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Bottom Heavy

On Saturday, the Laurel and Hardy of Dalston and legendary DJ’s, Dan Beaumont & Wes Baggaley,  are joining forces to get you all bumping and thumping to some deep homosexual house with their brand new night: Bottom Heavy! Having both been prominent figures in London’s queer nightlife for over a decade and played some of the most infamous parties around the globe including The NYC Downlow, we are pretty sure that these two bottoms know how to throw a TOP party.

Despite their quite sickening resumés and having been pals for years, its actually the first time they’ve collaborated together! Don’t worry huns, this isn’t the only venture for the duo. Later in the year, Dan and Wes will be playing back-to-back at Farr festival alongside Prosumer, Tama Sumo and Lakuti! 

To get you lubed up and prepared for Bottom Heavy, Dan and Wes had a little chinwag amongst themselves! Read on to find out what these two legends think about the state of London’s LGBTQ+ Nightlife, their most played records and whats on the horizon for them both!

 Dan: Can you remember the point in your life that house music grabbed you?

Wes: I do actually. I was still at school and too young to go clubbing but I remember when Steve Silk Hurley’ ‘Jack Your Body’ and Raze ‘Break For Love’ were in the UK charts and on Top of the Pops. I remember the video for ‘Jack Your Body’ having a bucking bronco in it. Then there was the whole acid house /rave thing in the tabloids. I became mesmerised by it. I used to buy 7-inch singles every week with my pocket money from being really young and I remember buying ‘Jack Your Body’, ‘Love Can’t Turn Around’ and Inner City ‘Good Life’ on 7inch. The first house music 12 inch I bought was Lil Louis ‘French Kiss’ in 1989/90 which I still have and still play.

Dan: I remember all those weird cartoon videos they threw together for those Chicago house records that became hits. Also remember thinking ‘who is Steve Silk Hurley and why isn’t he in his video?’ Then I got totally obsessed with Betty Boo.  

Wes: What inspired you to open Dalston Superstore? 

Dan: I met Matt and other Dan (DSS co-owners) when they were running Trailer Trash, and I was doing a party called Disco Bloodbath. As promoters, we often had problems with venues, and talked a lot about starting our own. Eventually we began looking in earnest and around 2008 we found the site that became Superstore. It had been empty for a couple of years before we found it. We just wanted to create a space where the people who came to our parties would feel at home, where the music, drinks and food were all good and our friends could be themselves.

Dan: What sounds are you looking for when you go shopping for records to play out? What are you trying to communicate through DJing?

Wes: That’s a tough one. I like a really wide range of different music and play various styles but when I’m looking for sort of functional dancefloor records I tend to be drawn to quite energetic stuff with lots of percussion. I’m a massive fan of the old Cajual, Relief and Dance Mania Records and always tend to gravitate towards that type of jacking type sound. I also like disco and I’m a sucker for a disco sample but I don’t like playing the same sound all night. I just tend to play what feels right at the time, could be soulful, disco, acid, techno, hypnotic deep stuff, jazzy stuff, ravey breaks type stuff, broken beat, African percussion.

Wes: You’re partly responsible for some of the best LGBTQ+ parties around at the moment including my favourite, Chapter 10. What are your thoughts on LGBTQ+ clubbing in London at the moment, especially with a lot of venue closures in the last 5 years? 

Dan: I personally think that LGBTQ+ clubbing is very inspiring right now. Adonis, Discosodoma, Homodrop, PDA, Femmetopia, Gay Garage and loads of others are all pushing underground queer music and culture to new places. Unfortunately the gay scene is still affected by misogyny, internalised homophobia, body shaming, transphobia and masculine bullshit, but it seems like more interesting voices are starting to come through, which means more creativity and more talent steering queer clubbing. Also it’s exciting to see groups like Friends of the Joiners Arms, Resis’Dance, and London  LGBTQ+ Community Centre (all rooted in queer dancefloors) disrupting the status quo.

Chapter 10 Dan

Dan: What do you think are the positives and negatives of LGBTQ+ clubs right now?

Wes: I also think it’s a very good time for LGBTQ+ clubbing at the moment. In spite of a lot of the recent venue closures there are great nights popping up in non LGBTQ+ clubs. Seems to be a sort of creative DIY culture happening which is great. There same is happening in other cities like Manchester with great nights like Meat Free at the White Hotel and Kiss Me Again at the Soup Kitchen. There’s some great music events and brilliant cabaret stuff going on at the likes of The Glory and The RVT. As you mentioned, the internalised homophobia, transphobia and misogyny needs to be addressed. A lot of the fetish venues have closed down and some of the bigger LGBTQ+ fetish nights in London are struggling to get venues. I do think this is a vital part of the culture that is dwindling. I reckon we need a LGBTQ+ fetish rave with good music. 

Dan: Good point about all the amazing queer parties outside of London!

Wes: Can you tell me some of your favourite producers and record labels at the moment?

Dan: Labels: Lionoil, Let’s Go Swimming, Lobster Theramin, E-Beamz/Hothaus/UTTU, Not An Animal, Ransom Note, Sound Signature, Stillove4music, Dolly, The Corner, Work Them, Mistress. Producers: Telfort, Powder, Mr Tophat & Art Alfie, Jay Duncan, Midland, Jonny Rock, LB Dub Corp, Stephen Brown, Garrett David, Steffi, rRoxymore, Pariah, and everything Luke Solomon touches. Loads more that I’ve forgotten!

 

 Dan: I love it when you find a record that you know intimately from the first bar to the outro, and it does a really long stint in your bag. What are your most played records over the past couple of years?

Wes: I’ve got a few of them. I’d say my absolutely most played record is Braxton Holmes and Mark Grant –The Revival on Cajual, which has never left my bag in 20 years. I actually need to replace it because I’ve almost worn it out. Also the Maurice Fulton Syclops ones, Where’s Jason’s K, Jump Bugs and Sarah’s E With Extra P are go to tracks but luckily he’s just released another album of gems. The man’s a genius. There’s Kinshasa Anthem by Philou Lozolo on Lumberjacks in Hell that came out a couple of years ago that I’ve played a lot, and then there’s that Danny Tenaglia remix of Janet Jackson – The Pleasure Principle that I’ve owned for many years but didn’t know what it was until I heard you play it at Phonox haha

Dan: I’ve totally stolen The Revival off you. It’s pure magic.

Russia Wes

Wes: Tell us a bit about the idea behind Bottom Heavy. What can we expect?

Dan: The main idea is so we can play together all night and I can steel your tunes! Whenever I’ve heard you play, I can hear a sound in between all your records, a sort of energy that I’m always searching for myself. It’s hard to describe, but it exists in the space between that jacking Chicago sound, leftfield Detroit stuff and tribal New York tracks. Plus also jazz, afro, techno, electro and disco elements. As we mentioned earlier, here are loads of great gay nights popping off, but I think what’s missing is a really great HOUSE all-nighter that joins the dots between all those sounds. 

Wes: Haha! Well there’ll be a lot of tune stealing going on because I’ve been known to have a sneaky peek through your bag as well. 

 Dan: Back to your earlier point about Fetish nights. Why are they important to the gay scene? Are there any you remember particularly fondly? If you were to throw a fetish party, what would the vibe be?

Wes: With the fetish thing I thing it’s important to have those spaces where you can dress up and sort of act out your fantasies and do whatever you want within reason. I’m actually not massive into the sexual side of it myself believe it or not, but I do like the spectacle of the whole thing and the dressing up and the fact people are free to express themselves sexually at those nights without judgement. Sadly a lot of the fetish nights are also men only parties that go hand in hand with the whole gay misogyny thing. 

 A few years ago me and my friend Lucious Flajore put on a fetish night at The Hoist which is now closed. The night was open to everybody, gay, bi, trans, heterosexual men and women. The soundtrack was dark disco, slow brooding techno and weird electronics in one room where we also had alternative cabaret and showed art house horror movies and in the other lighter room we played disco and showed John Waters films. 

 The atmosphere was great but we had problems with the sound and there was no dancefloor to speak of then the venue closed. We also had a problem with heterosexual men complaining about gays (I know right? At the Hoist!). I am actually thinking about re-launching the party at a new venue and putting in a good sound system but making it more LGBTQ+ focused and making sure people know that women and trans people are more than welcome 

Dan: That sounds amazing. You need to make it happen!

Dan: OK last one from me. Who is your biggest DJ influence?

Wes: That’s really tough but I have to say Derrick Carter. I first heard him play in about 1995 and became obsessed. I loved the way he seemed to mix different styles with ease and mix the records for ages.

Dan: I used to go to his Classic residency at The End religiously, and would always try and describe tunes that Derrick played to people in record shops the following week. I never had any luck. I was probably trying to describe about three records being played at the same time.

Wes: And for my last one I’m going to fire that question back at you and also ask if you have any music coming out soon?

Dan: I’ve got a bunch of music nearly finished that I need to sort out. I’m going to lock myself away and do that. Arranging tracks does my nut in. 


 Catch Dan & Wes at Bottom Heavy Saturday 23rd June 9pm-3am at Dalston Superstore!

Superstore & Voodoo Ray’s at Glastonbury

We are honoured to back at Glastonbury this year! The Superstore crew take over the Downlow Radio room on Saturday night – expect festival pumpers from Hannah Holland, Josh Caffe, The Lovely Jonjo and Mikki Most.
 
Also in the Downlow over the weekend you can catch Berghain residents Tama Sumo, ND_baumecker, a Frankie Knuckles tribute from David Morales, Luke Solomon, Danny Krivit, Seth Troxler, Jovonn, James Hillard, Luke Howard, Grizzle and loads more.
 
Luke Howard at Glastonbury
 
In case you were wondering the NYC Downlow is the wold’s only travelling gay disco and we think it’s probably the best place in the entire world.
 
If that wasn’t enough, our pizza sisters at Voodoo Ray’s are bringing down their brand new trailer and setting up shop in the Block9 field (right next to The Downlow). ALL your pizza needs will be fulfilled, in fact over the weekend the chefs will be making pizzas until 7am to refuel you and keep your hangover at bay. 
 
VDR at Field Day
 
Dalston Superstore at the NYC Downlow
Hannah Holland, The Lovely Jonjo, Josh Caffe, Mikki Most
Saturday night in the Downlow Radio room, Block9
 
Josh Caffe and The Lovely Jonjo at Glasto
 
Voodoo Ray’s at Block 9
–       Wednesday 19:00-03:30
–       Thursday 15:00-04:00
–       Friday 15:00-07:00
–       Saturday 15:00-07:00
–       Sunday 15:00-07:00
–       Monday 10:00-16:00
 
VDR trailer at night
 
Join us this weekend in the Block9 Field at Glastonbury Festival, Pilton, Somerset.

Lakuti

Down at our sister venue Dance Tunnel, they’re putting on a special post-Christmas/pre-NYE party featuring two amazing ladies, Tama Sumo AND Lakuti, playing records all night long. Whilst the Berlin based couple play regularly together they are equally formidable apart. 

Lakuti, born and raised in apartheid-era South Africa, and a former resident of London, has many faces within dance music, having run parties, a record label, DJs, now running her own agency and has even been known to sing. We caught up with her ahead of her set to find out more about her vibrant upbringing, gay clubs in South Africa and more…

You’re well known for your techno parties cum record label Süd Electronic, that you ran with Portable. Did you strive for a family type feel within both branches?

The parties covered a wide spectrum musically, from techno to house to minimal and more experimental edges. The basis for Süd was basically to try and highlight new music .

When Portable left the UK in the early years of us running the party, I took on the challenge to do the parties on my own. Bringing people together from all walks of life was at the very core of how I ran them, even down to the DJ’s and live acts booked.

It was important to me to invite people who shared the same vision and outlook, and saw their contribution at the party as an ongoing collaboration rather than just an ‘in and out – – bang my job is done’ approach. It was important for me that people of all genders, race and sexual orientation felt welcome and that this was their party.

The parties in particular ran here in London for about 11 years. To what do you attribute it’s long-running success in a city that is quite tough with competition?

There was nothing too complicated really, and I never went in with an intention of doing a massive party in the sense of conquering the world. I put my heart and soul into trying to offer an oasis for myself and like minded people. That is all.

How did you find living in London, and what made you want to leave?

I will always view London as my home. I absolutely adore the city and it’s people. London is the most diverse city in the world and this is what makes the city so incredibly special. the negatives though, were eventually too hard to ignore. After 15 years of having lived in the city, those negatives became more and more impossible to ignore .

This is not a city that allows you any breathing space. People often have to run around often doing several jobs just to pay the rent. The politics and the political establishment is also a huge factor in deciding to leave the city. They are taking everyone back to the dark ages. Their disdain for the poor truly saddens me. And they are running the country to the ground as far as I can see. I recently saw a survey which showed London to rank lower than Johannesburg, Warsaw and many more other cities when it came to quality of life.

You’re married to Tama Sumo… can you sum up for us why it is important to strive for marriage equality?

I personally do not believe in the institution of marriage. My belief is that government has no business in anyone’s bedroom. We have all seen time and time again how governments use marriage to penalize those that choose to leave their lives differently. Yes, on paper most countries are now opting to give rights of marriage or civil partnership to the LGBTIQ community but if you look at the small print, what is being offered is not good enough. There are still great disparities when it comes to the rights offered to heterosexual couples as opposed to LGBTIQ partnerships. For example the tax breaks given to heterosexual couples in most countries are not the same to what is offered to people in civil partnerships.

I do not want to be a pawn to the state and I can’t help but think that we are selling ourselves short in believing that marriage equality will bring us meaningful and lasting equal rights. I have the utmost respect for those who choose this path and they find meaning in it. On a personal note, I could not be any happier to be in a partnership with such a great human who has so much time and so much love to give.

You guys DJ together quite a lot, how do you think you’re about to work so well together (where most couples would drive each other mental)?

We do drive each other mental sometimes, hehehe. But I guess that is part of life. We have so much in common and we share a huge passion for music, we make each other laugh and share a common basis as to what is important in life. These are for me the ingredients that keep us going and keeps everything exciting and magical.

You also run an agency, Uzuri, which means “beauty” in Swahili. What drove you to set up your own agency and what was the inspiration behind the name?

It happened by chance really, that I encountered a USA based DJ that needed an agent and I thought about it, and thought that it was a challenge enough and an aspect within the workings of the music industry that I had not explored. All part of learning I guess, and I do love a challenge!

What kind of influence do you think growing up in South Africa has had on the vast musical output you are, and have been, involved in?

South Africa is my birth country and my roots are there, and therefore it has shaped me as a person. South Africa, in particular Johannesburg, had a thriving clubbing culture back in the early nineties and some of my most memorable going out experiences were in Johannesburg. 

My grandmother was a Shebeen Queen back in the ’50s in Sophiatown. I grew up listening to her stories with great interest about how she ran her shebeen. It was a jazz shebeen and people such as the great, late penny whistler Kippie Moeketsi used to drink there. The great poet and writer Don Mattera too. So my grandmother is truly the person responsible for making me want to put on parties. I can never thank her enough and wish she was still alive and was able to give her seal of approval.

And what about your family? Music was obviously a big part of your life with your grandfather being a double bass player…

My family were all music lovers. There was always music in the home. My mom used to collect soul, funk and disco; Barry Whites, Ashford and Simpson, Isaac Hayes, Curtis Mayfield, Betty Wright, Mahalia Jackson and much more.

She used to hide her records in a suitcase on top of the wardrobe. My grandfather was an avid jazz collector. Sundays were dedicated to a bottle of VO Martell brandy and him cleaning and listening to his records. We had a lot of discussions and arguments as Sunday was my day for listening to the top 40. With age I am so grateful to both my mom and grandfather for giving me the foundations for appreciating music.

You studied law at university in SA before moving to the UK- do you think that’s what helped you have such a broad and successful career in the dance music industry?

I did go to law school and I also went to film school briefly. It does help to have some basics as you do deal with a lot of legal documents on a day-to-day basis, so learning about how these things operate is certainly an advantage.

Although personally, I never did see myself as being part of a greater music industry and there are a lot of things within the industry that I do not approve of.

What were your favourite gay clubs in SA at the time? And what’s the gay scene like there now?

The club that really kicked things open for me after leaving home and in my 1st year of university was Mrs Henderson’s with DJ Nuno. The club was beautiful. A ballroom type of place. And Nuno was great, playing great music. Then came Idols, then Embassy. Embassy was the club to go to if you loved house music. Stuart, the DJ, was really one of the best DJ’s the country had to offer. He knew his regulars and just knew when to play the tunes that individually got us going.

Finally, you are the vocalist on Portable’s track Deeper Love… is singing something you want to do more of or is it something only a best friend could coax out of you?

I would never call myself a singer. Now and again, I will sing for friends but singing is definitely not something I view as a career path for me!

Join Lakuti at Dance Tunnel Presents Tama Sumo on Saturday 28th December from 10pm – 3am at Dance Tunnel.

Five Minutes With Dave Kendrick

Dave Kendrick returns to Superstore this Saturday with a Macho City dream team in tow, consisting of himself, Severino and Charlie Porter. The three of them takeover the top bar for our second Classic Records party, whilst the laser basement plays host to Classic boss Luke Solomon, Chris Duckenfield and Dan Beaumont!

We spoke to Dave ahead of tomorrow’s party to find out all the latest updates in Macho…

What is currently on repeat on your stereo?

I’ve dug out Daft Punk’s – Homework again for obvs reasons. It’s still as berserk as ever.

I’m also listening to a radio recording of the Paradise Garage 2nd Birthday Party with Larry Levan in the mix.

Tell us the Man Of Macho for 2013!

Ron Swanson from Parks & Recreation! He’s the ultimate Man of Macho. He loves Meat! And Hunting! He’s Hot!

Ron Swanson Man Of Macho 2013 

What are your favourite defunct nights of London- what would you resurrect given the chance?

Garage at Heaven, Queer Nation at the Gardening Club and The Cock!

Best DJ set you’ve seen or heard recently?

Tama Sumo at Dance Tunnel was by far was the most inspiring set I’ve heard in ages. She was like an artist, playing B side vinyl jams, weird drum tracks, Chicago and Detroit oddities. The place went crazy.

Who is your ultimate Macho City icon?

Giorgio Moroder by a mile.

Giorgio Moroder Macho City Icon

Why should everyone support same sex marriage?

Because they’re fabulous. Gay weddings should be enforced by law, for everyone.

With Dalston having been bathed in sunshine this week- what is your go-to summer music to play out?

House Music!

Join Dave for the Macho City top bar takeover at Classic X Superstore #2 this Saturday 27th April from 9pm – 4am

Dance Tunnel

Just down the road (and allegedly via a secret disco underground tunnel) lies our new sister night club Dance Tunnel, underneath your favourite pizza spot Voodoo Ray’s.

As well as hosting joint parties with our friends Disco Bloodbath, Thunder, Kristina Records and more, Dance Tunnel will also be holding its own special nights with a strong emphasis on leftfield house, disco and techno. This weekend sees their party with our very own Dan Beaumont, Kristina Records’s Jason Spinks *and* enigmatic trio ItaloJohnson which is set to cause a roadblock all the way down Kingsland High Street followed by the incredible Tama Sumo the weekend after with Macho City’s Dave Kendrick in support.

Easter is no exception, kicking off with Bicep x Underground Paris, taking in Innerspace Halflife live and Gerd Janson along the way, before finishing off with NTS Radio co-horts on Sunday for Nonsense. And even more parties over the next few months featuring Big Names like Mark E, Tim Sweeney and Lawrence.

Ahead of next week’s party with Tama Sumo, we managed to get our mitts on this hot mix from Mister Dave Kendrick, not that we needed much more excitement for what is sure to be a bangin’ night!

 

Dance Tunnel Mix 001 // Dave Kendrick by Dance Tunnel on Mixcloud

 

Join Dave Kendrick at Dance Tunnel Presents Tama Sumo on Saturday 23rd March from 10pm – 3am.