There have been so many amazing parties that we have such fond memories of. When we started at the opening of Dalston Superstore when it was still under construction, with dust rubble and hard hats everywhere with no air con.
Another was when we did a Hot Boy Dancing Spot Spanish tour when we did Barcelona, Madrid and Valencia in one weekend. Well, let’s just say things got more than a little messy and boys were the order of the day and the dressing rooms were taken full advantage of…….!
And let’s not forget the controversy when we held a party for photographer Brett Lloyd where he announced “boys not bears” door code – uproar in the community! Haha.
Things got Totally Fucked Up with our warehouse party for director Gregg Araki and promo director David Wilson who took us to a heightened state of consciousness with his visuals.
To be honest, Hot Boy wouldn’t have been the same without all our amazing guests including Daniel Avery, Morgan Hammer, Headman, Hot Chip DJs, Rory Phillips, Little Boots, Kiwi, Josh Caffe, Hannah Holland, We Have Band, Rod Thomas (aka Bright Light Bright Light), Teeth!!!, Justin Robertson, Drums Of Death, Silver Columns, Mighty Mouse and we want to thank Dalston Superstore for all the love and support over the years xxx
TOP 10 HOT BOY TRACKS
Pional – Invisible Amenaza
Miss Kitten – Cosmic Love Radiation (Acid Washed & La Mverte remix)
It’s Breed’s 2nd Birthday tomorrow night and what better birthday present than Pleasure Cruiser being back in town! He joins his former partners-in-crime Rex The Dog and RUFUS&Bambi in the Dalston Superstore laser basement for one night only before he jets it back to his new home in Tokyo! We caught up with this busy boy in between participating in this year’s Red Bull Music Academy in New York, running his record label Organic Art Movement and recording his own music…
What prompted your recent move to Tokyo? A shake-up from London nightlife?
I just wanted something different I think. I certainly got that by moving to Tokyo, it’s a world apart from London. Both are great cities though, but for now Tokyo is my home!
Tell us about you current project AMPC…
AMPC is a new project I started with another Tokyo based artist called Acidmann, we perform live together with our original productions and vocals. It’s very exciting and we’ve been getting great reactions so far.
What other projects are you working on over there?
I’m working on a sound design company with a composer, we’re producing music for advertisements, anime and film. I just started working as a model (with some very Lost In Translation moments so far) and am teaching English too. There is plenty to keep me on my toes over there, it’s an expensive city so gotta keep working hard and making a little hustle.
What are your favourite Tokyo dancefloors?
I’ve been lucky enough to play at Womb, Ageha, Vision Sound Museum and my favourite Eleven, which has unfortunately just been shut down.
How did you come to be a participant in this years RBMA in NYC?
I filled out the mammoth questionnaire, submitted some music and hoped for the best. I’d definitely recommend anyone to get involved it’s been the best musical experience of my career thus far.
What’s been the best moment from it?
Late-night red wine drinking studio sessions with Benjamin Damage and Mathew Jonson. As well as getting to DJ to a more-than-up-for-it crowd in Tamanny Hall in Brooklyn.
As one of the original residents of Breed it’s great to see you back again! Have you missed it?
I’ve missed it a lot. Dalston Superstore has one of the best crowds and energetic dance floors I’ve ever experienced. I’ve missed getting drunk and DJing with Elena (RUFUS&Bambi) and Jake (Rex The Dog) a lot! They’ve said they will hide the vodka from me for this one, but I’m gonna find it hehe.
Are there any Japanese musical gems you’ll be treating the DSS laser basement to?
Oh yea, a bit of Yellow Magic Orchestra will go down well!
One of the members of the band, Ryuichi Sakamoto, was a lecturer at the academy in New York it was great to meet him!
If you could only ever use one piece hardware to make music for the rest of your life which one would it be?
A Roland 808 Drum Machine.
What’s next for your record label Organic Art Movement?
We’re releasing an EP from London based artists Morgan Hood with two fantastic remixes from Ejeca and Monika Ross.
Rex The Dog is back this Friday for his bi-monthly night Breed and this time he’s bringing along the vocalist from his brand new single, Do You Feel What I Feel, the super-amazing Jamie McDermott! As lead singer and composer for multi-member orchestra ensemble The Irrepresibles, Jamie is well known in his own right and will be performing live alongside Rex The Dog on the night. Meanwhile upstairs, star and music video director Scottee will be screening the video and DJing alongside Theo Adams, Princess Julia and video co-stars Figs In Wigs.
Ahead of Friday’s party we caught up with Jamie to find out more about the track, his day job with The Irrepressibles and his creative influences…
How did you come to work with Rex The Dog on his latest single?
We met up backstage at a Fever Ray gig and got talking about music. He’d heard my first record, liked my voice and asked me to come into the studio. I love his style.
There have been some obvious comparisons to Jimmy Somerville with the vocals for Do You Feel What I Feel- was this intentional?
Not intentional, I’m just singing high ha ha! But I love Jimmy Somerville, when I was 20 I used to work as a chef in this gay cafe in London and he used to pop in and chat to us. He’s not only an icon, he’s a nice bloke. It’s pretty amazing to be compared to him – Bronski Beat made powerful emotional music.
What were your fave songs to sing along to when you were growing up?
I was into grunge. Nirvana and The Pixies. I was always in bands; mainly playing guitar, throwing myself about and screaming. But then there was Bowie and Aphex Twin…
If you could go back in time to any dancefloor that ever existed where and when would we be dialling back the time machine to?
I spent my 20’s in illegal raves in the forest. But it would have to be going back to the gay clubs of the ’70s and ’80s for me – though I do imagine it all like a Kenneth Anger film.
You’re well known for your orchestral outfit The Irrepressibles… what attracted you to singing over synths for once?
I’ve always been into electronic music, starting with being obsessed with Tangerine Dream, Kraftwerk, Gary Numan, Donna Summer, and Jean Michel Jarre at an early age. In my teens I composed instrumental music with synths before I discovered my voice. With my first record Mirror Mirror I worked with orchestral instruments and I do compose a bit for film with the orchestra. But it’s just all about singing and being involved in making music for me. Plus I’ve always wanted to make people dance!
What was the last piece of art or media that you came across that inspired you?
Querelle by Fassbinder.
What album or record is soundtracking your life right now?
At the moment it’s iamamiwhomami. They recently remixed one of my tracks called New World.
Any hints for the next record from The Irrepressibles?
Can’t say a thing, but we’re already in the studio.
What can we expect from your live performance in the Dalston Superstore laser basement at Breed?
I’m going to sing this track LIVE!
Finally, could you tell us about the video for Two Men In Love…
We asked homosexual couples to send in videos of their lives together from which to create a homage to gay love. You can see it here…
Join Jamie at Rex The Dog’s single launch Breed #11 on Friday 26th April from 9pm – 3am at Dalston Superstore.
Dirtbox legend Jos Gibson takes to the decks for Body Talk this Saturday specialising in his own particular brand of “hands in the air” house. Residents DJ Rokk and Tristan Reed will be on hand plus special guest Alejandro Acensio returns to play the top bar.
We caught up with Jos ahead of the party to find out more about his amazing beard, his taste in music and what he gets up to in the dead of night around east London…
You are something of an enigma. Tell us a secret about yourself, we won’t tell anyone, promise.
I have a secret love for motorbikes. I love beat up old choppers and bobbers. Being able to jump on a motorbike really gives you such a sense of freedom and adventure.
You’re from the north of England- what were your favourite nights out when you lived there?
I hung out mainly on the free party scene in the early ’90s. Pretty much every Saturday night was spent on the services stations of Rivington or Channock waiting to go to a party usually on a industrial estate in Lancashire somewhere. They were really exciting times, there was a real sense of togetherness too.
When that all ended some of my favourite haunts included: Artlab in Preston, The Empire in Morcambe, The Orbit near Leeds or the Eclipse in Coventry. Sadly all gone now.
You’re going to be playing “hands in the air” house at Body Talk… what’s your ultimate track for raising your hands?
At the moment it has to be Do You Feel What I Feel by Rex the Dog, it’s so damn good.
Your day job is as a groomer in mens fashion editorial and commercial. Does this account for your stupendous beard?
I suppose it does, I’ve had it for some years now and people kinda know me for it. “The guy with the big beard? Yes thats the one.”
What’s your top facial hair tip?
Keep it clean, keep it suitable, keep it oiled!
Why did you decide to set up your night Dirtbox?
I got together with a couple of friends of mine and we were really complaining that there wasn’t the club we wanted in London. So we did it as a one off party originally for us and our friends.
How have you developed Dirtbox into East London’s premiere sweatbox-cum-manhunt nightclub?
Still keeping it really simple – it’s a combination of the Dirtbox sound, a really great venue and the loyal crowd.
What’s a quintessential Dirtbox track?
Strut Your Techno Stuff by Fax Yourself, it was a B-side originally on a cover of I Feel Love that came out on a Belgium New Beat label.
What inspires you in your day job and what inspires you in your night-time job?
What inspires you is a difficult one nail down as it’s always in flux. When I’m working on shoots it’s usually with the photographer or designer themselves where we have an initial chat about the mood. Then that sparks me to think a link I can make with the hair, usually historical.
In clubs it’s not so different, whilst there is a running theme with my taste in music, I try to make a connection with the crowd so I note when something really works or doesn’t.
And finally what’s your most favourite East London DJing memory or torrid tale?
Some of the highs since we started have been taking Dirtbox out to the festivals; Lovebox and Glastonbury notably. Recently we also had Shannon from Light Asylum come to DJ. She spontaneously turned on the mic and sang over her set which blew everyone away. But the hottest tales are on the dance floor of Dirtbox, anyone who goes will testify to that.
Join Jos on Saturday 20th April for Body Talk at Dalston Superstore from 9pm – 3am.
It’s almost time for the first Breed of the year and what better midweek reminder than this warm-up mix from techno-fiend and Rex The Dog partner-in-crime RUFUS&Bambi. We’ve managed to get hold of not just the exclusive tracklisting but also one of the fab “Rexstasy” tshirts to give away too! For your chance to win entrance to the party on Friday as well as one of the fresh tees, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject title “I’m in the throes of Rexstasy!” and tell us why you should win.
*Entrants must be received by 10am Friday 1st February. Only the winner will be contacted.
Tom Trago feat Cinnaman – Rise up
Get People – Back To Dust (Jimmy Edgar remix)
Jokers Of The Scene – A Fine Line Between Nowhere And Now Here
Tomorrow night sees the next installment of Rex The Dog’s bi-monthly night Breed and they’ve roped in WALKABOUT Vs Pikilipita to provide an animation spectacular for the evening! Using a hi-tech portable system, they’ll be roaming Superstore projecting Rexes and the previous Breed t-shirt designs onto all available surfaces… including onto you lot!
To find out more about this innovative system, we caught up with Shaun Prickimage, the man behind WALKABOUT Projection and the amazing visuals seen at WetYourSelf at Fabric and various other clubnight and festivals… including the Gutterslut Vs TrailerTrash tent at Lovebox! We posed all our burning questions to him to find out how it all works and what we can expect from Friday’s party…
Can you explain the concept behind WALKABOUT Projection?
WALKABOUT Projection was setup as an extension of PRICKIMAGE and allows us to stage pop-up performances just about anywhere using a hi-rez mobile projection system. Projections can roam free outdoors or indoors with no need for cables or screens.
The technology allows performers to project animated images using portable projector systems as they walk among the public at a broad range of events. The performers manipulate the projected images live, encouraging audience interaction using media players, game controllers and Kinect sensor from Xbox.
And do you have plans to expand this?
We are excited about technology such as Pico projectors and the Raspberry Pi that will give us even more opportunities to play with portability. This tech is so light and so powerful that it can almost be sewn into the costumes of performers, which will allow intimate and exciting encounters with crowds.
We are currently on the lookout for performers for winter events, so people can get involved if they like what they see.
What’s been the biggest or most exciting WALKABOUT project so far?
WALKABOUT Projection was featured in Don’t Think, the 2012 film of a live performance by Chemical Brothers. The technology was used in a very clever way to take the visuals off stage and around festival.
What’s your favourite venue in London to work in and why? Do you prefer to perform in more confined areas or large cavernous clubs?
The beauty of WALKABOUT Projection means that it doesn’t matter what sort of space we have. We bring the projections to the people no matter how many are involved. What’s important is that there is enough room for interactivity. Small Pico projectors are used for smaller spaces while a larger, more powerful setup works great outdoors or large venues.
What inspires your animation style?
Projections by their nature need to bold and bright on dark surfaces. With WALKABOUT, it’s important that we use very colourful and bright projections to make sure that it works well indoors or outdoors.
Who are your most frequent collaborators?
VJ Hash will be performing additional WALKABOUT Projection at BREED 8, but we’ve done a lot of great work with Pikilipita and Nicola Saponaro (SapoLab), not forgetting of course Martin Wollerstam. Rafael Filomeno is in his final year studying interactive graphic design and he has been working closely with us.
We hear PRICKIMAGE is doing the visuals for Shoom’s 25th Anniversary Party- you must have something extra special up your sleeve for such a prestigious rave!
Danny Rampling is eager to combine the best of past, present and future both in terms of music and visuals. We are grabbing the chance to take advantage of the high ceiling, which allows for a large projection screen. We’re also dying to reference the rich back catalogue of imagery from the Shoom rave era. We’ll be taking advantage of the best of current technology, but do expect plenty of smiley faces!
What London club nights, besides the ones you work at(!) do you like to go to?
Tough one. I’m always chasing that experience I had when I first walked into Trailer Trash…
Can you talk us through the process that goes into performing WALKABOUT Projection live?
We have to get the more practical things such as lighting and surface sorted out and then we use a controller to bring the personality and character to the projections, treating them as puppets rather than flat animations. So, we might choose a game controller to add interactivity and fun, breathing life into the characters.
What is your preferred type of music to work alongside with?
There is no truth to the scurrilous rumours that I really love Norwegian folk trumpet….
Why do you think the Walkabout Projection will work well at Breed?
Rex is alive and chomping at the bit to get taken for a walk. He likes to explore and meet new pussies.
The crowd will be fun and up for innovative interaction with our furry friend. Rex’s owner has designed loads of amazing t-shirts and we will be bringing these designs to life on the ravers. We want the crowd to capture Rex’s adventures as they happen with photo and video so anyone who shares great footage or pics on the Facebook page will be in with a chance of bagging one of these exclusive t-shirts.
WALKABOUT Vs Pilikipita will be projecting onto walls, surfaces and even you this Friday 5th October at Breed #8 from 9pm – 4am.
Breed is back this weekend with electronic superstar Rex The Dog going back 2 back with partner in crime RUFUS&Bambi for some acid madness. As per usual, they’ve got a bonanza giveaway in the form of a brand new t-shirt design. This one, Dog Is A DJ, comes in both black and white and looks fit on both boys and girls and is absolutely free, just like entry to Dalston Superstore on the night.
We’ve also managed to get our mitts on this behind-the-scenes video from Rex showing the man himself hand-screenprinting the new tees….
And, in a show of even more generosity, he’s also sent us the latest Breed podcast featuring both himself and RUFUS&Bambi. Ideal to eliminate those midweek blues and get in the Friday mood early.
Breed #7 takes place this Friday 3rd August at Dalston Superstore from 9pm – 4am with Rex The Dog and RUFUS&Bambi in the lazer pit and Grizzle performing atop the bar upstairs.
Rex The Dog has been hard at work making sure this Friday’s Breed is even better than before. Not only are the latest batch of limited ‘Chien’ t-shirts that he’ll be giving away free already highly covetable, but he’s also slaved away to create a new kennel’s worth of special robo-rexes to hang from the Superstore ceiling!
With only days to go until the actual event, Rex has sent us his latest podcast, entitled ‘Neutralise The Dubstep’. He says:
“In this mix we used the TEAC A3340S reel to reel tape machine again and we made edits of Nero and Lana Del Rey, to make them weird and maybe interesting.”
1 Must Be The Feeling – Nero – Kill The Noise Remix (Rex’s reel to reel tape edit) 2 Pulse – Ntology – Polymath Remix 3 The Cave – Say Yes To Another Excess 4 Cicero Prism – Jaguar Trax – Original Mix 5 LaLaLaLaLa – Green Velvet presents Jamie Principle 6 Curling – Sykur – Database Remix 7 Flux – VCMG 8 Superimposer – Mason – Polymath Remix 9 Rave Weapon – Alex Metric 10 Blue Jeans – Lana Del Rey – Gesaffelstein Remix (Rex’s reel to reel tape edit)
Breed #5 takes place on Good Friday (6th April) from 9pm – 4am and is free all night but show up early if you’re keen for one of the t-shirts.
With the next Breed nearly upon us and coinciding with the Easter bank holiday weekend, it’s time to see the latest free t-shirts that Rex The Dog will be handing out to the first 50 lucky enough to lay claim to them. As usual each t-shirt is screen-printed by the Breed team and this time they’ve used American Apparel and given a choice of black or white!
Considering they look hot on both boys and girls, it’s worth following Rex on Twitter to get your paws on a voucher for a t-shirt to pick up on the day, but its worth bearing in mind it’ll be Good Friday, it’s a free event and the t-shirts are free on a first come first served basis so they go pretty quick!
For those away for the long weekend, the Chien tshirts will be on sale on Rex The Dog’s online shop.
Breed #5 will be Friday 6th April from 9pm – 4am with Rex The Dog, RUFUS&Bambi and Pleasure Cruiser.
With the last Breed over a month ago and a whole ‘nother month until the next one, we’re consoling ourselves over the wait with these ultra-cute snaps from February. Pretty girls, Robo Rexes, hot boys kissing, people having the best time ever and Breed residents Rex The Dog, RUFUS&Bambi and Pleasure Cruiser all behind the decks; what more could you want!
The next Breed will be at Dalston Superstore on Good Friday 6th April 9pm -4am. Make sure you follow Rex on Twitter to get a downloadable voucher for your chance to get one of his limited hand-made free t-shirts.
Tonight the basement sees the fourth installment of Rex The Dog’s Breed party. The Robo Rexes are in place and we’ve got a stack of free, limited edition ‘Just Dog It’ t-shirts to give away! It’s first-come-first served so download a voucher and get here early before they all get snapped up.
They’re hand-made by Rex The Dog himself, as he explains in the recent interview we did with him. And today we managed to get our paws on these exclusive behind-the-scenes pictures of the screen-printing process which saw him cutting out the letters by hand. That’s dedication to the cause!
Whilst we can’t provide the free clothing until you actually get here, we can provide a pre-party soundtrack to get you pumped beforehand. The latest Breed podcast, recorded by Rex whilst he was in Tokyo last week, is a total banger and, after some gentle persuasion we’ve even managed to get the tracklisting for you.
Jokers Of The Scene – Organized Zounds (Babe Rainbow Remix) Para One – Mother – (Mr Oizo Remix) N.Y House’n Authority – APT. 2A 101 Force – Ray Tracing Adonis – Cool & Dry Hannah Holland – Transexual Bass (Original Mix) Kiko – Ace Spectrum Petar Dundov – The Arch Jay Shepheard – Classic Reality Yazoo – State Farm – (Madhouse Remix) Daniel Maloso – Ritmo Especial
Tonight is totally free but get down early as it’s sure to be rammed!