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Kiwi and Nina Nana

By Florian Dovillez


Our favourite happy-go-lucky homodisco Homodrop returns to Superstore this Saturday with a special appearance from London based DJ, producer and genre-defying wunderkind Kiwi (Disco HalalFuture Boogie)! Joining him is the queen of the queer scene in Geneva, Nina Nana who is known for DJ sets which branch into the world of drag performance and span disco, italo, boogie and beyond! We caught up with them to get a forecast of what to expect at Homodrop!

Describe in one image your vision of the party.

Kiwi:
Divine, Grace, Jones, and friends (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)

 
Nina Nana: 

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Describe with one track your vision of party.

Kiwi: This one’s much harder, because i can’t think of a track that really sums up everything a party can be. But this ones been doing the business recently, pitched own of course.

Nina Nana: 

 

Queen or queer?

Kiwi: Queen

Nina Nana: Queen of queer!

Are they any exciting future projects for you that you can share with us?

Kiwi: So many! Releasing tonnes of music this year, on some of my favourite labels including Life and Death, Disco Halal and Futureboogie, plus this one which is out soon and has a Tuff City Kids remix, and then I’m just finalising plans to launch my own label next year.

Nina Nana: This! 

What can we expect from your DJ set for Homodrop?

Kiwi: A good dose of fun, and the unexpected 😉

Nina Nana: Drag LOOKS! 


Catch Kiwi and Nina Nana at Homodrop this Saturday 2 September from 9pm-4am at Dalston Superstore! 

 

Last Waltz

Newcastle-based trio Last Waltz join us for another ReviveHER next week playing in the upstairs bar. With an upcoming release on Bristol label Futureboogie, previous outings on Andy Blake’s vinyl-only label World Unknown, and their own label Object Of Distraction and running successful underground dance party Dada; these boys are on the up. Comprised of Geoff Leopard, Mick Rolfe and El.Dee (Lee); they’re not only musicians, DJs and promoters but also staunch advocators of the North East. We caught up with them to find out more… 

How did the three of you meet?

Lee: Brought together by mutual hatred.

Mick: Newcastle’s more underground music scene is relatively small and pretty much centered around a handful of places so you tend to see a lot of the same faces regularly and everyone’s a mate of at least one of your mate.

I’d often see Lee DJing or just out and about and we’d generally give each other a nod. It wasn’t long until we were introduced properly and that was that really…  Geoff just seemed to appear one day! I remember seeing him one Sunday in one of our regular haunts with a few lads I know… They clearly hadn’t been to bed yet and I must have been feeling a little worse for wear and remember taking exception to the mouthy berk at the next table… Fast forward a few weeks and the mouthy berk became a mouthy berk mate! 

Via randomly DJing together over the next few years and by having various mutual friends the three of us gradually ended up putting nights on together… It was quite a natural progression that just seemed to happen rather than having any big game plan (we’ve still not learned our lesson!)

Geoff: We all ended playing as the residents of the same night around about 5 years ago and from enjoying playing together, to winding up at the same after-parties, we just kind of bonded and became close friends. Although I’d still say some of the mutual hatred still lingers.

What’s the weirdest derelict venue in Newcastle you ever had your party Dada in?

Lee: The Jazz Cafe hands down for me, not just for the way it looks and feels but for the crazy, genius who owns/runs the place…. He’s called Keith and he’s a lovely, miserable, old bugger who’s been on Newcastle’s alternative/jazz/ club scene since year dot. He’s always at every party we’ve put on there and makes a point of telling us how shit our music is, he adds something extra to the party just by being at this, truly, bizarre venue.

Geoff: The Jazz Cafe is mad; it looks like the set from Allo Allo and had a giant pagoda in the middle with bunting from the coronation and a neon sign saying “Lola’s Bar”. The Old Music Hall is definitely the most breathtaking though. The combination of the huge vaulted Victorian ceilings, along with the fact it’s entirely derelict, make you feel like you’re partying in the remains of some bombed out building during the Blitz.

Mick: They’ve all had their own level of weirdness and are all completely different to each other and to anywhere else, but I reckon we’d probably all agree that the Jazz Cafe is certainly the most surreal… 

In terms of layout and just completely looking the part though, the Music Hall is just fucking perfect!

Why did you decide to make your label, Object Of Distraction, a vinyl only project?

Lee: I love vinyl and I’m shit with new technology.

Geoff: Mick and Lee play vinyl exclusively, so it always had to be a vinyl label. For me, although I play digital music on CD, I still feel as though the lack of any physical media is robbing music of having any real tangible existence. The record has gone from being a necessity to all DJs, to becoming a fetish item for an ever reducing few DJs.

We thought that making Object Of Distraction vinyl-only would go a small way to redressing the balance. While I’m certain that it won’t really help the exposure of the records in the long term, at least we know that for the most part the people who have our records have taken the time to find them, listen to them, and then purchase them. It’s nice to know your music is going to the right people I guess.

Is this how you came to release on fellow vinyl only label World Unknown?

Geoff: Actually no. We’re all big fans of [World Unknown co-founder] Andy Blake from way back when and we love the stuff him and Joe Hart have been doing with WU. A mutual friend of ours, a nutcase called Craig Borthwick, put us in touch regarding something else and at the time we had a track we really thought fit their sound. After we sent it we found out that they had already made plans to release a track by our friend Emil Strunz, who is a regular at Dada. It was just one of those right time right place things and they signed our track.

Has all this vinyl releasing led to you preferring to play out on vinyl?

Lee: Always.

Geoff: Like I say, Mick and Lee have and always will be exclusively vinyl. I, on the other hand, play mostly off CD’s now, but that’s allowed me to spend more money on records I want for my collection, rather than spending all my money on lots of releases I may only play once.

We have decided however that we wont release on a label that wont press our tunes to wax. We’ve released one digital only remix to date, on a brilliant local label called Audio Parallax, but I don’t think we’re likely to do digital only again.

Last Waltz play ReviveHER

You guys are DJs, producers and musicians. How many instrument combined can you all play and what are they?

Geoff: I can play most instruments with keys badly, the guitar really badly, and the cello even worse, but I’m more of a songwriter if I’m honest.

Mick: I’ve written songs and sang in bands for a number of years so I’m first and foremost a singer but I have a (very) basic grasp of guitar, keys, bass and drums… Though I’d love to play the cello and didn’t know that about you Geoff!

What are your favourite nights out in your hometown of Newcastle?

Mick: For me personally, Endless Race and Signals are usually definites in my diary as their booking policy clicks with me, also some good friends have been running a party called Suono for the last eight years and their bookings are generally right up my street and I’ve had some fantastic times there. But there are also a wealth of other great nights in Newcastle of various persuasions, which are on a similar scale to us such as Oscillations, Ctrl, Dragnet, That Old Chestnut and Motion, that you’ll often find us at, and likewise the guys that run those parties.

It feels like a lot of people are willing each other to do well in the region at the moment and long may it continue… It’s also brilliant to see nights run by people we know, such as Wax:On and Jaunt doing so well and taking things to a whole other level!

Geoff: Yeah, I agree with Mick and I’d probably add Ape-X to that list, we played for them recently alongside Deetron and Joy Orbison. I also really like the Beer Ping Pong nights at the Cumberland Arms. We also played there recently. It’s quite surreal DJing to people walking round a ping-pong table.

Lee: I’m actually from Sunderland but live in Newcastle (if this goes to print and hadn’t stated this my life may not be worth living come the beginning of the new footy season) but the same as the other two, Suono, Endless Race, etc.

And who are your local heroes?

Geoff: Mark Knopfler (see what I did there?), Sting (sorry, but it’s true), Bryan Ferry and controversially T Dan Smith because of the Sky Ways dotted around the city. Also, Len and Betty White.

Mick: Jimmy Nail as Oz from Auf Weidersehen Pet (only the first two series though) and my Nana…

Lee: Sunderland AFC.

Your new track Trinket is due out at the end of the month on Futureboogie. Will you be playing it at Superstore and are you more likely to play the original or the Bad Passion remix?

Mick: It depends if my copy turns up by then.

Lee: I’d probably play ours early on and then their’s when the party’s at its campest peak.

How does the Last Waltz sound fit in with the other acts playing at ReviveHER at Dalston Superstore?

Mick: In the way that it’s music that you can dance to…

Last Waltz play ReviveHER at Dalston Superstore on Friday 27th July from 9pm – 3am.

Maxxi Soundsystem

We are rather excited to announce the seriously talented producer, DJ, party-thrower extraordinaire and all-round good egg Maxxi Soundsystem as our special guest for our Lovebox after party on Sunday. He very kindly took some time out this week to answer our burning questions.

Hi Sam, how are you this fine rainy day?

Very well thanks Miss Superstore.

Lots of people seem to think you’re quite new to the scene but we know you’ve been producing for some time now. Can you tell us a bit about how you got started with DJing and making music?

Well my father is a composer and musician so it was always a big part of my life. Our house was always full of odd bands of drummers, massive bass amps and various pianos and I was taken along to lots of festivals as a kid. But to be honest, apart from playing the trumpet after school, I didn’t really take it to too seriously for a while. Back then I couldn’t get into most of my dad’s avant-garde jazz records but he had a few funk/soul/pop records (Curtis Mayfield, The Meters, Talking Heads I remember) and that sparked it off for me. So from that, collecting music and being a DJ was the initial drive – after moving to Brighton I got into putting on parties – I didn’t really get seriously into production until about 2006 but I knew I wanted to get good before I released anything. My first productions that actually got released were when I started working and touring with Cagedbaby around 2007. After that I quit my day job and went into the studio as much as I could.

What piece of equipment could you not do your job without?

My Nord Lead synth. It’s on everything.

We hear you’re doing a side project with Disco Bloodbath’s Ben Pistor… how did that come about?

Yes, we’ve done a couple of tracks together. I knew Ben from going to Disco Bloodbath and having him play at one of our parties in Brighton. He mentioned he wanted to do some music with me, possibly at one of the DB parties, I can’t remember. Anyway he ended up coming down to Brighton to my studio and we put them together. They don’t sound anything like my Maxxi stuff – much more raw/menacing. Ben likes scary noises.

You’ve released on some of the UK’s respected underground labels from Hot Waves to Futureboogie to Wolf Music. Which label feels most like home?

 I’m still kind of looking for a home in a way. Initially I wanted to work with lots of different labels and there is still stuff to be released on new ones for me, but I think settling down and working with a label longer term is something I’d like to do but not sure where that will be yet. 

You’re playing at our Lovebox after-party! What’s your favourite Lovebox memory?

I remember the one last year when I played out the back of a van – that was fun. I love London crowds they really get the music I play plus it was a bit wet too but no one cared… more of the same this year I’ll wager. 

Who are you most looking forward to seeing at the actual festival?

I’ve still never seen Grace Jones so I need to check that out. Interested to see Chaka Khan too – sometimes the old school legends disappoint but got a feeling she will deliver. The NYC Downlow is always good so no doubt I will end up in there!

We see that you’re playing fellow Sunday artist Tim Sweeney’s New York radio show Beats In Space in August… that must be a huge honour!

Holy shit yes! I listened to his show religiously until I spent all my time in the studio. And I always still check out the playlists if I don’t have time to listen. It’s where you go to find new music and his selection and guests are always great. I’ll need to be on form on that day or I’ll never forgive myself…

What other festivals can we expect to see your face at this year?

I’m at Garden Festival in Croatia in July then Secret Garden Party and Eastern Electrics in UK. I’m also due to be in the Americas Aug/Sept so it cuts out a few of the European festivals for me.

Your remix of Parallel Dance Ensemble’s Shopping Cart has been massive this year with lots of DJs proclaiming it as their secret weapon. What other remixes or re-edits might be coming our way from you?

Well actually I’ve got something in that style that’s due to come out on Wolf Music soon and my remix of Saint Saviour just got released, so now I’m mainly concentrating on original stuff.

And finally, this is not the first time you’ve graced our lazer basement. What do you like about playing here at Dalston Superstore?

It’s got an atmosphere that is quite rare – it genuinely has an edge to it (which sometimes reminds me of Berlin) but the main reason is the crowd – you can feel free to play what you want to play which is all you can ever ask for as a DJ.

 Maxxi Soundsystem plays at Outside The Box this Sunday after Lovebox.

 

El Harvo

Bristol based Futureboogie began 10 years ago as a club night and over the years developed into an agency and is now an up-and-coming label with releases from west country champions Julio Bashmore, Waifs & Strays, Christophe and more. Founding Futureboogie member El Harvo joins us in the lazer basement next weekend for wonky-house night Wet N Wild so we caught up with him to get the lowdown on his label…

Futureboogie started out as a club night- can you tell us a bit about those first few parties all those years ago? How they came out about and what was the reaction to them?

Yeah we started out running a night called Seen at a wicked club in Bristol called Level. We’d moved down en masse from Leicester with dreams of a promised land in the South West and the night was loads of fun. People reacted really well to it and I think it was just a bit different at the time as the city was really drum and bass and hip-hop oriented and I think we came in with something fresh. Music wise we were booking DJ’s who played a bit of everything but were quite heavily into the broken beat thing that was big at the time; jazz, afro, latin, techno, all sorts, DJ’s like Gilles Peterson, Bugz In The Attic, Jazzanova, Rainer Truby, Charlie Dark, Peter Kruder and so on – it was really eclectic and loads of fun.

Describe the Futureboogie ethos.

Hmm  – that’s a tough one without sounding like a wally! I think there’s many parts to it – with the label we just want to put out a broad range of quality music that reflects both what we play out and what we love; stuff that makes people dance, stuff that people want to listen to at home, a really broad spectrum. In terms of parties – tops off, let’s not take it too seriously, we’re only here for a bit so everybody try to have a good time….

Whilst your artists and output is certainly eclectic, there’s definitely a tone and aesthetic threading through it all. Was that a conscious decision or something borne out of both yours and Joe90’s personal tastes?

It’s probably easier for someone looking in from the outside to see that – for us I think it really does just come down to personal taste, we love everything we’ve put out and everything we have in the pipeline, it sounds trite but it’s down to the feeling we get from it not whether we think it’s going to be commercially successful. In fact there have been several releases we have been offered that in a strictly business sense we could see being really successful but we just weren’t feeling in that way so we chose not to sign. So yeah really, it’s just a taste thing.

Futureboogie always seems like a massive family so how do you go about finding new artists- do you listen to endless amounts of promos sent to you or is a recommendation thing?

The family thing is really important to us and it’s nice that that comes across – in terms of finding new artists, I guess we are in quite a privileged position that lots of our friends make great music and we know lots of people in an extended family sense that also make great music. So really we’ve had most of the stuff we’ve either released or are about to placed directly in front of us. We do listen to a lot of demos though and if we found anything that was outstanding then we’d obviously be up for signing it but the way it has happened so far has been much more organic.

You’re playing in the basement at Dalston Superstore- having played a wide variety of venues over your career, what are the pros and cons of playing smaller spaces?

Small spots are generally the better ones for getting a proper vibe going, big venues are great as well, but when it’s more intimate then the energy is so much more concentrated and you can really feel the crowd which adds into what you’re doing as the DJ. It’s all about feeding off the crowd – well at least it is when you’re getting it right!

What’s one record that hasn’t left your stereo in the last month?

There’s been a couple that I can’t seem to get off at the moment – Ray Mang’s Cereal Lover is one. It’s a couple of years old now but has a massive Balearic guitar work out that just goes on forever and it’s proper summer action. It came on a few weeks back in the garden when we had that freakishly good sunshine weekend and I’ve been caning it again since then; it’s great when you rediscover a tune in the right setting.

The other one is Ron Basejam’s mix of The White Lamp It’s You – absolutely loving it at the moment, proper deep… lovely.

El Harvo plays Wet N Wild alongside Deepgroove, Joe Roberts (DJ Mag) and Nicky G on Friday 20th April from 9pm – 4am.