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Northern Soul Rave Patrol

This Saturday, we are thrilled to present the top floor debut of London house, disco and soul institution, Northern Soul Rave Patrol. Having played host to the likes of Andrew Weatherall, Sean Johnston and Doc Sleep over the past year, the Tusk crew have become synonymous with dark, deep, quality programming, and we can’t wait to see where they take us in 2018. Promoter and resident Ant C caught up with Chris Sweet and Will Nicol of Northern Soul Rave Patrol ahead of Saturday’s TUSK to chat London clubland, dream gigs, and record bag classics!

Hi guys! I hope you have been enjoying your Easter. Have you been out and about to any parties over the long weekend? What, where and who was playing?

CS: Yes, it’s been a big bank holiday weekend. Started with Jill Brook at our weekly Thursday night party Record Box at The Eagle, which is a vinyl only night playing Torch Song disco, sleaze/ morning music and hi-NRG, influenced by classic clubs like The Saint, Paradise Garage and Heaven. Then Patterns in Brighton on Saturday where Horse Meat Disco have a residency and then back to The Eagle for the packed HMD bank holiday party with Heidi Lawden over from LA – so lots of fun and good music.

WN: Went to see Gilles Peterson at Dreamland in Margate on Friday at the newly refurbished Hall By The Sea.  It’s an amazing venue – closest comparison would be the Box at Ministry but with a decent bar in the same space.  Some great tunes and we really enjoyed ourselves. Saturday I was DJing at Cinque Ports, again in Margate, which was fun although Johnny Henfry (Synth System Sisters) got me into all sorts of trouble!

Where did the idea for NSRP come from and how would you define your sound?

CS: About eight years ago we formed NSRP to reflect the music we loved and the scenes we had been into from soul to disco and house. It’s me, Will and Sean Leonard. We realised we had been friends since the mid eighties mod and Northern Soul scene and 100 Club. Then all got turned on in 1988-89 with the acid house and rave scene, inspired by the madness of Nude night at The Hacienda, Quadrant Park and Will at Shelleys. Plus amazing parties like Boys Own, Sign of the Times and NY house clubs like Body&Soul, Sound Factory and The Shelter through Sabresonic and up to A Love From Outer Space and Horse Meat Disco. All those clubs have soundtracked our lives and influenced us – we love house music but with some heart and soul and a dash of disco. 

If you could play any gig/party/venue anywhere in the world, past or present, where would it be and who would be on your ideal bill with you?

WN: Hacienda 1989 :-)

CS: Ha! That’s a hard one as if we had the nightclub time machine there are a lot of destinations we’d want to plug in… From Manchester’s Twisted Wheel or Wigan Casino or Blackpool Mecca for Northern Soul, to Chicago’s Warehouse to hear Frankie Knuckles or Ron Hardy, but probably the maestro Larry Levan at the Paradise Garage must be the place, to paraphrase Talking Heads.

London has seen a huge amount of change in clubs and clubbing over the past few years, with the closure of many venues. Is this all just part of a repeating cycle in line with current politics, or do you think London is really changing permanently this time?

WN: I think the whole UK club market has changed enormously in the last 15 years – I don’t think it’s just London.  The massive growth in festivals and kids looking for the “big event” rather than a weekly club to call their own, has caused a huge shift.  In London with the economics of gentrification this is multiplied. I think it’s a shame, but then I’m an old git!

CS: I think the relentless rise in house prices in London and redevelopment has led to the loss of so many clubs and music spaces, which squeezes the nightlife out of the city and prices people out. It seems a shame London is becoming a bit sanitised like New York, unlike Berlin. That’s why it is so important for key venues like Dalston Superstore and The Eagle that support quality music and are welcoming spaces. 

WN: London is a versatile and ever changing city, so it will adapt or mutate and re-emerge like dance music culture has over the decades. As Kerri Chandler said, really you just need a red light, a basement and music with feeling – we know Dalston Superstore and TUSK tick all those boxes!

What is one track that never leaves your record bag, and one new one that excites you right now?

CS: A total classic would be The Night Writers – Let the Music Use You (Frankie Knuckles mix).

Lots of great recent music but two that I love and have that emotional content of electronic music with soul would be The Black Madonna – We Still Believe. 

and Sophie Lloyd feat Dames Brown – Calling Out.

WN: Soul classic: Ann Sexton – You’ve Been Gone Too Long.

Modern: HiFi Sean & David McAlmont – Transparent.  Sean’s a friend of both of us and he’s in a rich vein of form right now.  This is a Record Store Day exclusive we’ll definitely be playing it at TUSK.


Catch Northern Soul Rave Patrol’s bar takeover at TUSK on Saturday 07 April from 9pm-3am at Dalston Superstore!

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hifi sean

Hifi Sean is one of East London’s most loved and most prolific musicians of the past couple decades. Having cut his teeth as the lead singer of nineties Scottish rock band The Soup Dragons, Sean went on to form The High Fidelity and become a widely successful DJ in London and beyond. This year has seen the release of his brilliant debut album Ft, with a who’s who of special guests worthy of a dream dinner party guest list! We are thrilled to have him join us for the latest edition of Pump!

Hifi Sean! It’s been a while since we last talked, how have you been?

Hi! I’ve been on promo duties with the new album and working on more little movies for tracks and running the record label Plastique Recordings and sorting future releases – all exciting artistic meanderings for the next few months!

You have been up to all kinds of things this year – releasing a debut album among other things, congratulations!

Thanks. The reviews and critical acclaim for it have all been amazing, and I’m so happy to see the finished work all connecting with people after the many years it has taken to put it all together .

There are some incredible collaborations on the new album – Yoko Ono, Bootsy Collins, Fred Schneider… How did you get involved with these incredible artists?

It was a family tree of things to be honest – each one different to the other in that respect. For instance, Bootsy Collins I know from when I was in my band Soup Dragons. We toured with Deee-Lite and he was playing bass for them and we became good friends. I recorded a track in the nineties with him so when making this album I thought it would be great to do something again. Fred from B-52s I know also from the band days, so yeah I suppose it was the rock ‘n’ roll network of artists who all connect with each other’s friends and friends of friends who know friends of friends… I am just really honoured to have worked with such amazing artists from my record collection!

Who else is still on your dream collaboration list?

I had a note on my phone and I kept writing mind flashes down and this is some of those that are on it from when I was making the album… 
People like Wayne Coyne (The Flaming Lips) to Carly Simon to Kim Gordon (Sonic Youth) to Neil Diamond to Francois Hardy… It’s a very long list and goes on and on!

Can you tell us a bit about the song writing process? Was most of it done in person, or did it involve a lot of correspondence?

I did a lot of travelling making this album as I recorded the sessions and worked with the artists building the tracks over time ’til we were happy. 
It was recorded in London, NYC, Chicago, San Francisco, Washington DC, Cincinnati , Toronto and Glasgow.



Wow, quite the international release!! Now that the album is out, what do the next six months hold in store for you?

I am writing and recording the next album at the moment which I would say sounds as good if not even better than this album. It is all based and named after something I saw scrawled on a toilet wall which is not only the title but the next album cover – once again capturing a life experience and putting it to work on my own material .

What do you make of all this talk of London’s dying nightlife?

Obviously Fabric was a kick in the nuts for club culture driven by fat cat money maker council developers , but things will always bubble underground and new things will appear and new scenes start.

I have never been busier playing some great parties and things look healthy to me, but what does annoy me is the telephone app culture. Get off your phones, get out, cruise and dance with real people and enjoy the moment instead of searching on your phone for a better moment that is never going to be there!

Can you give us a bit of an idea what to expect at Pump?

Dirty twisted house music with a few italo disco injections for the funk of it.


Catch Hifi Sean at Pump on Saturday 5 October from 9pm-3am at Dalston Superstore.  

Hifi Sean & In Flagranti

Two of Dalston Superstore’s all time favourite people have teamed up to bring you a night of synth-infused nonsense and tops-off basement shenanigans! Hifi Sean and Sasa of In Flagranti are no stranger to throwing banging parties, so naturally this duo is set to have you hurling your body about in ways you’ve never known when they bring you Record Playerz x In Flagranti! We caught up to chat recent releases, all star collaborations and plans for the rest of the year! 

Hi Hifi Sean & Sasa! We can’t wait to have you play at Record Playerz at Dalston Superstore! Can you tell us a bit about how you know one another?

Hifi Sean: I first knew of Alex Gloor, the other half of In Flagranti, from the days I lived on and off in NYC. His shop Smylonylon used to sell these great compilation tapes of eclectic eccentric choices that I became a bit obsessed with and bought a few. Then years later I met Alan Miller (DJ Hush) in Glasgow – the other half of the Record Playerz posse – who had collected most of these tapes too. It was an instant bond and our love for In Flagranti was just around the corner!

The Record Playerz party has an interesting history at The Glasgow School of Artcan you tell us about how it all started?

Sean: It was bred from the two of us having large record collections like most of our friends. We both used to DJ separately on a Thursday night, but quite early on we started to build up a following. One day we looked at each other and thought, “Hey, let’s start a party!” The name Record Playerz came from me DJing in a bar one night – this Glasgow television celebrity said to me, “Oh, its you playing the ‘record players!'” And that, folks, is how the name was born!

Sean, that remix is part of your 3×12” project from May. You released three tracks on vinyl with each track accompanied by a video – how did the project come together?

Sean: As it was fifteen years since I had made my own music (shocking and incredibly lazy on my part) I thought it would be nice to start with 3 LTD 12”s of versions of tracks off the album with videos and remixes on flip. They are a physical thing of beauty and that was the main goal – to have three really lovely pieces of vinyl out there.

Sasa, you recently did a remix of Hifi Sean’s track Truck from the 3×12” project, how did that come about?

Sasa: I received an email from Sean telling me about the project he is working on and that he would like a remix from In Flagranti. As I was a fan of B-52s I didn’t need much convincing – I was looking forward to working on the mix!

Sean: Quite simply, I love Sasa and Alex’s productions and I wanted them to be a part of the 3×12” project. Their ‘Truck’ remix is equal parts groove and psychedelic disco production . Also they have done a killer twisted acid mix of forthcoming single ‘Testify (Ft. Crystal Waters) , sounds like something you would hear at 8am in some  crazy NYC warehouse party.

Having both lived in New York and London over the years, how have these two homes influenced your musical tastes & production?

Sean: I realised recently – and it was something not apparent at the time – that I have included NYC quite heavily in my forthcoming album with the influences of the artists I have worked with. I also did quite a fair bit of recording in the city too for it. Alan Vega, Little Annie and Fred Schneider’s vocals were all recorded there , and they all live there too.

Sasa: I lived in NY for 15 years… going out every night for the first couple of years until I started my own party called Organic Grooves that ran every Friday for eight years. Meanwhile, I also started Codek Records and doing my own production. It was a healthy environment with like-minded people and we all learned from each other. Coming to London in 2009 I set up a little studio space where I also started recording live bands, which was new territory. So in a way I am still learning. 

You are also both vinyl connoisseurs – what are your favourite record stores for unearthing obscure gems?

Sean: You cannot beat a good charity shop for gems of obscure finds .

Sasa: I have been buying vinyl for over 30 years as a DJ. Some of my favourite record shops I remember include Disco Piu in Rimini Italy which I used to go in the eighties, in NY there were Dance Tracks, Dub Spot & Throb as far as new records go. The Thing is one of my faves for used records. At the moment I am not buying as much anymore as I am recycling my old collection.

You are both two of Superstore’s favourite DJs, having put parties on here for years – what is special about Superstore as a venue?

Sasa: Dalston Superstore is one of my favorite places to play, the sound in the basement is really special and it attracts a really cool crowd, very mixed in every sense and I also love the fact you can circulate up and down from both side of the space, It reminds me of Nell’s in NY back in the days.

Sean: To make a venue work like this you need the right mix of people, the right environment, the right cross-sections of tastes and the right people supplying the right music. To me that is why Superstore is and always will be so special .
As Steve Rubell from Studio 54 said, “It’s like a big mixed salad that I add different elements and mix up to create the end product”

This year is a big one for you Hifi Sean! Can you tell us about your full length album that is set to be released this year? Has it been a long time in the making?

Sean: In September I release something I have been travelling about and working on for the last two years. It is a 100% concept album – a thank you to lots of artists I love in my record collection. It is a kind of dream album. Tracks include people like Bootsy Collins, Yoko Ono, Alan Vega, Crystal Waters, Paris Grey, Billie Ray Martinv, Little Annie etc etc

It is a thing of beauty mixing club influenced elements, symphonic classical string sections, dub production techniques and electronic soul swoons of vocals…

Can you tell us, in three words, what we can expect from Friday’s Record Playerz party?

Sasa: Dance dance dance

Sean: BLOODY GOOD MUSIC.


Catch Sasa of In Flagranti and Hifi Sean at Record Playerz this Friday 17 June from 9pm-3am at Dalston Superstore.

Jon Pleased Wimmin & Hifi Sean

The #Pleased First Birthday Bash sees two of Superstore’s favourites guests – both legends of the UK house scene in their own right – Jon Pleased Wimmin and Hifi Sean hit the laser basement for a mammoth birthday blowout! These two have a rap sheet that ranges from UK smash hit singles to DJing at parties all over Europe and the US over the last few decades. We caught up to chat favourite parties of the past, house music inspiration and future projects!

Well, first and foremost, a happy birthday for your party is in order! What do you love about Pleased at Dalston Superstore? 

JPW: There’s something about the place I just think really suits the night. It’s intimate enough to get a good connection with the crowd and has just the right amount of sleaze. Also there’s always a really good mix, which is what Pleased has always been about. Gay/Straight/Young/Old/Trendy/Hot Mess. It just works. I am really grateful that Kris (Chapman) pursued the idea of rebooting #Pleased at the venue and I’m so happy we have, with our original debonair warm-up resident DJ Paul Woods on board to boot!

You have both played at a huge variety of parties over the years – are there any clear standouts for you?

JPW: I must say that some of the gigs I have done in the last year have been up there with my all time favourites. The Cream reunion at Nation in Liverpool was off the scale in March and there’s a club in Cleethorpes (!) called Better Days that I did earlier this year which was a total riot. It feels like independent club nights are having a ‘moment’ again and I am very excited about that.

HS: Jeez, hard one! I think the last Folsom street in San Francisco party was pretty special for me as I kinda went of on one with the music and the crowd totally let me, which never usually happens with big party main floor weekend crowds of a few thousand people. I didn’t realise till after that I was basically playing a 6am afterhours back room set to a peak-time main floor but they totally loved it.?Also I love when myself and Severino go back to back like we have done at Superstore at many parties, it is such a great way to hear where both our heads are at with music at that specific time. Love that. 

How have you watched the London gay party scene change over the years?

HS: God, big time! Genres splicing and throwing out everywhere, DIY ethics, pop up parties, all fresh underground vibes to breed new happening futures.

You have both released a fair bit of music yourselves as well as DJing at all kinds of different parties. What has been your proudest moment?

JPW: I am actually really enjoying the music that I’m making at the moment. I think age and experience is a great asset when it comes to focusing when working on projects. Also, the fact I went back to Uni in the noughties was really helpful. I used to start a project and then veer off in a thousand directions and never really end up doing what I set out to. I’m much more focused now and disciplined, which helps to get better results.

HS: I think I am like a big kid and proud of every piece of music before it’s released, even remixes I do for people. If I lose that little buzz and high that I get making and releasing this stuff then the party is over for me and I will stop. 

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

JPW: I would love to go back to Kinky Gerlinky for a night – it was such a fun club and here’s been nothing like it since. It was very uncontrived and organic in its hedonism and fabulousness. The party-goers, DJs, promoters and performers were all one big equal cast. 

HS: Well I am lucky to say I have danced to Vasquez many times at Sound Factory and Rauhoffer at The Roxy both in NYC when living there on and off in the nineties, but for me it was Jackie 60’s in the meat-packing district in that city for its sheer trashy, could-not-give-a-fuck crowd, no pretentions, just people thinking they were their own nightclub superstars for that evening. Some amazing characters were bred from that scene, so yeah, I would not mind a night back there again and ending up at Save The Robots afterhours afterwards. 

If you had to choose one track that cemented your love for house music, what would it be?

JPW: Theme from S’express.

HS: Ouch, that is a hard one! But one track I never seem to cease loving is Liberty City – If You Really Want Somebody. That vocal kills me every time.

Oh yeah, and Dark Mountain Group – Lose Control – likely the sexiest house record ever made in my books.

 What has been your favourite musical collaboration? 

JPW: My friend Susy K is a great singer who I studied with and since Uni she has provided vocals for a lot of my tracks. She also performs every week at my Church of High Kicks party in Edinburgh…she’s ace.

HS: Funny you should say this as I have just literally finished an album collaborating with some of my fave voices and musicians in my record collection. It is the first proper album I have made in 15 years. I don’t want to give away too much right now as it won’t be out till Spring 2016 but out of the 12 people on the album there is one man I have had the luck to work with twice over the years and that is Bootsy Collins. He is such a bloody gentleman and I adore him – amazing mind, vocals and musician. And for him to turn to me when we had finished the track and say, ‘You got the funk Sean,’ well that’s all you need really in life isn’t it?

Join Jon Pleased Wimmin and Hifi Sean this Friday, 4 September at #Pleased: the First Birthday at Dalston Superstore from 9pm-3am.  

 

 

 

Win a Limited Edition Macho Print

With MEGA NANCY’S round two to celebrate the end of Ego Rodriguez amazing solo show MACHO coming this Friday we’ve got a VERY special giveaway in honour of the artist! Not only can you dance to the sounds of Jim Stanton, Hifi Sean, Jeffrey Hinton and Pep Sanchez, but you can also win a limited edition print from the ’70s influenced MACHO show!

For your chance to win a print email the correct answer to hello@dalstonsuperstore.com with the email subject “I’m a Macho Man.” by 10am Friday 8th August.

HANK by Ego Rodriguez

What is the inspiration behind MACHO?

a. Playgirl

b. Physique Pictorial

c. Readers Wives

Join us this Friday 8th August for Mega Nancy’s with Jim Stanton, Hifi Sean, Jeffrey Hinton and Pep Sanchez from 9pm – 3am.

Read our previous interview with Ego here.

Wet Dreams

With our regular Friday night top deck disco Nancy’s bringing you our favourite DJs week in and week out for a while now, we thought it was high time to get to know the Nancy’s residents a little better. And what better way to understand someone, to look into their soul, than to find out who their first embarrassing teenage crush was! Without further ado, may we present a slightly cringey trip down memory lane…

HIFI SEAN

Clare Grogan from Altered Images

“My teenage crush was Clare Grogan from Altered Images. BUT at around the age of 16/17 I was at a house party in Glasgow with mates in bands , you know that kinda thing standing quite innocently in the hallway chatting and the toilet door burst open and Clare pops her head out and asks some girls quite loudly, “Anyone got a spare tampon ?” I Could Be Happy never ever sounded the same since that day.”

JOHN SIZZLE

Tom Selleck

“I think I was in love with John Travolta for a bit… I had a life-sized poster of him on my bedroom door in that shorts and t-shirt  look from Grease… it was a very innocent affair. But once puberty hit I WANTED a Magnum’d Tom Selleck so bad. I wanted him inside me…. you know what I’m saying. I wanted to stuff all of him, deep inside me. Fuck love. This was serious man-lust. If I married him I’d deffo take his name. John Selleck is such a hot porno name, no?”

JEFFREY HINTON

Chris Packham

“One that has stuck is Chris Packham when he presented The Really Wild Show on TV with a bleached blond flick (my favourite rent boy look). I used to go all gooey. The thing is that crush is still going as I still fancy him, plus his knowledge of nature makes him even more sexy to me. Do you think anyone can introduce me??? Probably ruin it if I actually meet him…”
 
JOHNNY KALIFORNIA
 
Bobby Ewing
 
“My earliest crushes definitely came from soapland – particularly the US soaps like Dallas and Dynasty. My most intense soap crush was Bobby Ewing (Patrick Duffy) in Dallas. He was a TOTAL HUNK in my eyes – that chest, those arms, those eyes… My mum would always record the soaps on VHS, but it was usually me that would re-watch again and again. I wore down the VHS tape on a few occasions, including his big comeback in THAT shower scene – I’d always imagine him inviting me in…”
 
 
 
“My next memorable teenage crush (post-George Michael) was Jason Donovan – for some reason, the sleeve of his single Every Day still sticks in my head. At that time, my bedroom walls were monopolised by Madonna posters and nothing else, but when I was alone in the house, I would sometimes cover them up with posters of Jason and others, and enjoy my room the way I wished it could be all the time.”
 
THE LOVELY JONJO
 

Christian Slater

“Christian Slater in Heathers and yes I may have had posters from Big mag on my wall and yes I may have sent him a love letter……….

AND yes the sight of Christian Slater in Name Of The Rose VHS got a bit worn out in a certain scene……

So along with all my Big magazines and huge sticker collection was Rob Lowe’s jock strapped ass in Ice Hockey movie, which made me feel very odd watching with my Granddad. My crush of crushes though was Corey Haim in License To Drive… SWOON.”

 

LUKE HOWARD 

Robin Campbell from UB40

“Robin Campbell from UB40. I went to see them at Sheffield City Hall in 1981 and I think he was wearing Farah slacks and a Gabicci shirt. Someone from the support band snogged my sister so it was more than my early adolescent hormones could take!”

MARTYN FITZGERALD

Nathan Moore

“Nathan Moore from Brother Beyond.  When The Harder I Try came out I realised I was a massive mo, no arguing.  I even styled myself on his look in the video for the summer of ’88.  (Cringe.)  I almost booked him for Carpet Burn years ago. He was super sweet but I cancelled as thought the set would be on the thin side…  and I found out he was married.”

Join us in the top bar every Friday for Nancy’s, with Martyn Fitzgerald and Discosmack on duty tomorrow night Friay 27th June from 9pm – 3am with Abattoir in the laser basement.

 

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.

Ego Rodriguez

This Friday we welcome a brand new art exhibition, MACHO, to the walls of Dalston Superstore. Straight from the mind of the fabulously talented Ego Rodriguez, the show features his amazing illustrations of handsome men. Following on from the private view, we roll straight into a two-floor Mega Nancy’s, the night which Ego also designs the posters for! Taking to the decks will be Nancy’s residents Hifi Sean, Jeffrey Hinton, The Lovely Jonjo, Johnny Kalifornia, Pep Sanchez and Will Viper with the usual blend of pop, disco, house, soul and more.

Ahead of the private view and party, we caught up with Ego to find out more about the inspiration behind MACHO…

Do you use real models for life drawing for your pieces?

I use sometimes pictures for sketches or get ideas, as a reference and to practice of course.

In this particular case with MACHO, they are all inspired and penciled from images in Playgirl from the late ‘70s to ‘80s. I have made changes to them, because faces were hard to see in the old scans and in order to play around as well with the negative space and composition overall.

And what do you look for in a model?

I feel attracted to people that look like I could have drawn them myself, exaggerated features, like a comic character, I like strong personalities, big eyes, eyebrows! Noses!

Where in the world do you find the most macho men?

Sadly I think in the current times, in far too many places. We need the alpha male to turn the knob down a bit, and move on from old, ignorant, dated mentalities.

Which artists who depict the male form do you find inspiring?

Stefano Canulli is my greatest crush when it comes to illustration, so it’s his male figure. Henry Scott Tuke, Egon Schiele, Von Stuck also… And I love contemporary cartoony artist like J.Bone and Glen Hanson.

Stefano Canulli

If you had a time-machine and could go back to any dancefloor or party of any era (recent or event ancient) to hang out with the manliest men where and when would we be setting the timemachine dials to?

On my darkest hour it would be to some tribal, wild sacrifice in a top of a volcano or something similar, with drummers and people going crazy in trance.

In an lighter mood maybe some cool ballroom in the ‘20s, all dressed up to the nines, doing Charleston, decadence and spirits.

Do you prefer drawing men over everything else?

Actually I don’t. I’ve always had a weakness for drawing women; men were, for the most part, just a handbag for the characters I’ve drawn. But in the last few years I’ve turned towards drawing men.

Tell us about your background and training…

My parents were pretty arty themselves so my brother and I grew up in that environment, with lots of support, tools and education, so we both ended up on the field, he does comics I am more into illustration.

I never really studied in an art school for it, but I do practice a lot and continuously. I like to work with new ideas or projects that challenge me.

What can we expect from MACHO?

Hmmm, MACHO is my way to approach a broader audience, easily. The idea was to appeal to lots of people for different reasons. They are sexy, they are corny, they are bright and colourful, you shouldn’t expect too much, just enjoy them.

What influence does your Spanish roots have on your work?

That’s a hard one, because I moved away from there over 18 years now… I guess temperament? Energy somehow, I know it’s a bit cliché, but with the distance I can tell as a country everybody is quite nervous, shaky and intense.

And I do carry that with me and it goes into what I do.

The Nancy’s posters have a different feel from the MACHO work… what informs their style?

As much as I like to evolve or create based on previous work, when something is a project per se, like MACHO I don’t like to replicate it in other forms. With Nancy’s the idea was to build an identity for a club night too, the roots and inspiration are similar, the retro soul, the hair, the ambiguity of sex, but the  Nancy’s posters should speak of a club. Which is why the colours and lines are brighter, the figures for Macho mean to be coated, plastic whereas Nancy’s seem to be having a disco light inside. They are playful, and animated. They tell us a story.

It’s Mega Nancy’s as well as MACHO. If you were taking to the decks as well, what would be your last song to play?

I would start with Meteor Man by Dee D Jackson and I will have to finish it with Donna Summer’s Last Dance.

Join Ego this Friday for the MACHO private view followed by Mega Nancy’s from 8pm – 3am at Dalston Superstore.

Macho

EGO RODRIGUEZ
DALSTON SUPERSTORE 117 KINGSLAND HIGH STREET E8 2PB
PRIVATE VIEW – FRIDAY 16TH MAY 7PM – LATE
EXHIBITION RUN – SATURDAY 17TH MAY – SUNDAY 10TH AUGUST 2014
CURATED BY – SASKIA WICKINS
ASSISTANT CURATOR – EMILY BRYSON

From the artist behind the spectacular Friday club night Nancy’s comes an exhibition that takes an ingenious illustrative spin on the characters featured on the centre pages of the 1970’s Playgirl magazine.

The MACHO series evolved from an idea of representing sexual elements within pop culture and commercials will hang from the rather appropriate walls of Dalston Superstore.

Bright colours, candy like gloss, simple lines and negative spaces. This body of work plays on the sense of masculinity portrayed in this era. The luminosity and playful cropping builds icons made of hair and a pansexual spirit.

Al, Hank, Ken, Lee, Dan, Frank, Ben and Matt will leave you wishing you could turn back time.

Ego Rodriguez, Spanish Illustrator, fascinated with the macabre, the uncommon and anything slightly left-of-centre was born in windswept Asturias, but has been living and working in London for the most part of the last 18 years. This will be Ego’s fifth exhibition, but the first time you will see this masculine collective in all their glory.

The opening night will coincide with an all singing all dancing classic Dalston Superstore Friday club night, Mega Nancy’s, with an extraordinary line up including Hifi Sean, The Lovely Jonjo, Jeffrey Hinton and Johnny Kalifonia.

For press enquires:
art@dalstonsuperstore.com
@galleryDSS

Nancy’s

Nancy’s, a new Friday night of disco, pop, house and party bumps at Dalston Superstore featuring our new rotating cast of familiar fabulous residents!

Yes, it’s time to bring back the residents, those trusted DJs that can deliver the goods every week and know every inch of the club and the crowd like their own underpants. So we’re shaking things up at Superstore on Friday nights with new top deck disco Nancy’s, and welcoming back our favourite DJs to play week in, week out in the top deck disco. It’s going to be family vibes all the way as trusted DJs like The Lovely Jonjo, Jeffery Hinton, Martyn Fitzgerald, Grizzle (John Sizzle and A Man To Pet), HiFi Sean, Luke Howard, Johnny Kalifornia and Mikki Most play on rotation along with different hosts every week. 

Nancy’s launches on Friday 31st January with an extra special line-up consisting of the legendary HiFi Sean, Johnny Kalifornia and Trailer Trash’s very own Mikki Most!

Start as you mean to go on we say. Coming up this month we have…

Friday 7th Feb: Grizzle crash-land into Nancy’s top deck disco.
Friday 14th Feb: The Lovely Jonjo and Kim Jakobsen To do a double-ender.
Friday 21st Feb: Dream-team Luke Howard and Jeffrey Hinton takeover (with special guest host DARKWAH!)
Friday 28th February: HiFi Sean and Martyn Fitzgerald show those queens how it’s done.

It starts every week at 9pm and is FREE before 11pm /  £5 after

Join the Nancy’s Facebook group here for regular updates and join the Facebook event for the launch party here.

Illustration by Ego Rodriguez: egorodriguez.com

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.