Archive for June 2011
Well, what a week we have had, probably one of the most traumatic in our lifetime as a nasty road accident lead onto compilations & hospitalisation, all meaning our usual posts were pretty much laid to waste, yet as we resurface and regain our bearings, it looks like our coming weekend will be one dominated by rest & relaxation. However, with one particular event craving for our attention it seems that we will be getting ribbed for resting from at least one quarter, although as we cast our eyes across the whole offerings, it looks like this weekend should prove a busy & popular one for party goers & the like, whether in Soho, Vauxhall and elsewhere, our choice picks, as usual covering all three.
So, to Soho first and top of the tree of our choices once again goes to Profile & Lo-Profile, the flagship bar/club combo of the Gaydar organisation that have an offer in our favourite gay village in the capital, really hard to beat, Profile proving the ideal place to kick off your weekend of dancing dervishness as both Friday’s & Saturday’s see a range of scene favourite D.J.’s take their turn sorting the sounds and getting you in the mood for the more audacious action below. And this week the team have two favourites filling the Profile partying boots, tomorrow night (Fri 17th) seeing the bold & beautiful Nathan Six take to the decks and this is sure to be a set to savour, as Nathan seems to come into his absolute own in Profile’s surroundings, selecting sounds that capture the mood perfectly, a blend of disco, dance & euro style beats that will have the place rocking for sure. Then on Saturday, man about town & downright delectable D.J. Jamie Head masterminds the music, his ability to turn his hand to the lighter side of dance music and serve up some real disco gems, part of the reason he work so well in this sophisticated Soho spot. And with Profile keeping at the top of the foodie game too with a new style menu to compliment the American diner choices, along with a tasty new bar menu, you couldn’t wish for a better place to eat, drink & be merry, more details on offerings available at http://profilesoho.com.
Then we move downstairs and to Lo-Profile who is really going great guns with their now established Friday nighter “Society”, which rolls up for another session tonight (Fri 17th) with two of its original stars taking to the decks, Brent Nicholls returning to London from a week of r&r and ready to pump the place with his trademark un-funk and a host on new tunes we suspect too. Then it’s down to Tony English to keep the party vibe going through until the 4 a.m. finish and, given his recent “Society” sets, it could be a corker and one well worth sticking around for. Then on Saturday, Lo-Profile has a very Germanic feel to it, as the duo of Oliver M & D’Johnny take to the decks, Oliver of course very much German born & bred, while D’Johnny is a resident of the German capital, although both will be right here in London, setting Lo-Profile alight with some scorching sounds, Oliver taking the early slot and Johnny rounding off another superb Saturday in style. Lo-Profile opens its doors at 10 p.m. each night, with reduced entry until midnight and then £8 thereafter, plus don’t forget they host the uber trendy “Gigolo” each Thursday, making Lo-Profile one of this hippest places to be seen on the scene, further info out at http://loprofile.com.
Now to some short shouts and Ku-Bar on Lisle heads the list with their new D.J. guest night, which launched last week & continues tonight (Fri 17th) with The Very Miss Dusty O (yes her of “Four Rooms” fame!) masterminding proceedings, so well worth a look in, especially as the pedigree of the party, one that found the delightful DouGuim, speaks for itself. Add to that their usual shenanigans across the weekend that includes “Fabulous” on Saturday & “Hit Factory” on Sunday, as well as weekday draws “Citric & “Shinky Shonky” on Monday & Wednesday respectively, & Ku-Bar certainly makes its mark on the Soho scene, if right on the eastern edge of it, more details on Gary Henshaw’s hangout available at http://ku-bar.co.uk.
Now to new bar Circa, that reported a good turnout last night (Thurs 16th) as they continued their Room Service pre-party hosting, the weekend looking on the up & up for this stylish spot up of Frith Street as they gear up for Gay Pride in a couple of weeks that will see them in pole position to lap up the overflow from the dance stage in nearby Soho Sq. Now, if you haven’t popped your head into Circa yet then it’s high time you did, further details of offers etc available at http://circa-bar.co.uk.
Our final Soho Short Shout goes to the venerable institution on Old Compton Street, that is Compton’s, manager Neil very much back in the groove and re-introducing some old favourites that always used to pack in the punters, the infamous “Beach Ball” parties being one of them. And this Saturday it will be all about shorts & sangria and Comptons gets the sand between its toes, D.J’s Paul Heron & Dan Kelly drumming up the dance & house hits, while with Prowler sponsoring the night, you can expect the bar boys to be wearing something quite tight to keep their tackle in check.
Right, onto Vauxhall and our Best Bite couldn’t really go to anyone else at The Orange Group who have a stunning schedule again this weekend, a list of no less than seven outings well worth a look in, although it seems that once again the two parties that will rule the roost this weekend are Onyx & Beyond, the latter, due to its specialised nature getting our attention via a special Extra Bites report. So, it’s Onyx that gets our full attention here and rightfully so, as this week’s “Summer Solstice” event looks like being an absolute hum dinger, not least that the team have employed the services of international D.J. & globetrotter, Wayne G, fresh from a full on season of tours around the southern hemisphere & The States and landing back in London just in time for the longest day of our year (well it’s Monday actually, but close), Wayne heading up a supporting cast on jocks that include Onyx residents Jc Christopher, Lee Harris, Ariel, Lisa German, Tasty Tim & Jason Prince, but will also be welcoming D.J’ing & producer partner in crime, the terrifically talented & funky fantastic Stewart Who, who will not only be spinning some sounds. but will be performing the duo’s new track “Bitch” in an exclusive first for anywhere P.A. performance, along with the highly acclaimed “Back To The Future”. Add to all that one of the best value nights in town you can find, not least through the Onyx special drinks offer that includes shots priced at just £1 & entrance to the club again, just £1 before midnight (ad, flyer or G/list req’d), plus if you’re an Onyx member its free before midnight. So, how do I get on the guestlist we hear you ask, well simply go to http://gayguestlists.com/onyx and follow the easy instructions.
Another reason why you might want to pop into “Summer Solstice” tonight is to catch the announcement of Onyx’s new promoter Verity Mayes, who takes over from current top cheese Jonny Marsh, leaving him to devote his energies into promoting Beyond. Verity joined The Orange Group a few weeks ago, having been cherry picked by Jonny following his associations with her in Brighton for Wild Fruit, she bringing a wealth of talent & experience with her and looking like the fresh injection that Onyx needs, so make sure you get yourselves down to Area from 11 p.m. tonight (Fri 17th June) to give her a hearty welcome. As for that Orange Group supporting cast of parties, A:M definitely sets the scene on Saturday morning (18th June), while Later, Booster & Orange see you right from what looks like being yet another brilliant Beyond, deep into Monday morning, a cast of all-star resident D.J.’s across these prolific parties including Oliver M, Fat Tony, D’Johnny, Gonzalo Rivas, Paul Martin The Oli, Jamie Head, Paul Heron, The Sharp Boys, David Jimenez, Hifi Sean & more. Add to that week day hangouts Open, Deuce & Gravity and it seems that, in the hands of The Orange Group, you can party from dusk till dawn & back again virtually seven days a week, more information on all their offerings available at http://fireclub.co.uk/gayparties.
Right onto some Vauxhall Short Shouts and not a million miles away from The Orange Group is the manly & meaty Megawoof! that pops up on the partying schedule this weekend, tomorrow night (Sat 18th June) in fact, rolling out another exceptional event at host venue Fire. With regulars Tim Mcloone, Leonardo Glovibes, Daz Saund & Massimo Paramour being joined by special guest Rob Brailsford and the aptly named “Hardware” events are for the hunks rather than the chunks, the mach meet attracted the manly muscle & leather bound crowd, more details out at http://megawoof.com.
Now to an institution that equals its Soho comparison Comptons in the venerable stakes, but has a outstanding offering stretched right across the week, although it’s the weekend that gets our shout here, starting with nineties & noughties night “Push The Button” which takes place tonight (Fri 17th June) with an interestingly named D.J. Hits & Mrs on the decks, while tomorrow night, the incomparable “Duckie” reigns supreme again, this long running ever popular party hosted by the one & only Amy Lame. Then, no Sunday would ever be the same without a “S.LA.G.S./Chill-out” session, the irrepressible Dame Edna Experience on stage from 5 p.m. and not to be missed. So, to catch these & more happenings down on Kennington lane, check out http://thervt.org.uk.
Last Short Shout goes to fabulous fetish frolic Hard On!, which returns to new home Factory this Saturday (18th June) and devotes the night to the launch of its own new ultra strong aroma(no not that sort of aroma), we being told there will be plenty of free samples being given away so, in the words of its promoter, “…you can take it deeper…” (what would that be we think?!). Definitely taking it deeper after giving the bottle a sniff will be resident D.J.’s Brent Nicholls, Sharon O Love & Dmak, blasting out some brilliant beats, to draw you away from the considerable playroom area, one which will surely see many strip down from the mandatory dresscode, details of which, along with all the other info you need on this meaty meet, can be found by going to http://hardonclub.co.uk.
Right to our alternatives and Best Bite simply has to go to Gutterslut who have a special party, a birthday one to be precise, this Saturday (18th June) at now established home East Bloc in Shoreditch. Having been running now for close on three years, Gutterslut very much pioneered the alternative & way our whacky scene in the East End, so it seems appropriate that it now finds itself right in the centre of all the action and the venue that is making all the waves right now. But come Saturday, it will be all about one man, as co-promoter Nicholas Fisher celebrates his birthday in style, Gutterslut responding accordingly as they welcome special guest D.J./Producer Ilona International (not to be confused with Dana) who will be celebrating the release of her first single in July, released on Larry Tee’s record label, she having evolved into spinning sounds & making music from shaking her bootie for the famed Jonny Woo experimental dance troupe, Tartazine Dream” and will be heading a line-up of D.J.’s in the “Rave” room that includes Per Q.X. & the birthday boy himself Nic. But the special guests continue, as over in the “DiscoSlut” room is the curly & cuddly Jeffrey Hinton, who you will probably now from the mighty Queer Nation, but a guy that has been a key player across the gay scene for well over two decades, other club highlights including Discotec, Fruit Machine & Bootylicious and is sure to steal to show with his soulful sounds, he being joined by Gutterslut’s own soulman Ralf. But it doesn’t stop there, oh no, as the efferverecent Miss Crystal MC will be doing just that (mastering ceremonies of course!), while the visuals will be provided by Prickimage and the Dalston Gay Mafia, this special birthday inspired Gutterslut kicking off from 11 p.m, & running through to an extra late 6 a.m., entry at just £5 before midnight or £10 thereafter (you know what to do) while the team are running a special concessions guestlist which you can get your name on by emailing the guys at firstname.lastname@example.org, this exceptional event taking place at East Bloc, further details of which you can find at http://eastbloc.co.uk.
Right onto some alternative Short Shouts and first up is The Dalston Superstore, who feel like they have taken a bit of a back seat recently, although this weekend sees them pull out some showstoppers in the form of boy on girl special “Boydem”, tonight (Fri 17th June) the likes of D.J.’s Eman, Oliie Rant, Aymen & Ahmed on the decks, while tomorrow the very popular “Bodytalk” returns with special guest D.J. Joe Hart of London Party Body Hammer provding Detroit & Chicago influenced underground house downstairs, alongside resident Rokk, while up top it’s Kusi Kubi, Tristan Reed Eka Browndy & Scott Webster sorting the sounds. Then it could only be “Tutti Frutti” rounding off the weekend on Sunday (19th June), D.J. Squeaky & guests sending you into the new working week in the best possible way. Check out http://thedalstonsuperstore.com for more details.
Next up is a new night and one for the Shoreditch set, as the team behind S.O.S. bring you “Spit Roast” this Sunday (19th June), a gathering at table venue (modern take on lap dancing) Blush, which brings together some of the best alternative D.J.’s around. Spread over two floors, the like of Jim Warboy, Andy Blake, Liz Bisouk & Ilona International devour the decks with plenty of hiNRG & house classics, while upstairs Shoreditch son Kris Di Angelis is joined by Tom Davey serving up some of those alternative sounds we know them both so well for. Add to the mix a saucy stripper pole looked after by none other than Scottee & this knees up within the confines of East End institution The White Horse, looks like a winner from day one.
Our final Short Shout for this weekend goes to The Brixton Clubhouse in, yes you guessed it, Brixton, which has a weekend of activity including a Terrace party tomorrow night (Sat 18th June) with D.J. Slamma & guests on the decks, while on Sunday its “Sundance” (they may need to looking at the forecast), D.J.’s Paul Coals & Ben Jamin masterminding the music. But it’s the expanding seven days a week trading that we are shouting for here, as when this promised scorching summer weather does actually arrive, the alfresco eating & deck top dancing, not to mention a hot tub dipping, should certainly see this smart spot soar in popularity stakes, other upcoming attractions including outdoor cinema & food theme nights and this outdoor two tiered decking delight is well worth a visit, more info available at http://thebrixtonclubhouse.com.
Right, that’s pretty much it from us, although just time to give our friends at SeenQueen & Solarstation a mention, SQ having their own hot happenings around town, not just for this weekend but stretching deep into July, a wealth of other features, reports & links available at http://seenqueen.com/web, while with the weather looking pretty dreary and the possibility of a natural tan remote, why not go for the next best thing by visiting Hassan & his team at Solarstation and taking ten minutes or so to top up that tan, so you can show off your bronze bits on the dancefloor this weekend, more information on rates, packages & the like, available at http://solarstation.co.uk.
Now that really is it and whist we did have a Saturday & Sunday packed with partying, our untimely accident last week means we will be laying very low this weekend, save for a possible cameo appearance at Beyond. So if you see us there do please come & say hi, but whether you do & wherever it finds you have a wonderful weekend and remember that you make sure you “Go There! Be There!” (DISCO MATT)
Now we do like a good party and when the opportunity to sink into a full on festival presents itself, we tend to take to it with gusto, although here in the capital, full length festivals, (i.e. days long) are few & far between, especially those aimed at the gay market, although we did have fun at the London Global Dance Festival last year, albeit that it was quite on the scale of massive events like Circuit in Barcelona, LGDF concentrating more on the clubbing rather than all the extracurricular activity that Circuit offers. However, with our wings well and truly spread into Europe and beyond, when we heard of plans for a spring festival organised by Delice, in Barcelona no less, we kind of jumped at the opportunity, our arm being further twisted by Delice head poncho Anthony Areal & the drop dead gorgeous Mourad, when they visited London for the love-in with Alex Erfan’s Lovechild, literally days before we headed off to South Africa.
So, with our homage home over with, yet with the tug of travel still running through our veins, it didn’t take long for us to affirm our associations with this Delice Dream of a draw, the enticement of meeting up with a whole host of friends & familiar faces from across Europe pretty much sealing the deal on this exceptional expedition. Indeed, having landed in Barcelona literally four hours before the start of this full-on festival, an expedition it turned out to be, the realisation that the host hotel & resort in Barcelona’s Callela, was in fact a jaunt of a journey, the hour or so train journey made much more palatable with the presence of La Demence’s resident pintsized player, Andrei Stan, who, like us, was staying for a sizable chunk of this five day anglo-French foray. So, with our travelling companion linking up with us in central Barcelona, we made our unsure & unsteady way to Callela, eventually arriving at our temporary home with only a few minutes to spare before the first event at host club Zillion, just a hop skip & jump away from our hotel home for this fantabulous frolic with all things Delice.
With the festival theme “No Time To Sleep” very much our feeling too, having been on the go for well over 14 hours already, it was nevertheless all steam ahead for the opulent opener “1001 Nights”, so having slipped into smoothing more appropriate for this first of many parties, we arrived at the club’s doors not long before 1 a.m., being greeted by the ever smiling Delice head honcho Anthony Aureal, who greeted us at the club like a long lost friend, the substantive stresses & strains of masterminding this huge festival undertaking hardly showing on his face, this warming welcome setting us on our way into the sumptuous venue feeling considerably content with our lot. And as we descended into this Calella club, we were very much impressed by the look & feel of the place, the opulent feel reminding us a little of Cafe De Paris back in London, although without the huge sweeping staircase & the bright chandelier lighting. However, with regal seating around, balcony’s encasing the dancefloor below & a stage area at one end, the multi levelled spaces all accessible to the eye, whilst offering select spots from which to soak up the splendour of this delightful Delice Dream opener and the venue was very much shaping up to be the perfect place to hold this first of five main parties.
So it was down onto the dancefloor we went, the space already heaving with handsome hunks, some dressed down to their torso’s, others already aloft of the two podiums gyrating to the brilliant beats, Enrico Arghentini kicking off the musical proceedings with pumping euphoric & vocal house hits that had Zillion alight with audacious action. But the first curtain raiser in a series of stage showings by the drop dead gorgeous Delice Boys, not least the majestic Mourad, all dressed in Arabian costumes & exuding masses of middle eastern mystique & magic, as they flexed their taught muscles & moved to the music magnificently, we were soon completely immersed into the delight of this “1001 nights” naughtiness. And with our camera clicking both pictures & videos, while our supposed relative anonymity having been broken by a handful of familiar faces, a couple from London, one based in Barcelona, by Belgian boy Andrei Stan, but also from a very forward & obliging Diego Lombardi of Muccassassina, our night definitely ended up being a Delice Dream of a four hour frolic, second D.J. Luiggi performing a spectacular set, a good 1001 times better than the last showing we had seen at Red & Blue in Antwerp.
So, with the first event now under our belt, we arose relatively early to take in what daytime delights this Delice Dream festival had to offer, the hotel a little basic for our liking, although taking the whole package into consideration, good value was certainly to be enjoyed if you immersed into all the activities & hospitalities. And that’s what we did, savouring the second of the, as we called them, “before parties” come Sunday evening, we were to pole position to lap up the loveliness of La Demence resident Andrei Stan, who’s set well & truly shone, getting the gorgeous & not so gorgeous looking Delice Dream lot in the mood for more. With rousing renditions that left us & others spinning on our spots, but with disappointment that the planned AussieBum fashion show was postponed for the following afternoon, it was down to a drag queen duo & other WE party enthusiasts to provide the additional entertainment on Andrei’s, this cavorting collective warming us up for the incumbent “Attacks” event which followed in the club.
So, with us well into our Delice Dream “No Time To Sleep” stride, the next instalment in the five strong main party procession beckoned, Spanish smash WE Party taking its turn in the limelight and one we were very much looking forward to, not least as this brand that had pretty much stolen the SuperMartXe show, capturing the imagination right across it’s homeland & beyond, the recent tour of their sequence of parties “Attacks” having hit the shores of London, Paris, Rome, & Miami to mention just a few. And now it was Delice Dream’s turn to feel the WE wonderment in warp speed, the brilliant billing including Madrid based Carlos Gallardo, whose course was set for Calella along with prolific PA Peyton, French fancy D.J. Mister Mola and, naturally, those drop dead gorgeous Delice dancers, although with expectations high, there was much to live up to. That said, with a slow start and the feeling that more than a few festivalers were feeling a tad jaded just two days in (surely not?!), it was a good two hours into this WE inspired second main party leg that we found ourselves still awaiting the much anticipated action on the stage to spellbind host venue Zillion, Mola’s music good but not great, the party lacking the oomph that it so desperately needed.
But all that was set to change when a selection of Delice boys along with WE party dancers hit the stage and the expected octane fuelled audacity commenced, the crowd also suddenly coming to life, getting into the “Attacks” mood, as were we, alongside Antwerp’s Red & Blue finest, D.J. Elof De Neve & close companion J.d. Cerronez adding that all important ingredient of fun & frivolity that very much set our experience alight. And to then add to this now audacious action, incumbent D.J. Carlos Gallardo began to steal the Delice Dream show, taking the initiative, along with prolific P.A. Peyton, who focussed the cavorting crowds attention away from the stage & towards the side of the lofty D.J. booth, from where he performed two tracks, including the tremendous “Trapped” that evoked memories of his magnificent & most magical mastery at the London event on NYD. With the atmosphere now amazing, in the hands of Carlos, the party hit top gear terrifically, track after track wowing the captivating clubbers & seeing us go into “Doing The Disco Matt” overdrive, even the drop dead gorgeous Delice cover boy Mourad dancing in very close quarters, sending our senses skyward, while the night was Mr Gallardo’s who gave the performance of the festival so far, the whole WE party under his steership attacking the minds bodies & souls from start to finish of his simply scintillating set.
So, that night was going to be a task & a half to top, especially given the captivating company we had kept with both Elof & J.d., both in pumping party mode, their energy (especially J.d’s) making the whole experience magnificently memorable. And this same vein would carry through to the Monday evening, when it was Elof’s turn to play at “the before party”, he proving just what a tremendous talent he is, packing in piles of pumping & heavenly house hits that wowed the warm up wonderfully, he probably more deserving of a slot in one of the main parties, but content enough with his lot, partner to crime J.d. entertaining enormously with his audacious antics. But the night was still young and despite feeling a tad jaded, there was definitely no time to sleep as we made a date with Alex Erfan’s loveable London based brand, Lovechild, taking centre stage at host venue Zillion with their “White” themed party, the place decked out to delight with branded banners & balloons, all in white of course, the considerate crowd also entering into the spirit of the theme fantastically.
Arriving with irresistible Israeli D.J. Guy Scheiman in tow, having met him earlier in central Barcelona, then negotiating that long haul of a train journey back to Calella, meant we were definitely back in partying mood, especially with other partners in partying crime, Elof & J.d. in close quarters. And this Lovechild leg of the five day Delice Dream festival wasn’t going to disappoint, although having joined forces with Berlin based club GMF, their resident jock Chris Becker kicked off proceedings, his set very much in the style of that club, a tough tech fuelled set that sat well with some, not with others, we at pains to remind a few that Chris was playing to the GMF music policy, rather than to the style or taste of the Delice Dream crowd, his set finding favour with plenty party heads who filled out Zillion’s dancefloor. However, with our sagging energy levels requiring a more inspired boost, we were to find it in our own Italian Stallion Pagano, who made is prolific presence felt, belting out bag loads of classics including “Loca”, “Digital Generation” & “Back To The Future” mixed in with this Sicilian star’s new style of sounds, techno treats blended with progressive pumps fitting the feel of this third frolic fabulously. Indeed such was his prolific performance, he had the core crowd in awe of his aaamazing set, they eventually swamping the stage & even bowing at his feet as he departed following more than one encore. Added into the mix were the muscular Delice men, mighty in their magnificence, proving the extra lift the party needed, dishing up dollops of drama & drooling on the dancefloor, in delightful decadence.
So, Tuesday dawned with us very much looking forward to another Italian’s arrival, this time Milano man Danny Verde, who we caught briefly as he arrived and we headed into our final “before” bash in advance of returning to London. And we were very much in the mood to let our hair down with our posse of pals, J.d. particularly providing enough satisfying fun & distraction from D.J. Amine’s dour dance deliveries which proved pretty disastrous. while much of the focus was on the Delice boys, who had gathered out in the foyer for a photo shoot, our man Mourad lapping up much of the limelight. But with the hotel party coming to a rather abrupt end, it was now all about Muccassassina, as we headed down to Zillion for the last time, the expectation of Diego’s dream of a team topping off our week in a wonderful way. And we were not be to disappointed in any respect, the right royal send off we had been hoping for very much delivered from the off, resident D.J. back in Rome, Danny Verde, kicking off the night at Zillion in scintillating style, gloriously gathering an ever increasing crowd with a solid string of superb sounds, some Verde classics, others new tough tech & progressive beats that won him even more fans than he already had.
But then enter from stage left the Mucca dancers, dressed provocatively in erotic black tight pants, g-strings & the like, immediately pushing the mercury off the scale with the best stage show of the week, Danny’s musical mastery matching the men’s movements magnificently. With the atmosphere elevated beyond expectation, Mr Verde’s performance, like Mucca’s show, proved to be the set of the festival, very much like they stole the show at The London Global Dance Festival some ten months previously, Diego waving his choreographic wand, casting his spell of style on the whole occasion and Mr Verde’s soundtrack simply spectacular. But, with Mucca gracing their exit & Danny’s superb showing over, the party was far from it, as Mister Mola, representing Paris club Panic Room, took up the mantle majestically, keeping the party pumping well past the 5 a.m. finish, cries & clamours for more from a packed out stage & dancefloor the ultimate crescendo on a truly captivating clubbing night. Having thought Mr Lombardi would pull of something quite special, we were right on the money with our estimation of this euphoric event, the company of Guy Scheiman, Elof De Neve, J.d. Cerronez & co a delight, while the drop dead gorgeous Mourad was at his breathtaking & brilliant best, making our ecstatic evening complete.
With the morning after the night before signalling our final day in the hands of Delice, with a London early evening flight precluding us from soaking up the splendour of the final event down at Zillion, all that was left to do now was to pack up our belongings and head back into central Barcelona for a lunch liaison with our good friend & D.J./producer Javier Medina, making that final lengthy train journey from Calella in the charismatic company of three people that, like so many others, had made this Delice Dream festival an absolute delight, Guy, Elof & especially J.d. making all the difference and leaving us with memories that will last forever. But apart from these fabulous three, we cannot finish this special look at Delice Dream without role calling mentions for all the following, that made us welcome & made us feel special, first to Delice’s head honcho Anthony Aureal, then to promoters Alex Erfan, Diego Longobardi for pulling out perfection personified,, to La Demence’s Thierry for his unforgettable antics, to the D.J.’s Carlos Gallardo, Pagano, & Danny Verde who really tipped our scales, to all the gorge Delice dancers, especially Mourad whom we will never forget, and to everyone else that made this week wonderful, who came & said hi & partied with us with no time to sleep,
In summing up this Delice Dream festival, we can say that, given the magnitude of the organising & the marriage of minds, we walked away really impressed with the whole affair. Yes Calella ended up being a little divorced from Barcelona itself & a tad short of gay life, the hotel accommodation & facilities also a little basic, but when you consider the package value, we had no complaints at all. Bringing together so many people, such a pool of talent & a clubs from across France, Germany, Belgium, Spain & England, Delice Dream offered pretty much everything we could have expected. Naturally some made the comparison with Barcelona’s own circuit festival, but in reality this was something very different, a clubbing vacation rather than a clubbing cacophony, it may have lacked some of the outright flair of its rival, but this Dream festival ticked as many boxes as it could, achieving what it set out to do, capturing over 25 performers, 16 D.J.’s and over 70 hours of clubbing & cavorting in scintillating style, meaning you can’t say fairer than that. So major up & thanks to Anthony & his merry men for this magnificence and here’s to next year, we are told probably in southern Spain, yippee!! (DISCO MATT)
Following the launch of our new weekly round-up report when we looked that the Spring Bank Holiday weekend, we have given some thought to its positioning and whilst, yes we are reporting on events over the preceding seven days, we are also reviewing them, so henceforth, you will find “That Was The Week That Was” in both our Reports & our Reviews sections.
So, with that cleared up, lets crack on with our review & look back over the last week and it all started on Thursday with a trip down to Room Service at Diu, the now customary queue greeting us, inside justifiably busy & pumping with both Steve Pitron & Kris Di Angelis serving up superb sets. Plus with porn star Francoise Sagat titillating our fancies, along with plenty of familiar faces, check out what we had to say at direct link http://discomatt.com/web/2011/06/reports-delightful-delectations-at-diu-room-service-thursday-2nd-june-preview-the-review/ . Over at Lo-Profile & Gigolo reported a healthy turnout for their “Get Harder” event, D.J.’s Guy Williams & Terry Vietheer making magical music &, having popped in after Room Service, the fact that we crawled out on closing was testament to a good party had by all.
These social splendours go head-to-head again tonight (Thurs 9th), with Room Service hosting the first of three Hustlaball pre-parties, Jim Stanton & Paul Heron on D.J. duty, while over at Gigolo, the cute yet capable Zach Burns who stormed the launch, while eastender Borja Pena debut’s for David & L.a. Go to http://clubroomservice.com & http://gigolodisco.com for more info.
Moving on to Friday and the scene was definitely in recovery mode after the previous weekend, Onyx in particular rolling out its infamous “Recovery Party” with offers a-plenty to get them in & reports were that they did, Area busy from the off. Round the corner & the men were in a raunchy & playful mood as they packed out Tonker, Chris Brogan nailing a superb set that impressed promoter Tim Jones & will see him back for more soon. Up in Soho & the weather certainly pulled people out, Lo-Profile’s “Society” busier than expected, Nathan 6 really showing his worth for the second week in a row, Hugh Stevenson flying the young guns flag & rocking Wardour St till dawn. But it was also a night for a new launch as Phil Marriot donned the promoter gloves to bring out the independent, imaginary & individual Club I (it’s was all about “I”), this new monthly serving up alternative & indie pop & house.
As for this coming Friday, “Society” is very much upping the ante this week as whilst they host the third of Hustlaball’s pre-parties, with both Steve Pitron & Mikey D on disc spinning duty, it could feel more like Beyond, while Tonker have another legendary D.J. in the form of Wayne G sorting the saucy sounds, this dynamic D.J. then hot footing it across to Area for Onyx’s “Summer Solstice” party. Check http://loprofile.com, http://tonker.co.uk & http://fire.co.uk/gayparties for more details.
With A:M marching us deep into Saturday, Guy Williams was absolutely awesome at A:M’s “Residents” event, proving that experience counts for a lot & while we rested, the clubbing scene didn’t, as Fire opened their doors for a fabulous free party, the likes of Mikey D, Gonzalo Rivas, Jamie Head & D’Johnny entertaining a considerable crowd who took advantage of this special spring bank holiday thank you bash. And speaking to a few individuals that made it a night, they were pleasantly surprised just how the “back to basics” feel of the party worked, perhaps a hint towards a selection of new Saturday outings by The Orange Group to come. Out east, to East Bloc in fact, “The Men Who Fell To Earth” made an out of this world impression on what was a packed out & pulsating place, this Shoreditch spot definitely the place to be right now.
This Saturday A:M have a real Ibiza theme to its party, while Fire entertain the horny Hustlaball. Out east & it’s the magnificent “Meat” at East Bloc, making our decision of where to be & be seen quite a tough one. But you can decide by going to http://alexerfan.com http://fireclub.co.uk/gayparties, &/or http://eastbloc.co.uk.
Sunday started with a “Summer Season Launch” at Beyond, which, despite having supersized its way through the previous weekend, was a really busy affair again, and no surprise as with plenty of new additions to the team, as well as a return of old favourites, it proved another hum dinger, we tearing up our spot virtually till the end, Messrs Pitron & Dower hitting the mark the most. So we decided it was review time again for this awesome afterhours, so see what we had to say in our new style bite size review at direct link http://discomatt.com/web/2011/06/reviews-scorcher-of-a-start-beyond-summer-season-launch-sunday-5th-june-bite-size-review/. Other Sunday highlights included Later which benefited from a busy Beyond, while as the weather turned a bit wet, Sunday roasts were suddenly the order of the day, both Profile in Soho & The Cambria in Kennington reporting healthy numbers, traditional drag style cabaret another winner with the weather, all eyes pointing indoors with “S.L.A.G.S. at The RVT, while The Stag in Victoria & Halfway To Heaven of Traf Sq pulled in the punters.
Beyond is back this Sunday for a “Hustlaball” afterparty, Steve Pitron already confirming he will now be playing, while other Sunday bests worth a visit include S.L.A.G.S./Chill-out at The RVT, & Booster at Area, of course followed by Orange. Go to http://fireclub.co.uk/gayparties & http://thervt.org.uk for more info
Rolling Monday Tuesday & Wednesday into one, the week started with the usual hits, as Ku-Bar’s “Citric” pulled in the young set in advance of the ever popular “Popcorn” at Heaven, that reported another boisterous bash, Compton’s in Soho also packing them in for their infamous £2 a pint night to beat the austerity blues into the following week. Then on Tuesday, it was all about The Shadow Lounge, as “OMFG” ruled the Soho waves, although if it was some bear arsed action you were looking for, Ashley Rider’s “Strip Academy” at The Eagle in Vauxhall was the place to be. As for Wednesday, Industri continued its stay of execution at Barcode, the change of hands of this Soho sophisticate still undetermined, while the chic & alternative “Shinky Shonky” was a rip roaring success, as dance diva Katherine Ellis stormed the show. But tipping the scales in a different was new night “Burger Queen” at The RVT in Vauxhall, Scottee attracting a like minded crowd who, as had been predicted, fought back with their rights to be big, bold & beautiful.
If you fancy some week night action, then Ku-Bar, The Shadow Lounge & The RVT should be on your radar, further details of happenings available at http://ku-bar.co.uk, http://theshadowlounge.co.uk & http://thervt.org.uk, while Popcorn is a must for your party heads that don’t need to work on a Tuesday, this coming Monday (12th June) sporting special Aussie D.J. guest Neroli, with a full-on nude performance by porn star Johnny Anglais, more details out at http://popcorn-heaven.com.
Now to some news of a Pride nature and first to Europirde, which takes place in Rome this weekend, Saturday seeing the main event along with a whole load of peripheral parties, we being reliably informed that Lady Gaga will be making an appearance on the events main stage at some juncture, our man in the know promising to report back on it all, so hopefully we can share the spill in next week’s round-up. Back in London and the news that the dance stage for the capital’s annual Pride event, returns to Soho Square is fabulous news indeed, The Orange Group hosting the space. With a sparkling line-up of D.J’s & entertainers, Say 2nd July is an absolute must for lots of reasons, some of which we have been sworn to secrecy, but will keep you posted & hopefully confirm the full line-up in a planned special preview post coming up in the next week or so.
Onto news of another launch and if you happened to miss out on beyond this last Sunday (4th June), the fear not, as the club hits the radio waves this coming Sat/Sun, the new “Beyond Afterhours Show” launching on Gaydar Radio and beaming out recordings from the live sets we were lucky to witness at this “Summer Season Launch” scorcher. So, expect the likes of Steve Pitron, Mikey D & The Sharp Boys to substantiate the show, which you can tune into from midnight on Saturday through till 7 a.m. Sunday morning, either online at http://gaydarradio.com or via digital radio DAB frequency 11B.
Finally on our news front is another newbie, this time at new bar in Soho, Circa, which can be found on Frith St (No 62 to be exact), who up their own ante as they join forces with Room Service, to present a short series of special pre-parties, we guess to soak up the early demand for space at Diu, proceedings kicking off from 9 p.m. each Thursday for June & July & including D.J.’s James Pople & Mikey D amongst others. Launching tonight (Thurs 9th June), further info can be found at http://clubroomservice.com.
So, that was the week & the news for another one, while before we close, just time to run down our moment, our track & our tweet of the week, the moment yet again involving superstar D.J. Steve Pitron, along with the brilliant Brazilian Bel at Beyond, her whistling & the so called “tweeting” leaving both us & Mr Pitron in hysterics, both during all the main room action & then in the bar afterwards, purely priceless, although you had to be there we guess.
Onto our track of the week and we fell for this record from the minute we heard it, not least as it reminded us of those halcyon days of dancing we used to enjoy at iconic underground club Crash, but one that is every bit 2011 in its making. “You Will Remember” came to our notice first on a prolific podcast & then played a large part in more of those rollercoaster ride events, this time at Room Service last Thursday, a link coming our way the following day & this one giving you the full length version of this tremendous track, which can also be found on a certain D.J.’s “Summer 2011” compilation (you know who we mean, right?!). Check out http://youtube.com/watch?v=jkaZ__QD4CU.
To out tweet of the week and this one goes to Mikey D, who was close on scooping our moment of the week too, when he popped his head over the beyond D.J. booth & exclaimed “Matt, where are your tweets??”, to which we tweeted, “…yes Mikey, we are right here tweeting for you…”, that after one of our tweets at Room Service which included “…as the track “Waiting For You” has set us off on a rollercoaster ride…”. Now don’t forget that you can tune in to our live tweeting by going to http://twitter.com/discomatt, this weekend’s transmissions coming from the floors of Lo-Profile, Hustlaball, Beyond & La Demence.
Right, that’s it for our second “That Was The Week That Was” report/review, but don’t forget, if you want us to shout out for your favourite bar, club or event that rocked & rolled, then drop us a line at email@example.com or link into us via our Facebook page at http://facebook.com/discomattlondon, but keep your eyes peeled for our Weekend Best Bites & Short Shouts recommendations due out later & if you see us out at any of the above events, come say hi. (DISCO MATT)
Given how useful you found the publication of our “Dance Diary” last month, we thought we would make it a regular feature, although with our backlog of review writing getting a little out of control, we will be putting the brakes on a little during June, while we catch up of our new style “Full Size Review” devotions, the long list issued just yesterday in our report, “Reflection Re-Adjustment” (direct link http://discomatt.com/web/2011/06/reports-reflection-re-adjustment-reviews-overhaul-sunday-6th-june/).
But looking at our schedule, it seems that our brake pads may already be wearing out, as June is looking busy enough, and with Room Service on Thurs (2nd June) & Beyond ‘s “Summer Season Launch” juts yesterday (Sun 5th June) already under our belt, there is much review catching up to do. However, that said, here are the confirmed dates in our “Dance Diary” for the rest of the month & into the first weekend of July.
Fri 10th – Lo-Profile In Soho – “Society”
Sat 11th – B/day Party in Smithfield – “Special Review”
Sat 11th – Fire In Vauxhall – “Hustlaball”
Sun 12th – Fuse Club Brussels – “La Demence
Thu 16th – Lo-Profile In Soho – “Gigolo”
Sat 18th – East Bloc In Shoreditch – “Gutterslut”
Sun 19th – The Brixton Clubhouse – “Special Review”
Sat 25th – Kazbar In Clapham – “The Annual Street Party”
Sun 26th – Area In Vauxhall – “Beyond”
Mon 27th – Fire In Vauxhall – “Orange”
Fri 1st July – Factory In Vauxhall – “Club I London Pride”
Now, while these dates are very much confirmed in our dance diary, we may be making informal visits to certain venues & clubs during the month, so don’t be alarmed if you are not listed here. However, you will see from the variety of events, that we are doing our best to spread the DM review love as best we can. With peace & harmony restored with the Orange Group management team, the broad spectrum of their events will be receiving our coverage henceforth & whilst we have just one European trip with month, watch this space for further dates, which may well include Delice in Lyon, a brief visit to the Circuit Festival & possibly the La Demence cruise Plus, don’t forget that our now established “Nibble Size Review’s” via out Twitter tweets give you a live reflection of the action as it occurs, so make sure you either tune in or follow us at http://twitter.com/discomatt, notifications of impending broadcasts posted via our Facebook page at http://facebook.com/discomattlondon.
So that’s our dance diary laid out for the rest of June & into July, leaving us to say is, if you see us out come say hi, but as always, make sure you “Go There! Be There! (DISCO MATT)
Just last weekend we were still taking in the wonders of Rome, the Coliseum, the Spanish Steps, the Forum & the Pantheon, but were moreover still savouring the magnificence of Muccassassina & the spectacular set from one Danny Verde, this terrific talent having been tipping our musical scales for a good four years now and whilst we were keen to publish this, the third in our series of special tributes, before we headed to the Italian capital & a liaison with our Magnifico Milano Man, it now seems far more appropriate to not just reflect on last Friday (27th May), but collectively take the opportunity to look back at some of the reports & reviews we have devoted to Danny, also bringing you up to date with some of his latest ventures & adventures.
So, let’s kick off this fabulous feature by taking some extracts from previous music posts that serve as superb insights to this marvellous man from Milan & his music, the first digging deep into our archives & lifted from a Music Is The Answer report on August 2009 which went as follows
Extract from Music Is The Answer post “Revelling In Re-Mixing”, issued Sat 29th Aug 2009
“…….The other D.J./Producer to get our attention this week is Italian Danny Verde who has exploded onto the European clubbing scene over the last twelve months, his talents migrating from his native Milan to cities across Europe, including Cologne, Paris, Madrid, Copenhagen, Amsterdam and even here in London where he played at Revolver in February. Danny also starred in the D.J. line up at The Waterpark in Barcelona during the recent Circuit Festival and played a storming set, which resulted in appearances at the iconic DBoy to add to his ever increasing list of venues & gigs. But it’s in the studio where his meticulous & hard work has really paid off, with some superb tracks produced, including “Pushin To the Top” & “Open Your Heart” which have featured on many D.J.’s playlists across the capital & beyond. He has worked with the likes of Phil Romano & Pagano, his latest collaboration with Phil, “Express Yourself” feat Anna Buckley reaching the top 10 on Masterbeat.com and djdownload.com. Other recent remixes include Pagano & Wayne G feat Peyton “Trapped” and G.Martin & Alex Barroso feat Rebeka Brown “This Is My life”, to add to Blow Up’s “Let Me See Your Underwear” and the Pagano feat Stewart Who track “Back To the Future”, all which have secured his reputation in the production game. As if that wasn’t enough, it looks like he may well make this year’s top 100 at djmag.com, a true accolade indeed. So, to get your slice of his remixes & music visit http://myspace.com/dannyverde where you can grab download details of his work. What’s better, why not hit Matinee at Cable tonight (Sat 29th August) when Danny will headline the bpm room…….”
Now we fast forward six months as Danny’s career behind the decks was surging from strength to strength, in many ways equalling his impressive studio standing, we in no doubt that he deserved a slot in the following Music Is The Answer post
Extract from Music Is The Answer post “Magnifico Italiano”, issued 23rd Jan 2010
“…….Now, we have to mention another Italian marvel and probably one of the most meteoric rises in the D.J game we have seen, a man we are privileged to call a friend & another with whom we have been tracking his progress, which, in the short 18 months or so, has seen him become a household name, his reputation up there with the Taito Tikaro’s, the Juanjo Martin’s & the J’Velardi’s of this world. Truly a D.J. in big demand, we will be devoting a full slot to him in February, but with news flooding in, we just had to mention some really exciting studio work of his & a “hot off the press” new release. Who is it? well Danny Verde of course and in preparation for his forthcoming tour of Brazil, he has released a special compilation, aptly named “Danny Goes To Brazil”, which is available to listen to or to download at http://dannyverde.podomatic.com/entry/2010-01-21T15_46_50_08_00. And to add to his 2009 smash remix hits “Let Me See Your Underwear” & “Express Yourself”, he is currently working on a remix of Hector Fonseca’s “I’m So Addictive” as well as collaborating with two artists, first Thomas Anders of 80’s euro-pop sensation “Modern Talking” on his “Stay With Me” track, & then Blake Lewis from the USA, a product of American Idol, on his “Heartbreak On Vinyl” release, which should be out in time for Danny’s trip to California to play in L.A. in March. We hope to bring you exclusive release news of these, so watch this…….”
And that is exactly what we did just two months later, when we once again included him in an Italian inspired report, within which he rubs shoulders with compatriots Pagano & Micky Galliano
Extract from Music Is The Answer post “Incredible Italiano’s”, issued 15th March 2010
“…….However, his real skill is in his remix work and in advance of his upcoming trip to Los Angeles, Danny has worked on a remix of Blake Lewis’s single “Heartbreak On Vinyl”, which has just been released on Tommyboy records US., with further projects penned for this label, together with a remix of Hector Fonseca’s “Addicted” & Thomas Anders’ “Stay With Me”. Next week sees Mr Verde make is US debut at club Friction in Los Angeles and then back in Europe, gigs in Berlin, Cologne, Oslo & Valencia are on the cards, as well as a return to London at the end of May…….”
Now to that return to the capital in May, when Danny once again proved his worth behind the decks, representing Muccassassina at The London Global Dance Festival (LGDF), we preluding his appearance with a special Music Is The Answer posts which also included his long standing friend & fellow D.J./Producer partner Phil Romano, this slice from the report honing in on just what LGDF meant to him & him to LGDF.
Extract from Music Is The Answer special report, “Italian Stars Storm London”, issued 17th May 2010
“…….Danny is very excited about returning to London and given his standing within the global D.J.ing community, his place at LGDF is well deserved and he will definitely bring a whole load of enthusiasm to his performance at the end of May, for which those London clubbers that were present when he played at Matinee last year, will be most familiar with. Danny also represents fabulous Italian club Muccassissina, probably one of the most flamboyant & extravert clubs not just in Italy, but across the globe, the amazing combination of exuberant music, larger than life performers & truly gorgeous people giving it short of legendary status and Danny’s guest slots at this Rome splendour have received plenty of accolades, so it seems fitting he will be part of the special themed space at LGDF……..”
The music devotions to Danny continued and whilst we changed the style of our reporting, introducing our then new Music Newsletter format in August, what didn’t change was our coverage of our man from Milan, he featuring in the second newsletter, his mention going as follows
Extract from Music Is The Answer post “DM Does The News”, issued 6th Sept 2010
“…….Now to Mr Verde, the man whose career has well & truly rocketed in the last 18 months or so and no one could be more pleased than we at just how meteoric a rise it has been, an exhausting list of gigs taking him right across the globe. But, despite all this live D.J. work demand, Danny remains no slouch in the studio, where he has really made a name for himself and, following his smash tour of Los Angeles, US online music site, Beatport, has loaded up many of his best works, all which are now available at https://beatport.com/it-IT/html/content/artist/detail/70306/danny_verde, which includes his latest remix work “Stay With Me” by Thomas Anders, which has European vocal house in bucket loads & is simply Danny at his dynamic best. Why not also catch it in full glory with visual links at http://youtube.com/watch?v=Dl5FF3N2QI0 and whilst we missed out on Danny at M.O.S.T. (after a brief hello), we are very much looking forward to a reunion at Salvation in Berlin next month, plus we will keep you up to date with forthcoming studio projects of his as the inside track of news hits our desks…….”
And since this showing, Danny has remained a regular feature of our music newsletters, the following extract’s bringing you close to completely up to date on Danny’s D.J.’ing & studio work.
Extract from DM Does The Music News “Energetic Euro’s”, issued 18th October 2010
“…….And, when he is home, hardly a day goes by without something coming out of the now famed Holab studio, latest work in progress productions including a remix of Pagano & Parmour’s “The Reflex” as well as 2010 remixes of “Pushin To the Top”. However, two tracks hot off the press are available now, first Katy Perry’s new single “Peacock” which Danny has remixed with Hector Fonseca, out at http://soundcloud.com/hector-fonseca-music/peacock-hector-fonseca-danny-verde-remix while Mr Verde’s own re-work of Blake Lewis’s “Till We See The Sun” looks set to be huge this winter, versions of which you can grab now at http://itunes.apple.com/it/album/till-we-see-the-sun-remixes-ep/id388254732. But we are perhaps nearly most excited about his new podcast “Escape From Paradise” which is an absolute corker & in our view, his best yet. So, as Danny aptly puts it, “…are you ready to escape?, if so download it here…” here being http://dannyverde.podomatic.com. So, being “nearly” most excited surely means something else is coming & yes it is, as we will be with the man himself at Salvation in Berlin in just 6 days, so simply cannot wait…….”
Extract from DM Does The Music News “Superb Stereo Sounds”, issued 15th Jan 2011
“…….Now taking of Danny Verde, we know he has been extremely busy in the recording studio of late and has some exciting projects to come in 2011, he having kicked off the year in superb style with a brand new updated version of his smash hit “Pushin To The Top”, which gained almost immediate worldwide recognition when the original was released 18 months ago. This original, compiled in conjunction with artist Halmadaxx, has, for 2011, been given not one or two, but four remix treatments, we having already mentioned one which appears on Pagano’s compilation. Of the other three, two get our attention here, the first from the man himself, Danny calling it his “Miami 011 Rework”, Mr Verde giving the original a quite different & unique feel through this new release, a preview of which was up on his soundcloud site, although speaking with Danny, a few further tweaks made in advance of its formal release in the next couple of weeks (keeping us in suspense or what!). However, in the meantime, Hector Fonsecca’s mix is well worth a listen and one you can grab now by going to http://soundcloud.com/holabstudio/halmadaxx-danny-verde-pushin-to-the-top-hector-fonseca-remix. As for further projects, like Danny, we will keep you in suspense, although on the D.J.’ing front he couldn’t be busier, tours of Brazil & Mexico confirmed for Feb & March, while he also lands on Britain for a whistle-stop couple of days at the end of January…….”
Extract from DM Does The Music News “March Winds Of Wonderful Music”, issued 20th March 2011
“…….But, while Mexico, Brazil & dates in Europe have been stealing his time, just today, Danny confirmed that he is back in the studio working on finalising a new remix production for Ellie Golding’s “Starry Eyed” (more news on this soon) while his production for Eva Universe and their track “Ashes”, which was given the initial Soundcloud release a short while ago, is yet another Danny smash, plenty of lyrics & vocals making their mark that should see this appeal to a broad range of dancefloors & clubs, not to mention music loving ears. With heaps of the euphoric & uplifting tones that always mark a great Verde version of a track, “Ashes” is no exception, follows his last huge hit “Till We See The Sun” in the same vein and looks set to be the spring/summer sensation for sure, that initial sample release still available by going to http://soundcloud.com/eva-15/ashes-danny-verde-remix. As for Danny, well he will be right here in London next weekend for the Black Party at Area, followed by April dates across Europe, including the Delice Dream Festival in Barcelona, dates in Hawaii & The U.S. also penned, so as busy D.J’ing as he is in the studio…….”
However, this doesn’t bring you bang up to date, although having spent that terrific time with him in Rome last weekend, we have music news on the way in our forthcoming newsletter (somewhat overdue) “May Marks Masses Of Marvellous Music”, so keep your eyes peeled for that.
But our Danny devotions have also extended to reviews and whilst he is based in Italy & tours around the world, whenever he has landed on London we have been there by his side (well maybe not for M.O.S.T.!) and as we have moved into Europe, Danny has been there with us. So no special feature on this fabulous friend would be complete without sharing these review reflections of his prolific performances, this next extract reflecting on the first time we met Danny in the flesh, during a social visit of his to London.
Extracts from “Matinee Marineros” Review – Sat 11th Oct 2008
“…….Amongst our gorgeous posse was the lovely & handsome DJ/Producer Danny Verde, who had flown in from Italy especially for the event. Being his first trip to Matinee London, he was curious with questions which we were happy to oblige with a run down of the venue, we all soon finding ourselves wedged onto the packed main room dancefloor…….”
“…….It was clear to us all that Danny was enjoying the experience, judging by his reactions as we introduced him to people and indeed as he found friends of old…….”
“…….And having got the taste, we grabbed more & shared our favourite liqueur with Danny when we arrived back in the main room, where we spent the majority of our stay…….”
“…….Reports in, after we left, indicated that the club remained busy for hours more and with Pier Morrocco taking charge in the main room, also going “back-to-back” with Eduardo & playing Danny Verde’s no 1 mix “pushin to the top” ,which lifted the roof off the venue…….”
It was a good six months before we saw Danny back in London, but this time it was for his first D.J. gig in the capital.
Extracts from “Revolver Re-Loaded” Review – Sat 28th Feb 2009
“…….Our anticipation was further heightened by the inclusion of D.J. & producer Danny Verde, who has hit the big time with successful chart topping mixes “pushin to the top” and “open your heart” followed by a series of resident slots around Europe, including his native Italy, in a D.J. line up sporting some of London’s best, Paul Heron & Pagano…….”
“…….although he had time to point us in the direction of Danny Verde, who was just setting up his records in preparation for his headlining set. It was so good to see him and we caught up on news of his recent party exploits. So our “posse” now seemed complete and with Paul Heron handing over the D.J. reigns to Danny Verde, we headed onto the dancefloor to savour the unique amphitheatre style feel of this main space, lapping up the tougher euro style house tunes Danny was delivering…….”
By now Danny’s career behind the decks was really taking off, having appeared at Matinee’s Circuit Festival amongst other dates, this London gig affirmation of his ascendency.
Extracts from “Matinee August Bank Holiday Spectacular” Review – Sat 29th Aug 2009
“…….so exercising some influence, we headed to room three’s D.J. booth to find, not only Jonny M, but D.J./Producer friend Danny Verde, whom we had not seen for a few months, but during that time has been building a real name for himself across Europe and it was no surprise that an already packed room ended up rammed for the whole of his set…….”
“…….With the show over and G-Martin into his stride, we found the draw of Danny Verde in room three too much to resist, so squeezing through the middle room, we made it into the third space which was most definitely the busiest space of the time. And no wonder, as Danny was laying down some serious sounds, deep euro house with uplifting edges, which had us & the crowd mesmerised. It was clear he was enjoying his first time at Matinee, throwing himself into the action, entertaining the crowd as the laser lighting created the perfect harmony with the music…….”
“…….We really wanted Danny’s set to continue on & on, but all great things tend to come to an end all too soon, this being no exception, so having congratulated him on his performance, we pointed ourselves back in the direction of the main room…….”
With regular dates appearing in his schedule for Rome’s Muccassassina, plus being Italian, made Danny’s choice to represent the brand at The London Global Dance Festival an easy one for the organisers.
Extracts from LGDF Review “Mains Meal Of Music” – Sun 30th May 2010
“…….while the second of the three Mucca D.J. representatives, Danny Verde was playing out. And in Danny we were to witness probably the performance of the whole main event, very much testament to the popular demand of this now accomplished D.J./Producer whom we have been promoting & pushing for close on three years, his meteoric rise to fame well deserved and one that continues to make us very proud. Track after track had us dancing in delight close to the D.J. booth, the room packed to the rafters…….”
“…….Even the lovely D.J. Mis-White wasn’t missing out and like us was supremely impressed with Danny’s performance, especially when he played an electro tainted version of “Acapella”…….”
“…….there was little else to keep us away from Danny & the Mucca room by now and even when he had finished his sensational set with the third Italian of the night, Pagano rounding off the mega Mucca experience, our man from Milan was in close quarters to catch up on news and have a little boogie with us to complete what had been an enthralling experience of a night…….”
“…….the real star of the room and the event was Danny Verde, who proved to us and many exactly why he is in such demand, by pulling out an exceptionally stunning set and for us epitomised The London Global Dance Festival and all its intentions…….”
But it would be another six months before we met up with our man from Milan, this time across in Berlin, as we captured international clubbing brand Salvation on tour during our tour of the German capital.
Extracts from Salvation Berlin, “Sashaying In Shoeburg” Review – Sat 23rd Oct 2010
“…….Now we were very much in Salvation mood, trading this lofty space with devotions to Danny downstairs, each visit back & forth timed to perfection as both Nick & our Milano mate picked tunes that tripped off our musical memories, Nick’s “My People” track yet again a highlight, having already played a prolific part in our weekend, Danny’s “Let Me See Your Underwear”, “Pushin To The Top” & even his bootleg of Madonna’s “Vogue” getting airplay…….”
“…….the crowd showing their appreciation with every move they made on the podiums, Danny’s brilliant beats even ensuring that on the few occasions the elevated areas were absent, they were quickly filled with bare tops beauties from the cavorting crowd…….”
Then, with Danny exhaustive schedule taking him right across the globe, it was back in blight, Brighton no less, where we caught up with him again, a rare couple of days together framing his appearance for the city’s club “Kinky Dangerous”, although such was his impression on us & the whole club, we devoted a complete review to his performance, one worth reading in full at http://discomatt.com/web/2011/02/special-clubd-j-review-incredible-italian-impresses-danny-verde-kinky-dangerous-revenge-brighton-saturday-29th-january/.
We then found ourselves checking in with Danny across in Europe once lore, this time just two months later at the Delice Dream festival, Mr Verde taking centre stage as he represented Muccassassina on the Tuesday.
Extracts from Delice Dream Barcelona “Captivating Clubbing In Calella” Review – 16th to 20th April
“…….And they certainly did that from the off, resident D.J. back in Rome, Danny Verde, kicked off the night at Zillion in scintillating style, gloriously gathering an ever increasing crowd with a solid string of superb sounds, some Verde classics, others new tough tech & progressive beats that won him even more fans than he already had…….”
“…….But then enter from stage left the Mucca dancers, dressed provocatively in erotic black tight pants, g-strings & the like, immediately pushing the mercury off the scale with the best stage show of the week, Danny’s musical mastery matching the men’s movements magnificently…….”
“…….With the atmosphere elevated beyond expectation, Mr Verde’s performance, like Mucca’s show, proved to be the set of the festival…….”
And so with that Mucca’s showing across in Spain, we come right up to date with that liaison in Rome last weekend and our bite size reflection of Muccassassina’s “Rafaella” event, which we will leave you to look at via http://discomatt.com/web/2011/05/reports-rapture-in-rome-muccassassina-raffaella-friday-27th-may-international-preview-the-review/.
However, we now look forward, Danny very much back in the studio groove and working on a remix of Kelly Rowland’s “Motivation”, a sneak preview available at http://soundcloud.com/holabstudio/kelly-rowland-motivation-danny & with this set to be his next dancefloor smash, the “official” release of his remix of Ellie Golding’s “Starry Eyed” storming the sets of D.J.’s around the world (check it out at http://soundcloud.com/holabstudio/ellie-goulding-starry-eyed-1) he also has the coming Europride event in Rome this weekend (Sat/Sun 11th/12th June) to look forward to, when he will be playing alongside pal Phil Romano & the great David Morales, the latter track sure to headline a set score that will prove unbeatable. Add to that a hectic schedule of gigs across the globe & the future has never looked brighter for our Magnifico Milano Man. (DISCO MATT)
We thought we remind you of two essential links with you where you can grab Danny’s magnificent music, and whilst the links are within the main text of our special feature, for ease of reference they are also right here, his podcast page http://dannyverde.podomatic.com & his Soundcloud page http://soundcloud.com/holabstudio/
If there is one place where we find the most inspiration & then come with our ideas, it is the clubbing dancefloor, this morning being no exception, as we pondered over the continuance of our “Preview The Review” (PTR) reports. Now, while they have proven really popular and have also given us a vehicle where we can report on our clubbing cavorting much more swiftly than we did with our full reviews, the last two months have seen these PTR’s take the place of our full length versions, which have somewhat fallen by the wayside. Mind you, this is no surprise, as life in Disco Matt land has become incredibly busy in the last few months, the demands on our time stretching substantially, meaning that certain parts of our activity have suffered under the strain, our full length reviews one such area.
So with an overdue list stretching back to Barcelona in April, we thought it was high time to take some action by re-adjusting the balance of our review reporting, thus changing the angle of our PTR style reports to make them more like our full length versions but in mini form and what we will now term as “Bite Size Reviews”. Now, if you have been keeping in touch with our PTR’s, which were devised in February, the bite size phrase will be a familiar one to you and one which we feel ties in well with our nibble size reviews, delivered via Twitter tweets, another invention (thanks to a dear D.J. friend) which has really taken off since we launched it in Beyond on 2nd May. Plus with that full reflection backlog growing by the day, we thought it was high time we gave the bars, clubs & events we cover a little more justice in our fresh felt reflections, rather than having them wait for the full review, a wait which has become far too long for some.
That said, we will be continuing with our traditional length reflections, which we will now term as “Full Size Reviews”, proper service on these being restored as soon as possible, although, as demand dictates, we may need to pick & choose which bars, clubs & events get this full size review coverage, thus the need to up the ante with re-styling our PTR’s. In the meantime, we are committed to delivering the following overdue ones to you, although they will most likely be simple extensions of our existing PTR’s to include those all important intro & outro paragraphs, not least to speed through the delivery of this now considerable backlog.
Delice Dream Festival – “Captivating Clubbing In Calella – 16th to 20th April (feature length)
As One – “Sound Spoils The Show” – 23rd April
Beyond – “All About Steve” – 24th April
Orange Ascension – “Sweet Dreams Of Citric Bliss” – 25th April
Later – “Afternoon Appreciation Times Two” – 25th April & 2nd May (feature length)
Booster – “Braving The Bash” – 25th April
Beyond vs La Demence – “Blended Brilliance” – 1st May
Downtown – “East End Boys Meet West End Girls”– 1st May
WE Broadway – “Wow Factor Wandered” – 1st May
Beyond – “Waiting For You” – 8th May
Meat – “Monumental Mash-up” – 14th May
Gigolo – “Brilliant Burns Beats” – 19th May
Muccassassina – “Rapture In Rome” – 27th May
WE Candy – “Where Were We” – 28th May
Beyond Supersize – “Huge Holiday Highlight” – 29th May
Salvation The Future – “Stunning Stage Sparkles” – 29th May
As One – “Banking Branded Brilliance” – 30th May
Room Service – “Delightful Delectations At Diu – 2nd June
Plus we have two special reviews to still ring you, firstly our full size review of Roger Waters in concert at The O2 Arena from 15th May, plus a feature length full size review of our three day sortie around Soho during the first week of May, this one to be titled “Soho Society Social Soiree Showdown”.
So, we definitely have our review work cut out, this being no better a time to address the backlog, plus re-adjust our reflections and make the flow much more smoother, that flow henceforth being from nibble size, to bite size, to full size, all meaning that our review coverage will be as complete & conformist as can be. And having nibble size review tweeted our way through Beyond this morning, where the inspiration for this change came from, what better way to kick off than with our new style bite size review of Beyond’s “Summer Season Launch” which, like all our reviews from now on, can/will be found in our “Review” section ONLY (makes sense we think). Plus, as if we need to remind you, don’t forget you can follow our nibble size review tweets by going to http://twitter.com/discomatt and tuning in live or even becoming a full on follower & checking at your leisure, leaving us to simply say, make sure to “Go There! Be There! tweet tweet!!! (DISCO MATT)
Having ventured forth to this, one of the clubbing scene’s hottest tickets, back in March, we pretty much haven’t looked back, Room Service filling our weekly schedule of showings with increasing regularity and despite competition in the form of Gigolo having sprung up in Soho, it seems that the penchant for Jodie Harsh’s prolific Thursday party has not dampened at all. Indeed, as we arrived at what we thought was a very reasonable & queue avoiding time of 10.30 pm., we were faced with close on a 30 minute wait as more privileged others streamed into the club, plus with no JJ on duty, for good reason as he was celebrating his birthday downstairs, we simply had to sit it out, guestlist guy Jack clearly having his hands full managing the situation. So, it was down to Steve Pitron to rescue this our latest Room Service session, he popping up between tracks to fish us out of the queue, Jack’s surprised look saying it all, but our fortunes quickly switching as we were ushered into Diu’s downstairs in an instant, right behind D.J. legend Tom Stephan & prominent promoter Laurent Chaumet, both here to savour a little French sauciness courtesy of host porn star Francois Sagat.
So, with our trip back on track, we headed straight for the Diu D.J. booth where Mr Pitron was spinning some serious & uplifting sounds, his beaming smile evidence of his pleasure we had joined his & friend Jess’s company, our live nibble sized tweeting already into full swing as we headed to the bar for refreshments, weaving our way through the tightly packed party people already gracing this Room Service romp with their presence. Back by the booth & it was clear Steve was in a playful mood, picking out terrific track after track that were already sending our emotions racing, that now infamous rollercoaster ride playing out in front of Jess & everyone around, first “Waiting For You” striking poignant resonance with our plight a little earlier, then the outstanding “Offshore” adding to our emotions. But with Diu’s dedicated but overzealous security guard standing next to the D.J. booth like a centurion, short of holding Mr Pitron hostage, there was plenty to keep our trademark tears in check, not least the captivating company of Jess, soon joined by the marvellous Minty, fierce partner in crime Lexi and then by Room Service’s scenestress supreme, Jodie Harsh, French fancy Francois Sagat in close call.
With Steve’s superb set over, his curtain call to our cavorting being the brilliant “You Will Remember”, it was now the turn of Shoreditch son Kris Di Angelis to select the sounds and he started superbly, treating us to a tech house twist of the disco dipped “Acapella”, neatly followed by a brilliant Beyonce bootleg, “run the world” a rapturous re-work by the tremendous Tom Stephan who popped up to tell us all as we bopped to the tracks bouncy beats. And it seemed the whole of Room Service, like they had for Steve’s set, were having a terrific time in the hands of Mr Di Angelis, the party alight with action & showing no signs of relenting. Plus having held court with Jodie for a while, along with an intro to the impressive in the flesh Francois, not to mention catching up with birthday boy J.J., our exemplary evening couldn’t have been more complete, the regal treatment by Room Service’s royalty sealing the deal on our delightful delectations at Diu, leaving us to say, “…it’s ready, steady go for the review…” (DISCO MATT)
Well, we can hardly believe that a whole week ago we were literally sitting down to dinner in Rome with international D.J./producer Danny Verde, in advance of his & our appearance at Muccassassina’s “Raffaella” event and we really wanted to prelude the occasion with a look at this prestigious talent. However, with time running away with us in preparation for Rome & then getting caught up in a spring bank holiday back home, it seemed more appropriate to reflect, seven days on, not just on Danny’s prolific performance at Muccassassina, but to also celebrate his already considerable career with a special Music Is The Answer post, the third in our series of features, this one titled “Magnifico Milano Man”.
However, in advance of the release of this special look at Danny, we continue our issue of our Focus/Biog posts lifted from our old blogspot page archives, this one lifted from a one of our special Music Is The Answer posts which we published last year and a Focus that one that gives you a flavour of the man & his music.
Extract from our Music is The Answer post, “Incredible Italiano’s”, issued 15th March 2010
So, first up is a young man that we have been following since he started out in the D.J’ing game and has probably been one of the most meteoric rises to fame we have seen in all our years on the clubbing music scene. A product of his home city Milan, Danny Verde set himself on the road to stardom in the recording studio, where through months, nay years of hard work saw his first production hit the big time, when “Pushin To The Top” did just that, becoming a euro-wide success & getting his name recognised beyond his native Italy. This smash was quickly followed by “Open Your Heart”, with Andrea Carnell providing the vocals, another brilliant record that is getting plenty of airplay across gAylist London dancefloors at the moment, added to which, remix works of records “Express Yourself” & “Let Me See Your Underwear” very much made Danny a household name & underpinned his talent in the studio.
However, Danny’s real passion was always to hit the big time playing live in clubs & events and a big break early in 2009, when he came & played in London for the first time, sparked a whole host of appearances across Europe. But it was The Circuit Festival in Barcelona when he made a huge splash and in front of some of the worlds biggest club promoters, Danny followed a brilliant showing with a summer slot at Spanish favourite club D-Boy and a breathtaking run of parties in France, Belgium, Germany, Russia and Sweden as well as across Italy. The international stage was now for the taking and having got that very important exposure at one Europe’s biggest dance events, the proverbial world was Danny’s oyster, with tours of Brazil & Mexico major conquests, securing his position as THE big new player, his work getting accolades from the likes of Danny Teneglia, Ralphi Rosario & Chris Cox.
Describing his music style, whilst there is a distinct slant towards progressive & tribal house intermixed with uplifting vocals, Danny has never put a particular label on his performances & productions, but there is no doubt that he has a very distinctive sound and the minute a record is played you know it is Mr Verde, hence one major reason why his services are now in such demand. Away from his live gigs, he occasionally gets the chance to put some compilations together, his latest mix entitled “Danny Goes To Brazil” celebrating his highly successful tour earlier this year and a great example of his unique talent & style, which is available through http://dannyverde.podomatic.com. However, his real skill is in his remix work and in advance of his upcoming trip to Los Angeles, Danny has worked on a remix of Blake Lewis’s single “Heartbreak On Vinyl”, which has just been released on Tommyboy records US., with further projects penned for this label, together with a remix of Hector Fonseca’s “Addicted” & Thomas Anders’ “Stay With Me”. Next week sees Mr Verde make is US debut at club Friction in Los Angeles and then back in Europe, gigs in Berlin, Cologne, Oslo & Valencia are on the cards, as well as a return to London at the end of May. (DISCO MATT)
Not another post devoted to this amazing afterhours we hear you cry!, but when it comes to beyond, we simply cannot help ourselves, as for us, there is no other club that means quite as much as this one does. We have it securing our keys, we choose it as our computer combination, but moreover our working week is full of sounds inspired by the club & our weekend, more often than not leads to or is dominated by its brilliance. So, it therefore comes as no surprise that, of all the clubs we have reported on in our time, Beyond far outstrips any other, whether it be by preview, by review, by report or by, in this case recommends posts. Plus given the number of Beyond parties we have attended, not just at its current home Area, but its previous place Colosseum, but also at outside events & when it has been on tour, Brighton a particular fabulous feature. And talking of tours, Beyond is about to embark on a summer full of trips far & wide, the first being tomorrow night (Sat 4th June) when Scream in Paris feel the fantastic force of this breathtaking brand, while other highlights include their inclusion in the La Demence cruise & the Xlsior Festival in Mykonos, among a host of other European appearances.
But it is back here in London and Sunday (5th June) that we are concentrating on, as Beyond enters its summer season, this weekend also being the first in the meteorological summer calendar, so all timed to perfection. But before we hone down on what to expect from this launch, the really exciting news is a launch of a slightly different kind, as Beyond has teamed up with Gaydar radio to create the ultimate afterhours show, a seven hour spectacular showcasing a selection of sets recorded live from either the previous week’s Beyond in London, or from the host of international gigs that make up the Beyond world tour this summer. Running from midnight every Saturday through till 7 a.m. each Sunday morning for the whole of the summer, in an interview with Boyz magazine, promoter Jonny Marsh was reported as saying “…each week we’ll be recording the best sets of the night at Beyond, which will be compiled into a special radio show over a whopping seven hours. It’s the perfect was to get in the party mood before heading to Beyond each week…” he further adding of the first show which beams out next weekend “…it will be the Beyond dream team residents including Steve Pitron, The Sharp Boys & Gonzalo Rivas…”. So, if its a case of warming up or catching up, Gaydar radio is the place to be each Saturday night/Sunday morning to get your fix of Beyond before Beyond, by tuning in either online by going to http://gaydarradio.com or via digital radio DAB frequency 11B.
So to the summer season launch, which as we said, takes place this Sunday (5th June) at Area in Vauxhall and while the team are very much looking forward, there are some elements from the past that have been re-introduced to the fray, namely the gorgeous Naomi Ruiz who will head up a new hosting team that also includes the lovely Ben Kaye, Beyond regular & glamour puss Altina Ha, as well as Room Service’s, the simply superb J.J., all four taking their turns to manage the various elements that make up this intrinsic part of the club’s operation & something that has been sorely missing inside rather than outside the club in recent times. And the good news continues as the consolidation of those Beyond dream team residents will be a feature of the whole summer, Steve Pitron, The Sharp Boys, Gonzalo Rivas & Paul Heron very much main room men, while Hifi Sean, Paul Christian & D’Johnny will rule the waves in The Chapel room, the newly named “Classix Terrace”, the domain of Jamie Head, The Oli & Fat Tony. But with news that Mikey D will also be back to Beyond where he belongs, we couldn’t be happier, this added to by queen of the lighting scene, Smalls, who will be in her rightful place each & every week from now on, not to mention the addition of the amazing dancer La Menor to the Elektra Paris Beyond pack.
Now to the all important detail of this “Summer Season Launch”, which, if you didn’t already realise, takes place this Sunday (5th June) with Area’s doors opening at 6 a.m. & Beyond running through until its usual 1 p.m. finish. Advance tickets priced at just £10 are available online at direct link http://area.clubtickets.com/gb/2011-06/05/beyond, while you can also get your hands on ones from Soho stores Prowler, Clone Zone & 50, as well as at bars Rupert, St, The Edge (from next week The Yard) & Ku-Bar (Lisle St), again priced at £10 (all subject to a booking/handling fee) while entry is available on the door but for more. And to add spice to this summer launch, the Gaydar radio crew will be on hand, handing out plenty of goodies & special royalty cards getting you discount entry to future Beyond parties, with the even more enticing opportunity to bag a free cabin on the La Demence cruise, which hosts a massive Beyond White Party on day 6, this prize this “cruise cabin giveaway” worth over 1000 euro’s. More info on this & other Orange Group events can be found by going to http://fireclub.co.uk/gayparties.
So, come Sunday & with Steve Pitron starting pumping proceedings in Beyond’s main room, it will take wild horses to keep us away from our spot for this “Summer Season Launch” sizzler, so if you see us then do come & say hi, but make sure you “Go There! Be There!” (DISCO MATT)
Now while you may have to wait a week until Gaydar radio beams those live Beyond sets across your airwaves, you can tap into some brilliant Beyond style beats now by picking up Steve Pitron’s new podcast which is the perfect partner for this “Summer Season Launch” party. Why? well it’s called “Summer 2011” for a start, this first volume of two a towering triumph from superb start to fantastic finish, 118 minutes of magical music that is an absolute must to your collection by going to either http://stevepitronsessions.podomatic.com or by subscribing via iTunes at http://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/steve-pitron-house-sessions/id420879433.