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Wet Dreams

With our regular Friday night top deck disco Nancy’s bringing you our favourite DJs week in and week out for a while now, we thought it was high time to get to know the Nancy’s residents a little better. And what better way to understand someone, to look into their soul, than to find out who their first embarrassing teenage crush was! Without further ado, may we present a slightly cringey trip down memory lane…

HIFI SEAN

Clare Grogan from Altered Images

“My teenage crush was Clare Grogan from Altered Images. BUT at around the age of 16/17 I was at a house party in Glasgow with mates in bands , you know that kinda thing standing quite innocently in the hallway chatting and the toilet door burst open and Clare pops her head out and asks some girls quite loudly, “Anyone got a spare tampon ?” I Could Be Happy never ever sounded the same since that day.”

JOHN SIZZLE

Tom Selleck

“I think I was in love with John Travolta for a bit… I had a life-sized poster of him on my bedroom door in that shorts and t-shirt  look from Grease… it was a very innocent affair. But once puberty hit I WANTED a Magnum’d Tom Selleck so bad. I wanted him inside me…. you know what I’m saying. I wanted to stuff all of him, deep inside me. Fuck love. This was serious man-lust. If I married him I’d deffo take his name. John Selleck is such a hot porno name, no?”

JEFFREY HINTON

Chris Packham

“One that has stuck is Chris Packham when he presented The Really Wild Show on TV with a bleached blond flick (my favourite rent boy look). I used to go all gooey. The thing is that crush is still going as I still fancy him, plus his knowledge of nature makes him even more sexy to me. Do you think anyone can introduce me??? Probably ruin it if I actually meet him…”
 
JOHNNY KALIFORNIA
 
Bobby Ewing
 
“My earliest crushes definitely came from soapland – particularly the US soaps like Dallas and Dynasty. My most intense soap crush was Bobby Ewing (Patrick Duffy) in Dallas. He was a TOTAL HUNK in my eyes – that chest, those arms, those eyes… My mum would always record the soaps on VHS, but it was usually me that would re-watch again and again. I wore down the VHS tape on a few occasions, including his big comeback in THAT shower scene – I’d always imagine him inviting me in…”
 
 
 
“My next memorable teenage crush (post-George Michael) was Jason Donovan – for some reason, the sleeve of his single Every Day still sticks in my head. At that time, my bedroom walls were monopolised by Madonna posters and nothing else, but when I was alone in the house, I would sometimes cover them up with posters of Jason and others, and enjoy my room the way I wished it could be all the time.”
 
THE LOVELY JONJO
 

Christian Slater

“Christian Slater in Heathers and yes I may have had posters from Big mag on my wall and yes I may have sent him a love letter……….

AND yes the sight of Christian Slater in Name Of The Rose VHS got a bit worn out in a certain scene……

So along with all my Big magazines and huge sticker collection was Rob Lowe’s jock strapped ass in Ice Hockey movie, which made me feel very odd watching with my Granddad. My crush of crushes though was Corey Haim in License To Drive… SWOON.”

 

LUKE HOWARD 

Robin Campbell from UB40

“Robin Campbell from UB40. I went to see them at Sheffield City Hall in 1981 and I think he was wearing Farah slacks and a Gabicci shirt. Someone from the support band snogged my sister so it was more than my early adolescent hormones could take!”

MARTYN FITZGERALD

Nathan Moore

“Nathan Moore from Brother Beyond.  When The Harder I Try came out I realised I was a massive mo, no arguing.  I even styled myself on his look in the video for the summer of ’88.  (Cringe.)  I almost booked him for Carpet Burn years ago. He was super sweet but I cancelled as thought the set would be on the thin side…  and I found out he was married.”

Join us in the top bar every Friday for Nancy’s, with Martyn Fitzgerald and Discosmack on duty tomorrow night Friay 27th June from 9pm – 3am with Abattoir in the laser basement.

 

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.

Ego Rodriguez

This Friday we welcome a brand new art exhibition, MACHO, to the walls of Dalston Superstore. Straight from the mind of the fabulously talented Ego Rodriguez, the show features his amazing illustrations of handsome men. Following on from the private view, we roll straight into a two-floor Mega Nancy’s, the night which Ego also designs the posters for! Taking to the decks will be Nancy’s residents Hifi Sean, Jeffrey Hinton, The Lovely Jonjo, Johnny Kalifornia, Pep Sanchez and Will Viper with the usual blend of pop, disco, house, soul and more.

Ahead of the private view and party, we caught up with Ego to find out more about the inspiration behind MACHO…

Do you use real models for life drawing for your pieces?

I use sometimes pictures for sketches or get ideas, as a reference and to practice of course.

In this particular case with MACHO, they are all inspired and penciled from images in Playgirl from the late ‘70s to ‘80s. I have made changes to them, because faces were hard to see in the old scans and in order to play around as well with the negative space and composition overall.

And what do you look for in a model?

I feel attracted to people that look like I could have drawn them myself, exaggerated features, like a comic character, I like strong personalities, big eyes, eyebrows! Noses!

Where in the world do you find the most macho men?

Sadly I think in the current times, in far too many places. We need the alpha male to turn the knob down a bit, and move on from old, ignorant, dated mentalities.

Which artists who depict the male form do you find inspiring?

Stefano Canulli is my greatest crush when it comes to illustration, so it’s his male figure. Henry Scott Tuke, Egon Schiele, Von Stuck also… And I love contemporary cartoony artist like J.Bone and Glen Hanson.

Stefano Canulli

If you had a time-machine and could go back to any dancefloor or party of any era (recent or event ancient) to hang out with the manliest men where and when would we be setting the timemachine dials to?

On my darkest hour it would be to some tribal, wild sacrifice in a top of a volcano or something similar, with drummers and people going crazy in trance.

In an lighter mood maybe some cool ballroom in the ‘20s, all dressed up to the nines, doing Charleston, decadence and spirits.

Do you prefer drawing men over everything else?

Actually I don’t. I’ve always had a weakness for drawing women; men were, for the most part, just a handbag for the characters I’ve drawn. But in the last few years I’ve turned towards drawing men.

Tell us about your background and training…

My parents were pretty arty themselves so my brother and I grew up in that environment, with lots of support, tools and education, so we both ended up on the field, he does comics I am more into illustration.

I never really studied in an art school for it, but I do practice a lot and continuously. I like to work with new ideas or projects that challenge me.

What can we expect from MACHO?

Hmmm, MACHO is my way to approach a broader audience, easily. The idea was to appeal to lots of people for different reasons. They are sexy, they are corny, they are bright and colourful, you shouldn’t expect too much, just enjoy them.

What influence does your Spanish roots have on your work?

That’s a hard one, because I moved away from there over 18 years now… I guess temperament? Energy somehow, I know it’s a bit cliché, but with the distance I can tell as a country everybody is quite nervous, shaky and intense.

And I do carry that with me and it goes into what I do.

The Nancy’s posters have a different feel from the MACHO work… what informs their style?

As much as I like to evolve or create based on previous work, when something is a project per se, like MACHO I don’t like to replicate it in other forms. With Nancy’s the idea was to build an identity for a club night too, the roots and inspiration are similar, the retro soul, the hair, the ambiguity of sex, but the  Nancy’s posters should speak of a club. Which is why the colours and lines are brighter, the figures for Macho mean to be coated, plastic whereas Nancy’s seem to be having a disco light inside. They are playful, and animated. They tell us a story.

It’s Mega Nancy’s as well as MACHO. If you were taking to the decks as well, what would be your last song to play?

I would start with Meteor Man by Dee D Jackson and I will have to finish it with Donna Summer’s Last Dance.

Join Ego this Friday for the MACHO private view followed by Mega Nancy’s from 8pm – 3am at Dalston Superstore.

Macho

EGO RODRIGUEZ
DALSTON SUPERSTORE 117 KINGSLAND HIGH STREET E8 2PB
PRIVATE VIEW – FRIDAY 16TH MAY 7PM – LATE
EXHIBITION RUN – SATURDAY 17TH MAY – SUNDAY 10TH AUGUST 2014
CURATED BY – SASKIA WICKINS
ASSISTANT CURATOR – EMILY BRYSON

From the artist behind the spectacular Friday club night Nancy’s comes an exhibition that takes an ingenious illustrative spin on the characters featured on the centre pages of the 1970’s Playgirl magazine.

The MACHO series evolved from an idea of representing sexual elements within pop culture and commercials will hang from the rather appropriate walls of Dalston Superstore.

Bright colours, candy like gloss, simple lines and negative spaces. This body of work plays on the sense of masculinity portrayed in this era. The luminosity and playful cropping builds icons made of hair and a pansexual spirit.

Al, Hank, Ken, Lee, Dan, Frank, Ben and Matt will leave you wishing you could turn back time.

Ego Rodriguez, Spanish Illustrator, fascinated with the macabre, the uncommon and anything slightly left-of-centre was born in windswept Asturias, but has been living and working in London for the most part of the last 18 years. This will be Ego’s fifth exhibition, but the first time you will see this masculine collective in all their glory.

The opening night will coincide with an all singing all dancing classic Dalston Superstore Friday club night, Mega Nancy’s, with an extraordinary line up including Hifi Sean, The Lovely Jonjo, Jeffrey Hinton and Johnny Kalifonia.

For press enquires:
art@dalstonsuperstore.com
@galleryDSS

Happy 5th Birthday DSS

By Cliff Joannou / reprinted from QX Magazine with kind permission

Dalston Superstore put queer East on the map five years ago. With an incredible array of club nights, combining explosive DJs with the most mentalist drag queens and trannies, you don’t get more bang for your buck than a weekend at the ‘Superstore. Owners Mikki Most and Dan Beaumont plied Cliff Joannou with plenty of prosecco and told him just how they pull it all together every week…

CLIFF: Why is Dalston Superstore the dog’s bollocks?

DAN: Come down to our birthday next Sunday and we’ll show you…

You’re on. How has Dalston itself evolved over the past five years, and what impact has the ‘Superstore had on the area…

DAN: When we started out people thought we were crazy trying to open a gay bar in Dalston! 

MIKKI: Yes, we were pretty much the first bar in the area, and certainly the first gay bar, so I think people thought we were mental. We’ve opened up a lot of doors in the area for people though, and it’s been amazing to be part of helping make Dalston more diverse. It’s been stressful at times but the booze helps!

How have you set it apart from other gay venues?

DAN: Music, booze, food and fun! You never know what to expect at the ‘Superstore. You could find Grizzle reenacting the Human Centipede on the bar – don’t ask! – and then pop downstairs for dance courtesy of some hot young DJ we’ve found in New York or Berlin.

MIKKI: Yes, we’ve always tried to push things a bit here and not just do the obvious stuff. We both ran clubs before [TrailerTrash and Disco Bloodbath] and putting on great DJs is fundamental. We’re open day and night, and I like the idea you can come for a decent cocktail and some food early evening and still be here at 4am in the morning dancing… There’s not too many places offering that in London.

For such an intimate club spot, you’ve had some very cool DJs jump at the chance to play there…

DAN: The best thing about programming your own discotheque is that you get to bring all your favourite DJs over to play. Highlights for us have been an amazing set from Prosumer in the early days, Erol Alkan dropping a disco set, the legendary David Morales playing for four hours, and multiple visits from people like Optimo, Horse Meat Disco, Chloé and Spencer Parker. Plus, our amazing residents – it wouldn’t be the same without Hannah Holland, Borja Peña, the Little Gay Brother guys, Lovely Jonjo, Dave Kendrick, Jos Gibson and the Duchess of Pork et al.

MIKKI: Absolutely, we recently had the guys over from Members Club in Berlin for B(e)ast and the music was really amazing and fresh for London. It’s great to have the freedom to bring over international talent and introduce it to our scene over here.

And it’s the place to put a wig on it…

MIKKI: It’s part of what we are and to be honest all the best nights I can remember at ‘Superstore have involved wigs and heels flying around all over the place. So many of our regulars turn up in flats and leave in heels, it’s what gives the place its sparkle.

DAN: [Laughs] Yes, our bar very often gets mistaken for a stage by our bewigged regulars doesn’t it? We wouldn’t be the venue we are without the support of people like Jonny Woo, A Man To Pet, John Sizzle, Jacqui Potato and Glyn Famous. In fact we are still in awe of their talents… not to mention their ability to stage dive in heels on a Friday night without sustaining any injuries.

Dalston Superstore (117 Kingsland High St, E8 2PB) celebrates its 5th birthday over the May Bank Holiday weekend with the main party on Sunday 4th May.

Nancy’s

Nancy’s, a new Friday night of disco, pop, house and party bumps at Dalston Superstore featuring our new rotating cast of familiar fabulous residents!

Yes, it’s time to bring back the residents, those trusted DJs that can deliver the goods every week and know every inch of the club and the crowd like their own underpants. So we’re shaking things up at Superstore on Friday nights with new top deck disco Nancy’s, and welcoming back our favourite DJs to play week in, week out in the top deck disco. It’s going to be family vibes all the way as trusted DJs like The Lovely Jonjo, Jeffery Hinton, Martyn Fitzgerald, Grizzle (John Sizzle and A Man To Pet), HiFi Sean, Luke Howard, Johnny Kalifornia and Mikki Most play on rotation along with different hosts every week. 

Nancy’s launches on Friday 31st January with an extra special line-up consisting of the legendary HiFi Sean, Johnny Kalifornia and Trailer Trash’s very own Mikki Most!

Start as you mean to go on we say. Coming up this month we have…

Friday 7th Feb: Grizzle crash-land into Nancy’s top deck disco.
Friday 14th Feb: The Lovely Jonjo and Kim Jakobsen To do a double-ender.
Friday 21st Feb: Dream-team Luke Howard and Jeffrey Hinton takeover (with special guest host DARKWAH!)
Friday 28th February: HiFi Sean and Martyn Fitzgerald show those queens how it’s done.

It starts every week at 9pm and is FREE before 11pm /  £5 after

Join the Nancy’s Facebook group here for regular updates and join the Facebook event for the launch party here.

Illustration by Ego Rodriguez: egorodriguez.com

Up Yours!

Up Yours, the cheekily named side project from Horse Meat Disco’s Severino and HiFi Sean makes it way from the record to the club as they launch it as a brand new night at Dalston Superstore this weekend! They’ll go head to head in the newly refurbished basement, showcasing their combined passion for all things H.O.U.S.E. whilst upstairs special guests Feral is Kinky and The Lovely Jonjo (Hot Boy Dancing Spot) will be ramping up the party vibes!

Ahead of Saturday’s Superstore soiree, we asked HiFi Sean and Sev to interview each other! 

SEV asks HIFI SEAN…

Sev: When did you start DJing after your indie band experience?

Sean: I’ve kinda always dabbled in DJing even throughout The Soup Dragons; The High Fidelity days with little slots here and there but it was Record Playerz, a club I ran with Alan Miller (DJ Hush Puppy) back in 2000 for 6-7 year,s that I really got lost in beats and mixing skills.

Are you missing been in a band?

Sometimes I do, but I think that man inside and the creativity within will never leave me, and DJing fulfils that, but as you know we make records as Up Yours and I make my own too and that completely satisfies the artistic need within myself. 

Why “Up Yours?”

Because its a loaded phrase!

Are you making music apart from the Up Yours project?

Oh yeah, I’m doing a series of Hifi Sean ‘featuring’ another artist which will all start being released in 2013. So far I have recorded in Chicago with Celeda, and NYC with Fred Schneider from The B-52s, and I’ve got more planned too.

Plus I have ALWAYS promised that second Omnichord album by The High Fidelity 

Only 13 years between them but hey… been busy !

Are you looking forward to our Dalston Superstore gig?

Love that venue, so much natural and eclectic energy. Proper underground clubbing. Up Yours is gonna make that basement SWEAT.

HIFI SEAN asks SEV…

Sean: How long have you DJ’d for and how long have you lived in London?

Sev: I started DJing in my local disco club in Italy when I was 16 years old but I guess I wanted to be a DJ when I was 7…And I moved to London in 1997.

If you were to live anywhere else where would it be ?

OMG soo many places… NYC for the energy and similarity with London… Lisbon and Rome are both beautiful…Venice is my fave but maybe when I’ll be 60 ahahah! Paris too, and IBIZA as well. 

What for you makes the perfect house record ?

For me, it’s mainly the groove. It has to be something very sexy, and of course melody as well.

Dalston Superstore we both love , what makes it different from the other venues you /we play ?

Sexy basement with a fun DJ booth and great crowd. It’s super easy and very well mixed.

I’m in NYC at moment and it’s the weekend… Where should I go tonight ?

OMG my second home for nightlife. Definitely Vandam on Sunday. 11-11 on Friday. And Output in Brooklyn for the sound system and the experience of a big club.

New single The Devil EP is out now.

Join Severino and HiFi Sean at Up Yours this Saturday 2nd November at Dalston Superstore from 9pm – 3am.

The Queer Archive

In one week’s time a brand new night comes to Dalston Superstore: The Queer Archive. Editor and producer of the TQA Konstantinos is hosting the very first party as a fundraiser for Greek trans* artist and activist Paola Revenioti to secure funds to put on an exhibition of her work at the White Cubicle gallery. With a hot line-up featuring the likes of A Man To Pet, The Lovely Jonjo, RUFUS&Bambi and more, it’s set to be a FUN night of fundraising! We caught up with Konstantinos to find out more about his plans for The Queer Archive…

Why does London need The Queer Archive?

The Queer Archive is primarily a blog that showcases queer films and video art found on the internet. It is a selection of the best there is on offer, selected by a great list of contributors. Since it’s on the web, it can viewed by anybody anywhere and not just in London. The other side of The Queer Archive is production and curation of films and art exhibitions. Through our fundraising efforts we will be able to help filmmakers and artists to create and promote their work. There will be a whole series of The Queer Archive fundraising parties to help us fund these projects. At the moment our activities will mainly take place in London, but there are plans to go further afield in the future.  

Who are the key artists that inspire TQA?

There are so many queer artists and filmmakers around the world. There is so much to see but sometimes it’s difficult to remember and find the work online. The Queer Archive will make that easier and more accessible for viewers to watch what is out there.

What queer films- both short and feature length- should we be looking out for this winter?

I’m looking forward to Concussion by Stacie Passon.

Tell us about the first TQA fundraiser planned here at Dalston Superstore?

We are trying to raise money to put together the first UK exhibition of a great artist and activist Paola Revenioti. I know she’s got lots of fans in London so I hope they will all come and support us. The DJ list is very impressive. Holestar, The Lovely Jonjo, A Man To Pet, Hello Mozart, RUFUS&Bambi, Duchess Of Pork. They were all so happy to come and play. I am so very grateful and I’m sure it will be so much fun!

How did you put together the line-up for the party? Did you specificially reach out to queer DJs and performers who you feel align with the TQA ethos?

First of all I wanted both girls and boys to play. All of the DJs in the list play amazing music and people love them for that. And they’re all friends or people I’ve worked with in the past. It wasn’t my intention to only reach out to queer DJs, it just happens that I mostly know queer artists.

What can we expect from the night?

Great music and wild dancing!

Why is Paola Reveniotti an artist we should be supporting?

Paola has been a fighter for queer rights for decades and decades. She has created her work based on her instinct and love for life. And she has been fighting against the establishment through any means available to her. She published her anarchist queer fanzine in the ’80s, she organised the first gay pride in Athens funded by her own prostitution, she currently directs a series of great documentaries.

It is important to know our past and Paola is an important chapter in gay history. More people need to know about her, especially nowadays that history repeats itself and people make the same mistakes.

Where are the best places to find queer art in the capital?

Fringe Film Festival is one of them. We showcase the work of great queer artists, along with our program of films. The exhibition program lasts for approximately the whole month of April. The film program of the Tate Modern is very often queer oriented. Little Joe magazine hosts brilliant screenings of great queer films. In general there is queer art to be found in London in various places. But we need more, don’t we?

What was the last thing you read/saw/heard that moved you?

The Velvet Rage by Alan Downs.

Who else might we hope to see The Queer Archive highlighting in future?

I have some thoughts about the next project we will take on, but it’s very soon to tell.

Join Konstantinos for the very first fundraiser for The Queer Archive next Friday 27th September at Dalston Superstore from 9pm – 4am.

Borja Vs Jonjo

By Borja Peña

I have been following Hot Boy Dancing Spot’s The Lovely Jonjo since he used to play at Trash on Mondays at the sadly now gone club The End. I remember it like it was yesterday, his sets were always so unexpected, from the Yeah Yeah Yeahs to Kraftwerk; you couldn’t help but turn your head to the booth and wonder who was this DJ with blonde curls…. 

Well, almost ten years later I have finally booked him to play at B(e)ast and I couldn’t be more excited, but before the party on Saturday 1st of June, let’s find out more about Mr. Jonjo while we enjoy some sangrias in sunny Barcelona just in time for Primavera Sound…

Hey Jonjo, Primavera always has the reputation to book these bands that are largely unknown to the general public and then a year later everybody is talking about them… who are you looking forward to seeing the most at this festival, who do you think is the underdog?

Two bands that have really dividing people at the mo are The Knife and Savages, I have seen both but can’t wait to see them again. Saw Veronica Falls last night, proper British band; the drummer is amazing. Other bands I’m looking forward to, apart from Blur and Phoenix (swooon), are Tame Impala and Death Grips.

Amazing I really hope you make them part of your set!

I remember hearing you playing with Erol Alkan at Trash in the now disappeared The End. What are the clubs you miss the most in London and why?

God there are so many clubs that are no longer around that formed my teenage ears. Smashing at The Eve Club, Turnmills for Heavenly Social and of course Trade, Bagleys, and I used to love The Leisure Lounge when Popstars was there.

Your club Hot Boy Dancing Spot is now an institution, but if we talk about actual hot boys… who is your ultimate hottie?

Movie stars or pop stars don’t really do it for me. Lots of cute boys walking around here in Barcelona but the boy I’m seeing really is the hottest in my eyes hehe.

I’ve seen you play at some crazy nights… and days… but what is the weirdest thing that has happened to you while playing?

God so many weird things, a man got a bit gropey in Tel Aviv, a little bit forward. Apart from that just odd requests, Geri Haliwell asking for “black music” springs to mind, silly cow, Prince was playing.

You play so many styles but if you had to do a back to back and you could choose any DJ who would that be and what would be the track would you start your set with?

Apart from you Borja you mean hahaha! I’m a huge fan of KiNK and would love to be on same bill as him let alone back2back. I would probs open with anything by Daniel Maloso, all of his releases drive me crazy.

It was so great working in the studio with you and Tom Stephan and I love playing the track we made together! Are you working on other tracks at the moment?

I know right! So much fun working with you and Tom, our track The Birds goes mental on dancefloor. I just finished a edit for Moonlight Matters as well.

And totally random I know but… If you were a B(e)ast… which one would you be and why?

I know it’s a little Miss World but I would have to say a dolphin. Sunny sunny and smiley.

Join Borja and Jonjo in the basement at B(e)ast on Saturday 1st June from 9pm – 3am at Dalston Superstore.

How The Other Half Lives

This Saturday sees two of our favourite parties come to Superstore for an excellent team-up taking place over both floors. The basement plays host to Hot Boy Dancing Spot, where special guest Rory Phillips, fresh from a US tour that even took in a celebrated Beats In Space appearance, will join residents The Lovely Jonjo and Hello Mozart. Meanwhile, upstairs, vinyl-obsessives Drop The Needle return for another journey through the depths of their record bags.

We caught up with DTN guest Goncalo Pereira aka ZNTN from record label and mixtape series How The Other Half Lives to quiz him on all things wax ahead of the party…

Why the cassette tape limitations on the HTOHL mixtapes?

As I didn’t want people to try to use obvious dance music genres or edits I thought that referring to it as a mix-tape would help to put it in perspective. No mixing and a short amount of time will make people only get their favourites and not care if a track is easily mixable or not. Also making a reference to cassettes might bring back memories of old tapes. 

Is there much, or any, crossover with tracks that feature on them, to what you play out?

Depends on the night. It’s a great way to find new tracks and I’ve had a couple residencies that worked around the same sort of music selection and mixing style, but I’m mostly booked for more of a club type of night. I do try to mix it up a bit if it’s early enough and bring some weird gems through the night but I suppose this project is an outlet for music I don’t usually play out.
 
Which one do you find yourself coming back to more often that not?
 
I try to go over all of them every now and then and my best-of keeps on changing, I think some of them take a while to get to you. I’d suggest as a starting point the mix-tapes by Ivan Smagghe, Bennedict Bull’s four part mix-tape, Romain BNO, Scott Fraser, Justin Robertson, JD Twitch…
 
What can we look forward to on the record label for the rest of the year?
 
I just released a couple weeks ago a double 12” by The Draughtsman (Alex Egan), that includes six original tracks and remixes by Cosmo Vitelli, Tim Paris, Daniel Avery and Roman Flugel.

Currently I am working on release number four which includes a new project called Herman Brahns (Unlikely and Medlar) with remixes by Scott Fraser and DMX Krew.

Plus getting back on guest mix-tapes and more of my own original material.

What’s currently on your stereo?
 
Currently on my stereo or piled next to it are Office Of Future Plans, The Asphodells, Iron & Wine – Kiss Each Other Clean, Yo La Tengo – Fade, Macadam Mambo 003, Anthony Naples – Moscato, Rogue Edits 003.
 
What’s your favourite record store ever?
 
Embarrassed to pick favourites but I make a weekly visit to Rough Trade for my ‘rock’ collection and to Phonica for my ‘electronic’ collection. Kristina and Sounds Of The Universe are also unmissable. Back in Lisbon I’d pick Flur as a mandatory stop.
 
What was the last record you bought?
 
You can never buy just one and you can tell how divided I feel about my collection which prompted the mix-tape project.

Last week includes Crackboy – Crackwood, Doubleheart – Roots, Brassica – Temple Fortune, Jawbreaker/Jawbox split, Husker Du – Everything Falls Apart…

Why is wax still so important?
 
If you’re paying for something it has to count – I completely understand the necessity for digital for it’s portability and accessibility but digital-only releases are disposable. If you’re willing to release a vinyl record or to pay for one then there’s more effort involved and that will keep the quality on another level. The records you buy on vinyl will most likely be your favourites. Plus the obvious higher quality and amazing artwork! Having said that I love when albums come with voucher for digital.

 

Discogs or crate digging?

I have to say it’s usually Discogs, I do some digging but mostly trying to track down records I’ve missed or are out of print. There are also a lot of American labels that I admire which don’t seem to do particularly well in the UK so it’s impossible to find them in second-hand shops.

And what’s one track we can expect to hear from you at Drop The Needle?
 
Can I pick two? An upper and a downer?

Fader – Fortunate Alpha

Sophie – Nothing More To Say (Jackmaster Dub)

Join Goncalo in the top bar this Saturday 23rd February for Drop The Needle. Downstairs plays host to Hot Boy Dancing Spot with special guest Rory Phillips.

Jim Warboy: Next Stop Vauxton

Founder of hot clubnight SOS Jim Warboy sent us this roughly transcribed conversation he overheard on the number 55 bus. We’ll let him explain who he was listening to…

Jim: A TOWIE looking Vauxho queen talking at the speed of light – on an iPhone5, of course….

Y’alrite baaybes, just a quickie. Wanted to let you know that I’ve moved. I’m finally an East London Gay! Got myself an amaze place. Huge warehouse. Well I say huge, it’s been split up into loads of little bijou rooms, but you’ll never believe it, – only 800 quid a month. First place I saw and just grabbed it.

I’m sharing with some wicked people – couple of fashion students called Kasumi and Daisybell, a web designer, a photographer and a nutcase artist who makes things from rubbish he finds on the streets. It’s mental. Don’t get a minute’s peace.

I just love, love, LURVE this area. You know when I started coming here last year I was like, WOW, this is so amaze I just HAVE to live here. Let’s face it, the West End is just Sohover and I just had enough of Vauxhole after I saw that G-head collapse on the dancefloor – I mean, not another one!

When you come to visit I swear you’re gonna wanna live here. Everyone’s so cool. Girls hang out with guys. Guys hanging with girls. Yeah, for real! I even saw a girl snogging the beard off some trainwreck bloody tranny the other night. Hilare! So twenty twelve, sister.

Just bought myself a maje new top after I left the gym today. It’s a vest but not like a normal vest right. It’s like really old looking and really cool. Vintage baybee. Fierce. And only 45 quid. Yeah 45! Bargain!

Think I’m gonna wear it to a party my flatmates were talking about. It’s in a disused sewer or something. I know, sounds disgusting but all the best parties round here are in really fucking spesh places. The flyer’s just a black and white pic of this topless guy from an old porn film with a bulge that would make you gag. OMG, love to meet him on Grindr. Dutty, dutty, dutty! There’s even a couple of my fave DJs from Vauxhole playing. It’s all about the underground house, gurlfriend.

Actually, I went to a party the other day and this guy started drinking someone else’s bottle of water and ended up off his head. What a lightweight. GHB virgin babes – what are they like? Teach the bitch for swiping other people drinks. Uh huh, innit.

Did I tell you I’ve stopped waxing my chest? Yeah just shave it short now, au naturel oh el. It looks delish with my tan. Got the idea from one of the fag rags cos the guys looked so hot in the pics with it. Growing a little tache too. Honestly, even me mum wouldn’t recognise me now!

Listen, listen, you’ll never guess what. Remember your birthday when we were really pissed and that guy stole your bag on Charing Cross? I saw him down my road the other day AND I then saw him begging on Kingsland Road that night. Couldn’t believe it. It’s like he’s following me. Spoookeey

Oh baaybes, I feel like I haven’t let you get a word in edgeways. Some things never change. Anyway, gotta dash. It’s my stop. Vauxton.

Layterz

Join Jim for our Superstore Xmas Party this Friday 14 December from 9pm to late with Hannah Holland, The Lovely Jonjo, Jeffrey Hinton, Charlie Porter and Jacqui Potato.

Illustration credit: Piepke

Drums Of Death

Who better to headline Hot Boy Dancing Spot’s Halloween extravaganza than DRUMS OF DEATH! Some say he is a master of things that go bump in the night… Some say he is a master of all things H.O.U.S.E… Both are right! We asked him our spookiest questions and then twisted his arm with a Chinese burn until he made us this exclusive mix until we found out what’s scarier: his taste in music or his skull-face-paint!

What is the scariest record you own?

The chord changes in Art Decade on Low by David Bowie have always given me the fear and the early mad stuff by Steve Reich like Pendulum Music, while not exactly scary, I find rather unsettling.  Dance music though, no…  Even the stupid or mad stuff is still funky.

I don’t think club record is scary. some are pretty daft or funny… Like everyone else I have records that I’ve never played out.  Usually ridiculous techno that I can’t find the right time to play.

What is your idea of hell?

Pure boredom.

How does your Waves trilogy of EPs translate into the current A/V show you’re touring?

My current live show is all music from the Waves EP series and new album tracks. Music and visuals sync up and it’s a very immersive experience.  I’ll be playing some of those new things at the Halloween party.  I started off as being this raw, punky, energetic bassline and wonky house guy but I’ve really hit my stride now. My music is stripped back, I play synths live, no singing (I let others do that in the studio) and I let the music breathe. The new live show with or without the visuals is something I really proud of.  

What’s been the best show for it so far in terms of how it’s worked visually in the venue, how the crowd’s responded to it, the atmosphere…

The debut at this year’s Springfestival in Graz, Austria was amazing… it was the culmination of the all work from the start of the year and the first time seeing the whole thing in action.  Well, I didn’t actually see it as I was doing it, but my visual artists film the show and I’ve seen it. Very cool.  I’ve also done the show at Zouk in Singapore, Razzmatazz in Barcelona and other places. It’s been dope. Really a lot of fun. This is the beginning; we’ll scale it up for next summer. 

Here’s the clip of the debut show:

What’s your favourite Murk record and why?

It has to be an Oscar G solo joint. Reaching Up!  (Raw Vocal Mix) – The whole track is raw and rough… love it.

How did it feel to hear Azealia Banks’ vocal on your track?

It’s been great, she and I have been working on/off since last year and aside from the tracks on her mixtape I’m doing something on the album.  I’m working with a bunch of awesome artists right now, kind of easing into my role as a producer for other people.  I’m taking two weeks out from after Halloween to work on some new Drums Of Death album music.

Is the art of song-writing a lost art in dance music?

It depends on the song. It’s easy to load a piece of music with too much song. The key is stripping it back to the essentials. I don’t really think anyone does this well in the UK to a consistent level.  I love the Steffi record ‘Yours’, this is a prime example of pure hooky vocal and stripped back.  

What vocalist would you love to work with?

If it could be anyone from any time it would have to be those we’ve lost…  Gil Scott-Heron would be at the top of that list.

If you had a time-machine what dance floor would you visit?

I’d like to have gone to the Soundfactory or Music Box, though the privilege of hindsight means we ascribe a certain greater to value to those venues or parties but I’m not actually a retro-ist.  I think there’s so much good music now, we have better soundsystems and more expansive technology.  I love so much of house music but I don’t want to think that the best is behind us. I always want to be hit by something fresh.  Saying that, I’ll be DJing a ton of old jams at Dalston Superstore for Halloween… Ha Ha Ha.

Drums Of Death plays a DJ set at Hot Boy Dancing Spot next Saturday 27th October from 9pm – 4am with The Lovely Jonjo, Hello Mozart and a top bar takeover from Anal House Meltdown.