, NI-KU, ELLES + J.ARIA this Friday at Dalston Superstore 9pm-3am!


John Renaud

Texan born, now Berlin based, John Renaud is a multi-media artist, fashion designer and DJ. Working closely with controversial electronic musician Peaches, he’s also designed for Cazwell, Cyndi Lauper, Amanda Lepore and Margaret Cho amongst others, meaning you’ve probably seen his work before. As a DJ, he’s known for employing a plethora of genres to get the crowd going, be it disco, electro, hip-hop, deep-house, dance-punk or indie-pop. We caught up with the young artist ahead of his set this Friday right here at Dalston Superstore for Club Lesley

Your musical tastes span pop, deep-house, electro, tech-house and more. Can we expect a thematic set from you at Club Lesley or will you just go all out “trans-genre”?

You know, I have been playing a lot of house lately, but I still am a big fan of playing a varied mix and I always will mix in some nu-disco or indie dance pop. When you go to those mega clubs where they have “house only” DJs or “electro only” DJs, that’s great, but I always see my friends and other club goers get tired after the third hour or so of the same beat (even if they are on a bunch of ecstasy). I think it’s a real skill if you can mix some disco into some deep house into an electro “punch-you-in-the-face” track, all the while keeping the crowd moving. I’ve watched some really inspiring DJs who believe in the trans-genre approach play recently and it is one of my favorite types of sets to watch.

Who is your favorite recent dance music discovery?

He’s not new by any means, but I was really late to jump on the Boy 8-Bit bandwagon, but thank god I did. Seriously, his music and his remixes are beyond. He did a Florence and the Machine remix of Drumming Song that is so sick. He is one of those rare geniuses who can serve the music geeks with his skills and technical knowledge while at the same time making the general club crowd go insane on the dance floor. I really respect him so much.

We hear your parents met in a ’70s cover band? We NEED to know more about this! What band were they a tribute to? What did they wear? Are there pictures? 

Haha, yes there are pictures. I think there is a poster in my parents’ house in Austin. My parents were semi dirty hippie flower children. They were a cover band called the Tulanians at Tulane University in New Orleans. It was a group of students that covered the hits of the late ‘60s and early ‘70s, like Van Morison and Janis Joplin. That type of stuff. They did a USO tour too. They continued in a similar style band with their friends in Texas called the Pulsations, all while my brother and I were growing up. It was really embarrassing during adolescence but now that they aren’t together any more it’s kind of sad.

What influence does your Texan roots have on your work?

In my designs, I love western style yokes on shirts and making big statements. Haha. I’d say in DJing I love trying to squeeze in some country with Dolly Parton every now and then, but she can sort of kill the BPM so its only good at the end of a night or if you are playing for the gays. The gays love Dolly. Dolly loves the gays.

Why did you chose to settle in Berlin over any other major European city?

My friends were here. It’s affordable. I am actually getting to work on writing music and making art for the first time in my adult life, which was something there just was no time for in NYC. I had to work so many design jobs just to scrape by.

What ethos do you live your life by?

Try everything twice, maybe three times. I literally try and always give everyone and everything a second or third chance. There are foods I would have never liked had I just gone by the first experience, there is music I would have never learned to like, and I guess the same goes for some relationships. People are very selfish today in our generation. We forget life is about compromise with the environment, people, animals, things, etc. Facebook has made us all so narcissistic, and I am so guilty of it. I can’t believe what I write sometimes. You are not the most important thing on the planet. Give everyone and everything a second or third chance.

Cazwell in John Renaud

What are you currently reading/listening to/watching?

Reading? German Level one. Haha. Listening to a ton of missed episodes of “Wait Wait … Don’t Tell Me” (an NPR quiz show from the states) and several episodes of Radiolab. I am watching 30 Rock and Breaking Bad if I watch anything, I don’t own a TV so it’s internet streams for me.

You have a pretty illustrious list of people who’ve worn your clothes- who was the biggest dream come true?

Well there wasn’t one in particular; they all have been dreams I’d say. Margaret Cho was probably one of the nicest and easiest clients I have ever had. She was very gracious and trusted me. Super sweet. Cyndi Lauper was a total freak out moment, and she is great. Peaches has become one of my dearest closest friends since I started working with her so any time we work together it is an ideal situation. It’s one of the only real interactions I get to have because she can be blunt and I can be blunt. It’s like a mix of Cunty and Blunty when we discuss or fit. We can get pretty heated about the way something is supposed to hang or fit, and then ten minutes later be laughing and smoking a joint together. It’s really nice because I don’t have to hold back, and she doesn’t either.

Margaret Cho in John Renaud

And who would you love to design for that you haven’t already?

Oh man. Grace Jones. You are in England, Right?  * COUGH * TOP SHOP! * COUGH * TOP SHOP * COUGH * CAPSULE COLLECTION * COUGH *

Your womenswear especially seems to have a strong futuristic, almost sci-fi element to it- what’s been your biggest inspirations?

Oh my inspirations are always so un-sexy. Emotion, but not in the pretty way. The messy 13 year old emo girl kind of snotty nosed first break up emotions. I always end up thinking about movies like Mars Attacks, Mad Max, The Birds, and Barbarella and while I don’t pull direct silhouettes from there the feelings of vintage future/elegant/form seem to shine through.

Who would you say has had the biggest impact on your career?

Peaches for sure. She has really been a big JR advocate in all my doings. She has pushed my fashion work. She encouraged me to DJ. Recently she has been a big pusher for me to start writing music just to see what happens. She is a really positive force in my life and she only seems to push me to do things that there is some potential in doing. She’s the really creative positive Jewish rebel sister I never had.

Peaches in John Renaud

And finally what is your favourite end-of-the-night track?

Too Insistent (Trentemøller Remix) by The Dø. I think it’s such a sweet song and, like my design work, I always like to make my DJ sets a little moody (but danceable).  I think it’s great when you need to let people know its time to go home and if they didn’t find the love of their life, us loners can have a good dance and cry together. Haha. And think about the one that we just can’t get out of our heads. Something like that. I am not sure what the song was written about, but that’s what I interpret it as. There is nothing wrong with ending the night on a somber note, as long as you do it with style.


Pity (House) Party Mix by Johnrenaud on Mixcloud


 John Renaud joins us us for Club Lesley on Friday 16th November from 9pm – 3am with Bisoux, Maxx DMX and MDMX.

James Pople

 In a short space of time James Pople has risen through the ranks of deep house DJs here in London to become a respected name on people’s lips. Having cut his teeth at Sunday day-party Creche, he’s since gone on to release tracks on both Lower East and more recently Feast Recordings.

He’s also no stranger to the Superstore lazer basement either having previously played at Kris Di Angelis and Jaime Ritchie’s night Delirium. But he’s back this weekend for deep house night Rubik alongside resident Albert Ess and special guests Spiro and DJ Rokk. In anticipation of Friday’s fun he sent us this brand new exclusive mix and caught up with us for a five minute chat about the mix, new music and what’s on his horizon…

Can you tell us a bit about this latest mix for us please?

This mix is very representative of the type of music I’m playing at the moment … House music with lots of energy but still deep to the bone.

You’ve got a new track out on Feast called Who’s That Girl with remixes by Inxec and Miguel Puente. Which version are you more likely to play out at Rubik?

The Inxec remix of Who’s That Girl will be perfect for RUBIK. It’s a belter of a track with lots of deep house and techno grooves in it.

 What is it about our lazer basement that you enjoy playing?

The basement at Dalston Superstore is something special. I’ve been to all kinds of nights there and what I love about it is that it feels intimate, yet sometimes when you are on the dance floor you feel like you could be at a massive warehouse party! 

What’s the first record you ever bought?

I think the first electronic/dance album I bought was Daft Punk – Homework. That album really gave me an education in the sounds of electronic music and 4/4 beats. I’ve grown to love good old fashioned house music that is on the deeper end of the scale both emotively and in sound.

What inspired you to get into dance music?

One of my best friends back home in Cape Town was a very successful DJ called Shannon. We spent countless nights together over many great summers just loving the music she was playing. Looking back it was all deep house but we didn’t actually know what to call it then as no one else seemed to play what she played. She inspired me to be a DJ early on but I was also given a lot of encouragement from my friends in London and in particular Kris Di Angelis.

What’s your favourite record label at the moment?

There are so many! I love Realtone, Exploited, Needwant, OFF Recordings, Culprit, Hot Creations, Noir … they are all pretty dependable and put out top quality stuff.

Who have you seen or recently played on the same bill as that really blew you away?

I played Creche a couple of months ago when Maceo Plex was playing. He really is in a league of his own both in his DJ set performance and in his productions. He is going to be a legend … already is!

What’s your musical guilty pleasure?

I keep my guilty pleasures top secret!

What’s next for James Pople?

I’m working on a few collaborations with my productions, which I am super excited about! I’ve only been making music a year and feel like I have finally found ‘my sound’ with what I want to play and the music I want to make. It’s a great feeling. Right now it’s all about making a really solid EP of music that I love.

James Pople plays Rubik this Friday 31st August from 9pm – 3am alongside Albert Ess, DJ Rokk and Spiro.