With a series of flamboyant and hedonistic parties, SWEAT offered the kind of escapism you really needed during 2016. For its first edition at Dalston Superstore, the crew decided to look back at its origins and bring their favourite acts from Berlin (where the party was born under the name Restless). Along with Tim Vita, we are happy to welcome for the first time in the laser pit one of Berlin’s best selector: Akirahawks!
Hey Akira, I’ve danced to your music countless of times at the infamous Homopatik but also other great clubs in Berlin. But for those who don’t know you can you tell us a bit about you and your DJ career?
My name is Akirahawks. I’ve been living and DJing in Berlin for about ten years.
Tell us a bit about ://about blank and Buttons, the new party you’re a resident at?
Yes, Buttons is a new adventure. It’s also at ://about blank and I’m a resident there. We’re very excited to keep on pushing boundaries in the Berlin house music scene.
I believe I read somewhere you started your DJ career after you found some abandoned records in your building? Is that true or just to add to the legend?
Haha, it’s true. I found 20 - 30 records of cheap disco maxi, 90’s hip house and hits compilations in my first flat in Berlin. I knew a little bit of electronic music history and theory through my group of friends. So I gave it a shot and starting practising with these records. I then started to buy records and little by little acquired the collection I have today.
Which specific record do you think would make people want to start a career as a DJ?
In my case, this would be Gaznevada - I.C. Love Affair that Larry Heard played under his Mr. Fingers moniker but I believe most people become DJs because of a shared love for electronic music with their group of friends.
You also produce music - can you tell us a bit about that?
Shingo Suwa and myself run a label named House Mannequin. We also have another project called Love Comedy. We’ll release a record this year.
What can we expect from your set at Superstore?
Something fun and slightly ridiculous!
Finally, can you think of a track that would fit the tropical and hedonistic aesthetic of SWEAT?
Claudja Barry - (Boogie Woogie) Dancin' Shoes
Catch Akirahawks at Sweat on Friday 3 March from 9pm-3am at Dalston Superstore!