By Whitney Weiss
For October’s edition of PATSY, Superstore welcomes SocksLove, a Scorpio from Milan who is one-half of the pan-European collective Eurocrash (alongside total babe and PATSY favorite Protopapa.) A ferociously talented DJ and actual sweetheart—one of his side projects is called Baby DJ Lab, a workshop for small children to try mixing with vinyl—SocksLove has played all around Italy and Germany, but this is his first time ever in London! To celebrate, we asked him a bunch of questions about himself and music. Read on for his clever answers <3
Ciao Gab! You’re a Scorpio. It’s about to be Scorpio season (PATSY‘s into astrology). So, what’s a song that immediately makes you think of sex?
Oh I can be pretty horny, but just from time to time. But I’d say Aphex Twin – Windowlicker.
You and Protopapa have a collective together called Eurocrash, which throws parties and has radio shows and promotes DJs and does a lot in Italian nightlife all over the country. What is a song that brought you two together/that you enjoy playing when you DJ with him/that sums up the feeling of Eurocrash?
Hah! He made me discover the song Bipolar Duality (Sare Havlicek feat. MC Winksy) when we were both turning 30 and pretty much blue. Also, we DJed together in Puglia last year and found ourselves ferociously yelling at once with Soulwax’s NY Excuse.
What’s the song that made you realise that you wanted to DJ? Where did you hear it (at home, at a particular party, on the radio, etc)?
Radio has played a main role in this: The Wiseguys – Ooh La La!
Part of why your DJ sets are so fun is because you are such a passionate and emotional DJ. What is the one song that always makes you cry?
I love to perspire, yes. Any kind of liquid stuff. Lou Reed – Perfect Day. Oh, it brings lots of pain to the surface.
Whether it’s playing here in London for the first time or in Bologna or at a New Year’s Party in Salento, what is one song that never leaves your USB/record bag?
You got me. Pretty harsh to tell, but Box Codax – Rat Boy (Mock & Toof Remix) takes the energy from my toes to my hair’s loose ends.
Eurocrash is getting into production stuff, does this mean you will be producing? Until we get to hear your stuff, what is one song you wish you’d written (and why do you wish you’d written it?)
I wish I was produced by a proud productive prodigious pride bride, and my dreams are into In Flagranti‘s entire work. Or Alkan‘s. It’s rock, and it’s for clubbing, either at a festival or with your earphones.
You are making your London debut at Superstore and closing out the laser basement. What is one of your favourite end-of-the-night songs? (You don’t have to give away what yours will be at Superstore <3)
I can be very ignorant, but I’ll skip Shaggy this time. I’d rather say Exodus – Together Forever.
You’re really involved in the Italian queer underground. What is one record that’s come out of your scene lately that you wish more people knew about?
It’s certainly Palazzo – Sabotaggio, the song Eurocrash produced the videoclip and the remixes. Ch-ch-ch-check it out.
If you could travel back in time to any dance floor during any era anywhere in the world, where would you go and why? And what is a song you would hope to hear there?
I’m terrifically into early rave, can’t help it. It takes me back to a place and time I’ve nearly been into, but not actually. It’s the electric feeling of love I’ve hardly touched, and that I can translate this with Digital Boy – Direct To Rave.
PATSY is all about queer joy, coming together, and a lack of pretension (which kind of sounds pretentious when you say it out loud, but is actually quite sincere). Is there a song that you think sums up that vibe?
Perfume Genius – Queen.
Catch SocksLove at Patsy on Friday 20 October from 9pm-4am at Dalston Superstore!