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Happy 5th Birthday DSS

By Cliff Joannou / reprinted from QX Magazine with kind permission

Dalston Superstore put queer East on the map five years ago. With an incredible array of club nights, combining explosive DJs with the most mentalist drag queens and trannies, you don’t get more bang for your buck than a weekend at the ‘Superstore. Owners Mikki Most and Dan Beaumont plied Cliff Joannou with plenty of prosecco and told him just how they pull it all together every week…

CLIFF: Why is Dalston Superstore the dog’s bollocks?

DAN: Come down to our birthday next Sunday and we’ll show you…

You’re on. How has Dalston itself evolved over the past five years, and what impact has the ‘Superstore had on the area…

DAN: When we started out people thought we were crazy trying to open a gay bar in Dalston! 

MIKKI: Yes, we were pretty much the first bar in the area, and certainly the first gay bar, so I think people thought we were mental. We’ve opened up a lot of doors in the area for people though, and it’s been amazing to be part of helping make Dalston more diverse. It’s been stressful at times but the booze helps!

How have you set it apart from other gay venues?

DAN: Music, booze, food and fun! You never know what to expect at the ‘Superstore. You could find Grizzle reenacting the Human Centipede on the bar – don’t ask! – and then pop downstairs for dance courtesy of some hot young DJ we’ve found in New York or Berlin.

MIKKI: Yes, we’ve always tried to push things a bit here and not just do the obvious stuff. We both ran clubs before [TrailerTrash and Disco Bloodbath] and putting on great DJs is fundamental. We’re open day and night, and I like the idea you can come for a decent cocktail and some food early evening and still be here at 4am in the morning dancing… There’s not too many places offering that in London.

For such an intimate club spot, you’ve had some very cool DJs jump at the chance to play there…

DAN: The best thing about programming your own discotheque is that you get to bring all your favourite DJs over to play. Highlights for us have been an amazing set from Prosumer in the early days, Erol Alkan dropping a disco set, the legendary David Morales playing for four hours, and multiple visits from people like Optimo, Horse Meat Disco, Chloé and Spencer Parker. Plus, our amazing residents – it wouldn’t be the same without Hannah Holland, Borja Peña, the Little Gay Brother guys, Lovely Jonjo, Dave Kendrick, Jos Gibson and the Duchess of Pork et al.

MIKKI: Absolutely, we recently had the guys over from Members Club in Berlin for B(e)ast and the music was really amazing and fresh for London. It’s great to have the freedom to bring over international talent and introduce it to our scene over here.

And it’s the place to put a wig on it…

MIKKI: It’s part of what we are and to be honest all the best nights I can remember at ‘Superstore have involved wigs and heels flying around all over the place. So many of our regulars turn up in flats and leave in heels, it’s what gives the place its sparkle.

DAN: [Laughs] Yes, our bar very often gets mistaken for a stage by our bewigged regulars doesn’t it? We wouldn’t be the venue we are without the support of people like Jonny Woo, A Man To Pet, John Sizzle, Jacqui Potato and Glyn Famous. In fact we are still in awe of their talents… not to mention their ability to stage dive in heels on a Friday night without sustaining any injuries.

Dalston Superstore (117 Kingsland High St, E8 2PB) celebrates its 5th birthday over the May Bank Holiday weekend with the main party on Sunday 4th May.

Caffe Culture

Ahead of tonight’s Grizzle Cosmic Fembot Extravaganza we pinned down man about town DJ/Producer Josh Caffe. His debut release Caffe Culture Pt 1 is out now on Batty Bass featuring the track Let Love Ruin with David Newtron and remixes from Hannah Holland, The Carry Nation and Leo Zero! He told us all about the track and more!

It’s Grizzle’s Cosmic Fembot Extravaganza tonight… what/who is your sexy robot pick?

 I love the fembots by Hajime Sorayama. Proper sex bots.

Sorayama Sexy Robot

How long has Caffe Culture been in the making for?

For quite some time. I initially came about idea late last year but I wasn’t really sure whether to do it or not as it was my first production and vocals project and I kinda felt a bit out of my depth. I’m quite a perfectionist with my music and wanted this project to be 100% amazing but didn’t feel confident enough…..I overcame that!

Working with Jeroen (aka David Newtron) was such a natural process too, we really bounce off each other with ideas, which made things a whole lot easier in the studio writing or messing around with random objects for instruments. The guy managed to get me to sing! Never would have dared try that on my own.

Which remix of Let Love Ruin can we expect to hear tonight?

I’m hoping to squeeze all of them in. They’re all good!

Who is your biggest inspiration for the record?

Without a doubt Jamie Principle.

What prompted your personal transition from DJ to producer?

It just felt like the right time… and also meeting the right people to collaborate with at the right time. I love DJing to bits, but being able to play out something you’ve produced and worked day and night on is such an amazing feeling. Really makes me want to produce more and more and DJ more and more. Just want to constantly keep sharing good music with people really.

And you sing too! Who are your vocal heroes?

I do! That was a hard experience, which I didn’t like at first since I’m not a natural singer at all. But the more we worked on Let Love Ruin the more we felt it needed more than just a simple hook. I really had figure out how my vocal limit/range could work on things and ALSO I hate the sound of my voice so I criticized everything but Jeroen was like “seriously Josh this is good!”

Vocal heroes would have to be Ralph Tresvant, Robert Owens, Vikter Duplaix, Larry Ernest Blackmon (to name a few).

Describe your ideal music video for Let Love Ruin…

Ummm, I’m having discussions about potentially doing one so I can’t really say the idea otherwise it will ruin the surprise when you see it. It would be my dream idea if it happens though.

Who would you just die to collaborate with?

Todd Terry, Sonny Fodera.

What’s next for Caffe Culture?

Well Caffe Culture comes in two parts so we’re just finishing up the second release As I Look which will be out later in the year. Watch this space!!

Join Josh TONIGHT (Friday 11th October) for Grizzle’s Cosmic Fembot Extravaganza at Dalston Superstore from 9pm – 3am.

Jos Gibson

Dirtbox legend Jos Gibson takes to the decks for Body Talk this Saturday specialising in his own particular brand of “hands in the air” house. Residents DJ Rokk and Tristan Reed will be on hand plus special guest Alejandro Acensio returns to play the top bar.

We caught up with Jos ahead of the party to find out more about his amazing beard, his taste in music and what he gets up to in the dead of night around east London…

You are something of an enigma. Tell us a secret about yourself, we won’t tell anyone, promise.

I have a secret love for motorbikes. I love beat up old choppers and bobbers. Being able to jump on a motorbike really gives you such a sense of freedom and adventure.

You’re from the north of England- what were your favourite nights out when you lived there?

I hung out mainly on the free party scene in the early ’90s. Pretty much every Saturday night was spent on the services stations of Rivington or Channock waiting to go to a party usually on a industrial estate in Lancashire somewhere. They were really exciting times, there was a real sense of togetherness too.

When that all ended some of my favourite haunts included: Artlab in Preston, The Empire in Morcambe, The Orbit near Leeds or the Eclipse in Coventry. Sadly all gone now.

You’re going to be playing “hands in the air” house at Body Talk… what’s your ultimate track for raising your hands?

At the moment it has to be Do You Feel What I Feel by Rex the Dog, it’s so damn good.

Your day job is as a groomer in mens fashion editorial and commercial. Does this account for your stupendous beard?

I suppose it does, I’ve had it for some years now and people kinda know me for it. “The guy with the big beard? Yes thats the one.”

What’s your top facial hair tip?

Keep it clean, keep it suitable, keep it oiled!

Why did you decide to set up your night Dirtbox?

I got together with a couple of friends of mine and we were really complaining that there wasn’t the club we wanted in London. So we did it as a one off party originally for us and our friends.

How have you developed Dirtbox into East London’s premiere sweatbox-cum-manhunt nightclub?

Still keeping it really simple – it’s a combination of the Dirtbox sound, a really great venue and the loyal crowd.

What’s a quintessential Dirtbox track?

Strut Your Techno Stuff by Fax Yourself, it was a B-side originally on a cover of I Feel Love that came out on a Belgium New Beat label.

What inspires you in your day job and what inspires you in your night-time job?

What inspires you is a difficult one nail down as it’s always in flux. When I’m working on shoots it’s usually with the photographer or designer themselves where we have an initial chat about the mood. Then that sparks me to think a link I can make with the hair, usually historical.

In clubs it’s not so different, whilst there is a running theme with my taste in music, I try to make a connection with the crowd so I note when something really works or doesn’t.

And finally what’s your most favourite East London DJing memory or torrid tale?

Some of the highs since we started have been taking Dirtbox out to the festivals; Lovebox and Glastonbury notably. Recently we also had Shannon from Light Asylum come to DJ. She spontaneously turned on the mic and sang over her set which blew everyone away. But the hottest tales are on the dance floor of Dirtbox, anyone who goes will testify to that.

Join Jos on Saturday 20th April for Body Talk at Dalston Superstore from 9pm – 3am.

Lovebox Warm Up Party

To limber-up for the always-amazing Lovebox Sunday come and dance with us on Friday 8th June at our Lovebox Sunday Warm-up.  

We are very proud to welcome actual DJ legend Mr Andrew Weatherall into our basement along with Horse Meat Disco head honcho Jim Stanton, Superstore’s own Dan Beaumont, Dave Kendrick from Macho City, Jos Gibson from Dirtbox and Lovebox Sunday curator James Baillie.

If that wasn’t enough we will be raffling 2 pairs of Lovebox Sunday VIP tickets on the night!

For full Lovebox info go to www.lovebox.net