Posts Tagged ‘Greg Lowe’

Hesseltime

Tomorrow night we welcome dreamboat and DJ extraordinaire Hesseltime aka Matt Hesselworth of acclaimed clubnight and record label Tief to the Superstore basement. He joins Greg Spencer and Greg Lowe of Fhloston Paradise for some campy intergalactic techno and house sounds. Ahead of the party, Greg and Greg posed a few of their burning questions to Matt…

By Greg Spencer and Greg Lowe

Matt! We’re really excited to have you this Friday at Fhloston Paradise. We hear you were recently in Chicago (Greg L was born there!) and have some new records to play. What did you think of the home of house music and what fabulous records did you pick up?

Hey! Chicago was amazing! I spent hours in Gramaphone Records where I met Michael Serafini (who also runs the amazing QUEEN nights at Smart Bar every Sunday night). I spent a few hundred dollars in there, the best records I found in the bargain bins! The record that I picked up that I have played the most since was an original pressing of Bent Boys – Walk the Night, but I also filled in all the gaps in my Prescription Records, Strictly Rhythm, Henry Street collections etc. A lot of the newer Chicagoan music is amazing too! I picked up some records from Black Madonna, Hakim Murphy, Chicago Skyway and Garrett David and its all amazing. Michael Serafini is also one of the nicest guys going. 

You played a great set with Superstore Maestro Dan Beaumont last week. There quite a few 90s house records that had a real diva and runway vibe. Where does your love for that sound come from?

Yeah that was a lot of fun, Dan is great. One moment that stuck out though. I played a Masters Of Work remix of Simply Red (which is an amazing record), Dan looked pretty embarrassed about having to stand there while it was playing before he mixed the next tune in. I think I might have out camped Dan there? I love a lot of old US records and learn a lot from listening to some of my favourite DJs like Hunee, Prosumer, Michael Serafini, Sadar Bahaar etc..

Versatility. That’s one word that comes to mind when hearing one of your sets. Do you think of yourself having a particular sound?

Nope! I collect a lot of Afro, disco, psyche, and some krautrock too. My favourite DJs are those who keep changing direction. I find it kind of boring if it is left too long with out a vocal or too monotonous. I like to see people surprised and reacting to the music, not just zoning out or falling asleep on their feet. 

Your Tief parties are much loved in London. While not specifically gay parties, you booked the legendary Mr. Ties of Homopatik for one of your most recent parties. How did that go?

Yeah that was a really special one, every time Francesco (Mr Ties) has played for us he has attracted a really mixed crowd, which of course is perfect. I like to think we generally attract a good cross section of people to our parties, gay, straight, older and younger, this is important to me!

Tief is also the name of your record label. What’s the meaning behind the name? And can we expect any exciting releases any time soon?

Well, Tief means deep in German, which may come across as a bit pretentious. Truth is I just liked the sound of the word and it looked nice written down. As simple as that really! I guess it’s also a bit of a nod to German/Berlin nightlife, somewhere (like so many others) I spend quite a bit of time! 

Release-wise, we have some amazing music on the way with originals and remixes from Johannes Volk, Linkwood, Samuel, Amir Alexander, Tin Man, Bicep, Sisterhood, Francis Inferno Orchestra, Efdemin and a few more… really exciting for us!

Bicep, exciting! A lot of clubs, particularly gay venues, have been closing in London recently. Do you think London still has a bright future for dance music?

Yeah I’d say so, people will always party and will always find a way or place to do it. Media like to focus on negativity and while a lot of places are closing, there are other places popping up.

You’re a tall, strapping lad. All these basement clubs in London… do you ever hit your head!?

Less hit, more scrape, which is far more painful. Yeah, 6ft 5 is a bit too tall isn’t it? I’ll just have to leave my stilettos at home for this one…

Fhloston Paradise, is a pretty camp reference to a pretty camp film, The Fifth Element. Your campest moment in a club?

Wearing lipstick on a boat party in Croatia while playing b2b with Harry Midland and DVE? I sometimes play some pretty camp music, so the camp moments can come thick and fast…

Finally if you had a DeLorean time-machine to take you to any dancefloor, past or present, where would you go?

Oh, to Fela Kuti’s club The Shrine in Lagos in the early ’80s, every day of the week!!!!! Failing that, Studio 54 in the late ’70s, to see Larry Levan.

Join Matt aka Hessletime this Friday 8th May for Fhloston Paradise at Dalston Superstore from 9pm – 3am.

Ben Sun

This Friday night Fhloston Paradise celebrate their first birthday with a very special guest DJ set from Voyeurrhythm’s Ben Sun! The Australian-born, London resident brings his house sounds to the Superstore basement with Kasra V and Fhloston resident Greg Spencer. Ahead of the party Greg S and Greg Lowe caught up with Ben to ask him a few of their burning questions…

Ben! We’re looking forward to having you for our one year birthday bash! While originally from Australia, you’ve been in London for a while. What do you think makes our city such a special place to DJ?

Thank you! Me too.

Well when I first arrived in 2005 a guy I met in Sounds of the Universe took me to Plastic People for the first time. It was the Co-op night with people like IG Culture, Phil Asher and Dego playing. What I found there was an almost pitch black room, lit only by the lights of the booth, some guys with lasers and a joint or two (people were still getting away with discreetly smoking inside then). The sound system was perfect, and these guys were playing sort of Afrobeat sounds mixed with electronic dance stuff that was the roots of the broken beat sound they had going on then. Everyone was sweating and dancing their ass off, it was so unpretentious. This was one of those experiences that kept me in London. It wasn’t the music so much as that I saw that these guys had a voice that came through the music they made and the way they deejayed… and people were listening! So that’s why I think London is a special place to DJ. There’s so much love for independent music here, and the city breeds it.

Do you think different areas of London have a different vibe party-wise, or is music truly the great uniter?

Hehe, well I don’t think things are mutually exclusive… Yes to both? Maybe because I’m an immigrant I don’t get into the whole “my side of town” pride thing. I’ll go anywhere.

To me it seems more like there a just different style of parties, depending on the spaces available in different neighbourhoods. On the docks, in a warehouse or studio space, various clubs and turned-out pubs… The diversity of spaces is another great thing about London parties. 

Vinyl – you’re a big advocate. Do you take a position in the debate between vinyl and digital or do you think both have merits and it’s up to the individual person?

I like to think I’m not a purist in any sense, it’s inhibitive. But here’s why I love vinyl: all my good shit is on vinyl. That mix I gave you is made entirely of grubby 12 inches and secondhand finds, most of which I would never have come across if I wasn’t at the store shuffling through the crates. You can’t find that stuff through digital distributors. So it’s about how you find music, whether it’s for research, sampling, deejaying, or listening pleasure. Vinyl has the history and the beautiful element of chance too.

On the flip side, I recently started using CDJs (so I could travel with ease like everyone else), and they’re a lot of fun to mix with. Cue points, loops, things you can’t do easily with vinyl. So both have a reason to live. What I don’t like is DJs playing low quality files in clubs… party people deserve better than that.

Your label is called Voyeurhythm, an amalgamation of two of our favourite things. Where did that name come from?

Haha… us too! One of the tracks on the mix talks about the “sweet secret sins of rhythm”… and it’s perfectly dark and sexy. My partners in the label, Tyson and Mostyn (aka dark and sexy), they used to work in the same building doing kinda boring jobs, and would spend their time emailing ridiculous DJ names and band names. Voyeurhythm was one of them. I think maybe Mostyn came up with it, but it was Tyson that put it on the table for the label name. It’s possibly the most difficult name to spell we could have used. No one gets it right. But people like it too I think. It’s pretty much a joke, which suits us.

Any upcoming releases you’re excited about sharing with the House of Fhloston?

At VR we’re currently preparing two releases before summer. First one I’m super excited about which is from our friend Elliott Thomas in Portland. Like us, he’s all about the hardware and synths… and he’s made some beautiful raw, dreamy tracks for his EP, some of which is almost Aphex Twin-ish I think. The second one is by a mysterious character called Man Power (who I had the pleasure of meeting at ADE), and his is a strong kind of acid-injected record. More on all that soon! 

As for me I just got the masters back for a new 3-track EP I did for my friends at Delusions of Grandeur. Jimpster gives me great input on the music, and they’ve always been so good to work with. That will be out in about a month hopefully.

We detect a certain love of pop music working its way into your music. It can be hard to do that tastefully. How do you do that so well? Any favourite pop-artists that are particularly influential for you?

Ah it’s funny that you say that. I didn’t think it was obvious but it’s entirely true. I don’t know how well I do that yet but I’m working on it. Seriously. Always thinking, what makes a great timeless pop record? Usually more musical talent and training that I have… Obviously a nice hook, clever production but also something surprising… treading the balance between being fresh and imaginative but also accessible. This interest just stems from my childhood, hearing trippy things like Genesis or Pink Floyd.

As far as pop artists I love… Prince, Fleetwood Mac, any ’80s soul stuff, Mantronix, Quincy Jones, Talking Heads, there’s so many. Good contemporary ones too, but I can’t really enjoy listening to stuff that is too ubiquitous… commercial radio is terribly repetitive. And there’s no excuse for that because there’s an infinite amount of good music out there. Exploration is the fun bit!

You’ve cited Arthur Russell as a favourite DJ and big influence. Russell brought together gay and straight culture in a really unique way. What’s your current take on the state of the gay scene?

Well I wouldn’t presume to comment on the state of London’s entire gay scene, other than it’s made up of some of the most fun, creative, uninhibited people around, and you really can’t have a party without that. I have to say, this mix is inspired by (and an homage to) the kind of eternal gay scene that gave birth to the dance music and DJ style I love so much. And as you say it’s a lot about togetherness. I think it’s also about dropping inhibitions and not being judgemental. The themes that recur in this music (other than sex / lust / heartbreak), are all about love, togetherness, acceptance. 

If you go back to the roots of house and underground disco, you’re looking at a scene of people that for various reasons (sexual, racial, economic) were not accepted into mainstream culture like they should have been. So they do their own thing, completely unfettered by all the baggage that everyone else has. Wear what you want, dance like a freak. But it has to be creative an innovative. Super skilful DJs. And once this exciting new scene emerges, what happens? The doors are opened to anyone and everyone who wants to participate. Gay, trans, straight, poor, rich, all nations… How amazing is that? So i just think that it’s important to remember that, and to not act like a cunt if you want to come to a dance party. Or put one on for that matter!

We have a fabulous drag host, Orangina, impersonating Leeloo from the The Fifth Element, the camp sci-fi inspiration for our party. If you had to perform in drag, what would your look be?

Amazing. Oh Gregs, I thought you knew this about me. It’s been a while but I love to dress in drag. So much fun. I’ve been that dude at the big girl store looking for size 11 pumps. I try to look as feminine as possible, I think that’s they key for me. Nothing too extravagant, and I don’t suit the vampy butch thing. I don’t wanna over-egg it, but maybe I should make a little effort in this direction on Friday…

Almost at the end, just two more questions. First, if you had to DJ a scene in any sci-fi film, what would it be?

Damn. It’s a good question… I’m sure there’s better if I could think longer on it, but I’ll go with the space-time-travel scene at the climax of 2001. It’s a real mind-fuck, surely that would be interesting.

Finally, a legendary Dalston Superstore question. If we had a time machine ready to take you to any dance floor, past present or future, where would you like to go and why?

I’d wanna go into the future, all the way to this Friday night in the basement at Superstore. I’ve banged on about the past and it’s important, but we have to create our own thing now. To quote Rimbaud way out of context “It is essential to be absolutely modern”. So see you on Friday.

Join Ben this Friday 13th March for Fhloston Paradise at Dalston Superstore from 9pm – 3am.

Castro Boy

Ahead of Friday’s hi-NRG infused Castro Boy party, we sat down with resident DJ Greg Lowe to dig a bit deeper into his love for the oft-maligned genre and how it fits into today’s nightlife scene….

Where does your interest in hi-NRG come from?

Good question. I think it comes from a general love of synthesisers that I’ve had since I was a kid in the early ’80s. I remember watching a science programme about synthesisers when I was about 4 or 5 and just being mesmerised by this dreamy and otherworldly sound. Hi-NRG is interesting because it was a brief movement, primarily in the US, that was at a defining point in music between disco, synthpop, new wave, and house music. Unlike Italo disco, which some say happened a bit later, it was also primarily a genre focused on the gay community. It’s raw, upbeat, and unapologetically synthetic.  You can hear how it influenced, and took influence, from some of these genres. To me, the period from 1977-1985 is one of the most exciting periods in music because there was all this new technology and people weren’t afraid to experiment. 

Other than Castro Boy by Danny Boy And Serious Party Gods, which obviously you like as you named your night after it(!), what for you is a classic of the genre?

I think it would have to be one of Patrick Cowley’s records, like Menergy or Megatron Man. Upbeat, wobbly, melodically driven. Of course based on the title alone, I might also include High Energy by Evelyn Thomas. This was a bit later and when the genre was influencing more general pop-music.

Why do you think it’s making such a comeback?

Is there a comeback? I think there is certainly an interest in revisiting a lot of genres that were small and went out of fashion. This happened a few years ago with disco, synthpop, and Chicago house. The funny thing is that these genres were so influential on mainstream music that they never really went away, they just evolved into something else. Listen to any Calvin Harris record and you can hear elements of hi-NRG there. The overproduction and compression of a lot of contemporary pop-music, however, makes hi-NRG’s primitive, but warm, sound more special. I think that’s what people are rediscovering.

What do you wish you could bring back from hi-NRG’s heyday?

The unbridled desire to experiment with new musical ideas. The leap in synthesiser technology (and size) was incredible between the late ’70s to mid ’80s. I get frustrated when so many people today complain about the club scene isn’t what it was. The reason the club scenes in the past were so exciting is that people were looking to the future, not the past. Of course there are many talented producers doing really interesting things and trying to push in new directions. I don’t think that’s the mainstream though. Appreciate the past, but live in the moment and look to the future.

What are your fave venues in San Francisco past and present?

I’ve only been to San Francisco twice, but it has a really overlooked musical history when it comes to dance music. It’s funny that a lot of this actually was rooted in the experimental and ‘academic’ music scene led by people like Terry Riley and Steve Reich. The Kronos Quartet is the modern incantation of this. When I was younger 1015 Folsom was a really interesting space that defined a lot of the techno scene in the city. I think it’s changed a lot now. I love the Powerhouse on Folsom Street though. It’s a gay bar and has been around for a long time. Such a great mix of ages, nationalities, subcultures, and types of music. It’s very much an inspiration for Castro Boy. Strangely, none are in the Castro!

Which artist for you is a common entrance point in for people not so familiar with the style? Someone like Patrick Cowley, or someone you think of as being quite crossover?

I think Patrick Cowley is a pretty common entrance point for something that defined the genre, but usually it starts broader. You can actually hear the influence of hi-NRG on the work Stock Aiken Waterman did in the ’80s and they pretty much defined UK pop-music at that time. I think people get introduced to a lot of these specific genres through the more mainstream music that was influenced by it.

If you could go back in time to any queer dancefloor anywhere/anywhen, where would you go dancefloor cruising??

Oh wow, that is a tough question. Queer dancefloor makes it a bit easier. It’s clichéd but the Warehouse in Chicago might be one. I went to the Limelight in NYC during the end of its days, but would have loved to have checked out Disco2000 in the early ’90s, if nothing else for the spectacle. Ostgut before it evolved into Berghain would be interesting too. I still think Berghain does a fantastic job mixing music and cruising as far as contemporary clubs go.

What do you think are the key differences in the way Brits and Americans approach hi-NRG? How would you as an American living in the UK differentiate it?

I think Brits are often more in touch with these small genres that were hugely influential, but never made it beyond specific subcultures. The hi-NRG sound started in the US, but was adopted by Brits and mainstreamed into pop music. Same for house music and techno. You could argue it was the Haçienda, a very straight venue, that took an underground gay sound and brought it to the mainstream. Fundamentally the UK and Europe have always been more open to electronic music than the US.

Who would be a dream Castro Boy booking?

Honey Soundsystem, either as a collective or one of the individual members. They are so versatile, have an amazing music catalogue, and capture the feeling of San Francisco perfectly.

Join Greg Lowe for Castro Boy this Friday 13th February with Jonjo Jury in the basement and White Leather Viper Club upstairs for Nancy’s from 9pm – 3am.

Dilo

This Friday we welcome extra special Argentinian guest DJ Dilo, via his adopted home of Berlin, to the Superstore basement for another edition of Fhloston Paradise! Following on from their last party when the fabulous Honey Dijon turned it out, Greg and Greg are back for more camp sci-fi techno fun. Ahead of the party they sat down for a quick chat with Dilo to find out more….!

By Greg & Greg

Welcome to London Dilo! You produce, sing, DJ, and perform live sets across a range of genres. Has it been difficult to be so versatile in a world that likes to easily categorise us by music, genre, etc?

Hi! I’m thrilled about my visit to London!

It has been a challenge to try making so many different styles; it is my personal search, and I really can’t help but keep experimenting. I feel like my music as an extension of myself. I really think I would be bored if today I would be making the same music I was 10 years ago. I know that for a small number of people, this is difficult to understand, why I don’t stick to a formula, but I need to feel free and keep having fun when I’m creating new music. It keeps me motivated if I have new challenges. 

You’ve lived between Berlin and Buenos Aries. How would you compare the two cities?

I think both cities love nightlife, so they have tons of clubs, bars and events. What I personally prefer about Berlin is that there is much more nature, tons of parks and lakes and also it’s a big city that feels pretty chill to me. No traffic jams and not so many people on the streets. I’m always riding my bike instead of a car, which is nice and relaxing. 

Several famous London clubs have been under threat recently. What do you think of London? Is our music scene still one of the best?

I used to hang out a lot in London around 2007-2009. In my own personal experience one finds amazing parties and after-hours at people’s flats, but the clubbing scene, except for Fabric, where I spent really good nights, I don’t know very well so I can’t really judge.  

We hope we can show a new side of London!

You’re known for your live sets and this will be the first live set at Fhloston! What should everyone expect to hear when you play at Fhloston Paradise?

I will be doing a DJ/live hybrid set. Last year with the release of my album Ethereal, I played mostly live, so this year I’m taking a little break from that, and it’s also a lot of fun to play other people’s music, not just mine. 

With such a rich world of textures and sounds in your music, how do you approach the production process?

I’ve gotten more obsessive with the way I arrange and the post production process. I tend to create during the weekends, when I might be inspired by something and will quickly create the idea/draft. Some days later I start to edit and sequence, which is the more tedious part. I noticed that I always make better songs when I have a little idea already in my head of what I want to do, so I’m usually waiting on this moment and ready to flow. I’m also always writing songs on my guitar, which is an old school way, but those songs are mainly for my Elephant Pixel moniker. 

Any new releases or projects we should be excited about?

I’m very excited for my label Igloo this year, we are turning 10 years old, and I have big plans. New artists are joining the label and two are from London: Suso Flores and James Le Roux; and Jeannot from Buenos Aires. Pablo Denegri will release a new EP, and I’m working on compilations as well. I’m also currently working on a Dilo compilation that will include a selection of tracks from my album trilogy (Waheira, Ethereal #1 and Ethereal #2), which will be on CD. Remixes of Ethereal are in the works as well. I’m working on new songs that I’m writing on my guitar and of course new dance floor tracks so and I’m excited and curious to see where my next albums and EP’s will be headed. 

The gay scene was once seen to be at the forefront of dance music, but that perception has changed. In Berlin clubs seem to be defined by music rather than sexuality. Do you see a big difference between the gay and straight scene music wise?

I don’t see much difference and I personally don’t think about those things. I’m very open and I assume there are always both straight and gay people in the places I frequent. Music is about bringing people together.

Fhloston Paradise is a reference to one of our favourite camp sci-fi films, The Fifth Element. Do you have any guilty cinematic pleasures?

Films are my second passion, after music. I always have obsessions-of-the-moment. I pick a certain theme and I go deep on it. The latest has been Scandinavian movies and TV series. I really enjoy their darkness and quirkiness. Borgen and The Legacy are really good Danish TV shows, and The Fall and The Missing are both superb shows from UK. But this year’s award goes to The Knick. It has a superb soundtrack by Cliff Martinez. Nowadays Hollywood is making very bad and predictable movies, based on old formulas and ideas, but TV series are in great shape. They take more risks and they have better scripts. 

Finally, a legendary Dalston Superstore question. If we had a time machine ready to take you to any dance floor, past present or future, where would you like to go and why?

I’d like to go back to 1962 at The Cavern in Liverpool to see The Beatles. I would dance my ass off. Plan B would be The Hacienda Club in Manchester in 1982, the year it opened. That would be wicked too…. Oh, I have so many ideas! 

Join Dilo for Fhloston Paradise at Dalston Superstore this Friday 9th January from 9pm – 3am.

Axelle Roch

Homodrop, a brand new homo electro night, makes its Dalston Superstore debut next weekend, with special guest Axelle Roch visiting from Paris. Joining her will be Greg Lowe, Greg Spencer, Bamboo Hermann and TWANG over both floors of Superstore. To find out more about this French babe, we caught up with Axelle ahead of the party to quiz her on techno in her city, LGBT rights in France, and some French language tips to use at queer nights…

What are your highlights of the Parisian dance music scene- where do you go dancing when you are not DJing?

I don’t go out often, so when I party don’t really have a special place I love. I look who is playing… But if I have to choose, I prefer ephemeral/transient places like warehouses. I have been going out clubbing for a long time, so now when I go out, I’m looking for something different than my own experience.

Who or what is the Fox Parisian Crew?

Fox Parisian Crew is a collective and for three years we’ve organised parties at Batofar Club. We’re passionate DJs. Now our party is also in Lyon. We booked a lot of headliners…

We have a simple concept: Beer & Techno! Haha!

How welcoming is Paris to LGBT people?

Since gay marriage has been approved in France, we’ve seen and experienced a lot of trouble. Riots, especially in Paris. LGBT people just want to have the same rights as heterosexuals: marriage, children, and so on… It’s a long way to open mindedness for some people. I think it’s like that everywhere. Gay people are welcomed by some, and not for others… I heard that in Montpellier a gay flag is flying on an official building, at the same time at the place where first gay marriage has been celebrated… so, I take this like a hope. 

Who are your techno heroes?

I love Audiofly, Tini, Villalobos… I think there’s a new generation of very good DJs. I especially love music from Fuse London Label. Seb Zito is also amazing! Jessica Diaz too, she’s from Argentina, she’s great. Recently  I discovered Dana Ruh on Brouqade Label, woos! I mean, her music is exactly what I’m looking for actually. Also music from Romania, minimal, very class..  yes I have to admit it, women are very good DJs and producers, their music has more soul, it really talks to me.

When we spoke to Jennifer Cardini earlier this year she told us all about Le Pulp and the birth of Paris’ (more open) lesbian scene… how would you describe it now?

I think people are now trying to be together. Whatever your sexuality or sexual orientation… I mean we don’t care if the music is good, as long as the vibe is good; all people share the same vibe. Love and dance… for me it’s exactly that sensation I am looking for. A community of dancers… 

But I know that a place like Pulp did a lot of good for lesbian community. A lot of straight people think: Oh! A lesbian party cannot mean good music or good vibe! Hahah you know?!  But I was too young during the ”Pulp” period. I’ve been there just one time. 

If you had a time machine and could visit any dancefloor anywhere/anywhen where would you want to go dancing?

I think I’d explore every decade, the ’60s, ’70s ’80s, the new wave scene, the punk scene, even rock ‘n roll! Also I’d have to swing by Studio 54 in NYC… and why not explore the future in 150 years? 

Can you teach us some essential French for going out in Paris to queer nights and dance clubs…?

“C’est Fat!”, “Ca envoie du Lourd!”, “Je suis saucée!”

It’s Fat! It’s heavy! I’m like a salsa! 

What record in your collection would surprise people to learn that you love?

Brouqade Label, and music from Romania. I love Romanian underground resistance. It’s groovy deepy and sexy!

Who are your top underrated French DJs?

Easy… David Guetta, Bob Sinclair, ect…. 

What’s the biggest misconception about techno in Paris that outsiders have?

The Parisian scene is really rising up… we have something like a subdivision ministry dedicated to the Parisian nightlife… Our mayor Mme Hidalgo writes letters to congratulate some Parisian clubs, when they are rated Top 10 in international magazines, for example Badaboum. I honestly think it’s so cool and encouraging! 

Join Axelle for Homodrop on Saturday 22nd November at Dalston Superstore from 9pm – 3am.

Photo Credit: Chill Okubo

Silk86

By Greg Spencer and Greg Lowe

Back for their second Fhloston Paradise party, Greg Lowe (half of Zigzag Samstag) and Greg Spencer (of Public House fame) are bringing rising London stars Silk 86 into the lazer pit for some spaced out homo galactic madness. At a time when the London scene can be too fragmented by genres, Silk 86’s Finnian Casey and Tom Lunn bring a wide variety of styles and influences to the dancefloor, all put together with razor sharp mixing. We caught up with them as they were finishing their latest track out later this year on local imprint Newington. They reveal some of their secret floor killers, what it’s like to DJ as a pair, and why three boobs are better than two…

What releases do you guys have coming up and how is 2014 shaping up so far for you?

We’ve spent a fair chunk of the year so far in the studio, so we’re feeling good, but perhaps not looking as resplendent as usual. Looking forward to summer, our track Dem Curves should finally be out and we’ve got a few bits on the London record label Newington alongside some vocal tracks, so 2014’s shaping up nicely.

DJing with another person can be hard, did you guys have to work at it or were you in sync from the start?

We’ve never really DJ’ed together outside of a club environment… so it’d be a stretch to say we worked on it! To start with we had to pretty much jump in and see what happened, so we’ve probably got better with time and we feel like we bounce off each other pretty well. 

Do you have any killer tracks that are always in your arsenal and what are they?

True magicians never reveal their secrets. We’ve got a few gems that we like to work into sets every now and then. When we want to step it up a notch, this track normally takes things up a gear.

A bit of Mr G never fails either.

Such a versatile track. You can pop it in at any point in your set and it works. 
And if there’s energy in the room, this tune multiplies it by 10…

If you guys could play back to back with any other DJs who would you choose?

There’s already two of us, so if we had to squeeze another DJ into the booth… we’d have to go for… off the top of my head… Nina Kraviz. Don’t ask why. Failing that, the late and great Aaron Carl. 

If you could describe your sound using one character from a sci-fi movie, which one would it be and why?

The three boobed girl from Total Recall. Cheap Thrills a plenty.

Join Silk 86 at Fhloston Paradise this Friday 9th May at Dalston Superstore from 9pm – 3am.