Saturday sees French DJ and producer Morgan Hammer in the basement for Hot Boy Dancing Spot! Part of the Relish Recordings family, the Barcelona based Morgan has been steadily releasing records an growing in popularity. With a track recently included on the latest compilation for cult Paris shop Collette, and more on the way, she’s one to watch out for. Ahead of the party, we caught up with her to ask a few question…
You’ve released on Matt Walsh’s label Clouded Vision, Relish, among others… what other labels would be a dream come true to release your records on?
There are a lot of labels where I would like to work with, but for now I will say Kill The DJ and Ivan’s new label Les Disques De La Mort. I also would love to do some music for Kompakt or Speicher as they have been my first big love since I started DJing.
What came first- DJing or producing? What feels more comfortable for you?
First I started producing, and a short time after I did my first mixes. I love doing both; the more I play music the more I love DJing and it’s absolutely the same with producing. I need both to have a balanced mind.
We hear you’re a bit of a cold wave fan- what’s your ultimate cold wave track that you could actually get away with playing out?
Recently I’ve become a fan of Makina GirGir, a Parisian artist from La Forme Lente Records. This track is one of my favourites.
What’s currently on repeat on your ipod?
La Mverte new releases on Her Majesty’s Ship, some Timothy J Fairplay’s mixes, a lot of music from La Forme Lente, Mannequin Records or Domestica, also some of Yesco and Lokier tracks, but also a lot of classical like Johannes Brahms, Franz Liszt, Bach…
If you had a time machine to visit any dancefloor anywhere/anywhen, where would you go?
I think I would go to see Joy Division and Happy Mondays at The Factory in Manchester and finish completely drunk in a big endless after hour.
You joined the Spun Out roster last year alongside the likes of Ivan Smagghe, Andrew Weatherall, Optimo, Psychemagik- it kinda feels like exactly the right home for you! Have those artists been much of an influence since joining?
Spun Out artists always have been a big influence for me since I started DJing, I’ll always remember the first time I saw Ivan Smagghe playing in Montpellier when I was nearly 18, It was such a revelation for me. Andrew’s music, Ewan Pearson, Justus are also big examples to me.
What was the last book you read?
I’m now finishing Headed For The Blues by Josef Skvorecky.
You’ve got a new track on the latest Collette compilation, can you tell us how that came about and what is next for Morgan Hammer?
Colette’s team wrote me a few months ago to know if I would be interested on making a track for their St Valentines Compilation. It was such great news for me because I’ve always dreamed about working with them.
Now I’m finishing my EP for Relish Recordings which is gonna be out around March/April. I also have an EP due with TheFkClub which is coming out next month on Astrolab Recordings, after that I would like to work on my first album.
Join Morgan Hammer this Saturday for Hot Boy Dancing Spot at Dalston Superstore from 9pm -3am.
Photo credit: David Imbërnon