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Happy 5th Birthday DSS

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.

Nadia Ksaiba

DJ, producer, song writer and local hero Nadia Ksaiba is back in the laser pit this weekend for the return of Say Yes tonight alongside Rory Phillips and Thomas Whitehead. Superstore’s Dan Beaumont (and her partner in Rhythm Connection) gave her a grilling…
 
 
What’s your favourite Imagination record?
 
Tough to answer… So Good, So Right off the Night Dubbing album. It might be a Larry Levan remix if I remember rightly. The Night versions are a bit mental.
 

 
What dance floor in history would you visit if you had a disco tardis?
 
The Music Box in Chicago in 1984 with Ron Hardy DJing. 
 
Who is making dance music today that’s getting you excited?
 
Loads of it that I play on our radio show Rhythm Connection each fortnight on NTS Radio. I’m a big fan of Mr Beatnick, Chamboché, Brassica, Debukas, they are all pretty exciting.
 
Tell us about your first ever dance floor epiphany?
 
I think it was during a Green velvet DJ set at Bugged Out when I was a teenager and it was the Creamfields Festival I decided that dance music would be my thing. 
 
What do you miss most about Our Disco? (editor’s note: The weekly Friday Nadia ran with Rory Philips at Plastic People in the ’00s)
 
I miss the routine of Our Disco, going to all the record shops in Soho, actually around London each week (most are no longer there). All the digging for records. Getting the 26 bus with a record bag… that’s probably why I go to Dance Tunnel all the time. I grew up in a basement club.
 
Tell us a secret about Erol…
 
It won’t be a secret anymore if I tell you. 
 
Dadhouse or Indie dance?
 
Neither – Nu-Boogie-Funk.
 
Who has been your favourite Say Yes guest and why?
 
We had Alexander Robotnik and interviewed him on a Say Yes Radio show once – and we have a big thing for Italo. And the Krikor set was amazing, Zombie Zombie because they always play the best weird french wave, but Andy Blake because he just smashes it every time he comes and plays.
 
Give us your top three Say Yes anthems
 
This is a collaborative list from myself, Thomas and Rory
Paul Parker – Right on Target
 

 
Don Quichotte – Magazine 60
 

 
Lime – On The Grid
 

 
Who’s your favourite out of Horse Meat Disco?
 
The one that likes Diana Ross.
 
(Dan: Er… I think that’s all of them.)
 
Join Nadia Ksaiba at Say Yes with Rory Phillips, Thomas Whitehead and White Leather Viper Club TONIGHT Friday 3rd January at Dalston Superstore from 9pm -3am.

Todd Hart

Our good friend Todd Hart will be joining us in the laser basement this Friday night as part of Hyperstore. Known to most as the man behind the popular Dalston Oxfam Blog, Todd is somewhat of a local legend, having DJ’ed at some of our favourite nights over the years. In addition to this he also has a long-standing association with London party Durrr and has thrown parties with artist and DJ Matthew Stone. We caught up with Todd to get the lowdown on his blogging, photography and ever-evolving taste in music…

Why did you decide to start your blog Dalston Oxfam Shop?

I started the blog as a lark because I thought it would be fun to bring back sounds on cassettes that were not otherwise easily available.  I’ve always been into the obscure and weird.

Where you surprised at its success?

I was very surprised because I thought it would be a joke that would only amuse a few friends for a few weeks.

What has been your favourite tape cassette you’ve featured so far?

Probably this underground Belgian tape I found in Hackney. But I’m also a huge fan of course of all the Smylonylon tapes.

We hear you LOVE vintage suits and ties… what’s been your most outrageous purchase?

Outrageous??!  I generally don’t think the suits are that outrageous.  I have some vintage Gaultier and Westwood suits that are very nice.  But I do like to buy a weird dress now and then.  Last halloween when I DJ’ed at Dalston Superstore I wore a long black sleeveless turtle neck knit dress with a slit up the leg.

And can you describe in detail your favourite vintage suit and tie?

Probably a vintage Gaultier boiler suit and a vintage Gaultier striped tie.

You just shot the cover for Erol Alkan’s new Bugged Out album- can you tell us the thought behind the shot?

We shot a bunch of photos at his house with ambient lighting. I like to work with simple lighting and then do a lot of work afterwards in photoshop. We were looking for some effects that are bit like simple Warhol polaroids. I took a lot of great shots of Erol. But credit for the design cover goes to Erol and his friend Phil – I just took the shot. I’m really happy with it.

Why do you like shooting with analogue cameras?

When I started shooting a lot of photos back in the late ’90s there were no digital cameras that could compare with film for someone at my level.  Over time my taste in photos came to look a lot like film and less like digital. Now I find that even reasonbly priced digital cameras can produce quite excellent shots – especially if you have photoshop skills. But I still can’t seem to get the same quality as with my Hasselblad.

How do you feel about Hipstamatic and Instagram? 

Love ’em. But people probably are not thinking about the fact that in the next 10 years the quality of resolution on devices we use will improve dramatically and all of their memories are going to be stored in what will become low res tiny instagram pics. This is what happened to me for some digital photos I have from 2003.  Now they look really small on my high res screens. Shoot at high res and get a bigger memory card. They’re cheap.

What does Todd Hart bring to the Hyperstore crew?

A very diverse taste in music, and unlike lots of DJs that have been around a while, a real love for lots of really new pop that comes and goes quickly.  I really like all of the new rave riff hip hop and dubstep influenced sounds from the US and Canada.  But I know that disco and nu disco and house will always be around.

And finally, as we asked Shaun, what are your 5 quintessential Hyperstore tracks?

I post most of the music I’m into these days on a tumblr – the cousin of the Dalston Oxfam Shop blog. D.O.S. tumblr

Girl Unit – Club Rez

Azalea Banks vs. Paris is Burning

Sinjin Hawke!!! He can almost do no wrong.  Check out his recent Rinse FM mix.

Boylan – High Lite (Sinjin Hawke Remix)

I people are hatin on Iggy Azalea but I still like this.

Fire Pu$$y

This is the track I recommended to the BBC when they asked you I thought was going to break out in 2012.  Brenmar!!

Todd Hart plays at Hyperstore this Friday 7th September from 9pm – 3am alongside Shaun Bass, Sick Bwoy, Alexis Knox and Portia Ferrari.

The Lovely Jonjo

The Lovely Jonjo joins us this Sunday for another spectacular team up with the JERK! girls for a Bank Holiday bonanza in the form of Hot Boy Carnival Jerk Spot! In the midst of rumours flying about that headliners Bicep will be taking “tops off” to its literal conclusion in the lazer basement, we thought it best to catch up with Sueprstore fave Jonjo (who also kindly provided this amazing mix to get us the mood) and find out how he earned his disco stripes, his best carnival memories and what bands are getting him all hot ‘n’ bothered at the moment…

You’re an actual Londoner! At what discos did you hang out at during your misspent youth?

I started going to a night called Smashing, an amazing night at the Eve Club on Regent Street which is no longer there. It was a proper night out where me and my girly mates would get dressed up at home. They would make a dress each week and we’d go every Friday night and feel like we missed out if we missed one. The club was a super mixed bag of people of trannies, indie kids, and pop stars like Bjork and Oasis. Pulp even filmed their Disco 2000 video down there. Matthew Glamorre, the host, got the crowd to give me birthday bumps for my 15th birthday but he kept shouting “He’s 18! He’s 18!” I used to go to Popstarz when it was at the Paradise Club in Angel and used to sneak into club Labyrnth on Dalston Lane, which had really good drum n bass nights. It was quite rough.


Pulp – Disco 2000 on MUZU.TV.>

How did you come to be involved with the George & Dragon?

Richard and Lilli, the owners, used to regularly come into a store I was a buyer for, the Japanese brand Superlovers. They’d heard I started DJing at mates’ parties and we got along really well and they asked me to DJ as one of the first weekly residents. Then I started doing the legendary Sundays, which were mental. Lots of drunken dancing on the bar.

You were resident at the legendary Trash club with Erol and Rory… What are your lasting Monday night memories?

God, so many.  Soulwax doing their remix album live was mindblowing. These New Puritans and PNAU were also amazing. It really was a family-like tight-knit atmosphere and I just have really good memories of people smiling and going crazy on the dancefloor.

What prompted you to start Hot Boy Dancing Spot?

Partly because of really good memories of Popstarz and the gay boys that were into music other than the recent chart crap, and going to mates’ nights in Berlin that had boys who liked boys but were really into music and the lack of that in London.

If Hot Boy Dancing Spot started a boy band who would be in it? (ps you have a time machine)

Jimmy Edgar, Iggy Pop back in the day, Brodinski, Gesaffelstein, Nile Rogers, and Tom Daly now that he’s 18 haha!

Which bands are getting you excited right now?

Loving Disclosure at moment and have had the Tristesse Contemporaine LP on repeat. We have When Saints Go Machine playing at Durrr next month and can’t wait to see them again. What a treat.

What is your best carnival memory?

Ooooooooh so many! My mum used to know a lot of the old Twice As Nice garage crew so I used to go plonk myself by (or on) a speaker at the KCC Sound System. I can remember one really sunny year hearing Gabriel (garage tune not Joe Goddard) for the first time, incredible.

KCC was always amazing, big smiles and never any trouble. Just shuffling along with mates dancing in the streets. London needs more of that actually.

This is not the first time we’ve had a special Hot Boy Jerkin’ Spot, why do you like teaming up with JERK!

I love those gals and the JERK! crowd are always up for it and love a wine and grind and a good sing a long. I love r’n’b and ragga but I never play it out so I’ll definitely be joining the girls upstairs for a little set this Sunday.

You’ve got purveyors of the tops off dancefloor Bicep headlining in the basement. What’s your personal tops off track?

Man2Man – Male stripper OBVS.

At the moment Róisín Murphy’s collaboration with Luca C & Brigante – Flashlight Solomun remix is driving me fucking insane.

 The Lovely Jonjo plays Hot Boy Carnival Jerkin’ Spot this Sunday 26th August from 9pm – 4:30am.