By Ant C
This Saturday sees the hotly anticipated two year anniversary of cult gay discotheque Tusk at Dalston Superstore! The winning trio of promoters Ant C, Chris Camplin and James Baillie have been serving up banging basement blowouts featuring the like of Chrissy, Ewan Pearson, Nathan Gregory Wilkins and Giles Smith for two trips round the sun, earning notoriety for the serious house artillery they bring to the lazer basement every darn time! Their second birthday will be no exception, with the exclusive UK premiere of Ketiov, the new project of Catz 'N Dogz member and Pets Recordings co-owner Voitek! Ant C caught up with him to chat when music matters, new beginnings and what to expect at Tusk.
We’re super excited to have you with us at TUSK for your first solo show. Can you tell our party goers a bit about where the inspiration for Ketiov came from and how it differs from your work with Catz ‘N Dogz?
I spend most of my time at home listening and buying records with a very wide spectrum of genres so my sets as Ketiov will be very eclectic and mostly focused for small clubs.
When I DJ alone I often make very weird mixes more connecting with the vibe than trying to sustain hypnotic groove, bringing back real songs instead of just pure club tracks, I guess. I read a quote yesterday that I really liked and it fits the feeling I want to transfer to the dancefloor - “I’m impressed when music matters, when genres are broken, when spirits are lifted, when people make a difference, and when people are true to themselves”
We love the record that you dropped this month, and we’re looking forward to hearing you play tracks from it at TUSK. You mentioned in our previous conversations that it is very special. Other than it being your first solo release, what makes this one significant for you creatively?
It’s very important for me for many reasons. It’s the last record I did before I moved out after ten years of living in Berlin. Also I think Greg and I are at a really good point in our career and DJing together feels amazing right now. I think we achieved some sort of peak of understanding one another. That’s why I decided to do something on my own - I always think that you should change stuff in the moment when things are going great. It’s always opening you to new possibilities and influences. I think the fact I also have my solo project on the side will make our Catz ’n Dogz project even stronger.
Ant C: Some of the first Ketiov mixes that you put out were in conjunction with our brothers at over Honey Soundsystem in the states. We love those guys! How did that come about and how did you meet them?
I’m very good friends with Jacob (Jackie House) from Honey Soundsystem. When I visit San Francisco we always hang out and talk about life, mostly. Those mixes I did for the guys are influenced by travels, collecting music and emotions from all over the world. There are two places for me (except clubs) that I feel like music matters and it creates this special warm feeling in my body - it’s my home when I browse through my record collection; and when I’m on the plane. There is something weird about being on the plane, somehow you feel like time stops for a few hours - there are no distractions, no phone, nobody is talking to you. I kind of go into hibernation mood when I fly, I call it “Half-awake or Half-asleep.” Those mixes are a reflection of this state.
With Catz ‘N Dogz you’ve played all over the world and on some amazing bills. Now, thinking about your Ketiov work, who would be on your ideal bill with you and where would it be?
Because this is my new project and as you said I’m already experienced with DJing and releasing music, I don’t really feel any pressure about Ketiov and will let it flow naturally. I will definitely be very selective with choosing gigs because of the more eclectic style, trying to play for open-minded crowds and experiment as much as possible.
You’re playing the peak time slot for us at TUSK. Can you give us three of your current favourite tracks that we might hear in your set and why you like them?
I follow what’s new and what’s hot at the moment but when I DJ that doesn’t really matter, so most of my records are kind of all over the place from the '80s to 2017 new releases.
This one is my all time favourite. Right now it's 20c in Madrid, so really fits my mood. Kash – Percussion Sundance
This one I absolutely love. I put it in my mix a few months ago. Very weird percussions and groovy. LMYE - Cali 76
Pure Love: Sauce81 - Dance Tonight
Catch Ketiov at Tusk this Saturday 25 February from 9pm-4am at Dalston Superstore!