The #Pleased First Birthday Bash sees two of Superstore’s favourites guests – both legends of the UK house scene in their own right – Jon Pleased Wimmin and Hifi Sean hit the laser basement for a mammoth birthday blowout! These two have a rap sheet that ranges from UK smash hit singles to DJing at parties all over Europe and the US over the last few decades. We caught up to chat favourite parties of the past, house music inspiration and future projects!
Well, first and foremost, a happy birthday for your party is in order! What do you love about Pleased at Dalston Superstore?
JPW: There’s something about the place I just think really suits the night. It’s intimate enough to get a good connection with the crowd and has just the right amount of sleaze. Also there’s always a really good mix, which is what Pleased has always been about. Gay/Straight/Young/Old/Trendy/Hot Mess. It just works. I am really grateful that Kris (Chapman) pursued the idea of rebooting #Pleased at the venue and I’m so happy we have, with our original debonair warm-up resident DJ Paul Woods on board to boot!
You have both played at a huge variety of parties over the years – are there any clear standouts for you?
JPW: I must say that some of the gigs I have done in the last year have been up there with my all time favourites. The Cream reunion at Nation in Liverpool was off the scale in March and there’s a club in Cleethorpes (!) called Better Days that I did earlier this year which was a total riot. It feels like independent club nights are having a ‘moment’ again and I am very excited about that.
HS: Jeez, hard one! I think the last Folsom street in San Francisco party was pretty special for me as I kinda went of on one with the music and the crowd totally let me, which never usually happens with big party main floor weekend crowds of a few thousand people. I didn’t realise till after that I was basically playing a 6am afterhours back room set to a peak-time main floor but they totally loved it.?Also I love when myself and Severino go back to back like we have done at Superstore at many parties, it is such a great way to hear where both our heads are at with music at that specific time. Love that.
How have you watched the London gay party scene change over the years?
HS: God, big time! Genres splicing and throwing out everywhere, DIY ethics, pop up parties, all fresh underground vibes to breed new happening futures.
You have both released a fair bit of music yourselves as well as DJing at all kinds of different parties. What has been your proudest moment?
JPW: I am actually really enjoying the music that I’m making at the moment. I think age and experience is a great asset when it comes to focusing when working on projects. Also, the fact I went back to Uni in the noughties was really helpful. I used to start a project and then veer off in a thousand directions and never really end up doing what I set out to. I’m much more focused now and disciplined, which helps to get better results.
HS: I think I am like a big kid and proud of every piece of music before it’s released, even remixes I do for people. If I lose that little buzz and high that I get making and releasing this stuff then the party is over for me and I will stop.
If you had access to a time machine and could visit any dance floor anywhere/anywhen, where would want to go dancing?
JPW: I would love to go back to Kinky Gerlinky for a night – it was such a fun club and here’s been nothing like it since. It was very uncontrived and organic in its hedonism and fabulousness. The party-goers, DJs, promoters and performers were all one big equal cast.
HS: Well I am lucky to say I have danced to Vasquez many times at Sound Factory and Rauhoffer at The Roxy both in NYC when living there on and off in the nineties, but for me it was Jackie 60’s in the meat-packing district in that city for its sheer trashy, could-not-give-a-fuck crowd, no pretentions, just people thinking they were their own nightclub superstars for that evening. Some amazing characters were bred from that scene, so yeah, I would not mind a night back there again and ending up at Save The Robots afterhours afterwards.
If you had to choose one track that cemented your love for house music, what would it be?
JPW: Theme from S’express.
HS: Ouch, that is a hard one! But one track I never seem to cease loving is Liberty City – If You Really Want Somebody. That vocal kills me every time.
Oh yeah, and Dark Mountain Group – Lose Control – likely the sexiest house record ever made in my books.
What has been your favourite musical collaboration?
JPW: My friend Susy K is a great singer who I studied with and since Uni she has provided vocals for a lot of my tracks. She also performs every week at my Church of High Kicks party in Edinburgh…she’s ace.
HS: Funny you should say this as I have just literally finished an album collaborating with some of my fave voices and musicians in my record collection. It is the first proper album I have made in 15 years. I don’t want to give away too much right now as it won’t be out till Spring 2016 but out of the 12 people on the album there is one man I have had the luck to work with twice over the years and that is Bootsy Collins. He is such a bloody gentleman and I adore him – amazing mind, vocals and musician. And for him to turn to me when we had finished the track and say, ‘You got the funk Sean,’ well that’s all you need really in life isn’t it?
Join Jon Pleased Wimmin and Hifi Sean this Friday, 4 September at #Pleased: the First Birthday at Dalston Superstore from 9pm-3am.