Hi babies! Value Pack is our brand spanking new weekly monday night shindig. There will be trashy, nostalgic music, cute vibes, CHEAPDRINKS FOR STUDENTS and maybe a little bit of drag action… Before the first installment this monday (05/11) we had a cheeky little chat with our resident discount pop DJ BRAT.
U K, Hun?
Good thanks babe! You’re a founding member of Bodycon, one of our monthly Thursday parties, tell us a bit about that..
Bodycon is the messy binch you have a fab time in the smoking area with bt would NEVER invite to the afterparty bcs she’d be the one to break the sink. She’s obnoxious and makes absolutely no sense, but the club is where she shines. She’s that girl who posts constantly on Facebook and is only funny 10% of the time IRL.
What exactly is Discount Pop
Discount Pop is a culmination of all the bangers you’d hear pulsating out your older sisters door in 2003. It’s the choreo to Girls Aloud – Sound of the Underground. It’s a celebration of the once overplayed, now underplayed that will guarantee a toe tapping and more than one bussy popping.
How many times are you going to play Jennifer Lopez – Waiting for Tonight?
I guess u’ll have to Wait until mon Night to see 😉
How many shots of Tuaca are you going to hammer?
I’m usually a Jägerbomb chik, u know this. But I’m going to see if my expired student card works @ the bar 😉
Does she even go here?
I’ve said it before. I’ll say it again. If she’s wearing a Peplum, she’s not getting in.
What’s you’re most memorable Poundland moment?
Who hasn’t done a last min High Drag lqqk w/ Poundland accessories?
If you were a multi-pack of crisps, what choice of flavours would you contain?
Jägerbomb, Vegan Cheese, Strappy Cork Wedge and Special Edition Tuaca.
What’s the cheapest thing you’ve ever done?
Nothing I do is cheap, it just looks like it is.
Are all the things she said running through you’re head?
All the things she said will be slut dropping in ur head Tues morn !!;*
We’re barely a month into 2016, and we’ve already seen the addition of a smorgasbord of amazing new parties at Dalston Superstore! Undoubtedly one of the most exciting newcomers is PUMP, the three-way lovechild of Neil Prince (R & She), Johnny Kalifornia (This is Electric) and David Oh (R & She). We caught up with the guys to chat 2015 faves, plans for the party, and what to expect at the next PUMP!
You three have quite a history together! Can you tell us about how you all came together?
NEIL: Well David and I have known each other since like 2001 when I first started DJing the pop room at Popstarz. He used to ask me for Kon Kan. So we’ve been mates ever since and when Songs Of Praise was in the planning stages he’d recently started DJing himself so I brought him on board. Me and Johnny, I can’t actually remember how we first met but it was certainly on a dancefloor somewhere!
JOHNNY: I don’t remember how it all started! Certainly for me, we became friends first: I remember myself & Neil bonded over a love of pop & Rastamouse, whilst I was introduced to David in the back of a cab and he was hugely entertaining. Then we found ourselves playing many of the same venues – either together or individually – such as Dalston Superstore, East Bloc and even Heaven now. Whilst Neil & David have collaborated together before, this is the first joint venture from the 3 of us!
We hear that PUMP was born out of infamous party Songs of Praise. For those who never made it, can you tell us a bit about what it was all about?
DAVID: Songs of Praise was a pop party with an edge at East Bloc. It went on for almost four years and was generally known for the carnage on the dancefloor, and for the mix of the crowd. For the final set of the night, between 4-6, Neil and I would ditch the pop and start banging out the house tunes… But still with a light sprinkle of pop over them. We’d start every back to back set with a ‘Let’s pump it gurl!’, and those last two hours quickly took on a bit of an identity of their own, separate to the rest of the night. Some people would come down just for those two hours!
NEIL: It’s that section which has led to the creation of PUMP!
If you had to sum up the pop/pump sound of the night in one artist, who would it be?
DAVID: First person who pops into my head is MK… Deffo his remixes I played most at Songs Of Praise and he’s a legend.
NEIL: I agree with David, MK has a good pop-house crossover thing going on. I’m quite partial to a DJ S.K.T. too. He’s updated some classics very nicely don’t you know.
JOHNNY: For me it would be Years & Years, as they’ve triumphantly straddled the world of pop & dance over the last 12 months – and who doesn’t love a good straddle?
How have you watched the London LGBT party scene change over the last five years?
NEIL: The constant closures of venues is really sad to see. And the licensing issues are just becoming completely ridiculous. People want to dance! And not stop at 2am. That’s when we start! But on the positive side, there is still a lot of creativity out there and there are some great mixed parties going on. Chapter 10 is on it and there’s some great parties going on down south right now too.
DAVID: I think the gay scene has become less about a distinctive London electronic sound. There’s nowhere near as many quality gay dance nights as there used to be. With a few exceptions that I love of course, like Chapter 10 and Discosodoma. But it seems that the best nights at the moment are more about a more lighthearted, fun, pop kind of vibe. There’s still some great alternative nights out there too like Debbie, Douchebag and Unskinny Bop.
JOHNNY: One positive aspect has been a return to having FUN as opposed to being dancefloor snobs.
Most exciting dancefloor you’ve ever played to?
DAVID: R & She!
NEIL: Yeah it has to be R & She. Such a reactive audience, singing every word and cheering every record. That’s the response every DJ lives for.
JOHNNY: The Gutterslut parties – Summer Rites, Halloween and the 6th Birthday that I guested at really stick in my mind as super sweaty fun – also, they were where I popped my East London cherry, so they hold a special place in my heart.
And now, for the question we simply have to ask all of our guests… If you had a time machine and could go dancing anywhere/anywhen, where would you go?
JOHNNY: I would go back to the mid eighties to experience the advent of House music first hand. As a kid, I only witnessed its evolution in the charts and I would have loved to have experienced it first hand in the clubs back then…so…drop me in Chicago, please, thanks!
DAVID: For me… I’d be on the Trade dance floor at Turnmills in 1996 for a Tony De Vit moment please. I didn’t move to London until two years later, and fell in love with Trade. Still the most insane club I’ve ever been too. But sadly never got to hear Tony do his thing!
NEIL: Paradise Garage, easily. No contest. 1979. My favourite year for disco.
The Pump launch at the start of January was a huge success, with upstairs guests Michael Turnbull & Munroe Bergdorff… Can you tell us a bit about your guests for the next party, and what they will be bringing to the table?
NEIL: We’ve got Rod Thomas AKA Bright Light Bright Light coming over from Brooklyn! He does Romy & Michele’s Saturday Afternoon Tea Dance over there, which is brilliant, and loves everything nineties. So expect a lot of that in his set. Then there’s Farah DJ, currently mixing things up at the Glory and Magic Roundabout. He loves weaving in and out of disco and R&B, so together with Rod we think we’ve got a pretty good package for the poppers upstairs. Us residents will be keeping things pumping in the basement. While upstairs pops, downstairs pumps!
Most pumping house track of 2015?
DAVID: Tazer vs Tink – ‘Wet Dollars’… I’m a total sucker for a bit of pumping hip-house, and this one is BANGIN’!
NEIL: For me I guess it’s a close run battle between MK’s mix of Raleigh Ritchie’s ‘Bloodsport’ or the Todd Terry mix of Robyn & La Bagatelle Musique’s ‘Love Is Free’, featuring Maluca. Bang ’em out, babe.
JOHNNY: Peking Duk featuring Nicole Millar – ‘High’ (Terace Remix) – I remember the first time this grabbed me, driving about town and this came on my ipod. I had to stop the car, whack it up and bounce about in my seat for 5 minutes
NEIL: Haha, amazing
In five words, can you tell us what to expect from the debut of PUMP?
NEIL & DAVID: Sweaty
JOHNNY: bouncy, joyous
Catch Neil Prince, David Oh & Johnny Kalifornia at PUMP! at Dalston Superstore on Saturday, 20 February from 9pm-4am.
Maybe it’s the warm weather or the Caitlyn Jenner effect but pop’s unapologetic queens have been on a huge ‘Do You’ tip this month. Werq! Here’s our Top 5 for June…
1. Miley Cyrus
Crashing in at the top spot is Queen Miley- fresh from establishing her Happy Hippie foundation rallying young people to fight injustices faced by homeless youth, LGBTQ youth & other vulnerable populations, she’s just launched #InstaPride a series of portraits celebrating transgender and gender expansive individuals exploring and embracing the power of acceptance, self-expression and freedom. Oh and every penny from sales of her MAC collaboration goes to help those affected by HIV. No child-star Bieber egos here. Chapeau!
2. Grace Jones
A permanent non-mover at the top of the unapologetic pop charts, at Parklife festival earlier this month (and Common People at the end of last) Jones took to the stage in Keith Harring-esque white body paint and, well, not much else. Of course looked the only way she knows how: INCREDIBLE. 67 loves you Ms Jones! And so do we.
3. Mykki Blanco
Technically probably not a ‘pop’ star, but a rapper and artist whose tracks have been known to make a cameo in the SNS record bag nonetheless (and hell who wants a pigeon-hole anyway?), La Blanco earns the no. 3 spot revealing HIV diagnosis via social media last week, giving stigma the well-deserved middle finger: “I’ve been HIV Positive since 2011, my entire career. fuck stigma and hiding in the dark, this is my real life. I’m healthy I’ve toured the world 3 times but ive been living in the dark, its time to actually be as punk as i say I am (sic)“. AMEN to that.
4. Lady Gaga
Calling out her interviewer for casual sexism and explaining precisely why the LGBTQ attraction has always been a mutual one and all in a deft flick of her purple weave. She’s been away for a while but sometimes we all need a reminder of why Gaga is so great.
5. Ariana Grande
New entry for the fledgling pop-princess who casually busted out a mini-feminist manifesto on Twitter earlier this month. Slamming double standards and misogyny and dropping in a Gloria Steinem quote for good measure. Preach girl!
Join Sorry Not Sorry this Sunday 21st June at Dalston Superstore from 8pm – late.
With ‘Her’ aka Anna Greenwood away, it’s time for a one-off pairing of Neil Prince (Hitman) and David Robson (Him). So in the true spirit of things, ahead of Thursday’s shindig we asked the boys to pick their fave male duo pop videos! Behold… Hitman & Him!
DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince – Summertime
Possibly the best track Will Smith has ever done. Yes, we mean that over the sublime Just Cruising.
Disclosure (featuring AlunaGeorge) – White Noise
The hottest male duo right now (and brothers too!) is most definitely Disclosure. Sterling album, sterling single.
Jay Z & Kanye West – Ni**as In Paris
A real modern day anthem. Always gets one of the biggest reactions on any dance floor.
Pet Shop Boys – Domino Dancing
We couldn’t do a male duo feature without them. Britain’s finest, Pet Shop Boys. The sun’s out so we’ve gone for this homoerotically charged video from summer ’88.
Ollie & Jerry – Breakin’… There’s No Stopping Us
And keeping it old school we’ve got this mighty fine hip-pop hybrid from summer ’84.
Join Neil and David for Hitman & Him this Thursday 13th June at Dalston Superstore from 9pm – 2:30am
Dalston Superstore is proud to launch a special new party called the T-Club, we asked promoter Stav B to give us the lowdown…
You’ve been a fixture of London clubland for a while… Tell us about yourself!
A fixture? Haha! That is cute! I suppose I have become after all these years of diverse outings!
I have lived in london for 22 long, challenging and rewarding years and I still love london and constantly discover marvels and delights everywhere I go!
I am a visual artist, using photography and performance to manifest my work. It’s all about love and identity and they are dramatic, humorous visual spectacles. I have been an active, practising artist since 1993. I own and run a pop up cocktail bar, called Stav B’s Liquor Bar, where thematic one night only events and site specific approaching keep it fresh and alive, via the consumption of tailor made cocktails which I devise and mix. I also organise an avant garde night for women, called Queen Bees, which started romantically and nicely in a tiny bar in Brixton in 2006. All are welcome, but women take over the stage, the decks and the walls. Again, the theme is paramount for its character and Grace Jones its mascot. The T Club is my new venture, launching proudly this March at Dalston Superstore and I’m very excited about it. In between all this activity of conceiving, planning, curating, arranging, delegating and ultimately performing, I hold a full time job, endlessly socialising and cultivating my being…
What are your favourite places to go out?
For lunch, cake and camomile tea and TLC, I’ll go to Fabrica; for a meeting, lunch, dinner, an artist’s private view and club, you’ll find me at Dalston Superstore, which is perfect, friendly and open minded; Vogue Fabrics, for some downright sweating experience and supporting friend’s nights, Alibi, East Bloc and the old stint at The Joiners the last minute for a nightcap and a boogie on trash classics! Also, totally open to a good house/ warehouse/ club party with good music and good folk!
What prompted you to start the T club?
A trans friend of mine was refused entry to a lesbian club. He was distraught. I was furious. I did not understand why a disco would refuse entry to a punter, who just wanted to mingle, dance and generally socialise, for the fact that he was transgender! A Facebook debate begun, among butch, lesbians, trans, queer folk… I jokingly said: what if I open a club for trans, women as guests? And it had a positive and understanding response and as my mind is ticking constantly for new things, a flame triggered and I decided to follow it through…
It is very important to understand though, especially for the people who read this and don’t know me, that the T club is an avant garde night for trans people and all in between and everyone is welcome. What is not welcome is discrimination, fear and intolerance… The T Club is celebrating gender diversity and is giving out trans sisters and brothers a safe disco to have fun in! It’s rather simple…
How can the queer community help fight transphobia?
Education, visibility, communication, honesty, acceptance, understanding and tolerance and lots and lots and lots of love! We are all in this pot of life together and we must stick together, celebrating difference, which makes us all very special and unique!
What music can we expect to hear at the T club?
The music policy in my clubs is always of the highest quality and the array of genres… diverse: expect a good combo of hip hop/ garage/ riott girl punk/indie/ ragga/ drum n’ bass/ ’60s girls garage/ new indie northern soul/ post punk between kanchi and the librarian and I suspect DJ Felix would probably throw some lively pop in too!
Stav B’s T Club takes place at Dalston Superstore on Thursday 22nd March from 9pm to 3am.
Tutti Frutti has been a weekly feature at Superstore since July 2010, running every Sunday from 8pm till 2am. Resident DJ Squeaky has put together this special mega mashup mix for us, and it’s a two-hour dip in and out of some top tunes that he’s been working the floor with. Squeaky tells us,
“Tutti Frutti is becoming one of the best Sunday Socials in Dalston; a place where you can detox or retox your weekend. We are dedicated to playing you a fine selection of musical genres both old and new. Our sound has become synonymous with remixes & re-edits including our very own brand of mashups, which are born from the live sets at the club.
Soul, funk, r’n’b, rare groove, pop, country & western, disco, ’80s, breakbeat, indie, hip-hop, tech and authentic house are in the mix. All tracks have been Squeaked and Tweaked in the true TUTTI FRUTTI style.
Artists on this mix are Tom Tom Club, M.I.A, Labi Siffre, Carly Simon, R.Kelly ft Jay Z, Missy Elliott, Amerie, Snoop Dog V’s Jackson 5, Chakachas, Kelly Rowland, Sahara, Dee-Lite, Michael Jackson, Dolly Parton, Anane, Depeche Mode, Claudja Barry, Hercules & the Love Affair, Rick James, Lolleatta Holloway, James Curd, Kylie, Leftfield and of course Madonna!”