Lipstick Disco’s 2016 Christmas musical advent calendar – we’ll be bringing a daily dose throughout December of 24 Kick-ass women, who’ve been making and playing kick-ass music in 2016.
ADVENT 2016 #06 – CASSY
It’s fair to say 2016 has be a super solid year for Cassy, one of the first residents at Berlins Prestigious Parnorama and a long standing resident at Amsterdam’s seminal Trouw, this year saw her continue her residency at Ibiza’s Circo Loco as well as return shows at Parnorama bar and a steady stream of appearances home and abroad. She’s also secured what will be her second South American tour starting in Jan 2017, where she’ll play the 10th anniversary of the BPM Festival. 2016 saw her BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix debut, as well as her first Mixmag cover. A remix for La Fleur’s ‘Flowerhead Reprise‘ Ep, highlighted her credits as a producer, but most notably the release of her debut album ‘Donna‘ on AUS this summer, cemented her as one of House music’s finest moguls.
Cassy is now set to release the first in a run of remixes over the coming months, but for todays advent, we’re bringing you the beautiful video of ‘Back‘ which was the debut release from ‘Donna‘. London-based director Reza Dolatabadi ran with the theme of female unity for the video, bringing together a mysterious group of women in an intense dance-off. “Almost 90% of the performance is improvised,” says Dolatabadi “My brief to the dancers was to think of a situation that could make you very sad, angry or happy and work it out in your performance.” a stunning piece of visual art, to accompany a stunning production.
STREAM THE FULL ALBUM HERE
Lipstick Disco’s 2016 Christmas musical advent calendar – we’ll be bringing a daily dose throughout December of 24 Kick-ass women, who’ve been making and playing kick-ass music in 2016.
ADVENT 2016 #05 – HANNAH HOLLAND
The undisputed queen of the East London scene, Hannah Holland has been gracing the decks for over 10 years. She’s a prolific DJ, producer, promoter and label boss, the creator behind seminal London party – turned record label ‘Batty Bass‘ who’s releases this year have included tracks and remixes by herself, Shaun J. Wright, Alinka, The Carry Nation, Josh Caffe, Ralph Lawson, Severino, Posthuman and more. 2016 saw Hannah play her debut set at Berghain and launch a new party ‘Club Vada‘ at Dalston Superstore. Hannah’s productions this year also include remixes for Spatial Awareness on Twirl, and a solo release on Classic Music Company with remixes from Catz ‘N’ Dogz, Luke Solomon and Huxley and her latest release is a remix of Breakwater by The Carry Nation on Get Up Recordings, which we’re serving to you at todays advent.
Lipstick Disco’s 2016 Christmas musical advent calendar – we’ll be bringing a daily dose throughout December of 24 Kick-ass women, who’ve been making and playing kick-ass music in 2016.
ADVENT 2016 #04 – THE BLACK MADONNA
Last night I had the pleasure to see The Black Madonna play at London’s Chaper 10 party. She threw down a two hour, hand’s-in-the-air, full-throttle, high-energy DJ set, traversing between disco, italo, house and splatterings of Acid. The crowd went bonkers and when she turned around and drew a heart on the steamed up window behind her, it confirmed to me why she firmly steals a place as one of my top DJ’s of all time. The Love, joy and passion she exudes when she plays is expressed in her music and fills the room, but not only does she spread positive vibes on the dancefloor, but uses her voice to fight for diversity and equality within the music field and beyond. The Black Madonna is a true pioneer, she’s breaking moulds, breaking boundaries and spreading a whole lotta love. The last few years she’s propelled into the limelight and this year, following a busy European festival circut schedule, she returned to the US for her most extensive US tour yet, proving she’s just going from strength to strength.
The Black Madonna is more renowned for her DJ sets, than her production’s, but while they may be less frequent, they’re equally as incredible and infectious, she takes a ‘less is more’ approach to her releases and chooses quality over quantity. This November saw the release of her first solo record in two years. The now sold out ‘”He Is The Voice I Hear” is a banging 11-minute, single-sided 12-inch with an etching on the other side, sadly we can’t bring you the stream for that (although you can have a listen HERE) , however her remix of Tiga’s ‘Blonde’s Have More Fun’ released back in August has been getting some serious airplay from the Lipstick Disco crew, so we’re giving you this one to spin for day 4 of our advent.
ADVENT 2016 #03 – VIRGINIA
One of Berghain / Panorama Bars most prolific residents, revered for her eclectic sets that encompass her spontanious live vocals, Virginia has raised the roof this year with a whirlwind of live shows, DJ sets and the release of her album ‘Fierce The Night‘ on Ostgut Ton of May this year. The 11 track Masterpiece, co-produced by Dexter, Martyn and Steffi showcases her silky smooth vocals amidst a homage to the anaglogue sounds of the 80’s and 90’s and firmly cements her as one of house musics leading ladies. One of my personal favourites from the album is ‘Raverd’ and the accompanying video is analogue style perfection, so we’re bringing this to you for #03 of our advent today.
Check the full Album out HERE
ADVENT 2016 #02 – JOYCE MUNIZ
A firm fan of Joyce Muniz’s productions, I got the pleasure to warm up for her end of last year and witness what a fire-cracker she is in the DJ booth, and she’s literally blown up 2016 with the release of her critically acclaimed album ‘Made in Vienna’ which came out on 21st October on Exploited. She’s currently in rehearsals for her live show, which she’s working on with Julian Enequist, who also features on a number of tracks on the album. The debut live show will be on Jan 11th in Vienna, followed by a Video ‘the making of’ which will display the process of album to live show. We’re sure 2017 will see her riding the wave off the back of her album but we’re excited to see what other projects she has in the pipeline.
It’s hard to choose a standout track from the album, it’s all incredible, but I’m going with Sleepless, which is a buddy up with Whebba and features Angelique Bianca, the EP release of this track also features remixes from DJ.T, German Brigante and Russ Yallop which you can stream HERE.
ADVENT 2016 #01 – LAUREN FLAX
Let’s kick start our advent series with a fresh EP from NYC based Lauren Flax. Lauren forms one half of Brooklyn based duo CREEP with Lauren Dillard, they’ve worked alongside Tricky, Nina Sky, Romy XX, Azari & III and more, but Lauren Flax is also well respected as an artist in her own right; she’s quite the demon DJ and has a back catalogue of pretty tasty remixes, including the likes of Fischerspooner, Peaches, Le Tigre. Her solo release catalogue is slightly less extensive, but has included buddy ups with Kim Ann Foxman and Sia, and this latest release out on Nervous records, see’s her team up with East London’s Josh Cafe, and Brooklyns Mister Wallace for two tracks (and two accompanying instrumentals) and should hopefully kick start more solo releases from Lauren Flax going into 2017.
Check the full EP out HERE
#photo credit – Live @ Reclaim The Beats Festival by Elliot Hughes
We’re 20 mixtapes into our series and we’re excited to have the multi-faceted, multi-talented Berlin based New Yorker, Sky Deep serve us up 60 mins of uncensored, unadulterated, banging Deep House. We had a chat with Sky Deep about her early musical influences in NYC, her festival ‘Reclaim The Beats‘ her film, her recent debut album ‘Time & Space’ and much more.
Hi Sky, thanks for the mix and taking the time to have a chat with us. So first up, to give us a little idea about your style, Describe your sound in 5 words?
Funk Grooves in Intergalactical Beats
So let’s start from your early days, your father was a funk and gospel guitarist, introducing you to music from a young age and you started out yourself as a Hip-Hop emcee, producer, guitarist and songwriter, so how did you switch from Hip-Hop to House? Tell us how that progression happened. Even when I was making hiphop, I always had a desire to make people dance. My first house influenced beats came about during the development of my band discoBAASSIK. We wrote our album in Brooklyn and often played gigs together as a guitarist and bassist team for other acts. When we wrote music together, our mission was to break rules by using effects and sounds that we almost never got a chance to use during our musician gigs. We both had a love for house music, so we thought after our first album, we would make a house music album together. We went our separate ways before creating new material but I never lost my desire to create House. I mean I was constantly going to dance at house music parties so it was always in my face. When my focus moved toward DJ’ing… that’s when I got extra serious about producing it.
So your early days of House Music parties were over in NYC and LA, which have been home to you for half your life, tell us a little about your experiences of the NY and LA music and club scenes and has the scene there changed now from when you first started dipping your toes. I’d say the overall music scenes change based on the culture and environment of the city. Everywhere I have ever lived, my priority is to seek the underground. I’ve never been into the ultra glitz that can exist in places. The beauty of the music and vibes that I’m into… is that they are universal as fuck. What changes are the languages, accents, clothing styles, club hours, liquor license laws and hangover food options. But the Grit, Love, Vibes, and Wonder, I seek can be found anywhere as long as I find the right people. This is my message to all those I still have yet to meet. >> We always find each other.
You’re now based in Berlin and have been for just over 2 years, what drew you to make the move across the Atlantic and what is it about Berlin that’s kept you there? Well I came to Berlin in 2014 for a teaching artist gig and an artist residency in Lendava, Slovenia. After meeting some cool people through various couch surfing moments and doing a couple of gigs, I decided to try things out and keep watering the seeds. I knew if I returned to NYC that if I ever wanted to come back to Europe – it would be like completely starting from scratch. So I spontaneously applied for a Visa and received two years, and just didn’t go back.
Berlin is known for being an incredibly inclusive city, with lots of active events to help promote diversity and equality, you launched your own festival this year focusing on music genres created by black, POC and queer people, tell us a little bit more about ‘Reclaim The Beats’ and will this be a continued project? Yes, absolutely, this will be a continued project. This project has been super exciting for me because I’ve always wanted to live my art passions while contributing to the community and creating gateways for others. I am so happy that I could meet other artists that I admire and offer them spotlights and somewhere to share their voice. I’m so happy that we could create a fun and entertaining environment while also addressing some issues.
So alongside curating ‘Reclaim The Beats’ you’ve also been pretty busy with other creative outlests and you have a film out at the moment, tell us a bit about that, and where can we see it? Well for many years, I had dreamed of someday acting in a vampire film. After I moved to Berlin, I had a huge creative burst and was inspired by a cemetery I saw while taking a walk with a friend. I also, had started exploring Shibari workshops by Ann Antidote. So when I told my close friend that I needed to make a queer vampire film she said, “it’s should be a queer vampire porn!”… and I said.. “Yup!”. I was surprised that it went as far as it did but now, two years later, it’s a 52 minute film that just won Best Feature in Pornfilmfestival Berlin. Now it’s starting to get added to festival programs around the world and I’m in discussions about digital streaming deals.
It plays 25 November in Stockholm, Sweden at a kinky queer festival.
9th December at Moviemento in Berlin for the Berlin Art Film Festival
27 December at Lichtblick Kino in Berlin for the Exberliner monthly film night.
Plus more dates in discussion for Amsterdam… Paris, France and San Paolo, Brazil.
As well as making queer vampire porn films, creating festivals, DJ-ing, and producing your own music, you also run a record label Reveller records. So firstly how on earth do you find the time to fit it all in? and secondly, tell us a little about the label, when did it launch? What’s the musical focus? And what artists can we expect to hear from the label in the near future? I actually don’t know how I do it. Sometimes I’m on autopilot I guess. I’m very determined and have managed to survive some dangerous times in my life. So out of gratitude for living, I am making the most of it and following my heart. I’m making every moment count and with Reveller, I hope to continue working with and supporting artist as much as I can. I’m super excited for what coming for 2017. We got some serious heat coming from La Fraicheur in February. I really like the grooves, passion and creativity she brings with her production and DJ sets. Also shortly after that, will be an EP from RUI HO with sounds from another dimension… their sound blows my mind. And also we’ll be hearing from Hllywd this year. And more to come… I could write a book about how inspired I am by these artists.
Exciting times, indeed we’ve had La Fraicheur in for one of our earlier mixes, and I had the pleasure to DJ with her recently, such great energy! So now let’s talk a bit about your own productions, you’ve just released Time and Space on your own label a couple of weeks ago, which is your much anticipated first album; firstly congratulations and secondly talk us through the album, it’s quite eclectic, so where did your influences come from? Since I had never made a completely solo full length album before, I felt that I needed to do this. Before I had always had some collaborations or guest musicians/vocalists. It was important to me that this album be like a musical auto-biography. I decided I would break all rules or ideas about keeping an album with a consistent sounding genre. The consitent part would be that it’s ALL my flavor and my flavor is connected to my ancestors AND to my future decendents; my flavor is connected to other planes and dimensions. I am all things… Rock… soul. Funk. Hiphop. Dance. Consiousness. Freedom.
So this part that we release is just Part 1. The next part contains even more surprises and tempo play.
Incredible, we’ll def look out for part 2. So you’ve really got a lot of fingers in a lot of pies creatively, but what’s next for Sky Deep? What projects can we expect from you in the near and distant future? I LOVE PIE!!! More please! Now I’ve diving heavy into further development of my live sets. So I’m aiming to play out a lot more and in as many cities as possible. Since I do have so much on my plate, I’m excited to really grow my label team and bring on some booking or label management gurus who are up for an adventure.
So there’s a shout out to budding label gurus who want to get stuck in! and also for bookers / promoters to get inolved!! So rounding us off, as you know, here at Lipstick Disco we like to give support and respect to other women in music, who do your shout out’s go to? Name some of your favourite fellow female artists? My first shouts always go to one of my earliest inspirations: Missy Elliott, I love Rimarkable a DJ from Detroit/NYC. I admire FKA Twigs for the amazing things she does with her creative control. I really like the DJ sets of Volvox. And I’m inspired by the creative freedom and bravery of Mad Kate in her many different projects both musical, performance and film. I’m always drawn in by another multitasker that can challenge my schedule.
And one final question we always ask, what’s your drink of choice?
Double Vodka tonic – with lime!
Incredible, thanks for talking to us Sky Deep, such an inspiration! So if you get a chance to be in one of Sky Deeps many creative spaces, get her a double Vodka Tonic with Lime, it’s well deserved and in the meantime, give this a spin, like, share and spread the love. Happy listening.
BOOK SKY DEEP: sid@revell
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Avalon Emerson is everything that’s right about ‘geek chic’ and her latest video proves just why. Not only is she an incredible producer and songwriter, but the video for ‘Natural Impasse’ which is the opening track of her latest EP ‘Narcissus In Retrograde’ is created filmed and edited by herself.
“All of the clips are from my personal phone video archive taken over the last half a year or so. I trimmed each video, turned them into gifs, and processed them into various emojisaic gifs using a ruby utility created by my friend Lucas Mathis, then I edited them all together, a process that took me about two months.”
Not only is the music a wonderful display of her impeccable production, but the video is a perfect and potentially political visual compliment. Perhaps the turning of her own escapades into visial emojis, is her trying to make a statement about how social media and the internet have started to dicate how we create our daily journeys, how we are prepelled into the purpetual notion that we must film, photograph, publicise, share, like, tweet, everything about our daily lives, or perhaps she just wanted to geek around with some DIY utility her friend built, either way it’s genuis and we love it.
Details on the release:
Artist Avalon Emerson
Title Narcissus In Retrograde
Label Spectral Sound
Release Date 25 Nov 2016
01. Natural Impasse
02. Dystopian Daddy
03. Why Does It Hurt
London’s nightlife landscape is changing dramatically, prestigious venues are closing and new spaces are cropping up, and a new Night Tzar has just been appointed: Take Note Educational Music Conference aims to tackle this any many other pressing issues, while bringing together every corner of the industry to discuss new trends and solutions for electronic music. Taking place this Saturday 19th November at Second Home on Hanbury St, East London. Take Note is an event that bridges the experienced with the newfound recruits to the industry, creating a series of talks and artist demonstrations that will leave those in attendance inspired for the future.
With some serious heavyweight and influential artists on the panal, anyone with a thirst for knowlege about the future of London’s music scene should certainly pay this a trip on Saturday. It’s also nice to see A sizeable female panal, including:
B Traits (DJ / Presenter, BBC Radio 1)
Becky Tong (Co-founder, Juicebox / Radio Plugger)
Carly Wilford (DJ / Presenter / Creator IAmMusic & SISTER)
Fiona Measham (Professor of Criminology, Durham University / The Loop)
Franziska Eichler (Partner at Extend Artists Agency Berlin / Booking Agent: Richie Hawtin)
Hannah Shogbola (Agent, Echo Location Talent)
Maria May (Agent, CAA)
Olivia Nunn (Head of Marketing, Universal)
Sarah Polonsky (U.S. Editor, DJ Magazine)
Sofia Ilyas (Founder, Float PR: Nils Frahm)
Here’s a little preview to give you a taste of what to expect.
Grab your tickets
Tickets: £35-60 at https://www.residentadvisor.net/event.aspx?878299
Opening hours: 10:00 – 19:00
Venue: Second Home, 68-80 Hanbury Street, East London: secondhome.io
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No 19 of our mixtape series comes from Romanian born, Toronto raised, Berlin based Simina Grigoriu, an undoubted Techno godess. She’s served us up 60 mins of Banging Techno to see us through the autumn. We had a chat with Simina about her first taste of Techno, her early days of clubbing in Toronto, her latest EP ‘Shook Up’ Motherhood & music and much more.
Hi Simina, thanks for the awesome mix, before we take a listen, describe your sound in 5 words? Dark. Passionate. Bangin’. Loud. Thumpin’
So you were born in Romania, raised in Toronto but now live in Berlin, would you say these three cities have influenced your musical tastes and what inspired you to get behind the decks yourself? I’ve been involved with dance music my whole life. Since fourth grade, I’ve been dancing to C&C Music Factory, Jam & Spoon, The Prodigy, Dr. Bombay! It was the early 90s! My first club experience was in Romania while on holiday when I was 12. By the time I was 14, I was clubbing regularly at Studio Martin (The House of House Music) all summer long. In high school, it was the rave scene in Toronto that introduced me to Jungle music and House/Techno. Back then there were only two rooms. Jungle and Rave (or House/Techno). In university I took a break from clubbing but after I graduated, I was working my 9-5 grind in printing/advertising and as a bartender on weekends. I got back into the club scene but realized quickly I wanted to be behind the decks instead of behind the bar. I practiced at home and was getting better but it wasn’t until I moved to Berlin that I committed to music full time, producing and playing out. The truth is, it’s always been a part of my life. I’m just lucky to be able to make a living from something that started out as a passionate hobby.
So tell us a bit more about the Toronto scene, what were some of the most influential clubs and parties you attended there? We were at The Bassment every Friday when we were 17. There was (and still is) The Comfort Zone. Raves at The Government and The Warehouse were always on our radar and then there were clubs like Liquid and Industry and after hours E Party in the meatpacking district. There was a jungle room and a rave room and if I’m honest, at this age, we were mostly in the jungle room. I first listened to House and Techno at age 14 in Romania at Studio Martin. From then on I loved it. PS: My mother new none of this. I would sneak out like a bad little girl. Uff..
Sneaky clubber! So from Clubber to DJ, how did you go about getting your first DJ set? I played here and there in Toronto but it was mostly for fun. When I moved to Germany, I was almost immediately put in touch with a promoter and now very good friend, Ingo Herbst (aka Papa Erbse). I played for him in Eichhof in a military base with Abe Duque. I was so nervous. I’ve been playing for him ever since in and around Berlin.
As well as a being an acomplished DJ, you also have some incredible releases under your belt, we just heard your latest, EP (which is very tasty) tell us a bit about the release? ‘Shook Up’ is my latest release on my label, Kuukou Records. I was inspired by my favourite rap group of all time, Mobb Deep, and this is my homage to Havoc and Prodigy. We’ve lined up four awesome remixers – Autotune, Animal & Me, Original Peter and Julian Wassermann. Each remix is spectacular and totally individual. I find myself playing each one in a different part of my set.
And what other releases do you have lined up we should keep an eye out for? I have an EP coming out on Popof’s FORM Music as well as some records on Kuukou in 2017. I am producing remixes as per usual and having fun doing it.
Great, we’ll certainly keep an eye out for those and share them with our readers. So along with DJ-ing and producer, you’re also a mum and recently had a little girl, how do you find juggling motherhood with the music industry? Has this made an impact on your career and how you go about things? Absolutely! First of all, I don’t have much free time anymore so whatever little studio time I have, it’s more appreciated. I also work from my home studio more than ever now as opposed using my husband’s external studio which I where I spent most of my 2012 making my first album,“Exit City”. My working dynamic has changed and so I spend bursts of energy/time in the studio instead of long hauls in front of my machine. The sound is cleaner. The ideas are more concise. The sound has also changed. Darker Techno. The way it should be
So it sounds like she’s been a positive influence on your productions! Will you actively encourage your daughter to be involved in music as well, or is it something you want to keep her away from? Well, I finished my education with a Bachelor of Technology and a double major in both Entrepreneurship/Innovation and Marketing. I worked for years in industry as a print manager and marketing director before I changed my weekend hobby into my proper job. I would advise her to do whatever she wants and do it well. Don’t pseudo learn production like I did. Go to school. Learn it well. And if she decides to be on the stage, my advice is: Don’t believe the hype. People are there because they like your music, they don’t know the REAL YOU. So make the music great and aspire to be an inspiration to others. There are too many pretty girls on stage for only that specific reason. Aim to be better than just using your looks. Is that solid advice? Hahahaha!
That sounds like pretty solid advice to anyone looking to get involved in music! OK so rounding us off, as you know, here at Lipstick Disco we like to give support and respect to other women in music, who do your shout out’s go to? Name some of your favourite fellow female artists? I really hate this question because there are so many inspirational women in music. Instead, I will say that I give my full support and respect to any person living their dream and contributing positively to the world. There are many female artists doing this. I send you all virtual hugs.
Wonderful words! And one final question we always ask, what’s your drink of choice? Vodka-Soda on stage. H2O all day long.
Thanks Simina, inspirational words, so there you have it. Sit back and press play, and if you get the chance to hear Simina play, take her some Vodka-Soda and enjoy the musical ride.
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TO THE DEPTHS OF HELL…….
I spend 363 days of the year avoiding anything scary or spooky, I can’t even sit through the trailor of a horror movie without terrifying myself beyond recognition, but then Halloween I let my guard down and go all out and this year I’m seriously heading to the depths of hell and back on satans chariot, with the man himself. Arguably London’s biggest, most Hellish Halloween day party is going to be LWE’s Drumcode, presented by label boss Adam Bayer at Tobacco Docks. Starting at Midday, the sioree features a spine-tingling line-up including some of the biggest names in Techno, including some of our favourite Techno goddesses from Nicole Moudaber, Anja Schneider, Ida Engberg, Monika Kruse and Julia Govor. Here’s a little spooky taster of what’s to come.
For those of you without tickets were sorry to say, it’s completely sold out, but fear not, Relentless will be setting up a studio there to broadcasting live across the whole event all day. For those of you lucky one’s with tickets, we’ll see you there, dead or alive!
For more details: www.lwe.events/events/drumcode-halloween
Who doesn’t love Annie Mac?… ME (says absolutely nobody EVER) she’s a national treasure and this weekend she’s treating us to an belter of a rave-up at her AMP (Annie Mac Presents) All Day Rave at Tobacco Docks, London. Two down already (Leeds and Birmingham) London’s line-up looks more than a little bit tasty and includes; Basement Jaxx (DJ set), Dusky, Eats Everything, Kolsch, Patrick Topping, Todd Edwards, Paul Woolford, Riton, Mele + More including a stellar selection of females Monki, Amy Becker, Bonzai, Clara Amfo, Josey Rebelle, Nadia Rose and TWO sets from queen Annie herself… Here’s what to expect.
We’ve got our tickets and if you don’t want FOMO, we suggest you go grab your’s here QUICK sharp: http://bit.ly/AMP_LDN_GEN
The raves come just in time for the release of Annie Mac’s new compilation and if you can’t wait for it to drop on October 5th, here’s a little taster mix to tease you (and get you warmed up for Sat) we’ll see you there.
When Phonox opened it’s doors in September last year, it seemed to be the breath of fresh air the London Club scene was craving, Funktion one Soundsystem and world-class DJs, One-dancefloor, One Love. Fridays would see one Guest DJ or Act take the decks alone all night, a task they say ‘separates the truly talented from the rest’ while Saturdays are in the hands of the club’s resident DJ, who is joined every week by secret unannounced guests. A young relatively unknown Jasper James stepped up as the first Phonox resident and in the year since his residency started, he’s gone on to achieve big things, now ready to spread his wings it’s ready for a new Saturday resident to take his place… Make room for DJ HAAi.
A week last Friday, Phonox announced the following on their Facebook page.
”HAAi- will play every week for the indefinite future. Though she will be joined by special guests they’ll never be announced – she will be front and centre.
Though HAAi- has little profile outside the realm of East London, she’s no stranger to a residency. Holding it down at Dalston’s Ridley Road Market Bar for the past two years, she’s honed her craft at the helm of a heaving dancefloor, with seven hour sets each week.
It is a very conscious decision when enlisting someone for the role of Phonox’s resident, that it not be about the size of their profile but what in our eyes matters most, sheer talent’‘
So of course, we wanted to catch up with her to find out a bit more about her residency and how it came about:
So big thanks for chatting to us at Lipstick Disco and of course hugest congrats on the new residency at Phonox. Now the first question I’m dying to ask, what’s the story behind your DJ name? It’s the name of an old favourite song of mine from an Indonesian Psych band Called Panbers. I always though it would be a great name for a project… and here we are.
It also means shark in Dutch which I kinda like.
Nice, cool track too! So of course, let’s cut straight to the chase, so how did the residency at Phonox come about? I played the club on two consecutive weeks back in May supporting Jacques Greene and had a great time. The guys at Columbo Group asked me to play a couple of other day parties over the summer and I slowly saw the main bookers coming into Ridley Road Market Bar where I have my current residency. It all kind of came from there. I had that and a couple other things on the burner at the time, but I was aching to play back at Phonox.
So your predecessor, Jasper James the first Phonox Saturday night resident, was at the time an unknown DJ carefully plucked from seemingly nowhere and has now gone onto big things, including being crowned The ‘Breakthrough DJ Of The Year’ by DJ Mag, voted into the top 5 for the same award by Mixmag and breaking into the prestigious RA top 100 DJ list, so what are you hoping to achieve with your residency? He has definitely gone above and beyond with his residency and is such a great DJ. He comes from good stock too (his father started seminal Glasgow club Sub Club).
At the moment I’m just focusing on throwing the best possible party every Saturday and getting some super exciting guests in, we’ll see about the rest. I just want to have a blast with all the people who come down, hopefully a bit of touring and some festival slots would be a vibe for next summer.
Well we certainly wish you big things too. So There’s already quite a tasty line-up scheduled for the Fridays, but the Saturdays are always ‘secret guests’ do you know who’s on the bill in advance, or will they spring it on you last min? I’ll definitely get a heads up about the guests. It’ll definitely be a different kind of prep when you’re playing with someone you haven’t played with before.
Can you just give us a little whisper, or a clue of who out of the forthcoming guests you’re most excited to share the decks with? I have to keep that one top secret. It’ll be worth the wait though 😉
Will you get a say, or be able to recommend DJ’s to play alongside you? Yes definitely had many conversations with the Phonox bookers about who they suggest and who I’d love to have in, including friends and heroes.
That’s pretty exciting! The Secret Saturday guests have all been quite varied in terms of sound and styles, will you adapt your sets accordingly or stay true to your own sound? A bit of both. I think it’d be great to play with people who share a certain style or taste, but am super excited to play with people where the set is a little newer and more challenging for me. You learn so much from those ones.
Can you give us a little sneaky peak into some tunage we might expect from you, and give us the top three tracks you’re most excited to try out on the Phonox dance floor.
I’m really enjoying this one at the moment…
This will be a great sleazy late night vibe…
This will definitely getting a spin…
Exciting stuff, three gems there, so when does it all kick off, when’s your debut set? The Debut is October 8th, I think it’s going to be one hell of a party!
For sure, we don’t doubt that for a second!!! Now have you decided on your opening song yet? & if so what is it? Haven’t quite worked it out, but I’ll be keeping that a secret too. I’ve been focussing on what the final song will be for the last set of my current residency at Ridley Road Market Bar on October 1st. I have a couple ideas for that but I get a little welled up overtime I play them.
Well it all sounds super exciting and we wish you all the best with the closing set at Ridley, the opening set at Phonox and the residency! I’m sure we’ll be hearing from you again alot more.
So if you fancy heading down to catch HAAi’s opening set at Phonox, you can grab tickets from RA here.
And for a taster of what’s to come, check out her live mix from her set at Dalston Superstore
This months mixtape has just arrived, and we’re very excited to have Hungarian born / Netherlands based Anett Kulcsar aka Dansor on the musical reigns for this months mix. One of Holland’s hotly tipped artists, she’s created a special mix for us comprising soley of female based productions. We had a chat with Anett about her first taste of club culture, her debut album ‘Theory Of Love’ which came out earlier this year, her label Comport records and more.
Hi Dansor, thanks for the allsome all women mix you’ve done for us, but before we take a listen, describe your sound in 5 words? Eclectic, deep, funky, spacey, catchy.
So what was your very first taste of club culture and when did you realise you wanted to be involved as more than just a voyeur? What inspired you to get behind the decks? Underground cult clubs like Black Hole & Tilos az A (Forbbiden A) were the first ones, I loved the raw vibe of them and later on the first acid parties of Budapest. However the motivation to start playing myself was definitely the psychedelic parties that were organised by my friends at some really amazing locations in Hungary – from thermal baths to valleys in the middle of the nowhere.
That sounds pretty crazy! Yes, you were born and raised in Budapest, Hungary but moved to The Netherlands in ’97 where you’ve remained and firmly established yourself since, but you headed back to the homeland to do a Hungarian mini tour this Summer, where did you been play? It was great to be back to my roots again and experience how things have evolved since last year. This was my first time playing at A38, which is the reincarnation of an Ukranian stone-carrier ship and now a well-known cultural venue on the Danube – it was a big surprise seeing some old and new friends back here. The next day I played at Ozora Festival, which was definitely my highlight of the summer and such a creative, inspiring experience again. Finished off with Sziget Festival where I played at the Beach hosted by Cokxpon Ambient Society. Had a lovely time and can’t wait to be back to play again in Hungary!
How does it differ playing in The Netherlands to Hungary? The international character makes the vibe of the Hungarian locations so different and nothing really compares to Ozora, Sziget or A38– I love the energy of all these different nationalities being one and dancing together. If you look at most of the festivals in the Netherlands, the public is still primarily Dutch… of course with some exceptions like Amsterdam Dance Event. They are definitely better organised though which is a really good thing on one side especially as the events are getting bigger. On the other side it can make things less spontaneous, which I think is a pity.
You’ve run a number of your own Club nights in The Netherlands, tell us a bit about how each of those came about. My very first concept was ‘WomenWaves’ which I actually started after playing for the first time with Alison Marks in club Stalker. It was around the progressive house period and if I think back to it now it was super creative. We did our own deco, visuals & performances.
After I met Szilvia Harsz, an ex classmate from Budapest, at a party where we were both invited to play at. We decided to start our ‘Budapest Delight’ nights @ Vaaghuyzen, which I still consider to be one of the coolest underground venues with the international character of Amsterdam. Unfortunately the venue closed after 10 years, but we are still continuing ‘Budapest Delight’ whenever we get the chance.
‘HOTCHPOTCH’, is a live electronica concept and this is where I had my album premiere during Amsterdam Dance Event last year at Sugarfactory. I was also co-organising ‘Black Light District’ for a while with The Anthony Bros, which was a really fun black light party with our own deco and some amazing performances too. During the years we’ve done some Comport Records showcases at different locations in Amsterdam and Haarlem and right now I’m looking for a venue where I have the possibility to hopefully be able to go higher with the budget and be able to do some cool stuff with international artists appearing on the label.
Last but not least this year, after the album release I started ‘BLEND’ which is our monthly Friday night now @ Westergasterras, it’s more a ‘take it easy’ concept with each edition our own dedicated cocktail for that night only. The names are mostly inspired by our releases like ‘Hunger of the Steel’ or ‘Moving Your Way’.
Now earlier this year you released your debut album ‘Theory Of Love’ on your label Comport Records, congratulations!. How long did it take you to make the album, what were your main influences for the material and how did it feel to be able to self-release the material on your own imprint? It’s a retrospective album covering, let’s say, the last 10 years of my life. Every tune was inspired by a different period and moments whether it was a happy, playful, angry, romantic, weird or sad one. Actually I had no idea all these tunes would end up on my label as an album until about two years ago when I got this idea and started to focus on fine tuning and finishing them for this purpose. During all these years I was listening to many different genres besides electronic music and you’ll probably hear all these influences within it.
It wasn’t easy at all but I’ve learnt a lot during this whole album process. It feels really great to have all these tracks finally out and it’s an honour to get the support of DJ Mag UK, John Digweed, Jonty Scrufff as well as BBC6 Radio’s Nemone on the album tracks.
What other material have you got coming out on the label we should watch out for? We just released a wicked remix pack of ‘Hunger of the Steel’ taken from the album with reworks of Edouard!, Animal & Me, Mario Neha and Sean McCaff which I would definitely recommend checking out… and more super cool remixes are on the way. In terms of other artists, next up is a solo EP from Mario called Cuban Night, which will be a raw and jazzy one.
Ibiza Global TV premiered our first music video for the title track of ‘Theory Of Love’ Ft. Ayden Vice in May and I’m glad to have the multitalented director Rumex with her debut EP soon on our label as well. We also signed a couple of more local & international talents recently, so plenty of awesome material is coming up!
Pretty soon after you learnt to DJ and produce, you began to build a live set, back when very few other DJ’s were performing live, how was this initially received? And how has this since evolved? Yes, my current alter ego ‘DANSOR’ started out as graduate project from my Mediatechnology studies. It’s a fusion of the words ‘dance’ & ‘sensor’ because I attached some sensors to my body and was controlling some loops in Ableton with it. (Take a look HERE at an early performance) The people back then had difficulties to understand what I actually was doing and the technology was not always reliable, so I started to focus more and more on the production of music and started Comport. Now the album is done, I want to do more live gigs again but with the band setting.
You’ve already done a number of live performances of your ‘Theory Of Love’ album live, but what does your Live set today encompass (instruments / gear / other musicians)? And when is your next performance. Last year we translated the whole LP in to a live version with a drummer and bass player, so that’s how we premiered it during Amsterdam Dance Event. Dutch jazz trumpet player Saskia Laroo joined us as well for a couple of tracks. We also played the album this way – electronica, drums and bass – during the actual album release in Patronaat in my hometown Haarlem. Also we’ve just been selected for the Pop Price of Amsterdam, and so our next show is on the 14th September.
I really hope we manage to tour with the live band setup in the near future as I think it’s the best way to have a unique experience and enjoy the eclectic vibe of the album.
That looks super impressive! So shich do you prefer to play? A straight up DJ set or a Live set? And Why? No preference, I really love to do both! I like to take people on a spontaneous journey – that’s what DJing is all about for me. Live is more about the total experience & the show itself. Playing together with others is quite new to me, and feels really great.
At the end it all depends on the situation, the type of venue and its public. Many of the clubs are great for DJ sets but might not have the right facilities to do a gig with a live band, simply because they have a booth instead of a stage.
So rounding us off, as you know, here at Lipstick Disco we like to give support and respect to other women in music, who do your shout out’s go to? Name some of your favourite fellow female artists? I would like to mention Zoe Xenia, a great producer, vocalist and DJ – her ‘Avoid the Void’ single was our first Comport release. And I’m sure you’ll definitely hear more about the talented Rumex in the future as I mentioned before.
And one final question we always ask, what’s your drink of choice? I’m addicted to coconut water lately, it’s pure joy!
Thanks Dansor, so there you have it. Sit back and press play, and if you get the chance to hear Dansor play, take her some Coconut water and enjoy the musical ride.
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