This Saturday Greek party starters the Amateurboyz join us for the launch of brand new night Discosodoma. As promoters and DJs in their hometown of Athens, the Amateurboyz have built up a loyal following both their and abroad for their quirky parties and discerning taste for booking quality guests. We caught up with them ahead of Saturday's party to find out more about the fun-loving duo...
What led to you guys setting up the Amateur Parties in Athens? Why did the city need it?
It all started with our love for dance music and a trip to Berlin. In our opinion, Athens was going in the wrong direction regarding its nightlife; very formal clubs with expensive drinks and high entrance fees for no reason! A house party in our new apartment back in 2004 convinced us that our friends, and their friends were ready for something new. Then, we grabbed the opportunity and transformed our house party into a monthly local party in a Russian disco.
You've put on a lot of great live acts and international DJs- who was the hardest to pull off logistically?
We have been lucky because we have people's love. Even if every event is risky, at the end we've always manage to pull it off! The hardest event, as far as we can recall, was with Rebolledo, it was a difficult night for Athens, full of riots and strikes; nothing was moving. Not that many managed to actually attend the event, but the music and feeling of the night ended up great after all.
-What's one record, or even the first record, that brought the two of you together?
It was the 12'’ of Frankie Knuckles Your Love. We remember when we first played it in our house, we felt like someone was pushing us to the dancefloor.
It’s such a pity he left us so early.
Tell us about the FFEEDD series of parties?
FFEEDD was created after a big "tour" around the strangest places/bars/clubs in Athens. We were in need of a place to settle for a while and Six Dogs was the best venue for us! The guys managing it trust us 100% and we had the opportunity, and the help, to bring some of our favourite DJs/producers like Tiago and Thomas Bullock.
What inspired your DIY aesthetic?
Randomness, “dirtiness" and pureness.
If you had a time machine and could visit any dancefloor anywhere/anywhen, where would you be going to dance?
Spiros: The Warehouse club in early '80s in Chicago.
Thodoris: Paradise Garage in New York.
You're also involved in the Athens art scene- what's the most recent project you've been working on or supporting?
We loved participating in Angelo Plessas’ project “The Eternal Internet Brotherhood”, during our vacations two years ago on our favorite Greek island, Anafi. It was so interesting to meet different artists and people from other countries and see how they create or react to art in a loose environment during their holidays.
What do you look for in a quirky party venue?
We love authenticity and a loose atmosphere; in whatever capacity these two can be interpreted. When they are in place, anything and everything can happen!
We previously spoke to Paola Revenioti about how difficult it was organising the first ever gay pride in Athens back in 1992... what difficulties does Pride still face and why is it so important to the LGBT community there?
Athens Gay Pride becomes every year more and more popular with more participants, but there are still many difficulties to overcome. There is no support from the authorities except the logo of the mayor on the official poster. There is also a lot of polemic from the extreme right-wing and the church whose presence, unfortunately, is still very strong in the Greek society. The Greek LGBT community has a lot to claim and Athens pride is still more of a political and activist act than a celebration, unlike in other big European cities like Madrid or Berlin.
What's your favourite curveball end of the night track?
There are so many! But our most beloved one is from the late Tzeni Vanou - Xypna Agapi Mou (Wake Up My Love).
Join the Amateurboyz on Saturday 12th April for Discosodoma at Dalston Superstore from 9pm - 3am.