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Neville Watson talks

This Saturday the inimitable Neville Watson joins us once again in the laser basement alongside Bastards residents Wes db and Lucious Flajore! A regular on the Creme Organisation imprint and equally famed for his own productions as he is for his fruitful partnership with Bulgarian producer KiNK, Neville has worn many hats within dance music, including running his own record store, and holding a long-time residency at the sadly now defunct Reading based night Checkpoint Charlie. Ahead of Saturday’s party we posed a few questions to Neville to find out more about what we can expect!

It’s Record Store this Saturday…! Do you think you could ever do it again and open Mighty Atom Mk II?

No, being behind a counter all day is not for me I’m afraid. I had a great time running our little shop and I have the greatest respect, obviously, for record shop proprietors but I wouldn’t want to do it a second time around. Plus it’s too easy to get high on your own supply.

We imagine it probably helps that you can refer to all the amazing photos your brother, renowned photographer Gavin Watson shot to remind you of parties long since past. Is there a specific shot of his that takes you right back to that moment when you look at it?

The photo of the Flackwell Heath party, with all the speakers hanging from the trees. It captures the spirit perfectly.

 
Rave shot by Gavin Watson

You’re also known for your live partnership with the equally amazing KiNK- which other artist, if any (if it’s not too much like cheating!!), do you think you would work as well with in a live set-up?

Working together on stage with no drama, dealing with tech issues and travelling together takes a particular type of relationship, and we were just lucky that we got on and didn’t get on each other’s tits. Having experienced working well I’m not sure I’d want to risk trying it with someone else.

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

High Wycombe Royal British Legion disco 1973.

You’ve played at a wide variety of parties, cities, venues over the years. Drawing from this breadth of experience, if you could design the ideal DJ booth, what would it look like and what tech would you equip it with?

You have to go a long way to beat the booth in Room 1 at Fabric, the choice of two mixers and enough CDJs and 1200s to keep you busy. Plus it maintains a healthy relationship between the dancers and the DJ – separate enough for the DJ to do his job but not completely cut off from the dancefloor. All this facing the DJ bollocks is rather dull. 

What’s the one track that NEVER fails to ignite the dance floor?

DJ Spen – Craze At Midnight

You have a pretty strong associate with Crème Organisation… what is that you think makes this relationship so special?

That I can always tell a weirdo when I see one.

Outside of DJs and promoters, the power of the resident is pretty under-appreciated. Having been a long-time resident at Checkpoint Charlie, what club or club night would you ever want to be resident at?

I really can’t think of any to be honest, all the obvious places like Panorama Bar, Fabric and The Rex all have such great residents. I would love to get in at the development stage of a smaller club so I could tailor it how I saw it.

What’s your starting point for making music? What do you need before you can start?

I don’t need a great deal actually, I often start things on the laptop at home and then transfer them if I need to when I get in the studio. My wife said to me the other night that she found it strange how I could just dip in and out of work when I get a spare minute, but if an idea comes to me I want to get it down straight away. That’s the beauty of the laptop.

Having said that when I’m in the studio proper I don’t want any distractions and if I’m working with someone else I expect zero fucking around.
 
Join Neville Watson this Saturday 18th April for Bastards at Dalston Superstore from 9pm – 3am.
 

Borja Vs Jonjo

By Borja Peña

I have been following Hot Boy Dancing Spot’s The Lovely Jonjo since he used to play at Trash on Mondays at the sadly now gone club The End. I remember it like it was yesterday, his sets were always so unexpected, from the Yeah Yeah Yeahs to Kraftwerk; you couldn’t help but turn your head to the booth and wonder who was this DJ with blonde curls…. 

Well, almost ten years later I have finally booked him to play at B(e)ast and I couldn’t be more excited, but before the party on Saturday 1st of June, let’s find out more about Mr. Jonjo while we enjoy some sangrias in sunny Barcelona just in time for Primavera Sound…

Hey Jonjo, Primavera always has the reputation to book these bands that are largely unknown to the general public and then a year later everybody is talking about them… who are you looking forward to seeing the most at this festival, who do you think is the underdog?

Two bands that have really dividing people at the mo are The Knife and Savages, I have seen both but can’t wait to see them again. Saw Veronica Falls last night, proper British band; the drummer is amazing. Other bands I’m looking forward to, apart from Blur and Phoenix (swooon), are Tame Impala and Death Grips.

Amazing I really hope you make them part of your set!

I remember hearing you playing with Erol Alkan at Trash in the now disappeared The End. What are the clubs you miss the most in London and why?

God there are so many clubs that are no longer around that formed my teenage ears. Smashing at The Eve Club, Turnmills for Heavenly Social and of course Trade, Bagleys, and I used to love The Leisure Lounge when Popstars was there.

Your club Hot Boy Dancing Spot is now an institution, but if we talk about actual hot boys… who is your ultimate hottie?

Movie stars or pop stars don’t really do it for me. Lots of cute boys walking around here in Barcelona but the boy I’m seeing really is the hottest in my eyes hehe.

I’ve seen you play at some crazy nights… and days… but what is the weirdest thing that has happened to you while playing?

God so many weird things, a man got a bit gropey in Tel Aviv, a little bit forward. Apart from that just odd requests, Geri Haliwell asking for “black music” springs to mind, silly cow, Prince was playing.

You play so many styles but if you had to do a back to back and you could choose any DJ who would that be and what would be the track would you start your set with?

Apart from you Borja you mean hahaha! I’m a huge fan of KiNK and would love to be on same bill as him let alone back2back. I would probs open with anything by Daniel Maloso, all of his releases drive me crazy.

It was so great working in the studio with you and Tom Stephan and I love playing the track we made together! Are you working on other tracks at the moment?

I know right! So much fun working with you and Tom, our track The Birds goes mental on dancefloor. I just finished a edit for Moonlight Matters as well.

And totally random I know but… If you were a B(e)ast… which one would you be and why?

I know it’s a little Miss World but I would have to say a dolphin. Sunny sunny and smiley.

Join Borja and Jonjo in the basement at B(e)ast on Saturday 1st June from 9pm – 3am at Dalston Superstore.

Neville Watson

DJ and producer, former label and record store owner, occasional KiNK cohort and purveyor of deep, raw and jacking house, the illustrious Neville Watson joins us for the upcoming Big Thursday which will kick off the long bank holiday weekend in style. He’ll be deep down in the laser basement for Disco Bloodbath’s 6th Birthday with Bloodbath residents Ben Pistor and Damon Martin, whilst upstairs Shay Malt and Nick G takeover the top bar for raucous party times. 
 
Ahead of what is sure to be a totally mental party, we caught up with Neville to find out more about his rave past, what Myspace means to him, creative muses and more…
 
If you could go back to any dancefloor you’ve ever danced on, where would you want to be dancing?
 
Checkpoint Charlie at the After Dark club in Reading, 1994-2004. I walked in to that club as a punter and would eventually become a resident but in all that time the energy on that dancefloor never let up. A Jamaican social club down a dark alley with a thumping sound system and 300 baying lunatics. Magic.
 
It’s pretty well-documented that you met your frequent co-collaborator KiNK via the now mostly irrelevant Myspace. What do you think exists now in terms of social media to connect artists in the way you guys did and is it as important nowadays?
 
It is just as important, and it’s a blessing and a curse. A blessing because you can reach out to pretty much anyone instantly, a curse because it makes it that much more difficult to let things build slowly and get more of a lasting foothold. To be honest I quite miss MySpace; it felt a bit more anarchic and a little less micro managed. I’m fairly active on Facebook but I’ll be glad when something else comes along. Soundcloud is also massively important to what I do and is a real godsend. 
 
You’ve had Kim Ann Foxman guest on a track of yours and KiNK- are there any other vocalists currently on your wishlist to work with?

There isn’t really anyone particularly famous that I have a burning desire to work with but I’m always on the lookout for someone with a unique voice and interesting take on lyrics, and it’s much harder than it seems. One of the best vocals I’ve heard on a house track in the last few years is Lakuti’s on Portable’s Deeper Love.  There is someone I’m about to approach but I’m keeping it under wraps for the moment.

What can we see of your own music in the next few months?

The single One Four Green gets a re-release on Teng Records with new mixes from Deep Space Orchestra, Perseus Trax and Johnny Aux. A remix for your very own Dan Beaumont forthcoming on Disco Bloodbath. My main focus right now is the release of my album, Songs To Elevate Pure Hearts which comes out on Crème Organization in May.

What one piece of hardware, maybe not necessarily your favourite, could you not make music without?
 
If we’re talking absolute necessity, then as a machine I guess it would be my Mac. Sorry, I know that’s not very sexy but it’s the truth. I love my machines but if they all broke down tomorrow (I don’t really want to think about that) then I could still make shitty, faux “deep” house in the box. 
 
You were for a long time, the muse of your brother, the photographer Gavin Watson… who would you say was your own creative muse?

My wife, Stephanie. Without doubt. 

What is your favourite photo from the book you did with your brother, Raving ’89?

Ooh, that’s a tough one. There are so many good ones in there. It would either be the guy with “Go!” printed on his t-shirt, he looks like he’s been fired out of a canon and splatted into a patio door. Which pretty much sums up how it felt back then. 

Gavin Watson image from Raving '89

Or the one on page 108-109, it’s like some weird renaissance tryptych. Everyone in it looks completely disconnected from the other, and the weird ghostly floating head floating above that guy’s shoulder just pips it for me. We were surprised when doing the book how much of a dark vibe the pictures had, in our heads the memories of that time are really positive and uplifting but some of the pictures are almost Dante-esque.

Gavin Watson image from Raving '89

What’s your best moment or hijink from that era that you can remember and that wasn’t captured on camera?
 
My favourite moment will always be the local football team moment, there is a picture from it in the book but not of the best part. For those who don’t have the book, my friend’s were in the local pub team and they went straight from a party to the game; all high as kites. Basically they were in no fit state to be upright, let alone play football. The rest of us pulled up in the car beside the pitch, got out and started dancing to the stereo, summoned one of our friend’s in the team from the pitch to come over and make a jazz cigarette. Which he gladly did, abandoning the game. But my enduring memory is of my friend, Stuart, in goal doing the acid house goalie dance (feet spread out hands out in front) and watching the ball just go sailing past his head in to the back of the net. Much to the distress of his team mates who’d all had a good night’s sleep, and the utter bemusement of the other team. 
 
What were the first and last records released on your now sadly defunct record label Mighty Atom and what do they mean to you?

Good grief, you know about that label? I didn’t think anyone was taking any notice! The first one was Mono Tracks – Gabes Groove and the last one was Lovejuice – Acid Love. What do they mean to me? I’m not sure. Obviously they represent a particular time in my life but I’m not a particularly sentimental person, so once I put something to bed I’m pretty much done with it. That said we did put out some great records on there and I still play a few of them out on occasion. 

Taking into account the fact Mighty Atom was also a record store, what are your current fave record stores having previously had your own?

In the real world Phonica in the West End, Hardwax in Berlin and Alan’s Records in…. actually I’m not telling you where that is, you’ll have to find out yourself. Online, Juno for the customer and speed of light service. 

What one track prompted your first ever rave epiphany?
 
Reese & Santonio – Bounce Your Body To The Box
 
 
Join Neville for Disco Bloodbath’s 6th Birthday on Thursday 28th March here at Dalston Superstore from 9pm – 4:30am

Superstore Picks

We’re having a disco swap-shop day here at Superstore, and in the spirit of generosity we decided to extend it to all of you too! We called this weekend’s DJs to ask them what they’re playing, polled the staff and of course, demanded choice picks from the bosses too! Feel free to share your current top tunes in the comments in true swap-shop style…

 

DJ Rokk is really feeling this track from The Rhythm Odyssey. With its funk and soul sounds we would not be surprised if it gets an airing at Saturday’s edition of Body Talk with Digs (DiY) and Alejandro Asencio.

The Rhythm OdysseyRight On Up For Love 

 

Back To Back resident DJ Kezokichi will definitely be playing his choice from Click Box at tonight’s party with Bowski (Wax:On) and IDC as he *really* likes it.

Click BoxSomething’s Wrong (Madato’s Wrong Way remix)

 

Nic Fisher from Gutterslut heard his pick whilst at Panorama Bar last weekend when his “tranny loving, punky-chic” party was in town to play at the CTM Festival.

Róisín MurphySimulation – Mano Le Tough Remix

 

One half of our monthly girl-heat night JERK! Zoe tells us this has been her “Track Of The Week” for the last five weeks! 

Patrick L & DJ NibcCall Me (Mercury remix)

 

Superstore boss Mikki Most is looking forward to scaring ravers with this monster from KiNK at next month’s TrailerTrash Halloween party with Ivan Smagghe and Andrew Weatherall.

KiNKExpress

 

And the final word from Dan Beaumont is: “This is pure Chicago ghetto sleaze amazingness… a mucky disco bumper for the early hours. Will definitely be dropping this at the Nixwax party tonight in Brixton.”

Chris E PantsPass It Around