The Juntos crew have been popping up all over East London for five years, bringing amazing guests together for parties that attract a diverse and beautiful crowd. After a summer of Sunday evening basement takeovers, they're back for a two floor birthday blowout that will make you forget it's a school night! We caught up with Chris and Guille of Juntos to chat party highlights, party politics and what to expect this Sunday.
Hi Juntos! Can you tell us a bit about yourselves for those who aren’t familiar with you?
Juntos is celebration based on unity. Each event has a humanist theme promoting unity. We’re living in difficult times and sometimes the themes reflect the harsh reality of life, but the underlying message is always positive. We want to raise awareness of the problems of the system that we’re living in and encourage people to challenge it. While the topics we promote are serious, on the night of the celebration the emphasis is on fun, the feeling of freedom and connecting with each other.
Where did the name for your parties come from?
It means ‘together’. It comes from the idea of a bonding of positive energy making everyone feel as one. Music is an amazing way to bring people together.
You’ve been throwing your party for five years now. What have been some of the highlights?
Every party has been special to us. One highlight was at one of our Summer parties at Dalston Roof Park, dancing all day in the pouring rain. Everyone was in such a good mood, the weather actually added to the fun. Another time we had an elderly Buddhist meditation teacher who came to Dance Tunnel especially for Juntos. He was dancing and making friends almost until the end. That's to name just a few.
There is a lot of talk about London’s nightlife being in crisis – what do you make of it all?
It’s a massive shame and it has affected everyone Hopefully together we can find a way around it. People are not going to stop celebrating, it’s an instinctive thing that can’t and won’t be suppressed.
If you had to sum Juntos up in one song, what would it be?
Prince - Controversy.
What made you choose Dalston Superstore for your parties?
We used to do some Sunday night parties at Dance Tunnel. One time the venue wasn’t available and we had an opportunity to use the Superstore instead. We had so much fun we kept going back. There’s always a really friendly and diverse crowd which suits the concept of Juntos.
If you could book any guest DJ, alive or dead, to play Juntos, who would it be?
If you had a time machine and could go dancing anywhere/when, where would you go?
On the streets of New York City in 1973 or the illegal Acid House raves of 1989.
Favourite track of the year?
It’s actually from 2015 but we loved Buffalo Demon by Ricardo Villalobos.
Can you give us a hint of what you have in store for your two floor birthday special?
A selection of DJs who’ve played for us over the last five years. Having two floors will be nice to explore the funkier side of things upstairs and the usual Juntos sound in the basement. We’re looking forward to seeing everyone’s most weird and wonderful dance moves, smiling people, old friends, new friends and total strangers.
Catch Juntos at Last Resort this Sunday 16 October from 7pm-3am!