One of Dalston Superstore's most influential party institutions in recent memory is no doubt Florian Dovillez's Homodrop. Over the past two years the promoter and DJ has welcomed a veritable who's who of house and techno artists from the UK, Europe and beyond to repeatedly blow the lid clean off our lazerpit. This month sees the celebration of two years of brilliant parties, and for the special occasion, Florian has called in crowd favourite Heretic to return for a thumping basement sweat sesh. We sat down with the prolific DJ and producer to find out what makes him tick, and what he has up his sleeve for the birthday this Saturday!
Hi Heretic! We’re super excited to have you play at Dalston Superstore! Can you tell us a bit about yourself?
Hello, I’m Tim! Producer of electronic tomfoolery, DJ of very special interest music & I’m based in the artistically ever-declining / property developer utopia that is East London.
If you had to trace your DJ career back to one track that started it all, what would it be?
Well, I never really set out to be a DJ. Eskimo Twins, of which I am one half, started life as a live band but our manager made us learn to DJ. So that was actually the impetus to start playing records at people, but one track the we’d always shoe-horn into every set in the early days was Aspic by SMD. It still holds some pretty special memories, having played it at thousands of people, and at empty rooms.
What is the weirdest/best place you’ve ever played?
Played in an ex-army tank sprayed gold once at Secret Garden party once, that was a bit weird.
You recently remixed Andrew Weatherall’s Frankfurt Advice, how did you guys come to be working together?
I first met Andrew when we played with him at Slide in Brixton a couple of years ago. He opened by giving us a salute for a remix we’d just done and we’ve sort of stayed friends ever since. He did a remix of my track Pollux last year and it was an absolute honour to return the favour for him this year.
If you could pick any other artist, alive or dead, to collaborate with, who would it be?
With 2016 being the utterly shit year that it has been, I suppose I have a wider pool of dead geniuses to choose from.. I’ll go with George Martin though, my Beatles obsession is where my love of music started I think.
If you had a time machine and could go dancing anywhere/when, where would you go?
I’d love to go & check out The Dancing Plague of 1518 in Strasbourg. No one can say for sure why it happened, but the most likely cause was ergot fungi, which probably grew on their bread. It has a very similar makeup to LSD, so everyone was off their tits dancing maniacally. Sounds like a decent rave to me.
I think that might just be the most original answer we've ever had to that question!! What is your go-to track to rescue a waning dance floor?
Currently, I’d go with Dance.. While The Record Spins by Kornel Kovacs, it’s a groovy beast.
Favourite track of the year?
That’s really tough, there’s been such a monumental amount of great music out this year, so I’m not going to overthink this one. First one that comes to mind is Black Sands by Mikron. Belter.
Can you let us in on any plans you have in the pipeline for 2017?
Sure, I’m actually going to try and slow down on the release front in 2017. I feel the last 12 months have been a bit of an overkill with the amount of records I’ve put out and I’m keen to put more time and energy into my live show. So, I’ve currently only got one EP lined up in 2017 for the chaps at Ransom Note Records, and I’ll probably only do another two after that next year. I’ll have my head down, making the live show as good as it can be.
Can you give us a hint of what you have in store for Homodrop’s Second Birthday?
At this point, I honestly have no idea! I’ve played Homodrop a couple of times so I know what the vibe is likely to be, but you never know. I’ll take my ‘The Very Best of Drive Time: 40 Driving Classics & Feel Good Anthems’ CD along, but we’ll see where the night goes…
Catch Heretic at Homodrop's Second Birthday this Saturday 5 November from 9pm-4am at Dalston Superstore!