Posts Tagged ‘Phonica Records’

Al Zanders

At the heart of winter, the SWEAT crew is bringing the heat to Dalston Superstore with a sun-drenched double bill! Headlining this takeaway edition alongside Sonikku, the Wolf Music and Phonica Records affiliate, Al Zanders, will be serving disco and trippy house in the laser basement. Sweat head honcho Pavliné caught up with him for a tequila sunrise, and to find out what to expect from him at his Superstore debut!

Hey Alex! First of all and for those who might not know you, could you tell us a bit about yourself and your DJ career?

I’m no salesman, but I make funky, deep and sometimes ethereal house music, as well as edits, all designed to be enjoyable on a dance floor. I tend to DJ a variety and don’t like to stick to one genre or style, so you might hear anything from techno to broken beat.

You’ve recently moved from Sheffield to London. How is the music scene there compared to here in London?

I’ve actually been living here 18 months already. I’d say Sheffield is more communal because of its size – everyone knows everyone. London is a very different kettle of fish.

We are a huge fan of disco edits at SWEAT and your edit of Tangerue ‘Doin Your Own Thing’ is truly amazing. You released it under the Lodger moniker, can you tell us a bit more about that?

Thanks! I personally don’t take a lot of pride in edits, they’re just for me to DJ with. Lodger was the first alias I ever made years ago – and I’m probably not going to release under that moniker again, as I’m too focused on my own productions as AZ.



Your latest EP on Phonica Records had an impressive reception upon it’s release. What was the idea behind the tracks?

Thank you – they were inspired by DJ Shadow, the way he layers samples together from vastly different areas of music into one song, creating an interesting blend. Like that beef custard Joey eats in Friends – wrong but somehow still works…

What does 2018 have in store for you musically??

An EP with one of my biggest musical heroes, the first release on his label in 16 years, plus some fun edits and a track I’m working on with a singer that I’m very excited about. So a lot!

What can we expect from your set at Superstore?

Depends what you guys seem to like, but I’ve been enjoying a lot of trippy techno recently so maybe some of that mixed in with my usual flavours.

Can you think of a track that you might slide into your set to fit the tropical and hedonistic aesthetic of SWEAT?

Try this!

Finally, our classic Dalston Superstore question: if we had a time machine ready to take you to any dance floor, past present or future, where would you like to go and why?

I’d maybe go to see the Co-Op guys at Plastic People, but they seem to be making a comeback now – so no need for the time machine!


Catch Al Zanders alongside Sonikku at SWEAT on Friday 5 January from 9pm-3am at Dalston Superstore!

Roi Perez

Roi Perez is a DJ with one seriously impressive rap sheet. In addition to playing legendary ten-hour sets at Berghain’s Panorama Bar, the Israeli electronic music producer & DJ has spent the last couple of years jetting around Europe playing some of the biggest clubs and proving himself to be at the top of the house and techno game. Ahead of his Superstore laser basement debut this Saturday for Homodrop, we caught up to chat favourite records, marathon sets and new releases. 

Hi Roi! Can you tell us about yourself in a few sentences?

Hey ! I’ve been living in Berlin for the past two years, as a DJ, record collector, and a clubber. I’m also running the London’s Phonica Records section at The Store in Berlin. Before that I was a Tel-Aviv resident where it all started. 

What is something that would surprise us about the Tel Aviv party scene?

The scene is pretty much focused on big names worldwide rather than local DJs. I think the freedom of creativity to book whoever is more suited is important, but it’s becoming more of a fetish to glorify artists from abroad. I wish it was more supportive for local DJs/producers scene. I do think it will get there in few years. 

You are known for some seriously epic sets at Panorama Bar – what is it like playing a 10 hour set?! How do you go about it? 

I’m lucky to have Panorama Bar to allow this possibility. I prepare for the set very properly. But once it starts I get in a very specific mood and I run with it. For a set that goes for 10 hours without any breaks I’m aways surprise how it feels like 1 hour in the end. It’s fun! 

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

I’d have loved to go to an early David Mancozu’s Loft Party. When I was in NYC two years ago I went  to one to check it out. I loved it! It felt like everyone there was on mushrooms. 

What is the first record that got you into house and techno?

I really don’t remember, probably it was a Larry Heard album.

What is one record you like to throw in as a curveball to keep people on their toes and why?

Matrixxman – 808 state of mind. 
It might sounds like just a decent good track but I’ve tried it many times, it’s a dance floor slow killer!

What is your favourite release of 2015 so far?

 It just been out this month and it’s kinda hit material but Heaven’s Vape by STL (Smallville records)

Join Roi Perez this Saturday 1 August for Homodrop at Dalston Superstore from 9pm-3am

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.