Archive for June 2012
With our reviews in arrears, our previews hardly present, our music devotions derelict and our recommendations rusty, we have decided it is time to take time off, take time to re-charge, take time to re-focus & take time to re-energise, the announcement of our “Scene Summer Sabbatical & Service Scale Down”, deluding to the details of our decision, along with our desires & intentions for a full service resumption/return.
With 2012 already proving to be our own “annus horribilus” on a number of fronts, there can be little or no doubt that the activity that was always the core part of our existence, our reviews, has taken a direct hit, how did we out it?, “…woefully in arrears…”, while it is also true that the year so far has seen a distinct lack of the previews, both in full form & in focus/feature style, along with an absence of our much loved much now maligned recommendations newsletters, ones we used to, devotingly so, issue each |& every week, although this first half of 2012 has seen just half a dozen devotions, hardly the devoting our admiring audiences deserve or indeed expect. But the sorrowful story continues, as one of a major life loves, our music, has also been badly hit, planned special features, D.J. focuses &, yes, our music newsletters, all having pretty much ground to a halt, while there has been a ray of light in the form our newly launched “Picks” section which (well up until the middle of this month that is) has dominated our activity and has proved to be the one inspiration in a year that has been devoid of almost every intrinsic ingredient. So, whether it be recommends, focuses, features or reports, all that have formed part of our success recipe, our package, they have been alarmingly absent, while it is the one element that started it all that remains THE most alarming absentee, that element being our reviews.
So what’s been happening?, Well to put not too fine a point on it, the “Matt” in Disco Matt has been the cause, a whole host of issues that has afflicted Matt, having a knock on effect on Disco Matt (yes we are one & the same), close family illness issues back home in South Africa dominating both January & February, while it is now Matt’s health that is consuming our lives, to the extent that we, all too often, find ourselves so fatigued that there remains little or no energy or dive to pursue our postings with anywhere near the vigour & va va voom of previous times. Then, to compound the problems besieging us, a series of computer failures have influenced our interest & intent to deliver our devotions, we having lurched from one device to the next with little or no resolve or resolution and, in reality, without this essential element/tool, we have been akin to carrying a war wound, a lost limb, or a corroded cog in our writing wheel, a wheel that had become square rather than round and, as the saying goes, has fallen off!! So, those have been the causes and the effects have been plain to see, the figures speaking volumes, a lacklustre six reviews reaped when there should have been four times that, while with just two music newsletters, a handful of recommendations & no previews whatsoever, it certainly is a sad state of affairs we have found ourselves in, while on the positive, our scene step outs have been captured not just in pictures & video’s posted onto social networking sites, but our now infamous “nibble size tweets” have amassed an ever increasing following.
However, the fact remains that, with much of our core activity at a complete standstill and with the heavy weight of expectation of output laying heavily on our, what were, broad shoulders, we have had to look inwardly at the issues that are causing this collapse in our once wondrous writing and in so doing decide to relieve some of that pressure by sending ourselves on a scene summer sabbatical and also scale down our services, the summer sabbatical part of the equation allowing us to “re-charge”, the scaling down of services allowing us to “re-focus” and the two combined allowing us to re-energise & then “re-engage”, hence the title of our report. So what form will all of this take?, Well, as we have hinted, we will be stepping out of the scene spotlight for a few weeks, curtailing our commitments to expectant engagements while possibly continuing to make the odd cameo appearance here & there, these visits seeing a scaling down of our nibble size tweets, which for this summer sabbatical period, will however continue while we re-charge. And the scaling down of services will also impact (it has already) on our website which will hopefully see itself going through some re-charging, with further nip & tuck tweaks and improvements both to the layout & the look, meaning it is possible that the site may go down for this maintenance while we scale down our activity, shifting the focus in the direction of our social networking sites, Tumblr, Twitter & Facebook.
With the re-charging process in place, we will be then re-focussing, predominantly on those core aspects of our activity, so our reviews, our music posts & our regular recommendations, we having already decided to draw a line under the first six months of this “annus horribilus” part of our year and look forward to a remaining six months when we will be re-energised & re-engaged with our writing. So, with the sabbatical period relieving the pressure, the aim will be to roll all these posts back into prominent position, while not forgetting the elements of our activity that have proven quite fruitful in 2012, so our Picks posts & the D.J. focuses & podcast propulsions that have borne fruit through our Pick of The Day” & “Podcast of The Week” choices. But, as the next six months dawn arrives (its 1st July tomorrow) we are determined to re-start all the supporting structure we have been so fervently following in the year so far, so while our website goes through its changes, we will be continuing to update all the banners in our various “Supports” sections, so clubs & events, businesses, publications & music producers, the specialist “Orange Nation” “WE Party” devotions continuing. Moreover, we have set ourselves a weekly schedule which will kick in following the end of our sabbatical which will mark the start of our re-energising & re-engagement period, elements of this beginning to bed in from as early as tomorrow, while we remain determined to under promise on our postings and so over deliver as a result.
So the question remains, when will this summer sabbatical & service scale down end?, Well, as we go to press on our decision, its remains pretty open ended, although we expect to be fully back on stream by the beginning of September, so a sabbatical period of eight or so weeks, we taking this opportunity to apologise to those clubs & club promoters for our absence from a elongated list of events, clubs included (some benefitting from a smattering of showings) being A:M, Beyond, CasaLatina, Dish, Gigolo, Hard On!, Later, Matinee, Orange, PlayTime, Room Service, Salvation, Trade & War, while to club promoters, particularly Craig Elder, Jonny Marsh, Jodie Harsh, Suzi Kruegar, David & L.a. Hart, Tom Stephan and Kris Di Angelis, we will be back supporting but more importantly, reviewing your events as it is our reviews that is the real core of our activity and what we have become famed for & are all about. In addition, to the venues, such as The Shadow Lounge, Profile & East Bloc, we will be continuing (and in places) ramping up our support & our showings from September, while some will benefit from short steps into the scene spotlight during our summer sabbatical, Beyond one such benefactor as soon as tomorrow, while we are sure others will follow.
Well, that’s where we are, while what we have also done, not least following the inspiration drawn from a recent cinema trip, is to mastermind a Disco Matt maxim, one which will underpin the re-charging, re-focusing, re-energising & re-engagement period we now find ourselves in, it seemingly appropriate to end our report by sharing it with you, it chronicling, where we have been, where we are, and where we want to be, and it goes like this
“…The person, who risks nothing, does nothing, has nothing, but nothing happens unless we first dream. So we came, we dreamed & we tried in our different ways, but now tired, we simply get up in the morning & we try, as nothing else matters. Can we be blamed for feeling too tired to change, too scared of failure to start it all again? Well the only real failure is the failure to try and the measure of our success is how we cope with our failings, as we always must. All we know about the future is that it will be different, but perhaps what we fear is that it will be the same. So we must celebrate the changes, because everything will be alright in the end, and if it’s not alright, then trust us, it’s not yet the end…”
So here’s to our summer sabbatical serenading a new & renewed enthusiasm for what we do & how we do it, here’s to the decided mobilisation of our music devotions, the resumption of our recommendations and, most importantly, the return of our reviews. (DISCO MATT)
With a captivating choice of events capitals clubbing circuit & despite still carrying a hangover from the diamond jubilee weekend, it’s very much a thrilling Thursday as Disco Matt decides upon Room Service as his Pick of The Day. Taking place tonight (7th June) at Maibella in Soho, with D.J.’s Ariel & Fat Tony on deck duty & the irrepressible Jodie Harsh & her terrific team hosting, for all the detail simply select the banner opposite or click on the image below, while check out DM’s diced up delectation beneath
Thursday has certainly become the new Friday, many choosing this weekday night to start their weekend, a whole host of happenings making it a tempting prospect and while there have been plenty of parties that have cut a stride on this clubbing scene calendar slot, there can be no denying that Room Service has not only set the trend, but continues to be the benchmark by which all other’s seem to follow on what has definitely become a thrilling Thursday. And it looks like this week will be no different, as Jodie & her team welcome two Room Service stalwarts to the decks, both seasoned pro’s on the capitals D.J. clubbing circuit, Jodie saying of her star players, “…Two legendary DJ’s, FAT TONY and ARIEL, spin underground, sexy house. Tough boy-beats, deep grooves and horny basslines…”, both having held sway on the scene for a score of seasons, Fat Tony first coming to prominence at Trade back in the 90’s, while Ariel was spinning serious sounds at a host a club nights about the sams time, not least the infamous Cruz on St Martin’s Lane. Plus with both major features in parties such as Onyx, A:M, Beyond & Orange, you can certainly expect the full-on club style of sound at this boutique bash.
D.M.’s diced up detail….
Room Service is London’s coolest gay party, the sexiest night out in town, the hottest guys in the city and the number one Thursday club night. Only at Room Service do you know you’re guaranteed a good night – This is the Deluxe Gay Dance Party created by the dream-team of London nightlife, there is only one way to get served….week by week we serve it HOT.
Room Service is where your weekend kicks off, and where you get off to the best house music on offer. This is Attitude magazine’s number 1 UK club night. This is Boyz magazine’s best weekday party. This is Room Service, and we are pretty much officially London’s hottest gay night out. You’ve heard the buzz…check in and get involved
TONIGHT : Thursday 7th June
Aural pleasure from two legendary DJ’s:
Personal Service by your hosts:
Let our hosts lead you astray & onto our dance floor while you sip on our summer drinks deals, £5 spirit + Mixer, £5 Jager Bomb cocktails
Plus, we team up with Circa, Soho’s drinking hotspot, to bring you the Late Check-In Pass. Go down and buy a drink at our favourite neighborhood bar and you will get a pass which gives you £5 entry between 1am and 2am. Even more reason to keep the party going into the early hours of Friday morning….
ROOM SERVICE is at Miabella – 12-13 Greek Street, Soho, W1 4DJ
10pm – 3am
£6 before 11pm
for table service – book via firstname.lastname@example.org.
While many may still be in recovery mode from what turned out to be a five day weekend of fun filled frolics, Disco Matt, having been laid low since Sunday, braves it back to re-start his “Pick Of The Day” choices, landing on London & Soho for Gigolo’s “Master” party which takes place tonight (Wed 6th June) at the Shadow Lounge, with Doug Silva & Oliver M on deck duty, all the detail a banner click away opposite or an image click below, while DM prologues the party beneath
GIGOLO brings together a fusion of the hottest D.J. talent to spin a combination of retro Disco, uplifting Disco house, dirty nu Disco beats, plus international PORNOSTAR guests who work their $$$makers in the VIP booth. So, if you’re looking for a good time, there’s a place that you can go where the tunes are pumpin’ and the hunks are humping’ then look no further than GIGOLO, because his business is YOUR pleasure!!
London’s hottest midweek party wants you to let him be your “Master” tonight!
Gigolo is here to entertain you with superhot Italian stripper stud, Stefano, who is looking forward to giving you his full on XXX rated strip show action, along with the cumback of Gigolo’s porno master, Isaac Jones
All this along with hot hot house & disco drenched sounds come from Latino D.J. Doug Silva, spinning the spunkiest treats for your pleasure, followed by sexy uplifting beats from international D.J/Producer/Promoter Oliver M
Add to that, sexy iconic photography from SHOOTMEUP, London’s most notorious scene shooters, they warning you, if you want to be shot by the best then get sexy or undressed. Plus, get into a HOT mess with the live XXX photo shoot from 1 a.m., check out http://shootmeupblog.blogspot.co.uk to see what to expect
But there’s more, fancy starring in Gigolo’s “HOT 20”?, then strip way down or dress way up as only the best make the cut. But what is our “HOT 20”?, well every Wednesday the entire *HOT 20* get to slip in GIGOLO’s entrance for free along with their homos……and get a load of this, the WINNER gets down and dirrrty with the GIGOLO pornostars in their own private booth with VIP entry & drinks!
And if all that wasn’t enough, get your lips around Gigolo’s drink offer!!! Order £5 “GIGOHO” COCKtail all night long & get into the LIVE XXX PHOTOSHOOT !!
DINKY DETAIL :-
Wed 6th June
The Shadow Lounge
Brewer St Soho.
(directions at http://theshadowlounge.co.uk)
WAYS TO ENTER A GIGOLO
£5 CONCESSIONS with Guest list
or I AM SOHO card between 10pm-11pm
£8 at the door
ADD YOUR NAME TO OUR GUEST LIST:
DRESS CODE: sluttiest dressers get to ride GIGOLO’s queue faster!
There is literally no other party like this in SOHO… any day of the week!
Sticking with spectacular Sunday but also moving to magnificent Monday, Disco Matt continues to dish up his “Diamond Picks”, by looking to Later, which delivers a double dose of daytime disco this diamond jubilee weekend, their “Seaside” soiree serving up sensational sounds from Femi B, & Paul Heron, while their “Xtra” event elevates The Oli, & Jamie Head both bashes benefitting from the terrific talent that is D’Johnny, all the detail a banner selection away opposite or an image click below, DM beefing up the brand while the Later team deliver the detail beneath.
When it comes to daytime disco’s there is nowhere better than Later, the party that was born out of the desire for the capitals clubbers to continue their cavorting after a barnstorming Beyond, this afternoon audacity fast becoming THE afterhours afterparty, very much marrying up post clubbing chill-out with debaucherous dancing, its first foray held right beneath its bigger brand brother when Beyond was holding court at Colosseum, although with Later soon finding its way to Fire, hasn’t looked back since. And while it has seen its popularity pitch & yaw as the years have advanced, there is no doubt that Later currently finds itself in another purple patch period, its team of residents D.J.’s at the centre of the daytime disco’s discerning deliberations, names such as Jamie Head, The Oli & Paul Heron each playing their part in propelling the party with a successive string of stellar sets soaked with superb sounds. Indeed, when it comes to bank holiday weekend, Later tends to find itself at the epicentre of a veritable storm of scene spectacles, this diamond jubilee being no different, as the club sits snuggling between Beyond & la-Leche with its “Seaside” soiree on Sunday, while it makes the most of Monday, extending its “Xtra” event which offers an appealing alternative to the plethora of street parties, we handing over to Later’s team to deliver the detail.
TWO LATER SUMMER TRIPS THIS JUBILEE WEEKEND!
Plus the Later pool will be open for business! (weather dependent)
SUNDAY 3RD JUNE
11.30AM – 8PM @ Fire
Life’s a beach at Later’s big day out with seaside attractions and rides, deckchairs’n’décor to get you in the holiday vibe and transport you to our special resort, rides, games, outside BBQ and even a pony!
D.J.’s on Sunday soiree deck duty : FEMI B | D’JOHNNY | PAUL HERON
while hosting & giveaways come your way from Andrea and her boys.
MONDAY 4TH JUNE
11.30AM – 8PM @ Fire
Yes you heard it right, more sunshine in the Fire garden, more uplifting forward- thinking house from our super-freakin Later residents! The best way to spend your Bank Holiday Monday with the ultimate day time disco club experience feature incredible sound and light shows, cooling co2 blasts, an outdoor BBQ and much more!
D.J.’s on deck duty for this magnificent Monday meet
THE OLI | JAMIE HEAD | D’JOHNNY
More info on tickets available by clicking on the top image.
Continuing his special series of “Diamond Picks”, Disco Matt now looks towards a spectacular Sunday of events, starting with the brilliant Beyond & its “Britannia” bash, a super sized & stellar showing that boasts a star studded D.J. line up including Steve Pitron, Paul Heron, The Sharp Boys, Alan K, Hifi Sean, & many more, all the detail a banner selection away opposite or an image click below, while DM delivers his own diamond delectation beneath.
Rule Britannia! Britannia rule the waves, Britain’s never, never, never shall be slaves, so goes this right royal rendition that was lifted from the James Thompson patriotic poem many moons ago to become an alternative to the national anthem of Britain, but which has stronger associations with The Royal Navy, although come Sunday morning, it will surely be Beyond-ers that will never, never, never be slaves as they succumb to the super sized & stellar spectacle that will be Beyond “Britannia”. Mind you, if the Grace Jones tracks has anything to do with it, the masses that will hit the myriad of roads that always inevitably lead to the doors of Area in Vauxhall, these Beyond-ers will certainly be slaves, although slaves to the rhythm of a star studded resident D.J. line-up, the billing including Steve Pitron, The Sharp Boys Paul Heron, D’Johnny, HiFi Sean, Paul Christian, The Oli & current promoter Jonny M, among a host of others across three rooms of fun that will be packed & pumping from 3 am. start to midday finish.
Indeed it is to Jonny that we look to in giving us a flavour of what to expect from this “Britannia” bash, he having told us to “…expect trademark production, cutting edge laser shows, stunning go-go boys and the most pumping music & atmosphere you will find anywhere in London…”, Jonny going on to remark of Beyond’s status as London’s number one afterhours party, “…it’s a unique combination, some aspects of which are difficult to quantify. There’s an energy, an atmosphere & a feeling which is completely unrivalled. There’s something about the afterhours times, where everyone is really letting go & embracing the party as well as the music, the lights & the incredible venue that is Area…” he rounding off his take on Beyond by saying, “…it has to be experienced to be believed…”. And even for full on fans like us who tread the Beyond boards virtually every week, we can only concur with Mr Marsh in all respects, this brilliant brand somehow managing to entice & enchant exceptionally with every event, Sunday sure to deliver a decisive delectation that will floor the competition & thrill its followers.
So what of the detail & of the music?, Well to the detail first and having settled into its new timing slot, Beyond now starts at 3 a.m. each Sunday morning, so while billed as a Saturday event in the popular press, it is firmly in the Sunday bracket in our books, this “Britannia” event part of a prolific “Diamond Ticket” package that, for just £30, will have already gained you access to WE’s “Fast Food” event & will ensure you lap up as much milk as you can handle at Matinee’s “La Leche” party on Sunday evening, tickets available online by going to http://orangenation.clubtickets.com/gb/2012-06/02/the-diamond-ticket-jubilee-bank-holiday-weekend-2012, while if beyond is your only Diamond Jubilee destination of the three, then advance tickets are priced at £12 & are available online as well as at the usual Soho outlets of Prowler, Clone Zone & 50, plus over the bar at Compton’s too, while you can pay on the door, although expect to fork out more. And talking of doors, dare we once again remind you that they open at 3 a.m., although we suspect the main procession of party heads will gather from 6 a.m. onwards, this “Britannia” bash running through to a planned midday finish, the door ably managed by the terrific team of Tom Fuller & JJ Clark, while the clubs promoter Jonny Marsh will be on hand inside, no doubt armed with his anti tweeting broom in a vain attempt to stop us nibble size tweeting from our spot, our live transmissions form Beyond already having reached iconic status, so well worth watching at http://twitter.com/discomatt. As for the music, well in truth you need to experience it live, although there can be no better way to warm up that checking out the following podcasts, each of the three giving you a thrilling flavour of what to expect from the residents stars that will be performing on Sunday, so http://stevepitronsessions.podomatic.com/entry/2012-01-18T00_07_36-08_00, http://theoli.podomatic.com/entry/2012-05-19T11_12_41-07_00, & http://djohnny.podomatic.com/entry/2012-02-14T05_46_41-08_00, enough said, well apart from ensuring that come Sunday morning you “Go There! Be There!” (DISCO MATT)