Posts Tagged ‘NTS Radio’

Throwing Shade

By Florian Dovillez


 

We often speak to DJs with many a plate up in the air, but I think it’s safe to say that Throwing Shade wins in the versatility category, with an MPhil in African history from Cambridge, work in human rights law, a Black Belt in Karate as well as being a beyond-talented producer, DJ and NTS Radio host. The latter gig has had her placed on our radar for years now, and we are so thrilled that we’ll finally get to experience her sonic mastery at the latest edition of Homodrop! Promoter Florian Dovillez AKA Cheriii caught up with the London music doyenne to find out what she has in store for us at her upcoming Dalston Superstore debut!

The best club or festival you’ve been in your all life?

Worldwide Festival in the south of France! 

Tell us about your NTS show! How did it happen? 

I’ve been doing my NTS show for four years now… quite a long time! I like to play loads of different music and field recordings from all around the world. No boundaries. 

You are perform live as well, and produce. Any releases coming up soon?

I’m currently in the studio working on my next record which is going to be my debut album…. it’s hard work but it’s fun, and I’m hoping to get it finished in the next few months. 

What are your inspirations in your everyday life ?

Just watching London life go by, paying attention to everything around me. 

Give us two tracks you are sure you’re going to play at HOMODROP!

Hmmm. I’ll probably play a Mehmet Aslan Disco Halal remix, and also a good acid house tune by Kerri Chandler

What are your favourite tracks at the moment?

At the moment I’m listening to Black Focus, the album by Yussef Kamaal which came out last year, ON REPEAT! The whole record is so incredible. 


Catch Throwing Shade at Homodrop on Saturday 1 July from 9pm-4am at Dalston Superstore!

 

Marvin & Guy

This Friday we are treated to the UK debut of underground disco-edit heroes Marvin & Guy. Having previously only played in their native Italy, The US and in Japan, the boys now join us in the laser basement for a journey through their own personal brand of cosmic and chugging disco and techno. Ahead of Abattoir we caught up with them to find out more about the enigmatic duo…

What’s one record that brings Marvin & Guy together?

Definitely Alides Hidding – Hollywood Seven.

How do your re-edits come into being? Are they borne out of love for a particular track or does inspiration hit you as you’re listening to one?

We started running a party called Apartment Party, which is when we decided to spend our disco energies in the studio. During the first session we were listening to Minako Yashida – Town from 1981 so we thought “this must be the first M&G edit !”
 
What is your current disco diet? What records are you obsessively consuming?
 
It depends cause our sound is very eclectic, from classic disco to indie dance to various techno styles. We would say that we play kinda techno in a disco mood. We don’t really have “must play” records that’s why we said that we are eclectic and not for saying something cool.

When and why did you decide to set up Marvin & Guy Records?

M&G Records was born as an necessary step for the work we were doing at that time.

Tell us about your own personal introductions into the world of disco…

We met five years ago on the same line about the NYC Disco Scene of Paradise Garage and Music Box in Chicago. We live in a small city here that’s why it seems that nobody knew what we were talking about except for both of us.

What’s one track that would be sacrilege to re-edit?

For Marvin Dan it’s Chaka Khan – I Know You I Live You and for Lee Guy it’s T.C. Curtis – You Should Have Known Better.

If you had a time machine and could visit any dancefloor of history- anywhere/anywhen- where would you want to go to?

There is one particular night from the past we would like to join. The night in 1982 where Gwen McCrae performed live at Paradise Garage in NY, nothing more.

Why, with your one divergence from disco, did you choose to rework Patti Smith?

Every track can be “discotized”, even a Patti Smith classic.

What are your fave queer/mixed parties around the world for dancing and DJing?

The best parties in the world would be Soul Skate in Detroit run by Moodymann and Mister Saturday Night in Brooklyn. But we’ve never played at either (so far).
 
If you could have ANY living producer re-edit your own original work who would it be? 
 
Pachanga Boys for sure, and Theo Parrish.
 
Join Marvin & Guy at Abattoir here at Dalston Superstore this Friday 27th June from 9pm – 3am and tune into NTS Radio at noon on Thursday 26th June to catch the Marvin & Guy/Abattoir takeover.

Dance Tunnel

Just down the road (and allegedly via a secret disco underground tunnel) lies our new sister night club Dance Tunnel, underneath your favourite pizza spot Voodoo Ray’s.

As well as hosting joint parties with our friends Disco Bloodbath, Thunder, Kristina Records and more, Dance Tunnel will also be holding its own special nights with a strong emphasis on leftfield house, disco and techno. This weekend sees their party with our very own Dan Beaumont, Kristina Records’s Jason Spinks *and* enigmatic trio ItaloJohnson which is set to cause a roadblock all the way down Kingsland High Street followed by the incredible Tama Sumo the weekend after with Macho City’s Dave Kendrick in support.

Easter is no exception, kicking off with Bicep x Underground Paris, taking in Innerspace Halflife live and Gerd Janson along the way, before finishing off with NTS Radio co-horts on Sunday for Nonsense. And even more parties over the next few months featuring Big Names like Mark E, Tim Sweeney and Lawrence.

Ahead of next week’s party with Tama Sumo, we managed to get our mitts on this hot mix from Mister Dave Kendrick, not that we needed much more excitement for what is sure to be a bangin’ night!

 

Dance Tunnel Mix 001 // Dave Kendrick by Dance Tunnel on Mixcloud

 

Join Dave Kendrick at Dance Tunnel Presents Tama Sumo on Saturday 23rd March from 10pm – 3am.

NTS

Broadcasting from Gillet Square for just over a year now, web-based music station NTS Live has already gained a cult following across the world and showcases a mind-melting array of music across all genres. It’s content comes from a stable of  passionate and committed hosts for whom quality music is always the priority. Always expect the unexpected on NTS – freeform jazz, urban garage styles, ambient soundscapes, Japanese folk and Chicago house jams are drawn from the record boxes of local heroes, enthusiastic collectors and international DJs alike. We spoke to NTS founder Femi Adeyemi about his creation.

How long have you made Dalston/East London your home and what is it that keeps you here?

Dalston has been home for me since my mum, my brothers and I moved over from Lagos when I was a baby in the ‘80s.

Do you see the area as being fertile for creativity or did you set up NTS here for convenience?

Yes it’s always been a fertile ground for creativity – simply because deciding to be a “creative person” automatically means being broke for a very long time until you strike gold. Dalston, Hackney being one of the poorest places in the UK meant that the area was more affordable for creatives to live (not sure if that’s relevant anymore though) hence its fertility for creativity. 

In regards to NTS it was more out of convenience; it’s home, I know it like the back of my hand, and I know a lot of people from the area (that’s how I got the studio space) – I couldn’t do it anywhere else, it just wouldn’t feel as comfortable.

Describe the vibe in Gillett Square for readers who might not be familiar with it…

Gillett Square is my definition of what London is as a whole  – a mix of cultures and ideas that you wouldn’t really get in any other part of the UK.

Who are your radio heroes and what stations still inspire you?

I’m very inspired by many radio stations particularly by BBC Radio 4, WFMU , KCRW and radiolab – I’m inspired generally by American college radio.

How did you go about setting up NTS Radio- in terms of finding the studio and finding the first lot of presenters?

 I was out of work for almost a year when I just decided I wasn’t going to work for anyone anymore and decided to chase up something I’ve always wanted to do.

The studio was given to me by the person who ran the business in the space prior, and we just basically set out a strategy to get the first few shows in which involved me reaching out to all the DJs I knew and placing posters all over London- stating that we were looking for hosts.

What does the future hold for NTS? It’s already massive with coverage on Dummy, Nylon, Dazed & Confused- do you find that daunting or exciting?

Just to continue to focus on good programming  – we want to do a lot more of our own features. But a definitely a huge focus on keeping our shows strong. 

Coverage sometimes can be daunting as expectations are raised  – but then the excitement kicks in when we realise the amazing potential and interesting ideas we are sitting on.

What qualities do you look for in potential shows and hosts?

Passion and knowledge.

With 130+ shows, how do you keep track of them all?

I sometimes lose track but Debi the Programming Director is way better at keeping track of them all.

With the chatroom and the social media accounts on Facebook and Twitter there is a lot of scope for audience interaction. What has been the strangest that you know of?

Nothing strange yet – you always get some weirdos jumping on the chatroom – but the strangest was a character called Dolly Dildos. She said she was from Thailand and was looking for a husband – and all the things she’d do to the man that marries her. She was on the chatroom consistently for about a month then disappeared – shame because we all found it entertaining.

Working in radio, the last thing you must want to do when you get home is switch on the radio but are there any NTS shows you would choose to listen to in your own time?

I still tend to listen. When I get home I find myself going back to podcasts to check the shows I’ve missed – I’m a fan of the more soundscape style shows when I’m relaxing at home though.

You have quite a lot of shows that have links back to the local community- what is it you and your hosts like about Dalston?

I can’t really speak about the others, but for me it’s the cultural mix that creates such a unique environment that I love. I’ve travelled to a few major cities around the UK, Europe and the States and I don’t think anywhere else has such diversity.

Listen to NTS Radio both live and podcast recordings at: ntslive.co.uk

Check Superstore guvnor Dan Beaumont’s House show Rhythm Connection here