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Tusk Turns Three!

This February sees an important anniversary of one of our favourite parties, Tusk! Promoters Ant C, James Baillie and Chris Camplin have been bringing over some of Europe’s most impressive underground electronic music talent to our lazer basement for three years now! With previous guests including Andrew Weatherall, Craig Richards and Doc Sleep, we can’t wait to see what they have planned for 2018. They’re kicking it all off with Ostgut Ton legend and Dalston Superstore favourite Prosumer! We caught up with the boys to chat past highlights, favourite club nights and 

You guys have been throwing your TUSK night at Superstore for three years now! That’s awesome, happy anniversary! How did the three of you meet and start promoting together? 

Ant C (AC): Thanks! Time sure has flown. It’s been a lot of fun. Thanks for having us! I’ve known the boys socially for years from out an about around London.

Chris Camplin (CC): Yeah, we would bump into each other at our favourite dance floors – in fact I think I met both James & Ant at Horse Meat Disco initially. I know James came back to my place for a post-HMD afterparty one bank holiday Monday.

James Baillie (JB): It became obvious we all had a love for music, so I took the idea to Chris and Ant about us doing our own night and TUSK developed from there…

For those that have never been to your party before – tell them what it’s about (and what they’re missing out on!)

CC: Amazing music, great DJ lineups, stellar crowd, lasers and that awesome DSS basement sound system.

AC: Yep, that pretty much sums it up. We just want people to have as much fun as we’re having. I do love me some lasers! We bring in some extra lasers for TUSK and the boys have started calling me Laser Minelli. I kinda like it!

If you had to sum up the TUSK sound in one track, what would it be?

CC: For me it would be – Tiga – Love Don’t Dance Here Anymore (C2 Remix 1)

AC: Tough question – I think it would have to be Markus Gibb – Tohl (Original mix) – Always seems to go off, plus I tend to layer it up with a vocal loop from Voodoo Ray, which fits nicely.

JB: For me it would be Shake It by Fantastic Twins.

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

AC: We try to keep things fresh by working with people who have something individual to bring. Doc Sleep was awesome – she really worked us out. Ewan Pearson for his musicality. A Love From Outer Space (Andrew Weatherall and Sean Johnston) when they took over the basement all night for our Pride Special in 2016. Ketiov was great too and a world exclusive for us!

CC: Ketiov, Doc Sleep & Nail have been some of my faves.

JB: A Love From Outer Space, Craig Richards and Doc Sleep.

Has there been an overall highlight for you?

CC: Being able to book some of my favourite DJs and producers at one of my top clubs.

AC: As Chris says, being able to work with some of the people we have admired for years. Everybody has been super nice and its been interesting to hang out and chat with them about their experiences and get their advice and input.

Your special birthday guest is Prosumer – why did you choose him to ring in your fourth year?

CC: I think Prosumer has a special place in all our hearts and we’ve been discussing booking him for some time now and everything just landed into place!

AC: Yeah – absolutely. I met him at Glastonbury a few years ago and we got chatting and stayed in touch. I think he liked what we were trying to do with TUSK and seems much more open to working with people on that basis, rather than just going for the huge shows. I tried to make it happen during 2017, but we couldn’t make the dates line up – so the third birthday party seemed the perfect choice to have him with us!

What are some of your favourite club nights in London at the moment?

CC: Of course at our sisters Discosodoma and Homodrop at Superstore are up there along with the legendary Horse Meat Disco.

AC: All of the above. I’m also enjoying the residency programs that XOYO and Phonox are running – its interesting to get somebody else’s take on who to put together to make a cohesive night of music.

JB: Similar really – A Love From Outer Space, Chapter 10, Discosodoma and Horse Meat Disco.

Any DJs that you would love to work with in the future?

CC: Sure, we have a big list forming. The Honey Soundsystem guys, Midland, The Black Madonna, Octo Octa.

JB: Felix Dickinson, Black Merlin, Job Jobse, Superpitcher, Massimilliano Pagliara.

AC: The list goes on – Jennifer Cardini, Justin Robertson, Optimo, Mike Servito, Marcel Vogel, Derrick Carter – who knows? Watch this space…

Are you pulling out any special surprises for your birthday that you can let us in on?

AC: Now that would be telling…

JB: I’ve got a good few head melting tracks that are not coming out until Spring…

CC: You’ll have to wait and see!    


Catch Tusk at their Third Birthday Bash on Saturday 24 February from 9pm-5am at Dalston Superstore!

Ketiov

By Ant C


This Saturday sees the hotly anticipated two year anniversary of cult gay discotheque Tusk at Dalston Superstore! The winning trio of promoters Ant C, Chris Camplin and James Baillie have been serving up banging basement blowouts featuring the like of Chrissy, Ewan Pearson, Nathan Gregory Wilkins and Giles Smith for two trips round the sun, earning notoriety for the serious house artillery they bring to the lazer basement every darn time! Their second birthday will be no exception, with the exclusive UK premiere of Ketiov, the new project of Catz ‘N Dogz member and Pets Recordings co-owner Voitek! Ant C caught up with him to chat when music matters, new beginnings and what to expect at Tusk.



We’re super excited to have you with us at TUSK for your first solo show. Can you tell our party goers a bit about where the inspiration for Ketiov came from and how it differs from your work with Catz ‘N Dogz?

I spend most of my time at home listening and buying records with a very wide spectrum of genres so my sets as Ketiov will be very eclectic and mostly focused for small clubs.

When I DJ alone I often make very weird mixes more connecting with the vibe than trying to sustain hypnotic groove, bringing back real songs instead of just pure club tracks, I guess. I read a quote yesterday that I really liked and it fits the feeling I want to transfer to the dancefloor – “I’m impressed when music matters, when genres are broken, when spirits are lifted, when people make a difference, and when people are true to themselves”

We love the record that you dropped this month,  and we’re looking forward to hearing you play tracks from it at TUSK. You mentioned in our previous conversations that it is very special. Other than it being your first solo release, what makes this one significant for you creatively?

It’s very important for me for many reasons. It’s the last record I did before I moved out after ten years of living in Berlin. Also I think Greg and I are at a really good point in our career and DJing together feels amazing right now. I think we achieved some sort of peak of understanding one another. That’s why I decided to do something on my own – I always think that you should change stuff in the moment when things are going great. It’s always opening you to new possibilities and influences. I think the fact I also have my solo project on the side will make our Catz ’n Dogz project even stronger.

Ant C: Some of the first Ketiov mixes that you put out were in conjunction with our brothers at over Honey Soundsystem in the states. We love those guys! How did that come about and how did you meet them? 

I’m very good friends with Jacob (Jackie House) from Honey Soundsystem. When I visit San Francisco we always hang out and talk about life, mostly. Those mixes I did for the guys are influenced by travels, collecting music and emotions from all over the world. There are two places for me (except clubs) that I feel like music matters and it creates this special warm feeling in my body – it’s my home when I browse through my record collection; and when I’m on the plane. There is something weird about being on the plane, somehow you feel like time stops for a few hours – there are no distractions, no phone, nobody is talking to you. I kind of go into hibernation mood when I fly, I call it “Half-awake or Half-asleep.” Those mixes are a reflection of this state. 

With Catz ‘N Dogz you’ve played all over the world and on some amazing bills. Now, thinking about your Ketiov work, who would be on your ideal bill with you and where would it be?

Because this is my new project and as you said I’m already experienced with DJing and releasing music, I don’t really feel any pressure about Ketiov and will let it flow naturally. I will definitely be very selective with choosing gigs because of the more eclectic style, trying to play for open-minded crowds and experiment as much as possible.

You’re playing the peak time slot for us at TUSK. Can you give us three of your current favourite tracks that we might hear in your set and why you like them?

I follow what’s new and what’s hot at the moment but when I DJ that doesn’t really matter, so most of my records are kind of all over the place from the ’80s to 2017 new releases.

This one is my all time favourite. Right now it’s 20c in Madrid, so really fits my mood. Kash – Percussion Sundance
 

This one I absolutely love. I put it in my mix a few months ago.  Very weird percussions and groovy. LMYE – Cali 76
 

Pure Love: Sauce81 – Dance Tonight
 


Catch Ketiov at Tusk this Saturday 25 February from 9pm-4am at Dalston Superstore!

Ewan Pearson

The legendary Ewan Pearson has been putting out eclectic records for 18 years under numerous guises, and we are thrilled to welcome him to the Superstore laser basement for Tusk! He has remixed for everybody from Depeche Mode to Chemical Brothers, and has more recently set up studio with previous TUSK guest Andrew Weatherall and worked on the new Jagwar Ma album. He caught up with Tusk promoter James Baillie to chat collaborations, clubland and exciting plans in the pipeline!

Last year you moved back to London from Berlin. Do you miss Deutschland?

I miss friends of mine in Berlin but I miss the city less than I expected to – but that’s more a function of having a two year old and a five month old to run after. Wherever they are is where my heart is. I’ve little time to go out wherever I am and certainly no time to pine.  So personally happy to be back – politically, economically – that’s another matter entirely!  If I’d had a crystal ball to predict the referendum result we’d still be in Berlin I think.

When you were based in Berlin you had a residency at Stattbad which was closed down by the local authorities in May 2015. The same thing is happening here in London with Fabric. Whats your thoughts on the whole Fabric situation?

Well with Fabric it’s a function of the current insanity with property prices in London – it’s not about drugs or public safety, it’s about getting hold of real estate. So it’s a much wider issue which affects all kinds of businesses and activities – a city can’t just consist of its paper value. But there’s so much money locked up in housing that all sorts of things are going to the wire as people attempt to get rich.

Can you remember the last record you played at your last night at Stattbad and why?

Well the last thing I played the last time I was there was Roisin Murphy’s Jealousy I think which is just a storming house record to end on – but I didn’t realise that was going to be the last record I got to play at Stattbad.  I thought I would be able to go over there every couple of months to play. It’s such a shame it was closed.

Any chance of a collaboration with Weatherall?

I would love to. Who knows?

You produced the brilliant new Jagwar Ma album which came out last week. Did you and Jono do a lot of digging in crates for inspiration?

I actually didn’t produce – I mixed most of it.  And played a bit on a couple of tracks. Jono is the producer, but I was giving feedback from the demo stages and was there for quite a lot of the recording. It’s more involvement than I would normally have with a record where I wasn’t the producer but I love them and Jono is one of my best friends so I’m happy to help in any way I can really.  I’m as proud of my involvement with Howling and Every Now and Then as anything I’ve done.  The new record definitely feels broader and moves into more territory than the first one. The faster four four tracks like Slipping and Colours of Paradise are amazing.

Another album you produced was for the brilliant Flowers and Sea Creatures. For a long time I thought it was your own album with collaborations. Have you ever thought of doing your own album and collaborating with other artists?

It has been suggested a few times and a collaborative record is a good way to make your own artist record I guess – Michael Mayer has just done that and what I’ve heard of it sounds brilliant.  I don’t know. I want to do more Partial Arts releases with my buddy Al Usher – I love the singles we’ve made for Kompakt and they really don’t sound like anything either of us would normally do which is just what you want in a collaboration.  

What projects are up next on the mixing desk?

I have just finished remixes for Crosstown Rebels, Days of Being Wild and a couple of other things I’m not allowed to say.  And I’ve produced and mixed an LP which is coming out on a big US indie label next year for someone I’m not able to name once again which has gone really well and I’m excited for people to hear.  I think there might be some kind of announcement of all that next month.  Don’t mean to be a tease!

This will be our last TUSK party for this year. What can we expect to hear blasting out the sound system from you?

Lots of righteous new music of an acidic nature. There’s so much great new music at the moment it’s hard to fit it all in!


Catch Ewan Pearson at Tusk on Saturday 22 October from 9pm-3am at Dalston Superstore.

Ewan’s final set at Stattbad before it closed its doors is available for download on Soundcloud.