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DUCK BEATS

 

I had the pleasure recently of warming up for Chris Duckenfield aka The Duck at The Reading Rooms in Dundee.

 

A Night With...Chris Duckenfield

 

Now I have to own up from the start and say Chris is my favourite DJ. I’m a fan. In fact, in my opinion The Duck is one of the best disc jockeys the UK has ever produced. He is one of that rare breed who are not only highly technically gifted, but also have a top notch taste in music added to a real performer’s feel for the room and the crowd. He is also a top guy and can drink like a pirate. The full package basically.

Check this House mix he did for our Home Taping label a few years back if you don’t believe me…

 

or this more Disco influence affair for Disco Deviance:

 

 

 

In terms of history he has also been in the game since the very early days of Acid House when he worked for Warp Records and released on the now legendary imprint as RAC.

 

 

  

 I first met The Duck in Glasgow during his SWAG days after witnessing him hypnotise a whole room of gyrating people. The whole place was vibing as he busied away slapping records on, mixing them in and flipping them off as he nodded away incessantly to the groove. His style was mesmerizing and highly infectious.

SWAG – which he formed along with producer whizz Richard Brown – were one of the most successful UK house acts of the dance era. They made a couple of great LPs, remixed an endless list of underground and major artists, and they also made this track ‘Groove Seeker’s Allowance’ on another legendary label JBO which had a massive influence on people like me.

 

 

Since the days of SWAG came to an end, The Duck has continued to DJ rather impressively at residencies like his The Idiots Are Winning in London and at Hopeworks which is part of the Sheffield warehouse revival scene. An annual residency at Electric Elephant in Croatia was also a perfect home for his DJ talents and social skills. And The Idiots boat parties became the stuff of Adriatic legend.

 

 

Chris has also been the man and the producer behind a number of highly successful, vinyl only edit/rework projects which have set dance floors on fire around the world. But I can’t tell you about that, or he would have to kill me. So look into it yourself instead.

Personally for me a DJ set without a Duckenfield production is highly unlikely and highly suspicious.

Finally, Chris set up a hands on, small scale distribution company alongside long time chum Alec from Toko about 10 years ago in response to the demise of the top heavy distribution dinosaurs. And even if you don’t know it…All Ears are basically responsible for getting most of the high quality labels and releases that kick around today out there into the shops and right onto your decks.

Anyway enough blowing smoke…The Duck will hate this after all as he is not one to blow his own trumpet. And he strongly dislikes the contemporary world of music/DJIng and its self promoting clap trap.

However to get back to the point of this story…as part of the promotion for the night in Dundee The Duck talked us through some records which are essential items in his box and in his sets. As there was such a great response to them on social media and they were such good tunes, I thought it might be worth posting it up here for more long term viewing. And of course it is always nice to take in The Duck’s very particular turn of phrase.

 Anyway see what you think and if you get the chance to catch The Duck play…then do it! You will not be disappointed.

AMEN.

 

DUCK BEATS ESSENTIAL SELECTIONS FEB 2016
It’s a rare treat to be given a longer set, so I’m over-packing for the trip up to Dundee & very much looking forward to getting back on the floor with you all at the Reading Rooms this weekend

Dicky asked me to pluck a few favourites from the ever-growing pile of 12’s for this one, so here goes…

ANON – WHISTLE

A bit of a secret Sheffield weapon, that has never left my bag since it came out in ’93.

Basically a full blown carnival condensed into a fierce, sparse drum jam concocted by the legendary DJ Parrot (Sweet Exorcist / The Crooked Man).

 

 

GOLDEN TEACHER – DIVINE

I’m a super sad fanboy when it comes to GC. This one came out a couple of weeks ago via London’s amazing Sounds Of The Universe crew.

A totally irresistible & loose fusion of Chicago / Italo / New Wave that just tears up the dance.

 

 

SADAR BAHAR – SOUL SEARCHING

A man who’s clearly forgotten more than most know.

This superb re-edit came out on a 7” a couple of years ago. It’s painfully short, so I took the scissors to it and extended this bold and brassy Northern Soulish stomper into a longer, floor-wrecking & raw workout. Pass the talc !

 

 

SHIT ROBOT – WHERE IT’S AT

My most played cut of last year I think. The mysterious Johnny Aux transforms the track into a glorious Acid Houser featuring the legendary Reggie Watts on vocals.

A stripped down and Strobelit masterpiece.

 

 

VOISKI – FROM WHITE TO RED

Both this guy’s EP’s on L.I.E.S are stunning, modern Techno collections,  but this track in particular has become an anthem at our wonderful warehouse party Hopeworks. It’s the perfect combination of a hypnotic tribal beating and rich synth pads that’s just an energy powerhouse on the floor.

 

DJ QU – UNTITLED (HI LIFE)

 

Another go-to favourite from my Hopeworks residency.

A modern Ma Foom Bey that manages to be insanely uplifting while slightly moody.

 

 

 

CESARIA EVORA –  ANGOLA (CARL CRAIG’S MIX)

Another one that’s never left the bag.

An absolute masterclass in how to arrange a record, this builds beautifully across 8 magnificent minutes into an absolute frenzy.

 

 

DJ FETTBURGER & JAYDA G – NYC PARTY TRACK

Norway strikes again !

I have a real soft spot for sellotaped together sample-House jams like this, especially ones that expertly flip well worn loops (GQ’s ‘Disco Nights’ AGAIN).

Less is always more though. A proper jump around, acting stupid record that leaves all the flatulent laptop bore-a-thon’s for dead.

 

DAN SHAKE –  BUY YOURSELF FRIENDS

A perrenial Sylvester classic that’s a huge favourite of mine gets a new lease of life via a looped up an expertly edited take by Mr Shake.

 

 

And as a late addition here’s a recording of most of The Duck’s set from A Night With…Chris Duckenfield at The Reading Rooms that night. Enjoy the music! We did.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MAREH – A BRASILIAN HOGMANAY

MAREH – A BRASILIAN HOGMANAY

The Mareh Festival in Brasil continues to grow and grow in reputation every year. Starting out as just a small gathering of friends around a great sound system in a beautiful place, it has now become a cool boutique music festival with a growing international reputation in just over a decade.

MAREH 1400X1400PX

They have also now added an impressive record label, Mareh Music, to their list of party tricks. The imprint showcases international and local acts that play at the festival each year and at their monthly nights in Sao Paulo. I have been very honoured to have been involved in the label over the last couple of years and it’s going from strength to strength featuring artists such as Eric Duncan, The Revenge, Eddie C, Max Essa, Pete Herbert and myself.

Mareh 001 SleeveMareh 002 Sleeve

It is a wicked blend of location, music and people that makes Mareh so unique and very special. The last time Pedro and I played at the festival was 2 years ago at Barra Grande in the very North of Brasil where we played alongside Session Victim at the big New Year’s Eve event. And this year we are over the moon (or should that be sun?) to have been booked to return and play at the festival again, but this time in its spiritual home of Boipeba in Bahia.

boipeba

A very quick google image search will reveal just how amazing Boipeba is as a location for a music festival. It’s a real paradise on the Bahian coast packed full of white sandy beaches and lush looking islands. Where can you find a better place for a week of music, dancing and good times???

Pedro & Dicky Mareh 5

The line up is pretty spot on too with some amazing DJ talents, good people and I am happy to say plenty of amigos on the line up including Eric Duncan, The Revenge, Greg Wilson, Tim Sweeney, Eddie C, Ray Mang, Selvagem & Gop Tun amongst others. So the soundtrack also looks right on the money.

Mareh 2016

It is not surprising either that on the back of the growing reputation of the festival, plus the wider profile gained by releasing a couple of amazing records on the label, that there is now much more international interest in the event. It has been compared in spirit to popular small boutique festivals in Europe such as Electric Elephant and The Garden both in terms of ethos and practice. And after all who wouldn’t mind spending a week in a Brasilian paradise dancing with fellow music lovers and revelers in between long sessions spent on the beach or in the hammock???

 

Mareh 2016 day to day

One new element of this year’s festival that we are particularly excited about is the inclusion of boat parties. Boat parties at Croatian festivals have become the stuff of legend over the last decade. Good DJs, great music, sunshine and a dedicated crowd. Well do you fancy it? YUP!!!

So we are very proud to be kicking things off with a Disco Deviance boat party at this year’s Mareh. The last DD boat we did was at Electric Elephant last year and what a day that was!!! We still get people mailing us and talking about it now. Here’s a wee clip of the action from that wonderful day:

Can’t wait to see what will happen at the Mareh edition of the DD boat and let the magic unfold.

If you are interested in attending Mareh then tickets can still be purchased direct from Resident Advisor if you are outside Brasil:

http://www.residentadvisor.net/event.aspx?737347

And you can check on the Mareh website and Facebook pages for more info on how to buy tickets for the boat parties.

http://www.mareh.com.br/

https://www.facebook.com/marehReveillon

If you are still thinking about it then I can only say that it’s one of the best organised festivals I have ever been to and it’s attention to the small yet important details like the sound, bar, decor etc is all of the very highest standards. Plus the people are great and 100% up for it. So just do it.

VAMOS!!!

A Wee Chat With Frank Booker

A Wee Chat With Frank Booker

Crate digger, Disco Boogieman and my good friend Frank Booker is heading up from New Zealand for a short tour of Europe and the USA this month.

Frank Booker Tour 2015

I have the pleasure of playing with him again at Autodisco on Sat Dec 5th and after last year’s legendary event we are looking forward to more love and mayhem on that dance floor!

Autodisco December 2015 SMALL (1)

 

https://www.facebook.com/events/1529237897366551/

This is what happened the last time Mr Booker graced the decks at Autodisco…and we definitely want more!!!

 

Auto Disco - Crowd Shot - Frank Booker Dec 2014 - DT (6 of 7)

 

Frank and I caught up recently for a chat about all things Booker and life on the road.

And here’s a DJ mix he put together to promote the tour which you can listen to while having a wee read. Enjoy!

DT: New Zealand is a long way from Europe. When you come to play here how does it differ from playing back home?

FB: Yes it’s a long haul that’s for sure! I guess the main difference is there is not too much of a ‘Disco’ scene (for want of a better word!) at the moment in Auckland. So often I’m playing relatively low-key gigs and usually quite long sets (4-5 hours) which gives you a bit of time to stretch out. The Europe gigs are usually only a couple of hours and it’s peaktime which changes the approach a bit. But ultimately the idea is the same…Play some soulful music, make people dance and make sure I enjoy myself in the process!

 

 

DT: Now much has been said about your long term friendship with Recloose. How did you guys meet and what is the best thing you have done together musically speaking?

FB: We first met in late 2001. Matt (Recloose) was moving to New Zealand to be with his then partner. Myself and a friend (who I was promoting events with at the time) where the first people to book Matt in Auckland, and we became friends fast. I got him back to DJ in Auckland many more times, and also went to DJ with him occasionally in Wellington too.

Matt relocated to Auckland around 2008 and that was the beginning of us working together a lot more. The Hit It & Quit It (our radio show) began around 2008 and ran until 2013 (as a weekly show), and more recently has been resurrected in NYC where Matt is living now, on East Village Radio.

In terms of the best thing we did together? It’s a tough call but we threw a series of Hit It & Quit It parties around 2010/2011 and the one with Moodymann as a guest (his only ever NZ appearance) was quite legendary.

 

DT: You have a reputation as a proper DJ’s DJ. When you DJ what do you think is unique or distinctive about the way you approach it? And what one piece of advice would you give to young DJs starting out?

FB: Well, firstly thanks! I guess it’s quite hard to be objective and stand back and look at what it is you do, especially when every gig is going to be markedly different, depending on the environment and so on. Having said that, I guess my main objective whenever I play is to get across a range of influences that have a common thread which is Soul. For instance I take great pride in being able to play Disco to a more ‘House’ crowd, or vice versa. Most of all I want to walk away and feel like I gave it a good go, and wasn’t just going through the motions!

Advice for youngsters? Well, this is something I think about a lot (My day job is running the DJ & Electronic Music Production programme at the Music & Audio Institute of New Zealand!). I think the main thing is, whatever you are into, find your own voice, and find a unique way to put things together that is your very own.

With the advent of ‘sync’ technology within digital DJing being able to mix (seamlessly) is a piece of cake now, so knowledge (and deep crates!) is power. At the end of the day I’d rather hear a DJ who can’t mix a drink but has amazing music, rather than someone who doesn’t drop a beat but is playing some boring shit!

 

 

 

DT: When you first walk into a club and see the crowd, what is it that makes you feel that this one is going to be special?

FB: Tough question! I’m terrible at guessing things like this, but sometimes there is some kind of magic in the air and you just know it’s going to be something special. That and a wide variety of crowd – has to be a roughly even mixture of girls & guys (or more girls!) and wide range of ages to make things really pop. Sometimes you just get a feeling that things are going to be cool – I had that feeling at Auto Disco last year for example even when no one was at the venue.

 

DT: What places have you most enjoyed playing over the last few years?

FB: There’s a few that spring to mind. Auto Disco in Dundee at The Reading Rooms last year was unbelievable – amazing scenes! Queen & Disco in Derry (also last year had amazing vibes. I also had a great time playing at Splendour in the grass (a big Australian outdoor festival) earlier this year, which was interesting as I feel that my music is more suited to nightclubs, as opposed to festivals, but I had the closing slot on the RBMA stage and it just worked perfectly.

Auto Disco - Frank Booker Time B&W

 

DT: What is the most valued piece of DJ equipment you carry in your bag when on tour? Is it really your disco towel???

FB: Absolutely, it’s the disco towel. Equal part refreshment, brow mopping, and excitement enhancer – whip it into a frenzy!

 

Auto Disco - Frank Booker-The Disco Towel

 

DT: Your new label is called Down In The Basement. So what actually happens Down In The Basement???

FB: Well, there is a basement at my house, but it’s currently just storage (and LOTS of records!). It will (god willing!) be transformed into a DJ/studio cave in the near future – my newborn needs my current studio room very soon!

 

Frank Booker Record

 

DT: What single person or place influenced you most in terns of DJing and the music you play.

FB: Manuel Bundy (a legendary Auckland DJ). He’s very much the godfather of NZ DJing. He was the first DJ I witnessed playing across the board with an amazing attention to detail, and that constant thread to his music and what he was playing – whether it was Hip Hop, Soul, House, Funk etc. He’s one of those rare DJs who could take the same bag of records and make it sound better than the next person. There’s a great story about him doing warm up sets for visiting International DJs here, and the headliners being too scared to go on after him! A Don.

 

DT: What 5 tracks are always in your record bag at the moment Professor Booker?

FB: Ok here we go…

Black “Keep It Fit”[Outerzona13]

I believe that it’s Tiago that is behind this series of edits (although I could be misinformed?!), and I’m surprised that they’ve flown under the radar a bit from what I can see. This is exactly what I love in an edit – tight arrangement, maximum impact and a whole lotta soul. There is another 12″ on this label (Outerzona13) with an amazing edit of Skye “Ain’t No Need” which is a required purchase too. Hot, hot, hot!

 

 

Flying Machines (Native-Twice) “Basstrain” [Blend It!]

Another label I’ve been enjoying for a long while that doesn’t seem to get a huge amount of press: Blend It! out of Italy. They are part of the Sounds Familiar family (Volcov et al) and have quietly released some of my favourite records (DJ weapons!) in the last couple of years. ‘Basstrain’ is peaktime disco, serious bassline and a bit of an afro vibe with the horns. Always works!

 

Julien Dyne “Various Edits – DITB 02” [Down In The Basement]

I’m really happy with what Julien delivered for this 12″ for Down In The Basemen. And it’s his first edit record! It perfectly sums up his vibe – a unique cut’n’paste production approach that has hallmarks of people like the Idjuts, and also has a very crate digger aesthetic to it as well – and the sound is instantly recognisable as his own. I hope everyone enjoys this as much as I do. A versatile 12″ for the eclectic DJ!

 

Dan Shake “Northern Merry” [Shake 02]

I first checked Dan’s music when he did his ‘3am Jazz Club’ release on Mahogani. He’s been a supporter of some of my edits, and we’ve kept in touch, sending each other music. This is a forthcoming release on his own Shake imprint, and it’s so hot it’s dangerous: A change of tempo from at the beginning from downtempo chop up soul to disco meets house. Clever use of samples, programming and some deft effects in the mix. A weapon!

 

Max B “Super Bwana” [Movieplay]

Ok, so it’s time to get serious: I don’t know too much about Mr Max B, but this record came out in 1978 on a Spanish label (Movieplay), and the back cover sees Max relaxing with a bevy of lovely ladies. This cut (which also came on a edited 7″ version, but I’m playing the LP cut) features Max chanting about his “super bwana” over the top of some joyous jazzy disco. Very uptempo & frenetic. A great 2am record: One for the dancers!

 

DT: so now down to the nitty gritty…gin & tonic or rum & ginger?

FB: G&T I love but it makes a bit moody! So, I’ll go for the rum and ginger. But really, whiskey is best of all!

Massive thanks to Frank Booker for the chat and don’t forget to catch him on his tour if you can. And also check out his wonderful DJ mixes on line and the essential releases on his new imprint Down In The Basement!

 

 

 

 

https://www.facebook.com/frankbookerdisco

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Radio Meuh Moon Rise Podcast

Radio Meuh Moon Rise Podcast

I recently got asked by the legendary French station Radio Meuh to do the first in their Moon Rise podcast series. I jumped at the chance!

http://www.radiomeuh.com/

If you haven’t heard of it before then the station is based in The Alps (a somewhat unusual location for a hyped radio station), and has a large and fanatical following within France and beyond.

They wrote a little piece about the mix which you can read here:

http://blog.radiomeuh.com/?title=moon-rise-podcast-episode-1&more=1&c=1&tb=1&pb=1

And here is the mix!

 

Some old stuff some new stuff and of course some secret squirrels too.

 

Enjoy the music!

A Whole Lotta Remix

A Whole Lotta Remix

We’ve been working on a load of remixes lately! Here are 3 new ones for you to check out.

First up, I did a DT rework of a Sould Out track called ‘Get The Funk’ which is due to come out on one of my current fav labels Hotbox Recordings straight out of Denver.

I was lucky enough to visit the metropolis that is Mexico City while on tour in May and played with Sould Out while in town. This led to me doing the remix. I was even more lucky to get Robin Lee from Faze Action to guest jam on the remix so that I could take the reflip off in a much more live disco direction, which I think really suited the track. See what you think!

 

You should see this hitting the download stores in the next month or so as part of a Sould Out EP on Hotbox.

Next up Pedro and I were very honoured indeed to be asked by Indie legends Belle & Sebastian to remix ‘The Party Line’ from their amazing new LP ‘Girls In Peacetime Want To Dance’. We were bowled over considering the massive reputation and following this group have around the world. Everywhere I have travelled from Brasil to Japan to Australia they are held in such high regard. And what’s more as soon as we heard ‘The Party Line’ with its Japan style bassline and disco touches we knew exactly what we could do to it.

So here’s how it came out of the studio and it should be seeing the light of day very soon!

I also got to see Belle & Sebastian play live as part of the deal and it certainly was a treat. Catch them on the road if you can!

Last but by no means least, Gerd Janson from the ace Running Back Records asked us to remix the Tensnake classic ‘Holding Back (Your Love)’.

Now Gerd and I had spoken years before about me doing a version of this track because it had such a powerful effect on me when I first heard and started playing it. And although I love the original…I always heard this other version of it in my head that had a more boogie/electrofunk feel to it as opposed to the more blissed out, downtempo and dare I say druggy feel of the original.

Anyway to cut a long story short, Gerd remembered me badgering him like hell back then for the parts and when he came to commissioning a new set of mixes to celebrate the anniversary of the release of the song on his label he got in touch. Thank you amigo! A man of his word if ever there was one. So Pedro and I got to work on it at last!

Now approaching a classic track that means a lot to you is something you either avoid like the plague, or do while treading very carefully and respectfully. We both felt we didn’t want to totally flip it and would rather stick to the bare bones of the original but just touch it up a bit in terms of the feel, tempo and arrangement. And fortunately we were both very pleased with the way it came out of the studio sessions and started playing it out straight away to great response. Bingo!

You can check it out below!

Our remix is available to buy now as a digital download in both the short and extended mix versions (yes we did two!). And is also part of a lovely vinyl double pack release along with remixes by Tiger & Woods, Prins Thomas, Lone, Shan & DJ Oyster.

Massive respect to Tensnake for making such an amazing piece of music in the first place!

Now it’s time for us to focus on making our own new music for the next release on Paradise Row…VAMOS!!!

Faze Action Remix

Faze Action Remix

You couldn’t meet a nicer and more talented couple of chaps than The Brothers Lee aka Faze Action.

Early Faze Action

Robin and Simon have firmly cemented their place in the history of the UK disco and house scenes over the last few decades. Since their early releases on the highly influential Nuphonic label, these two disco brothers have kept their standards consistently high and have flown the flag that led UK dance music from disco to house through to nu disco and then beyond into the territory of just bloody good music. Whether in the studio, playing as a live band or just DJing, these two fellows can do it all and they do it all very well too. I have nothing but respect for them both.

It now seems a very long time ago since I got passed and then swiftly bought their debut LP in a Glasgow record store after hearing the still rather amazing sounds of ‘In The Trees’ the night before. What a bloody track!

It was almost a decade later that our paths first crossed in the Sonica Radio studios one sunny day in Ibiza. Myself and Pedro had been doing a live DJ mix for John Beach’s Winging It show and in walked Simon and Robin who were guesting on the show after ours. Now Pete and the Faze Action chaps go back a long way. Right back in fact to college days when they threw and played at parties together in the mighty Bournemouth. So we chatted , joked and laughed a bit while one show segued into another. Then later on following our studio encounter we partied down at Sands in Playa D’En Bossa where we had a wee Disco Deviance Jam with Craig Smith and The Revenge from 6th Borough Project going on as the sun set on the beach. It was a fine day, Although I do seem to remember it ended up rather messy in a basement of hotel somewhere at around 7am…

Since that first encounter we have been connected and regularly in touch through the music. Their absolutely brilliant ‘I Wanna Dancer’ track was always a regular in my sets and ‘Stratus Energy’ also got a frequent outing. Both tracks perfectly evoked that Faze Action sound sitting comfortably between classic Disco and Italian/UK House music. Both are bangers in their own right.

 

More recently I was passed a track by my disco comrade Pedro from Faze Action’s latest album. The song was called ‘Magic Touch’ and from the first time I heard it I loved it and played it out regularly. However, right from the start while playing it I could also hear a dub of the song in my head. You know when that happens? The version I had in my mind would be something along the lines of those classic 80s style dub mixes that were always on the flipside and a bit like this World Premier Beats cut.

I hoped to do this new dub version from the stems, but despite frequent drunken blah blah blahs in each others ears over the next 6 months or so it never quite came together. Then very recently I found myself on an overnight flight to Colombia and decided to give it a go anyway ‘edit style’ straight from the master. It came together pretty quickly (as all good edits do) and by the time I got to Colombia I already knew I would be playing it the next night. After all it was a chop of an amazing original track. So I did and it rocked!

It was at that point after a spot of dance floor feedback that I thought I would share it with Pedro and also sent it to the Faze Action lads themselves. Everyone loved it and after a masterful remaster by Robin himself, they ended up asking if they could include it on the next vinyl release on their label. BINGO!

Anyway that’s how it all went and I am pleased and honoured to say that my version of Magic Touch is now available on vinyl in all good record stores. And I am so chuffed to call these two heroes my friends and to finally have remixed one of their tracks for their label. Big thanks to them for that!

You can check it out here:

And it is available on Juno, Piccadilly, Phonica and all good record stores.

Hope you enjoy the music x

Irish Legends

Irish Legends

Off this weekend to play a few gigs in Ireland. As you already know, Ireland is one of my favourite spots to play and that always make me want to wax lyrical about it. I get excited you see about the good times and fine people ahead of me.

So on this trip I head to Dublin first to join in the party poppers over at Together DISCO. I love this night! First thing that hit me when I first played there last time (funnily enough for their 1st Birthday celebration…this is becoming a habit!) was that the night had a unique feature in terms of today’s clubbing scene…and that feature was a true party host. Ryan who runs the night is what they call ‘a bit of a character’ I would say. But the whole scene around the night is built on the top people who make it all happen behind the scenes and on the dance floor, their charisma, their love of great music and their bloody minded commitment to having a really good time.

Capitano Disco

TD also have some fantastic residents, especially Billy Scurry who I have heard many people say ‘is the most underrated DJ in Ireland’. Well he certainly isn’t underrated in Dublin and at TD…where he is rightly held up as an absolute legend. If you haven’t checked him before then do so immediately.

So all of these elements put together make TD an amazing night to play at. And it struck me first time I played there that in these days of increasingly corporate clubbing and with the presence of promoters who go only for ‘big name DJs’ to drag the numbers in and put ‘bums on seats’ rather than actually build a proper night and a crowd…or a scene as I would call it…well, in that environment Ryan and the TD posse are a real breath of fresh air and a symbol for me of what parties should be all about. Respect to them for that. And that is why I would play for them any time!

TD Logo

Now one of the DJs I am playing with at TD is Padraic from Galway’s finest The Disconauts. A regular presence at TD both in the DJ booth, behind the scenes and on the dance floor, he also represents my second reason for being in Ireland this weekend. On Sunday we will be heading together (in whatever condition we may find ourselves) to Galway to take part in one of The Disconauts legendary boat parties.

Best Disconauts

Now I have been to play for these fine fellows before in Galway and had a whale of a time. P & Keith are fantastic hosts and again for me they represent something very special in terms of promoters and residents. The Disconauts have been throwing these boat parties for 15 years and have welcomed some mighty fine guests to play with them including Fish Go Deep, Craig Smith, Rahaan, The Unabombers, Charles Webster, Mark E and Bob Jones amongst others. Their crowd know them and they know their crowd inside out. It’s a family thing. You will never be treated like a commodity or a ‘booking’ by this lot. And although things obviously have to add up in the long run like with any business, you are guaranteed to experience genuine love for the music and they very warmest hospitality with the strong possibility of a severe headache the morning after. But again to me they represent only the very best of things when it comes to promoting and throwing parties. Again respect is due alongside a brief prayer that the afters does not go on too long in this episode…

Ok on that note I will sign off and prepare for the weekend ahead. If you are going to join us then see you soon. If you find yourself somewhere else this weekend…then please do look up these amazing nights and fantastic people when you do find yourself in their parts of the world. You will not regret it! They all rock hard.

Ciao x

Boat Parties!

Boat Parties!

So summer is almost upon us and we all know one of the best things about summer….A GOOD BOAT PARTY!!!

That’s right time to look out those Captain’s hats and sailor/pirate outfits and get right on it!!!

There’s something about stepping onto a boat and leaving dry land that always gets a party swinging from my experience. And the good news is that we have two mega boat parties coming up very soon.

First up is the Sancho Panza Boat Party on Sat 2nd May. These Carnival legends need no introductions and we have heard their boat parties are just as much if not more on the legendary side. Very excited about having been asked along with Pedro to join Matt Brown and Jimmy K-Tel behind the decks. So please join us for good times and a night you will not forget. More info and ticket links here:

https://www.facebook.com/events/927497007290604/

Then in July we are very proud to announce that WE ARE ELEPHANT!!! That’s right off to play at the brilliant Electric Elephant with a number of sets over the weekend in Barbarellas, the main stage and the beach bar.

But most exciting of all..yes we will be taking to the sea on the Thursday 9th of July at 1pm and we will be taking absolutely no prisoners!!! Pedro and I will be your hosts along with our disco comrade at arms Ray Mang. So get to the festival early and get on board ship mates…this one is going to go right off!!! What a way to get your Elephant into gear.Still a few tickets left here…so be quick and don’t miss the boat±

http://bit.ly/1GlHDNr

So hope to see you on the disco decks at one or both of these boat parties very soon.

JOIN US!!!

Asian Tour April 2015

Asian Tour April 2015

I’m on the road again this week and back in Asia, which is one of my favourite spots to play. I am well excited about visiting some old friends and also making new ones as I am venturing to a few cities I have never been to before.

First stop on the trail is in Bangkok where I am back spinning at the terrific Disco Robot party. Had a wicked time there last year down at The Black Pagoda (yes I did make the plane!) and can’t wait to play some music again with those great characters Messrs JayDubb and Harrington. Also looking forward to more of that amazing Thai veggie food and the street culture that is second to none.

From there it’s a hop, skip and jump to drop some tunes at The Observatory in Ho Chi Minh in Vietnam. I have heard nothing but great stories about this venue and the country from other DJs and fiends who have visited there. So looking forward to making my debut there and then taking a look around the place for a few days after that.

Then it ‘s Hong Kong time where I will be DJing at FLY. Again it is my first time in the city and it will be great to drink up the atmosphere of such a big and famous place, and get the chance to play my music.

For the last stop on the tour I’m heading back to Seoul and playing for my good friend DJ Conan in his new venue there. Loved the people and the growing scene in the city on my last visit and am very pleased to be back in town again on this trip.

So wherever you are I hope you can make one of these shows and that I will see you on the dance floor.

LET’S DANCE!!! x

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Welcome To Paradise Row

Welcome To Paradise Row

The first time Pete Herbert and I met was about 8 years ago. He came to play at our club night Autodisco and if my memory serves me right…we slept head to toe on my mate Andy’s L shaped sofa that night. This is how it started. 

Since that night we have played more than a few gigs together back to back, travelled around the world in convoy, laughed a lot, shared more than a few drunken breakfasts and made a decent number of reworks, remixes and tracks together on the hoof. So far so good, or as Pedro would say ‘Bingo!’.

This month we launched our latest and probably for us our most exciting project to date as we released the first record on our new label, Paradise Row. The imprint has it’s origins in a pousada in Barra Grande in Brazil last New Year. We were playing there at the wonderful Mareh Festival at the time. Then while chilling out one day after the first party we made a track in Pedro’s room. That track ‘Disco De Chocolate’ took at least 10 beers to get going and a great day of hanging around in what we called the Billy Connolly suite with the odd interruption for a dip in the pool.

It was such a privilege to play at Mareh as the people, the place and the set up were so spot on…we felt like very lucky boys indeed. And funnily enough despite the constant distractions…swimming pool, hammocks, party people, caparinha on tap, cheap fags etc, we managed to knock together a pretty hot track in ‘Disco De Chocolate’. And that track was destined to be released on the brand new Mareh label that grew out of our experience at the festival and hook up with the organisers. I offered to help them run the imprint (as that is what I have done now for as long as I can remember) and it came out alongside a belter of a track by NYC legend Eric ‘Dunks’  Duncan who had also played at the festival that year. So Mareh Music was launched. Viva Mareh!

For us however it was more than just a great festival, a nice hook up and of course good times. ‘Disco De Chocolate’ we both felt was a new direction production wise for us and a new sound. A sound that came from our edit work, our approach to making music and our way of working together. But importantly it was not a DJ edit or a remix. It was a fusion of everything we had done before. And it helped that the track became one of the biggest tracks in our sets over the following year. It always drove the dance floor wild wherever we went and in front of very different crowds. So we must have got something right! It became a go to track. Again we were well chuffed.  And it got us thinking too…

So Pedro and I decided after the amazing experience that was Mareh and the buzz surrounding making ‘Disco De Chocolate’ (plus several gin & tonics) that we would like to start a new imprint just for our own productions and our ‘new style’ if we can call it that. We had the sound we were looking for…still with some borrowed basis as we are DJs first and foremost, but also with a lot of production banged on top too. There was also a vibe. We wanted it to be fresh and different, but also not so serious as we both believe dance producers and DJs are already way to serious about themselves and what they do, which to be honest is quite surprising. In fact,  there is nothing more boring than a DJ or dance music. It can be way too cool for those who still like to have a good time, and just plain stupid in the hands of more commercial interests. But most of all we wanted our new label to reflect the life we live and love as DJs. Blending the sounds and vibes of various places together and all about people getting people together and having fun. After all is that not what music is all about?

So you can check out the sounds from Paradise Row on Soundcloud on our pages now. We are working hard at it..well quite hard…to make it all we can. 

We hope you will enjoy the ride as much as we do x