This Saturday L.A.’s Cosmic Kids (Throne Of Blood) join us for Say Yes, a one-off night from Durrr resident Rory Phillips and Rhythm Connection’s Nadia Ksaiba, that promises to be a bit of wax spectacular with vinyl specialists Drop The Needle hosting upstairs.
Cosmic Kids, or as their mums call them Ron and Dan, are also analogue lovers, with a taste for all things house, boogie and disco and have remixed Holy Ghost!, The Rapture, Fleetwood Mac and Kindness amongst others. We caught up with Dan to ask about the duo’s unusual quirks, wholesome habits, and favourite cosmic records…
Your Facebook fan page states, rather unusually, as one of your interests being “eating while DJing”. What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever eaten in a club?
We almost always go with burgers, although I wouldn’t really consider that “weird” as much as I would consider it “appropriate.” We usually stick to playing vinyl so whenever we play the rooftop of L.A.’s Standard Hotel, we have the luxury of putting our burgers and french fries (chips?) on the CDJ racks. Our friend Juan Maclean really one-upped us though when ordered a pizza and had it delivered to the DJ booth while he was DJing. That man is a legend.
And what’s on the menu for your set at Dalston Superstore for Say Yes?
Shepherd’s Pie. We try not to just stick to one sound. You will probably hear a little bit of boogie, disco, italo, and house. As far as we are concerned, its all dance music.
How did you come to be on your label Throne Of Blood? Did they call you or did you call them?
We finished a demo of our first single and sent it to anyone we thought might be interested, one of which was James Friedman. The very next morning we had an email back from him saying that he loved it. He asked if we wanted to release it on his label Throne of Blood, and that’s pretty much the way it went down. Its great working with TOB because it definitely feel like a family. We’ve become good friends with James through some of the other TOB artists. We definitely have plans of doing more with them in the future.
Tell us a hiking adventure story!
One time we were hiking in the very edge of the Santa Monica Mountains on a trail that ends up at an old wigwam, we didn’t anticipate the time it would take to reach that wigwam and it got dark, we kept going on the trail even though we had tiny flashlights. We ended up turning back when our friend Jason spotted yellow cat-like eyes staring at us from a few feet away. We couldn’t tell what exactly it was, for sure it was not a common house cat. We turned back and took turns walking backwards to the car.
What’s your favourite film soundtrack?
That’s a tough question. Vangelis’ soundtrack for Bladerunner is really amazing. Also worth noting is Angelo Badalamenti’s theme from Twin Peaks and Tangerine Dream’s soundtrack for Risky Business.
Who do you hope to have the opportunity to remix?
It would be awesome to remix someone like Hot Chip. Alexis Taylor’s voice melts me into little pieces. Otherwise it’s always really fun for us to remix our friend’s music and vice versa. We really value having a community of friends making music together.
What’s the strangest sound you’ve yet to record?
The sound of the sun: www.theworld.org/2012/10/nasa-audio
How does playing in your hometown in LA compare to playing here in London- accents and mid-set snacks aside?
We’ve never played in London before. Say Yes will be one of our first London gigs, so I’m excited to see how it compares.
What one record sums up the word “cosmic” for you?
Either Casco’s – Cybernetic Love
Or Rah Band – Messages from the Stars.
And finally, what’s been your proudest moment so far?
It was a proud moment for us to have two remixes released on DFA Records. That label was a paradigm shift for our music tastes in our late teens and early twenties. We are also especially proud when anything we do ends up on vinyl.
Catch Cosmic Kids DJing at Say Yes this Saturday 13th October with Rory Phillips and Nadia Ksaiba with Drop The Needle hosting upstairs from 9pm – 3am.