We’re extremely honoured to announce that Jim Warboy and his hugely influential night SOS will be joining us here at Dalston Superstore in its brand new monthly home. Ahead of the relaunch at the beginning of March, we caught up with Warboy to speak to him about his illustrious past shaping London’s clubland over the last decade and what’s in store for SOS’s future. And he’s even dropped this HOT HOT mix on us! To say we’re excited is not quite cutting it…
In your years of running amazing clubnights, how have you seen the east London scene evolve and what would you personally want to further alter?
The East End scene has exploded over the past 10 years. I know a lot of people moan about the East End and the ‘hipsters’ but I actually think it’s still a very exciting place to be. There’s a lot going on and if you look around there are so many great people to meet. Of course, I get irritated by the way it’s seen as a new territory or market by some businesses but as long as people continues to celebrate the diversity that made it special in the first place then there should still be something for everyone.
One thing that gets on my tits is the amount of parties on offer being run by promoters who end up mimicking other nights that they consider successful or popular. I always encourage all budding promoters or partymakers I work with to stir things up more. Kick ideas around, throw different elements into the pot and then give a good shake. In my experience that’s what generates new and exciting ideas. Risks need to be taken at some point. It’s not always easy but it’s definitely worth it in the long run.
Which of your previous nights do you feel had the biggest cultural impact?
This is like asking a parent which one is their favourite child.
Over the past 9 years I’ve been lucky enough to work with some great people like Matthew Glamorre on Kash Point, K-tron on All You Can Eat, Leo Belicha on Caligula, Laurence Malice on Heroes, plus the team at SOS. These different partnerships have helped each night create some level of impact but probably in different ways.
It’s not an easy thing to measure but one under-estimated impact of all of club nights is that they’re often a place where people meet for the first time, forging out new friendships and working relationships, which often go on to influence culture in music, art and fashion for years to come. I’ve seen that happen time and time again.
Clubland has a lineage which is like a baton being passed on from one generation to the next. We are all part of an ongoing cultural impact, providing we keep developing and nurturing ideas that will be adopted, mutated and hopefully replaced by the next generation.
Do you miss any of the defunct ones?
I miss all the nights I’ve been involved with, but I see each one as a part of my overall experience that I then carry forward to the next one so that tends to stop me getting too sentimental.
What’s the most insane or elaborate outfit you’ve ever spotted whilst DJing?
I’ve seen such a plethora of outlandish outfits, but what’s more interesting is that almost every venue I’ve ever been in was more shocked by nudity than any whacky outfit. When I’ve had naked performers, or the occasional partygoer, I’ve had to intervene with security and management to stop somebody being thrown out or forced to get some clothes on simply because they’re starkers. One person naked in a room can create a stronger reaction than the wildest outfit. I just don’t get that. I mean we’re bloody born naked. What’s so outrageous about that!
Tell us a tale from the craziest SOS party you ever had…
Some of the earliest SOS parties at Old Rehearsal Studios in Kingsland Road were pretty trippy. We’d spend a couple of days setting it all up with a catwalk in the main railway arch for the Voguers, a pop-up beach café, a Bedouin chillout with incense, candles and fresh fruit, plus a polysexual porn cinema and a very dark backroom. What happened in there shall remain a secret!
Why is it time to bring back electroclash?
Scottee and I had spoken a year ago about creating a retroclash party and the move to Superstore now seemed like the perfect opportunity to try it out. We want to shake things up a bit and create something uplifting in the upstairs bar but experiment with an alternative to the pop/commercial rooms at a lot of parties nowadays. Electroclash is definitely fun and it embraces the performance and DIY aesthetic we’ve always encouraged at SOS.
The plan is to kick the night off with some older electroclash faves and then mix it up with newer experimental dance music later on. Put Peaches next to Zebra Katz and there’s something that holds them together. Ultimately, we’re going to play around with it, aim to keep it exciting, and have some fun. For those that want a deeper, housier vibe we’ve always got the basement.
What’s a quintessential SOS track?
It’s hard to pick one out. Ima Read by Zebra Katz holds a special place after their performance at SOS last year. It’s one of those tracks that will work in the housey sets downstairs and the experimental sets upstairs.
Piepke, the artist behind your flyers, has done a brilliant job for this latest one. What’s the thought behind the design?
Working with Piepke is amazing. We seem to share a similar tongue-in-cheek humour and imagination. He’s such a talented artist and always manages to translate any brief whilst completely putting his own spin on it. I think this month’s design perfectly captures our excitement about going to Superstore. The gold bomber jacket is a nod to the addition of the Electroclash room at SOS. What we need now is somebody to actually make us that pimped up trolley so we can hotrod down Kingsland High Street haha.
What’s your fave track or hidden gem we can hear on your latest mix?
DollarInMaPocket by Donewrong is fantastic. It’s about to come out on Hannah Holland and Deboa’s Native City label and is already getting a great response when I play it out.
And finally, what can we expect from the first few SOS parties here at Dalston Superstore?
Save Our Souls record label is about to launch in April so we’ll definitely be incorporating those fresh-off-the-press artists with performances, and DJ sets etc. Overall, you can expect a diverse crowd, fresh ideas, and some seriously good new music played by the freshest newbies on the block and veteran old dogs, like me.
Join Jim for the very first SOS here at Dalston Superstore on Saturday 2nd March from 9pm – 4:30am.
The Lovely Jonjo joins us this Sunday for another spectacular team up with the JERK! girls for a Bank Holiday bonanza in the form of Hot Boy Carnival Jerk Spot! In the midst of rumours flying about that headliners Bicep will be taking “tops off” to its literal conclusion in the lazer basement, we thought it best to catch up with Sueprstore fave Jonjo (who also kindly provided this amazing mix to get us the mood) and find out how he earned his disco stripes, his best carnival memories and what bands are getting him all hot ‘n’ bothered at the moment…
You’re an actual Londoner! At what discos did you hang out at during your misspent youth?
I started going to a night called Smashing, an amazing night at the Eve Club on Regent Street which is no longer there. It was a proper night out where me and my girly mates would get dressed up at home. They would make a dress each week and we’d go every Friday night and feel like we missed out if we missed one. The club was a super mixed bag of people of trannies, indie kids, and pop stars like Bjork and Oasis. Pulp even filmed their Disco 2000 video down there. Matthew Glamorre, the host, got the crowd to give me birthday bumps for my 15th birthday but he kept shouting “He’s 18! He’s 18!” I used to go to Popstarz when it was at the Paradise Club in Angel and used to sneak into club Labyrnth on Dalston Lane, which had really good drum n bass nights. It was quite rough.
How did you come to be involved with the George & Dragon?
Richard and Lilli, the owners, used to regularly come into a store I was a buyer for, the Japanese brand Superlovers. They’d heard I started DJing at mates’ parties and we got along really well and they asked me to DJ as one of the first weekly residents. Then I started doing the legendary Sundays, which were mental. Lots of drunken dancing on the bar.
You were resident at the legendary Trash club with Erol and Rory… What are your lasting Monday night memories?
God, so many. Soulwax doing their remix album live was mindblowing. These New Puritans and PNAU were also amazing. It really was a family-like tight-knit atmosphere and I just have really good memories of people smiling and going crazy on the dancefloor.
What prompted you to start Hot Boy Dancing Spot?
Partly because of really good memories of Popstarz and the gay boys that were into music other than the recent chart crap, and going to mates’ nights in Berlin that had boys who liked boys but were really into music and the lack of that in London.
If Hot Boy Dancing Spot started a boy band who would be in it? (ps you have a time machine)
Jimmy Edgar, Iggy Pop back in the day, Brodinski, Gesaffelstein, Nile Rogers, and Tom Daly now that he’s 18 haha!
Which bands are getting you excited right now?
Loving Disclosure at moment and have had the Tristesse Contemporaine LP on repeat. We have When Saints Go Machine playing at Durrr next month and can’t wait to see them again. What a treat.
What is your best carnival memory?
Ooooooooh so many! My mum used to know a lot of the old Twice As Nice garage crew so I used to go plonk myself by (or on) a speaker at the KCC Sound System. I can remember one really sunny year hearing Gabriel (garage tune not Joe Goddard) for the first time, incredible.
KCC was always amazing, big smiles and never any trouble. Just shuffling along with mates dancing in the streets. London needs more of that actually.
This is not the first time we’ve had a special Hot Boy Jerkin’ Spot, why do you like teaming up with JERK!
I love those gals and the JERK! crowd are always up for it and love a wine and grind and a good sing a long. I love r’n’b and ragga but I never play it out so I’ll definitely be joining the girls upstairs for a little set this Sunday.
You’ve got purveyors of the tops off dancefloor Bicep headlining in the basement. What’s your personal tops off track?
Man2Man – Male stripper OBVS.
At the moment Róisín Murphy’s collaboration with Luca C & Brigante – Flashlight Solomun remix is driving me fucking insane.