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Lord Hicks

For the next edition of cult wonky pop and faggy synth bash Douche Bag we are thrilled to announce our very special guest, the ukelele-wielding acerbic talent that is Lord Hicks! With off-the wall covers of pop hits ranging from Iggy Azalea’s Fancy and Azealia Banks’ 212 to his own original hit, The Grindr song under his belt, we can’t wait to see what he releases at Douche Bag! We caught up to chat musical idols, Francis Bacon and plans for the year!

Hi Lord Hicks! We can’t wait to have you join us at Douche Bag! Can you tell us a little bit about yourself for those who don’t know you yet?

“An eligible bachelor with a sparkling wit and a somewhat incongruous penchant for Hip Hop” (Country Life Magazine)

 What has been your proudest moment as Lord Hicks?

It was this earlier this year actually. I played my first solo show in a tattoo parlour-come-art space in Liège called L’Usine. It was sold out which was a joy, but even better were the two women in the front row singing every word of my Grindr song back to me. That was pretty special.

What made you choose the ukulele as your instrument?

 I didn’t choose it, it chose me. My dear sister gave me one as a Christmas present years ago and I took to it like a duck to water and we’ve been inseparable ever since.

Who is your musical idol?

Freddie Mercury for his flamboyant showmanship, Noel Coward for his impeccable wordsmithery.

If you could change one thing about LGBT+ nightlife in London, what would it be?

More gentry, less gentrification

What inspired you to write the Grindr song?

As the refrain suggests, it was borne out of my dismay at the lack of gentlemen. I thought to myself that there must be some nice young men out there with a modicum of civility. From the response it received, I gather it’s a common experience.  

What is your favourite song to cover?

It’s a rather crude little number, you might know it, it’s called ‘Fuck You’ by Cee-Lo Green. Terribly cathartic!

If you had a time machine and could go dancing anywhere, when /where would you go?

 The Colony Room in Soho when it was frequented by Francis Bacon to get squiffy, then on to The Grand Tour with Byron and Shelley (while avoiding death by drowning or venereal disease).  

 Do you have any exciting plans in the pipeline that you can let us in on?

I’m writing a show to coincide with the 50th year since the introduction of the Sexual Offences Act. It’s a piece exploring a queer history of the British Isles through song.

In five words or less, what do you plan to unleash on Douche Bag?

Highbrow filth

Catch Lord Hicks at Douche Bag on Friday 24 March from 9pm-3am at Dalston Superstore!

Clam Jam Loves Keziah

By Cathal

For the second instalment of cLAM jAM at Dalston Superstore Cathal and Bica (cLAM jAM mum + dad) invite Keziah, sexy front woman of rising London band Black Gold Buffalo, to be special cLAM jAM guest of the month this coming Thursday.

Ahead of the fun Cathal had a chat with her…

Cathal: What was the first record you remember hearing and liked ?

Keziah: I was 5 and it was a buddy holly album of my mums. I made her play it on repeat on a road trip to france. 

Cathal: What were you listening to when you were 15 ?

Keziah: When I was 15 I was a pure r’n’b, hip-hop girl and was massively into Mary J Blige, Janet Jackson, Aaliyah, Shortee Blitz, Ashanti, Kelis, Missy Elliott… 

I used to help teach hip-hop dance and I remember doing routines to these classics… haha.

Cathal: What is your secret shame tune ?

Keziah: Do you ever feel like a plastic bag? MY SECRET SHAME! When this came out I listened to it every morning for a week. Don’t worry I will never play this out! 

Cathal: Show us something the world needs to see.

Keziah: A bit of a deep one I know… but Patti is the oracle.  

Cathal: Give us a sneaky tease of your cLAM jAM set.


Azealia Banks – ATM Jam (Kaytranada Edition)

702 – You Don’t Know 

Q-Tip – Vivrant Thing

Foxy Brown – Oh Yeah

And more!

Cathal: Ace.

Join Cathal and Keziah at Clam Jam this Thursday 3rd October at Dalston Superstore from 9pm – 2:30am.

Clam Jam at Dalston Superstore

Introducing… Douchebag!

This Friday we welcome two self-proclaimed Douchebags to our doors in the shape of Laurence Del Rey and Michael Kelly. Known for their bank holiday party Douchebag down at The Star of Bethnal Green, they’ll be bringing a whole night of douching to Dalston Superstore’s top bar! Meanwhile, Rory Phillips and Nadia Ksaiba takeover the basement for their summer jam dance party Say Yes. Ahead of Friday’s festivities we caught up with Michael and Laurence to find out more…
Who are Douchebag and why did you decide to name yourself so?
L: We are Laurence Del Rey and Michael Kelly. We’re both based in the heart of the east end surrounded by douchebags and thought why not join them?
What’s the doucheiest thing you’ve ever done (that you can admit to)?
L: Running and jumping off a bus shelter after winning on Singstar. All sympathy disappeared from the doctor after I explained what happened. 
M: Actually Laurence I think you’ll find it was when you played a Cher song ‘by mistake’.
What is the best track to “douche” to?
M: So so many, MIA – Bring The Noize, Die Antwoord – Cookie Thumper, CHVRCHES – Gun are springing to mind right now.
L: Probably Yung Rapunxel by Azealia Banks as it begins with voice going “danger, danger” then once she starts screaming you could probably douche without anybody hearing you. The drop out will give you a moment to let it all out and then when the bass kicks back in you get clean to the beat. She’s also a bit of douche at times but we love her for it.

Your party was previously just a bank holiday special… as bank holiday professionals- what is it about London and CRAZY bank holidays?
L: It’s the thrill of getting wasted on a Sunday, it still feels naughty. I tend to need another bank holiday after my bank holidays however. 
What’s the furthest anyone’s ever travelled for one of your parties- has anyone ever crossed the river for you?
L: Michael Kelly knows the answer to this, he tends to travel home with them being the loose one in the team.
M: Lies, I never go south of the river… but if anyone from Streatham is reading this, you’re very welcome.
Least favourite track on Now That’s What I Call Music 83?
L: Wow it’s a pretty bad comp. Stooshe ‘Waterfalls’ for adding little to a classic? I do like the Amelia Lily song on that CD, we don’t play her at DB though. In fact none of that track listing would end up at our party. One day I’d like there to be a ‘Now That’s What I Call Douchebag’. It would be messy.
M: So hard to pick just one… Cheryl or Bumford. 
Who are music’s top douchebags EVER?
M: Die Antwoord, and we love them for it. You’ll definitely be douching to them this Friday.
L: Lady Gaga. I’m not looking forward to another two year campaign of pretentious nonsense from her. Hopefully that lead single will suck and we can forget about her.
Join Douchebag in the top bar this Friday 2nd August for Say Yes at Dalston Superstore from 9pm – 3am.

Drums Of Death

Who better to headline Hot Boy Dancing Spot’s Halloween extravaganza than DRUMS OF DEATH! Some say he is a master of things that go bump in the night… Some say he is a master of all things H.O.U.S.E… Both are right! We asked him our spookiest questions and then twisted his arm with a Chinese burn until he made us this exclusive mix until we found out what’s scarier: his taste in music or his skull-face-paint!

What is the scariest record you own?

The chord changes in Art Decade on Low by David Bowie have always given me the fear and the early mad stuff by Steve Reich like Pendulum Music, while not exactly scary, I find rather unsettling.  Dance music though, no…  Even the stupid or mad stuff is still funky.

I don’t think club record is scary. some are pretty daft or funny… Like everyone else I have records that I’ve never played out.  Usually ridiculous techno that I can’t find the right time to play.

What is your idea of hell?

Pure boredom.

How does your Waves trilogy of EPs translate into the current A/V show you’re touring?

My current live show is all music from the Waves EP series and new album tracks. Music and visuals sync up and it’s a very immersive experience.  I’ll be playing some of those new things at the Halloween party.  I started off as being this raw, punky, energetic bassline and wonky house guy but I’ve really hit my stride now. My music is stripped back, I play synths live, no singing (I let others do that in the studio) and I let the music breathe. The new live show with or without the visuals is something I really proud of.  

What’s been the best show for it so far in terms of how it’s worked visually in the venue, how the crowd’s responded to it, the atmosphere…

The debut at this year’s Springfestival in Graz, Austria was amazing… it was the culmination of the all work from the start of the year and the first time seeing the whole thing in action.  Well, I didn’t actually see it as I was doing it, but my visual artists film the show and I’ve seen it. Very cool.  I’ve also done the show at Zouk in Singapore, Razzmatazz in Barcelona and other places. It’s been dope. Really a lot of fun. This is the beginning; we’ll scale it up for next summer. 

Here’s the clip of the debut show:

What’s your favourite Murk record and why?

It has to be an Oscar G solo joint. Reaching Up!  (Raw Vocal Mix) – The whole track is raw and rough… love it.

How did it feel to hear Azealia Banks’ vocal on your track?

It’s been great, she and I have been working on/off since last year and aside from the tracks on her mixtape I’m doing something on the album.  I’m working with a bunch of awesome artists right now, kind of easing into my role as a producer for other people.  I’m taking two weeks out from after Halloween to work on some new Drums Of Death album music.

Is the art of song-writing a lost art in dance music?

It depends on the song. It’s easy to load a piece of music with too much song. The key is stripping it back to the essentials. I don’t really think anyone does this well in the UK to a consistent level.  I love the Steffi record ‘Yours’, this is a prime example of pure hooky vocal and stripped back.  

What vocalist would you love to work with?

If it could be anyone from any time it would have to be those we’ve lost…  Gil Scott-Heron would be at the top of that list.

If you had a time-machine what dance floor would you visit?

I’d like to have gone to the Soundfactory or Music Box, though the privilege of hindsight means we ascribe a certain greater to value to those venues or parties but I’m not actually a retro-ist.  I think there’s so much good music now, we have better soundsystems and more expansive technology.  I love so much of house music but I don’t want to think that the best is behind us. I always want to be hit by something fresh.  Saying that, I’ll be DJing a ton of old jams at Dalston Superstore for Halloween… Ha Ha Ha.

Drums Of Death plays a DJ set at Hot Boy Dancing Spot next Saturday 27th October from 9pm – 4am with The Lovely Jonjo, Hello Mozart and a top bar takeover from Anal House Meltdown.

Jeffrey Hinton

This Thursday sees night of girl-heat JERK! expanding into the lazer basement as they takeover the two floors of Dalston Superstore for the first time ever. Not only have they created (in their own words) “farsh garms to be distributed (thrown) at the best krumpers, boglers, two steppers, dutty winers and general fierce bitchizzz” but they’ve got Queer Nation legend Jeffrey Hinton playing over both floors! We caught up with Jeffrey to find out what he’s been unleashing on the world and what we’ve got in store for JERK!

What can we expect to hear from you at Jerk?

I will dig deep into my ‘90s r’n’b archive plus mix it all up as I normally do- new and old, bit of UK garage, 2 step, Moomba, swing beat… who knows? But it’s always a party!

Tell us the one track that hasn’t left your record bag lately.

Hmm, well I like it if a tune can stand the test of time! My friend played me Azealia Banks – 212 back in September last year. I always like a good mash-up and she sings over the Lazy Jay track. I thought then that it had a fresh edge- very east London. So it’s no surprise it’s become a bit of an anthem.

What’s your most unusual musical influence?

Most of my influences come from travel, but I guess an unusual influence is lighting. I used to love lying flat out on the dancefloor with my friend Space at the Heaven Club (circa ‘80s). They used to have the most amazing disco lighting rig and we would just look up and bath in music and lights, while people danced and stepped over us. I used to do the same at The Saint in New York, which for me was the best-designed club I’ve ever seen… well, so far! Music is best when you are drowning in a visual experience too. Even if it’s just in the mind!!

Your DJ career has spanned from the ’80s to now- what’s been your favourite decade for music so far?

I don’t really think like that as all music is connective and has its place. I wouldn’t say it always evolves as it often devolves. But that’s okay. If it frustrated you then that’s good as it pushes you to create.

What was on the first mixtape you ever made?

I was probably making them in my head aged two but I didn’t get a tape recorder until I was seven and then I just taped every sound I could. I found a way to feed it back through the hi-fi we had and mix it over music or the radio. It would sound mental but I loved it.

Tell us a bit about your work with the National Portrait Gallery!

Well, as you say I have been around a while(!!) so I have collected archived most of my life: filming and photographing club stuff. It’s a very big collection with a lot of behind the scenes bits. I didn’t keep it for showing as such, more to celebrate the friends that I love. But it does document moments in time that are of a different mood to now and also completely unique.

It has lots of people that have become a bit iconic like Leigh Bowery, plus it features a lot of underground London culture. So the British Film Institute and the National Portrait Gallery are into showing it and archiving it, which is lovely. In fact, on 26th April at 7pm at the National Portrait Gallery Theatre I’m showing some of my archive plus there’ll be a bit of a chat.

What’s been your weirdest DJ experience?

Well this has probably been mentioned before due to me being well known for my approach to music at Leigh Bowery’s club Taboo. I loved sound effects at that time (I still do) so I would chop and mix up videos (video scratching they named it, I didn’t though). I edited everything together: porn, Abba, operations, tv and film from around the world and my own stuff. I would project it over the dance floor and mix it in with the music. Also I would have tape cassettes playing sound effects and mix that into the music as well. The music would be quite random too. The whole effects was nuts, but then the club was nuts too.

So one night I was happily playing the slip mat as I was on acid and the grinding sound seemed normal! As they were so used to unusual sounds everyone kept dancing anyway. I did think I was at home though and not actually there, that when Princess Julia came over to see if I was okay, I asked her make me a cup of tea!

And your worst?

I think I’ve had a few sticky moments!! One was working at a club called Rock. I was rushing and on arrival I noticed I’d picked up my record bag full of r’n’b music. The problem was it was a house music club! Really had to wing that one!!

What do you like about playing at Dalston Superstore?

I love working at a place where the people that own and run it have a passion for what they want to create- it makes such a difference. Dan Beaumont and all the gang are amazing. Plus east London gives me more freedom and we all need more freedom right!!

Jeffrey Hinton plays Jerk Gets Two Floors at Dalston Superstore this Thursday 12th April from 9pm – 3am.