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Mouth to mouth

The latest edition to our rotation of Thursday night thumpers is Mouth to Mouth, the three-way brainchild of A Boy From Outer Space, Joe Roberts and Nick Powell! With a beyond-impressive combined CV which ranges from House of Trax to Field Maneuvers and our very own Uncontrollable Urge, this new Thursday night rave will have you crawling into bed way past your usual weeknight bed time! Their strong focus on early nineties house, hi-NRG disco, electro and rave and a distinctly queer ethos have got us very excited to see this baby grows. We caught up with residents Sadie, Joe and Nick to chat top tracks, party politics and, well, making out!


Hey Mouth to Mouth DJs! Can you each tell us a bit about yourselves for those who don’t know you yet?

NICK: I’m Nick, ex-resident of musically-maximalist Sunday funday get-together, Blogger’s Delight, and then of vogue, house and booty-bass monthly party House of Trax. I’ve been playing out since doing Bugged Out! and Fabric in my teens, and also love to do more experimental/ambient sets, warming up for less dancefloor-orientated gigs…

SADIE: I’m Sadie, a lover of early ’90s rave and hardcore, new beat, synth-pop,  Jimmy Somerville, being true to yourself and anything above 130bpm.

JOE: I’m Joe. You may know me as a resident of Superstore’s weekly Wednesday party Uncontrollable Urge, from my previous incarnation as an editor of a dance music magazine or as a frequenter of too many East End after parties from 2007 until…

Also one half of Field Maneuvers residents Local Group, purveyors of garage, hardcore, jungle and other things that go bass in the night – we have a monthly Strange Loops radio show on Music Box Radio.

How did the three of you come to be throwing a party together?

JOE: I met Nick through Violet, wonderful Portuguese DJ, producer, co-founder of Radio Quantica and muse of Donatella Versace, while she was still living in Dalston. We all DJed together at a pub by Victoria Park and when the night was over it transpired we’d drunk all our rider and all our wages too. Naturally, I invited Nick to play at a party off-shoot of another of my radio shows, Ecstasy Garage Disco (also on Music Box Radio), and it spiralled again, but this time in a different way.

NICK: This was at Wunderlust in Deptford, where Sadie’s beautacious ways entranced behind the bar. We got chatting and natural energy got us wanting to throw a fun and free-lovin’ gay partay in a less manufactured, less economically demanding way that many events seem to be headed.

SADIE: Since moving to South London a year ago I’d always been thinking, ‘Where are the gay parties in SE London?’ There are a plethora of queer people in SE and I’ve always wanted to put on a rave for queers in SE, then the universe brought me the perfect people to do it with. As a queer South-Londoner gagging to be free on the dance floor and dance to incredible music in my endz, within the first magical conversation I had with Nick (at EGD) we’d decided we wanted to throw a party together with Joe.

What is the concept behind Mouth To Mouth?

SADIE: Music to thrust hard to in a dark place.

NICK: Mouth To Mouth is about doing away with sexual boundaries, just as a good DJ does away with genre boundaries. The crowds are free to do as they please and whoever they please, in parallel with the DJ playing what they please. Music passes like kisses from mouth to mouth; passion reigns supreme.

JOE: Free your mind… and everyone else’s ass will follow.

Where did the name Mouth To Mouth come from?

NICK: The natural foregrounding of the sensual over the anything else. But mainly, not the Audion track.

JOE: It started with a kiss… never thought it would come to this. Whatever your identity, kissing is pretty much a universal good time. There are some also some pretty fetishistic close-ups of CPR on the web and it felt like we could breathe some new life into clubland.

SADIE: Kissing is my all time favourite hobby, second to mouthing off. 

Why did you choose Dalston Superstore for Mouth to Mouth?

JOE: Going to Trailer Trash from around 2007 to whenever it ended, the weekly party run by Matt Tucker and Dan Pope, two of the founders of Dalston Superstore, changed my life. It was at On The Rocks, now Basing House, which then was a ramshackle venue that was rammed from start to finish with nothing to do but get stuck into a heavy mix of electro, techno and early fidget house that nobody seemed to be playing anywhere else. Feeling I didn’t really fit in at (de facto) straight or most traditional gay venues, the mix of people there just made sense. It was about open-mindedness and not giving a shit about who or what anyone was. From there I met so many other people that I’m still friends with, Jim Warboy, whose Sabajaq party I’m also resident at, being one. Superstore is a continuation of that energy and attitude.

 SADIE: I’ve been having an amazing time at Superstore for years, and when I was first going could only have dreamt of playing there. Not having a particularly ‘gay’ community around me when I was younger it was difficult meeting people with similar sexual preferences, but Superstore is a haven for a variety of cultures, sexualities, genders and ideas, as well as continuously booking incredible DJs. Dreams can come true.

NICK: Dalston Superstore has definitely established itself firmly as a venue with unparalleled positive energy about it. It’s a space that people who are open-minded musically flock to.

If you could change anything about London’s LGBT+ clubbing scene, what would it be? 

SADIE: To be honest I think we’re doing pretty well, and it’s getting better in terms of music variation and parties in East London. Were working on the SE part. I do find there are less women at gay club nights. Perhaps I need to throw a lesbian warehouse rave.

NICK: The main thing that can’t easily be changed would be to lengthen the opening hours of clubs. It gets tiring having to leave a club at 3am, rather than 8 or 9, for example. Also, London is so big, it needs more clubs generally. South London in particular is full of gay boys and girls who have to travel for hours to let themselves go and be free. Also, being bitchy can be fun and part of gay culture – i.e. reading culture – but London clubs can just get so scene-y it’s a huge turn-off for many people. Many people do not go to the same club week in week out and therefore are not part of a scene, and are treated cuntily for this. Perhaps if there were more clubs to choose from the scene would be diluted and the atmosphere refreshed.

JOE: People of all nations, genders and sexualities dancing together, rather than in niche parties. When that happens, it’s the best. At the same time, I totally understand the need to be around people you identify with.

We love your artwork! Who is the visionary behind it?

SADIE: It’s me! I really like the abstract, surrealism and geometry. I love combining odd colours and forms, especially those that express free love. I’m always saying you have to listen to the universe and let it out from the unconscious, and thats hopefully what my drawings do. I think we should definitely talk about sex and sexuality more in order for us to all feel more comfortable with ourselves, our desires and our sex lives. It’s not a secret or anything to be shy about. All our bodies and genitalia are beautiful and I want us to all feel that from my drawings. You’ll definitely be seeing more of my work soon!

If you had to sum up Mouth to Mouth in one track, what would it be?

JOE: Divine – Native Love (Step By Step)

SADIE: Company B – Fascinated (Club mix)

NICK: Vicious Pink – Cccan’t You See

 

What records aren’t leaving your bag at the moment?

NICK : 1. Housemaster Baldwin feat. Paris Grey – Don’t Lead Me (Medusa Mix) 2. Seydinah – A La Folie 3. Gay Marvine – Heaven

JOE: 1. A.Avenue – Golden Queen (I-Robots Reconstruction) 2. Bwana – Generation Nostalgia 3. Import 1 – Set It Off (Party Rock)

SADIE-  1. Shawn Christopher – People of all Nations (House Mix) 2. Transform – Transformation   3. Yazoo – Goodbye 70’s

Do you have any exciting plans on the go that you can let us in on? 

NICK: I’ll be supporting Tropic of Cancer and Demdike Stare at the Jazz Cafe at the end of May.

JOE: I’m playing at Sabajaq at the end of this month with Kim Ann Foxman and Catz ‘N Dogz which I’m really hyped about! We’ve also just started a monthly two-hour show on Radio Quantica, complete with weird, time-stretched affirmations and non sequiturs amongst dreamy downtempo, electro, house and rave. 


Catch Sadie, Joe and Nick at Mouth to Mouth this Thursday 6 April from 9pm-2:30am at Dalston Superstore!

 

Andy Blake

London legend Andy Blake returns to Superstore this week for monthly Chicago House dance party Society. With three record labels, a residency at Warboy’s night SOS, his own party World Unknown and a reputation as a DJ’s DJ with a vast musical knowledge and taste, we managed to catch five minutes of his time to talk to him about his many projects and fascinating career…

You’re playing at Society- what gems can we expect from someone with as diverse and broad music knowledge as yourself?

I reckon it’ll be a bunch of house from ‘85 til now and maybe a few heavy disco and euro bits that got played in late ‘70s/early ‘80s Chicago when there was house music but no house records.

This is not the 1st time you’ve played Society. What do you like about their parties?

The broad mix of people is excellent; it’s the single most important element of any good club or party. If you’ve got a roomful of people of all different ages and backgrounds all getting on and getting down together you’re in with a very good chance of having a great party.

How did you come to be a resident at SOS?

I used to play at Warboy’s previous night Caligula and I guess it just seemed natural to us both for that to carry on at SOS. I love having a residency at a really pumping house night at a great venue in London and working with people like Warboy and Wayne Shires. None of us may be spring chickens any more but we seem to know what we’re up to and give people a great night out, and we all still have a huge amount of fun doing it.

How do you find time to run both your record labels as well as DJing?

There’s actually three including the World Unknown label. It’s easy enough really and a lot of fun too, especially as I’ve got some good mates mucking in and sharing the load. All I really have to do is keep finding the music and it all rolls on from there.

Tell us about your Boiler Room takeover on the 7th June…

It’s going to be a Cave Paintings and In Plain Sight session. We’ll be getting all the mad South London lot from World Unknown and the other parties round our way to come so it should be a brilliant atmosphere. Myself, Semtek, Joe and Amy will be DJing and we’ve got youngTEE playing live too and that’s always a very special thing.

What was the first record you ever bought and the most recent?

I think first that I actually bought myself could have been a compilation of rock n roll classics from the TV show Happy Days when I was about 6 or 7 – purchased from a branch of Boots if my memory serves correctly.

As for the most recent one, I’ve just got home from a weekend on patrol in Brazil and in the pile of record mailers awaiting me there’s a bunch of DJ Duke records so it’ll be one of those I guess.

What do you prefer putting on- daytime or nighttime parties?

I love going to, playing at and putting on all kinds of parties but there’s definitely something very special about ones with a daytime element, especially if there’s an outdoors. There’s an element of free-spirited transgression to daytime partying that’s not often there at nighttime parties any more.

I haven’t put anything on in the day for ages now but I’m just starting a new thing called Dance Cafe with some mates from Peckham who DJ as Bahamian Moor. The first one is this weekend taking place inside and outside at a local art gallery and we’ll be doing one per month at various interesting South London venues. There’s also going to be a World Unknown daytime free party in an amazing venue very soon as well.

London definitely needs more daytime and 24-hour stuff. Berlin has loads every weekend, summer and winter, so why haven’t we?

You’re playing on the MS Stubnitz at Pleasure Gardens for Bloc- what’s the most unusual venue you’ve ever played and what do you make of Bloc’s venue change?

On Saturday just gone I played at a floating club on a man-made lake in Brasilia. That’s got to qualify as one of the maddest places I’ve done so far and it was a cracking party too. Playing on the Stubby will be loads of fun and the whole Bloc/Pleasure Gardens site looks like it’ll be pretty amazing. I’m looking forward to having a stumble around it in a heightened state of awareness.

What’s your biggest non-musical influence?

All my amazing friends I guess, they’re a very inspiring bunch of people. That may well sound a bit corny and incredibly unhip but it’s 100% true. I can pretend it’s some obscure TV program or a certain length of trouser if you prefer.

You can catch Andy Blake alongside Robert Owens this Thursday 31st May at Society from 9pm – 3am.

Mark-Ashley Dupé

It won’t be long before promoter and party host Mark-Ashley Dupé is running everything round these parts so we thought we’d catch up with him about his myriad of projects he’s got on the go sooner rather than later. In addition to being a host at mega-popular nights This Is Circus and Room Service, he also runs The Bloc Party, Dupés Den (part of fabulous night SOS) and Hectic here at Superstore along with Tom Stephan and now has started a new online venture called DD.TV…

You’re a promoter and a party host- what other strings do you have to your bow??

I am an entertainer by nature. I like to try and take every opportunity to express myself creatively, but dancing is what I feel I’m able to do that the best! I danced in Boy George’s music video Turn To Dust at the end of last year! That was a lot fun and reminded me how much I missed dancing professionally!

How and when did you make the transition from host to promoter?

I started hosting at Jim Warboy’s night SOS at East Bloc last July. He gave me Room 2 to take control of and put my own mark on. I was able to choose the name (Dupés Den), the sound and DJs! Jim was basically my mentor and I was able to co promote alongside him, which was scary because I had never done this before and was learning as time went by. But the reward was watching everyone cramming into this small room because they not only loved the music, but wanted to be part of the atmosphere, which is like no other!! Dupés Den blew up so quickly that I had to learn quickly or get swallowed up by it all! In November last year Wayne Shires from East Bloc approached me about putting on a charity benefit for World Aids Day with Tom Stephan and that was when The Bloc Party was born, then a couple weeks later did my very own night called Clique 15 at Dalston Superstore which lead to them approaching me about doing something again. At the same time Tom Stephan had just finished doing Meat and I love his music so we teamed up and everything got a bit HECTIC!

With about four nights you’re promoting on the go, how do you ensure they’re all suitably distinctive?

Because they all have different vibes, but all the vibes are addictive ones… Dupés Den at SOS is part of a night which draws in a really eclectic crowd because it’s a Warboy event, so everything he does is always out of the box, maybe sometimes even perceived as odd or taboo, but always ahead of trend. Now we have three rooms, playing three different types of music to three different crowds, but as the night goes on you have this colourful mash up of old, young, ghetto, eccentric individuals all shacking out together to good music! The Bloc Party was an expansion of Dupés Den, everybody wanted more space, so the The Bloc Party flips the normal set up and puts the more urban sound in the main room and making the house like a boutique room in the back… Every Sunday I get a different crowd alongside my trusted regulars, but everybody leaves happy because the music is good and the atmosphere is attitude free, and we are all like a family from staff down to clubber, which is most important!

Tell us about how Hectic came about…

Dan Beaumont and Mikki Most had approached me last year about doing an event at Dalston Superstore and Tom had already approached me about starting a new project with him, so we teamed up together as we knew that the end result could only be one Hectic Party! Dirty tribal house beats downstairs and the baddest of R&B, UK funky and bashment upstairs! We wanted it to be fun, intense and care free! Just come and get sweaty to good music!

What’s it like working with Tom Stephan?

I love working with Tom. He is so relaxed. For someone with his level of success as a DJ and producer, I feel he is very down to earth and humble.  I haven’t known him for that long, but have got close quite quickly, he always seems to see things so rationally, which is always best in an environment which sometimes can be quite fickle.

Superchumbo (aka Tom Stephan) – Fire

What’s your top tip to throwing an amazing party?

You got to love the sound of your party and get involved!! Don’t separate yourself from the people that have come to invest their time and energy into your event! Dance with them, talk to them and show them that you are having just as good a time as they are… it’s a party! It’s supposed to be fun!!

What do you look for in a night from a clubber’s perspective?

I want to be able to wear my own clothes, style and attitude without feeling like I have to conform or rebel, I just wanna have a good shack out with my friends!

Can you explain about the origins of Dupé’s Den and subsequently DD TV?

Well Dupé is my surname and I always wanted my own little den where I could go and dance to my favourite tunes in an attitude free environment, so when Jim Warboy gave me to opportunity to run Room 2 at East Bloc, Dupés Den was born, a safe haven for young people to come and express themselves (whether they are gay or straight) whilst listening to music that makes you want to just keep dancing till you have no choice but to leave, either from exhaustion or time was up!! 

DD.TV started when I started making short videos with pictures, video clips and information about previous and up coming events! I thought it would be a good way of promoting Dupés Den originally, then it got loads of hits and people started to ask me about it. Its still in working progress as it’s a one-man team, so I do what I can when I can!

Where do you plan to take DD TV?

Well it’s based around informing everyone about what is going on in club land! Interviewing promoters, DJs, host and other public figures relevant to a diverse polysexual culture in 2012. I would love to eventually become as successful as SB.TV, but I’m happy at the moment just kind of doing it for the benefit of showing a true raw representation of how colourful and creative the gay scene is at the moment without having to conform to old stereotypes of what it “means to be gay”.

What are your plans for world domination (or at the very least London domination)?

Haha!! To keep smiling and keep London dancing to proper feel-good music!

Mark-Ashley’s night with Tom Stephan, Hectic, returns to Dalston Superstore on Saturday 31st March from 9pm – 3am