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Northern Soul Rave Patrol

This Saturday, we are thrilled to present the top floor debut of London house, disco and soul institution, Northern Soul Rave Patrol. Having played host to the likes of Andrew Weatherall, Sean Johnston and Doc Sleep over the past year, the Tusk crew have become synonymous with dark, deep, quality programming, and we can’t wait to see where they take us in 2018. Promoter and resident Ant C caught up with Chris Sweet and Will Nicol of Northern Soul Rave Patrol ahead of Saturday’s TUSK to chat London clubland, dream gigs, and record bag classics!

Hi guys! I hope you have been enjoying your Easter. Have you been out and about to any parties over the long weekend? What, where and who was playing?

CS: Yes, it’s been a big bank holiday weekend. Started with Jill Brook at our weekly Thursday night party Record Box at The Eagle, which is a vinyl only night playing Torch Song disco, sleaze/ morning music and hi-NRG, influenced by classic clubs like The Saint, Paradise Garage and Heaven. Then Patterns in Brighton on Saturday where Horse Meat Disco have a residency and then back to The Eagle for the packed HMD bank holiday party with Heidi Lawden over from LA – so lots of fun and good music.

WN: Went to see Gilles Peterson at Dreamland in Margate on Friday at the newly refurbished Hall By The Sea.  It’s an amazing venue – closest comparison would be the Box at Ministry but with a decent bar in the same space.  Some great tunes and we really enjoyed ourselves. Saturday I was DJing at Cinque Ports, again in Margate, which was fun although Johnny Henfry (Synth System Sisters) got me into all sorts of trouble!

Where did the idea for NSRP come from and how would you define your sound?

CS: About eight years ago we formed NSRP to reflect the music we loved and the scenes we had been into from soul to disco and house. It’s me, Will and Sean Leonard. We realised we had been friends since the mid eighties mod and Northern Soul scene and 100 Club. Then all got turned on in 1988-89 with the acid house and rave scene, inspired by the madness of Nude night at The Hacienda, Quadrant Park and Will at Shelleys. Plus amazing parties like Boys Own, Sign of the Times and NY house clubs like Body&Soul, Sound Factory and The Shelter through Sabresonic and up to A Love From Outer Space and Horse Meat Disco. All those clubs have soundtracked our lives and influenced us – we love house music but with some heart and soul and a dash of disco. 

If you could play any gig/party/venue anywhere in the world, past or present, where would it be and who would be on your ideal bill with you?

WN: Hacienda 1989 :-)

CS: Ha! That’s a hard one as if we had the nightclub time machine there are a lot of destinations we’d want to plug in… From Manchester’s Twisted Wheel or Wigan Casino or Blackpool Mecca for Northern Soul, to Chicago’s Warehouse to hear Frankie Knuckles or Ron Hardy, but probably the maestro Larry Levan at the Paradise Garage must be the place, to paraphrase Talking Heads.

London has seen a huge amount of change in clubs and clubbing over the past few years, with the closure of many venues. Is this all just part of a repeating cycle in line with current politics, or do you think London is really changing permanently this time?

WN: I think the whole UK club market has changed enormously in the last 15 years – I don’t think it’s just London.  The massive growth in festivals and kids looking for the “big event” rather than a weekly club to call their own, has caused a huge shift.  In London with the economics of gentrification this is multiplied. I think it’s a shame, but then I’m an old git!

CS: I think the relentless rise in house prices in London and redevelopment has led to the loss of so many clubs and music spaces, which squeezes the nightlife out of the city and prices people out. It seems a shame London is becoming a bit sanitised like New York, unlike Berlin. That’s why it is so important for key venues like Dalston Superstore and The Eagle that support quality music and are welcoming spaces. 

WN: London is a versatile and ever changing city, so it will adapt or mutate and re-emerge like dance music culture has over the decades. As Kerri Chandler said, really you just need a red light, a basement and music with feeling – we know Dalston Superstore and TUSK tick all those boxes!

What is one track that never leaves your record bag, and one new one that excites you right now?

CS: A total classic would be The Night Writers – Let the Music Use You (Frankie Knuckles mix).

Lots of great recent music but two that I love and have that emotional content of electronic music with soul would be The Black Madonna – We Still Believe. 

and Sophie Lloyd feat Dames Brown – Calling Out.

WN: Soul classic: Ann Sexton – You’ve Been Gone Too Long.

Modern: HiFi Sean & David McAlmont – Transparent.  Sean’s a friend of both of us and he’s in a rich vein of form right now.  This is a Record Store Day exclusive we’ll definitely be playing it at TUSK.

Catch Northern Soul Rave Patrol’s bar takeover at TUSK on Saturday 07 April from 9pm-3am at Dalston Superstore!

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Tusk Turns Three!

This February sees an important anniversary of one of our favourite parties, Tusk! Promoters Ant C, James Baillie and Chris Camplin have been bringing over some of Europe’s most impressive underground electronic music talent to our lazer basement for three years now! With previous guests including Andrew Weatherall, Craig Richards and Doc Sleep, we can’t wait to see what they have planned for 2018. They’re kicking it all off with Ostgut Ton legend and Dalston Superstore favourite Prosumer! We caught up with the boys to chat past highlights, favourite club nights and 

You guys have been throwing your TUSK night at Superstore for three years now! That’s awesome, happy anniversary! How did the three of you meet and start promoting together? 

Ant C (AC): Thanks! Time sure has flown. It’s been a lot of fun. Thanks for having us! I’ve known the boys socially for years from out an about around London.

Chris Camplin (CC): Yeah, we would bump into each other at our favourite dance floors – in fact I think I met both James & Ant at Horse Meat Disco initially. I know James came back to my place for a post-HMD afterparty one bank holiday Monday.

James Baillie (JB): It became obvious we all had a love for music, so I took the idea to Chris and Ant about us doing our own night and TUSK developed from there…

For those that have never been to your party before – tell them what it’s about (and what they’re missing out on!)

CC: Amazing music, great DJ lineups, stellar crowd, lasers and that awesome DSS basement sound system.

AC: Yep, that pretty much sums it up. We just want people to have as much fun as we’re having. I do love me some lasers! We bring in some extra lasers for TUSK and the boys have started calling me Laser Minelli. I kinda like it!

If you had to sum up the TUSK sound in one track, what would it be?

CC: For me it would be – Tiga – Love Don’t Dance Here Anymore (C2 Remix 1)

AC: Tough question – I think it would have to be Markus Gibb – Tohl (Original mix) – Always seems to go off, plus I tend to layer it up with a vocal loop from Voodoo Ray, which fits nicely.

JB: For me it would be Shake It by Fantastic Twins.

Who have been some of your favourite guests over the years?

AC: We try to keep things fresh by working with people who have something individual to bring. Doc Sleep was awesome – she really worked us out. Ewan Pearson for his musicality. A Love From Outer Space (Andrew Weatherall and Sean Johnston) when they took over the basement all night for our Pride Special in 2016. Ketiov was great too and a world exclusive for us!

CC: Ketiov, Doc Sleep & Nail have been some of my faves.

JB: A Love From Outer Space, Craig Richards and Doc Sleep.

Has there been an overall highlight for you?

CC: Being able to book some of my favourite DJs and producers at one of my top clubs.

AC: As Chris says, being able to work with some of the people we have admired for years. Everybody has been super nice and its been interesting to hang out and chat with them about their experiences and get their advice and input.

Your special birthday guest is Prosumer – why did you choose him to ring in your fourth year?

CC: I think Prosumer has a special place in all our hearts and we’ve been discussing booking him for some time now and everything just landed into place!

AC: Yeah – absolutely. I met him at Glastonbury a few years ago and we got chatting and stayed in touch. I think he liked what we were trying to do with TUSK and seems much more open to working with people on that basis, rather than just going for the huge shows. I tried to make it happen during 2017, but we couldn’t make the dates line up – so the third birthday party seemed the perfect choice to have him with us!

What are some of your favourite club nights in London at the moment?

CC: Of course at our sisters Discosodoma and Homodrop at Superstore are up there along with the legendary Horse Meat Disco.

AC: All of the above. I’m also enjoying the residency programs that XOYO and Phonox are running – its interesting to get somebody else’s take on who to put together to make a cohesive night of music.

JB: Similar really – A Love From Outer Space, Chapter 10, Discosodoma and Horse Meat Disco.

Any DJs that you would love to work with in the future?

CC: Sure, we have a big list forming. The Honey Soundsystem guys, Midland, The Black Madonna, Octo Octa.

JB: Felix Dickinson, Black Merlin, Job Jobse, Superpitcher, Massimilliano Pagliara.

AC: The list goes on – Jennifer Cardini, Justin Robertson, Optimo, Mike Servito, Marcel Vogel, Derrick Carter – who knows? Watch this space…

Are you pulling out any special surprises for your birthday that you can let us in on?

AC: Now that would be telling…

JB: I’ve got a good few head melting tracks that are not coming out until Spring…

CC: You’ll have to wait and see!    

Catch Tusk at their Third Birthday Bash on Saturday 24 February from 9pm-5am at Dalston Superstore!

Doc Sleep

This Saturday’s edition of cult gay rave Tusk sees the Dalston Superstore debut of an artist who has been on our radar for as long as we can remember. Co-founder of Jacktone Records, prolific techno producer and regular Honey Soundsystem guest Doc Sleep is ready to unleash her prowess on the lazer basement this Saturday! Hailing from San Francisco, she made the leap across the pond to Berlin where she has been setting floors alight with her distinctive brand of experimental, leftfield techno and electronica. In between her residency at ://aboutblank, managing new releases for Jacktone and producing her own music, we caught up to chat Panorama Bar, partying in the Mid-West and plans for Tusk!

Hi Doc Sleep! We are so excited to have you join us for TUSK! How has your 2017 been so far?

Hello! I love the TUSK crew and have always wanted to experience DS so I’m excited about what I’m going to get myself into over there. :) As far as 2017… it’s incredibly busy, but I’m up for it.

Can you tell us a bit about your Jacktone label that you run with Darren Cutlip? How did you two come to work together and what inspired you to start a label together?

Darren and I initially exchanged messages on Soundcloud, then met up at a Honey Soundsystem party in San Francisco. After sharing many techno and 4AD tracks back and forth, one thing lead to another and the first Jacktone record came out in 2013 from Exillon, who was also part of the label in the beginning. We didn’t want to release in just one genre with this project, so we’ve put out everything from acid, kosmische, ambient, bleep, techno, house, EBM and electro. We’ll hit catalogue number 40 later this year and I truly love the label more with each release that we’re fortunate enough to put out.

You made the switch to making electronic music in the 2000s, having played guitar previously – what inspired the change?

I had listened to house for quite awhile, but, it wasn’t until I met a queer sound engineer in San Francisco who not only had a great record collection, but also an amazing synth collection, that I started trying production and DJing. We started working together, I would play synth and processed guitar, she would make beats and mangle field recordings. The results were mixed, but, I’m forever grateful to her for giving me the push.

What is your earliest musical memory?

My mom playing piano in our living room.

If you had to choose one person who most inspired you as a producer and DJ, who would it be?

Well, the FIRST person to inspire me in this direction was Andrea Parker. I heard her DJ Kicks release in ’98 or ’99 and it opened wormholes to entirely new dimensions of music. I had never heard that kind of music before, like Gescom and Dopplereffekt, and she was stitching it together with things like Gil Scott Heron, Kool Keith – brain wires were melted.

 You recently made the move from San Francisco to Berlin – how do you feel that has influenced you creatively?

Berlin is obviously a very nightlife-driven city, but it’s also peaceful – beautiful parks and lakes, quiet streets, etc. I’m able to be inspired, clear my head and focus here.

What is the craziest thing that has ever happened during one of your sets?

There was the time a promoter stole the turntable right after I put on my last record…but, that used to be a normal night out in San Francisco.

Your list of past gigs reads like many DJs bucket lists! Has there been a standout highlight for you?

Not a surprise, but Panorama Bar was so lovely, definitely a standout. You’re playing to a room full of enthusiastic dancers who are really up for the journey – it lives up to the hype and remains such a magical place.

If you had a time machine and could go dancing anywhere/when, where would you go?

I’m originally from the rural Midwest and would actually love to go back to some of those early parties in the ’90s. We used to dance at a bowling alley, it’s where I first heard things like Adam Ant and Armand’s Professional Widow remix haha. I would love to experience that type of musical discovery all over again.

One track that you’re planning to unleash at TUSK?

I’ve been enjoying this one lately:

Solitaire Gee – Slumberland (Rhythm Invention Mix)


Catch Doc Sleep at Tusk this Saturday 26 August from 9pm-4pm at Dalston Superstore!



The Tusk boys are well known for bringing prolific heavyweight house legends to the Superstore laser basement, and the latest instalment is certainly no exception! Timothy J Fairplay and Scott Fraser are the masterminds behind Crimes of the Future Records, the imprint behind banging releases from Mystic Bill, Twins, Perseus Traxx and many more dusty, jacking underground house gems that you’ll want to get your hands on! Having come together at the studio of previous headliner Andrew Weatherall, we know these guys are going to bring some serious heat at this Saturday’s Tusk! We caught up to chat new releases, the Glasgow scene and plans for the future!

Hi guys! We can’t wait to have you guys join us at TUSK! How has 2017 been for you so far?

T: Has been good so far yeah, the Mystic Bill release was out a few months back on the label, which is one of my favourites so far. I released an album called Where Is The Champion? on Charlois in February. Have had some good times in Holland, Madrid, Berlin to name a few.

S: Looking forwards too! As Tim said about Mystic Bill being his favourite, he’s also a bit of a hero to me. Next up we have DMTR DSTNT & LVRIN with the Blasphemy EP then Paradise Box from Australia. It’s been a great year so far on the DJ front, just back from the US where I did the Beats in Space show with Richard Fearless which was great fun as we were both randomly in New York at the same time, then The Good Room in Greenpoint and Miami at the Electric Pickle with Joe. Production-wise I’m still waiting on my album dropping and I’m about to release a new record with Richard Sen as Hackney Vandal Patrol. 

Where did the name Crimes of the Future come from?

T: It’s the second film by David Cronenberg, in which a makeup company has caused a plague with its cosmetics products. 

What are some of your favourite memories from your eponymous Glasgow-based party series?

T: The first one when nobody came at all…?! Though generally a residents’ night, we had a few great guests, Traxx and EDMX being particular highlights

S: I’m going to add Lord Of The Isles and Plaid live, as I’ve got a huge amount of respect and admiration for what Neil does and Plaid and The Black Dog were a constant feature on my nineties soundtrack. Lovely guys too!

How did you two first meet and how did you come to be working together?

T: I was already working down at (Andrew Weatherall’s) Scrutton Street studios and Scott started renting the studio down the other end of the basement. We got asked to do the night together, and it was only a night for a while before we started the label. 

S: When I got to London, Andrew kindly offered me a space at RGC to set up my studio, so I guess it was inevitable we’d end up working together based on how things worked down there. It was very much a bunker of ideas and camaraderie down there.

What is the weirdest / best gig you’ve ever played?

T: There’s been lots of good ones, I kinda always remember that one in France where somebody crowd surfed and we were actually in the weird situation of trying to play stuff to make the audience kinda dance less and calm down. Live at Carcassonne was a great one partly just because of the setting. 

S: Agreed on the Live an Carcassonne. 

We had one gig where there was a power cut for 40 minutes, literally as we were about to go on which turned out to be a dodgy extension cable and we had to start completely from scratch… A big gig too, ouch!

I’m going to say Drugstore in Belgrade as those guys are probably up there with the best residents I’ve ever played with, they then went on to release a record with us as Tapan and I can count them as great friends now and have had the pleasure of playing with them over there several times since. Nebojsa has just started grappling with the joys of fatherhood but still finds time to bang out wicked music and DJ over there most weekends.

Having split your time between the Glasgow and London clubbing scenes, what do we have to learn from our Northern neighbours?

T: In Glasgow, it’s kinda different because all the clubs shut at 3am, so really everyone turns up midnight to 1am and you have two or three hours to bang it, totally the opposite of that going-on-for-days Berlin DJ journey thing. There’s a good afters party scene up there now though. 

S: The Glasgow dance floor suffers no fools and you need to be able to move it quickly due to the licensing restrictions. Honestly I kinda love that about it and I love warming a club up and one of the reasons for that is because I was schooled by the very best in the late eighties and early nineties as a punter listening to Harri at the Sub Club.

What recent releases have got you excited at the moment?

T: The new Innershades on 9300 Records, some as yet unreleased Antenna stuff, still the megahit that is Solar’s 5 Seconds, Jann’s Murder People on Pinkman Broken Dreams, Pentagram Home Video.  


S: I’ve been buying a lot of nice house stuff again recently…

John Swing on Relative, DJ Sports‘ album on Firecracker, digging that new Cadans 12″ on Clone Basement too. New Don’t DJ and ever good Brokntoys on the electro tip. Plus, lots of old weapons from the archive and still mining the second-hand shops for £2 bangers.

If you had a time machine and could go dancing anywhere/when, where would you go?

T: Ancient Greece, obviously.

S: Weatherall, Saturday night at Club 69 in Paisley 1996.

Have you got any exciting plans in the pipeline that you could let us in on?

T: I have a new EP called Mindfighter out on Höga Nord at the end of June, and I’m off to play in China for the first time in July.

S: Two nice remixes due soon, HVP with Richard (Sen), my album dropping on Berceuse Heroique, I’ve also got a proper song coming out very soon under my own name on a label I’ve released on before with a fantastic Scottish vocalist with a special remix on there too. Getting another label off the ground with Joe soon and I’ve been writing some US style house stuff under the AOD moniker. Some nice gigs bubbling along too. 

And finally, in five words or less, what are you planning to unleash on the lazer basement at TUSK?


S: The house sound of Chicago.

Catch Scott Fraser and Timothy J. Fairplay at Tusk this Saturday 24 June from 9pm-3am at Dalston Superstore!


By Ant C

This Saturday sees the hotly anticipated two year anniversary of cult gay discotheque Tusk at Dalston Superstore! The winning trio of promoters Ant C, Chris Camplin and James Baillie have been serving up banging basement blowouts featuring the like of Chrissy, Ewan Pearson, Nathan Gregory Wilkins and Giles Smith for two trips round the sun, earning notoriety for the serious house artillery they bring to the lazer basement every darn time! Their second birthday will be no exception, with the exclusive UK premiere of Ketiov, the new project of Catz ‘N Dogz member and Pets Recordings co-owner Voitek! Ant C caught up with him to chat when music matters, new beginnings and what to expect at Tusk.

We’re super excited to have you with us at TUSK for your first solo show. Can you tell our party goers a bit about where the inspiration for Ketiov came from and how it differs from your work with Catz ‘N Dogz?

I spend most of my time at home listening and buying records with a very wide spectrum of genres so my sets as Ketiov will be very eclectic and mostly focused for small clubs.

When I DJ alone I often make very weird mixes more connecting with the vibe than trying to sustain hypnotic groove, bringing back real songs instead of just pure club tracks, I guess. I read a quote yesterday that I really liked and it fits the feeling I want to transfer to the dancefloor – “I’m impressed when music matters, when genres are broken, when spirits are lifted, when people make a difference, and when people are true to themselves”

We love the record that you dropped this month,  and we’re looking forward to hearing you play tracks from it at TUSK. You mentioned in our previous conversations that it is very special. Other than it being your first solo release, what makes this one significant for you creatively?

It’s very important for me for many reasons. It’s the last record I did before I moved out after ten years of living in Berlin. Also I think Greg and I are at a really good point in our career and DJing together feels amazing right now. I think we achieved some sort of peak of understanding one another. That’s why I decided to do something on my own – I always think that you should change stuff in the moment when things are going great. It’s always opening you to new possibilities and influences. I think the fact I also have my solo project on the side will make our Catz ’n Dogz project even stronger.

Ant C: Some of the first Ketiov mixes that you put out were in conjunction with our brothers at over Honey Soundsystem in the states. We love those guys! How did that come about and how did you meet them? 

I’m very good friends with Jacob (Jackie House) from Honey Soundsystem. When I visit San Francisco we always hang out and talk about life, mostly. Those mixes I did for the guys are influenced by travels, collecting music and emotions from all over the world. There are two places for me (except clubs) that I feel like music matters and it creates this special warm feeling in my body – it’s my home when I browse through my record collection; and when I’m on the plane. There is something weird about being on the plane, somehow you feel like time stops for a few hours – there are no distractions, no phone, nobody is talking to you. I kind of go into hibernation mood when I fly, I call it “Half-awake or Half-asleep.” Those mixes are a reflection of this state. 

With Catz ‘N Dogz you’ve played all over the world and on some amazing bills. Now, thinking about your Ketiov work, who would be on your ideal bill with you and where would it be?

Because this is my new project and as you said I’m already experienced with DJing and releasing music, I don’t really feel any pressure about Ketiov and will let it flow naturally. I will definitely be very selective with choosing gigs because of the more eclectic style, trying to play for open-minded crowds and experiment as much as possible.

You’re playing the peak time slot for us at TUSK. Can you give us three of your current favourite tracks that we might hear in your set and why you like them?

I follow what’s new and what’s hot at the moment but when I DJ that doesn’t really matter, so most of my records are kind of all over the place from the ’80s to 2017 new releases.

This one is my all time favourite. Right now it’s 20c in Madrid, so really fits my mood. Kash – Percussion Sundance

This one I absolutely love. I put it in my mix a few months ago.  Very weird percussions and groovy. LMYE – Cali 76

Pure Love: Sauce81 – Dance Tonight

Catch Ketiov at Tusk this Saturday 25 February from 9pm-4am at Dalston Superstore!

Ewan Pearson

The legendary Ewan Pearson has been putting out eclectic records for 18 years under numerous guises, and we are thrilled to welcome him to the Superstore laser basement for Tusk! He has remixed for everybody from Depeche Mode to Chemical Brothers, and has more recently set up studio with previous TUSK guest Andrew Weatherall and worked on the new Jagwar Ma album. He caught up with Tusk promoter James Baillie to chat collaborations, clubland and exciting plans in the pipeline!

Last year you moved back to London from Berlin. Do you miss Deutschland?

I miss friends of mine in Berlin but I miss the city less than I expected to – but that’s more a function of having a two year old and a five month old to run after. Wherever they are is where my heart is. I’ve little time to go out wherever I am and certainly no time to pine.  So personally happy to be back – politically, economically – that’s another matter entirely!  If I’d had a crystal ball to predict the referendum result we’d still be in Berlin I think.

When you were based in Berlin you had a residency at Stattbad which was closed down by the local authorities in May 2015. The same thing is happening here in London with Fabric. Whats your thoughts on the whole Fabric situation?

Well with Fabric it’s a function of the current insanity with property prices in London – it’s not about drugs or public safety, it’s about getting hold of real estate. So it’s a much wider issue which affects all kinds of businesses and activities – a city can’t just consist of its paper value. But there’s so much money locked up in housing that all sorts of things are going to the wire as people attempt to get rich.

Can you remember the last record you played at your last night at Stattbad and why?

Well the last thing I played the last time I was there was Roisin Murphy’s Jealousy I think which is just a storming house record to end on – but I didn’t realise that was going to be the last record I got to play at Stattbad.  I thought I would be able to go over there every couple of months to play. It’s such a shame it was closed.

Any chance of a collaboration with Weatherall?

I would love to. Who knows?

You produced the brilliant new Jagwar Ma album which came out last week. Did you and Jono do a lot of digging in crates for inspiration?

I actually didn’t produce – I mixed most of it.  And played a bit on a couple of tracks. Jono is the producer, but I was giving feedback from the demo stages and was there for quite a lot of the recording. It’s more involvement than I would normally have with a record where I wasn’t the producer but I love them and Jono is one of my best friends so I’m happy to help in any way I can really.  I’m as proud of my involvement with Howling and Every Now and Then as anything I’ve done.  The new record definitely feels broader and moves into more territory than the first one. The faster four four tracks like Slipping and Colours of Paradise are amazing.

Another album you produced was for the brilliant Flowers and Sea Creatures. For a long time I thought it was your own album with collaborations. Have you ever thought of doing your own album and collaborating with other artists?

It has been suggested a few times and a collaborative record is a good way to make your own artist record I guess – Michael Mayer has just done that and what I’ve heard of it sounds brilliant.  I don’t know. I want to do more Partial Arts releases with my buddy Al Usher – I love the singles we’ve made for Kompakt and they really don’t sound like anything either of us would normally do which is just what you want in a collaboration.  

What projects are up next on the mixing desk?

I have just finished remixes for Crosstown Rebels, Days of Being Wild and a couple of other things I’m not allowed to say.  And I’ve produced and mixed an LP which is coming out on a big US indie label next year for someone I’m not able to name once again which has gone really well and I’m excited for people to hear.  I think there might be some kind of announcement of all that next month.  Don’t mean to be a tease!

This will be our last TUSK party for this year. What can we expect to hear blasting out the sound system from you?

Lots of righteous new music of an acidic nature. There’s so much great new music at the moment it’s hard to fit it all in!

Catch Ewan Pearson at Tusk on Saturday 22 October from 9pm-3am at Dalston Superstore.

Ewan’s final set at Stattbad before it closed its doors is available for download on Soundcloud.


After a year of quality parties which saw guests ranging from Rob Mello to Gideon and Nathan Gregory Wilkins, the TUSK boys are ready to celebrate their birthday in style. They welcome genre-bending juggernaut of the Chicago dance music scene and Smart Bar resident Chrissy for a house, techno & disco birthday blowout. We caught up with him to chat alter-egos, remixes and plans for 2016! 

You have been known by quite a few monikers over the years – from Chrissy Murderbot to Chris E. Pants and now just Chrissy. How did each of these projects differ?

Chrissy Murderbot was footwork, juke, ghetto house, a bit of jungle—more uptempo stuff tied into the bass music world. I grew a little bored with that scene so I’ve used the Chrissy moniker to concentrate more on what’s closest to my heart, which is house and disco.

You ran a Year of Edits blog in which you posted a disco re-edit every week for a year. That’s pretty damn impressive considering how many other projects you have going! What was that process like?

I’m always making edits for personal DJ use, so I had a pretty large stockpile of things that I felt were strong and deserved to be shared. It was too many to realistically press to vinyl so I thought, “Why not just give them away to everybody?” That ended up being the initial batch of edits—challenging myself to make enough to have a whole year’s worth was just an interesting little addition to it.

How has the Internet changed the way you work with other DJs and producers?

It has allowed me to better keep in touch with DJs I meet on the road, and to share music back and forth between other DJs and labels that I love. More importantly it has revolutionised collaboration.

Your recently released Growl EP features one of our faves, Shaun J Wright. What was it like working together?

We did it all over the internet! I emailed him a batch of instrumentals, he picked one he liked and wrote some lyrics, emailed me some recorded vocals, I did a little bit of effects-work on the vocals and edited everything into a structure that I thought worked, sent it back to him for his notes, and we just kinda bounced it back and forth online until it was finished. Everybody’s so busy that usually that’s the easiest way to do it.

You have collaborated with and remixed an amazing array of artists – who is still on your ‘to work with’ list?

I’d love to produce a Pet Shop Boys record. Or do something with Dego from 4Hero. There are a million amazing new artists that I’d love to remix, but when asked this kind of question I first gravitate toward my heroes growing up. Vince Clarke would probably be fun to work with.

You are a resident at one of Chicago’s most iconic venues, Smart Bar. How has Smart Bar influenced you as a DJ and producer?

The DJs at Smart Bar are all so talented—easily one of the best groups of DJs on earth—that it really causes you to step up your game. It’s at once a very welcoming and very challenging environment, and it really keeps your skills sharp.

For those who haven’t made it across the pond, what is unique about the Chicago music scene? Why should it be our next party destination?

The world’s best DJs. There are some amazing DJs in every city of course, but Chicago is a brutally competitive city full of great DJs and savvy audiences that grew up with house music and DJ culture. As a result, the no-name opening DJ at some hole in the wall bar is often better than other cities’ headliners. (Detroit is also amazing in this respect, for the record.)

Which emerging artists are you most excited about?

Savile, Olin, Phran, Policy, Umfang, Ali Berger, too many to list!

What does the rest of 2016 have in store for Chrissy?

I have a new project called Chrissy & Hawley with a vocalist friend here in Chicago. The 12” single for that is coming out on Smart Bar’s label, Northside ’82, and the album is coming this Summer on The Nite Owl Diner. And I have a couple other edits 12”s and solo bits lined up as well!

And finally, can you give us a taste of what you plan to bring to TUSK in three words?

Fun party music :)

Catch Chrissy at the Tusk First Birthday Party on Saturday 27 February from 9pm-4am at Dalston Superstore. 


Gideön is a man of many talents and inclinations – and a serious force to be reckoned with when it comes to throwing a party you’ll never forget! One of the creative masterminds behind arguably the best place to party at Glastonbury – Block9, he is also the owner of a record collection many of us can only dream of, and manages to find the time to manage the super-successful Downlow Radio. Between all this madness, we caught up to pick his brain ahead of this month’s Tusk

Hi Gideon! We can’t wait to have you here for Tusk. What have you been up to over the past few months?

Musically I’ve been playing out a lot… Spunking all my money on records and generally being irresponsible. I’ve be in Berlin quite a lot too. I am doing a club night out there with Yoni who runs Horse Meat Disco over there. We’ve been going out a lot, searching for venues and looking into a few sites that might work for the club.

I’ve been pouring a lot of time and energy into my weekly radio show on London’s Soho radio too. The SohoJams show has been going from strength to strength and my list of up and coming guests is pretty epic – Prosumer, Robert Owens, Bicep, Mr G, Luke Solomon etc.

My Thursday evening slot between 8-10pm is a little oasis in my crazy schedule at Block9 (The set design arts partnership I co-direct with my business partner.) The show is a time when I can do what I want, play what I want and say what I want. I cherish it, it’s sacred to me.

As the one of the masterminds behind the NYC Downlow, how have you watched it transform over the years?

Myself and Steve (my partner in Block9) created the NYC Downlow together. We have watched it grow over the past nine years into a fine thing. The set itself has evolved and become loads more elaborate. At next year’s Glastonbury we will be celebrating it’s 10th birthday and we have some MAJOR surprises up our sleeve. I take care of the music at the Downlow and it’s been amazing to watch it kinda take off. We have so many amazing DJs dying to play records with us now… It’s kind of a nightmare. We have our regular residents who are amazing DJs and then there are the super famous legends of house asking for slots too… Whats a man supposed to do?????

It seems to have been onwards and upwards for Downlow Radio ever since its inception. What’s in the pipeline for 2016?

The Downlow Radio (DLR) is about to get a complete makeover. We have been working on a super flashy new site that will play on phones, tablets and computers and will still function perfectly. The new DLR will continue to feature killer mixes – both live recordings from our venues at Glastonbury and DJ mixes from the friends and family of the NYC Downlow… Watch this space!

Can you tell us a bit about your Northern Soul night, Soulhole in Berlin?

Soulhole in Berlin is a bi-monthly night run by my partner in crime Joshua aka DJ Husband. It’s a killer little party that features homocentric soul, funk, disco and vintage gospel – kinda grown up music connoisseur tunes for the bearier boys of Berlin. It’s a really nice night. I’m just a resident there – it’s Josh’s night though!

What, to you, are some of the most exciting things happening in the London clubbing scene at the moment?

Good question… London clubbing is kinda desperate. So many venues are closing and so many of the ones that remain underachieve. I’m not really sure how to answer this question. It’s really hard to find the right tunes, the right venue and the right people all at the same time!

We have heard a lot about your incredible vinyl collection – what is the most precious record of them all?

Precious in terms of monetary value it’s gotta be Barry Whites’s first ever tune. Barry White & The Atlantics – Tracy from 1964 on Faro records.

In terms of the record that is most precious to me….there are a few. I think probably it’s gotta be one of the ultra rare gospels 7”s like I Am A Soldier by Shirley James on Gospel Express from 1978.

A favourite curveball to throw to keep people on their toes?

ZKY – Bassline tool. Great to chuck into a deep house set to noise people up a little bit!

Can you tell us in three words what you have in store for Tusk?

Deep Hard Homo

Catch Gideön alongside Terry Childs and Sean Johnston at Tusk at Dalston Superstore on Saturday 28 November from 9pm-4am.  

Nathan Gregory Wilkins

By James Baillie

Ahead of the upcoming Tusk party at Dalston Superstore, promoter James Baillie sits down with History Clock founder, cohort of Ivan Smagghe and all round leftfield DJ, Nathan Gregory Wilkins. Nathan’s current project sees him teaming up with Richard X to create their own strain of music for dancing as the recent Phantasy signing, Cowboy Rhythmbox. They chat past parties, favourite new tracks and plans for the party!

What track do you like to wake up to in the morning?

Problems by New Age Steppers

Cowboy Rhythmbox is yourself and Richard X. Is there a sound that sums up your relationship?

The sound of Richard’s kettle boiling, we’re not very rock n’ roll. 

If you had the chance to remix a track of your choice, what would that be?

I guess something by Yello, so much to choose from though!!!


Marc Jacobs calls you up to ask if there are any new bands he should be checking out. Who would you suggest?

I rather like Telegram. And Goat.


You were a regular punter at my club Venus back in the early 90’s. What track reminds you of Venus?

Alarm Clock by Westbam

History Clock was your label. What was your favorite stand out track from the label?

Woman by It’s A Fine Line (Ivan Smagghe & Tim Paris). It always gets such an incredible response.

You used to do the club night E.S.P. What record never left your box?

What was the last piece of vinyl you bought?

 I bought this last week: 

You are playing at our next TUSK night, what do we expect to hear from Nathan Gregory Wilkins?

A mixture a new and old sleazey electronic music with a few camp disco records thrown in. 

News has just come over the airwaves that the end of the world is upon us. What track are you listening to?

Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head. I love that song. 

Catch Nathan Gregory Wilkins at Tusk on Saturday 26 September from 9pm-3am at Dalston Superstore. 


Underground house producer and admired cult DJ Nail (aka Neil Tolliday) is the latest electronic legend to headline Tusk at Dalston Superstore. From the huge commercial success of Bent (his project with friend and producer Simon Mills) to the establishment of his own label 89:GHOST, Nail’s career has spanned decades and seen a seriously impressive range of projects and releases. We sat down to talk Nottingham parties, collaborations and favourite gigs.

Your love of house music came about in a really roundabout way – it sounds like it certainly wasn’t your first love. Can you tell us how you came from pirate radio and hip-hop to electronic music? 

I’ve been intrigued by electronic music since I was small, from when my Dad used to shit me up with the Clockwork Orange soundtrack or watching Watoo Watoo cartoons. I first heard Can U Dance by Kevin Jammin Jason & Fast Eddie Smith on the radio when I was about 12 or 13 and shortly after that Jack Your Body was at number one, so I guess it was the charts and the radio got me there to start with. I didn’t start going to clubs until I was 16, but I’d been buying the records for a few years before that.

How much did your role in DiY collective influence your sound in years to come?

Well I used to go to a lot of their nights here in Nottingham, but in all honesty I don’t really remember much! But obviously I’d hear what they were playing and making for the label, so it must’ve rubbed off on me. They were always armed with such quality tunes.

Your side project with Simon Mills, Bent, has seen great success over the years. How did that project develop? Where did all those bizarre finds come from?

We met in 1998 as he was living next door to my girlfriend and we made each other laugh (well, he makes me laugh anyway) and seemed to be both going in the same direction at that time – as in we wanted to do something different, so we got on fairly quickly. Long story short, we started pissing about and sampling shit records he had bought from charity shops. We thought it was hilarious and kept egging each other on to find the most ridiculous sample, but somehow it worked – I played it to my manager, he played it to some other people and all of a sudden it started taking off.

What led you to start your own label, 89: Ghost? 

Basically I saw some people selling my old records from the 90’s (that I could f**king give away at the time) for silly money on Discogs. So I spoke to my friend James at Juno and decided to press up a few old tunes. It’s not done too bad, considering the amount of new labels there are at the moment. But I’ve started putting out new material on there now, so hopefully it’ll keep going for a bit.

You must have played at a huge variety of parties over the years – are there any clear standouts for you?

I think variety is the best word, different places of different sizes.. no real stand outs though, apart from really shit ones, but there’s no point talking about them. In recent time, playing Globus at Tresor a coupla times was pretty special, and I always loved playing at Crucifix Lane for Cartuli’s Day. I like dark, sweaty places, preferably where I’m not on a f**king stage. DJs should be heard and not seen.

If you had access to a time machine and could visit any dance floor anywhere/anywhen, where would want to go dancing?

Probably something really obvious like the early days of Studio 54 or Ku, see what all the fuss was about :)

Do you have a guilty pleasure record that you can’t help but sneak in every now and then? Perhaps a few weirdo tracks from your days with Bent?

Having dropped a few guilty pleasures into sets in the past, thinking, ‘This will BLOW their minds!!’, only for it to clear the floor, I try to steer clear of gambling too much with that kind of thing.. I don’t play out that much.

What can we expect from your set at Tusk?

House music!

Join Nail on Saturday 25 July for TUSK at Dalston Superstore from 9pm – 3am.

Scott Fraser

Ahead of this Saturday’s acid-infused Tusk party, we sat down with Crimes Of The Future’s Scott Fraser to have a little dig through his record bag and find out a little bit more behind this enigmatic DJ and producer’s eclectic music taste…

A record that inspired you to make music…

This label and this record is why.

A record that sums up the ethos and sound of Crimes Of The Future…

A record we both find the same quality in, and the definition of the funk.

A record that is the ultimate soundtrack moment in a film…

The smash of the glass, the swipe of the razor…

A record that never leaves your bag…

Edwards and Ron, a breath of fresh air in a world of dance music beige.

A record too sad to listen to…

Utter utter genius, not a dry eye in the house.

A record that makes the crowd go mental when you play it at Bodyhammer…

The definition of jacking…

A record that defines your relationship with your label co-founder Timothy J Fairplay…

Spend all our time down a hole in the ground.

A record that evokes Glasgow for you…

Arguably the most important and fuck off band of my generation and proof if ever there is more to the place of my birth than Lorraine Kelly…

A record you can’t wait to play in the Superstore basement…

Drop needle, let build for 3 minutes, watch room burn up…

Join Scott Fraser this Saturday 28th March for Tusk at Dalston Superstore from 9pm – 4am.