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Hifi Sean In NYC

By Hifi Sean

Many Glaswegians like myself have a big thing for NYC. I grew up, along with many of my friends, influenced by the sound of the bands that came from there like The Velvet Underground, The Ramones, Blondie, Suicide, and Talking Heads. So during the early ‘90s I basically spent most of my time in USA after the success we had with The Soup Dragons over there.

DIVINE

That success includes the top 20 hit single Divine Thing, which yes, for the record was influenced by John Waters and his movies, in fact we even spoke to John back then about shooting a video for the follow up Pleasure, which we were all excited about, but Serial Mom had just been released and really took off, so sadly he had to put it on the back burner and time was against us. That is still my biggest regret that it slipped away. So instead off we went to a ‘50s trashy hotel called Madonna Inn just north of San Francisco, in good ole Russ Meyer fashion.

Most of this period was spent with me living on and off in New York, East Village to be exact. It was crazy and hedonistic times, I saw and experienced things that have influenced me and still cherish many of the memories and the people I met there and then.

Limelight, Disco 2000, Sound Factory, Club USA, The Roxy, Save The Robots, Jacqui 60’s, they were all clubs I frequented. I wasn’t even gay then, but let’s just say the groundwork had been laid out in front of me for my coming out in 2001!

SOUND FACTORY PUNCH

I loved the freedom and the outrageous fun attitude, in fact first time I ever went to Sound Factory I was ushered into a room and offered some punch from the infamous punch bowl laced with E! The next 6-8 hours was a musical journey via Junior Vasquez, which introduced me to something that opened up my mind to new exciting avenues of sound and beats… which still to this day is imbedded in my psyche.

I was in The Roxy when the DJ (I can’t remember who) played the first ever play of Vogue by Madonna, and people stood in awe as he announced it over the system and they cheered as it played. That’s something I have never heard or seen in a club ever again.

CLUB KIDS

Also happening at the same time was the whole ‘Club Kids’ phenomena. It was interesting to watch it grow as we had just left a rave-tastic UK 89/90 and here we were in NYC 90/91 and watching the same chaos and freedom happening there but primarily focused on the gay scene, which took that vibe deep to heart. I actually met Michael Alig and supposedly I met Angel too (as he was host for many of his parties). I hung around a lot of drag queens too as my closest friend at the time Lavinia Co-Op used to take me to clubs; many a time I found myself pushing a huge balloon dress into and out of NYC cabs as we headed out into nightlife. Lavinia is on the cover of the last Soups album dressed as a poodle walked by a Wall St gentleman banker…. as you do. 

Soup Dragons - Hydrophonic

BUFFALO GALS GO ROUND THE OUTSIDE

Everywhere in NYC you saw the influence of club land coming out onto the streets through fashion and attitude which to be honest NYC has always been about. When we made the video for Divine Thing with director Nick Egan, who I got on-board as I loved his video for Buffalo Gals by Malcolm McLaren (another homage to NYC) and we went round the city’s clubland and got some of the club kids and party people to appear in a kind of homage to downtown NYC. We shot it in a disused warehouse in the Meat Packing district overnight, watching trans* hookers on corners pick up truckers delivering the meat to the stores that morning.

It’s funny, as I write this out now, I think to myself, wow how gay was I for a straight boy?! I just loved it all, the chaos, the hedonism; put it this way I wasn’t singing “I’m free to do what I want” on every bloody radio in the USA for nothing… 

Don’t be afraid of your freedom… indeed.

Little did we know how that video was about to explode, MTV went crazy for it and it was the most played video of that year on that channel and ended up being nominated for a MTV Video Award. 

Crazy thing is, I was told afterwards how ground-breaking it was, as people like Connie Girl were the first drag artists to be given daytime rotation on T.V in the USA which, back in early 90’s, was nowhere near as open minded as it is now. Funny that it was shot like Nick shot Buffalo Gals, totally about the streets, the nightlife, guerilla style and all just edited together afterwards, nothing pre-fashioned or contrived, just honest to good love of life at that period, and to me it captures a perfect moment of what NYC was all about then. 

UP YOURS

So what has this got to do with Up Yours you’re asking?

Well myself and Severino have a big mutual love for NYC, we’ve both DJ’ed there a lot over the years and our last two singles London and Devil were released on the great underground house label Get Up Recordings that’s ran by DJs Christy Love and W. Jeremy Pelser from House of Stank, who’ve ran many a great party in the big apple. 

Not to mention, our video for London is a homage to everything cool about London/NYC. Yes the city has changed and cleaned up a lot over the years. Yes a lot of the big parties closed down due to the crystal meth epidemic within the gay scene and people just staying home at sex parties rather than heading out to cruise and have a dance.

But in the last four to five years lots of great thing are happening again and a whole new underground of great artists, DJs and parties are bubbling away and NYC has got that great buzz again that everyone thought it had lost… but we knew it would get back again.

Join Hifi Sean and Severino for Up Yours this Saturday 31st May at Dalston Superstore from 9pm – 3am.

Up Yours!

Up Yours, the cheekily named side project from Horse Meat Disco’s Severino and HiFi Sean makes it way from the record to the club as they launch it as a brand new night at Dalston Superstore this weekend! They’ll go head to head in the newly refurbished basement, showcasing their combined passion for all things H.O.U.S.E. whilst upstairs special guests Feral is Kinky and The Lovely Jonjo (Hot Boy Dancing Spot) will be ramping up the party vibes!

Ahead of Saturday’s Superstore soiree, we asked HiFi Sean and Sev to interview each other! 

SEV asks HIFI SEAN…

Sev: When did you start DJing after your indie band experience?

Sean: I’ve kinda always dabbled in DJing even throughout The Soup Dragons; The High Fidelity days with little slots here and there but it was Record Playerz, a club I ran with Alan Miller (DJ Hush Puppy) back in 2000 for 6-7 year,s that I really got lost in beats and mixing skills.

Are you missing been in a band?

Sometimes I do, but I think that man inside and the creativity within will never leave me, and DJing fulfils that, but as you know we make records as Up Yours and I make my own too and that completely satisfies the artistic need within myself. 

Why “Up Yours?”

Because its a loaded phrase!

Are you making music apart from the Up Yours project?

Oh yeah, I’m doing a series of Hifi Sean ‘featuring’ another artist which will all start being released in 2013. So far I have recorded in Chicago with Celeda, and NYC with Fred Schneider from The B-52s, and I’ve got more planned too.

Plus I have ALWAYS promised that second Omnichord album by The High Fidelity 

Only 13 years between them but hey… been busy !

Are you looking forward to our Dalston Superstore gig?

Love that venue, so much natural and eclectic energy. Proper underground clubbing. Up Yours is gonna make that basement SWEAT.

HIFI SEAN asks SEV…

Sean: How long have you DJ’d for and how long have you lived in London?

Sev: I started DJing in my local disco club in Italy when I was 16 years old but I guess I wanted to be a DJ when I was 7…And I moved to London in 1997.

If you were to live anywhere else where would it be ?

OMG soo many places… NYC for the energy and similarity with London… Lisbon and Rome are both beautiful…Venice is my fave but maybe when I’ll be 60 ahahah! Paris too, and IBIZA as well. 

What for you makes the perfect house record ?

For me, it’s mainly the groove. It has to be something very sexy, and of course melody as well.

Dalston Superstore we both love , what makes it different from the other venues you /we play ?

Sexy basement with a fun DJ booth and great crowd. It’s super easy and very well mixed.

I’m in NYC at moment and it’s the weekend… Where should I go tonight ?

OMG my second home for nightlife. Definitely Vandam on Sunday. 11-11 on Friday. And Output in Brooklyn for the sound system and the experience of a big club.

New single The Devil EP is out now.

Join Severino and HiFi Sean at Up Yours this Saturday 2nd November at Dalston Superstore from 9pm – 3am.

Gay Bars!

By Niall Connolly

Oh, the good ole gay bar! Love them or hate them, gay bars have been an integral part of LGBTQ social life since the beginning of time. Not always just a space for cruising and dancing, the gay bar/gay club has also been a vital tool for queers to define themselves and the kind of people we wish to be, the kinds of people we wish to interact with (for better and for worse) and, ultimately, the kind of lives we wish to lead, away from harassment and hetero-normative judgement. 

Gay bars have also acted as a reflection of society’s acceptance, or lack of acceptance, of LGBTQ people, and our own increasing visibility in mainstream society. From New York’s Stonewall Inn (site of the Stonewall riots in 1969, the event which kicked the modern gay rights movement into existence) to Manchester’s Manito (the first bar in the city’s gay village to feature see through glass in the windows, ending the traditional stigma and shame of being seen in a gay bar) to London’s Admiral Duncan pub (which was horrifically nail bombed in 1999 to huge public outrage), it seems as though all of gay life could be traced through our pub and club spaces, and our interaction with, and within, them. 

Although not always positive – very picky door policies have led to claims of exclusion and division among queer communities – gay bars and clubs are hugely important to this culture. As it was recently the anniversary of the Stonewall riots, we thought it was high time we celebrated the humble gay bar, so we’ve asked five of our favourite queer dance acts and DJs from around Europe to name their favourite gay bars for us. This isn’t a definitive guide however, consider it some insider tips for homos, don’t-knows, anything-goes and friends/allies to brighten up your next continental jaunt. 

DANIEL WANG (Berlin) 

Daniel Wang

Founder of Balihu Records and internationally renowned disco DJ, Danny Wang may be an American citizen with close ties to SF and NY,  but he moved to Berlin some years ago, and I couldn’t think of a better guide to gay bars the German capital has to offer. Here are his top three:   

FICKEN 3000 
Ficken 3000 is the ultimate trash/darkroom neighbourhood bar, which is situated near Hermannplatz. Events-wise, Tuesdays hosts DJ Alternegro, while Sundays is reserved for the sleazy Pork party. It could just as well be in Florida: it’s covered in mylar, there’s a ton of kitsch on the walls, a real go-go dance pole and a full bed in the basement. And, of course, some funny people too.

LAB.ORATORY 
Lab.Oratory is technically also Europe’s biggest sex club, but on Fridays, with its 2-for-1 special, it’s primarily a bar. Albeit a bar with endless cross-continental cruising, and real-life porno happening every minute in every corner! 

GROSSE FREIHEIT 
This one is a bit off the beaten path, but it’s worth getting to if you can find it, because it’s really cute and also quite sleazy!  It has a sailor theme, so going there is almost like a mini-detour to Hamburg. And the darkrooms can be quite relaxing… 

SILVIA PRADA (Barcelona)

Silvia Prada

Although primarily known as a visual artist, and a very good one at that, Silvia Prada is also DJ now based in New York. Known for her Who’s The Boss parties in Barcelona and for spinning at illustrious NY clubs like Le Bain and Monster, she also runs the Wonderland Projects agency. Ahead of her set at Dalston Superstore for B(e)ast this Saturday we asked her to tell us the best places for gay social life in her former home of Barcelona: 

LA PENULTIMA
One of my favourite bars is La Penultima. It is a very cute, small place in the Raval neighbourhood. It really is a unique and special place where you find all kind of crowds, made up of boys AND girls (though mostly boys!). While there is no real dancefloor, it is an intimate and fun space, with music being played by local DJs and their friends. The cutest boys in town are at La Penultima! 

SATANASA (R.I.P.) 
There WERE a lot of significant and legendary gay bars in Barcelona, but unfortunately, they have all disappeared already. My favourite was one called Satanasa. If you wanted something you could call “underground”, that was the place. It was really buzzing in the ’80s and ’90s, all the bartenders were drag queens. Ah, that was a splendorous era for the drags! 

KIDDY SMILE (Paris) 

Kiddy Smile

Upcoming legend on the Parisian dance and electronica scene, Kiddy Smile makes the kind of sensual house music that fans of Azari & III, Disclosure and Hard Ton will cream their jeans for. Recently responsible for the excellent, old-school-but-fresh single/video Worthy Of Your Love, I tracked Mr Smile down to find out what bars were worthy of his love…

LES SOUFFLEURS
Les Souffleurs is owned by a transgender man who always welcomes you with a lovely smile! It’s a bit small and hard to find but it’s worth the pain of getting there. Drinks are cheap, and there are a lot of freaks hanging out there, along with a lot of English-speaking people. As well as all that, the basement hosts the raciest party in Paris!

RAIDD BAR 
If you are feeling horny and up for drinking, this is the spot. But you better like twinks and gym queens, otherwise you can just sip your drink listening to disco or pop music, while watching hot dancers performing a “shower dance”.

BONUS: CHE SHEN… cos gays gotta eat!
This place does the best Asian food in Paris for me! Do not be afraid if they are a little harsh, because the food is amazing and cheap. If you come to Paris you CANNOT leave without having their pork dumplings!

HARD TON (Rome / Florence / Bologna) 

Hard Ton

And speaking of… The bastard love child of Leigh Bowery and Sylvester (midwifed by Marshall Jefferson), Hard Ton is quite simply fabulous, and one of my favourite acts right now. Although hailing from different parts of Italy, Hard Ton (the band) were able to share with us their favourite queer spots from three of Italy’s major cities; Rome, Florence and Bologna: 

CRISCO (Florence) 
Small, dirty, smokey and always packed, Crisco is located in the very centre of Florence. The Saturday night parties are pure fun, and especially during Pitti Uomo, they can turn into total chaos. And if you need a break and some fresh air, you can always take a walk through Florence by night.

LA ROBOTERIE (Rome / Florence / Bologna) 
After originally starting as a queer techno party in Rome, La Roboterie has spread all over Italy. The crowd is mixed, cool people without an attitude, and they often have international guests playing jacking house and techno.

CASSERO (Bologna)  
Located in a XVIII bricks building that looks like an old castle, Cassero is the headquarter of the main Italian LGBTQ association. Their monthly bear party is huge, and their art festival, Gender Bender, which takes place at the end of October, is always full of interesting events.

FERAL is KINKY (London)

FERAL is KINKY

I Am Feral AKA MC Kinky AKA Caron Geary to her mum, is just little bit of a legend, and an un-heralded national treasure whose prolific output spans all the way back to the late ’80s acid house-era, with classics like Everything begins With An E. Ahead of her live PA here at Dalston Superstore next weekend for Bust Yo Nut, we couldn’t think of a better person to give us the low down on the best gay spots in ole London town: 

George and Dragon 
The George and Drag is at the start of Hackney Road, and has been running for years. It was one of the first places in the area that provided a more alternative vibe. It’s got a warm atmosphere, and the gorgeous landlord and performance artist Richardette let me have a party after the 1st year of my degree. I ended up dancing on the small tables with a large broom, that I think caught alight. I blamed it all on the special cut price cocktails Richardette knocked up for us… The pub gets ridiculously packed, people pour out onto the street outside and different DJs play retro and alternative sounds most nights of the week. It’s unpretentious and friendly with lots of regulars, some of whom have almost morphed into the stools in the corner, but that’s part of the charm. Depending on what the night is, you can sit down and chat or dance all night. You’ll find a mixture of art and fashion and east London types. The interior is old British pub with a twist and the walls are covered in kitsch paintings camp objects and they also have art exhibitions in the toilet. There’s a particularly good vibe in the summer and it’s a good place to start the night or stay until closing time and move on to whatever else might be happening close by.

Vogue Fabrics 
Run by the enigmatic Maori princess AKA Chief Witch and Mayoress of Dalston: Lyall. This bar/club performance space started life as a “Death Trap Disco” with parties rockin’ through ’til at least the next morning on most occasions. This subterranean lair still retains the feeling of a den of inequity and is now fully legal and even has a smoking area. The cute bar serves beers, spirits at reasonable prices and never shies away staging performances from more art based, less commercial and way more exciting radical performers, without losing the full on party vibe. The crowd varies depending on what nights are on, ranging from boys to girls to mixed to fashion to trans* and everything in-between. I’ve spent many a hot sweaty night below stairs and last month saw a fab show from Christeene here.

CHRISTEENE “Big Shot” from PJ Raval on Vimeo.

To read more from Niall visit his blog: c-v-n-t-y.blogspot.co.uk

FIFI

Miguel Dare takes over the top bar tonight for Truth Or Dare. With a live PA from the legendary Feral Is Kinky and DJ sets from Rowdy Superstar, Mark-Ashley Dupé and Joanna aka FIFI it’s a perfect match with downstairs Ubermax party with Greg Brockmann. We spoke to FIFI ahead of Truth Or Dare to quiz her about her thoughts on the crossover between fashion and DJing…

How does your classical piano training translate into your current DJing style?

The impact of my classical piano training on my current DJing style is mainly technical. Piano playing develops hearing awareness. When you play piano, you train your ear to hear pitches and tones in relation to one another and  you learn to understand the rhythm and how music is put together. When I decided to learn how to DJ it came easily as I already knew all the technical aspects , it was just a matter of getting familiar with the equipment and type of music I want to play.

Vinyl or digital?

I learned how to DJ on vinyl. I loved the fact that you can feel the bit under your fingers. Unfortunately most of the clubs where I play don’t have vinyl decks anymore. I had to adapt and switch to CDs, which on the other hand  gives me easier and wider access to the tracks that I want to play, as the majority of music is available online.

How much music crossover do you get with your day job in fashion?

A lot! On a daily basis. Music and fashion are  inseparable, both celebrate and encourage creativity and the expression of the self. Most musicians consider their fashion style as important as their musical credibility. They manifest the personality of their music into what they wear, and how they wear it. In my fashion job I was lucky to come across some of the brightest stars of the decade like Madonna, Rihanna, Beyonce, Kanye West, Mykki Blanco and many more.

The other obvious manifestation of the collaborative spirit with music in my fashion job is catwalk shows and fashion films. The perfect song has the power to convey the aesthetic of a designer’s work in ways which presenting the collection on its own cannot.

What’s your favourite track to end the night or your set on?

Pendulum – Tarantula. It works for every crowd. It’s hype; people love it, know it and go crazy when its on. It’s classic and it’s never failed me!

Join Joanna aka FIFI for a game of Truth Or Dare tonight, Friday 1st March at Dalston Superstore from 9pm – 4am.

Summer Rites

We’ve very pleased to be joining our friends Gutterslut, East Bloc, Vogue Fabrics and more at this year’s Summer Rites festival! Taking place in Shoreditch park on Sunday 2nd September, the main stage features the talents and delights of Jonny Woo’s Gay Bingo, Bright Light Bright Light, Feral Is Kinky, Mutya and…. BOY GEORGE! 

Rest assured that even though we’ll be nursing our hangovers from Paris’ Acid Ball here at Superstore the night before, we’ll be out in full force hosting a kick-ass, pumpin’ tent with some of our favourite DJs playing all day, including the incredible KIM ANN FOXMAN!!

Joining her will be Grizzle (John Sizzle and A Man To Pet) DJ Squeaky, Rokk, Mikki Most, Dan Beaumont, The Lovely Jonjo Hannah Holland and Severino.

Summer Rites logo

Tickets are £25 from the Summer Rites website or come into Superstore and pick up one of our discounted tickets at £15 each from behind the bar!

For more information be a fan of Summer Rites on Facebook.

A Little Summer Of Love

These amazing pictures come courtesy of our friend Dave Swindells who’ll be presenting a sample of his fascinating photography this weekend at visual art exhibition A Little Summer Of Love. Celebrating the early years of acid house, the exhibition will also feature the graphic art of Dave Little, a private screening of Gordon Mason’s acclaimed documentary film ‘They Call It Acid’, a live performance of the first British acid house tune, ‘Voodoo Ray’ by A Guy Called Gerald feat. Diane Charlemagne and DJs including Paris’ Acid Ball residents Hannah Holland and Dan Beaumont.

Being the kind sir he is, Mr Swindells has sent us a selection of his snaps from London and Ibiza in their acid house heydays with pictures of Danny Rampling at Shoom, Feral Is Kinky in Ibiza, crazy Boys Own parties and more plus explanations of each one in his own words…

TOP IMAGEAmnesia, 1989

To me this photo seems like it could almost have been taken last week at a party in Dalston. The fashions have changed somewhat, but not by much! This was 7am on the main dance floor at Amnesia on the opening night of the season in June 1989, when Boy George was invited to celebrate his birthday and host the club. Although it was taken in 1989 I’m putting it first it as was clubs like Amnesia which inspired Balearic beats and helped kick-start the Summer of Love in 1988. 

The Duchess of Norwood and friends in Ibiza, 1989

The Duchess of Norwood and friends in Ibiza, 1989

The Duchess of Norwood wasn’t her real name (natch) but she did make good friends with the local boyz. Ibiza had a properly polysexual scene long before London, and it was already a major gay holiday destination in the ’80s.

Danny Rampling at Shoom, 1988

Danny Rampling at Shoom, 1988

At Shoom Danny and Jenni Rampling created a small, friendly, New Age-y and intense underground club where Danny mixed Balearic beats and acid house and everyone went a little bonkers. Anton Le Pirate (top right) and Frankie Foncett (blue top) are in this photo, which was taken in the tiny Fitness Centre in Southwark. There were grumbles about the tight door policy, but Shoom was very significant because it was the underground club that DJs, club promoters and the media knew about (even if most of the media couldn’t get in). Just around the corner was RIP in Clink Street, but that’s a whole other story* – and they didn’t allow any photos to be taken. 

* The story is told in the liner notes to a new CD, ‘Richard Sen presents This Ain’t Chicago, the underground sound of UK house and acid 1987-1991’, which is released by Strut Records on June 25.  

The Future, 1988

The Future, 1988

This was taken at Paul Oakenfold’s night, The Future, for a feature on acid house and Balearic beats in i-D magazine. The clubbers there, including DJs Lisa Loud and Nancy Noise, had all been to Ibiza the previous summer, so we photographed the way they dressed and danced, because moves like the ‘shelf stacker’ were strange to people who’d grown up dancing with their feet rather than their arms.

A typical group of London clubbers in Ibiza…

A typical group of London clubbers in Ibiza…

Yeah, right. MC Kinky (aka FeralisKinky), Boy George, Fat Tony and Louise Prey photographed in Ku (now Privilege). It’s a night that we remember for the massive electrical storm (lots of the British chose to dance in the rain) and because the orgasmic ‘French Kiss’ by Lil Louis was played three times. When we left the open-topped jeeps in the car park looked like baths: full of water.     

Spectrum at Heaven, 1988

Spectrum at Heaven, 1988

Spectrum was a Monday night phenomenon at Heaven in 1988-89 where Paul Oakenfold was the main DJ. After a very quiet start it snowballed and used to draw clubbers from across the country – club folklore suggests that Spectrum inspired the name of the band Happy Mondays. This was taken one night in July 1988 when the air conditioning failed. No wonder the dancers were sweating. 

Gyroscope, acid house party in Deptford, 1988

Gyroscope, acid house party in Deptford, 1988

In 1989 and 1990 every rave had to have lasers and a bouncy castle (and they’d definitely get a shout out on the flyers too), but in 1988 the novelty was a gyroscope. Logic didn’t come into it: Hey, I’m feeling high/drunk/wasted, why don’t I throw my body everywhichway possible on a gyroscope while the strobe light blinds and disorientates me! Yay! 

Time Out meets Spectrum in Jubilee Gardens

Time Out meets Spectrum in Jubilee Gardens

Time Out was offered the chance to help programme a festival in a big top in Jubilee Gardens. Spectrum was at Heaven on Monday nights, so we teamed up with them and on June 6th 1988 acid house (and Balearic beats) were blaring out across the Thames towards Big Ben. 

Trip at the Astoria, 1988

Trip at the Astoria, 1988

It’s hilarious that the first club to bring acid house to the West End weekend was called Trip. Nicky Holloway’s Trip, with Pete Tong as a resident DJ, opened in June 1988 and was mobbed. Darren Rock (of Rocky & Diesel) is wearing the blue top while most of the dancers are wearing Trip t-shorts because the promoter saw me taking the shot from the DJ box and made me wait five minutes while he handed them out. 

Café Del Mar, Ibiza 1989

Café Del Mar, Ibiza 1989

‘Peril of Drug Isle Kids!’ warned The Sun. They weren’t wrong. Those kids are still in peril but these days it’s more likely to be the drinks and admission prices on The White Isle that will give them a heart attack.  I was out in Ibiza with journalist Alix Sharkey for 20/20 Magazine, so the fact that The Sun made Ibiza front-page news while we were there was lucky for us.

Boys Own Party, 1989

Boys Own Party, 1989 

1989 was the summer of orbital parties (parties at locations off the M25, hence orbital and hence Orbital, the band) but the Boy’s Own event, in a beautiful valley overlooking a reservoir near East Grinstead, was not a mega-rave to scare the tabloid writers, but a brilliant night of top tunes and larks. Why were these two climbing a ladder to nowhere? I guess it seemed like a good idea at the time…

The launch party of A Little Summer Of Love will be held this Saturday 30th June from 7pm – 2:30am at Westbourne Studios, W10 5JJ, with A Guy Called Gerald, Noel Watson, Kid Batchelor, Richard Sen and our very own Paris’ Acid Ball residents Dan Beaumont and Hannah Holland.

Feral Is Kinky

UK ragga legend Feral aka MC Kinky brightens up the lazer basement tomorrow night with her unique stylings and moombahton sounds alongside the gorgeous DJ and stylist Nova Dando at Liz Bisoux’s night Blonde. With upstairs promising Hitchcock-themed tranny bar-top cabaret courtesy of Grizzle it’s sure to be a full-on crazy evening.

Feral, as MC Kinky, lead the E-Zee Possee who were responsible for ’90s rave anthem ‘Everything Starts With An E‘which was subsequently banned by the BBC for its controversial lyrics. Since then, she has appeared on numerous TV shows, performed at many festivals and, most importantly, graced our fair doors. 

She laid down this hot mix recently and was kind enough to share it with us and chat festivals, ’90s TV show appearances and exciting international projects…

Hi Feral. Please tell us a bit about the moombaton scene here in east London and how you’re involved in it!

I’ve been into moombahton since summer 2010. I really liked a remix by Munchi from Rotterdam and he liked my vocals so he sent me a demo to collaborate on that eventually became my 1st solo moombahton track “#Tweet” and is getting a  proper release early this summer. He got really ill, so the original project didn’t quite happen, but since then I’ve MC’d over his set at Valtifest and he’s sending me a new banger to collaborate on after we both get back from Miami. I’ll be playing at his release party on the 20th April at Hidden in Vauxhall; its a good line up, so if people want to hear that and other global bass sounds that night will be a good one to go to.

I live in Kilburn, so North Weezey’s my area; the East connection has come via Liz Bisoux who plays that genre amongst others. She’s the resident at Blonde and is always well ahead of the game. She was the first one to put on a moombahton night at Dalston Superstore and books me to play moombahton and global bass sets and to MC in the dutty basement.

Club Popozuda, run by Sean Casey (The Bumps) and James Hurrell, has moved to Floripa, near Old Street and I just  DJ’d a moombahton set for their benefit last week to raise money for the indigenous tribes of Brazil. Ms Bisoux is getting Bumps down to Blonde quite soon, he mashes it up nicely. 

You played at Lovebox last year… do you have any summer festival plans this year?

I was really lucky to play the main stage last year and the year before at Lovebox thanks to James Bailey and also Glastonbury for the fabulous NYC Downlow. This year I’m playing at the Winter Music Conference and Ultra Festival in Miami with a few of the stateside boys and then Luna Lupa festival again in Brazil, and also the Netherlands. On May 12th I’m playing with Punx Sound Check at The Playground event With A-Trak, Dillon Francis and Porter Robinson at the Coronet. It’s gonna be a really good one.

FERAL aKa MC KINKY / LOVEBOX 2011 from osborne+bisoux on Vimeo.

There’s a great video of you performing on cult TV show The Word. You look fit. How did that come about and what was it like to do?

HAHAHA! (laughs then blushes) Thank you, (laughs some more) HAHAHA! I had a few club and chart hits back then, so they asked me to  perform on the show. Whitney Houston was there that day too. It was live, so a bit stressy. I played with the band and dancers, but it’s always really good fun too. Terry Christian told me after he knew not to say anything shady about me, like he usually did about guests before they went on! Too right! A live mic is a very powerful and deadly weapon in the right hands!

MC Kinky – Get Over It (Live on The Word on Channel Four)

You’re playing at Blonde this Friday! Have you got anything exciting planned for your set or any special surprises for the lazer basement?

Yes I have, Nova Dando and I are gonna rock the arse out of the basement. Liz and I rocked it last time, and the crowd were really into the music we dropped. I’m looking forward to playing with Nova and getting on the mic.

We hear on the grapevine you’ve got lots of exciting (maybe international?) new projects happening at the moment. Can you tell us all about them please?

That tall, entangled vine! The list seems to be growing. I’m working with quite a few different people outside of my solo projects at the moment. I’ve got a really good engineer who I like working with at Saint Reatham Studios in South London, called James Hurr. Were starting a new side project together, then there’s Bumps, Geek Boy & Rebel Sonix, Punx Sound Check, Jake Twell & Jam Rock in the UK. There’s several European, Stateside and Canadian guys I’m working with, but I’ve just finished tracks for ETC!ETC! (LA) Sazon Booya (NYC) and Pickster & Melo (AZ). The other tracks are getting finished when I get back from a break I’m taking after Miami, then it’s studio, video and rehearsal time!

FERAL is KINKY plays the basement with Nova Dando for Blonde as Grizzle takes over the upstairs bar with Hitchcock-themed cabaret this Friday 2nd March from 9pm – 3am.