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Jon Pleased Wimmin & Hifi Sean

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

JPW: Theme from S’express.

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

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

 What has been your favourite musical collaboration? 

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

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

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

 

 

 

Jon Pleased Wimmin

For World Aids Day this year, Jon Pleased Wimmin joins us for a special Christmas edition of his party #Pleased! Joining him is Tasty Tim, Paul Woods, Grizzle aka John Sizzle and A Man To Pet and Ma Butcher for a drag extravaganza over both floors of Superstore, with a portion of the door going to support local charity Positive East. Ahead of the party we caught up with Jon Pleased Wimmin to find out more about the party and her musical legacy…

Who is Jon Pleased Wimmin ?

I’m a spooky old DJ whose been dressing up and spinning tunes since 1991, from London to Tokyo and beyond.

What are your most treasured memories from Kinky Gerlinky and Glam?

Well, Gerlinde & Michael who ran Kinky, certainly knew how to throw a party! The mix of people, the relaxed set list and the feeling that everything could topple over at any minute is what made their parties so extraordinary. It’s at Kinky that Jenny & Danny Rampling first saw my two co-horts (Darren & Peter) and I performing as The Pleased Wimmin and invited us to come and work as ‘dancers’ for them at Glam at The Milk Bar. What made that so special and life-changing was that we were in amongst a totally mixed crowd (whereas before, most clubs, including Kinky where we would go were predominantly gay) I was never into the original ‘rave’ scene as I love dressing up too much and don’t find the thought of standing around in a field that appealing. So this was like an epiphany for me, to be able to express myself and not feel like I had to hide within a ‘gay’ ghetto was very liberating. Needless to say I have never really wanted to return to the narrow confines of ‘gay’ clubbing since.

Why did you decide to cover The Flirts for your first single?

Well, Passion is probably still in my top 10 favourite tracks ever, it’s just so bloody sleazy and amyl-tastic. We got hooked up with Norman Cook, through our good friend and neighbour Lindy Layton and he wanted to make a track with me as my DJing career was taking off and he was just getting into making house music on his Southern Fried label. It turns out that Norman was a massive fan of Passion too, so it was decided that was a good option. 

What are your favourite pop music curveballs to sneak into a set?

Memorabilia (The Non Stop Ecstatic Dancing Version) by Soft Cell and the Steve Thompson Remix of The Sun Always Shines on TV by A-Ha are up there. I also have quite a lot of edits that I make, things like Just Can’t get Enough by Depeche Mode and Love is a Stranger by Eurythmics. The kind of electronic pop that was so ahead of its time it still sounds fresh and current, really.

What’s your favourite track from the compilation album you put together Female Trouble: Divine – The Remixes?

Oh god…………… probably Shoot Your Shot, though they sound a little dated now.

What was the first house record that turned your head?

Well, being a massive pop head and coming from more of a new wave/goth background, it was things like KLF, Baby Ford, S’Express and The Beloved that really got excited. The early stuff on Creation records with Weatherall and Fluke etc were and still are a massive inspiration. I was never into the souley stuff with big divas and all that. Tracks like Finally by Cece Peniston and Free by Ultra Nate bring me out in hives.

Why the reincarnation of #Pleased and why now?

I took quite a few years off from DJing, went to university to study Popular Music and kind of naturally came back to it a few years ago. Things definitely go in cycles and while my sets are mainly made up of new music, there seems to be a hunger and reappraisal for the ‘anything could happen’ vibe of early to mid ’90s clubs. It’s all been very organic and I think it’s more to do with an attitude, not being afraid to party things up a bit, but keeping the quality up, which seems to be totally relevant again. 

As I’ve said before, I take my music very seriously, but it doesn’t mean all my music has to be very serious.

Who’s your idol?

Blimey, there a lots of people who I admire and find inspiring…

Grayson Perry, Val Denham, Gavin Friday, Marc Almond, Patrick Cowley, Kate Bush, Joan Collins, Stuart Price, Richard X and Andrew Weatherall for starters.

What does the future hold for JPW?

I’m releasing new music next year, which is really exciting and I shall be playing all over the joint. More #Pleased parties and more shenanigans with my Dare! and Church of High Kicks parties too.

What can people expect from the night?

People can expect to have a scream, with a bouncy soundtrack and an open-minded atmosphere. Ultimately, our goal is to ensure people have a fun night, meet lovely people and let their hair down to quality music.

I’m really looking forward to playing with Tasty Tim and Paul Woods again too, and seeing the inimitable Ma Butcher!

Tell us a secret………

Ma Butcher made her fortune selling her firstborn to Hollywood to star in Babe.

Three Pleased classics?

Oooh.

1. Paloma Faith – Can’t Rely on You (MK remix)

2. Sain II – It’s Alright

3. Jon Pleased Wimmin – Don’t be Scared (Of Yourself)

A current favourite track?

Romanthony – Trust (Freeform Five Rmx)

Join Jon Pleased Wimmin for #Pleased at Dalston Superstore on Friday 5th December from 9pm – 3am.

5 Years Of Body Talk

By Rokk

There’s a track by Randy Crawford called Everything Must Change which I played on a friends radio show recently that has bouncing around my head when I decided to end Body Talk and start afresh.

The night started back in 2009 when Dalston Superstore had been open for a only a few months and the scene that surrounds it today was nowhere to be seen. I’d not run or promoted a night before Body Talk, and so I was a little apprehensive before putting it on, but I knew I wanted to create something. I just wanted to put on a night that had a vibe.
 
Cut to five years later and I’m sat thinking about the time that has passed.
 
Body Talk initially started out with myself, Jon Pleased Wimmin (who I’d always wanted to to work with and who was coming down from Edinburgh) and my best friend Marky Mark, who now lives in Bristol, as our residents and we’d have a special guest each month.
 
I’ll always remember those first months when we were just getting started and me trying to get Leee John from Imagination to come down and sing for us; he never did. I remember him posting on Facebook about Body Talk wishing us all the best for our opening night and saying how honoured he was to have a night named after his song Body Talk, which he’d penned how many years previous. I didn’t have the heart to tell him that we had actually named the night after a line in the Sharon Redd song Can You Handle It.
 

 

I remember the madness that Robyn brought every time she came to play and how chuffed I was when she asked me over lunch if she could name her album after Body Talk.
 
We changed as the years progressed and gained some new residents, namely Tristan Reed, the lovely Charlie Bones and Alejandro Asencio, but we stayed faithful to our musical tastes, keeping the house downstairs and the funk upstairs.
 
Body Talk posters
 
I remember getting the DiY Crew  aka Digs & Whoosh down to play who used to run the free parties in Nottingham back in the late ’80s early ’90s, they absolutely brought the house down. I loved their whole vibe. And Trevor Jackson too, what a legend.
 
It was just great to put on people who I admired or appreciated as my personal pioneers. Mark Moore is also someone I was keen to have play, he actually played twice, again another producer close to my heart.
 
I loved our 1st Anniversary with Robyn and everyone dancing on the bar, our New Years Eve party with Twat Boutique, Tristan Reed with Jessica and Lucy Fizz painted silver, dancing on the bar.
 
NYE BODY TALK
 
Our Whitney night when everyone was singing to the acapella of I Wanna Dance With Somebody. Billie Ray Martin singing in the basement.
 
Come to think of it we actually had a fucking ball. It was always about the music first and foremost. All this reminiscing reminds me of when I first started DJing in a pub in Nottingham called the Dover Castle, when I was 10 yrs old. I used to serve pop and crisps at the same time and got paid a fiver for doing it. I never thought I’d be still doing it 30 years later so thank you, to all the people who have enjoyed themselves at Body Talk, to the music makers, to all the DJs who have played with us over the years, here’s to the next 30 years.
 
Body Talk is Dead, Long Live Body Talk.
 

Body Talk The Finale from Rokk on Vimeo.

A note from Tristan Reed….

Ah Body Talk, five years of joyous, sweaty memories almost impossible to condense. A musical celebration – we straddled genres, grinded hard in the basement with our special guests, we danced danced danced (sometimes half naked on the bar).
 
Body Talk 1st Anniversary
 
 
We paid tribute to our idols, we dressed up as Prince’s, Janet’s! They sang back at us – Lindy Layton, Billie Ray Martin, Robyn. We honoured the spirits of the greats we lost – Donna, Whitney, Amy. We played the b-sides, remixes, rarities with complete abandon… with musical freedom.
 
Why? We did it for our host… Rokk. For his vision, his ability to bring us all so chaotically together to share the music that has informed our lives. So thank you Rokk, thank you for all the amazing DJ’s an unskilled selector like me has had the pleasure of rubbing shoulders with! And thank you to all of our regular faces who have made it such a pleasure over the years! See you dancing somewhere else soon.
 
Join Rokk and Tristan this Saturday 21st June for the Body Talk Finale at Dalston Superstore from 9pm – 3am.