Miguel Dare takes over the top bar tonight for Truth Or Dare. With a live PA from the legendary Feral Is Kinky and DJ sets from Rowdy Superstar, Mark-Ashley Dupé and Joanna aka FIFI it’s a perfect match with downstairs Ubermax party with Greg Brockmann. We spoke to FIFI ahead of Truth Or Dare to quiz her about her thoughts on the crossover between fashion and DJing…
How does your classical piano training translate into your current DJing style?
The impact of my classical piano training on my current DJing style is mainly technical. Piano playing develops hearing awareness. When you play piano, you train your ear to hear pitches and tones in relation to one another and you learn to understand the rhythm and how music is put together. When I decided to learn how to DJ it came easily as I already knew all the technical aspects , it was just a matter of getting familiar with the equipment and type of music I want to play.
Vinyl or digital?
I learned how to DJ on vinyl. I loved the fact that you can feel the bit under your fingers. Unfortunately most of the clubs where I play don’t have vinyl decks anymore. I had to adapt and switch to CDs, which on the other hand gives me easier and wider access to the tracks that I want to play, as the majority of music is available online.
How much music crossover do you get with your day job in fashion?
A lot! On a daily basis. Music and fashion are inseparable, both celebrate and encourage creativity and the expression of the self. Most musicians consider their fashion style as important as their musical credibility. They manifest the personality of their music into what they wear, and how they wear it. In my fashion job I was lucky to come across some of the brightest stars of the decade like Madonna, Rihanna, Beyonce, Kanye West, Mykki Blanco and many more.
The other obvious manifestation of the collaborative spirit with music in my fashion job is catwalk shows and fashion films. The perfect song has the power to convey the aesthetic of a designer’s work in ways which presenting the collection on its own cannot.
What’s your favourite track to end the night or your set on?
Pendulum – Tarantula. It works for every crowd. It’s hype; people love it, know it and go crazy when its on. It’s classic and it’s never failed me!
Join Joanna aka FIFI for a game of Truth Or Dare tonight, Friday 1st March at Dalston Superstore from 9pm – 4am.
Two doyennes of London’s nightlife go head to head in this extra special interview feature ahead of Saturday’s Tramp party. Resident DJ Kris Di Angelis interrogates guest DJ Miss Jodie Harsh… and vice versa so you get the hottest gossip from the cream of the scenes of both east and west.
***Jodie interviews Kris***
Jodie: Why do you exist?
Kris: To get you coffee in the mornings, it would appear.
You DJ at the coolest clubs and parties and have a very distinct sound – describe it in 3 words.
Mine, yours, everyone’s.
Who are your musical influences?
Very tricky to answer that, my range is huge darling HUGE! Genuinely I’m more inspired by people on dance floors than anything else.
What are your key ingredients when cooking the perfect club night?
Decent sound system, a crowd with a sense of humour, the right kind of trannies, boys I can flirt with. And you, to be fair.
Where do you hang out in the daytime and nighttime when you’re NOT working?
Hoxton Hotel, my facialist, smoking weed with Lee Dalloway, Circa bar in Soho and Ronnie Scott’s.
East end Vs. Westend? Or both?
Both, though for very different reasons. The East is much better musically, but it can get in the same rut that the West End has got into sometimes. Soho can be hilarious if you know the right people, and I’ve had various musical epiphanies in Ronnie Scott’s. That’s one of the most special places in the world.
You live with a drag queen. Does this affect your mood and mental health in any way?
Waking up with the silhouette of a giant head and hair bearing down at you can be freaky, when you hide your wigs in my room without warning me.
You’re famous mainly for having an incredible suntan, how do you maintain it?
Hahahaha, you fucking cunt. I have an immensely rich life that keeps me travelling, for everything else there’s Jules at St. Tropez.
How important is having good hair to you when throwing parties and making music? Is it your secret weapon?
You tell me. One of my closest relationships is with Hamilton my friend and hairdresser.
You finish a party at 4am. Where do you go, what do you do?
Home, mostly. Unless Joshyou Are is off his nut, in which case I could end up anywhere. As long as there’s booze.
***Kris interviews Jodie***
Kris: What is it you most love about me?
Jodie: Your friends, they’re all really lovely.
How do you feel when people say you’re a Tramp?
I take it as a compliment and then call them a c**t back. Don’t fuck with a fucker.
What is the sluttiest thing you’ve ever done, and don’t censor it?
I’ve done everything, and I mean everything. I’m doing something slutty right now as I type this. I mean, I haven’t nicknamed my party ‘Rim Service’ for nothing.
What are your favourite top 3 tracks of all time? Are they all mine?
Gary Beck – Diva
Oliver $ – Hoes
Jem Atkins – Pushin On (Darius Syrossian Mix)
Who inspires your music production the most right now?
Jackie Onassis and Tamzin Outhwaite.
Who do you look forward to seeing the most in a party and why?
Munroe Bergdorf for the chat, Daniel Lismore for the look, Scottee for the comedy, you for the gossip.
If you weren’t a demented HOOF of a drag queen, what would you do instead?
Jacqui Potato – Discuss.
A living legend. She can do no wrong. Jacqui for Mayor!
What’s next for your hair? Graduated bob?
It’s getting bigger. I’m developing a new hairspray that actually contains viagra, I’m pitching it to L’Oreal. Makes it rock-hard too.
Is there anyway you could bring Biggins to Tramp?
OMG, I’ll text him. Get back to you on that. Love her.
Tramp takes place this Saturday 10th November with special guests Death On The Balcony, Jodie Harsh and Kris Di Angelis.
It was really only a matter of time before the dual juggernaut of Farley & Heller made an appearance at Paris’ Acid Ball. Individually and separately they have both been hugely influential and integral parts of the British dance music scene for many years. We caught up with one half of the duo, Terry Farley, a man who’s definitely no stranger to Dalston Superstore to ask him all about his early Boys Own raves, classic stories from the acid house heyday, Ibiza then and now, and more…
As a born Londoner, what/where is your favourite London hotspot?
I love markets – up the lane (Portobello), Roman Road in the ‘80s was, as they used to say, “ream”, Columbia Road and of course nowadays Broadway market.
What’s the best party you’ve been to so far this year?
Harvey I reckon, closely followed by some nights at East Bloc (especially our Boys Own party).
Why do you think people have been so passionate for so long about house music?
The intense link between the music and the best days (nights) of your life. The chemical reaction as well stays in the subconscious, so as soon as you (well me haha) hears a 4×4 Chicago beat a small rush starts around your toes… likely story.
What is your favourite record that you own?
It changes by the week but today it’s…
Big London club record when kids actually danced together ‘hustle’ style. Tomorrow it will be some reggae record – I’m fickle.
There’s a great story about being inspired to take your first ever E after seeing Danny Rampling for the first time and he dancing to George Kranz Din Daa Daa. How much impact do you think that moment had on your life?
That was at the Rockley Sands weekender run by Nicky Holloway – it was on the cusp of change when the crowd split between the black music purists and the kids who had been to Ibiza and took gear. Danny was doing his Amnesia style dance and Chris Butler and Johnny Walker had sat inside the huge bass bins. Sitting inside speakers was a early Acid House thing. Pics of said Weekender can be laughed at here at faithfanzine.com
Speaking of ways you met people… how did you meet Pete Heller?
He warmed up for Danny at Shoom, played guitar over Danny’s set as well.
If you could climb in a time-machine and go back to any dance floor any era any location, where and when would be setting the dial to?
1975: a true golden age of London clubbing. Punk was starting but without a name, American black dance music was at its innovative and raw best and the standard of dancing in west end clubs was amazing. It was also a time when shop culture was important, you found out what/where and whom at places like ACME, Sex, Johnson and Johnson, Swanky Modes…
What one thing will you always love about Ibiza and what one thing do you wish had never changed?
Putting the roofs on totally fucked things, what was unique and magical turned into normality – a crazy normality but the specialness was lost.
What do I still love…? The fact I’m struggling here tells me something.
If acid house geese and jackin’ cows sum up the Boys Own outdoor parties of the past, what might sum up Boys Own 2013?
Barbour coats and ketamine haha!
You and Pete Heller will be playing the Shoom 25th Anniversary… will you be playing old favourites or new bangers?
Both, but that’s how we play anyway. So much new music by new producers harks back to the early ‘90s so music no longer sounds old or new just good or bad.
You’re no stranger to the Superstore basement! What do you like about playing here?
It reminds me of our clubs used to be in the ‘70s and mid ‘80s, mixture of people, intense atmosphere that is not reliant on drug consumption and I dig the way the staff at the club seem part of a community, part of the night and not a opposing enemy like at bigger venues.
You have a long-standing association with London’s gay scene. Why do you think this is?
When I was a kid THE best west end clubs were either gay or black so if you wanted to be part of that elite side of the soul scene you had to leave any preconceptions at home. I just love a good party and a great crowd, and London’s gay scene has produced so many of my faves over the decades.
What’s your favourite current house night?
I’m working most Saturdays but the ones I’ve enjoyed playing at this year was Guy Williams’ party at East Bloc, Society at DSS on a Thursday with Robert Owens. I also love playing the basement at East Village. If I can hang out, I’m a long-term fan of the secretsundaze crew and I really love the Loft over west down Scrubs Lane.
What do you think has given your career the longevity you’ve enjoyed?
I’m rubbish at anything else.
And finally, who’s been the most interesting or difficult person you’ve ever interviewed for your own site Faith Fanzine?
Miles got told off by Frankie Knuckles after I had hooked up a Skype interview for Faith haha. The best ones are the older DJs who have stuff to say who have lived the life so to speak: Derrick Carter, Lil Louis, Frankie (eventually)… young European deep house DJs want to talk about plug-ins.
As the inimitable Ivan Smagghe is set to play the Halloween party hosted by our disco sisters Trailer Trash and the good ship Bugged Out, we managed to get a moment with the man himself to discuss what Halloween means to him, the roots of his long-standing relationship with Andrew Weatherall and what really scares him.
To really get into the spirit of things, check out this live recording of Ivan playing at our San Francisco friends Honey Soundsystem…
Londoners really get into All Hallows Eve- what’s the best Halloween party you’ve played in terms of effort gone into by promoters and by the crowd themselves?
I must admit I’m not a very big Halloween fan. I think it’s a corporate American thing that’s been imported here. It’s not an English tradition. Or European. It’s a bit of a cashing-in job I think. That said, if you want to have a costume party it doesn’t have to be Halloween. Like Horse Meat Disco. But that’s just their general style of living. It’s not a costume, that’s just the way they are. I think that’s the way to be.
Yeah, Halloween, I don’t mind it, but I wouldn’t put too much into it. If you want to dress up you can dress up any time really.
Do you find the mood different at Halloween events, in terms of reading the crowd and selecting records?
No. Playing records certainly not. If it’s going to be Halloween, it’s always fun if people make more of an effort but it gets into a cycle… there’s Halloween, then there’s Christmas… that whole invasion of things you “have to do”. Do it if you want to do it. I’m French so we do Mardi Gras which is in March/April. 20 years ago Halloween didn’t exist and people were still partying.
You’re playing at Bugged Out/Trailer Trash with Andrew Weatherall- a DJ/producer you’ve often associated with. How did you come to meet?
I was a fan, as were quite a lot of people of my age, but we met quite late actually. We met when I moved to London so about 10 years ago probably. It was quite randomly at a party that I was playing. We’ve got the same booker so that’s how we started playing together and we kinda play similar music. There’s not many people I play joint with… maybe only five or six and he’s one of them. It was a random meeting. Pretty simple. Even though I was a fan I didn’t feel intimidated, he might be intimidating to some people but he’s a gentleman.
You’ve said you have other DJs who you play out with quite a lot, but is Weatherall one you have a particularly close relationship with as you’re so often associated with each other?
It comes from the music I suppose. He’s a bit older than me but we were both listening to other types of music when acid house first happened. And we’ve got our differences, he’s a massive reggae fan and I’m not but it all comes from the fact we’re open minded and not only focussed on electronic music. That makes it work. With other DJs I play with the link is definitely more related to electronic music. We have links outside of music, books for instance. We talk a lot about other things. It’s not only about the music… And probably being moody sometimes. That’s been said about him beforehand and that’s what’s said about me.
What scares you the most?
What scares me the most? Myself. Probably.
And what should more people be scared of?
Not me! That’s a definite no. They shouldn’t be scared of me.
They should be scared of greed.
You recently contributed a remix for and played the Paris launch party for Astro lab’s compilation Treasure Hunting- have you got any more records coming out on the label?
Errr not that I know of. Maybe in the future but not at the moment. I’ve known Laurent (Pastor) for years but I’ve got a lot on at moment.
Anything else you’ve been working on lately- anything for Kill The DJ?
I’ve just finished a remix for Visionquest, Seth Troxler’s label. That should come out very soon. I’ve got a mix coming on Eskimo. But the main thing is really the It’s A Fine Line album on Kill The DJ. Hopefully it should be out before next summer.
Lots of people record under aliases, and Halloween is a time when people get to dress up and pretend to be other than they are. Do you ever wish this was a route you’d followed?
Pretending I’m someone that I’m not? Absolutely not. God, that is so not me. It’s the same thing isn’t it, if you want to do that why would you need Halloween for that? If you want to be someone else just be that person. And that’s it. It’s so complicated just being yourself, if you then had to be someone else… Jesus Christ. No. No.
Ivan Smagghe joins Andrew Weatherall, Waze & Odyssey and Hannah Holland at the Bugged Out + Trailer Trash Halloween House Of Horrors tomorrow night (Saturday 27th October) from 10pm – 6am at Netil House in Hackney. Advanced tickets are now sold out but there are 50 held back for the door- first come first served!
Tonight sees Elles of Legendary Children fame join us in the top bar for a game of Truth Or Dare with host Miguel Dare! Normally known for bringing the H.O.U.S.E. she’s more likely to be digging through her collection for records on the poppier side of things! We caught her alone for a more in-depth chat…
How would describe your role within Legendary Children?
Umm.. Legendary House Mother (see: Willi Ninja for definition)?… I would say I am the networker of the group: I love meeting people and socializing and casting the net a bit wider than maybe the two boys would do if they were a duo. My approach to music is perhaps more open too. I love pop as much as I get techno and house. Although you wont hear a huge amount of the former at our nights, sometimes I play things the boys might be unsure of but tends to work out in the end.
The three of us are very distinct personalities and each bring something unique to the table. Pac is the technology man while Neil and I are more creative, which is vital cos if we were all dreaming up things and staring out the window but had no clue how a mixing desk worked we’d be stuffed. Lucky we do all know how to work a mixing desk so that’s not a problem, but ultimately whatever it is that works between the three of us creates a pretty good balance.
You’re also pretty tight with Thunder. Anything on the cards lined up with them?
Ah we love Thunder! We did a Vs. party with them last month which was ace. Their parties are so good. There is talk of repeating that at some stage and also whispers of doing some sort of New Years day party with those guys so keep it locked….
What can we expect from your set at Truth or Dare?
Not strictly a typical Legendary Children set! I’ve played for Miguel a few times before, the crowd are always really fun and up for whatever so there is a lot of freedom to be creative. Last time I played for him it was straight up hip hop and r’n’b all night which I loved as I don’t tend to play much R.Kelly at LC. Haha. On Friday I’ll probably go for something that is a bit of everything: Vogue-classics, house bumpers, party vibes. I love playing at Superstore and the upstairs bar is always so fun I’m really looking forward to it.
What’s the most embarrassing secret you’ve ever spilled during an actual game of Truth Or Dare?
I’m a Dare girl. I tend to wear my embarrassing secrets on my sleeve so I’ll go for Dare every time.
And what’s the most embarrassing “guilty pleasure” record in your collection?
Err the entire lot? Haha. I am a long-term Kylie fan and own most of her back catalogue but to be honest I’m not really embarrassed by that. There’s probably a great deal in my collection that my peers wouldn’t be seen dead with. More fool them. It ain’t all Hinge Finger and Nu Groove you know. Well, it is that too but you get what I mean.
While we’re on the subject of cringe records though, a friend of my mums did the classic ‘oooh you like vinyl here are a load of LPs that have been in the garage for the past 40 years’ and offloaded them on me. Unsurprisingly, it was a lot of Rod Stewart and things that probably made sense to people in 1972 in there. Most of it found its way swiftly to Scope on Peckham High Street, however I took a bunch of vinyl down to Music Exchange recently, mainly ’00s house and drum & bass but slipped a few of the dodgy ones in there just for good measure- see who was paying attention, like. The guys behind the counter looked so sad and confused. They were like “Um we don’t really sell much of this kind of thing”. At least I made a valid contribution to their bargain basement. Although my record shop rep is now officially in tatters.
What do you hate about clubs?
In general? Ummm… Not enough clubs with free bars and taxis home? As a rule I tend to steer clear of clubs that I dislike with any passion. If pushed I would say I am deffo more a fan of smaller clubs although big rooms can also be amazing if done well. The recent DJ Harvey gig was testament to that. There are so many factors that create a great clubbing experience from the music to the crowd to whether or not you got out of bed the right side that day I couldn’t say there was a rule of thumb for all clubs that defines greatness or hatefulness.
What are your favourite house records that aren’t house records?
Ooh I love a bit of house-not-house. Always down for slipping a pop or disco record in here and there. At Bestival I played Sylvester’s ‘Do You Wanna Funk’ in a house set. Although he is as disco as they come there are also few artists more H.O.U.S.E than Sylvester. On a similar note Miles (Simpson of Thunder) and I warmed up for Robert Owens recently, my parting shot was Jellybean’s Material Girl remix which I’m not entirely sure Mr. Owens ‘got’ but the crowd were on board with so there you go.. If it feels right (within reason), stick it on and see what happens innit.
What’s the worst record request you’ve ever had whilst DJing?
The worst requests are not usually specific songs but when someone thinks they could do better or is just generally rude. We played in a well known Dalston basement, not a million mile away from DSS a couple of months ago and a girl came up and asked to plug in her iPod. When I said ‘sorry, no’ she skidded the needle across the record that was playing. Went down pretty well. Requests can be annoying but are not the end of the world. Being disrespectful of someone working is not ok though.
If your house was burning down what one thing would you save?
Any of my loved ones or anyone else still inside for that matter. Stuff is stuff.
What does 2013 hold for Legendary Children?
Before the year is out we are very excited to be playing the Shoom 25th Anniversary party in December. But 2013 is all about the production, we have a bunch of stuff due for release next year, including a forthcoming collaboration with the ineffably talented poet James Massiah which has been in the pipeline for ages and will hopefully see light soon!
Elles plays Truth Or Dare in the top bar tonight (Friday 26th October 2012) from 9pm – 3am.
Rushmore returns to Superstore tomorrow to play Society Presents Robert Owens. Having been a previous guest at the launch of Banjee Boy Realness, and with his own night House Of Trax being the talk of the town, we thought it high time to catch up with the man himself and even get our mitts on an exclusive mix!
Are you named after the mountain or the movie?
Haha! Neither, I first learned to make music on Rushmore Road in Clapton.
What’s the scariest tune you plan to play at the Halloween Society party on Thursday?
I’ve got an exclusive Icy Lake refix by a Night Slugs friend which is pretty spooky and also a special little edit of something I have done myself.
You’ve had some amazing guests at your own party House Of Trax. Who’s been your favourite so far this year for whatever reason?
On the spot! It has been a great year for guests, but I would have to say MikeQ. He played our launch party back in January, which was special, and our most recent party too. He’s great all round DJ, Producer and a great guy. He will be back for us next year too.
We also hear House Of Trax is expanding from a night into a record label- what’s on the cards for the first few releases?
Ohh… news travels quick! We haven’t really told anyone. Well our first vinyl release will be for end of November. That will be three tracks from myself. The second and third releases will be in the first half of next year. We can’t reveal who they will be from, but some very interesting projects and remixes indeed. There’s more than just the vinyl too!
And finally, tell us a bit about the exclusive mix you’ve made up…
Well, I thought of it as The Rushmore Superstore… so I went on a shopping spree with some of my favourite tracks of old and new. An appetizing minimix to whet the palate for this week’s party.
1. Love Juice Intro
2. Raze – Break 4 Love
3. Logic – Blues For You
4. Keri Chandler – Kong
5. Hardrive – Depp Inside (Rushmore Reformed Mix)
6. Gerd – That NY House Track
7. Outhere Brothers – I Wanna Fuck You In The Ass
8. Westside Box Savants – House Program 808
9. Kingdom – Stalker Ha
10. Todd Terry / MikeQ – Samba (Ballroom Mix)
11. KW Griff ft Pork Chop – Bring In The Katz (L-Vis 1990 Dub)
12. Green Velvet – I Want To Leave My Body
13. Lil Louis – French Kiss
14. Nomad – Devotion
Rushmore plays Society Presents Robert Owens this Thursday 24th October with DJ TLR and Josh Caffe from 9pm – 2:30am.
Who better to headline Hot Boy Dancing Spot’s Halloween extravaganza than DRUMS OF DEATH! Some say he is a master of things that go bump in the night… Some say he is a master of all things H.O.U.S.E… Both are right! We asked him our spookiest questions and then twisted his arm with a Chinese burn until he made us this exclusive mix until we found out what’s scarier: his taste in music or his skull-face-paint!
What is the scariest record you own?
The chord changes in Art Decade on Low by David Bowie have always given me the fear and the early mad stuff by Steve Reich like Pendulum Music, while not exactly scary, I find rather unsettling. Dance music though, no… Even the stupid or mad stuff is still funky.
I don’t think club record is scary. some are pretty daft or funny… Like everyone else I have records that I’ve never played out. Usually ridiculous techno that I can’t find the right time to play.
What is your idea of hell?
How does your Waves trilogy of EPs translate into the current A/V show you’re touring?
My current live show is all music from the Waves EP series and new album tracks. Music and visuals sync up and it’s a very immersive experience. I’ll be playing some of those new things at the Halloween party. I started off as being this raw, punky, energetic bassline and wonky house guy but I’ve really hit my stride now. My music is stripped back, I play synths live, no singing (I let others do that in the studio) and I let the music breathe. The new live show with or without the visuals is something I really proud of.
What’s been the best show for it so far in terms of how it’s worked visually in the venue, how the crowd’s responded to it, the atmosphere…
The debut at this year’s Springfestival in Graz, Austria was amazing… it was the culmination of the all work from the start of the year and the first time seeing the whole thing in action. Well, I didn’t actually see it as I was doing it, but my visual artists film the show and I’ve seen it. Very cool. I’ve also done the show at Zouk in Singapore, Razzmatazz in Barcelona and other places. It’s been dope. Really a lot of fun. This is the beginning; we’ll scale it up for next summer.
Here’s the clip of the debut show:
What’s your favourite Murk record and why?
It has to be an Oscar G solo joint. Reaching Up! (Raw Vocal Mix) – The whole track is raw and rough… love it.
How did it feel to hear Azealia Banks’ vocal on your track?
It’s been great, she and I have been working on/off since last year and aside from the tracks on her mixtape I’m doing something on the album. I’m working with a bunch of awesome artists right now, kind of easing into my role as a producer for other people. I’m taking two weeks out from after Halloween to work on some new Drums Of Death album music.
Is the art of song-writing a lost art in dance music?
It depends on the song. It’s easy to load a piece of music with too much song. The key is stripping it back to the essentials. I don’t really think anyone does this well in the UK to a consistent level. I love the Steffi record ‘Yours’, this is a prime example of pure hooky vocal and stripped back.
What vocalist would you love to work with?
If it could be anyone from any time it would have to be those we’ve lost… Gil Scott-Heron would be at the top of that list.
If you had a time-machine what dance floor would you visit?
I’d like to have gone to the Soundfactory or Music Box, though the privilege of hindsight means we ascribe a certain greater to value to those venues or parties but I’m not actually a retro-ist. I think there’s so much good music now, we have better soundsystems and more expansive technology. I love so much of house music but I don’t want to think that the best is behind us. I always want to be hit by something fresh. Saying that, I’ll be DJing a ton of old jams at Dalston Superstore for Halloween… Ha Ha Ha.
Drums Of Death plays a DJ set at Hot Boy Dancing Spot next Saturday 27th October from 9pm – 4am with The Lovely Jonjo, Hello Mozart and a top bar takeover from Anal House Meltdown.
Drum Circus takes over the top bar tonight with Ed DMX of DMX Krew fame! An extremely influential artist who’s released on respected labels such as Warp, Rephlex, Ghostly, Fresh Up and Permanent Vacation; his work spans various styles, from hard techno to electro and even taking in synthpop. We managed to pin down the eclectic and enigmatic Ed for a five minute chat before his set tonight…
You’re named after the Oberheim DMX drum machine… what’s been your most recent hardware purchase?
Some new Doepfer modules for my modular synth.
Can you distill into one sentence why analogue is important to you?
It sounds nice, it’s fun to play with and I can get the sound I want very quickly.
In a 17+ year career, what’s one record you’ve made that stands out for you for whatever reason?
Galaxy Love because it’s the newest one and the vocals are in tune for once.
You’ve been pretty vocal over the years about your love of music generally and your dislike of “genres”. What sound will you be aiming for with your set at Superstore this Friday in that case?
They told me the idea of the night is “guilty pleasures” and while I’ve never been ashamed of liking what I like, I guess that means playing stuff you can’t normally play in a club set. At the same time, it’s a Friday night gig in a bar so I guess I’ll aim for the more camp end of disco, ’80s favourites, maybe a spot of dancehall, ’90s r’n’b… a bit of everything as usual but no hard techno!
And what one record, either by yourself or not, can we expect to hear?
Work It by Missy Elliot.
Ed DMX plays Drum Circus with Pony Girl (Endurance), Ian Robinson in the top bar whilst in the basement it’s Ubermax with Adeline (Get Physical), Kais, Sigmund K and Eugene & Mortimer tonight (Friday 12th October) from 9pm – 4am.
Some of you might remember Miss Miraj from our Tranny Top Trumps feature a little back from Kris Di Angelis’ night Tramp, where she told us all about her special skills and best/worst looks. With the launch of Barbie’s Boudoir here at Dalston Superstore this Thursday, we caught up with the lady herself once more for a recap on all things plastic fantastic…
Who are you style icons?
I don’t really have one particular style icon. I’m Barbie, I got loads!! But if I really had to choose it would be Nicki Minaj with a Gaga twist!
When we spoke to you previously for Tramp, you told us your special ability was charming people! What’s your best line to get us to do WHATEVER YOU WANT?
I don’t do lines. Like the rest, once you’ve met me, you’ll do anything to have me… So you tell me what’s your line!?
What can we expect from your night here Barbie’s Boudoir?
A watering hole of cross sexuality! So come and fill your boots!
And what goes on in Barbie’s actual boudoir?
Wouldn’t you like to know! You’ll have to ask Ken, but he’s currently being tied up by Action Man umm…. with an apple in his mouth!
How would you describe your look?
I’m a Barbie… It depends on who I belong to that day!
What one track is making you lose your shit on the dancefloor at the moment?
NTFO – Adjective (Private Remix)
What makes you the hostess with the mostess?
My bags of personality… And my ass bags! “Hey Ho”
Who would be on a dream Barbie’s Boudoir lineup alive/dead/past/present?
My perfect line up would have to be my Barbs, Nicki Minaj, Scarlett Etienne, Jessica Rabbit and Marilyn Monroe to host.
You also previously told us you own 10 1/2 wigs!! Which is your fave?
Out of the 10 1/2, I would say my natural hair, I’m not confined to wig wearing!
And finally what spectacular outfit do you have planned for your party?
Seeing as it’s my boudoir, maybe now I’ll get away with turning up in my Birthday Suit!!
Barbie’s Boudoir takes place this Thursday 11th September from 9pm – 2:30am here at Dalston Superstore with Mark-Ashley Dupé and Frankie Layo.
Tomorrow night sees the next installment of Rex The Dog’s bi-monthly night Breed and they’ve roped in WALKABOUT Vs Pikilipita to provide an animation spectacular for the evening! Using a hi-tech portable system, they’ll be roaming Superstore projecting Rexes and the previous Breed t-shirt designs onto all available surfaces… including onto you lot!
To find out more about this innovative system, we caught up with Shaun Prickimage, the man behind WALKABOUT Projection and the amazing visuals seen at WetYourSelf at Fabric and various other clubnight and festivals… including the Gutterslut Vs TrailerTrash tent at Lovebox! We posed all our burning questions to him to find out how it all works and what we can expect from Friday’s party…
Can you explain the concept behind WALKABOUT Projection?
WALKABOUT Projection was setup as an extension of PRICKIMAGE and allows us to stage pop-up performances just about anywhere using a hi-rez mobile projection system. Projections can roam free outdoors or indoors with no need for cables or screens.
The technology allows performers to project animated images using portable projector systems as they walk among the public at a broad range of events. The performers manipulate the projected images live, encouraging audience interaction using media players, game controllers and Kinect sensor from Xbox.
And do you have plans to expand this?
We are excited about technology such as Pico projectors and the Raspberry Pi that will give us even more opportunities to play with portability. This tech is so light and so powerful that it can almost be sewn into the costumes of performers, which will allow intimate and exciting encounters with crowds.
We are currently on the lookout for performers for winter events, so people can get involved if they like what they see.
What’s been the biggest or most exciting WALKABOUT project so far?
WALKABOUT Projection was featured in Don’t Think, the 2012 film of a live performance by Chemical Brothers. The technology was used in a very clever way to take the visuals off stage and around festival.
What’s your favourite venue in London to work in and why? Do you prefer to perform in more confined areas or large cavernous clubs?
The beauty of WALKABOUT Projection means that it doesn’t matter what sort of space we have. We bring the projections to the people no matter how many are involved. What’s important is that there is enough room for interactivity. Small Pico projectors are used for smaller spaces while a larger, more powerful setup works great outdoors or large venues.
What inspires your animation style?
Projections by their nature need to bold and bright on dark surfaces. With WALKABOUT, it’s important that we use very colourful and bright projections to make sure that it works well indoors or outdoors.
Who are your most frequent collaborators?
VJ Hash will be performing additional WALKABOUT Projection at BREED 8, but we’ve done a lot of great work with Pikilipita and Nicola Saponaro (SapoLab), not forgetting of course Martin Wollerstam. Rafael Filomeno is in his final year studying interactive graphic design and he has been working closely with us.
We hear PRICKIMAGE is doing the visuals for Shoom’s 25th Anniversary Party- you must have something extra special up your sleeve for such a prestigious rave!
Danny Rampling is eager to combine the best of past, present and future both in terms of music and visuals. We are grabbing the chance to take advantage of the high ceiling, which allows for a large projection screen. We’re also dying to reference the rich back catalogue of imagery from the Shoom rave era. We’ll be taking advantage of the best of current technology, but do expect plenty of smiley faces!
What London club nights, besides the ones you work at(!) do you like to go to?
Tough one. I’m always chasing that experience I had when I first walked into Trailer Trash…
Can you talk us through the process that goes into performing WALKABOUT Projection live?
We have to get the more practical things such as lighting and surface sorted out and then we use a controller to bring the personality and character to the projections, treating them as puppets rather than flat animations. So, we might choose a game controller to add interactivity and fun, breathing life into the characters.
What is your preferred type of music to work alongside with?
There is no truth to the scurrilous rumours that I really love Norwegian folk trumpet….
Why do you think the Walkabout Projection will work well at Breed?
Rex is alive and chomping at the bit to get taken for a walk. He likes to explore and meet new pussies.
The crowd will be fun and up for innovative interaction with our furry friend. Rex’s owner has designed loads of amazing t-shirts and we will be bringing these designs to life on the ravers. We want the crowd to capture Rex’s adventures as they happen with photo and video so anyone who shares great footage or pics on the Facebook page will be in with a chance of bagging one of these exclusive t-shirts.
WALKABOUT Vs Pilikipita will be projecting onto walls, surfaces and even you this Friday 5th October at Breed #8 from 9pm – 4am.
Next weekend Phonica Records store founder Simon Rigg joins us in the upstairs bar for PAG vs B(e)ast and will be sure to be digging deep into his own vast vinyl collection for some actual musical gems. Superstore boss Dan Beaumont pinned him down ahead of the party for a chat about a subject dear to both their hearts: records, record stores and more records…
How and why did you open Phonica records?
I opened Phonica in 2003. I was managing another Soho record store at the time – Koobla, and the guys who run Vinyl Factory and Fact Magazine approached me to open a shop for Vinyl Factory. So I left and brought Heidi and Tom Relleen from Koobla to run the place with me. We had a blank canvas and a great space on Poland St, so we designed it how we wanted our ideal record store to be.
How has Soho changed since you opened?
Soho is still thriving- a few years back, it was thought the beating heart of London was moving east and Soho would lose its character and its buzz… but it’s still there!
Why are record shops more important than ever?
Record shops are more important than ever because they are social places where people can gather and share a common interest, where you can be introduced to new music you haven’t heard before (or that would be suggested by a computer / Spotify / iTunes Genius), where staff might know what records you like (if you come often enough) and where you can meet like-minded people. Downloading records on a computer and trawling through Beatport can be an empty, unenjoyable experience but going to a local record shop can be a rewarding one.
What are your top three sellers of all time?
We don’t sell as many copies of the big records now as we used to five or six years ago. Before downloads, both legal and illegal, many people would buy a 12inch as it was the only way to hear THAT track they had heard at the weekend… our biggest sellers have been Bookashade’s Mandarine Girl, Tiefschwarz’s remix of Spektrum ‘Kinda New’, Villalobos’s version of Depeche Mode ‘Sinner In Me’, definitely around the minimal ‘era’. Nowadays, the new Bicep release has been flying out along with the Kon & Amir edit of Cerrone.
What are your favourite labels at the moment?
I’m a big fan of Sushitech, probably the most consistent house label out there. L.I.E.S. are on a roll at the moment too… alongside Permanent Vacation, Resista, Firecracker / Unthank, Cocktail D’Amore, Golf Channel, Andres’s releases on La Vida, too many to mention.
My favorite club as been Robert Johnson in Frankfurt – it’s small, perfectly-sized with a great sound system – it’s just like playing at a mates house party but, of course, with a much better system. I played alongside Ewan Pearson all night for 9 hours. I also really like playing downstairs at Watergate as it has such a great backdrop with the Spree behind, especially when it’s iced up in the winter.
Tell us a secret about Phonica…
My favourite Phonica Birthday Party, which always happens around autumn each year, was the one at Corsica Studios with Four Tet, Henrik Schwarz and the first appearance from legendary Chicago house producers, Virgo Four. However, it almost didn’t happen – only a few hours before, I got a call from Merwyn from Virgo Four, who was stuck in an interview room at Heathrow as the guys didn’t have the correct work visa and with all their keyboards and guitars, they were clearly here to ‘work’. It took a lot of pleading and after a few hours, thanks to an immigration guy having been to one of our parties, they were let in for 24 hours!!!
What are your favourite record shops in the world?
Well, there aren’t many shops left – especially those for crate digging and I seem to have most things I want now, so I don’t really go looking anywhere else now. I really like Dope Jams in New York for its no nonsense attitude, Discos Paradiso in Barcelona for the great service and decent selection and Rotation in Berlin!
Simon Rigg plays upstairs at PAG vs B(e)ast with Borja Peña, Tom Peters and Avihai Partok on Saturday 6th October 2012 from 9pm – 4am.
You can listen to the new Lord Of The Isles EP on Phonica Records right here
Next week we welcome Perseus Traxx to join us in the Superstore lazer basement for our monthly Chicago house and acid infused Thursday night Society. Self-described as a man who makes “Machine Music using old hardware”, Perseus Traxx’s rich analogue sounds and early house influences make him an ideal act to sit on the same bill as Society’s legendary resident Robert Owens. We caught up with him to shoot the breeze about Greek legends, hardware and music that makes you smile…
What is it about the legendary Greek figure of Perseus that you empathise with enough to name yourself after him… beyond the obvious association of house artists named after mythical Greek characters?
Possibly his persistence and integrity, I’m unsure. He was put on the spot when asked what gift he would present to the King. Everyone said a horse was fitting, but he said nothing less than the head of Medusa. Next day he was ordered by the King to get the head of Medusa, otherwise the King would take Perseus’s mother. An impossible task, he had help from the Gods, but the King raped his mother. So he exacted revenge by turning the King to stone. He also gave away the Kingdom rather than rule in place of the King he had just killed. The films don’t tell this story, and even in ancient mythology there are two slightly different versions. I like the idea that he was kitted up by the Gods to perform an otherwise impossible feat, a mortal using the tools of the immortals. But that doesn’t really answer the question I’m afraid….
Do you think you could take Medusa in a fight like your namesake did?
Medusa was HOT but she lost her looks!! She was the only mortal of the three Gorgons, but I’d probably need the same amount of help defeating her, so Athena would need to show up and hold the polished shield. I’d also need the cap of invisibility to get away, and some trainers that make me fly. As the ancient Greek Gods seem to have retired, I think I’d be pretty much up the creek on this one.
You’re pretty vocal about your love of analogue and basic equipment and hardware. What’s your most loved and most used tool you utilise in your productions?
That’s quite tricky as I use everything equally, the MPC and the desk and effects units always get used, as does the Juno Alpha 1 and the MKS-50 (rack-mounted Alpha Juno). As a rule I write music to record with a mind to performing it, and so I use what I’m able to take out with me. Maybe one or two bits stay at home, but that’s it. I think though, the Juno’s are my favourite….
Why do you feel the need to have quite so many aliases?
It’s not a need as such. There have been different things for different moods. The recent stuff is Perseus, but appropriate sounds go with appropriate names. Nite Vision isn’t just me, N&N Tracks (Neville and Nigel) isn’t just me and Sir Leon Greg is all about edits and jams, so is an anagram (edit) of my own name. Underneath, it’s still me; the names are more about reference points for other people, which is why the first question was a bit tricky.
What one track has had the biggest influence on the music you produce as Perseus Traxx?
I don’t think there can be just one track.
Why is jazz awesome?
I like the moods, it lets my brain unfold and helps me relax and drift. I don’t listen to nearly as much as I should. Quite often I’m locked into what I’m doing and don’t get a chance to relax and listen to other things. I suppose the speed at which my brain races means I feel I have to be occupied to prevent thinking to much about things that otherwise may trouble me.
What do you think of DJs who don’t go to record stores?
I have no problem with that. There isn’t one in York so I can’t go but I can’t really afford much vinyl at the moment. I don’t have a problem with buying online. It’s a shame though; the decline in record sales (despite the recent upwards bump) has meant the closure of record shops all over the world. Though enthusiasts can still get music, a community is lost. Digging in crates and second hand shops has been lost to the “idea” of what the majority thinks it is be a DJ. This is evidenced by the rise of mediocrity and celebrity. The masses buy into it. That’s fine, it doesn’t effect me as I don’t go to those clubs or buy that music. Being a DJ is about searching for tracks, as much as playing, so whether it’s about going to a record shop or tracking down and buying online it doesn’t matter, it’s all about the obsession. This is what differentiates DJ’s from people who are just spoon-fed what they will listen to and buy, and are happy to just accept that.
What’s your favourite track of your own you’ve done?
I’m not too certain. They all have special resonance for me, and different memories and qualities. There are also 100 or more that are unreleased and some of those mean a lot to me too. It’s like asking a parent to choose their favourite child.
If you *had* to rid the world of one musical genre, in your opinion, what could humanity afford to lose?
Not sure if it has a true genre, but we could all do without the soulless, polished dirge the $wedi$h Hou$e Ma££ia and their ilk “produce” – oh I mentioned being spoon fed before didn’t I…..
What was the last piece of music you listened to that made you outright grin?
I was at a friend’s place the other week and she pulled out a copy of the edits of Don’t Take It by Armando Gallop. It’s the Thomos Edit that I particularly like and was on the Lets Pet Puppies label, which was made up of re-edits of unreleased recordings from back in the day. I don’t have a copy unfortunately and with the lowest price on Discogs being £20 it seems I’m unlikely to get one any time soon which is a cruel cruel shame! I particularly like the Sharvette’s voice on this. It’s just drums, subtle acid, some effects, and her voice. I love it. She sounds like the same person who did the intro of Drexciya’s Bubble Metropolis where a female voice announces, “This is Drexciyan Cruiser Control, bubble 1, to Lardossen cruiser 8-203X, please decrease your speed to 1.788.4 kilobahn, thank you, Lardossen cruiser 8-203X please use extra caution as you pass the aqua construction site on the side of the aquabahn, I repeat, proceed with caution.” I guess that’s the best reference point in terms of the sound of the vocal, though the content and context are very different.
What can we expect from your set at Society?
I haven’t planned a set as such, though I do have some nice bits, old and new, waiting to get played and am eagerly awaiting the postman’s arrival with some new releases. There will definitely be some Legowelt / Chicago Shags in there, maybe some disco. I’ll just have to see how it all goes….
Perseus Traxx plays Society Presents: Robert Owens next Thursday 27th September from 9pm – 2:30am and has a new split EP with Aroy Dee out now on Photic Fields called Hope.