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Fèmmme Fraîche second birthday!

We can’t believe it’s been two whole years since East London’s hottest lez fest Fèmmme Fraîche first sauntered through our doorway with a flick of her hair and a twinkle in her eye! She’s now racked up 12 riotous ladies nights at the mothership, with the likes of Honey Dijon, DJ Heather and Joyce Muniz at the helm. To ring in this very special occasion, promoters Michelle Manetti and Sandra Le have planned a whole night of  giveaways a-plenty, goodie bags up for grabs for our party-goers and cute AF merchandise with their resident DJs running riot the whole night long! We caught up with the girls to reflect, reminisce, and get excited for this Saturday’s birthday bash!

Hey Michelle and Sandra! Happy birthday to your baby Fèmmme Fraîche! How have the last two years of parties been for you?

SL: Thank you, guys! I can’t believe it’s been two years already! The last two years of parties have been… exhausting! Haha, no seriously though, we’ve had so, so much fun. We’ve met incredible artists, and working with the DSS crew is a real delight.

MM: Yep, it’s been a wonderful whirlwind of deliciousness, all pleasure no pain (except the day after each party, which always feels a little delicate!)

If you had to pick one song to represent Fèmmme Fraîche, what would it be?

SL: I’d say U & Me Electricity from Kim Ann Foxman, it’s my favourite track at the moment! It brings me back to my youth, it’s classic, it’s catchy and it’s acidy! Kim Ann is one of our favourite DJs and a good peep, so hard not to go with that one.

MM: For me, I’m gonna say Skwerl – All Woman (K2’s Deepah 1ne Dub). The track is 10 years old now, and I love dipping into my old skool tunes for FF, it’s bouncy as hell, ravey and as the title says, it’s all woman, just like Fèmmme Fraîche!

What has been your highlight of the last two years?

SL: That’s a tough one. Each night has its own flavour and all our headliners have been phenomenal. If I had to pick one though I’d have to say our night with Honey Dijon was pure madness! 

MM: Yep, I have to agree. They’ve all been amazing, but the Honey Dijon party had some crazy electricity, so much energy and love that night, even the walls were dripping with sweat, it was such a crazy, sexy, cool party!

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Why do you think it’s important to foster spaces for queer women to party?

SL: Well, it may sound cliché but there aren’t many places anymore where queer women can meet other queer women, play, and have fun whilst feeling they can do so safely. So, yes, it is important to foster these safe spaces and cater for a diverse crowd of queers with all sort of tastes.

MM: Exactly, it’s so important we nurture these safe spaces and continue to provide places, and parties where girls can go out, feel comfortable and confident that they won’t feel discriminated or objectified unwillingly so they can concentrate on just having fun and enjoying their night.

What does your queer utopia look like?

SL: Ultimately a world where nobody gives a fuck about who you are, how you identify or who you love.

MM: Second that!

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Can you tell us a bit about what to expect at your birthday party?

The finest Fèmmme Fraîchetastic music, sexy dance moves, general sexiness, sweat and big smiles all round! And of course as, we’re celebrating our second birthday, there’ll be decorations, party poppers and fun things… plus we have some goodies to giveaway – we’re giving two lucky winners  free entry for them and their pal, free drinks on entry, free merch and two £20 vouchers for Sh! Women’s Erotic Emporium. Enter here! Are you excited yet? we are!!!!

Who are some of your favourite DJs and producers at the moment?

SL: All the DJs we booked in the past two years, our homies, and right now, Peggy Gou!

MM: Yeah, all our headliners have been booked pretty much because they’re our faves, but also The Black Madonna, Tama Sumo, Steffi, Virginia, Heidi, Helena Hauff deserve special shouts for being fabulous DJs and repping the girls.

If you could change anything about London’s LGBT nightlife, what would it be?

SL: We need more of it, and more diversity.

We’ve heard whispers that you have some exciting things in the pipeline for Fèmmme Fraîche in 2018! Can you let us in on any plans?

We’re growing Fèmmme Fraîche into something more than just a club night, continuing to support female, female-identifying and non binary DJs and throwing damn fun Fèmmme Fraîche parties, but just adding some extra dimensions and extra features for it to become a little more interactive. Our plan is to create a platform and a space where queer women can showcase their creative skills across numerous artistic disciplines, as well as offering opportunities to learn new skills. We’ve got some fun stuff up our sleeves, so stay tuned!

And finally, what are you planning to unleash on the laser basement at your birthday party?

SL:  The demons of house music!

MM: Yep definitely the beasts with the dirtiest, filthiest basement beats. We want bras spinning, booty shakin’ and hand’s-in-the-air action!

Catch Michelle Manetti and Sandra Le at the Fèmmme Fraîche Second Birthday Bash, this Saturday 11 November at Dalston Superstore!


The latest in female house music doyennes to join the Fèmmme Fraîche headliner hall of fame is London based DJ, producer and festival-head Ceri! Her rising reputation has seen her grace the decks at parties as far flung as Back To Basics in Leeds, DC10 in Ibiza, La Santanera in Mexico and Ipse in Berlin and beyond. She will be taking the helm for the twelfth instalment of East London’s fraîchest lez fest this Saturday, with her signature selection of deep and moody, atmospheric grooves, heavyweight peak time house fodder and psychotropic techno abstractions. We caught up with her to chat festival tales, women in music, and plans for Fèmmme Fraîche!

Hi Ceri! We’re so excited to have you join us soon for Fèmmme Fraîche

Aw thank you. I’m really looking forward to partying with you lovelies, and I love that sweaty basement at Dalston Superstore, so can’t wait!

Can you tell us a bit about Jaded, the Sunday morning afterparty rave at Corsica where you played as a resident?

I first played for them in 2011, at Cable, which was a real dream come true for me. I first experienced Jaded when it was at The End /AKA which was a huge clubbing inspiration for me, alongside Fabric and T Bar. I was a massive raver and used to end up at Jaded most weeks. They had such an amazing music policy, with the best names in house and techno often turning up to play unannounced.

When I first met the promoter Krista I didn’t tell her I was a DJ, but then I ended up giving Ray – their longest running resident – a lift in my car, and I had one of my mixes on because I was secretly wanting to hear what he thought of it without him knowing it was me! He actually asked me whose mix it was and when I told him it was mine he didn’t believe me. He told Krista and a few months later, after seeing I was getting some other gigs around London they booked me to play for them for the first time.

I was so happy and continued playing for them as a guest for a few years until they asked me to be a resident in 2014 / 2015. Initially it was supposed to be for one year but it went on for longer.

I loved being able to play nine hour sets in the second room at Corsica. It’s not often as a DJ these days you get to play that long. So I am really thankful for them believing in me and giving me the chance to go on long journeys with their crowd, who were really receptive.

When it comes to making your own music, can you tell us a bit about your production process?

It’s really random. Some tracks can take a few days, others a few months! Usually I am inspired by something specific; a mood, a sample or a vocal, and I start from there and build around it. I usually play the bass on my Sub 37 because I love bass, and for me bass is the most important part of the track, followed by the drums. I like to use a combination of drum machines – an XBase 09 and sampled 808 and 909 hits that I programme in. I have some other equipment I use for synths too and usually do the high end last.

I use a combination of logic and Ableton. If I am feeling uninspired, I will just play around with a few samples I’ve ‘stolen’ or recordings I’ve made and play around with them until I feel an idea coming on.

When I am in the zone it literally just flows out of me without me even knowing what’s happening, I wish I knew how to make it happen more often!

Favourite track of 2017?

I couldn’t choose one! Totally dependent on where I am, who I’m with etc…

You’ve been involved in Redbull’s Normal Not Novelty campaign – can you tell us a bit about why the project is important to you?

It’s a good way of inspiring and educating people about our industry. I like to teach the younger generation about where house music came from and why it’s so important politically and sociologically. A lot of people who claim to be into the music have no idea about how it evolved and it’s history of bringing people together and breaking down barriers in society. So I think it’s as important to spread that message as well as teach people about music production processes and how to get inspiration and creative ideas etc.

You’ve played quite a few festivals over the years, from Secret Garden Party to Lovebox and even Burning Man! What’s your craziest festival story?

I have so many it’s hard to choose one. The one most people think is funny and/or gross is how I got my Burning Man name ‘Kevin the Dancing Poo’. Which involved magic mushrooms and a portaloo. 

Haha! We won’t ask…

If you could change one thing about London’s club culture, what would it be?

Ban phones.

If you had a time machine and could go dancing anywhere/anywhen, where would you go?

Either to Paradise Garage in New York in  the 80s, or to an early 19th century ballroom dance. 

We hear you have a new label dropping soon, can you tell us a bit about it? 

It’s called ‘Find Your Own’ records and the first release is out in October featuring two tracks from me and a Fred P Reshape. The label is primarily for me to release my own music. I want each release to be three tracks that suit different environments. It will still be house and techno, but different shades of it that work in different situations. I prefer EPs that have variety, rather than three tracks that are really similar.

I am really happy to have Fred P involved with the first release because I have loved his music for many years and respect him hugely not just musically but also personally. Moving forwards I want to involved more people who have been inspiring to me or who I believe are making music that will stand the test of time.

Who’s tunes will you be unleashing on the Superstore lazerpit?

I usually throw in some K-Hand or Mr G at least once in most of my sets, I love everything they do. Tomoki Tamura is another favourite, and D’Julz. They are all amazing at making classic sounding house and techno that is timeless and works on the dancefloor.

Catch Ceri at Fèmmme Fraîche this Saturday 9 September from 9pm-3am at Dalston Superstore!


Sky Deep

On the week of International Women’s Day, we are thrilled to announce that the latest inspiring artist to hit the lazer pit for cult girls night Fèmmme Fraîche is Berlin-based artist Sky Deep! Having dabbled in pursuits ranging from creating and curating queer festival Reclaim the Beats to starting and managing her own record label Reveller Records, she is one very inspiring woman with many tricks up her sleeve! She took a break between balancing roles as a DJ, producer, actor, director and festival curator to chat to us about queer vampire cinema, musical roots and ancient Egypt!

Hi Sky Deep! We can’t wait to have you at Femmme Fraiche! How has your 2017 been so far?

Well, so far things have been off to a running start! I’m feeling really creative and working on new productions, collaborating with some amazing singers AND I’m blown away at how my film has taken off and is being recognised by some key LGBTQ festivals.

Can you tell us a bit about your label Reveller Records and how it came to be?

I was sitting in my tiny Brooklyn apartment in 2012 thinking about how me and my friends could get discovered by some music mogul.  Then I decided it was time for us to discover ourselves!  So I created Reveller as a small support group for artists that I knew and loved. Even though it’s a lot of work, it totally pays off when I can share the shine with people I believe in.

You are the creator of Berlin’s queer festival Reclaim the Beats. Can you tell us a bit about what inspired you to embark on that project?

When I see something missing in the music or entertainment world,  first I probably complain about it and then I DO something about it.  In this case,  I felt the musical genius of many POC and queer people continues to be erased by the patriarchy. The way the music industry media presents electronic or rock music would make it seem that we never had a substantial part in this type of music. Reclaim the Beats represents the foundations of most forms of popular music and is meant to remind people of the origins OR educate those that don’t know. I feel it is important to remind us of our role as inventors in the music world so we can continue to feel free in creating ALL genres of music in an empowered way. Reclaim the Beats is important to give these marginalised artists a seat at the table, and a chance for the rest of the world to learn about this point of view while experiencing music magic through the five days of the festival.

And as if that weren’t enough to make us fall in love with you, you are the director and lead actor in queer vampire erotica feature film Enactone! What inspired the film?

I looovvvve vampire films, playing dress up and steamy scenes with hot people!  I always wanted to play a vampire in a film and hoped someday someone would cast me. I wouldn’t have cared if it was a tiny role, I just always dreamed of it. Until one day I took a walk through a beautiful cemetery in Berlin, I was inspired by a creepy thing I saw there.  A window in one of the mausoleums was broken and when I looked inside, I saw a freakish blue light and an open, empty coffin!!!! It was that moment in 2014 that I decided to write and make the film.


How have each of the cities you’ve called home influenced your sound?

I’d say Los Angeles and Long Beach was where I received most of my hip hop influences. I was a big fan of West Coast beats and rappers. Dr. Dre was my favorite producer. I loved the G-funk Cali-swing that came from there.

New York/New Jersey I was mostly influenced by my father’s side of the family and the gospel, funk and disco roots. When I was a small child, I was surrounded by band rehearsals and singers and even tried to write my first love song when I was seven years old.

Both the previous cities were constantly infused with house/techno  dance parties. Berlin has shown me the incredible depth of possibility in electronics… Because of this lovely and crazy place, I keep stretching the limits and mashing together everything I’ve ever known.

You have achieved such an amazing range of things as a DJ, producer, director, festival curator (and more!) that this must be a difficult question to answer, but what has been your proudest moment?

Actually, my proudest moment was during my first theatrical performance when I was 16 years old in front of more than 500 students at my high school. There were some girls that used to make fun of me and they laughed when I first said I wanted to audition for the role of a beautiful black Queen representing the diaspora. I was sooo shy that nobody thought I could do it. But my mother coached me in preparation for the audition… They didn’t want to even watch me… they laughed and chatted with each other when I was standing on stage. I was sooo angry. I stood there like a Queen until all of them shut up. Then I performed the piece. They were blown away and unanimously decided that I should definitely have the role.

That moment will always be huge for me.

If you had a time machine and could go dancing anywhere/when, where would you go?

I would want to go to Egypt around 2650 BC… I’m sure they had an incredible dance party after they finished building the pyramids AND I’m pretty sure there had to be some aliens present. I bet that was the BEST party in the world at that time!

Any exciting plans for the coming months that you could let us in on?

Yes! This month on 24 March my film premieres at BFI Flare London LGBT Film fest and on the same day, we release the music soundtrack from the film too. It features sexy music, and vogue beats from several artists. We also show at GLITCH in Glasgow on 25 March.

In April, we are releasing the Dark Pum Pum EP from Hllywd featuring remixes from Bearcat, Mike Starr

In June, I’m re-visiting the USA for a DJ tour and also with my film this June.

And finally, in five words or less, what can the girls of Femmme Fraiche expect from your set?

Shining People. Sweat is Sexy.

Catch Sky Deep at Fèmmme Fraîche this Saturday 11 March at Dalston Superstore!


La Fraicheur

For the upcoming edition of cult girls’ night Fèmmme Fraîche, promoters Michelle Manetti and Sandra Le (Pitch Slap) have recruited their fresh-as-hell almost-namesake DJ, Berlin-based techno goddess La Fraicheur. Having graced the decks at some of Berlin’s most renowned techno institutions and festivals and gigs the world over, it is high time we welcome her to Superstore for her lazer basement debut! We caught up to chat favourite gigs, plans for the rest of the year and the magic queer clubland.

Hi La Fraicheur! We’re super excited to have you play at Dalston Superstore! Can you tell us a bit about yourself?

Hey! I’m excited to be coming too! I’m a Berlin-based French DJ who loves burying herself in rickety piles of books and overgrowing little shop of horror type plants when she’s home and hiking up mountains and biking through forests when she’s away. Now that’s sounds like a boring old spinster Tinder profile but I’m fine with it!

If you had to trace your DJ career back to one track that started it all, what would it be?

Pepe Bradock’s Deep Burnt. One of my first vinyls when I started DJing. I don’t think I even ever played the A-side of that record..

You’ve travelled all over the globe DJing: Japan, Mexico, Norway… what is the weirdest/best place you’ve ever played?

It’s hard to just pick one place since what I love the most about my job is touring in countries where you have to enter the booth in the most humble and observational of ways in order to figure out how you’re gonna catch a crowd. Every audience has a very different approach to dancing according to their cultural and social relationship to electronic music, nightlife, or the actual action of dancing in public. All of this can be heavily impacted by anything from tradition to opening hours, decibels or local alcohol consumption laws.

I will always remember playing at the Guggenheim House in Kobe, Japan to a crowd who took their shoes off when getting in and were dancing in their socks. Or playing a seven hour set in a squatted former army barrack in Ljubljana, Slovenia where the sound was so loud I was wearing earplugs while DJing and still got buzzes in my ears for 48 hours after. Or playing a club set at 7pm in Yangon, Myanmar because of the strict 11pm curfew policy.

And of course there was my debut at Fusion Festival this summer where I went being sick to death (from that stay in Myanmar actually) and my doctor told me to go make some more tests at the hospital and instead I went to Fusion, because, I mean.. Fusion, right? But I ended up in my tent laying in a foetal position up until 30 minutes before my set, not thinking I would be able to make it, my legs not holding me, my head dizzy, my entire body aching, feverish, nauseous, and then.. 15 minutes after I started playing the magic happened and I was so entranced by what was going on in that moment with this wonderful crowd and incredibly warm and intimate feeling that it was like the adrenaline took over and I ended up playing over time to a screaming crowd completely forgetting my body and dancing and jumping all around in what was probably my best set this year. Then it was over, I floated for a moment in excitement and happiness of what had just happened and then passed out.

You’ve also played in some of our favourite venues, from your residency at Wilde Renate to Tresor and KitKat Club, what has been the highlight of your career thus far?

You’ve just mentioned them right there! Being able to bring my project QUER to Wilde Renate is something that means a lot to me. It’s an incredible amount of work and energy and, let’s be honest, stress, but it feels so fulfilling to be able to participate at my own level in the progress of the scene and society as an interconnected web of humans trying to be happy. QUER is about bringing people together, in the lineups and in the crowd, booking half female, half male / half queer, half straight artists in my line up, reclaiming space for queer people to feel safe, educating the straight-identified crowd in more respectful, less invasive behaviour, pushing females artists to the frontline… All of this through music and dance. I feel really grateful I get to do this, and also, somehow, some responsibilities. Change starts with yourself, you know?

Then if course playing at Tresor was a big turning point because I think it made people realise I was also a legit techno DJ when before that gig, I was mainly booked for house music (which I love!) but I need both in my life!

And then there’s Gegen, at KitKat. I could write a 12 page long essay on what that queer fetish party represents to me! This moment goes beyond partying and clubbing, and even beyond music. It’s a place where people are free to be themselves and even beyond, a place where people feel free to have fun with their identity and push their personal boundaries while feeling at the same time, safe, supported and empowered. It’s the most heartwarming and loving crowd I play for, with people coming to hug me during and after my sets, it’s a place where strangers feel like family. I have had the honour to play three times for Gegen in the past couple of years and each and every time it has been an incredible moment of sharing and connecting with creatures and participating in making them go from vulnerable to fierce.

You’ve lived in Paris, Montreal and now Berlin. How do you think each of those different places have influenced you as an artist?

Each of those places has shaped the wide spectrum of music I love and play. I started DJing when Paris was going through a very interesting time, the second wave French touch, when after all the super-big filtered house successes hit the charts, everyone realised French people actually didn’t suck! And we could do exciting things and a million record labels popped up representing and supporting the bloom of a (then more subtle) new house sound which obviously influenced my debuts, and then came electro-clash, electro rock which was big in Paris. Montreal  brought me my love for Caribbean, booty, baile funk, bass, afro hiphop as well as post rock and post punk. And then Berlin.. one again I could write a love letter, I’ll just say : Techno.

You released an incredible amount of music early this year! What has the second half of your year looked like?

The second half of the year was about touring a lot and working on my new tracks whenever I had a moment, whether it was in an eight hour layover in airport or going to the studio whenever I could stay 48 hours in Berlin. So… expect more and more releases in the next month! Starting with my new solo EP called Rosée on the Argentinian label Ninefont and a remix for Doc Sleep both coming out this winter, then my first vinyl release (yay!) on Bottom Forty this spring. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg!

If you had a time machine and could go dancing anywhere/when, where would you go?

I’m happy with today. I think nostalgia can be a dangerous thing, tainting the present with greyness while keeping yourself from moving forward to turn your present into a flamboyant future.

Track to rescue a waning dance floor?

Mark Henning – Exit Acid

Can you give us a hint of what you have in store for Femmme Fraiche?

Well, it will depends what I feel the crowd needs! My aim is to play something in between what people need and what people didn’t know they needed. To be able to have one foot in the familiar in order to make them feel comfortable and ease them into losing themselves into the dance and one foot outside of their comfort zone in order to surprise them and give them more that what they expected. But I’m definitely feeling in a ghetto-house and upbeat tech-house mood so get ready for some clap-heavy music!

Catch La Fraicheur at Femmme Fraiche on Saturday 12 November from 9pm-3am at Dalston Superstore!