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Juntos

The Juntos crew have been popping up all over East London for five years, bringing amazing guests together for parties that attract a diverse and beautiful crowd. After a summer of Sunday evening basement takeovers, they’re back for a two floor birthday blowout that will make you forget it’s a school night! We caught up with Chris and Guille of Juntos to chat party highlights, party politics and what to expect this Sunday.


Hi Juntos! Can you tell us a bit about yourselves for those who aren’t familiar with you?

Juntos is celebration based on unity. Each event has a humanist theme promoting unity. We’re living in difficult times and sometimes the themes reflect the harsh reality of life, but the underlying message is always positive. We want to raise awareness of the problems of the system that we’re living in and encourage people to challenge it. While the topics we promote are serious, on the night of the celebration the emphasis is on fun, the feeling of freedom and connecting with each other.

Where did the name for your parties come from?

It means ‘together’. It comes from the idea of a bonding of positive energy making everyone feel as one. Music is an amazing way to bring people together.

You’ve been throwing your party for five years now. What have been some of the highlights?

Every party has been special to us. One highlight was at one of our Summer parties at Dalston Roof Park, dancing all day in the pouring rain. Everyone was in such a good mood, the weather actually added to the fun. Another time we had an elderly Buddhist meditation teacher who came to Dance Tunnel especially for Juntos. He was dancing and making friends almost until the end. That’s to name just a few.

There is a lot of talk about London’s nightlife being in crisis – what do you make of it all?

It’s a massive shame and it has affected everyone Hopefully together we can find a way around it. People are not going to stop celebrating, it’s an instinctive thing that can’t and won’t be suppressed.

If you had to sum Juntos up in one song, what would it be?

Prince – Controversy.

What made you choose Dalston Superstore for your parties?

We used to do some Sunday night parties at Dance Tunnel. One time the venue wasn’t available and we had an opportunity to use the Superstore instead. We had so much fun we kept going back. There’s always a really friendly and diverse crowd which suits the concept of Juntos.

If you could book any guest DJ, alive or dead, to play Juntos, who would it be?

Daft Punk

If you had a time machine and could go dancing anywhere/when, where would you go?

On the streets of New York City in 1973 or the illegal Acid House raves of 1989.

Favourite track of the year?

It’s actually from 2015 but we loved Buffalo Demon by Ricardo Villalobos.

Can you give us a hint of what you have in store for your two floor birthday special?

A selection of DJs who’ve played for us over the last five years. Having two floors will be nice to explore the funkier side of things upstairs and the usual Juntos sound in the basement. We’re looking forward to seeing everyone’s most weird and wonderful dance moves, smiling people, old friends, new friends and total strangers.


Catch Juntos at Last Resort this Sunday 16 October from 7pm-3am!

 

Whitney Weiss

This Thursday Paris-based international DJ Whitney Weiss joins us for a r’n’b infused jam at weekly girl-night Clam Jam! Ahead of the party, residents Bica and Cathal quizzed Whitney on Parisian lesbians, songs involving prolific use of the word “pussy” and Prince…

By Bica and Cathal

Hiya Whitney! Welcome to cLAM jAM……what naughty words on the street have you heard about it?

Oh hey! I’ve heard wonderful things about Clam Jam, that it gets packed and crazy and there are apparently a lot of cuties and interesting fashion choices involving denim? I hope that’s all true. I’m very excited.

As an international lady loving bird, give us some inside info on Buenos Aires and Parisian lesbians?

Buenos Aires is great because it seems like there’s not so much nesting, plus there are tons of mixed parties where  you can’t tell who sleeps with who until you try to sleep with them, which I think is cool. The art mullet is very much alive and well there, for better or worse.

Since it’s not that big, Paris is already a city where it can feel like everyone knows (or has slept with) everyone in a particular subculture. This is especially true with Parisian lesbians. If you want to engage with a French lesbian—which you can totally choose to do—try asking her about the best place to get gluten-free bread in Saint-Ouen/Canal St. Martin/Montreuil, her electronic music project/accessories line/adorable puppy, or how amazing it was to be a lesbian in Paris during the Le Pulp era, which you (and I) tragically missed out on.

On the “official richter scale chart of lesbianism” 0 being closeted Barbara next door – 10 being being Ellen Degeneres baking muffins with Portia De Rossi whilst listening to Tracy Chapman on the radio, what position would you say you were?

I’m more of an Angelina Jolie circa Hackers vintage 1990s overly-optimistic college sophomore sexuality/gender is fluid kind of girl, to be totally honest!

You played with some big acts/DJs, but I kinda wanna know about the most recent one, Zebra Katz. How did that go?

It was absolutely wonderful and also somehow super-French. We both played at this lovely party called ONO at Faust, which is a new club under the Pont Alexandre III bridge in what used to be like a customs space for maritime imports. So just picture a huge bougie cave of a room packed with people who work in fashion and lesbians in heels with expensive haircuts and professional voguers and stylish foreigners of indeterminate sexual orientation and a handful of enthusiastic barely legal French teenagers, all frolicking together. I got to play thanks to my dear friend Kiddy Smile, who DJed an incredible set the same night. Vjuan Allure, who is an amazing ballroom DJ from the US, also turned people out. And of course Zebra Katz was fantastic.

I know you gonna bring it at cLAM jAM! Tell our girls what kinda music choices have you got cooked for them?

So much Janet, a reasonable amount of ballroom, a little bit of freestyle, some Robbie Tronco songs that prominently feature the word “pussy” and mid-90s treasures you forgot you knew the words to but will remember when on the dance floor. Oh and Prince. There will be Prince.

First time I met you was at legendary CHERYL. Mental night in the best possible way. How did you get involved with that?

Oh my god I have such fond memories of that night! It was one of the highlights of my summer for sure and the London debut of Father Figures, my party/DJ and production project with DJ Traviesa. I had heard about CHERYL through a friend in New York and actually wanted to bring them to Buenos Aires a few years ago. We went out for Polish food and totally got along, but bringing them to Argentina fell through in a colossal way thanks to South American logistics. Instead of hating me, we stayed friends and they had me play CHERYLWEEN V, CHERYL: Alien, and Jennifer Aniston’s fake funeral, which was a personal highlight of my clubbing life. I joined them on their tour two summers ago in Europe, which actually eventually led to me moving here—thanks, CHERYL! I absolutely adore them and they consistently throw the best parties. We had a wonderfully debaucherous time together at Glasslands in August, too; just thinking about it makes me grin. I just can’t say enough good things about them.

You are also involved in the Vogue Balls in Paris. Tell me more……?

Yes! I am Whitney Míu Míu, the DJ for the kiki house Míu Míu. The absolutely wonderful Kiddy Smile invited me to play the Grace Jones Ball last fall, and it kind of grew from there. There was a Janet Jackson Ball last summer, which was great as well. I’m definitely not an expert on the Paris vogue scene at all, but it seems like it’s really growing and expanding. Teki Latex, who is an amazing French DJ, is also quite involved now. I’d say the vogueing community is one of the most creative and legitimately fun facts of Paris nightlife, since people aren’t afraid to dance and actually appear to be enjoying themselves when at parties.

P……p……ppp PRINCE gonna just come out with it. What’s going on between you two? Is it love or lust or both?

Oh my god, it is something that I’ll never comprehend, just like his gender identity/sexual orientation. I’ve been deeply in lust with Prince since puberty and felt funny feelings for him starting with when I was a precocious youngster and saw the cover of Purple Rain in my parent’s record collection. I’ve been listening to him since I was 9 or 10, long before I understood what he was talking about (which explains a lot, really). I love and respect him and am a little bit afraid of him at the same time. I have started relationships with people where their level of enthusiasm for Prince was a determining factor, no joke. Also, according to Wendy and Lisa, he counts as a lesbian. Do with that information what you will.

Join Whitney this Thursday 4th December for Clam Jam at Dalston Superstore from 9pm – 2.30am.

Visit Whitney Weiss’ website: www.whitneyweiss.com

Don’t Call It A Comeback

In Praise of (Mostly) Triumphant Returns 

By Whitney Weiss

Whoever said there are no second acts in American life was clearly not familiar with pop music. Upcoming tours and one-offs from Fleetwood Mac and Prince prove that in an industry where artists are designed for obsolesce, it’s possible to neither burn out nor fade away, but to age gracefully instead while singing songs about doves and infidelity well into ones 60’s. Here’s a quick breakdown of some pop icons enjoying new life in the 2010s…

FLEETWOOD MAC

While it’s fair to say that Fleetwood Mac’s success began in earnest in 1975, we’re still including them in this list. Like a phoenix rising from the ashes (and cocaine residue and subsequent benzos addiction), Stevie Nicks got back into her groove towards the late 1990’s and her energy during recent tours, which have included the debut of brand-new songs that don’t suck, has helped the band transcend its ickier 90s moments. 2013’s way-successful tour—which included a show at Jones Beach last summer where Nicks made an entire amphitheatre want to become her best friend—prove that the Fleetwood Mac is solid and relevant once again.

The recent wonderful news that Christine McVie is finally on board again  means that Fleetwood Mac’s upcoming fall jaunts will be the first in a long time where you can hear Little Lies and You Makin Lovin’ Fun and Everywhere. So basically, it will be perfect (not to oversell, but seriously). 

DAVID BOWIE

From gaunt, blonde and on loads of drugs to gaunt, blonde and costarring with Tilda Swinton in his videos, David Bowie has also overcome missteps of past decades to solidify his status as still-relevant pop icon.

His most recent crafty move: enlisting James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem/aspiring coffee magnate fame to rework Love Is Lost, a track from 2013’s The Next Day, into a 10-minute burner appropriate for contemporary dance floors. This is almost enough to forgive David Bowie for recording a song for The Rugrats Movie soundtrack in 1998. 

MADONNA

Oh, Madonna. You were so relevant for so long, like when you schooled John Oates at 1984’s New Music Seminar by preternaturally understanding the importance of music videos.

But everything since 2002 has been a real stretch (and Instagramming pictures wearing costumes from Game of Thrones hasn’t helped matters, either). However, your tours sell out and you still made Like A Prayer and Like a Virgin and Borderline and Lucky Star, so you’ll live on in our hearts and on our dance floors, though maybe circa the 1990’s at best unless something changes soon. 

KATE BUSH

At the opposite end of the spectrum there is ethereal singer/songwriter/otherworldly being Kate Bush, who managed to take a 12-year break from releasing music, because it’s better to be silent than to be mediocre, and still remain iconic once she started up again. This year, she proved that extreme patience is a virtue by announcing her first shows since 1979, all 22 of which sold out in 15 minutes. If your Facebook wasn’t flooded with tales of infinite woe from those who didn’t snag tickets to her upcoming London dates, count yourself among the fortunate. 

PRINCE 

And then, then there is Prince. Even renouncing his more suggestive songs and deciding to duet with Zooey Deschanel cannot dissuade the outpouring of love and devotion he continues to inspire in a surprisingly diverse cross-section of the population. Calling boys with guitars boring, recording a brand-new album with an all-female band, and playing cheap shows there was no chance in hell of you getting into without waiting in line for 14 hours are his latest moves in endearing himself to fans forever. Musically speaking, Breakfast Can Wait is actually sexy…

…And Da Bourgeoisie where Prince’s girlfriend leaves him for another woman, is funky without being embarrassing. 

And at 55, his mere presence still leads to a level of awe best expressed by (the unfortunately slightly homophobic) Sherri Shepard on The View in 2011.

Also here is the best description of Prince EVER…

Did you first think Prince was gay?
Lisa: He was little and kinda prissy and everything. But he’s so not gay.
Wendy: He’s a girl, for sure, but he’s not gay. He looked at me like a gay woman would look at another woman.
Lisa: Totally. He’s like a fancy lesbian.
Wendy: I remember being at that ‘Sexuality’ video shoot and him on stage with that little black jacket and that tie thing around his neck and his black pants with white buttons on the side. And we looked at each other for the first time and I thought, ‘Oh, I could so fall in love with that girl easy.’ It doesn’t matter what sexuality, gender you are. You’re in the room with him and he gives you that look and you’re like, ‘Okay, I’m done. It’s over.’ He’s Casanova. He’s Valentino.

For more by Whitney Weiss visit her website: www.whitneyweiss.com

Mark Moore

By Rokk
 
S’Express was formed by DJ and remixer Mark Moore, and went on to be one of the most successful exponents of the emergent acid house scene. Assisted by Pascal Gabriel (Bomb The Bass), S’Express utilised the increasing use of samples and beats to create a sound that was both popular and fresh. I must have been around 14 at the time when I purchased their album Original Soundtrack and I still remember how fresh it sounded and I think it has really stood the test of time.
 
I met up with Mark ahead of his gig at Body Talk to for an in-depth chat…
 
Where in London did you grow up and what was your first experience of the London nightlife?

I grew up in Hampstead, Golders Green, North Finchley; gradually heading further down the property ladder until ending up in punk squats in Kings Cross and Tufnell Park then a council flat in the Harrow Road. I had a stormy childhood, even having a brief spell in a children’s home in Potters Bar.

My first experience of London clubbing was going to Steve Strange’s first night ‘Billys’ at Gossips in Meard St, Soho. I was taken by a Bowie look-a-like called Bowie Teresa and we danced to Kraftwerk, Roxy Music, early Human League, Yellow Magic Orchestra, The Normal and of course David Bowie. Later on I started to frequent The Blitz club although I wasn’t really a Blitz Kid. I missed out on the opening and the early days but visited regularly around the time Bowie went there and got extras for his ‘Ashes To Ashes’ video. Everyone who had previously been so cool and poised, turned into 10 year old screaming girls and chased him up the stairs. Hilarious.

To be honest, I preferred Steve Strange’s other club ‘Hell’ in Covent Garden which felt less self conscious and was on around the same time. It was about then that I went to my first proper gay club Heaven which had just opened. I remember being equal parts terrified and exhilarated. At Blitz everyone tried to play it cool and although it was friendly in it’s own way it was also pretty pretentious and aloof as was the mood of the day. At Heaven everyone was super friendly. Isn’t it nice that everyone wanted to come and look after this 16 year old boy who went there on his own? What sweet people!

Theme From S’Express has been quoted by Muzik magazine as “the track that kick started the UK house scene.” How does that make you feel and what were your expectations or aspirations after finishing your album Original Soundtrack?

Muzik Magazine said that in hindsight a few years after the fact, once the dust had settled. At the time I knew I was pioneering a new sound but I didn’t want my music to be just a copy of the Chicago house or the Detroit techno sound, so it sounded like a mutant version of many things. Someone once told me S’Express was to house music what Talking Heads were to punk and I see what they mean. I knew that with the chart success of S’Express I was opening doors around the world, and especially in Europe, where most people had never heard of house or techno. I did the first house music night in Paris and got an up and coming DJ called Laurent Garnier, who used to come and hear me play, to do the warm up. He says it kick-started his DJ career.

They called me the Pope of House in Europe. People like Derrick May were really pleased S’Express were doing well. They knew it would make their music more accessible to a wider audience. The mainstream really didn’t understand it at first, it seemed so alien to them. I remember doing interviews in Germany and the journalists asking how they were meant to relate to this new music when they had nothing to compare it to. I told them they had Kraftwerk and could surely be able to see the connection. One reply was, “Oh but Kraftwerk is so old. That was years ago!” Eight months later I went back and all the journalists were saying, “This music came from Germany! We have Kraftwerk!” Everyone became a self-professed ‘expert’ on house music really quickly.

How long did the album take to conceive and as a first time producer did things come naturally to you?

Things came very naturally at first. Especially the tracks I did with Pascal Gabriel. We were just experimenting with no rules and not having to worry about the confines of genres or if something was commercial or not. We loved good pop music so some tracks had a pop edge while still remaining strange and experimental. Other tracks (b-sides) were just plain experimental where we were influenced by the likes of Cabaret Voltaire and Throbbing Gristle.

Theme From S’Express was actually influenced by hip-hop just as much as disco and house music. Disco was still a very dirty word back then and I remember thinking a lot of my peers, and especially journos were going to be appalled that I had made a record that was disco influenced, but I really didn’t care. I was ready to take the flack. Luckily people liked it and as it turned out a lot of journalists hedged their bets on the reviews as they knew that something new and special was going on but weren’t quite sure yet if it was okay to give it the thumbs up. The disco really put them off. Disco was still the enemy for many serious music journalists.

The hip-hop influence was mainly about looping beats or bars from records to make a new backing track. But instead of Funky Drummer I looped Rose Royce. The Double Dee & Steinski’s records Lessons 1-3 were very much on my mind with their clips from many sources. I threw in bits from performance artist Karen Finley and many others along with original parts like the bassline and the “S’Express” chant. David Byrne and Brian Eno’s My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts was another big influence. Love the pair of them.

When the white label of ‘Theme’ was doing really well in the clubs, my record label Rhythm King asked for us to do a version that could be played on the radio. Something less strange and crazy or else they might not play it. You have to remember at the time tracks just didn’t sound like that and ‘Theme’ stuck out like a sore thumb. We thought radio could take it or leave it as far as we were concerned. So Pascal and I purposely did the worst radio mix we could and handed it to the label. They said “Ok, you win. We’ll just leave it as it is and bin this mix.” I’m glad we stuck to our guns as Radio 1 were eventually forced to play the track after it looked like it was going to go to Number 1 just on club play… and they would have looked foolish if they weren’t playing it.

After we had a couple of hit singles things became more difficult. Lots more arguments to make things ‘normal’ commercial instead of the quirky, experimental-pop that I like. I got bored of the whole music biz hamster wheel quite quickly.

You also worked alongside William Orbit on the Batman soundtrack by Prince, how did that come about?

I tracked down William to remix my track Hey Music Lover. I loved his Torch Song stuff and his solo albums and he’s always been one of my favourite producers. He ended up sending me cassettes of all these amazing bits and loops he’d done of the track but he’d been up for days and needed help editing them all together in a way that made sense. We ended up editing the mix together down the phone!

With Prince, I knew he’d been listening to S’Express when I heard This Is Not Music, This Is A Trip on the b-side of Alphabet St. He called up and said he’d like to have me remix some of the tracks from his soundtrack for the Batman film. I immediately called up William and we carried on working together on more remixes after that, my fave being Malcolm McClaren’s Deep In Vogue. Malcolm introduced us to the New York voguing scene and we got to sample the movie Paris Is Burning long before it came out or anyone had seen it. 

Malcolm got in contact because he remembered me hanging out in his shop Seditionaries on the Kings Road when I was 15. I was a bored punk rocker and would help (punk icon shop-assistant) Jordan fold tee-shirts. She took me under her wing and I’d help her shut up shop. Jordan and Vivienne Westwood once took me for dinner after shutting the shop and we were walking up the Kings Road when a bunch of punks on the other side of the road were shouting “Vivienne you sell out!” Vivienne gobbed at them in reply and turned to us with a smile saying, “I’m still a punk!” 

What was the last album you listened to from start to finish?

After Dark 2. I’m amazed at how the Italians Do It Better label can continue putting out one sublime track after another with such ease and for such a long time! Wonderful. Do me a Glass Candy or Chromatics, S’Express remix please.

How would you describe your relationship with music?

Obsessive. It made me who I am and without wishing to sound clichéd, it really did save my life. From being a kid and being put in a kids home to actually finding something that made me think life was worth living. All my friends over the years I’ve met through music.

What are you passionate about?

Besides music, I’d say films and books. I’m particularly obsessed with films, from the classics to the incredibly strange. Alejandro Jodorowsky, Nicolas Roeg, Donald Cammell. Stuff you can’t find on Netflix.

Vinyl or Digital?

I actually like both now. Wendy Carlos was always a big supporter of digital sound and how it can feel as warm and rich as analogue. I think for certain types of music digital is just fine. If I’m playing punk stuff I prefer to put on the vinyl.

You’ve been DJing in London’s clubland for over 25 years now, what memories really stand out for you?

I don’t know where to start with individual memories but I can say I’m lucky enough to have lived through a few music and cultural revolutions. It’s always the most exciting at the beginning of those revolutions when it’s unchartered territory. Each new track will lay down a new gauntlet or a new signpost as to where one might go next on the musical map. I’m usually at my best during a revolution.

Is there a question that you wished you’d have been asked that no one has ever asked?

“Will you marry me?”

What’s new? 

I’m curating these amazing remixes and cover versions of the old S’Express stuff, some which I shall be playing on the night. I’m just trying to sort out a deal with Sony over who owns my old tracks but that’s proving to be hard work. Hopefully it will all work out and it will get a release soon. I’ve got amazing mixes by Chris & Cosey and many others. Also if they finish it, a psychedelic sludge rock cover version of Mantra For A State Of Mind by Primal Scream with Jason Pierce from Spiritualized on guitar. It seems everyone’s terrified of remixing ‘Theme From S’Express’ though. Lots of big names have either passed on it and chosen another track or have just given up halfway through!

I’m also working on new tracks. Just put out Dreams Of Deja Vu, which I did with Roland Faber and a remix for I Am A Camera of their track The Legendary Children.

Join Mark Moore this Saturday 17th August at Dalston Superstore for Body Talk from 9pm – 3am.

Photo credit: Rokk

Sugarbear

Saturday sees Bootylicious DJ Sugarbear join us in the top bar at Dalston Superstore for Bust Yo Nut! As resident for both Bootylicious at Club Colosseum and Carpet Burn at The Eagle, Sugarbear is sure to be a familiar face to those in the know. He joins Mistamaker this weekend for the best in old-skool r’n’b and hip hop. Ahead of the party we caught up with him to find out more about his bulging record bag!

You play a lot of different genres- but which do you feel most at home with?

When I started out DJing I was playing r’n’b and hip hop, so I guess that will always be my first love!

Whatever the night, whatever the genre, what is your guaranteed dancefloor killer?

Diana Ross – I’m Coming Out.


DIANA ROSS I m Coming Out by hiphopmomo

What was the first record you ever bought- honesty here please!

It actually was a good one. Le Freak by Chic. I did go on to buy many less cool records after though!

Who’s been the best guest or PA at Carpet Burn?

Well they had Denise from 5 Star a few weeks back and she was fabulous, but I would have to say Pete Burns!

It’s a pretty unashamed type of night- what is your fave track to belt out in a good behind-the-decks-singalong?

Jade – Don’t Walk Away.

Why do you think it’s important to have Vauxhall, Soho and Dalston as distinct queer nightlife areas in London?

Variety is the spice of life!

You playing old-skool hip hop and r’n’b here in the top bar at Superstore for Bust Yo Nut… what are your favourite tracks from both genres from the ’80s?

Well the ’90s is more my era, especially for r’n’b, but here are a few of my favourite ’80s tracks.

De la Soul – Me Myself And I

Run DMC – Peter Piper

Luther Vandross – Never Too Much

Michael Jackson – PYT

What will make you get up on the bar and DANCE?

A couple of pints, three tequila shots and Prince’s Controversy would get me on the bar dancing.

Join Sugarbear this Saturday 8th June at Dalston Superstore for Bust Yo Nut from 9pm – 3am.

Photo credit: Taurus Attraction Photography

DJ Paulette

That fallen angel of the north DJ Paulette joins us at our bank holiday Sunday Service for Sister Pantychrist! She joins a long list of ex-nuns at Dalston Superstore, including Nimmo & The Gauntletts, Cathal, Elena Colombi, Bisoux, Squeaky and Elma Wolf who between them all will keep your praying for the party to never end. 

As one of the residents at seminal gay Manchester night Flesh, like her former cohorts Dave Kendrick, Princess Julia and Guy Williams among others, Paulette has since gone on to be a successful DJ, at Ministry Of Sound, across Ibiza with her own Bang parties, and even as a presenter on the radio and TV. We quizzed her on her past, present and future in dance…

You were a resident at the legendary Hacienda- what is your favourite memory from that time?

From Murray & Vern’s fashion shows where my lilac pearlised rubber catsuit split just as I started some complicated choreography involving lots of bending on the runway, to start to finish marathon all night disco, soul and house vinyl sets on a guerilla Technics set up in the sweatiest, sleaziest basement – I have so many happy memories. 

If I have to choose, then it’s a toss up between being shown how best to beat match by clapping along to the track by Princess Julia in the Gay Traitor Bar, or by being watched doing a showstopping lip synch to Donna Summer’s ‘I Feel Love’ (Masters At Work remix) by James Horrocks and Thomas Foley of React Records and then being asked to DJ at their ‘Garage’ night (alongside Steven Sharp, Rachel Auburn and Princess Julia) which was then held at Heaven on Friday nights.

What made Flesh such an important and still referenced party?

It was the mix of everything and everyone that made it so special. From flyer design to party themes to DJs and performers and most of all the fervent, loyal clubbers. Paul Cons and Lucy Scher put every effort into creating an unforgettable party and an ambiance that was unparalleled in clubland. Flesh was simultaneously a super stylish, uber-hedonistic, monthly mid-week party for music loving lesbians, gays and their friends at one of the best clubs in the world.  All the DJs, artists and promoters involved were the best in their field and have gone on to do such fabulous things since – Tim Lennox, Dave Kendrick, Kath Mc Dermott, Guy Williams and myself.

Why is Manchester such as fertile place for music?

It’s in the blood. And because it rains so much? You can’t go wrong with that combination.

You’re now based in France- what precipitated that move? Life changes or were you attracted to the music scene over there?

Ha ha, I was based in France for nearly nine years but I’ve moved again. I am now based in Ibiza! The move was prompted because I wanted to get  more involved musically and clubwise in the deep house scene, and the opportunities and contacts I was seeking are more easily found and connected to here. There has also a major personal change in my life which tipped the balance and since I didn’t like the direction Parisian/French life was taking I decided it was a good time to hang up my Parisian beret and don a sombrero for the foreseeable future.

What makes Paulette go “Bang” so to speak?

A bumping beat, a funky, phat bassline and a sexy lover. Oh and the always tricky combination of high heels and wide legged pants…

You’ve expressed your desire to have a proper radio show… who would have as your first guest on your new dream show and why?

Good question. I would love to have a Prince and Stevie Wonder sandwich.  Their knowledge, talent, experience and music is timeless and unparalleled. Without them my music collection would have a humungous hole.

Where is your favourite dancefloor in the world for atmosphere, crowd, soundsystem, outfits, dancing skills- the full works!

Strangely there is no one club that covers all these bases for me.  My favourite dancefloors are Showcase in Paris or DC10 in Ibiza. My favourite soundsystem is the small room in DC10 (the big room is way too loud – so loud that it knocked my watch out of whack for over a week. Cartiers so rarely lose time and it stopped it stone dead.) I love 4 Elements in Paris where I do my Bang night as the atmosphere is always festive. Outfits? Hmmmm – believe it or not I don’t really think of dress when I go to a club.  It’s not that important to me.

What are your summer Ibiza plans?

My summer Ibiza plans are just taking shape now.  I have the opening party of Privilege on June 7th – playing in the Vista Club in a back to back with Iban Mendoza, and in warm up to Jaymo and Andy George – all of whom I LOVE! Then I have a few dates as resident in the Vista Club, boat parties for Smartie Party and a few dates at KM5 already lined up.  I am in negotiations also with Hed Kandi to play a few dates at their residency at Hotel Santos in Playa D’En Bossa.

You’re playing at Sister Pantychrist as our fallen angel special guest. What’s the most Good Samaritanesque heavenly act you’ve ever committed?

I do try to do at least one Good Samaritanesque deed every day and I am very much someone who facilitates introductions and connections. We drove some friends home to Talamanca yesterday when their car broke down on our drive – it’s the other side of the island to where we live. Recently though I went to excessive lengths to get one of my nephew’s a job in Leeds when he started his university course and pulled every string possible to get another one of my nephews a Montpellier football strip for his birthday. Oh and I sneakily let our cat Luna eat Bubu’s (our other cat’s) breakfast this morning though. She looked hungrier…

What will you play to take the Superstore dancefloor to celestial heights?

Jaymo & Andy George – Remember – Moda Black

Dansson & Marlon Hoffstadt – Shake That  – Play It Down

Benoit & Sergio – $100 Bill – Hot Creations

Stefano Ritteri – Nothing Stays The Same – Defected 

Join DJ Paulette on Sunday 26th May at Dalston Superstore for Sister Pantychrist from 9pm – 4:30am.

Mighty Mouse

Tomorrow night sees disco and re-edit aficionado Mighty Mouse take to the laser basement for a Friday night edition of Hot Boy Dancing Spot! He’ll be joined by Hot Boy residents The Lovely Jonjo and Hello Mozart whilst those crazy Grizzle Gurls will be taking over the top bar with their very own version of Hot Slut Dancing Spot Extravaganza.

With a new side project with Van She singer Matt Van Schie in progress and a brand new volume of his acclaimed Disco Circus compilation fresh out, we decided it was high time to catch up with Mighty Mouse himself and find out about all that and more ahead of tomorrow night’s party…

Why are you so excited to be playing at Superstore for Hot Boy Dancing Spot?

I first went to Dalston Superstore when the Magician played with Mylo. I thought the atmosphere was amazing, the crowd was amazing and I love intimate spaces. Then someone told me they had a great night at Hot Boy Dancing Spot, so I thought, I’ve got to play there. So I’m really excited it’s happened.

Why did you chose to name yourself after the original Mighty Mouse over any other anthropomorphised mice? What makes him better?

I’ve no idea why I chose the name, I think at the time I wanted something silly and fun; I really didn’t expect to be making Mighty Mouse tunes three years later. It’s all a bit crazy. So I must have seen it somewhere and gone, “Yeah. Mighty Mouse, that’s a fun name.” It will have been a split second decision, not a lot of thought went into it.

Favourite cheese? Music and actual cheese…

Actual cheese – it changes a lot, I am a massive cheese fan though, like, I could live off cheese… Hmmm, maybe subconsciously my mind was telling me to include ‘Mouse’ in my name??? My favourite at the moment is manchego. Musically, I would say Toto – Africa…but I suppose that’s not cheese, although some people would consider it cheesy. Maybe Queen ‘Radio Ga Ga’ is a better answer. 

How did you come to collaborate with Matt Van Schie from Van She?

We met in Paris about two and half years ago, we were both playing at the Social Club. I was sat outside a cafe somewhere and these two Australians came and sat down, for some reason I decided they must be the only Australians in Paris, so I said “Are you Matt Van Schie?”, and he said “Yes”. We sat in that cafe drinking for about eight hours then went straight to the gig, it was a messy night. But we became good friends since then and had been saying we should do something together…. it just took a while.

Where did you guys get the name Du Tonc from?

It came from that night in Paris when we met, probably best Matt tells that story because it’s about him, or more what he becomes. 

We hear you just shot the latest Du Tonc video at our neighbours Vogue Fabrics. Can you tell us more about it?

Yes! Super excited about this. Simon Savory has done it, he had just finished a film and wanted to put the Du Tonc single (Darkness) in it. Then he asked if we had a video. We saw his script and were sold, he’s a really talented and lovely guy, it should be ready in a few weeks… I think there are like 40 or 50 people in it. Should be quite mental. 

Du Tonc - Darkness Music Video

What’s your favourite re-edit you’ve ever done and one you wish you’d done?

My favorite I’ve done is Prince – Controversy, it works every time on the dancefloor. One I’d wish I’d done? No idea to be honest, I make so many myself to play out, I probably make ones other people have done. Nothing springs to mind though. I don’t actively seek out other peoples edits, but get some cool ones I play. 

Have there been any tracks you’ve found to be uneditable or just too sacred to touch?

Oh god yes, loads – normally because I can’t make them sound as good as the original, the magic just isn’t there – or they start sounding too much like a house track with a disco sample in it. I’d love to do Chris Rea – Josaphine and TOTO – Africa, but I just can’t bring myself to touch them. 

This month sees the release of your latest compilation Disco Circus- what track are you most pleased about securing for it?

I’m really happy with this one, probably the most out of all of them. Track I’m most pleased to have on it is Lindstrøm – I Feel Space. One of my favourite dance tracks ever. 

And finally who is your ultimate disco hero and why?

That’s a tough one because so many have had an influence on me, but I would say Prince. I could probably do an entire evening of just Prince edits. For me he’s the perfect musician. He can play multiple instruments, write clever lyrics and hooky melodies and he’s an incredible performer. I don’t think we’ll see many of his type in the future, I hope we do though!

Join Mighty Mouse this Friday 22nd March at Dalston Superstore from 9pm – 3am for Hot Boy Dancing Spot.

PS.

Tonight sees some of east London’s most notorious party starters under one roof: Borja Peña, Josh Caffe, Joe Robots, Bisoux and Cathal. That’s right, it’s time for Banjee Boy Realness Vs PS! The banjee boys take the basement whilst upstairs it will be pure sex from PS. We caught up with PS promoters Cathal and Bisoux ahead of tonight’s madness to talk tape cassettes, posters, art, music and more..

What is the music policy at PS?

Our own special blend of deep bitch house, dutty dance, sleazy BASSlines, vocal high points and smart hooks. Always fresh, fun , filthy and ready for the bump & grind.

And how has this, in any way, been influenced by the music you grew up on?

Cathal: Growing up in my house there was always music playing. My dad played The Police and Pet Shop Boys, my mum played Prince and Muddy Waters and my sister had Junior Vasquez and The Shamen on a loop. Subsequently I love vocals, a strong sexy rhythm and a beat that makes you want to move. Also, I’m northern and we like a dance tune.

Bisoux: I grew up in a house of Radio 4 and vinyl – Bob Marley, Rip Rig + Panic, The Ramones, Dire Straits and The Beatles. Pop was always an illicit contraband. One of my mum’s boyfriends sneaked me a Kylie album tape when I was six which was super exciting, I still remember the tape box, she looked like a naughty princess. Even with such an eclectic sound around me it was always the bad girl pop that I hankered for and I think the combination of the two has definitely shaped my taste for exotic beats with a sexy vocal. Don’t get me wrong, I have been known to listen to an instrumental but it’s always bass + voice + beat + sex that gets me.

What was your most favourite/worn out tape cassette of the ’90s?

C: I have all these mixtape cassettes I made between the age of 8 -11 years old, so through 1990 to 1993, with my best friend/next door neighbour Michelle. They’re basically tapes and tapes of us interviewing each other and introducing all our favourite dance tunes of the time. My favourite tape was a ‘show’ we did called ‘ Rave 92!’ which was a Parks and Wilson gig at Arc in Leeds I had taped off the radio live late at night which we then talked over at random intervals. So it’s a toss up between this and Madonna’s Erotica album.

B: Funnily enough I was also a chart mixtape queen but my most worn and still treasured tape of the ’90s has to be the Snap! album, The Madman’s Return. Hands down I thought I was the coolest shit when I put that on my walkman.

PS: is it a crazy homo art installation or debauched party that shocks the nation?

Both. Is there a difference? LOL.

We hear your posters often end up in unusual places. Where’s the best place you’ve ever randomly spotted one?

In joint first place would have to be a certain famous Tate director seen carefully peeling and rolling up a poster at one of our do’s in Vogue Fabrics and the time Cathal saw one up on the wall of a random shag in Berlin.

How did PS originate?

Above McDonalds in Kentish Town, it started as an ideal, a magazine, a movement that could override the title GAY and become something much more. Art, music, sex, film all coming together in our own special brand of homoculture for both boys and girls. Even though that was only about seven years ago, there was nothing really outside of GAYLAND at that time, the divide was so strong and whilst we enjoyed both sides of it, there was nothing for homos like us that wasn’t defined by our sexuality, but more by our cultural tastes. PS. can be a secret, an afterthought, or just the truth of what you really mean. It made sense to bring it all together in a party package, we wanted to bring a celebration experience that you wouldn’t forget for a while!

And what might be the next step of the party’s evolution?

To go international we’d say. Spread the love.

Do you think they’ll be much crossover or way in which you’ll compliment each other with the basement party, Banjee Boy Realness?

We had Borja guest at our last party which turned into a massive deep house love-in and we’ve always had an affinity with Josh’s style, we go way back in and out of the clubs. Joe we’ve recently discovered through sharing the bill at SOS, and love his sounds. Whilst there will of course be a bit of healthy upstairs/downstairs competition at the end of the day we all appreciate each other’s taste and are really looking forward to partying with each other – ultimately blending our respective styles into one mahoosive funtimes club. I’d say we’re gonna see dirty grinding, walking vogue face and lots and lots of sweat. Mmmmmm.

PS…..?

We love you x

Join Cathal and Bisoux for Banjee Boy Realness Vs PS tonight Friday 22nd February from 9pm – 4am.

Bicep’s Top Ten “Taps Aff” Tracks

The Bicep boys join us in the basement for the evening leg of our carnival bank holiday bbq extravaganza, with a night of fist-pumpers and topless tunes at Hot Boy Carnival Jerk Spot. Whilst we’re praying for the day to be a proper sizzler as the JERK! girls are hosting an all-day BBQ of (what else!) jerk chicken served with rice n peas, delicious home-made Caribbean coleslaw, cans of Red Stripe and vodka watermelon crushed cups, we’re pretty sure Bicep are hoping for hot weather so that everyone throwing shapes to their set will also be shedding their tops! With this in mind, we asked them to tell us their top ten “taps aff” tracks for a taste of what’s to expect…

Omar-S And L’Renee – S.E.X (A.O.L Remix)

Not so subtle on  the lyrics but as the name suggests it can only mean one thing.

George Fitzgerald – Child 

Been killin it all summer, when that baseline drops people go nuts.  

PBR Streetgang – J2ThaB

Veterans to the Taps Aff scene, PBR really know how to start a party if you kick off with this you are guaranteed a topless dancefloor.

Womack & Womack – Teardrops

When you want those girls who are acting too cool for school to get involved.

Stevie Nicks – “Smiling At You” (Young Edits Going Home Version)

Fist pumpin arps… Stevie Nicks… ooooooHHH too big.

Prince – Traffic Jam (Ron Hardy mix)

Prince + Ron Hardy = perfection. 

Wired – To The Beat Of The Drum

BASSSSSSSLINE – big tune, packed fulla energy.

Brad Shitt – Casbah Breakdown

If removing peoples tops is your thang… this is your track.

Storm Queen – It Goes On

Yes, everyone knows this, but isn’t that the point of taps aff! When the second chorus drops… so does my leather waistcoat! 

Serge Santiago – Running Passions

BIG Italo inspired piano houser from the main man Serge Santiago… no video available – hunt down the wax.

[Listen to the track here on Grooveshark]

Bicep play Hot Boy Carnival Jerk Spot on Sunday 26th August from 9pm – 3am along with The Lovely Jonjo, Hello Mozart, Adam Kraft and We’re Not Cool.