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Jeffrey Hinton

In a time when club spaces (and with them, overlooked communities) are disappearing before our eyes, Club Vada promoters Hannah Holland and Cathal O’brien are seeking to preserve queer culture and history, and share them with a new generation. As well as booking DJs who made their names in iconic queer parties of the past, at every party they present a special guest artist, performer or cultural figure to present their piece of LGBT history before the party kicks off. For their upcoming party, they welcome prolific videographer, film maker and archivist, Jeffrey Hinton whose work is focused on underground subcultures, spanning decades between London and New York city. We caught up with Jeffrey to chat a bit about his past work, current collaborations and plans for the future.

Hi Jeffrey! We are absolutely thrilled to have you join us for a pre-party show at Club Vada! Can you tell us a bit about your relationship to promoters Hannah Holland and Cathal? 

Well that’s all a kind of club blur! But Hannah and Cathal are great energies and I love what they do, we share lots of the same interests for sure.

How did you first get started as a videographer and filmmaker?

I started recording things on a reel to reel tape recorder age eight, and wanted to mess it up, so hot wired the sound through the speaker outputs on the hifi and fed it back over records and the radio (early mixing). All ways of capturing the world fascinate me, visual and sound. Then experimenting with any tech I can get my hands on and usually doing it all wrong as I have no training but I like the fucked up bits.

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

Yes, I’ve seen lots of changes around the world but I like change!  Patterns do emerge if you’ve been around a while like me.

If you could change one thing about the LGBT+ club scene, what would it be?

Stop complaining too much or being inward thinking and get on with action (despite the obvious issues). Mind you that applies to everything. I like people to get more active and visually out there rather than behind a computer (like I’m feeling right now!!)

You collaborated a few years ago with the V&A for their Club to Catwalk exhibition; can you tell us a bit about that project?

That came a bit out of the blue as I went in for a meeting and thought I was just advising them but then they said, “We’re building you a room and want you to fill it with your films and music!” So I did!

As an observer of subcultures and the queer underground, where do you see things developing in the next few years?

We live in such media saturation all regurgitating questions till we’re numb!

The world has shifted a lot but still fails to resolve most old issues. The big rise in controlling right wing powers directly affect us all and especially any queer underground.  But I see lots of cracks are appearing and that’s always been a good time for underground activity!

2016 has been one hell of a year in terms of losing some amazing counter-cultural icons. Among all this loss, what has been a highlight for you?

I’m pretty amazed I’m still on the planet!

Who have been some of the most inspiring people you have collaborated with?

That is a never-ending list all for different reasons. I’m so lucky to know and work with amazing people – it’s why I love being alive.

 I will mention Andy Butler (Hercules and Love Affair) – I love working on ideas with him, he’s a big joy for me.  

Do you have any exciting projects in the works that you can let us in on?

From 28 November I have a big video installation running for two months covering the ceiling at BISTHROTHEQUE called Big Sky. It features clips and moments from my films covering three decades all wafting around a sky ambiance.

Then next year I’m working on a completely immersed sound and visual installation that I’m also designing the interior for and want to tour. Also I’m developing a play (never done that before!)

I’m very excited so look out for details.

Can you give us a sneak peek of what you have planned for Club Vada?

I’m screening my film Scratch Bowery that hasn’t been shown in this country.

It’s my homage cut up video to Leigh Bowery and the life that we shared including some of my visuals from the club Taboo. Then I’m talking to Max Allan about the visual side of queer language… well along those lines but were known to digress!!

 Leigh Bowery


Catch Jeffrey Hinton’s pre-club film screening & discussion with Max Allen at Club Vada from 9pm on Saturday 26 November at Dalston Superstore.

 

Club Vada

Iconic DJ, producer and true legend of the East London scene Hannah Holland has joined forces with prolific photographer, videographer and DJ Cathal O’Brien to create a new club night which is sure to send ripples through the gay clubbing scene. Having seen through thirteen years of parties together, the friends and artistic collaborators are no stranger to putting on innovative club nights, and their latest project is Club Vada. They caught up to chat about early club experiences, their history, and the inspiration for Club Vada!

Hannah: When it came to the inspiration for my own parties, the club that really blew my mind was Nag Nag Nag, at (former) The Ghetto. That’s where you would meet some very interesting club kids –  I guess it was the era’s Taboo club.  There was also Bodyrockers at Cynthia’s Robot Bar, with a music fusion of Detroit electro, techno, house and punk. Metalheadz at The Blue Note, was next level, pure energy and bass, with a proper mixed bag of London music lovers. 

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Nag Nag Nag

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Metalheadz

Cathal:  I loved Nag Nag Nag and other infamous London club nights with strict  door whores and strong looks – I remember you had to get past Cormac on the door in his Air force Pilot jumpsuit first  –  I remember thinking it  was like the scene filmed at Danceteria  from Desperately Seeking Susan. 

Hannah: Boys AND girls mixed, with a common motive for the music, the vibe and the people. It was very creative. One thing that I find sad now is many gay clubs are 90% men, obviously there’s a desire/need for that in gay clubland, but Dalston Superstore is a great space for both to unite. Thats definitely something that’s always been very important to me – at clubs I’ve been involved in, people come from all different walks of life and genders, with the right attitude.

Cathal: Characters you mention like Steve Strange, Leigh Bowery, Jeffery Hinton, Marilyn, Princess Julia showed us it is possible to have this life, to have a story, to have a community to contribute to and maintain. And they look great! This amazing history needs to be fostered – there are stories that need to be passed down and heard! I think that’s something we both want to facilitate right?

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HannahAbsolutely. They are important moments in underground London, and I love the fact that it’s a talented artist like yourself recording, often it’s only the press version that gets told. 

Cathal: My heroes are artists who also ran there own club spaces and were involved with nightlife, Basquiat with his band Gray at Area, John Sex, Kenny Scharf and  Keith Haring at Club 57 – all peddling their own flyers and fanzines, transforming the spaces, getting their work seen immediately by an audience. I’ve really enjoyed pulling the artwork together for Club Vada.  –  its a no brainer to run a night where you have your work/ films playing on the walls, branding the night, designing flyers –  its all curation to me. Hannah, what made you start doing parties ?

After a few years of being resident of the infamous TRAILER TRASH (co-promoted by Superstore owner Matt Tucker, one of the clubs that kickstarted the Shoreditch scene mid 2000s), I met Mama, and joined forces to start Batty Bass along with Alex Noble. We really went to town with our imaginations. Mama came from a punk background, Alex’s art and my eclectic music focusing on bass, we mixed live vocals (and instruments sometimes) with DJ sets, Alex’s visual universe and built a loyal following. The party lasted about seven years, outgrew its spiritual home and went into warehouses. By that time we started to move out of London and back and we called it a day. It was still some of the most amazing times I’ve had as a promoter and DJ. 

Cathal: Its your Batty Bass label’s ten year anniversary – how are you celebrating it? 

Hannah: Yeah, the club started in 2006 and the record label soon after, we’re releasing music again after a little break and celebrating by getting the family back together in sound – Josh Caffe, Mama, The Carry Nation, Alex Noble and more.

Cathal: Wicked ! 
              
Hannah: Has your work always been inspired by people you’ve met in these places?

Cathal:  I primarily make portraits, photographically and in short film – I love the challenge of getting someone down on film in a way that they want to be seen and how I see them in that moment. I really returned to this thinking with the party i run with Bica, Clam Jam. Every week I took pictures of an amazing new breed of queer women – I’m archiving it all now. I want to make a book. I don’t think its evident how important this group of women are just yet, it’s a really exciting time and I felt a responsibility to record a part of it. I’m going to be taking photographs at Club Vada as well of course! I don’t want to miss it. I wanna see strong looks!

 Hannah: One of my favourite places in the early 2000s was Sundays at The George and Dragon, with Jonjo Jury on the decks. He would expertly move through the very best of queer heritage. Can’t wait to have him work his magic upstairs for Vada. Also Elles is one of my favourite East End DJs right now, she has amazing taste and a great vibe.
 
Cathal: I can’t wait to have that ‘Lovely Jonjo’  element upstairs for the first Vada. I’ve always loved what Jonjo plays – from when he played at Trash to when I remember him playing Saint Etienne at the pre-refurbished Red Lion pub round the back of Hoxton Square. 

Your tracks have consistently sampled gay icons who all made a big difference to the nightlife of their time. You’re releasing a new track – who have you sampled this time ? Does it have a name yet ?

Hannah: My new track is called Diva Bern and samples the diva legend that is Sandra Bernhard. I know we both love a bit of Sandra, I can get lost in her interviews on youtube for hours.
 


Cathal: Club Vada will be our London residency for both of us – our base – you’ve been playing a lot around Europe –  You played at the now legendary ongoing club space Berghain – was that a goal from when you lived out there? How did you find it ?

Hannah: It was always my greatest dream to play there.  I did face up to myself years ago, when I lived there, that it was never going to happen, and I was ok with that! Then… came the phone call. Put it this way, I’ve never been so excited or nervous in my life – for a good two month lead up. Couldn’t have asked for the gig to go better. Dear friends were there, we had an opening of the shutters moment… It was very intense. I also got to play in the garden with Cormac, another East End diamond, on another occasion, that was so much fun.

Cathal: So we’ve gone all Polari with the name of the night, I’ll let you explain how that came about Hannah.

Hannah: Vada comes from the gay London slang language Polari, I first heard it in a track by the The Weebles ft. Princess Julia called Moist Womanly Needs – “Vada girl, Vada”

Cathal: When you start looking into it you realise many of the slang words have trickled down into mainstream vernacular.

Hannah: Then Lavinia Co-op introduced me to it first though a really amazing show.

Cathal: I had heard about Lavinia originally related to New York and I have many questions myself, stories I want to hear – Lavinia has given me some prose which mixes Polari and cockney slang which I will put into in the fanzine we’re making to hand out – it all relates to the talk she is giving on the night.

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Lavinia Co-op

Hannah: Lavinia has been through seventies gay liberation and been part of the fight to make it possible to have these nights and freedoms we all enjoy today. 

She was around the time that gay people had their own language, not because of shows like Ru Pauls Drag Race, but because they had to!  A secret code, Polari is a fascinating underground private slang, cockney rhyming for the queens. We’re honoured to have Lavinia do her show and have a chat with Max Allen before the party kicks off! Max will then be hosting the evening, and we will be screening the short film shot by Cathal that he stars in.

Club Vada will be all about lost in the music moments, we’ve got some quality DJs lined up for the rest of the year and next. For our launch I’ll be getting into the wormholes of house techno and beyond for a 5hr set.


Catch Hannah Holland and Cathal at the debut of Club Vada on Saturday 24 September from 9pm-3am at Dalston Superstore! Lavinia Co-op show and panel downstairs from 9pm.

Meet Princess Julia

By Martyn Fitzgerald 

London legend Princess Julia joins us this Saturday night for homosocial, Bender. From being part of the famed Blitz kids, to resident DJ at Kinky Gerlinky, Julia has gone from being at the centre of London’s underground scenes, to a leading fashion and gay icon in her own right. Ahead of the party she took Bender’s very own Martyn Fitzgerald through her personal dancefloor history…

So who christened you Princess Julia?

Oh that old chestnut!  Well, I used to do the door at the Wag club back in… er, 1981, the manager Alan called me ‘Princess’ every evening I arrived to work. I imagine he called all the girls Princess in reality though!  That’s where the idea came from but I didn’t call myself Princess Julia in the early 80s, that happened when I started DJing at the Daisy Chain at the Fridge in Brixton in 1986 which was run by Trindy Aurora (Jimmy Fox).  Jeffrey Hinton and Mark Lawrence, were the resident dj’s and I used to do the warm up. One week for fun we thought we’d give ourselves ‘proper’ DJ names as we noticed all the ‘crucial’ DJs had tag names.  So we renamed ourselves… Jeffrey Mmmmm (Taste Of Sugar), Mark ‘Fancy Pants’ Lawrence and I became Miss Princess Julia and it just kinda stuck drooping the ‘Miss’ bit though!  It started as a piss take really.  Daisy Chain was amazing by the way, we even had Eartha Kitt on there, Marc Almond, early days Take That along with go go boys, light shows and it happened every Tuesday!

So when did your clubbing career begin?

Which era would you like to start… mid-seventies?  I’d go to gay clubs like Bang on a Monday night at the Sundown, 157 Charing Cross Road, which had a light up dance floor. The legendary Tallulah DJ’d there, total disco on a Monday night… we always called it  hairdressing night, but I think that’s because I was a hairdresser at the time! Other clubs were Legends, Embassy Club (where Sylvester shot the Mighty Real video) on a Sunday night.  In ’78 Club For Heroes started at Billy’s, it was the beginning of the New Romantic era, it soon moved to the Blitz and later we became known as the Blitz Kids. 

princess julia - 1978 At Billy's by Nicola Tyson

By Nicola Tyson (1978)

But in my earlier days of clubbing I’d go to punk clubs and gigs and then of course gay discos such as the Sombrero situated on Kensington High Street, Louise’s, and bars and clubs in Earls Court such as Boltons, even the Coleherne… even though it was ‘men only’ leather man pub. In the early ’80s and after the Blitz finished I did the door as a cashier lady of the newly opened Wag club that was run by Chris Sullivan and opened in 1981.  It was integral for bringing through new music of the time. There were break dancing competitions and performers, as well as legendary DJ’s who still DJ today such as Fat Tony! I remember Sade doing an early gig down there and of course house band Blue Rondo A La Turk. It was very community based in a way. I started playing at fashion designer Steven Linard’s club Total Fashion Victims in 1982. The  Wag was seminal and I regularly worked at the rare groove night Black Market that René and Barrie K Sharpe ran. René also owned the record shop by the same name whilst being a hairdresser for Bananarama. As a testament to the Wag it lasted for over twenty years and was one of the gateways to the clubbing scene we have today.  

And what kind of music were you playing when you first DJ’d?

A mixture of hi-NRG, disco and the ‘house’ that was just beginning to come through. This was at the Daisy Chain at The Fridge in Brixton with  Mark Lawrence and Jeffrey Hinton were very inventive and used to pre-mix cassette tapes overdubbed with sound effects. Technology was limited in those days; we only played from vinyl, so the idea of having these custom made cassette tapes spliced together was totally cutting edge.  

But the DJing really took off for you?

Yeah, it did. I didn’t really do it officially until ’86. There was an idea of the ‘bedroom DJ’.  Back then there were no laws around sampling so everyone was making their own records. I used to go to Black Market and Groove Records and of course the Trax record shop owned by affectionately named Tricky Dicky in Soho to get hold of the US and European imports that were coming in from Strictly Rhythm, Trax and our own home grown labels. To me they were disco with a twist and because they were so lo-fi, they a had real DIY element, some were pressed on recycled plastic and were so cranky that really added to their charm. There was this idea of making your own records where you get a dubplate pressed and go DJ with it a few times before they became worn out. We could produce our own music which was totally new, we all became vinyl train spotters. Jeffrey (Hinton) had a little four track (I lived with him and Stephen Jones the milliner at this time) and he’d record everything on cassette tapes and splice up the tapes and sellotape them back together. The ‘Summer of Love’ arrived around this time. Newcomers to the London club scene were good at branding themselves and they started to book me for their parties both in London and across the UK which weren’t strictly gay although there was some cross over.  Because of the nature of ‘house’ and its roots in the US, clubs like Shelter, The Paradise Garage, the Sound Factory,  DJ’s like Larry Levan, Masters At Work and Frankie Knuckles… to the guys on the straight scene over here these people were gods and rightly so.  The straight scene here really looked to the gay scene over in the USA for inspiration. Somehow my DJ career took off, much to my amusement, and I was a regular at Ministry of Sound playing with many of the legendary DJ’s of the day.  

So how did ‘house’ arrive over here? Was it this explosion of a new sound?

No not really. I remember in ’86 me and Kate Garner going to Fred’s in Soho, a tiny basement space, it was a midweek night and we arrived to Frankie Knuckles playing! We both said, “This is the next big thing.”  I mean, ‘house’ was akin to disco and used many samples from disco, Knuckles’ style was more soulful with a vocal gospel slant than the more brutal house sounds that were also being produced then.  To me ‘house’ was another form of disco just put together in a more progressive fashion with the technology that was becoming available.  It was easier to mix as well being produced digitally rather than early disco which was often produced in real time.  House music gradually came through, no one who booked me would say they wanted house specifically.  I’d play a mixture of disco, house and hi-NRG in those days.  

princess julia by Mike Owen 1987

By Mike Owen (1987)

So… Kinky Gerlinky.  You were a resident.  How did that come about and what was it like?

Oh right, so basically I was doing Daisy Chain and also I was resident DJ at Patrick Lilley’s Queer Nation with Luke Howard, we were the original DJ’s there at the Gardening Club. We did it on a Sunday night. We wanted to hone in on the more soulful and vocal side of house. We’d have guest PA’s: Barbara Tucker, Kym Mazelle, Ultra Nate, Candy J… this was the Ministry of Sound days so they’d have these names on the Saturday and they’d come to us on the Sunday. On bank holiday Sundays we’d have Norman Jay down and there was a door to the Hard Rock Café next door and we’d take that over too. Anyway, back to Kinky Gerlinky, around this time I worked in a shop called World with Martin Confusion and Roy Brown. We used to sell the Spectrum and Shoom merchandise and the owners Michael and Gerlinde Costiff, who were good friends with New York club promoter Susanne Bartsch, decided to do their own night.  I think Bartsch’s influence was that it would be a ‘ball’ rather than a club night and they started Kinky Gerlinky at Legends. I was the resident with Martin Confusion and Rachel Auburn who used to also sell her clothes in the shop. It was a big success and we soon moved to the old Empire Leicester Square – which was HUGE. It was amazing. It was really cavernous but it had a rotating stage and a catwalk which was great for the ball angle.  It really inspired people to do drag, the least likely people would rock up in drag… looking back maybe it wasn’t so unlikely.  

princess julia at Kinky Gerlinky 1992

At Kinky Gerlinky (1992)

And do you think this was a revival of the dressing up in the early 80’s?  Was it a bit more dress down in the early house period?

Well there’s a timeline here for dressing up in London nightclubs. I would say it started with Punk, to Blitz and the New Romantic look, Cha Cha’s and things that went on in Heaven and the Soundshaft  and onto Taboo. But the early ‘house’ scene over here as I said, was quite straight which we always thought funny given where it had come from… NYC’s gay discos! I mean there was Shoom, which was more inclusive and we integrated there, the whole dressing up thing at this time was also tied in with the Euro disco thing, you know, being on holiday in Ibiza. And then of course there was a great clubbing conversation with New York and clubs such as Danceteria and Area. A lot of people imagine the rave scene to be really dressed down but it wasn’t. You know, it was a very thought out look, if you look at The Face and i-D from there people planned their outfits. DM’s with the toe cut out, ‘hard times’ and rockabilly looks, the street style you found at Phillip Salon’s night the Mud Club which started in the early ’80s and carried on through the decade where everyone was dressed in their own individual style.

The rave scene in a sense brought in a casual but thought out approach to dressing. I did have a bit of a dressed down moment… briefly, my idea of dressing down was wearing trainers! But never for Kinky Gerlinky. The whole designer thing came in then too: tags and logo’s became a look of their own. When I worked in World in the late ’80s we’d stock MCM rip-off track suits and bum bags, the massive gold jewellery and stuff from NYC’s 14th Street mixed with original Keith Haring, Kenny Scharf, and London club t-shirts such as Schoom and Spectrum as well as our own brand World t-shirts. Neneh Cherry often borrowed stuff for her videos styled by Judy Blame mixing it all up with his own jewellry created from ‘ready mades’. It was all dress up, it was also Thatcher’s Britain so some people had a bit of money, and if they didn’t they could still customize their outfits. 

princess julia early 00s photo by William baker

By William Baker (early 00s)

London doesn’t really have those big nights with big personalities any more.

I disagree with you there, big clubs and events are hard, a lot of hard work to put on, but they do happen.  Even if you do one every now and again, it’s hard. And as for personalities, well look around you, everyone you know is a personality, especially in our world. The ’90s was the era of the ‘superclub’, and I actually think there is more diversity now. Possibly because we’re better informed through social media and knowing what’s going on. Also the spaces have changed, they’re more multifunctional now. Places have to be ever more inventive. Look at the Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club, it’s brilliant. We’ve got very used to going to places where there’s a lot of colour: people dressing up, showing off, having a good time and that’s really infectious and inspiring. Look at Sink The Pink. Look at Dalston Superstore, itself which is really a landmark for clubbing, with a bar upstairs that is also a restaurant, a disco downstairs, an art gallery and in a lo-fi sort of way, a performance space with people getting up on the bar and do PA’s which is charming. The George & Dragon, which even though is fundamentally a pub has different DJ’s every night of the week, let us not forget Radio Egypt which started at the George & Dragon on a Sunday night with Jonny Woo and Jonjo Jury DJing, which really set a precedent for the reemergence of the East End gay scene as we know it, and that was ten years ago. Things are really flourishing with new places opening and creating further outlets for self expression.

You still go out a lot…

Well, I have this thing of not wanting to miss out although I can’t go everywhere, thankfully I keep tabs on things through social media. Having said that there’s nothing like experiencing nightclubbing in the real world. There’s also that thing of not knowing where the night’s going to end, who I’m going to meet; it’s an adventure. One thing I love about clubbing is that you get people from all walks of life and I think that’s even more important now: bringing different people together.

princess julia by 2014 Louie banks

By Louie Banks (2014)

Who have you met who you’re really loved (or hated!).  Who’s inspired you?

Ooh, well there’s a checklist of people who have inspired in regards to the way we club. Phillip Salon who encouraged people to explore their own creativity and give them a bit of confidence to do that. Leigh Bowery obviously, who arrived in London in the early ’80s quickly became instated in both club land and the music and art scenes. When he died he was really on the precipice of doing so much more amazing explorations.  Thankfully we do have his legacy. Then there the people behind clubs I find inspiring, people like Wayne Shires who pulls things together and organises the most amazing events, I’m very inspired by his passion for clubbing. He’s been running clubs since the late ’80s and has been so prolific, I used to DJ at many of his club nights including SEX at the Cafe de Paris, Monster at Substation, through to the present day at East Bloc. He makes things happen and I think that’s a great talent. Dan Beaumont,  I remember talking to him at that bar he had in Islington (the Warwick) when I used to drop off a fanzine I used to make, he was very passionate about what he wanted the space to be. That was the precursor to Superstore I guess. Then there’s a whole new generation of DJ’s and club promoters, including yourself Martyn, who are continually pushing and exploring club life to its full potential. 

Join Princess Julia this Saturday 27th October for Bender from 9pm – 4am at Dalston Superstore.

Win a Limited Edition Macho Print

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

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

HANK by Ego Rodriguez

What is the inspiration behind MACHO?

a. Playgirl

b. Physique Pictorial

c. Readers Wives

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

Read our previous interview with Ego here.

Ego Rodriguez

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

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

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

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

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

And what do you look for in a model?

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

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

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

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

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

Stefano Canulli

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

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

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

Do you prefer drawing men over everything else?

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

Tell us about your background and training…

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

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

What can we expect from MACHO?

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

What influence does your Spanish roots have on your work?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Macho

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For press enquires:
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Nancy’s

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Illustration by Ego Rodriguez: egorodriguez.com

Johnno Burgess

Our good friend Johnno Burgess from Bugged Out returns to the Superstore bar to spin some tunes alongside the legendary Penny Arcade, Jeffrey Hinton and A Man To Pet at Rubik next weekend on Friday 29th June. Having established Bugged Out some 17 years ago, it has since taken place in Manchester, London, Bristol, Milan, Barcelona and Butlins for the Bugged Out Weekender. Not only that but Johnno was one of the co-founders of seminal music magazine Jockey Slut, giving him a pedigree that both promoters and journalists can only dream of. 

More recently he’s been credited with the recent yacht rock revival that many may claim stems from his celebrated RA podcast but we think is more likely down to a love of Kenny Loggins

RA131 081201 Johnno-Burgess-residentadvisor.net by DubFu

We were lucky enough to have a suitably bonkers chat about all things Bugged Out, Jockey Slut and yacht rock ahead of his upcoming set at Rubik… 

Your party Bugged Out is due to turn 18… if Bugged Out was a person and super-excited about finally being legally allowed to drink and go out and cause all kinds of menace, how would they be celebrating their birthday?

They would go to Bugged Out. Hang on though, if the 18-year-old Bugged Out went to itself maybe it might evaporate in some kind of time vortex ‘thing’. What a way to celebrate your 18th though eh?

Where’s the most obscure place you’ve ever held Bugged Out?

Kazahstan. It was linked to Time Out and we went over with them to represent UK clubbing. Andrew (Spiro) from Bugged Out got to drink horse milk, which I think was more memorable than the party. 

How on earth did you come up with Kenny Loggins Footloose Challenge?

That was a round in a pub quiz I used to do (often at Dan Beaumont’s old bar The Warwick). I used to play Loggins’ Footloose on the left deck, and then you had to guess what the record was playing on the right deck – the cross fader always in Loggins’ favour. It’s a noisy record Footloose, so it’s very hard to hear some other artists’ melody while it’s hammering away. If ever a record hammers, it’s Footloose. 

Who would win in a fight between Kenny Loggins and Don Henley?

Loggins. In the Danger Zone. 

Whilst we’re on the subject of Yacht Rock, your RA podcast from a few years back was amazing. If you were making another today what tracks would you include?

I’m still waiting for them to ask for Round 2. I love Steve Winwood’s While You See A Chance, Hall & Oates’ Kiss On My List and Don Henley’s Dirty Laundry. 

Let’s talk Jockey Slut! If it was still running, who would you want to interview for it and why?

Ben UFO to trawl through his amazing record collection, Tiga because he’s endlessly quotable and Derrick May to ask him when he’s ever going to release another record. 

DJs say the silliest things sometimes… what’s the funniest you ever put in print?

Anything Armand Van Helden used to say. Sample quote: “I was crazy into ill fashion, breaking ill futuristic ground. You name it; I’ve dogged it out. I was brutal. I have some rough-assed photos.” 

If you were interviewing YOURSELF what would you ask yourself?

“When do you intend to grow up?”

Catch Johnno at Rubik here at Dalston Superstore on Friday 29th June from 9pm – 3am.

Super-8 Cam Private Viewing

Tonight, before the girls get jerkin’ in the basement, we’ll be hosting a very special viewing of Super-8 Cam, a series of six intimate portraits by local artists Antonio da Silva, Keem, Konstantinos Menelaou, Marie Schuller, Jason Bradbury and Mei Chan, all shot in Super 8 for Fringe! The London Gay Film Festival.

The festival’s curators tell us:

Artists were given a brief to create a personal moment between themselves and the subject of their affection/obsession. 

The video pieces document the relationship between artist and subject as well as exploring the gaze of the viewer taking the viewpoint of the artist. A film camera has the ability to grant power to the filmographer and by proxy the viewer, and put the subject in a vulnerable position. However when the role play is on equal terms then the game becomes an intense erotic experience. 

Each portrait was shot to give the process of filming the same importance as the subject being filmed and thus expose the filmmaker as much as the subject. The result are six video pieces that are exhibited without any editing, no post production alterations and no sound.

It’s free to come down so pop along, have a cider from the sponsors Briska and then stay for JERK! Gets Two Floors with Queer Nation legend Jeffrey Hinton.

Jeffrey Hinton

This Thursday sees night of girl-heat JERK! expanding into the lazer basement as they takeover the two floors of Dalston Superstore for the first time ever. Not only have they created (in their own words) “farsh garms to be distributed (thrown) at the best krumpers, boglers, two steppers, dutty winers and general fierce bitchizzz” but they’ve got Queer Nation legend Jeffrey Hinton playing over both floors! We caught up with Jeffrey to find out what he’s been unleashing on the world and what we’ve got in store for JERK!

What can we expect to hear from you at Jerk?

I will dig deep into my ‘90s r’n’b archive plus mix it all up as I normally do- new and old, bit of UK garage, 2 step, Moomba, swing beat… who knows? But it’s always a party!

Tell us the one track that hasn’t left your record bag lately.

Hmm, well I like it if a tune can stand the test of time! My friend played me Azealia Banks – 212 back in September last year. I always like a good mash-up and she sings over the Lazy Jay track. I thought then that it had a fresh edge- very east London. So it’s no surprise it’s become a bit of an anthem.

What’s your most unusual musical influence?

Most of my influences come from travel, but I guess an unusual influence is lighting. I used to love lying flat out on the dancefloor with my friend Space at the Heaven Club (circa ‘80s). They used to have the most amazing disco lighting rig and we would just look up and bath in music and lights, while people danced and stepped over us. I used to do the same at The Saint in New York, which for me was the best-designed club I’ve ever seen… well, so far! Music is best when you are drowning in a visual experience too. Even if it’s just in the mind!!

Your DJ career has spanned from the ’80s to now- what’s been your favourite decade for music so far?

I don’t really think like that as all music is connective and has its place. I wouldn’t say it always evolves as it often devolves. But that’s okay. If it frustrated you then that’s good as it pushes you to create.

What was on the first mixtape you ever made?

I was probably making them in my head aged two but I didn’t get a tape recorder until I was seven and then I just taped every sound I could. I found a way to feed it back through the hi-fi we had and mix it over music or the radio. It would sound mental but I loved it.

Tell us a bit about your work with the National Portrait Gallery!

Well, as you say I have been around a while(!!) so I have collected archived most of my life: filming and photographing club stuff. It’s a very big collection with a lot of behind the scenes bits. I didn’t keep it for showing as such, more to celebrate the friends that I love. But it does document moments in time that are of a different mood to now and also completely unique.

It has lots of people that have become a bit iconic like Leigh Bowery, plus it features a lot of underground London culture. So the British Film Institute and the National Portrait Gallery are into showing it and archiving it, which is lovely. In fact, on 26th April at 7pm at the National Portrait Gallery Theatre I’m showing some of my archive plus there’ll be a bit of a chat.

What’s been your weirdest DJ experience?

Well this has probably been mentioned before due to me being well known for my approach to music at Leigh Bowery’s club Taboo. I loved sound effects at that time (I still do) so I would chop and mix up videos (video scratching they named it, I didn’t though). I edited everything together: porn, Abba, operations, tv and film from around the world and my own stuff. I would project it over the dance floor and mix it in with the music. Also I would have tape cassettes playing sound effects and mix that into the music as well. The music would be quite random too. The whole effects was nuts, but then the club was nuts too.

So one night I was happily playing the slip mat as I was on acid and the grinding sound seemed normal! As they were so used to unusual sounds everyone kept dancing anyway. I did think I was at home though and not actually there, that when Princess Julia came over to see if I was okay, I asked her make me a cup of tea!

And your worst?

I think I’ve had a few sticky moments!! One was working at a club called Rock. I was rushing and on arrival I noticed I’d picked up my record bag full of r’n’b music. The problem was it was a house music club! Really had to wing that one!!

What do you like about playing at Dalston Superstore?

I love working at a place where the people that own and run it have a passion for what they want to create- it makes such a difference. Dan Beaumont and all the gang are amazing. Plus east London gives me more freedom and we all need more freedom right!!

Jeffrey Hinton plays Jerk Gets Two Floors at Dalston Superstore this Thursday 12th April from 9pm – 3am.

Hello Mozart!

Saturday sees two of our favourite nights joining force for a fabulous time, as Hot Boy Dancing Spot takes over the basement with special guest pint-sized popstar Little Boots, whilst JERK’s girl-heat infiltrates the top bar with Queer Nation legend Jeffrey Hinton. We tracked down Hot Boy resident Hello Mozart! for a quick chat about all the upcoming fun… 

How did you get the name Hello Mozart? A nickname from others or did you name yourself kinda after the Motorola catchphrase?

I have to say I was always a Nokia boy. In all seriousness, I used to DJ with a really good friend Ben. He called himself Ben Goodbye and I took the Hello part. Mozart comes from Queer As Folk when the young kid Nathan shouts out “I’m Mozart! I’m fucking Mozart!”. I kind of liked the notion of doing everything when I was young. 

Can you tell us a bit about how you met The Lovely Jonjo and how you came to be part of Hot Boy Dancing Spot?

I met Jonjo when I was promoting a club night in Bournemouth called Big In Japan. We booked him and we got on really well so when I moved up to London it just made sense to work on something together. I really love throwing parties with him and we’ve got some pretty big plans for HB this year.

This Saturday sees you guys joining up with girl-heat extraordinaires JERK to create Hot Boy Jerkin’ Spot! How did this magical team-up come together?

We love throwing parties with other nights. There’s something about two different crowds getting together that makes it a really interesting night. We also really like girls and don’t really like it if there aren’t any at our nights. So this seemed perfect. JERK is also my favourite weekday night. Their parties are always amazing. 

Please do tell us all about the extra special guest you have brightening the basement this weekend!

We’ve always been fans of Little Boots. I’ve seen her live a few times and her sets are always really interesting. It’s definitely going to one of the biggest nights we’ve had in a while. Expect some pretty big things!

Who’s been your favourite guest you’ve had so far?

We’ve had so many amazing guests, but I do love it when We Have Band and Dan ‘Stopmakingme’ Avery play for us. Also TEETH! always put on an amazing show. We have a lot of rotating residents as well so it’s always fun when we play with them. 

Can you tell us your top three Hot Boy tunes?

Little Boots –  Shake (Azari & III Remix) 

This track had to be in here as standard. Expect to hear it this weekend. I don’t think Azari & III have ever done a bad remix, but this one’s especially great!

Cassius –  The Sound Of Violence (Aeroplane Remix)

This has been a favourite of mine for a while, but especially so at the moment after having a near out of body experience in a cab across Berlin after leaving Berghain to check out of my apartment. Too much.

Closer – Nine Inch Nails

Anyone who’s been to a few Hot Boys knows this is a favourite end track of Jonjo’s and mine. It’s great to play a night where you feel you can play anything, which is what Hot Boy’s about, and this has been a favourite track of mine since I was a teenager. What ever you do don’t make me cut the track short…

Hello Mozart! plays in the basement this Saturday 25th February at Hot Boy Jerkin’ Spot alongside The Lovely Jonjo and Little Boots, whilst Jeffrey Hinton and JERK residents Zoe and Keziah play upstairs from 10pm – 4am.