For our love-soaked February edition of PATSY, we’re welcoming back international dreamboats Protopapa and Whitney Weiss. To build your anticipation, we’ve asked them to make you a sensual mixtape and talk to us about music for romantic occasions. Read on to get yourself in the mood.
Hi Protopapa! Hi Whitney! How are you both doing?
Protopapa:Hey CIAO! I’m feeling great, answering you from my second home, NYC.
Whitney Weiss:I’m good, I’m in Paris getting ready to DJ with Kiddy Smile later tonight!
Okay so I’m gonna ask you about some songs so we can build a sensual PATSY Valentine’s Day mixtape together. What’s the song you want played for the first dance at your wedding, if you’re into subverting traditional marriage?
P:Marcel Vogel – Body to Body (rework of Shades of Love – Keep in Touch) to set the right sensual mood. Even my 70 year old auntie could feel the sex vibes.
WW: Without taking into consideration the musical tastes of the person I’d be marrying, Sade’s The Sweetest Taboo or The Boss by Diana Ross.
Hey Protopapa, what is a song that you put on in Italy that consistently makes people on the dance floor hook up with each other?
Matia Bazar’s Ti Sento. They sing and dance and make out to it, it’s like an orgy of mouths and tongues.
Whitney, you’re really into the song Horny. Can you tell us a little bit about how it makes you feel and what version you prefer?
It makes me feel joyful and unashamed. On special occasions, I like to take people by surprise with the extended mix, which has like 2 and a half minutes of the popping bubbles noise before you figure out what’s going on.
Patsy thinks that nothing is sexier than Prince. What is your favorite Prince song?
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?
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!
The first edition of brand new queer dance party Les Poppeurs also happens to be the London debut of Italian DJ Protopapa. Perennially sweet and often bearded; Protopapa is known for being a resident at Milan’s infamous party La Cannibale (and for his own legendary underground parties). Ahead of his first time at Superstore, we caught up with him to chat about Italian nightlife, Patricia Pellegrino, and releasing owls into the world (seriously).
Where and how did you get your start DJing?
I was still living in my hometown in the south of Italy, studying fine arts, when a crazy female friend of mine called “Fatina del rutto” (literally The Burping Fairy) decided we were going to start DJing with another girl, Gaia. Our sound was totally electroclash and every time we had a gig, we wore strange and colourful clothes (like flippers and diver’s masks) and fluorescent make-up.Our first name was Electrogroupies ’cause we were able to get into every backstage possible.
You DJ a lot for fashion-related things, but also throw underground parties. How is your approach different in each situation, and do you prefer one over the other?
I’m still so lucky to work with some big names in the fashion industry and every time, I feel like a fish out of water because I like fashion, but I’m not so into it personally. What I’m good at is changing shape to adapt myself to different situations. What I like the most is when I see big fashion names at my underground parties.
How did you get involved with Le Cannibale?
During the first three seasons of Le Cannibale, we were competitors because I was throwing a Friday party and Le Cannibale was on the Friday too. And I was kicking myself since they always had the best guests ever, like Peaches and Hercules & Love Affair. For the third season, they switched to Saturday, so I was invited to DJ there once every few months. Now they’re on their fourth season and I’m proud to be their resident DJ! I feel lucky when I play after or before Miss Kittin, Siriusmo, Pional, Azari & III and many more of my fave producers!
Take me on the best debauchery date ever in Milan, please. Where are we having dinner and drinks? What clubs/parties will we visit? Where are we going to after-hours? What time will we eventually stagger home?
If it’s going to be a hard night, I would not have dinner, but a typical Milanese Aperitivo on Navigli, then two or three house cocktails at LeccoMilano, where the best drinks and weirdest people are. Then, if it’s a Friday, we will find some secret party in an unexpected location. Then, of course, we’ll end up at an after-party full of fun trannies and techno music, or just some after party at someone’s house, maybe mine! No matter what, don’t forget your sunglasses, cause we’re going home late (or early, it depends on your point of view…)
Please explain your love for Patrizia Pellegrino (and describe who she is for readers who are sadly, until this moment, unaware of her existence).
First and foremost I love disco, and sometimes I even feel a bit obsessed by it, and I love everything from the 70s/80s. That was a time when every hot chick social climber, like Patrizia Pellegrino or Sabrina Salerno, was able to sing great disco songs and act in visionary videos. At that time in Italy, there were a lot of super fancy TV shows and their themes were my inspiration: sequins, glitter, sparkling lights and clothes, fantasy worlds and ambiguous lyrics. Yes, I’m definitely the gayest gay alive, thanks to Patrizia.
In addition to your work at LeccoMilano and Le Cannibale in Milan, you throw ridiculously sexy house/disco pool parties during the summer in Puglia. I hear there was a particularly good one with Alixander from Azari & III. How did that come to be?
I’ve thrown parties since I moved to Bologna some years ago, then in Milan for the last four years, but doing it in Puglia is not easy at all, even if is my home. Every summer I go there, enjoying holidays and my family, saying ‘this summer I’m going to do something big here,” but dreaming is not like reality and there are a lot of problems with locations there (and some mafia stuff too). Last year I was in Puglia, posting photos of my holidays, and Alixander III wrote me (we met each other DJing together at Le Cannibale and had fun later at an after party) saying he was willing to come to Puglia to play. So I called a good friend who organized a festival there, found a nice villa with a pool, called some friends to help and voila, there were 500 people—boys, girls, gay, straight—inflatable dolphins, good music, and my mother cooking for everyone.
What is the most ridiculous thing you have witnessed from the DJ booth?
Aside from some blowjobs, couples fighting for jealousy, threesomes, a guy who threw a cocktail on my computer and then come back with “SORRY” written on his hand, every kind of drug (even under my feet in the DJ booth), girls falling off the podium, blood and wounds, and naked guys… nothing.
Who are a few current Italian DJs or producers you think are doing really great things/making cool music/should be getting more attention?
Above all I can definitely say Populous, Clap! Clap! and Go Dugong. They’re working so hard and so good, experimenting and putting themselves on the line. Take a listen to their latest productions and you’ll say “I agree!”.
Others I really like and hold in high esteem are: Bottin, Rodion, Brioski and Marcello Giordani.
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?
Paradise Garage to dance like no one is watching while Larry Levan plays some new unknown house or disco track. Or, I’d go visit a Soul Train episode and do the catwalk dancing with Raffaella Carrà. I’m really obsessed with that period cause everything seems like it was easier, with less problems, full of cosmic universal love, full of freedom in its deepest meaning.
What was the first record/CD/tape you bought on your own, and do you still listen to it?
Okay, this is embarrassing. I think I bought Aerosmith and Beach Boys CDs the first time I had money on my own. Also when I was 11/12, I used to listen crappy ska, reggae and Rage Against the Machine music with my friends while secretly listening to Madonna’s records and some ’70s disco greatest hits on my own.
Have you ever released an owl into the wild before a DJ set? If yes, elaborate.
AHAHAHAH LOL. Yes, it really happened once, during a weird festival in Puglia. I was DJing in between live shows and the festival name was “The night of the barn-owl,” located in a far and isolated vineyard in the countryside. Every year during this festival, they release some owls found and treated by a local animal hospital,and the promoters asked me to release a owl puppy from my hands before the show began. It was so exciting, feeling that little heart beating in my hands and then knowing a charming night bird like that was free again. I think I felt some kind of empathy with that night creature…
Join Protopapa this Friday 20th February for Les Poppeurs at Dalston Superstore from 9pm – 3am.