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Toni Yotzi

We can’t believe it huns… Our pure nonsense heauxmeauxsexy disco party Mints is entering their terrible twos this Friday! To help celebrate, they have invited none other than Australian wunderkind selector Toni Yotzi to the mothership, joining a very special lineup of international special guests including Johannes Albert and Jaqi Sparro! Toni Yotzi has reached icon status down under, having helped put Perth on the underground electronic music map by programming Deep Doogs’ sunrise rave and presenting parties for the like of Kenji Takimi, Bell Towers and DJ Nozaki. In 2018, she has gone from strength to strength, with highlights including headlining Golden Plains Festival and  being a recent special guest on Tim Sweeney‘s New York dance music institution Beats In Space radio show! We caught up with Toni to find out about her infamous Camp Doogs festival, the Australian electronic music scene and what she thinks makes queer crowds so special!

Hey Toni! We are so excited to finally have you at Dalston Superstore! You’ve been on a bit of a whirlwind tour over the last few weeks, how has it been?

I’m so excited too! I feel like I’ve been away for ages but it’s been great! It’s been a bit testing at points., learned a lot and listened to club music on nice sound systems which I’ve been missing in Melbourne. Inspiration on tap.

Can you tell us a bit about Camp Doogs, the festival that you co-curated in Western Australia?

Doogs is a booteek festival a few hours out of Perth, we celebrated our fifth birthday last year by giving ourselves a holiday in 2018 haha! I book Deep Doogs, the rave part of the weekend and Stephen Bellaire (Reef Prince) works on the main stage. It’s a really special weekend for a lot of people that celebrates local and national artists. We never release the line up which is a programmer’s dream because you can create a weekend of deep creative cookery. People come with an open mind and leave feeling excited about enjoying something they wouldn’t necessarily normally rave too.

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You have hosted radio since 2011. What do you love about community radio?

Community radio is so important to me. It’s been the start of so many amazing artists’ careers, like CC: Disco!, Noise In My Head and Andras. I love the freedom of expression, which has undoubtably shaped how I DJ. Community radio gives the underrepresented a voice, and way to explore ideas and passions. Creating stories with sound is so interesting to me, I wouldn’t even know how to begin trying to convey the same visions with film. I love how it’s adapted to changes in people’s listening habits. Radio will never die.

How do you think your hometowns of Perth and Melbourne have influenced you as a DJ?

Brits love the seaside, so Perth has always had a lot of English expats (my mum being one of them)! I suppose this lead to a strong drum n bass scene in the 90s and 00s and a general UK club influence. I didn’t quite realise the influence until I noticed it wasn’t as common across Australia to thrown in trap, bass music and rap in a club set. I’ve been listening to Noise In My Head mixes for a long time as well which filtered a unique Melbourne eclectic ~ vibe ~ throughout too.

The Australian electronic music scene is finally starting to be recognized on more of an international scale, and we think it’s about time! Who are some under-represented Australian artists who we should have on our radar right now?

I’m loving Hame DJ, he’s just put out a great ep on Vulcan Venti, Rok Riley is Perth’s spiritual guide to everything good: the best selector, DJ and carer. Tourist Kid is also a true inspiration to me, he can play anything. I joke he’s a mix machine because he churns out so many incredible sets. A boy genius, crazy fast worker, he just put out an amazing textural experience on Melody As Truth called Crude Tracer, but he also makes next generation library music and bangers (hopefully soon).

What is special about playing to a queer crowd?

 NRG, expression, appreciation, cheekiness…all the absolute best things.

You have become known as a master of genre-bending sets. With such a diverse repertoire,  what are some of your favourite places to discover new music?

Gahhhh the genre mash – my truest love-hate relationship. I often say to myself, ‘Whyyyyy can’t you just play one thing!’ But it doesn’t work like that. So for digging in the last couple of years, I’ve started buying records again which is really good for finding old but fresh labels then I can discogs dive. I especially like 90s rave and percussion-driven house. I listen to a lot of mixes and I really like Bandcamp for finding new releases because their emails are very specific to what artists and labels you like.

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What has been a personal highlight of yours over the last few years?

I think playing at Golden Plains a few months ago will be a lifetime highlight… Peaked too soon! The sound system is incredible, one stage with 10 000+ people in a natural amphitheatre surrounded by incredible Australia bushland, working on visuals with friends. I cried a bit on stage playing Hiroshi Wantanbe’s Infinity Sign because it was just all so beautiful.

What is the craziest thing that has happened during one of your sets?

The fact I can have a existential crisis while DJing and keep playing is pretty wild to me lol.

Who are some of the DJs and selectors who have inspired you?

Gosh ummm lately DJ Bone’s mixing style, Luca Lozano for party vibes, Gatto Fritto, Gene Hunt. They aren’t really who I would’ve thought I’d enjoy but it’s so nice to be surprised because I see so many sets that it gets blurry. Kenji Takimi and DJ Nozaki a few years back. Roza Terenzi also played some insane sets on tour recently too.

In five words or less, what do you have in store for us at Mints?

~ nasty’n’nice ~ tuff’b’fun ~

Catch Toni Yotzi at Mints on Friday 10 August from 9pm-4am at Dalston Superstore!

Alexi Kaye Campbell

Award-winning playwright Alexi Kaye Campbell brings his explosive debut The Pride back to the West End five years after its initial run. Based at Trafalgar Studios, The Pride tells the tale of a complex love triangle tracked from the late 1950s to today “against a background of changing attitudes towards homophobia.” Directed by Jamie Lloyd and starring Hayley Atwell, Harry Hadden-Paton and Mathew Horne, this recent revival comes at a time when people across the UK, be they LGBT or straight-allies, are deeply considering the homophobic actions perpetrated in countries like Russia, Jamaica, Iran, Nigeria amongst others. We caught up with Alexi to find out more about how he feels about The Pride now and his thoughts on LGBT discrimination here and abroad…

The Pride was your first play- how do you feel about it now five years down the line?

I’m thrilled that it is getting a new life in London – so few people saw it the first time round. Also, it seems to be the right time for it to be returning – it feels more topical than ever. I hope it’s aged well – I did make a few changes to the script to bring it up to date but nothing too extreme. But overall I suppose I feel something like a very strong affection for this play – it was, after all, my first produced one and it launched my career as a playwright.

What’s it like working with director Jamie Lloyd again?

A real joy. Jamie understands the play so much and it’s been a real pleasure to return to it together. I think he has done the most extraordinary job bringing it to life.

A good portion of The Pride is set in the ’50s. How much research did you have to do on LGBT rights and people from this period?

I did quite a bit of research but mostly read plays from that period – Rattigan, Priestley and others. I wanted to make sure that the dialogue and world were authentic. I also watched a few films, including the seminal Victim with Dirk Bogarde. That was all very helpful. And I read Peter Wildeblood’s beautiful and important autobiography Against The Law.

L-R Al Weaver (Oliver) & Harry Hadden-Paton (Philip) - The Pride - Trafalgar Studios - Photo Marc Brenner

This current revival of The Pride is being hailed as quite timely as it touches on issues that could be applied to Russia’s recent LGBT discriminatory laws… what are your thoughts on the situation there?

I feel that just as things are progressing on the LGBT front in certain societies in the West – like Britain with the new marriage laws – things are getting worse in other parts of the world. We still live in a world riddled with terrible homophobia – in Russia, across Africa, the Middle East – and that this means we can never be complacent. There are so many more battles to be fought until gay people are seen and treated as being completely equal and accepted.

What can people do to support LGBT rights here on home turf?

I suppose always take the stand against discrimination and prejudice whenever it comes up in any form. 

What’s been the biggest moment of professional pride for you so far?

It must have been the opening night of The Pride at the Royal Court in 2008. It was my first opening ever. I remember standing outside the theatre and shedding a few tears. In private, of course.

Who are your favourite (for whatever reason) LGBT characters across film, TV and plays?

I did love Brokeback Mountain, in that it exploded every stereotype in the book and that is always a good thing. 

What other issues do you hope to explore in future work?

I’d like to write something about the current situation in Greece because it seems to me to represent a larger crisis of confidence in the West. After all, Greece is where it all began, so what happens there is an indication of what’s happening elsewhere. Being half Greek I feel especially drawn to the subject.

Who or what is currently inspiring you?

Music. always. Something stirring, emotional. You have to feel it before you write it.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?

“It’s the marathon, not the mile. Keep at it.”

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Photo credit of Alexi Kaye Campbell: Johan Persson

Photo credit The Pride still: Marc Brenner