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Jacob Meehan

This Friday our favourite loose cannon PATSY invites you to her Third Birthday! Headlining this glitzy affair is the absolutely fabulous Jacob Meehan! 

A thoughtful DJ and passionate organiser of functions, Jacob Meehan has played everywhere from Smart Bar (Chicago) to Panorama Bar (Berlin), worked behind the counter at Chicago’s legendary Gramophone Records, and now roams about:://blank for 48+ hours straight each month when Buttons, the party where he’s both resident and program director, delights all of queer Berlin.  

Ahead of his hotly anticipated set at PATSY, resident DJ and booker Whitney Weiss caught up with Jacob to talk about summer songs, anti-fascist protests, and floating music festivals.  

 

 

Hey Jacob! You’re a resident DJ and program director at Buttons, a great monthly party that combines creative artist bookings and queer debauchery in Berlin. What is a song that embodies the energy of Buttons for you?? 

 Hyper Go Go’s High Cloud 9 Mix

 

Before Berlin, you lived in New York and in Chicago, where you did the Men’s Room parties and were a resident at Smart Bar. What record makes you think of your time in Chicago?

RIS – Love-n-Music.

 I’ve heard you play everything from house to freestyle to ambient sunrise music to techno. What would you say is the most surprising or unexpected record in your collection?? 

This track from Mr. Bungle’s California album has been stuck in my head, which harkens back to my teenage days as a closeted, stoned, angsty Midwestern nu-metalhead. 

This is your second time at Superstore (thanks for your set at Les Poppeurs a few years ago!) What is a song you’re looking forward to playing late night in the laser basement?? 

I’ve got lots of fresh stuff from friends and colleagues from all over the globe, which I love being able to share. My former co-worker at Gramaphone Records, Ike Release, just gave me some lush unreleased material, and Will and Nita from The Carry Nation inboxed me a great new vocal house track. Plus new cuts from Buttons residents Shingo Suwa & Stanley Schmidt.  

Berlin has been blessed with a lot of sunlight this April and May. What record is your favorite to listen to at home when the windows are open, a breeze is wafting in, and you’re relaxing?? 

Alice Coltrane Featuring Pharoah Sanders – Journey In Satchidananda.

What’s a song you wish you had written?  

Have you heard the latest track by John Roberts? I deeply admire everything that he does.

 Do you write music ever, and if so, what’s it like?? 

I just uploaded a few house tracks to my Soundcloud, which I made with Garrett David ( Smart Bar/Lobster Theremin).

Recently you participated in what looked like a beautiful and successful protest against the far right AfD (Alternativ für Deutschland) in Berlin where the music community outnumbered the fascists. I saw that you were DJing at one point. What sort of songs did you play, and what was the day like?  

Clubbing is one of Berlin’s biggest industries, so to see the scene self-actualise and come together to politically organise against the far right was beyond powerful and necessary. 70,000+ people showed up in the streets to stand up to the AfD, and show them that they are not the majority. The day was a beautifully colourful, peaceful, multi-generational protest soundtracked by a number of trucks rigged with sound systems. Buttons collaborated on the QUEER BLOCK with RiotPornceptualHerrensaunaGegen, Cocktail d’Amore, MembersGDay, and Room4Resistance. It was honestly one of the most important things I’ve ever been a part of, and it was such an honour to be able to play for an hour. My personal highlight was getting to drop Robert Owen’s 1987 classic Bring Down the Walls just a stone’s throw from where the Berlin Wall used to be. 

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 You’re one of the organisers of Whole Festival, which is bringing together Buttons, Discwoman, Unter, Horse Meat, Cocktail d’Amore, and more on a peninsula at Greimminer See. What’s a record you know you’ll want to play there, surrounded by friends and community?? 

I think I’m slated to play before Eris Drew on Saturday night before the sun sets. Our stage will be floating in a lake, which is a former quarry, now flooded. I anticipate soundtracking the transition from light into dark, probably through Bezier – B2 Teleconférence. 

What was the first record you ever bought? Where did you buy it?

Babe, we’re gonna love tonight by Lime from Gramaphone and Try Again by Aaliyah off Ebay.

 

What song have you always wanted to hear someone else play out so you could dance to it?

All Night Passion by Alisha!


Catch Jacob Meehan at PATSY, Friday 15th June from 9pm – 3am at Dalston Superstore!

Palms Trax

Tonight London based house producer Palms Trax joins us tonight for that monthly lesson in all things acid and Chicago house, Society. With day jobs at both Boiler Room and Phonica Records, a hand in clubnight Streets Of Beige and a healthy love of the Burrell Brothers, he’s a man who knows a thing or two about good music. We caught up with him ahead of the party tonight to talk about his musical roots and underrated house gems…

How was Palms Trax born?

I guess from a desire to make music a bit more spontaneously than how I had been before, timed impeccably well with an unhealthy fascination of the Nu Groove back catalogue – it was just really refreshing to hear all those records after two years of aspiring to be the smooth peanut-butter of bass music so I just got the worst flute sound I could find and mined it for all it was worth. 

You’re from Bristol, a city with a prodigious music scene- what influence do your roots have on the music you make now?

Well it was only when I moved to London that I became aware of dance music properly, so not actually all that much to be honest. I did play piano for a long time so that helps in the writing process, but I think it’s always what I’m discovering now that inspires me the most. If it wasn’t too late to play the tambourine for Talking Heads then it would be a different matter altogether, but there’s only so much years of Black Sabbath abuse can do for your drum programming. 

You also work part time at Phonica Records- how does this shape your record buying?

Well it’s not so much my record buying that it’s shaping, as it is my overdraft.

You’re releasing on Lobster Theremin which is vinyl-only… why does the UK dance scene need more vinyl only releases?

Well I still buy some music digitally but I think it helps to get away from this disposable relationship that a lot of people have with electronic music, as well as it being a genuinely exciting way to discover it that isn’t always instantly gratifying but constantly rewarding. 

What’s one Chicago house underrated gem we can expect to hear from you tonight?

No idea if it’s underrated or not but The Don – Message of Love, heard it on a Delroy Edwards mix somewhere and it’s the best record I’ll ever buy for the price of a Solero. 

Join Palms Trax for Society Presents Robert Owens tonight Thursday 28th February at Dalston Superstore from 9pm – 2:30am.