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Spotlight on: Kasra V

Spotlight on: Kasra V

"Since clubs have opened I feel I have started gravitating towards music that is fun, there’s a lot of tension in the world and I feel it is our duty not to just offer darkness."

Dalston Superstore is thrilled to be welcoming beloved long-term NTS radio resident and Dekmantel festival regular Kasra V to the lazerpit for Homodrop this Saturday! The Iranian-born, London-based DJ and producer deftly weaves influences spanning from Iranian folk to 90s rave sounds, balearic and dreamy techno into both his sets and productions. He brings his unique, genre-spanning approach to the dancefloor for this weekend’s edition of our longest running regular night, Homodrop! We sat down with him ahead of his headline set to chat post-pandemic partying, nightclub decor and plans for 2022!
Hey Kasra! We’re super excited to have you joining us for Homodrop this weekend! How has your 2022 been so far?
Hello, thank you for your invitation. It’s been insane but in a lot of ways good. Making music and planning for the future as well as figuring out the meaning of life!
If you had a time machine and could go dancing any where/anywhen, where would you go?
1987 at Dorian Grey in Frankfurt airport to Papa Sven.

How did the pandemic and ensuing lockdowns alter your relationship to dance music? And what has been it been like for to returning to the club again?
I spent more time making music than listening. Translating my inner feelings sonically rather than looking for it in other people’s work. Since clubs have opened I feel I have started gravitating towards music that is fun, there’s a lot of tension in the world and I feel it is our duty not to just offer darkness.
If you could change one thing about the dance music scene in London, what would it be?
Clubs / promoters need to pay more attention to the decor / branding of their space. I want to see more clubs that are not just another blank space with no character. We have to raise our standards!
Top tip for successful raving?
Make sure first of all you are in a good head space and not purely escaping. If you feel good about yourself it affects how you interact with every single person.

You are a long running resident on NTS radio – who have been some of your most memorable special guests over the last few years?
So far I have done more than 150 shows (WTF!) so I would say  Tangerine Dream and Yello. Both are such unique and inspirational bands to me and a pleasure to host them on my show.
Who are some of your favourite DJs and producers who deserve more recognition?
Marie Malarie and Abnama.
Favourite release of the year so far?
I like being in my own bubble musically, so to be honest I don’t really care when a song has been released. So far this year I’ve been listening to a lot of Barry Adamson and Recoil, both on Mute records.
Have you got any exciting plan in the pipeline you can let us in on?
I’ve got two releases coming up whenever the pressing plant gods favour us. As well as that I’ve been working on a live  A/V project with my dear friend Sepehr. I feel for the first time ever I’m sitting on a lot of original material!
In five words or less, what do you have inshore for us at Homodrop?
Emotional entrancing rhythms.

Catch Kasra V at Homodrop this Saturday 14 May from 9pm-3am at Dalston Superstore!

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Spotlight on: Kasra V