Posts Tagged ‘Ivan Smagghe’

Sara Zinger

We are ready to give 2016 the grand send-off it deserves with the special debut of spangly queer Parisian discotheque Patsy! Having jetsetted to Paris, New York and Buenos Aires, it is high time she crash lands in London for her long-awaited Dalston Superstore debut. For the very special premiere we have recruited French uber babe and dark disco expert Sara Zinger. She has spent the year playing across the dancefloors of Europe, and we can’t wait to see what she unleashes on the lazer basement! We caught up to chat dream collaborations, favourite parties and plans for Patsy.

Hey Sara! We’re super excited to have you play at Dalston Superstore! Can you tell us a bit about yourself?

All right so I’m 30 years old, I live in Marseille in the south of France, and I’ve been DJing for six or seven years now and producing for two. I actually spent several months in London few years ago! I’m in love with this city, always a pleasure to come play here.

If you had to trace your DJ career back to one track that started it all, what would it be?

The track that made me wanna start DJing is Booka Shade – Oh Superman

 

I was in this big club in Belgium called H20 and the DJ was like a king for me, I used to spend all my weekends in this club and couldn’t help staring at the DJ all night long. A track that would define my DJ sets from the beginning is Sometimes by Chloe. I’m never sick of playing it.

You recently released an EP in collaboration with Alda. How did that partnership come about and what was your production process like?

I met Alda like two years ago and it’s been a musical crush since the beginning. I was playing at a club in Marseille and when I walked out of the DJ booth he came to me to talk about my set. He was from another city, so added me on Facebook the day after and started sending me his productions to have my opinion on them. I asked him for a remix of one of my tracks (which is not released yet by the way, hopefully it will be early 2017). The idea of making music together came easily, so I jumped on a train and spent two days at his place, where we finished the track My Mind.

Can you tell us a bit about your party Backroom in Marseille?

One Sunday night, a bartender I know told me a bar contacted her and asked her to find a concept for Tuesday nights once a month. I said okay and that was it. I had to quickly find a name, decide on an atmosphere (dark and no rules, like, come dressed however you want, feel at ease, feel free to do whatever you want, get crazy). The lights were barely on and I was playing electro rock tracks. The first one was a success, it was totally full. I stopped when summertime arrived in Marseille because we just wanna be outdoor when summertime is here.

Who would be your dream musical collaboration (alive or dead?)

Chloe definitely remains an example for me, so yep, it would be her.

You’ve spent the past few months playing around Europe. What is the weirdest/best place you’ve ever played?

Zurich last month was amazing. Lexy Club was such a wonderful place with good energy and after my set, the boss took me to two other clubs and introduced me to lots of people. They really know how to party out there, so I had a blast.

You’re taking us on a date in Marseille. Where are we going to eat, drink, and dance?

Okay so there’s this place by the Vieux Port called Cours Estienne d’Orves with lots of bars and restaurants. It’s like where everybody meets after work, so we’ll just chill and go from one bar to another then eat at Le Bistrot de l’Horloge because the staff is very friendly and the food is above the average for a nice price. After the shot they offer you once you’ve paid the bill, we would walk directly to La Dame Noir VII, which is a new bar that opened just next to the club La Dame Noir Dancing. It’s a warm classy spot with sexy downtempo music where local and international DJs come to play. And even if it’s a bar, you’ve got a proper dancefloor. That’s my second home, I often play there. Down tempo , red light, shooters all night long.

If you had a time machine and could go dancing anywhere/anywhen, where would you go?

The Parisian institution that was Le Pulp. Ivan Smagghe and Chloe made their names in that club, they were the residents. The Kill the DJ label comes from there as well. Unfortunately, it had to close in 2007.

What are your plans for 2017? Any big shows or record releases?

2017 will be big for me, I think. There’s some cool projects, like a collaboration with Nico Ameviscious for an album and live shows. A good gig in Berlin. Several tracks from other producers will be out with my voice on them, I’ll be involved with parties for La Dame Noir, and at least two EPs are gonna be released.

What are you planning to unleash on the laser basement at Patsy?

You’ll have to come and see!


Catch Sara Zinger on at the debut of Patsy on Saturday 3 December from 9pm-3am at Dalston Superstore!

 

Nathan Gregory Wilkins

By James Baillie

Ahead of the upcoming Tusk party at Dalston Superstore, promoter James Baillie sits down with History Clock founder, cohort of Ivan Smagghe and all round leftfield DJ, Nathan Gregory Wilkins. Nathan’s current project sees him teaming up with Richard X to create their own strain of music for dancing as the recent Phantasy signing, Cowboy Rhythmbox. They chat past parties, favourite new tracks and plans for the party!

What track do you like to wake up to in the morning?

Problems by New Age Steppers


Cowboy Rhythmbox is yourself and Richard X. Is there a sound that sums up your relationship?

The sound of Richard’s kettle boiling, we’re not very rock n’ roll. 

If you had the chance to remix a track of your choice, what would that be?

I guess something by Yello, so much to choose from though!!!

 

Marc Jacobs calls you up to ask if there are any new bands he should be checking out. Who would you suggest?

I rather like Telegram. And Goat.

 

You were a regular punter at my club Venus back in the early 90’s. What track reminds you of Venus?

Alarm Clock by Westbam

History Clock was your label. What was your favorite stand out track from the label?

Woman by It’s A Fine Line (Ivan Smagghe & Tim Paris). It always gets such an incredible response.
 

You used to do the club night E.S.P. What record never left your box?

What was the last piece of vinyl you bought?

 I bought this last week: 


You are playing at our next TUSK night, what do we expect to hear from Nathan Gregory Wilkins?

A mixture a new and old sleazey electronic music with a few camp disco records thrown in. 

News has just come over the airwaves that the end of the world is upon us. What track are you listening to?

Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head. I love that song. 

Catch Nathan Gregory Wilkins at Tusk on Saturday 26 September from 9pm-3am at Dalston Superstore. 

Matt Walsh

For this Good Friday late-night fun, Homodrop brings not only the legendary Ivan Smagghe to the Superstore basement, but also long-time local hero Matt Walsh! Since supporting Tiga at Shoreditch’s much-missed T-Bar in 2007, Matt has carved out a space within London’s ever-changing nightlife for himself, from the forefront of the electroclash movement, to becoming a resident at the seminal Bugged Out nights, to founding his own label Clouded Vision. Ahead of the party we posed a few questions to find out what we can expect…

If you had a time machine and could visit any dance floor from your own past, where would you go dancing and why?

I first started going out to house clubs at university, prior to that I was pretty much an indie kid, but the first few nights that I really loved were at The Bomb in Nottingham. I went every Saturday throughout my first year at university. Craig Richards and Lee Burridge used to do their Tyrant night there once a month.

What’s one Bugged Out moment you’ll treasure forever? 

Playing the last set and the last record at the last Bugged Out at The End. I was lucky enough to play there quite a few times and even now with lots of new London clubs opening, the main room can still not be beaten for sound quality and the reaction you got from being in the centre of the room.  This was my last track…

Okay predication time… seeing as you saw it all the first time round, and all things in life (especially fashion and music) tend to be cyclic… how long do you think we’ve got before a proper electroclash revival? 

I think there already has been one to some extent, with labels like Clouded Vision, Phantasy, Correspondant, Cómeme, DOBW etc doing so well. It’s just a shame that the fashion part of it hasn’t been revived. Clubbing is missing that element now and there is so much great music around, techno especially, but there is a distinct lack in people making an effort to look different when they go out.

What is one defunct night/nightclub you’d happily resurrect? 

There was so many great nights in the early Electroclash era, I had just moved to London and went out five nights a week – Trash on Mondays, White Heat on Tuesdays, Nag on Wednesdays, and Fabric, Our Disco, Sonic Mook, Flesh and Return to New York at the weekend….

The one nightclub that has a special place in my heart is T bar, for a number of reasons, as well as being my first real London gig when I moved to Shoreditch 10 years ago.

Who is someone in dance music you find really inspiring (and not just in a like-their-music kinda way) and what is it about them that makes them so inspiring to you? –

Michael Mayer – For his love and knowledge of music, ability to stay on point without really changing his style and for the best dance label of this generation.

Where did the name for your production alias and label, Clouded Vision, come from? 

It was Steve Cook, my production partner at the time, that came up with it while we were in the studio working on our early tracks.  He is making some great stuff alone now and has so many records about to come out.  This one was released last month on Tsuba…

What’s one thing that has surprised you about running your own label? 

No surprises to be honest, but I do find that most people are surprised when you tell them that you can’t make any money from doing it!

You’re no stranger to Dalston basements… why are you looking forward to playing ours? 

Playing alongside Ivan is always fun and inspiring.  He is one of the best out there and to play in a tiny basement together will mean we can push the boundaries a lot more than in a large club environment.

Finally, tell us a dance floor banger lurking in your record bag ready for Good Friday’s Homodrop party…

I cant get enough of Factory Floor’s remixes at the moment and Gabe from the band has just made a killer solo EP on Drone (Richard Fearless’s label). Both of these are killer…

Join Matt Walsh this Good Friday 3rd April for Homodrop at Dalston Superstore from 9pm – 4am.

Homodrop

This Saturday we welcome back Homodrop to Dalston Superstore with Hackney Wick based party and label Colors ldn as special guest stars in the basement. Ahead of all the fun we caught up with the brains behind Homodrop, Mister Florian Dovillez to find out a bit more about him and what we can expect from his parties this year…!  

What is the ethos behind Homodrop?
Subtlety is the conductor of this party… And it’s a very mixed party, where everybody is socialising together and dancing! It’s why I used the word DROP! Just a DROP of everything to make it full of happiness!
 
What’s been a standout moment from a previous party you’ve held?

At the end of two first parties it was amazing to see people staying till the last track, hands and the air, screaming, dancing!

Justin Robertson at Homodrop

And I remember  when I saw girls and guys  at the last party with faces full of make up and paint on them (done during the night by our artist Loulou Reloulou).
 
What do you do in your real life and how did you come to put on parties?

I’m session stylist. I work on editorials, commercial TV or shows.

And I’ve been going out from last 12 years now. So I’ve been to a lot of parties in so many different clubs, festivals and countries hahaha! Now I want to create my own party.
 
Why have you chosen to bring Colors LDN to the Superstore basement this weekend?
 
I met Colors team 2 years ago, when they first launched their party. Colors was not a big party at that time… I remember it was close to London field, in a basement, on a Sunday evening during summer. 
 
AMAZING music and happy people! They are very talented and have done amazing showcases in Berlin and Barcelona (for Sonar festival), they created their label, and are working with good producers/remixers like Ivan Smagghe.
 
Hot guys at Homodrop
 
What one track sums up a night at Homodrop?
 
Here are two of my favourites ones…

 
 

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

Oh dear, a lot of places. Maybe Studio 54 for the craziness, and dancing with amazing voguing dancers. In Detroit as well in the ’80s (I’m a big big fan of Detroit techno). Palace in Paris for sure! Maybe back to Le Pulp in Paris (10 years ago) and DV1 (in Lyon, where I’m from), both of them had amazing line-ups.

The visuals for Homodrop are always really striking- who are some of the artists you work with?

I love working with LOULOU RELOULOU (she designed the toilet murals at Superstore). She is so creative and very colourful! For this Saturday, Alessandro Monaco is our VJ, and I’m directing the new video teaser for the April party, which we are filming this week.

Loulou Reloulou at Homodrop

Your next party (after this one of course!!) is over Easter bank holiday! What can we expect?

A lot of surprises! And a very good guest haha!

And of course HAPPINESS! 
 
Join Florian this Saturday 7th February for Homodrop at Dalston Superstore from 9pm – 4am.
 
Buy earlybird tickets for Homodrop here : dalston-superstore.eventcube.io

Jennifer Cardini

Hailing from the south of France, Jennifer Cardini forged her reputation with residencies at Rex Club and famed lesbian club Le Pulp, ultimately going on to set up her successful Correspondant label to release both her own records and fresh new ones from around the world. Ahead of the party we caught up with her to talk about techno, love and Parisian lesbians…

What drew you to Paris in the late ’90s?

Friendship did. I met a girl who was also a DJ called Sex Toy during a radio interview I did for the release of my first ever record. After the interview we started to talk and became good friends. We started a band called Pussy Killers, which was one of the first DJ combo bands. We wanted to do something a bit different. Being fans of David Bowie and Rocky Horror Picture Show, we wanted to bring this rock-glam-humour into techno, because at this moment everyone was so serious, wearing label tshirts and stuff like that. So we started this and we wore Mexican wrestler masks, arriving on stage with a big ghetto blaster that played recordings of my dog barking, and playing Nirvana, AC/DC or Iron Maiden in the middle of our DJ set. It was a mixture of everything we grew up with, that superhero attitude.

She was the one who introduced me to the people from Le Pulp. I played there and they asked me to become a resident. So I said yes and just moved. Also Sex Toy and I wanted to make music together so it made more sense to be in Paris… I’m from the south of France and it’s not the most exciting region when you are young! It’s very nice now that I am a bit older- to go to the beach and stuff- but when I was in my 20s I was bored to death there.

So I came to Paris, which was really amazing, it was super exciting, so many things to do and people to know. So friendship brought me [to Paris]. But actually, I was already playing Rex Club and when I told them I planned on moving they offered me a residency. It was difficult to say no. I came here already having the two residencies, and for me they were the two best clubs at the time in Paris.

DJ Sex Toy was quite an influence presence in Paris?

She was an icon. Now there are two movies about her as she passed away 10-12 years ago. She was the kind of person who had 10 ideas every second… which could be very tiring! But she had this amazing energy and very creative. She had the craziness that I was too shy to have at that time. So we were a good combo- I was the more serious techno-freak and she was more the crazy creative person. She was always able to find crazy clothes to wear and be avant-garde-everything. Anything she wore, everyone else at Le Pulp would start wearing as well. She was this model for a lot of lesbians.

DJ Sex Toy

You were name-checked in RA’s article “The Alternate History Of Sexuality In Clubbing” as one of the most prominent DJs to come out of the Parisian lesbian club scene- other than Sex Toy, who were YOUR favourite DJs from that time?

Well, Ivan [Smagghe] was for sure. He was resident at the Kill The DJ’s parties. And Chloé of course.

Umm Le Pulp was really nice because it was small and dirty and crappy with the worst sound system ever! But we got everyone to play there, y’know. And it was also the time that everyone started touring outside of their own country and all the German DJs were really into the idea of coming to Paris to play and everybody was sleeping at our place, and we’d cook for them because we had absolutely no budget whatsoever. Which meant I got the chance to see a lot of amazing DJs play at Pulp. For example Michael Mayer, and we got to play back to back at this time. He is for sure one of my favourite DJs as he is a real storyteller. Just like Koze. He was another favourite DJ of mine at this time. I remember we booked him for Nouveau Casino and he started his set with Johnny Cash and it was just fantastic.

Even now, Koze, Michael Mayer, Ivan… and Andrew Weatherall are amongst my favourite DJs. Also I really love Ata from Robert Johnson. Because these DJs can take you everywhere.

Roman Flügel is another I like a lot as he is always on the verge of experimental and dance so it’s always very interesting and with a lot of elegance. Roman is a very elegant DJ for me. Very smart in his choices and how he builds things up.

What made that time in Paris so special that people still want to talk about it today?

Probably the fact that a lot of DJs came out of that time, Ivan and Chloé and me, we all started there. And also the fact that it was a lesbian club! That was pretty unconventional because the nightlife was ruled by the techno clubs or by huge gay parties. At the time Le Pulp started there was no place for queer subculture. Gays had gone really mainstream in the big clubs where you had thousands of boys dancing to commercial house music. So what made it special is that it was the place of a “first time” for a lot of people.

Le Pulp 

It was also a bit punk and a bit dirty. We just did whatever we wanted in there. There was no dress code. The entrance was free. And it was a lesbian club where boys were allowed if they behaved well. They would come with girls and everybody was really respectful. There were no social differences. You had hipsters. And you also had homeless people and from the suburbs.

Homeless people?

Yeah. I read an interview with Ivan and I remembered that sometimes when it was really cold we would let people from the street get in the club so they wouldn’t freeze to death. It was really like this err…

Community?

Yeah! And that’s something that has tended to disappear a little bit with the high fees that are charged for entrance. It leaves a lot of people outside y’know.

It was more mixed. Sometimes you had people from everywhere. We had Björk coming and people staring at her like she was an alien.

Do you think that women, queer or otherwise, in techno prefer to play at queer parties or venues?

I don’t know. I mean for me, I really like to play at lesbian parties! I know that promoters like Barbi(e) Turrix for example, which is the main lesbian party at the moment, they really like to book female artists. But I think it’s also very political. It’s a response to the fact that a lot of the festivals don’t book women sometimes. You can see lineups with no women at all! It’s like ‘ey!

But I don’t know. I can’t answer. I like to play good parties.

But you also play gay parties for guys as well as for girls, no?

I try to choose parties more according to the venue and the promoter. If I can see that the guy or the girl  making the party really loves music and is passionate, and you feel that by looking at the poster, you can see easily what the target is. If the target is “okay I am gonna make a lot of money” or the target is “okay I am gonna make money because obviously you are working for it, but on the human point I want the party to be great with a nice atmosphere”. You can feel this.


Jennifer Cardini – “Venom” (Official Video) by CorrespondantRecords

Your label Correspondant has been going from strength to strength- what should we be looking out for on it?

Actually right now I have a little fetish with the Mexican scene haha! We are gonna release records from a guy called Max Jones in September.

And you have Zombies in Miami too…

Yeah. The Mexican scene is extremely rich, very good producers who have one foot in more like rock music and one foot in raw dance music… and there is also a kind of humour to the music. It’s very heavy. And very sexy. I really like that.

But people that don’t know the label should listen to the compilations. They’re good snapshots of what we like to do. The diversity and range we like to go through. From techno to down-tempo stuff.

One of the best tracks from the last compilation is The Aspodells [Andrew Weatherall and Timothy J Fairplay]. It’s so beautiful. I would recommend that and also the fantastic André Bratten called Trommer og Bass. I still play it and have been for one year now. It’s a huge track. It’s gonna be on Erol Alkan’s Fabric CD.

Your own latest EP with Shaw references Paris Is Burning with tracks In The Ballroom and Pepper LaBeija- why do you think the documentary is still such a rich source material after all these years?

Because it’s still very modern, very relevant, it’s still very hard for a lot of gay kids to live their sexuality with freedom. For example, in the movie you see that kids were thrown out from their house, and rejected by their family. I think it is even Pepper LaBeija who says that when his mom found out he was wearing women’s clothing, she burned all of them.

Pepper LaBeija

We live in big cities and we don’t always realise all this, because we are in a social environment that makes us think that it’s easy to be gay, but I don’t think it is. I don’t believe that it’s like that for a kid that lives in a little city- he still gets the finger pointed at him. Even if we make progress it’s still not so easy to grow up knowing you are gay and to be happy with it.

I saw the film for the first time two years ago, just before going into the studio with David [Shaw]. I’d heard about the movie, but I’d never watched it, and my girlfriend showed it to me and I was really moved by those kids.

The film is also really relevant of the difficulties of going from one social class to another. In the movie some of the kids are dressing up like upper-middle-class or trailer or one is even dressing like an airline pilot. So you really have this feeling that by dressing up and by going to those ballrooms they are trying to climb a social ladder that in reality would be much harder for them to climb. With their background from living on the streets, it’s much harder for them to break the social differences. This moved me because I think it’s still the case. It’s still very hard to go from one social level to another.

What keeps you in Cologne?

This one is easy! Love does. I’ve lived here with my girlfriend for the last three years. I wanted to change my life a little bit. I’ve got 20 years of nightlife behind me and I just wanted to start the label and start to make music again. I’ve had this project with David [Shaw] and I’m travelling so much I just wanted to find a place that was a little bit more stress-free and laid back than Paris. Paris can be really tough! It’s still my favourite city and I’m totally in love with it. It’s so beautiful and every time I go there I’m like “wow”. But I wouldn’t like to live there anymore. I do miss my friends though.

Jennifer Cardini

The quality of life here [in Cologne], and the quietness in the week are really part of my stability right now and that’s something I don’t want to break.

What are your friends in Paris doing? What exciting projects, nights, things you wish you were part of?

I’m still friends with all the people from Le Pulp. That’s nearly 20 years of friendship.

And I do miss the queer scene in Paris! The queer scene in Cologne is very underground haha, I haven’t really found it yet! But in Paris it’s really good right now. Without pretention, I can really feel how much my generation gave more freedom to the new lesbian generation. Because we broke free from something.

We were like “’ey! We are here!” Before Le Pulp, I have the feeling the lesbian scene was very underground in Paris. Like, it was always very confidential.

I can feel it now with big parties like Barbi(e) Turrix where you have like 1000 girls dancing to really underground techno music and that is just amazing. And that is because of Pulp. And this is still something unique. Everywhere I go there is rarely 1000 women dancing.

To good music?

I am not gonna say “this is good music” or “this is bad music”. But, they are dancing. To music that we play. And that’s quite crazy for the lesbian scene! And that is really because of Pulp. And of us fighting to not become mainstream and keep our craziness a little bit.

 

And what do you plan to treat our basement for lesbians and their gay boyfriends to?

Ahhh, I don’t know! I’m still thinking about it! But I like to play all kinds of stuff so I’ll chose records, and then I’m there, and we see how it goes. It’s like a deal y’know, the energy I get from them and the energy I get back. It’s like going on a trip. All I can do is bring good music and then we see what we do about it. 

Join Jennifer Cardini this Friday 11th December from 9pm – 3am for Lazertitz at Dalston Superstore.

Morgan Hammer

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

How The Other Half Lives

This Saturday sees two of our favourite parties come to Superstore for an excellent team-up taking place over both floors. The basement plays host to Hot Boy Dancing Spot, where special guest Rory Phillips, fresh from a US tour that even took in a celebrated Beats In Space appearance, will join residents The Lovely Jonjo and Hello Mozart. Meanwhile, upstairs, vinyl-obsessives Drop The Needle return for another journey through the depths of their record bags.

We caught up with DTN guest Goncalo Pereira aka ZNTN from record label and mixtape series How The Other Half Lives to quiz him on all things wax ahead of the party…

Why the cassette tape limitations on the HTOHL mixtapes?

As I didn’t want people to try to use obvious dance music genres or edits I thought that referring to it as a mix-tape would help to put it in perspective. No mixing and a short amount of time will make people only get their favourites and not care if a track is easily mixable or not. Also making a reference to cassettes might bring back memories of old tapes. 

Is there much, or any, crossover with tracks that feature on them, to what you play out?

Depends on the night. It’s a great way to find new tracks and I’ve had a couple residencies that worked around the same sort of music selection and mixing style, but I’m mostly booked for more of a club type of night. I do try to mix it up a bit if it’s early enough and bring some weird gems through the night but I suppose this project is an outlet for music I don’t usually play out.
 
Which one do you find yourself coming back to more often that not?
 
I try to go over all of them every now and then and my best-of keeps on changing, I think some of them take a while to get to you. I’d suggest as a starting point the mix-tapes by Ivan Smagghe, Bennedict Bull’s four part mix-tape, Romain BNO, Scott Fraser, Justin Robertson, JD Twitch…
 
What can we look forward to on the record label for the rest of the year?
 
I just released a couple weeks ago a double 12” by The Draughtsman (Alex Egan), that includes six original tracks and remixes by Cosmo Vitelli, Tim Paris, Daniel Avery and Roman Flugel.

Currently I am working on release number four which includes a new project called Herman Brahns (Unlikely and Medlar) with remixes by Scott Fraser and DMX Krew.

Plus getting back on guest mix-tapes and more of my own original material.

What’s currently on your stereo?
 
Currently on my stereo or piled next to it are Office Of Future Plans, The Asphodells, Iron & Wine – Kiss Each Other Clean, Yo La Tengo – Fade, Macadam Mambo 003, Anthony Naples – Moscato, Rogue Edits 003.
 
What’s your favourite record store ever?
 
Embarrassed to pick favourites but I make a weekly visit to Rough Trade for my ‘rock’ collection and to Phonica for my ‘electronic’ collection. Kristina and Sounds Of The Universe are also unmissable. Back in Lisbon I’d pick Flur as a mandatory stop.
 
What was the last record you bought?
 
You can never buy just one and you can tell how divided I feel about my collection which prompted the mix-tape project.

Last week includes Crackboy – Crackwood, Doubleheart – Roots, Brassica – Temple Fortune, Jawbreaker/Jawbox split, Husker Du – Everything Falls Apart…

Why is wax still so important?
 
If you’re paying for something it has to count – I completely understand the necessity for digital for it’s portability and accessibility but digital-only releases are disposable. If you’re willing to release a vinyl record or to pay for one then there’s more effort involved and that will keep the quality on another level. The records you buy on vinyl will most likely be your favourites. Plus the obvious higher quality and amazing artwork! Having said that I love when albums come with voucher for digital.

 

Discogs or crate digging?

I have to say it’s usually Discogs, I do some digging but mostly trying to track down records I’ve missed or are out of print. There are also a lot of American labels that I admire which don’t seem to do particularly well in the UK so it’s impossible to find them in second-hand shops.

And what’s one track we can expect to hear from you at Drop The Needle?
 
Can I pick two? An upper and a downer?

Fader – Fortunate Alpha

Sophie – Nothing More To Say (Jackmaster Dub)

Join Goncalo in the top bar this Saturday 23rd February for Drop The Needle. Downstairs plays host to Hot Boy Dancing Spot with special guest Rory Phillips.

Ivan Smagghe At Trailer Trash

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! 

Laurent Pastor

French producer and Astro Lab label owner Laurent Pastor visits us this week for the UK launch of his label’s new compilation Treasure Hunting. A team effort with London party Huntleys & Palmers, Thursday night will see a whole host of artists featured on the compilation including both Justin Robertson (who’s no stranger to our decks) and Sean Johnston (whose night with Andrew Weatherall, A Love From Outer Space, comes to the Superstore basement on Friday 21st September).

We caught up with Monsieur Pastor ahead of the party to find out more about Astro Lab, the new compilation and how the UK launch party came to be… and we even managed to get our hands on this amazing new mix from the man himself!

Firstly, what can we expect from the Treasure Hunting party here at Daltson Superstore?

Well, a good solid moment with the Astro Lab team, but also a beautiful party with the most famous music selectors of London.

You had the Paris release party a little while back with Ivan Smagghe , how did that go?

Yes I had a night at Nouveau Casino with Ivan and also Pilooski. It was a great party, it’s always a pleasure to play with both of them. Cedric is a close friend of mine and we’ve already a released couple of EPs on Astro. I played with him recently at Wanderlust in Paris, crazy party with 1000 people; our inspirations are quite similar.

Concerning Ivan it’s the same, I’ve always been a big fan of his music selection. For me he is one of the best DJs. Back in the day I was a big fan of his daily show called TEST on Radio Nova. Our collaboration on Astro Lab started last year with his remix for Ana Helder, which is also on the compilation. He was supposed to be here for the Dalston Superstore night as well, but he will be in South Africa with Kill The DJ instead, sadly.

Why did you decide to have the London party with Huntleys & Palmers?

Well, most of the artists involved on the Treasure Hunting compilation are in London. So after the release party in Paris, Ivan suggested to get in touch with Huntleys & Palmers, and we spoke and decided to bring the team together in Dalston. It’s also a good way to hang out with the guys.

We read that you named the compilation after a track you like… can you elaborate a little on this?

It’s very difficult to find a good name for a music project and I’ve always loved this song called Treasure Hunting. I think the tracks on the CD are a little like my treasure.

What is the Astrolab label ethos?

Music for music’s sake. I am not interested in hype or trends; I just want to see good records out. Today some people still play some of my first releases. It’s my purpose, not to be the record of the next two weeks.

You’ve been working lately with Sean Johnston who is also playing at the Treasure Hunting party. What have you guys got planned for release?

The story with Sean is funny, we’ve spoken to each other for years by e-mail, and we only met last summer in Carcassonne. Our first collaboration was for THE FLESH EP with MUGWUMP REMIX 2 years ago, the second is for TREASURE HUNTING. I like him; he’s a cool guy with a very good musical taste and attitude.

Your mixes are really eclectic and interesting- can you tell us a bit more about them?

Making mixes is quite important to me. I just began to share my records with some friends around the world; from soul, to jazz, to rock and electronic music, it depends on my mood actually, it’s actually why they’re all so eclectic and different. First Radio Magnetic in Glasgow asked me to do a show, then two years ago a French radio station in London for a weekly show. It was far too much work so I stopped to do my own stuff on SoundCloud, Itunes etc. Now I try to make two a month.

Who or what is really inspiring you at the moment?

Strangely not the music, or not that much. I do not to listen electronic music at home, only old records, from French music to soul, jazz and rock. I’ve a kind of addiction for books, pictures, movies, so my inspiration comes from there I think.

Do you have a favourite track on the Treasure Hunting?

All of them are amazing, I cannot choose.

What’s next for Astro Lab?

The Treasure Hunting compilation is coming out on CD and vinyl this month via Modulor for the French market and Above Broad Distribution for the rest of the world. Scott Fraser’s EP with the Mark E remix is also planned for September. In October the second Timothy J Fairplay EP with remixes by Daniel Avery and Tiago, then next a new Scott Fraser’s EP with Richard Sen as the remixer.

Laurent Pastor plays Huntleys & Palmers Audio Club + Astro Lab: Treasure Hunting this Thursday 13th September from 9pm – 2:30am with Justin Robertson, Jamie Paton, Sean Johnston, Timothy J Fairplay, ZNTN, Scott Fraser, Toby Tobias and special guests.

Ivan Smagghe

Tomorrow night sees intransigent French DJ and producer Ivan Smagghe subverting the masses in the lazer basement for Techno In My Fridge. Originally famed for co-founding Parisian electronic act Black Strobe in the late ‘90s, he’s since gone on to help shape the listening tastes of countless electronic music fans via his day-job as A&R at the Kill The DJ record label, superlative DJ sets both solo and with occasional partner-in-crime Andrew Weatherall, and creating music as a duo with Tim Paris as It’s A Fine Line.

As a world-renowned DJ who, according to his Facebook, aims “to prove that electronic music can be so much more than a one dimensional soundtrack for a night on the lash”, he’s one not to be missed. With this in mind, we winged over some geeky and cerebral questions to pose to Monsieur Smagghe…

Hi Ivan, what are you up to right now?

I’m on the Eurostar to Paris to play with (Andrew) Weatherall and Optimo; then a three day marathon: Portland, Los Angeles, San Francisco. 

Or did you mean in general maybe? Working on our It’s A Fine Line EP, remixing Footprintz for Visionquest, and finally maybe about to launch the ‘Discipline in Disorder’  book collection.

Our readers do seem to enjoy a bit of a geek-out so can you talk us through your studio set-up please?

Errrr… No, not really. Too long, tedious and secrets of the trade… I could point out to the rare things we really love like our Publison DHM89, our Fairchild reverbatron blah blah… Show off.

What was the last book you read?

I am reading ‘Traveller of the Century’ by Andres Neuman at the moment, amongst other things… I always have a couple on the go. Just finished ‘Europe Central’ by William T. Vollmann. Brilliant as ever.

What are your thoughts on and involvement in Gay Pride in Paris?

Well, Kill the DJ has a float this year representing the lesbian underground scene under the ‘gouine comme un camion’ moniker (roughly translates to ‘fit trucker butch’). Sadly I will be in the States but not in spirit.

Who are your favourite French bands past and present?

Too many to exhaust: Alain Kan, Christophe, Bernard Sazner, Michel Colombier, a million new wave tape or 45 rpm only obscurities. 

Serge Gainsbourg of course, Areski and Brigitte Fontaine have a special place in my heart, so have the too forgotten Programme. And a huge string of One-hit wonders…

What qualities do you most admire in your occasional partner in crime (and Superstore fave) Andrew Weatherall?

His ability to grow a beard rapidly and his knowledge of London/English social literature.

What is in your record bag for Techno In My Fridge?

Dunno yet as I try not to plan in advance.

What is in your fridge?

Cat food. Alvarino wine if am lucky. A definite lack of French cheese.

You founded Black Strobe in ’97 with the rather amazing musical description of “frozen Balearic gay biker house”. What’s the best genre or description you’ve heard recently?

‘Goth step’ was mildly amusing, but I never read musical press so…

What motto do you live your life by?

One motto can’t be nearly enough.

Ivan Smagghe plays Techno In My Fridge at Dalston Superstore on Friday 6th July with Natalie Coleman (Mooch) and residents Mikki Most and Alexander Parade.

Check out this brand new mix from Alexander Parade for a taste of Techno In My Fridge…

Five Minutes With Natalie Coleman

We collared Miss Coleman for a quick chat ahead of her Dalston Superstore debut next week at Techno In My Fridge. Known for her east London night Mooch and for her unique style of driving minimal house blended with playful techno; we’re delighted to have her play alongside the legendary Ivan Smagghe and TIMF residents Mikki Most and Alexander Parade…

We see you’re an avid tweeter! Describe yourself in 140 characters or less!

HAHA! I would say…. A cockney techno loving Foody, who isn’t exactly on the quiet side! Who goes by the nickname Butcher! (that’s Pat if you were wondering)

You’re playing at Techno In My Fridge next weekend- what’s your all time favourite techno track?

Hmm that’s a hard one. I would say “The Sky is Pink” – Nathan Fake [James Holden mix] This is a classic! It brings good memories of dancing on speakers at east London afterparties! I also played it at the MOOCH third birthday and the place went off!

Being on the same bill as Ivan Smagghe must be pretty exciting. Who would you share your dream line-up with (alive or dead)?

Yes Ivan is a legend. It’s very exciting and nerve racking at the same time. I guess my dream line up would be with Raresh, Luciano and Ricardo Villalobos. I fell in love with Raresh a few years back after seeing him play at Circo Loco DC10. Also Luciano is my fave DJ. I know some people recently gave him stick, however he’s a party DJ and, well, DJing is about having one big party and making everyone dance. Ricardo is just standard! LEGEND! So I think he would be on many peoples lists.

Tell us a bit about your own night Mooch…

MOOCH is a techno/house eastend knees up which is now going strong in its third year. I started the party up with my close mate Ed and it started in our favourite eastend boozer The Horse & Groom. We are currently in new venue Basing House (formerly On The Rocks) which is a great lil’ rave cave. We have been really lucky over the years to have booked great artists such as tINI, Guti, Tim Xavier, Huxley, Dachshund, Quenum, And.id…. the list goes on. We book people who don’t regularly play in London or who are on the cusp of becoming huge. We find that in London, once one person books someone, another party follows and then you see an artist on the same bill at six different parties in the space of a few months. Later in the autumn we are going to be launching the MOOCH record label and our first release comes from Quenum with Tim Xavier on remix duties so we are pretty excited about that.

And finally what is in your fridge?

Not much to be fair,  I need to go shopping, but at the moment a bottle of tequila, a few beers, a shelf full of condiments, juice, pasta and eggs! 

Natalie plays Techno In My Fridge on Friday 6th July from 9pm – 4am with Ivan Smagghe, Mikki Most and Alexander Parade. Follow her on Twitter @nataliecoleman1

Trailer Trash Memories

For those who don’t know TrailerTrash is the eastend rave rodeo that has defiantly stamped its filthy mark on London’s underground electronic dance scene over the last 8 years. They’ve showcased some of the best DJ’s around since 2004, when promoters Mikki Most and Dan Glamtrucker teamed up with DJ resident Hannah Holland and started the legendary weekly Friday nighter at On The Rocks, playing an explosive soundtrack of electrofied booty shake, jackin’ techno rave, distorted disco and dirty off-kilter jump up sounds.

Along with fellow resident DJ Ian Robinson the party ran for over 5 years until they finally closed the doors at On The Rocks in 2009, but the TT crew continue to put on big warehouse raves and this summer are lining up to takeover the main dance tent at Lovebox Sunday with party partners GutterSlut. It’s set to be a big day with DJ Hell, Tiga, LCD Soundsystem and Ivan Smagghe headlining the big top tent, which holds up to 5000 people – so no problems if the rains come!

Ahead of the big event we caught up with Mikki and Hannah for a chat about their fave TrailerTrash parties over the years, and which ones particularly blew their minds. So for all those who remember the lost Friday nighters and sweaty warehouse bangers then here are some of the standout moments from the last 8 years of no good fun… it’s been one hell of a ride!

Kwik-Fit Garage rave

The first massive rave we ever did nearly didn’t happen! We lost the original space at the last minute but luckily managed at the last minute to secure the disused Kwik-Fit garage near the Old Street roundabout. With hardly any power and one strobe light (literally!), about 1000 people turned up and went mental to Ivan Smagghe in the concrete bunker. Everyone thought we had hired a load of smoke machines for it but it was just all the dust in there!

Banged Up – Prison Rave

We were given the chance to do a party in a 200-year-old underground medieval prison near Clerkenwell. It was a maze of underground dungeons; an amazing, surreal and very creepy space, but it just worked perfectly, and I remember the atmosphere as being so intense especially when Hannah played the whole place went crazy. Because it was underground people couldn’t find the entrance for hours!

Every Friday at On The Rocks

Possibly the most seedist venue, it was voted the worst toilets in London by Time Out, with dodgy crates in the DJ booth, so that gives you a little idea of how grimey it was. But that was its charm and to watch it grow from a small family of Shoreditch party people to a completely mobbed electric rave over the course of 5 years was amazing. Every week it went off, people really lost there minds in there. The music of 2006 was probably the best year; Oliver Huntemann was a staple sound of the club… big dirty filthy electro techno.

Summer Camp

Along with our pals from Horse Meat Disco and Disco Bloodbath this was the biggest outdoor party we have ever done and was actually after Lovebox in 2008. Over 2500 people turned up to some outdoor football pitches next to Liverpool Street (which have sadly now been developed) and it was just brilliant. It was special because it is so hard to do outdoor parties in London because of the sound issues but for that one night we were somehow allowed…. we even had an ice cream van!

Eastend Pleasure Cruise

We have done several boat parties but the first one stands out when we teamed up with our friends at The George & Dragon because it was just a perfect summer’s day. I will always remember a boatload of trannies sailing under Tower Bridge waving at everyone to the soundtrack from Baywatch!

Rumble In The Jungle – Boxing Ring Party

For some reason we thought it would be a brilliant idea to have a full size boxing ring in the middle of a rave with a DJ battle in it for our 8th birthday. It was totally amazing apart from when the ring broke because there was too many people dancing in it and we had to pay loads of money to a very pissed off boxing coach. Ooops… it was worth it though. 

TrailerTrash and Gutterslut will be taking over the main dance big top at Lovebox Sunday this year – for tickets and info visit lovebox.net

They will also be having a summer rooftop party in August, a series of intimate warehouse events in early September and a massive Halloween rave as well… so keep  ‘em peeled kids…