Chance & Dark
This Saturday Lazertitz present a mega lineup as the girls from hotly tipped band Evvol join Lauren Flax, The Carry Nation and Hannah Holland for this Glastonbury warm-up party. Julie Chance and Jon Dark, as well as being dark-synth-pop musicians, also run the label and party My Haus in their adopted home of Berlin. Ahead of Saturday's fun, we caught up with Chance & Dark to find out more...
You guys founded My Haus and are part of amazing band Evvol… seriously, how do you find the time?? How do you balance the more analoguey side of things with the more dance music side of things or do you just find it all dovetails?
Jon Dark: So far we have had no problem managing them, we find that when we have time to write for one we tend to be gigging with the other - for example when we were writing the Evvol album we were doing lots of DJ gigs, and now we are touring the Evvol live show, we will have more time to write a new track for My Haus, and then we will move on to the second Evvol album.
The different approach is something that is fun for us actually. Keeps us fresh.
Describe My Haus for the uninitiated…
Julie Chance: My Haus is a collective of friends who DJ and a label. We have put out a white label 12" release with remixes by Massimilliano Pagliara and a new track not yet released which features vocals from Katie Stelmanis of Austra. We also put on monthly parties in Berlin.
What for you was the moment where you felt like you’d made it? Or at least reached a level of success you hadn’t anticipated?
Jon Dark: The concept of "making it" is really fluid, because when ever you reach a milestone, you then re-set your goals on the next one! But having K7 put out our record feels pretty great.
If you had a time machine and could go dancing anywhere/anywhen, where would we be setting the time machine dials to?
Jon Dark: I'd be in Chicago and Detroit in the late '80s.
You guys met in Paris! Can you talk us through that clearly fortuitous meet-cute?
Jon Dark: Julie was DJing in a bar and I was living in Paris at the time, I just happened to go to this party, we started talking at the bar, and then hung out all night, realised we had a shared passion for music and pretty quickly decided to do something together, next thing I know my bags are packed and i'm on a plane to Berlin. Never looked back!
What was the last piece of art of any medium or format that moved you?
Julie Chance: We are both really into cinema, I think that we would both agree that Under the Skin - got under our skin. Particularly the amazing soundtrack from Mica Levi.
What’s your lights up/hands in the air track to end the night on?
Jon Dark: Chez Damier - Can You Feel It, an oldie but a goodie.
Considering one of you is Irish and the other Australian, we’re guessing the recent Irish referendum and the knock on effect it’s had on the probability of marriage equality in Australia must have been particularly poignant for you both… what did you do to celebrate?
Julie: It was a great day for Ireland and actually both of us have Irish passports! We were very emotional. When the results came in we were DJing at Bucharest Pride on top of a float so we felt this was no better way to celebrate, Bucharest is still a bit conservative and has a long way to go in terms of LGBT rights.
If you had actual lazertitz, would you use your powers for good or evil?
Julie: We would probably use our lazertits to break into bank vaults at night and empty them out!
Lazer tits are also good in self defence, walking the streets at night etc...
Join Chance & Dark this Saturday 20th June at Dalston Superstore for Lazertitz from 9pm - 4am.
Chance & Dark