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Andy Blake

By DISCOSODOMA
Dalston Superstore’s longest running party institution DISCOSODOMA returns this Saturday with another lineup of forward-thinking selectors ready to unleash their powers on your body and mind! For the latest instalment their special guest is London-based DJ, producer and promoter of cult party institution World Unknown, Andy Blake. Andy is particularly known for his challenging, eclectic and expansive sets that build powerfully and instinctively from start to finish. With a special 5am license for this party, we can’t wait to see what he has planned for us! The DISCOSODOMA crew caught up with him to chat about ancient Egypt, the state of clubbing in 2017, and the secret to a good party.

Hello Andy! What have you been up to lately?

The main thing is moving house for the first time in nearly eight years. At times like this I can see why most people have traded their record collections in for usb sticks!

Fabric has now been saved, but what about the actual culture? Is the sense of community still here or can we see this as an opportunity to instil the basics back into the scene, such as acceptance of diversity and an open-arms approach to those who want to experience again a sense of belonging? 

There’s definitely a great sense of community to be found still. It’s always there if you look hard enough. Acceptance, diversity and independence are the key ingredients, along with great music and an excellent sound system of course.

With the previous question in mind, how can one be informed about the workings of the underground scene if one arrives right now in the city?

The Internet has been great for giving access to the various party scenes but there’s an extra level of engagement from actual word of mouth. I played at a party on Saturday where literally no promotion was done and as far as social media was concerned the party didn’t even exist. Around 500 people turned up, most were around 18-23 years old and from South London, but there were also people from all over Europe who somehow found out about it.

There’s an ingrained nostalgia about the clubs of yesterday. Do you think we have lost our capacity to envision the future?

It’s time for the nostalgia for the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s to move on into a recognition that this tradition goes back way further than that and will always be here as long as humanity is. It’s important that we don’t lose the ability to look forward with this culture, but perhaps now is a good time to make sure to include elements that can often get swept away by the illusion of progress. For want of a better term i think it’s really important that the dance never loses its soul.

At the end of the day, what are the ingredients for a good party?

Many and varied – but fun people, great music, interesting potions and an inclusive attitude in inspiring spaces are probably the key ingredients.

If you could travel in any time in history, where and when would you land?

I’d love to take a peek at all the classical civilisations, especially the ones where women were in charge – I’ve a feeling they made a far better job of it than the men have done for the last couple of millennia, and I’d definitely like to see how they got those pyramids up in Egypt. But in the main, I’ll be quite happy if I get to live long enough to get to the other side of this period of insane turmoil that’s really kicking into gear with trump and brexit but which has never really stopped since the romans decided that ramming Christianity down people’s throats on pain of death was a good idea. Like many people I’d like to think that this is the dying gasp of a broken patriarchal system that refuses to go without kicking and screaming and smashing things up like the tartrazine-crazed toddler it’s shown itself to be and I’m very curious to see what lies beyond.

With Joe Hart moving on, what’s in store for the World Unknown family in 2017?

The WU family is continuing to grow, both on the dancefloor and behind the scenes. We’ve had some very organised friends join the crew so Amy and I can concentrate on the creative side of things and this year looks like half a dozen bigger parties that will still retain the World Unknown atmosphere. I think its really important to show that a great atmosphere and vibe isn’t only possible at a smaller affair. we had well over 1,000 people desperate to get in on new year’s eve which one hand showed us how popular wu has become and where we can go with it and on the other that we need to get a lot more organised to do that. we’re really looking forward to progressing with a bigger better boat and enough crew to sail it properly

What shall we expect from your set at DISCOSODOMA?

Recently I’ve mainly been playing a heavy, raw and primal but still warm and inclusive sound, mainly pitched-down house and techno with a few disco and left-field moments so quite likely something along those lines.

And finally, what is disco? 

That’s the million dollar question, and it seems to change with the wind. Maybe someone should write a book about it.


Catch Andy Blake at Discosodoma this Saturday 11 February from 9pm-5am at Dalston Superstore.

 

Shaun Prickimage

Tomorrow night sees the next installment of Rex The Dog’s bi-monthly night Breed and they’ve roped in WALKABOUT Vs Pikilipita to provide an animation spectacular for the evening! Using a hi-tech portable system, they’ll be roaming Superstore projecting Rexes and the previous Breed t-shirt designs onto all available surfaces… including onto you lot!

To find out more about this innovative system, we caught up with Shaun Prickimage, the man behind WALKABOUT Projection and the amazing visuals seen at WetYourSelf at Fabric and various other clubnight and festivals… including the Gutterslut Vs TrailerTrash tent at Lovebox! We posed all our burning questions to him to find out how it all works and what we can expect from Friday’s party…

Can you explain the concept behind WALKABOUT Projection?

WALKABOUT Projection was setup as an extension of PRICKIMAGE and allows us to stage pop-up performances just about anywhere using a hi-rez mobile projection system. Projections can roam free outdoors or indoors with no need for cables or screens.

The technology allows performers to project animated images using portable projector systems as they walk among the public at a broad range of events. The performers manipulate the projected images live, encouraging audience interaction using media players, game controllers and Kinect sensor from Xbox.

WALKABOUT Projection - PRICKIMAGE

And do you have plans to expand this?

We are excited about technology such as Pico projectors and the Raspberry Pi that will give us even more opportunities to play with portability. This tech is so light and so powerful that it can almost be sewn into the costumes of performers, which will allow intimate and exciting encounters with crowds.

We are currently on the lookout for performers for winter events, so people can get involved if they like what they see.

What’s been the biggest or most exciting WALKABOUT project so far?

WALKABOUT Projection was featured in Don’t Think, the 2012 film of a live performance by Chemical Brothers. The technology was used in a very clever way to take the visuals off stage and around festival.

WALKABOUT Projection feat. in Don’t Think Chemical Brothers’ live performance film from PRICKIMAGE on Vimeo.

What’s your favourite venue in London to work in and why? Do you prefer to perform in more confined areas or large cavernous clubs?

The beauty of WALKABOUT Projection means that it doesn’t matter what sort of space we have. We bring the projections to the people no matter how many are involved. What’s important is that there is enough room for interactivity. Small Pico projectors are used for smaller spaces while a larger, more powerful setup works great outdoors or large venues.

What inspires your animation style?

Projections by their nature need to bold and bright on dark surfaces. With WALKABOUT, it’s important that we use very colourful and bright projections to make sure that it works well indoors or outdoors.

Who are your most frequent collaborators?

VJ Hash will be performing additional WALKABOUT Projection at BREED 8, but we’ve done a lot of great work with Pikilipita  and Nicola Saponaro (SapoLab), not forgetting of course Martin Wollerstam. Rafael Filomeno is in his final year studying interactive graphic design and he has been working closely with us.

PRICKIMAGE / WYS! @ SPACE, Ibiza – Rough CUT teaser from PRICKIMAGE on Vimeo.

We hear PRICKIMAGE is doing the visuals for Shoom’s 25th Anniversary Party- you must have something extra special up your sleeve for such a prestigious rave!

Danny Rampling is eager to combine the best of past, present and future both in terms of music and visuals. We are grabbing the chance to take advantage of the high ceiling, which allows for a large projection screen. We’re also dying to reference the rich back catalogue of imagery from the Shoom rave era. We’ll be taking advantage of the best of current technology, but do expect plenty of smiley faces!

What London club nights, besides the ones you work at(!) do you like to go to?

Tough one. I’m always chasing that experience I had when I first walked into Trailer Trash

Can you talk us through the process that goes into performing WALKABOUT Projection live?

We have to get the more practical things such as lighting and surface sorted out and then we use a controller to bring the personality and character to the projections, treating them as puppets rather than flat animations. So, we might choose a game controller to add interactivity and fun, breathing life into the characters.

What is your preferred type of music to work alongside with?

There is no truth to the scurrilous rumours that I really love Norwegian folk trumpet….

Why do you think the Walkabout Projection will work well at Breed?

Rex is alive and chomping at the bit to get taken for a walk. He likes to explore and meet new pussies.

The crowd will be fun and up for innovative interaction with our furry friend. Rex’s owner has designed loads of amazing t-shirts and we will be bringing these designs to life on the ravers. We want the crowd to capture Rex’s adventures as they happen with photo and video so anyone who shares great footage or pics on the Facebook page will be in with a chance of bagging one of these exclusive t-shirts.

WALKABOUT Vs Pilikipita will be projecting onto walls, surfaces and even you this Friday 5th October at Breed #8 from 9pm – 4am.

Illustration credit: Martin Wollerstam

Martin Wollerstam

Swedish illustrator and London resident Martin Wollerstam joins us in the top bar this week for White Leather Viper Club. He’s no stranger to Superstore however, with his work being featured both in group shows and his own solo show on our walls. His seemingly naive yet often dark and adult style of work really seems to resonate with people, so much so that his work has been used for Guy Gerber’s record label Supplement Facts, featured in both TimeOut and the New York Times and regularly used for flyers for Fabric’s Sunday night party WetYourSelf.

We posed some of our most burning questions about his art ahead of his set tomorrow and he even sent us a mix to give a taste of what lies ahead…

 

The Post-Punk-Funk by Martin Wollerstam on Mixcloud

 

 

You’ve had a few exhibitions here at Superstore- which has been your favourite and why?

I’d definitely say my solo show, Relationship Out Loud, that I had last summer. It was a cynical study of love related relationships. I guess people could relate to it as it seemed to be appreciated by quite a lot of people and I was very pleased with my drawings, especially the large A0 sized illustrations that I made specially for it.

Relationship Out Loud by Martin Wollerstam

You also create the flyers for WetYourSelf, the weekly Sunday night at Fabric… how did that come about?

A good friend of mine that used to live in London introduced me to one of the founders, Peter Pixzel, and after only three days living in London I went to my first, (and their second ever), WYS party that used to be at Aquarium. That first year I think I probably went to all their parties. I became friends with the WYS crew and they asked me to design their logo. Two years later when they moved to Fabric they felt it was a good idea for me to make the artwork for their flyers and yeah, here I am.

Can you tell us about the creatures that appear in all the WYS drawings and the narrative running through this year’s batch of flyers?

I wanted WYS to be something big that creates havoc over London. At first the humans ran in fear, then fought back, then both sides had to realise that they needed to work together and they became good friends.

The second year it was more about WYS giants having fun and more of a focus on individuals. 

And this year my idea was to follow a WYS giant growing up and each month’s flyer shows it meeting a new friend that added up to some kind of entourage. 

WetYourSelf June flyer

Your work can be quite dark- what inspires you?

It’s always been there. There’s something about the dark, the wicked, cynical humour and madness that appeal to me. I don’t find horror as entertaining though.

And don’t get me wrong, I’m actually a nice guy, hehe.

Earlier this year you had your work featured in the window of Selfridges. That must have been pretty exciting….

Yeah it was really fun. It was a collaboration with fashion designer William Richard Green for Selfridges’ Bright Young Things. I had made a tiled illustrated print for his collection and we made an installation taken from that print.

What’s the most unusual place your work has ever been featured?

Haha, I think it must be when I made live drawings projected on some stranger’s wedding in a barn in Essex. It was quite weird, because I wasn’t really sure what I was suppose to do and it was meant to be in the background while they had the reception dinner, but when I was about to start it turned into a performance instead. It was a bit of a high heartbeat and sweaty forehead of a moment, but they seemed to like it.

What are you currently working on?

I’m working day and night on a mural sketch for a competition that I’ve been chosen for together with five other artists. We’re competing to get one of two areas to decorate for a new culture centre in my hometown back in Sweden. It’s a high budget project and hopefully I have the opportunity to make a large mural. Fingers crossed.

What other large-scale murals have you done in the past?

Biggest I think must’ve been for an office in Stockholm, which they flew me over to play with last year.

What kind of music do you plan to play at White Leather Viper Club?

Post-punk, new wave, synth-pop and other nice synthy things from (or inspired by) the eighties. Yes, there’s where my heartbeats are.

And finally, what is your dancefloor killer track?

Hmm… hard one. Right at this moment I feel for dancing to Enola Gay with OMD.

Martin Wollerstam plays at White Leather Viper Club this Wednesday 15th August from 9pm – 2:30am.

For more information on his work visit: www.wollerstam.com