Posts Tagged ‘Lovechild’
With the momentum making magnificent moves for the upcoming Summer Rites Festival In the Park, a prolific promoter now driving the party planning & organising, it seems that others now want an inclusion piece of the action, the hot off the press news that the mothership of clubbing, Trade, will be playing a prominent part on 30th June has promoted us to propel that cat out of the bag announcement in our latest nifty news nibble.
With the news that the rejuvenated Summer Rites would be marking this third year in its new incarnation with a exemplary London Gay Pride event, securing the rights as the “official” post parade party, this announcement breaking well over three months ago, we were waiting with baited breath for further positives from this fabulous festival’s organisers, a sense of As One In Te Park déjà vous creeping in as we re-emerged from our in-patient illness period to find no news in our inbox. However, while the London Pride P.R. has been pretty paltry, hardly a murmur about the parade & the now seasonal centrally situated stages & entertainment areas finding its way onto social networking sites & other outlets, the Summer Rites promotion machine is marching forward quite smartly, not least with the brilliant news that Steven Sharp has been taken on by the team and is set to stage manage much of the nitty gritty of the various dance arena’s. And, adding to that great proclamation, is the very promising developments on the ticket sales front, our insider informant very bullish about the fact that all early bird options sold out weeks ago and, on last count, the main ticket take-up was already over half way to the permitted park capacity, while with Steven clearly having rolled up his organising sleeves, the broadcast that Atomic Kitten would be headlining a main stage line-up
However, the biggest & best declaration that the mothership of clubbing is joining the Summer Rites In the Park party, has to be the best break for this fabulous festival thus far, Lawrence Malice & his beloved brand Trade having successfully steered clear of what was clearly a fantastic flop in As One In the Park, now sticking their camp neck out with considerable conviction. And there is no doubt that this near legend in our lifetime club has added plenty of clout to the appeal package of this Pride park party, confirmation that Christian Smith will be headlining a “…fierce rulin Trade D.J.’s…” line-up, adds even further weight to the world of Summer Rites, we crossing fingers that some of the current Trade deck meisters like Nick Tcherniak, Pagano & Guy Williams will be included, while it is pretty likely The Sharp Boys will treat us to s special “Lite Lounge” set. Yet while it seems that Trade will, rather than having their own tent, will form part of what has been termed “…The Main Dance Stage…”, our memory recalling that at previous Summer Rites this is the focal point of activity ad one that will see other heavyweight brands in the form of Room Service, Popcorn & Lovechild play their part, meaning that other D.J. stars will include Jodie Harsh, Kris Di Angelis, Paulo Moreno, Adam Turner & Tony English.
But, with so much more to share, our upcoming preview “Post Parade Park Partying”, it pretty much leaves us to say that, with this impressive new inclusion in the form of Trade, this is one park party you won;t want to miss, standard advance tickets on sale online by clucking on at https://facebook.com/SummerRitesEvents/app_190322544333196 or by simply heading to http://summerritesevents.com where further details on this fabulous festival will find themselves to your fingertips so sealing your attendance deal on this summer sensation. (DISCO MATT)
With 2013 having already seen impressive Israeli Guy Scheiman make his mark across Europe with appearances in Paris, Brussels, Nice, Hamburg & Prague, ahead of his next headlining gig at Red & Blue in Antwerp, we look at the rise & rise of this Tel Aviv based D.J./Producer as well as propelling his latest track & podcast productions.
In the fiercely competitive world that is the D.J. clubbing circuit, it has always proven extremely difficult for budding new talent to break into the big time, many of the world’s bigger clubs continuing to rely on established & experienced residents, London having been a perfect example of this in recent times, even those based on the major clubs doorsteps not getting a look in. So when you consider all this amidst the European aspirations of an individual that is some 2000 kilometres away in the Middle East, the task to break out into the circuit becomes all the more difficult, but, in impressive Israeli Guy Scheiman, we have an individual whose determination to make his mark in Europe knows no bounds and over the last couple of years, through that dynamic drive & determination, he has built up contacts across the European continent & here in London that has, in turn, produced an increasing amount of bookings. And all of Guy’s hard work has certainly bourn considerable fruit this year so far, we having been right by his side in & witnessing a prolific set performance at Paris’s Scream in January, he quickly following that with a gig in the U.K. for brand Bearotica, February seeing him play for another manly meet, Hunkut in Brussels, while he can also boast Nice & MaDgiC, as well as Hamburg’s Pulse club and the infamous “OMG” party in Prague in March within his playing schedule so far this year, all this ahead of his latest European appearance tonight (Sat 11th May) at Red & Blue in Antwerp.
So, 2013 has certainly started well for Guy, this very much building on a brace of showings right here in London last year for club brands Lovechild & Hustlaball which really got him noticed & for whom he remains connected. Yet, while there is little doubt that, particularly with Hustlaball, a club known worldwide, has propelled Mr Scheiman into the eyes of European promoters, it is his music & his productions that have spoken & continue to speak the loudest of volumes in this respect, he having built up a solid reputation for remixing tracks of some of the biggest pop stars on the globe, including Madonna, Rihanna, Kylie Minogue & Britney Spears, while more recent productions have included works from Alexis Jordon, Avicii & Will I Am. Indeed it was the latter’s track, re-work, the hit “Scream & Shout” with Britney Spears that Guy used to open his set at Scream in Paris (appropriate or what?!), while his interpretation of the Avicii vs. Nicky Romero smash “I Could Be The One” was produced in conjunction with Guy’s compatriot D.J/Producer stars Danny Verde & Steven Redant and, having scored significant successes in a number of well known music sites, is destined for huge heights we are sure. But, Guy’s track production repertoire extends so much further, a whole host of bootlegs along with commissioned works for record labels including Universal, Atlantic & Epic records filling his discography, a trip & skip through https://soundcloud.com/guyscheiman opening up an impressive array of his prolific productions, The Scissor Sisters, The Saturday’s, Beyonce, & Ellie Goulding all in there, along with a handful of his own tracks too, the most prominent with vocalist Peyton, Guy’s studio production output among the most impressive we have seen.
Therefore, you would think he hardly has time to compile podcasts, but there you would be wrong, because between his Soundcloud site & his Podomatic page, this tremendous talent from Tel Aviv has produced no less than seven full length compilations in the last twelve months, including one for Gusman magazine, as well as three others marking his tours of Brazil & Spain last year, two destinations he already has in his diary for 2013. But it is his latest podcast that gets our detailed attention, as it comes from one of a handful of gigs he is re-developing into his schedule back home in Israel, his live performance at Tel Aviv’s Apollo club caught in a massive 2 ½ hour podcast that is packed with many of the productions we have mentioned earlier, the compilation taking you on a jovial jamboree of a journey through vocal tracks & more progressive pulses that very much reflects Guy’s genre style & performances, it also reminding us of his superb set at Scream back in January, so is definitely one for your collection by going to http://djguyscheiman.podomatic.com/ & clicking on the download link. That said, with a tenfold output of tracks, inevitably we are led back to what Guy would admit, apart from his desires to play live across Europe, is his biggest musical love, his track productions, our choice pick going to that Avicii vs. Nicky Romero “Bent Collective” remix collaboration with Danny Verde & Steven Redant, out via https://soundcloud.com/guyscheiman/avichii-vs-nicky-romero-1i, one which looks set to be our track of the week this week, this version right up there with the original, so another must for your collection.
Back to Guy’s gigs and with those tours of Brazil & Spain on the 2013 horizon, plus with his name & reputation beginning to spread across Europe, tonight’s Red & Blue appearance sure to boost & propel his name even more, it seems that Guy is well on the road to achieve his aims & ambitions to make D.J.’ing his full time vocation, the nest big step being the leap towards basing himself here. So, we wish him well with all his endeavours and, given the opportunity, will hopefully once again be right by his side, soon, just as we were during that prolific Scream performance in January, as in Guy’s hands, “Music Is The Answer!”. (DISCO MATT)
While we should be soaking up the splendour of sun, sea & sand in South Africa, as we find ourselves rather languishing in London, we swap to snow for our International Special Focus, honing in on The European Gay Ski Week that brings together a bevy of brilliant clubbing brands in a seven day symphony of scintillating sounds.
Having lived in the Southern hemisphere for a sizable slice of our informative teenage & early adult years, we quickly acclimatised ourselves to the heat of the South African Highveld, Johannesburg our home city that, despite not having the sea & the sand on its doorstep, had sun in virtually year round abundance. And on the odd occasions when the weather was wet & inclement, we soon realised that we had an adverse affinity to the damp, the cold and the lack of sunshine, snow not even coming into the equation, we continuing to crave the heat, the sun and, with our folks now based on the natal north coast along with friends of ours in Cape Town, both the sea & the sand. Yet, as we found ourselves laying our hat in London, we have had to endure some pretty awful winters, not least this current one which is fighting off the spring, just last week we suffering snow on our streets and this is March for heaven’s sake. But while we make no secret of our hatred for the cold and everything that comes with it, when it comes to skiing, we accept that many others savour the wonderful white stuff and when on the slopes of the Alps or wherever it may be, not only report back that the sun can shine bright, but with the proper preparation & clothing, it can actually be a warming experience full of excitable enjoyment. However, the thought of spending a day, let alone a week staring at snowy slopes leaves us literally cold, although in casting this adversity aside, we find ourselves not only previewing but recommending the forthcoming European Gay Ski Week.
But before we extol the virtues of this year’s weeklong event which kicks off on the Alpe d’Huez ski resort this Saturday (16th March), marking the 5th Anniversary of the annual event, we thought we would share a slice or two of the history of The European Gay Ski Week (EGSW), the team behind it all telling us that “…founded in 2008, year one of EGSW took place in Tignes, France in March 2009 boasting a promising yet relatively small 200 attendees, artists including Andy Bell from Erasure and Soul II Soul part of proceedings. Proving a popular ski area and resort and with clubbing parties in the evenings upping the offer, guests came back in even larger numbers. Year two almost doubled in numbers to 370 and doubling again in 2010 European Gay Ski Week had become the fastest growing and most popular gay ski week in Europe. By this time its reputation was growing throughout the industry as well and the roll call of clubs and D.J.’s that were participating in the event were beginning to read like who’s who of gay clubbing from Europe and beyond. Amongst those who joined EGSW were internationally renowned D.J./Producers Steven Redant, Leomeo & Pagano, while clubbing brands Trade & La Demence were involved. In 2011, EGSW decided it wanted to treat it’s attendees to a new resort, Alpe d’Huez as this yearly event was becoming such a huge success, with its now 1000+ attendees, and the ever-increasing list of big-named artists. EGSW also knew it had found a resort that could further cater for its revellers needs. Alpe d’Huez transforming itself into a gay-town for one week every year, while in 2012, every club, restaurant, bar, and venue wanted a piece of the EGSW action….”
So that brings you pretty much up to date with EGSW which, this year, looks bigger and better than ever with a bevy of clubbing brands from across Europe getting involved, Spain’s WE Party, Amsterdam amazer Rapido, Brussels based La Demence, London’s Lovechild, Paris’s Scream & associated LAB party, Berlin based Greenkomm, Dutch beefy brand Bear Necessity & NYC founded fetish brand Hustlball all involved, making for the biggest clubbing collective yet, boosted even further by D.J./Producer Psagano’s own club brand Deviate. And the D.J. line up is equally impressive, Steven Redant flying the La Demence flag, Pagano clearly steering Deviate, while other stars of the scene heading to the snowy ski slopes include Paul Heron, Oliver M, Ben Manson, Tony English, Alessandro Londra & Steve Thomas, with plenty more on the cards but yet to be announced, while there will be a host of drag queens, performers & artists involved in this fabulous festival that is fast becoming more about the clubbing which in terms of balance is fast catching up the skiing in the scales stakes. And for those that love either aspects of entertainment, EGSW is certainly an enthralling event & festival, the numbers of attendees this year already considerably higher than last, perhaps an indication of its pluming popularity, while much of the actual detail remains under wraps, with no event pages to refer you to, while having scoured their Facebook page at https://facebook.com/EuropeanGaySkiWeek, it is clear, apart from attendees who will be privy to all the party details, we are left with the artwork jigsaw pieces to try put together the programme, although with no particular dates posted our cause is all but lost.
That said, if you are one of the 1200 heading to the Alpe d’Huez this coming Saturday (16th march), you can be guaranteed both superb skiing & captivating clubbing each day & night of this weeklong festival frolic and EGSW’s eleven strong support team & management members Kevin Millins & Simon Patrick will give you the warmest of welcomes, meaning while we won’t be swapping sun, sea & sand for the ski slopes & snow anytime soon, this 5th anniversary of all things skiing & clubbing gets our fabulous thumbs up. (DISCO MATT)
Ahead of our own preview/international focus on the 5th annual European Gay Ski Week (EGSW), we share the first in a running series of press releases, our chosen extracts from the original P.R. looking back through the history of EGSW, before hinting towards what to expect from this most talked about gay ski week in the world.
Pulling Out All the Stops to Celebrate the 5th Anniversary of the European Gay Ski Week (EGSW)
Renowned for its fun-guaranteed and raucous entertainment, EGSW is providing Gay & Lesbian revellers the chance to participate in the most exciting winter event of the year!
Before EGSW – The Early Days
The roots of EGSW came from a venture lead by the Pure Organisation’s Kevin Millins in 2007. Then known as Man Mountain and originating with a group of 50 gay friends and acquaintances, all who attended the fun-packed week decided that they wanted to come back again for more.In 2008 Man Mountain moved to Tignes, France where it combined forces with another similar event called the Happy Gay Ski Week. With now 150 attendees, and gleaming with success, Kevin and his team decided that this combined venture needed a name – European Gay Ski Week (EGSW) was born!
EGSW – The History
Founded in 2008, Year 1 of EGSW took place in Tignes, France in March 2009with approximately 200 attendees. The ski week took place, with artists including Andy Bell from Erasure and Soul II Soul. A popular ski area and resort, with Pure Organisation’s experience in Clubbing and Parties and the fantastic snow, guests came back in even larger numbers. Year 2 almost doubled in numbers to 370 and doubling again in 2010 European Gay Ski Week had become the fastest growing and most popular gay ski week in Europe. By this time its reputation was growing throughout the industry as well and the role call of Clubs and Djs that were participating in the event were beginning to read like who’s who of gay clubbing from Europe and beyond. Amongst those who joined EGSW were Steven Redant, Trade, Pagano, La Demence, and Andy Bell of Erasure, Leomeo, Soul II Soul, Loveball and Crazyvores.
In 2011, EGSW decided it wanted to treat it’s attendees to a new resort – Alpe d’Huez. The yearly event was becoming such a huge success, with its now 1000+ attendees, and the ever-increasing list of big-named artists. EGSW also knew it had found a resort that could further cater for its revellers needs. Alpe d’Huez transforms itself into a gay-town for one week every year, and it is truly excellent!
In 2012, every club, restaurant, bar, and venue wanted a piece of the EGSW action. Party nights included the famous Snowball, Pool Party, and Erotica. The snow-conditions were perfect, the après-ski got even better, and it was not surprising that DJ’s and entertainers were literally begging to come back. And the revellers, well they just couldn’t stop talking about it!
For the 5th official anniversary of EGSW, as a special thank you to all that have supported the event over the years, EGSW is taking the event to a completely new level – not only offering the biggest-named line-up in history, but by being the first gay ski week in the World to present a two-country event providing snow-bound entertainment.
The line-up is guaranteed to be the envy of every other Gay ski event in the world and includes Hustlaball (USA), We Party (Spain), Rapido ( Netherlands), Lovechild (United Kingdom), Scream (France), Bear Necessity (Holland), Labs (France), Greenkomm (Germany). The extravagant parties and entertainment more spectacular than ever, the management even more devoted to participants needs, and even the skiing that touch better as the event is now one week earlier than usual, the 16th-23rd March, 2013.
With over 40 nationalities, the biggest name DJs and entertainment, 1200km of snow-guaranteed pisted runs, and hosted in two of the sexiest countries in Europe, it’s no wonder why EGSW is the most talked-about gay ski week in the World.
We have previewed, we focussed and now we Extra Bite on the hot off the press detail of the latest and confirmed D.J. line-up across the three sidings dances spaces, while recapping on all the dynamic detail ahead of tomorrow night’s launch of new clubbing combo, This Is Prohibition and its “Love Resurrection” event.
Cutting to the chase and following on from our Preview, “Speeding Out Of The Sidings” & our Weekend Focus Special, “Sidings Showtime”, both well worth a read via direct short links http://discomatt.com/web/?p=6917 & http://discomatt.com/web/?p=7093 respectively, we thought we would make it a hat trick of posts ahead of the launch of new clubbing combo, This Is Prohibition, tomorrow night (Sat 16th Feb) by bringing you the lasts and confirmed D.J. line up across the three dances spaces of The Sidings Warehouse, the host venue for this “Love Resurrection” event.
So without further ado, lets dive straight in, although quickly recap on the brands involved in this new creative clubbing combo, which as the promoter behind this new concept, Alex Erfan explains, “…clubbing legends from across Europe are getting together as one to bring you a warehouse multiplex for drinking, dancing and socialising on this special day…” he adding, “…it’s great to work with other promoters & clubs like Bear Necessity and & Queer Nation again, while I am excited to see what Butch will bring on this night of love and togetherness…”. And so to re-iterate on those brands, This Is Prohibition combines the legendary Queer Nation on its first outing in over twelve months, Bear Necessity, which comes out of its London hibernation to barnstorm this bash, as well as new manly meet, Butch. But there is a fourth and with “…love & resurrection very much be in the air…” Alex’s own brilliant brand, Lovechild just had to be involved and makes up the main room space in this four spaced sidings showtime spectacle.
To the D.J. line up for each space now and first to the Lovechild room, which showcases some of the best in its residency team, Tony Bruno kicking off proceedings from 10.30 p.m., entertaining the special pre-party guests to a cool & seductive set of sounds, before increasing the tech & trance-tastic pace from 11.30 p.m. when This Is Prohibition opens proper. Then at midnight, Alex is thrilled to present special international guest D.J./producer, Oliver M, who has jetted in from his new home base in Berlin especially for the vent and is sure to ignite the party with plumes of uplifting vocal & heady heavenly house in a set we cannot wait to hear, an advance trip to http://djoliverm.podomatic.com/entry/2013-01-27T12_18_31-08_00 giving you a “Lovechild” flavour of what to expect from his performance. Then at 1.30 a.m., resident D.J. Alessandro Londra takes to the decks, no doubt turning up the tech come tribal heat a little as the Lovechild dancers & porn stars hits the stage & podiums, while Tony English is, for us, the headline act, he holding the house music reigns from 2.30 a.m. till 4 and a performance that will also include the appearance of special P.A. Abigail Bailey, performing her new track “Love Resurrection”, one recorded with Tony himself and a real highlight of this happening for sure. The, as if that wasn’t enough, the mighty Alan K polishes off the night with a storming set for sure, this towering talent currently best known for the terrific Trinity, along with previous halcyon & heavenly days delighting at Beyond, the icing on this “Love Resurrection” cake, his latest Trinity podcast well worth a listen at http://djalank.podomatic.com/entry/2012-10-20T14_11_40-07_00.
But there are three other brands & rooms well worth considering too, not least Bear Necessity (BN), which sports terrific talents Micky Galliano & Sharon O Love, both familiar players for BN both here in London and internationally, while Micky also plays right across his home country of Italy, Sharon a true international, having scored a string of guest slots across Europe as well as touring Mexico & South America. So, with Micky taking charge first from 11.30 p.m. till 2, Sharon then hits the decks after, while the amazing Alessandro Londra, switches from Lovechild to BN to complete the act from 4,30 a.m. We also have Queer nation too, Patrick Lilley’s legendary club that makes a welcome return to the scene its “…speakeasy – a secret club within a club…” sporting the brilliant and equally legendary Jeffrey Hinton, along with recent resident Mista Pierre and special guest Ben Jamin, Ben taking up the musical mantle first from 11.30 p.m., while Mista Pierre hits the decks from 2 till 4, Jeffrey then making the choice of where to be from 4 a.m. very tricky indeed. And while we haven’t been entered into the sound plans for Butch, who will host the fourth bar space, we suspect that promoter Manu Cartagenero is sure to have a selection of spinning stars up his sleeve.
Well that’s the D.J. news, now let’s recap on the detail of This Is Prohibition “Love Resurrection” event, which takes place tomorrow night Saturday (16th February) at the Sidings Warehouse in Southwark (51-53 Southwark St., London SE1), doors opening at 11.30 p.m. and this Valentine’s event running through to a planned 6 a.m. finish, advance tickets on sale via Soho outlets Prowler, Clone Zone & Fifty Dean as well as online at http://clubtickets.com/gb/2013-02/16/this-is-prohibition, the early bird tickets now sold out, while the standard £10 options remain extremely good value for money and fit the ethos of This Is Prohibition perfectly. And what’s more, the team will be keeping the door entry price down too, this on top of the extremely reasonable bar prices, coatcheck and other costs that make this exceptional event a true budget busting bash, the team quite rightly boasting that This Is Prohibition is “… going to be social, sexy, beery and we will dance till dawn…” adding “…with Bear Necessity coming out of hibernation and Queer Nation first event in 12 months it really is a club resurrection for love on this night of love…” as well as reaffirming that “…all the gay tribes are welcome from bear to muscle boys with their best girlfriends to homo hip happener’s fans of New York house, all with the right love of clubbing attitude…”.
So, with The Sidings Warehouse signal showing green for go, This Is Prohibition & its “Love Resurrection” Valentine’s event is set to storm the scene we in pole position to report & review on all the action, right from well as a special guest pre-party through the whole event itself, so if you see us, please come say hi, while remembering that to “Be There!” you need to “Go There!” so see you on the This Is Prohibition dancefloor. (DISCO MATT)
With As One seemingly shunted away in it’s shed, there is a creative new clubbing combo that is preparing to connect its brilliant brand couplings, brim its boiler and speed out of the sidings on Saturday 16th February, prolific party Prohibition preview propelled in dynamic detail.
Combining clubs and brands into one gigantic gathering has been with us for many a moon, we looking back through the seeds of time, delving deep into our clubbing memory banks, we find ourselves in mid nineties London when the mighty Famous Five at Bagley’s warehouse was marrying meets such as Love Muscle, G.A.Y., Fruit Machine, Sherbert & FIST, while other creative combo’s have included Universe and most recently, As One. And while we recollect those heady days in Kings Cross with real fondness, our adoration for “As One” achieved in bringing like minded brands & club promoters together under one roof, remains our singular favourite clubbing combo yet. But what was originally the brainchild of prolific promoter at the time, Alex Erfan, one that quickly became a joint project with The Orange Group, the recent fortunes of this colossal combo have be mixed to say the least. Indeed what, for three years was a NYD certainty, an Easter extravaganza & a summer smash, faltered in 2012, despite the fresh faced inclusion of brands The MenWhoFell2Earth, Orange, Salvation & Trade and, as a consequence, it was shunted from this year’s NYD schedule completely. So, while the future of As One remains uncertain, there is a new brand blending bash about to brim its boiler, burst away from the buffers and speed out of the sidings in two Saturday’s time, a weekend that many will mark Valentine’s day with lots of love in the air.
So what is this new clubbing combo called, who is involved and what can you expect from this lovable launch that takes place on Saturday 16th February? Well, Prohibition is the name of this new creative collective, As One’s originator, Alex Erfan, once again stepping into the scene spotlight, bringing together brands that will be familiar to clubbers on the capital’s circuit and beyond. And while be he and some of the clubs have been lying a little dormant of late, Valentine’s weekend will see them all rise resplendently in a “Love Resurrection” event to enthral, brands included in this considerable combo including promoter Patrick Lilley’s legendary club Queer Nation, the beefy Bear Necessity and the equally brawny Butch, while no loveable love-in would be complete with Alex’s own adorable brand, Lovechild. Indeed, with Queer Nation showing its clubbing hand for the first time in twelve months, east end Sunday soiree & boy bash, Butch, braving it in the south, Bear necessity, in London at least, out of grizzly gathering hibernation and Lovechild making a welcome return to the capitals clubbing circuit, as Prohibition’s promoter, Alex Erfan, tells us, “…love & resurrection will very much be in the air as clubbing legends from across Europe are getting together as one to bring you a warehouse multiplex for drinking, dancing and socialising on this special day…” he adding, “…it’s great to work with other promoters & clubs like Bear Necessity and & Queer Nation again, while I am excited to see what Butch will bring on this night of love and togetherness…”.
Parking the event expectations & detail for a moment, why the name Prohibition and where will this lovable landing take place? Well, we are definitely too young to remember the prohibition, a period in history in the US between 1920 & 1933 when there was a national ban on the production, transportation and sale of alcohol, while there will be no such ban at this particular Prohibition party, the point of the promoters being more that, as Alex explains, “…for those seeking alcohol, it will be free flowing on the night, but at what we like to call fair “prohibition” style prices…”, so in other words, ones that won’t break the bank, particularly in these times of austerity we find ourselves in. Plus, there will be no prohibition or restriction on male or female mix, Mr Erfan keen to stress that “…all the gay tribes are welcome from bear to muscle boys with their best girlfriends to homo thugs and fans of New York house, all with the right love of clubbing attitude…” also saying “…it’s going to be social, sexy, beery and we will dance till dawn…”. And the venue for this dancing till dawn? Well, it’s in Southwark, the London Bridge district to be precise, Prohibition location at the newly renovated arch style venue, The Sidings, a place & spot that has real clubbing history, as in its former incarnation it was the weekly home of massive outing XXL, while in its time, it has played host to Trade, the eighteenth & twentieth birthday’s memorable clubbing moments, while a whole flock of Fusion’s have enthralled flocks of followers. So, as the Prohibition promotions team add, “…The Sidings is a venue that really should have a gay heritage site plaque! It’s the gay equivalent of Stonehenge! It’s legendary!…”, while we are told the changes, updates & additions to the arced space make it perfect for Prohibition & its clubbing collective.
So, let’s delve a little deeper into the vent detail, the D.J. line up the next important piece of information to share, as it’s an amazing array of terrific talent from each & every brand, Tony English, Alessandro Londra, Tony Bruno & Sharon O Love flying the Lovechild flag, while the Queer Nation crew includes Jeffrey Hinton, Mister Pierre, Ben Jamin, Clington Forbes, Mark-Ashley Dupe, & Hallsion, while a little birdie tells us that promoter Patrick Lilley will be diving onto the decks too. As for Bear Necessity, Hifi Sean headlines, while we await further detailed confirmations on both this & Butch, although Ben Jamin is likely to be doing plenty of room hoping, not least as club Butch is his baby., while we can confirm that Prohibition have secured the services on international D.J./Producer and former Matinee & A:M club promoter, Oliver M, who will be landing on London from his nee Berlin base on Saturday 16th Feb. And that neatly moves onto some of the actual event detail, the date and the venue very much confirmed, while doors at The Sidings will be opening at 11.30, the party running through to a planned 6 a.m. finish, while for special guest, a pre-party will take place from 10.30 p.m. In terms of tickets, the specially priced £5 early bird option is still available, but you have to be quick by clicking on http://www.clubtickets.com/gb/2013-02/16/this-is-prohibition, while standard release £10 ones will be the order of the day from next week, both also available from Soho outlets Prowler, Clone Zone & Fifty Dean. Plus, with a special P.A. announcement addition imminent, along with details of dancers, other performers, special effects much more due, you can keep your eyes on the “This Is Prohibition” page at https://www.facebook.com/ThisIsProhibition while we will, naturally, bring you updates as we receive them.
So, with the birth of a new clubbing collaboration collective a real capital circuit cheer to celebrate, Prohibition promising hands in the air anthems to progressive and soulful sounds, that coupled with all hose brilliant brands, there is very much something for everyone when the sidings signal turns green in two Saturday’s time, meaning we reckon you should definitely “Go There! Be There! (DISCO MATT)
Well, it’s been a long time coming, but Disco Matt gets back into the D.J. groove with the first in a regular release of focuses, this one looking at marvellous Milano man Marco Gee. With a detailed picture of his production pedigree, along with links a-plenty to both podcasts & tracks, see why we rate this impressive individual we way we do.
Born in Piacenza, not far from the Italian city of Milan, D.J./Producer Marco Gee found himself within an extremely creative environment to follow his passion, namely house music and at the tender age of 14, developed his own home-grown studio which allowed him to experiment with all sorts of sounds, nurturing the creative elements that would prove valuable in years to come. As a result, Marco soon started D.J.’ing for a string of local clubs & radio stations, while his studio productions remained the real drive, this leading to his first big break in 1992 when he teamed up with fellow Italian, Massimo Paramour & music label Media Records, the latter exposing Mr Gee to some of biggest names in Italian house music of the time, including Cappella, Tito Puente & Zietia Messiah & the band, the 49’ers. However, despite the advances Marco was making within the Italian music scene, he saw London as a much richer playing field, upping sticks & pursuing his career in sound engineering while sinking into the vibrant clubbing scene that was emerging at the time. With pioneering clubs like Crash, Salvation, DTPM & Trade, the inspiration for Marco to further experiment in the studio, London was where he would evolve his style from the distinct 90’s dance music that was a feature of his earlier productions, towards more elaborate blends, genre styles extending into deep & tech, progressive & funky house.
Then, in 2006, Marco was given the incredible opportunity of collaborating with fellow Italian & long time friend, Francesco Pagano, a marriage of musical minds that would not only produce the track “My Body And My Soul” but would see Marco appointed to the record label & clubbing umbrella created by Pagano, namely Deviate. The following year marked a whole raft of house classic adaptations coming out of the Marco Gee recording studio, including Deux’s “Sun Rising Up”, Ce Ce Peniston’s “Finally” & the David Morales hit “How Would You Feel”, while artists such as Stonebridge, Dayeene, & Lonnie Gordon were other features in his work, 2007 also seeing further collaborations with Pagano and with London D.J./producer figurehead Alan X, these crowning a year that saw well over a dozen track productions to Marco’s name. The same year would see Marco head hunted & commissioned by MTV to produce an short track for an online advertisement for sports brand Adidas, one which was taken up my this global brand in Germany and is one among a number of notable Marco achievements. With his productions released on labels such as Almighty, Champion & Stoney Boy, 2008 would mark Marco’s biggest production project to date, his collaboration with De’lacy producing the massive hit, “Bodyswerve”, one which Champion records snapped up, while its release on iTunes made the track go truly global., becoming an iconic house music hit that scored successive inclusions in D.J.’s performances, as well as receiving major airplay on radio stations around the world.
So, having firmly established a reputation in the recording studio, the natural progression for Marco was to break out onto the clubbing scene as a D.J., his associations on the capital’s circuit opening up opportunities for Marco to play for brands Barcode & Lovechild, his debut set at the latter in March 2011 receiving rave reviews. This then produced further guest & resident spots, including Profile/Lo-Profile and more recently, alternative club event Deviate, which re-affirmed the long standing working relationship with one Francesco Pagano, while Lovechild was also to play host to the launch of Marco’s latest production, “Get It On” with artist Shockolady in October 2011. With Marco still very much linked with Lovechild, as well as off-shoot “Superlovers”, his D.J.ing has inspired a series of podcasts, while 2012 has started on a fabulous foot for him, a further collaboration with De’lacy on the cards, while his “Lovechild” mix of Stacey Jackson’s “Is This Love” is set for release on Run Boy Records. Add to that scheduled showings for his Deviate & Lovechild residencies, as well as guest appearances for a handful of other brands, Marco is definitely on the up & up and looking forward to a year packed with new opportunities & developments.
So what of those productions & podcasts, Well, with a discography that extends to over 20 release since 2006 alone, there is much to chew over, stand-out singles including his vocal mix of The Sphinx track “What Hope Have I”, his remix of Dayeene’s hit “And It Hurts”, along with Cluedup’s “Music is My Life” and 7th Heaven’s “Music” all 2007 releases but still available via Beatport at http://beatport.com/artist/marco-gee/18178/tracks. Then there was the massive track “How Did You Know” which he produced & featured the vocals of Mar-shine, released in 2008 on the Big In Ibiza label, which was neatly followed by that huge “Bodyswerve” collaboration with De’Lacy, Soulshaker in tern giving it their own interpretation and one you can catch at http://youtube.com/watch?v=CBe08MUrhyo. But the tracks have continued, remixes of Pagano’s “Drama On The Dancefloor” being released on Kult records in 2010, while teaming up with Shocklady and her track “Get It On”, the official video release at http://youtube.com/watch?v=X-Gr2AN0qm8, saw Marco produce a specially commissioned Lovechild mix which was performed at the clubs re-launch at Pulse in October 2011 and features on his podcast devoted to the event, which you can download via http://marcogee.podomatic.com/entry/2011-10-24T13_02_50-07_00.
And that neatly moves onto his podcast productions, of which there are plenty to choose from over & above that Lovechild “The Big Blue” devotion, Marco having laid down no less than nine production’s during 2011, a pressing from his performance at Deviate in June among a list of others, one marking his set for “Superlovers” in September. But with that rave review set from Lovechild “Muscle” in March included on his podcast page, there is much more to choose from, Mr Gee dipping into deep house with his May podcast, while summer anthems and big room mixes feature in his other captivating compilations. Currently culminating in his latest release this month, Marco explains of his “Gold – Volume 9” podcast, “…like all of my sets, it’s a crescendo of energy, starting a little minimal but then quickly turning into full blown tech house with a touch of electro…”, adding that “…this is the first of a new line of podcasts with a distinctive sound…” very much reflecting his Deviate rather than his Lovechild style, although with such a variety available on his podcast page at http://marcogee.podomatic.com/, we are pretty much spoilt for choice.
So, having delved deep into the life, the music & the achievements of this marvellous Milano man, there is no doubt in our minds that terrific talent that is Marco Gee is one of the production world greats, while we are sure his is a name that will feature more & more on the capital’s clubbing circuit in 2012 and beyond. (DISCO MATT)
We have covered our track chart, published our podcast picks, so it just remains for us to share our sets of the year in this, the third part of our music review of 2011. So the wait is over as we countdown, from ten to one, our most prolific players & their scintillating sets, revealing who tipped our musical scales the most.
While there is no doubt that 2011 had its huge highs & large lows, very much reflective of the rollercoaster ride references that were so much a part of our journey from January to December, music continuing to be central to or existence, whether it be the terrific tunes or the captivating compilations that filled our ears throughout the year. However, if it wasn’t for the prolific players across the capital’s clubbing circuit, or indeed those inspirational international spinning stars that entertained us during our expeditions across Europe, what we have termed, musically wise at least, as being our “Best Year Yet”, could not have been complete without the scores of superb sets we were so privileged to be part of in 2011. But while we would love to capture each & every entertainer in our lengthy list of dynamic D.J.’s that sparked us to spin on our spot, whether in London & Antwerp, Barcelona & Brussels or Paris & Rome, we had to slice our set selections down to just ten, devoting five to stars here in the capital & five to those based abroad. So, by giving you a flavour of their storming sets through extracts from reviews of the time, we will hopefully demonstrate why these terrific ten made it into our Y.E. chart, but by also pointing you to their Soundcloud sites, Podcast pages or Website windows, so you too will be able to melt into magical music that amassed in our bountiful memory banks..
So let’s get to it and to our tremendous tenth first, a Parisian player whom we got to meet properly for the first time back in February when we paid a visit to the French capital, although his work had not gone unnoticed before, his inclusion in the massive LGDF dance festival here in the capital a year earlier got our focus. However, we counted ourselves honoured to meet Ben Manson while shopping with our Parisian pal Leomeo in Le Marais, which prompted a visit to the superb Spyce Bar in this delightful district and it was here where we witnessed the brilliant Ben in action, his lofty position above the impressive & striking LED wall & displays adding to the amazing atmosphere he was creating that night. Treating us to a truck load of towering tunes, we included the following in our review of his prolific performance, “…soaking up the brilliant Ben beats and a better set we couldn’t have wanted for, Mr Manson delightfully blending tech tracks, with tribal beats, infusing these with euro style sounds & uplifting vocals, then taking us back again on this magical musical journey he was carrying us away on. Indeed, a better set we couldn’t have wished for, especially when he selected the heavenly “Hide You” by Sami Kivera, then having dived back into a trio of tech tunes, lifted the already amazing atmosphere with another vocal dream, this time “Show Me Your Love”, the crowd reacting accordingly and showing their appreciation with dextrous dance moves coupled with whoops & cheers, we ourselves succumbing to these scintillating sounds, spinning on our spot as though we were cavorting in a club….”. So, it is no surprise that Mr Manson simply had to make it into our top ten with his Spyce set. But, with superb showings for Salvation, SuperMartXe, Scream, as well as La Demence & Beyond (to name just a few), there were plenty of other reasons why Ben won us over, while you can you can too be won over by the man’s musical magnificence when picking on any of the 20 or so podcasts on his page(s) at http://benmanson.podomatic.com/.
With nine out of ten of our set selections so close to call, nominating our noteworthy ninth was a tricky task, but someone had to make it and so it goes to Brent Nicholls who didn’t feature in our year anywhere near as much as in 2010, although that said, on the few occasions he did, he never failed to score significantly with his superb set showings. With Hard On!, Rupert St & Profile/Lo-Profile considerations, Industri was nowhere near the tour de force it had been, a switch to Soho reducing our weekly institutional visits to just a few occasions while trips abroad were other reasons for not appearing as often as we would have liked. But like Industri, Brent’s other playing ground in our clubbing cavorting, Lovechild, pretty much split our year down the middle, the first half much more a feature of our frolicking, Mr Nicholls pretty much the master of the “love lounge” where we land on his most magical memory making masterpiece from January & Lovechild’s “Snowball” event, our reflection of Brent’s showing including “…it was time for us to find safety & solstice in the lounge space, where Mr Nicholls was firing up what would turn out to be our performance of the night…” along with “…Brent was definitely hitting our musical sweet spot, with one favourite track after the next, “Release Me”, Now Or Never”, “Trapped” & even “Stereo Love” all getting airplay, the latter sending us into an emotional state & floating our thoughts across the miles to a Lovechild inspired experience far away…”, he set showing here, like too many we could mention, delivering delightfully, Mr Nicholls’ distinctive nu-funk style never failing to hook, line & sink us into s pinning frenzy. And, there is plenty of that so called “nu-funk” style of his in his plethora of podcast releases in 2011 alone, so if you haven’t sampled a live set, then the next best thing is to go straight to http://djbrennicholls.com & choose any one of the twenty or so releases from the year.
To our enthralling eighth now and we stick to London and a fellow scene star that has been cutting a significant stride for many a year, our first memories of Jamie Head stretching back to those halcyon days of Crash, the club that started the whole Vauxhall clubbing movement around the turn of the century. However, Jamie has remained a feature of the capitals clubbing circuit since, regular appearances at Beyond, Profile/Lo-Profile, A:M, & Later scoring highly in his schedule, while we look back just a couple of months to WE’s 1st Anniversary, when he set us off on our “Disco” dancing dervishes delightfully. Then there was his set at WE “Attacks” at the beginning of the year which also spurned a rare podcast, leaving us with plenty of choices for his inclusion, this along with a handful of Terrace Room treats at Beyond being edged out by his prolific performance when Later took to the high seas of London, well the Thames actually, Jamie nailing a superb set during this aquatic audacity. And having remarked in our review that “…with many still packing the outside deck, we laid our hat inside and for good reason as Jamie Head was now in charge of the tunes, serving up a set to savour, a whole host of classic hits remixed & rehashed hitting the mark with many, we finding a spot to spin not far from the makeshift D.J. booth, our dancing dervishes increasing with every track he picked, the dancefloor erupting when the truly brilliant “Enjoy The Ride” played out & seemed so appropriate for the terrific time we were having, this ride on the waves in the hands of Mr. Head a huge highlight…”. And it seems that, despite all his other amazing London appearances, Later seems to bring out the best in him, next Sunday (28th Jan) a definite date in to put in your diaries, as Mr Head hits the Later decks for an exclusive back-to-back set with Mikey D, while if you haven’t sampled a Jamie set, then you can do a lot worse than checking out his “Tech Head” compilation (which is pretty close to his Later showings) at http://soundcloud.com/jamie-head/tech-head, while his “WE Attacks” podcast remains one of our firm favourites & his still available to download at http://jamiehead2.podomatic.com/.
Onward to our superb seventh and we switch back to an international globetrotting star, the Belgian born but Barcelona based Steven Redant, who impressed us on more than one occasion during 2011, although is a D.J./Producer we have been tracking for much longer, Steven having hit our radar when he landed on London to guest for Matinee when it moved to Cable in London Bridge, Mr Redant also a feature of the massive London Global Dance Festival a couple of years ago. But global is very much a word that sums up Steven’s activity, hardly a weekend passing by when he isn’t jetting to some corner of the globe, he being noted for saying on many an occasion of his travels, “…it’s relaxing after a week in the studio…” Mr Redant also noted for his production work, recording’s with fellow Barca based boy Lenz Garcia & his major playing partner in crime, Phil Romano, a whole string of sounds coming out of this threesome stable. However, we found ourselves incredibly fortunate to witness a simply spectacular set of Steven’s at La Demence back in February 2011, a trip to this long running & popular club part of our mini hop between Paris, Brussels, Antwerp & Amsterdam, our arrival at Fuse & a spot by the D.J. booth made all the better by the warm welcome & hospitality we received from Mr Redant. But it was his magnificent music that truly won over our mind body & soul that night, our review, “Brilliant Brussels Beats” remarking of Steven’s performance, “…And with Mr Redant truly radiant & on fabulous form, delivering an equally dreamy set of dance, house, tech & uplifting tunes, we were sent into seventh heaven with a succession of scintillating sounds, hard edged hits intermixed with uplifting vocal smashes that was leaving us wanting more & more, not least when the awesome “Till We See The Sun” was rolled out, Steven’s prolific performance seemingly going from strength to strength., we now doing the Disco Matt just like we were at Beyond…” we concluding “…Steven Redant pretty much stole the show with a scintillating set that had us spinning on out spot for the duration…”, hence why it & he simply had to make it into our Y.E. set chart. And the great news is that if you weren’t there, fear not, as Steven produced a podcast to mark the occasion and one you can still download by hitting on the direct link at his podcast page, http://stevenredant.podomatic.com/entry/2011-02-10T04_51_37-08_00.
Now as we move to our spectacular sixth, it’s getting tighter & tighter and virtually to close to call between the next two, both who floated our boat while away in Barcelona in April for Delice Dream, although Carlos Gallardo had treated us to some superb sets at WE Party in London during 2011 too, “Attacks” & “Candy” two huge highlights, we being privileged to get an on-stage intro at the NYD party last year, while we simply had to mention our mini “Doing The Disco Matt” moment with Mr Gallardo at this NYD’s “Safari” event, we once again finding ourselves in the privileged position by Steve Pitron’s side on stage when Carlos arrived to take over with another superb set showing. But all that is for our review still to come, while here we are taking you back to April 2011 and when Carlos represented WE at Delice Dream, the following extracts from our review of the whole festival, focussing on Carlos’s exemplary efforts, we first remarking “…And to then add to this now audacious action, incumbent D.J. Carlos Gallardo began to steal the Delice Dream show, taking the initiative…” neatly followed by “…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…”. Yet, while we can’t share the sounds of this scintillating set with you, a flavour of the man’s magnificent music is available from a rare podcast pressing that Carlos made in advance of WE’s “Candy” event in London at the end of May, so one very much a must for your collection by going to http://wepartylondon.podomatic.com/entry/2011-05-16T06_26_59-07_00, this on top of a year when Mr Gallardo teamed up with prolific P.A. Peyton at a whole host of WE parties, including at Delice Dream, the product of the partnership a superb single, “Let It Go”, a terrific tune full of vivacious vocals & brilliant beats that showcases Mr Gallardo’s studio talents so one well worth picking out via Carlos’s Soundcloud site at http://soundcloud.com/coar/peyton-carlos-gallardo-let-it.
Onward to our fabulous fifth and our fourth international D.J./Producer to pack it in our top set “The Sets” chart, a man from Milan, Danny Verde, who’s 2011 has been, like our musically wise, his best year yet, tours of The USA, Mexico, & Brazil major features, while he has touched virtually every country in Europe during 2011, not least two showings in the U.K., first in Brighton back in January for club “Kinky Dangerous”, a weekend we were privileged to spend in his company, then just two months later in March, he was right here in London, playing for “The Black Party”, joining at the Beyond which immediately followed and making for a morning packed with magical memories. However, it was our turn to hit his turf a little later in the year, May in fact, when we made the trip across to Rome and to the magnificent Muccassassina. And seeing Danny playing in his own back yard (well almost) was an experience we will savour for a long time to come, the whole 24 hour expedition ranking among a handful of heavenly highlights of our year, although it was one of just a few exceptional events that we missed capturing in a full-on review, or even one of the bite size variety, rather a simple preview the review rapture which summed up Danny’s substantial showing at Mucca in May their “Raffaella event, when we simply said of or Milano Man’s showing, “…we lapped up every tiny morsel of the impressive & uplifting scorcher of a set from Mr Verde, who wowed us from start to finish of his superb stint, a performance packed with favourite anthems among newer tracks, treating us tremendously…”. However, with this proving one outstanding outing among a trio of Danny set showing 2011 treats, Delice Dream the when we declared of his performance on behalf of Mucca in Barca “…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…”, it is no surprise that he has been included in our terrific ten, that on top of track remix productions a-plenty including Ellie Goulding’s “Starry Eyed” & Lady Gaga’s “You & I”, both ranking highly in our Y.E. chart, a glance at his Soundcloud site at http://soundcloud.com/holabstudio giving you indication of why this man’s studio reputation is of the magnitude it is.
Now we find ourselves at our fantastic fourth and another international D.J./producer who rocked our 2011, he like the two before him, a feature of our fantastic five days out in Barcelona in April and a time when we got an opportunity to really get to know about the enigmatic Belgian & his work. However, it would be his home country where we would draw his set showing and one that sees him top our chart as best international D.J., despite the overall fourth position, this accolade as our best overseas entrant down to a simply scintillating set at Antwerp’s Red & Blue club back in February, when the club played host to Spanish brand “I Wanna F***”, although rather than its own resident shining the brightest, it was our Belgian beatmaster that would stand in the shimmering spotlight with a pulsating performance. So, letting our review of the event do the talking, this is what we had to say of his stellar set, “…a quick glance up confirming we were in the majestic musical hands of resident D.J. Elof De Neve, the man pumping out a superb selection of euro-style beats, uplifting vocal sounds and tech house drenches that had the dancefloor delirious with his selections…” further references including “…, the terrific talent Elof treating us to a storming selection of scintillating sounds, barnstorming beats & vocal infused euphoria that would put many a Matinee D.J. to shame. Indeed, the roof short of lifted off Red & Blue when he picked out one of our favourite tracks of now, Danny Verde’s vivacious remix of Blake Lewis’s smash “Till We See The Sun”, sending us into a spinning frenzy and the atmosphere in this “I Wanna F***” inspired event, stratospheric…” and “…in Elof De Neve, the Red & Blue team have a terrific talent of a resident D.J. and his performance on this occasion once again impressed immensely, definitely further elevating him in our estimation and, as we hinted before, someone who would put many a Matinee D.J. to shame, especially with the truly tremendous set we had the privilege of witnessing…”. So, that pretty much say’s it all for us, we rating Elof as our international equivalent of Steve Pitron, a truly towering talent that should & is going places, 2012 looking even brighter than 2011, while a visit to his Soundcloud site at http://soundcloud.com/elofdeneve/ will allow you to engross in Elof’s excellence.
So we reach our top three and look to London for all of them, two no strangers to our Y.E. music reviews, while our thumping third is a newish kid on the capital’s clubbing circuit block, although one that made the biggest impression on us in 2011, hence his lofty postion in this chart. Plus, being one of our protégé players, Zach Burns’ inclusion having already been confirmed as our best newcomer of the year, ranking very highly in our podcast part of this music review of the year had to make it into our set chart too, although it was well earned as his set at Gigolo’s launch back in May and then a close on pitch perfect performance in December have secured his third overall position here. However, splitting these two sets was too tough a call, so we decided to include them both, our reflection on Gigolo’s launch having very much a Zach theme, the title, “Brilliant Burns Beats” shouting out enough, while our remarks that included “…our attention was now drawn to the music and the cute yet capable Zach Burns, who was treating the classy crowd to tons of terrific tunes, a magical mixture of old classics re-made, intertwined with up to date floor fillers, the pace & pitch of his performance perfect for this superb Soho society social soiree that was definitely soaring by the minute…” as well as “…we were soon in seventh heaven when Zach pulled out our favourite tune of now, the awesome “Stupiddisco 2011 Original Mix” by King Richard & Danny Thomas, we finding our favoured spot by the D.J. booth to invoke a mini “Doing The Disco Matt” routine…”. But we were even more lyrical of his December delight in saying “…it would all pale in comparison to its & our star turn, the cute yet commandingly capable Zach Burns, his arrival & the assumption of the decks the real lift we had been looking for, this terrific talent who had impressed us from the moment we first saw him play, immediately setting about sorting a selection of sounds that would hook us for the whole heavenly two hours of his spectacular showing….” we adding “…with tracks that included “Music In My Soul”, “Last Night A DJ”, & “Here Comes The Rain”, these along with a magical multi mixing moment when Zach chose to combine “Stupdidsco” & “Don’t Go” with mesmeric effect, we were going nowhere, rather glued but spinning on our spot right next to the D.J. booth…” as well as “…with yet more treats in store, Danny Verde’s track “Open Your Heart among them, it was no surprise we were drawing comparisons of the brilliant Mr Burns to our other top draw D.J. Steve Pitron, the duo having played out pulsatingly just a handful of weeks ago at “Playtime”, even the occasional looks Zach was giving us over The Shadow Lounge decks akin to those we get from our other superstar turn…”. And, in essence, there is not much more to add, these two sets with the only exceptions of another two ahead of them, the most stand-out of our 2011, Mr Burns having laid down a podcast pressing lifted from that “launch” party at Lo-Profile which you can still grab by going to direct download link http://djburns.podomatic.com/entry/2011-05-11T12_00_38-07_00, this coincidentally being the compilation that made it into our podcast chart.
So we come to our spectacular second and, as we hinted, an individual how is no stranger to our year end round-up’s, although 2011 was a year when Mikey D’s impact on our music world was not as extensive as previous years, as like football, it was a year of two halves, the first six months seeing him play out plenty of times at Beyond & at Later to exceptional effect, while the latter six saw just the odd appearance here & there, like so many people, Mikey having to devote his energies more & more to his daytime occupation. However, they say that absence makes the heart grow fonder and it is perhaps this thought that secured his second place, Mikey’s set & reappearance at Beyond in December making an indelible impression, we remarking in our review “…back being an appropriate word as we couldn’t have been happier to see Mikey D at the decks, our short absence nothing compared to his, although in an instant it felt like he hadn’t been away at all…”. Indeed, such has Mikey become part & parcel of what is so brilliant about Beyond, his return definitely stood out head & shoulders above the other entrants in our set chart so far, we going on to say of this pulsating performance, “a glorious mix of tougher tech tunes intermixed with dancefloor delights, “You Better”, “Souk” & “Pressure” among them, while a look in our direction & then a quick chat over the booth confirming that we were nibble size tweeting, made both of us feel right at home…” along with “…Mikey masterminding mounds of majestic music moments, we knew that Beyond in his hands was once again the place to be…”. But the true depth of this stunning set was just how Mikey managed to lift the atmosphere through his spectacular selections and, like only one other, held us spinning on our spot literally from start to finish. So while we look forward to just next Sunday (28th Jan) when Mikey will be playing back to back with his old Crash sparring partner, Jamie Head, we look back on this set showing at beyond with fond reflection & marvellous memories, which, like the man has done for many a year now, fill us with joy & happiness through his magnificent music making, while his rare 2011 appearances are matched by that rare podcast production, “Heavy Baby” from June & still available at http://soundcloud.com/mikedower/heavy-baby, an exceedingly good example of his music diversity.
So to our phenomenal first, 2011 absolutely littered with prolific performances from one Steve Pitron, magical memory making moments at Beyond, Room Service & Lo-Profile a major feature of our year, while London gay Pride was a day we will never forget, Steve being an intrinsic part of the rollercoaster ride that made up our year of heavenly highs & lousy lows, although his music, perhaps like the place where he was always his most magnificent along with he himself, three of the compelling constants that made 2011, as we have indicated in this massive music review, our “Best Year Yet”. Therefore choosing a set showing of his to make our number one was an extremely difficult task, it could easily have been the porridge ridden Room Service showing in July, it could have been the superb send-off he gave us at Beyond Erotica in February, just hours before we flew home to South Africa, or the Beyond that welcomed us back to London in March, first “Muscle” when we & then “Black” leaving us to remark that “…as much as we were missing South Africa, we knew that right here right now, we were at home, Beyond in the hands of the (we love to say it!) pitch & precision perfect Pitron simply “doesn’t get any better than this”…” But while occasional invites up into the Beyond main room D.J. booth made these & many more very special, after much deliberating, we decided that it was his set showing at Orange Electric in November that would get our vote, it marking our return after a six week break, our absence through October having backed into his in September, meaning it had so much poignancy, highlight comments from our “Emotionally Engrossing Euphoria” review including “…another dynamic delivery of dance delectations he delighted us and a now near capacity Electric crowd to, a magnificent mixture of classics, classics rehashed & up to date hits, cleverly interwoven into a scintillating string of sounds, one track after next sending us into a spin behind the stage…” along with “…the track choices Steve was making, first “Last Night A D.J. Saved My Life” (Mr Pitron was definitely doing this tonight!)…” as well as “…balanced by more up to date tracks too, crowd pleasers for sure, “Live Your Dreams” one of them and “Pressure” another, both which, as they always do, sent us headlong into that tearful & emotional rollercoaster ride, while our vantage point right behind Steve was the best we could have asked for…” much more on this a read away at http://discomatt.com/web/2011/12/reviews-emotionally-engrossing-euphoria-orange-electric-saturday-26th-november-full-size-review/. But, while we cannot share a podcast pressing that comes close to this scintillating set, what Steve has produced in his “Jan 2012 Session” compilation is equally as emotionally engrossing as the euphoria he created back in November, so an absolute must for your collection by going to direct link http://stevepitronsessions.podomatic.com/entry/2012-01-18T00_07_36-08_00.
Well, that rounds off the most comprehensive music review of ours to date, a three part epic that covered “The Tracks”, “The Podcasts” & “The Sets” that made 2011, musically, our best year yet and with 2012 starting off in a similar vein with that phenomenal podcast we have just mentioned, it’s now time to look forward to a year full of tremendous tracks, captivating compilations, but more than that, stunning sets that are the core of this rapturous part of our review. (DISCO MATT)
With the last week or so laid to waste for a number of reasons, our latest brush with ravages of London’s roads leaving us pre-occupied with our personal health, we have once again missed the boat with our weekend recommends newsletter, although with a trio of treats presenting themselves tonight (Saturday 12th November), we couldn’t resist giving you our take on what would, in normal circumstances, be a most tricky choice of where we should be & be seen, the draw of Shoreditch, Southwark & Vauxhall also looking like dividing the capitals clubbing crowd eager for some extra special entertainment. And given just how good all three parties are, the choice will prove a difficult one, yet as each deserve a bite at the proverbial cherry, we given them equal(ish) exposure, state the case for their collective captivation and then leave it to you to decide.
So to our first of the three and to Shoreditch we head, as the magnificence of Meat rolls out another of its monthly meets, that cherry bite reference most appropriate as will become apparent when we delve into the detail. However, before we do, let’s give you a taste of just what Meat is about, this charismatic club being the brainchild of legendary D.J./Producer Tom Stephan along with his occasional recording studio partner, Shoreditch son (so called by us) Kris Di Angelis, this dynamic duo certainly knowing how to pitch a party with over 30 years experience of the capitals clubbing scene under their collective belts. And in Meat they have produced a party that combines elements of old & new, host venue East Bloc on City Rd supplying the underground feel & vibe that Tom was very much part of in the early days of his clubbing career, not least at Crash in Vauxhall. But more than that, with two distinctly different spaces to choose from, the duo also pitch the music to cater for the rich variety of clubbers Meat now attracts, whether they be the East End trendy socialites, the West End whizz kids or even the smatter of scene faces that grace its doors, Meat serves up a pretty unique mix that is difficult to match let alone beat, so one of many reasons why you should give it a go.
Convinced that Meat is for you? Well, this month would be as good a choice as any, as the boys are throwing a “Love At First Bite” themed event, which, given the bawdiness of last month’s “Hanky Panky” meet, looks like re-emulating the raunchiness in every way, both Tom & Kris taking up D.J. duty in the “Meathead” main room alongside fellow resident James Pople, serving up the best in electro twisted beats & underground grooves, while over in the “Mincemeat” second space, gender bender Munroe Bergdorf is joined this month by Tom Washington, the duo delighting with more soul tainted funk & pop. Add to that go-go’s Fer & Claudio performing throughout the night and both stretching the imagination among other things, while plenty of Meat mania gets going in & around the nooks & cranny’s of this East Bloc base, hosts Melvin, Jonathan Bestley & Alex Collins making sure fun will be had by all. As for the entry detail on this “Love At First Bite” Meat meet, doors open at East Bloc at 10.30 p.m. the club running through until a planned 6 a.m. finish and all for just £5 before midnight or £10 thereafter, further details out at http://eastbloc.co.uk.
Onwards and to Southwark now, the new base for Alex Erfan’s loveable clubbing brand, Lovechild, which throws its second party of the month tonight. Having established a long run of events across in Vauxhall at Fire, Lovechild has proved one of the most popular & sustainable Saturday night sortie’s in recent times, a whole succession of superb showings firmly establishing its premier position on the capitals clubbing circuit. Plus, having expanded into Europe, Lovechild’s presence has been felt right across the continent, from Amsterdam to Istanbul & Berlin to Barcelona, the marriage of minds seeing associations with clubs like Red & Blue, Delice, & Muccassassina, while back home links with Brighton’s Wild Fruit & London’s As One & Lo-Profile rank among its many achievements in the close on three years of its operation here in the capital. Add to that a dynamic D.J. residency team that includes the likes of London based stars Tony English, Brent Nicholls, Phil Hewson, & Mattias, international names extending to Javier Medina, Guy Scheiman, Johan Khoury & Leomeo, and the musical credentials of Lovechild pretty much speak for themselves. Yet, while having disappeared off our radar during the summer, our loveable brand is back pushing the boundaries at new home Pulse, very much finding its feet in this new environment, but loving every minute of it along with its new found associations with the venue’s owners, & links with the Logan presents promotions machine who also hold their SuperMartXe London events there. And with off-shoot “Superlovers” gathering steam, there is much to shout about in the Lovechild camp, so a club definitely worth a visit or more.
So what’s on offer tonight (Sat 13th Nov)? Well the team are going all Italiano on us with their “Roma” event, a devotion to all things Dolce Vita come Gladiators as it will be the Italian stallions that will be taking over Pulse and racing those pulses with all their rippling olive skin soaked muscles, amazing accents & looks, as well as Latino charm personified, Nik Ripley & his performers definitely meeting & probably exceeding all expectations on the eye candy front. But while our own & original Italian stallion D.J. Pagano will not be present, Alex has called on the services of his remaining Roman residents, Gabriele Cutrano, Micky Galliano, Alessandro Londra & Tony Bruno, all joined by relative newcomer to the Lovechild fold, Marco Gee, each one injecting plenty of Italian passion into their performances, whether it be Sicilian slants, Naples nuances or Piacenza progressions, the musical matches between these dynamic D.J.’s should work like a dream. Then, as if that wasn’t enough, Alex has tempted in this month’s Lovechild cover hunk, Eric De Chavez, who will be hosting & roaming the crowd to add yet more Italian pepperoni to proceedings in what is sure to be a saucy showing to stimulate & seduce. So, no more reasons required to head down to Pulse and while Soho’s ticket outlets doors may be closed, you can still grab an advance ticket for just £12 at http://clubtickets.com/gb/2011-11/12/love-child-brings-you-roma, while entry is also available on the doors which open at 11 p.m., the club running through till a planned 6 a.m. finish, more info, should you need it, out at http://alexerfan.com.
So to the third in our trio and what a third it is, as Beyond extends its arms to all its adoring fans with yet another extended offering marking the beginning of its winter season. Now, what we have said about this brilliant brand goes without saying, it having ridden a crest wave on the capitals clubbing circuit for most, if not all of its ten year tenure. Having pretty much transformed the afterhours clubbing market, bringing a barnstorming blend of beats from upfront house, to tech, deep, classic & progressive, along with everything in-between, in Beyond there is always something for everyone and everything for someone, while the amazing atmosphere in host venue Area’s main room is truly unbeatable, for us, anywhere in the globe. And talking of the globe, Beyond’s aspirations to become one of the planets biggest players has taken a major leap forward this year, showings in Paris, Mykonos, Ibiza & Sao Paulo , four highlights among a list of others, while back home, offerings in both “Belief” & “Supersize” format have cemented it as the single biggest & best brand on the capitals clubbing circuit. But more than that, Beyond draws on some of the best D.J. talent London has on offer, when you consider the likes of Steve Pitron, Mikey D, Jamie Head, The Sharp Boys, Fat Tony & Gonzalo Rivas among a host of others, you know the music & the magic of this monumentally magnificent meet will always be top draw delight from start to finish and reason why we cannot recommend it enough.
So to this latest exceptional event in the chapter filled catalogue of Beyond bashes, tonight (Saturday 12th Nov) seeing the return of “Ice” the themed event that, as we have said, marks the beginning of the clubs winter season and should re-emulate the impressive outing of the same name twelve months ago. And in the “Midnight” format, this event runs for a full twelve hours, welcoming many of its resident D.J.’s to play in front of a packed out Area of three arena’s of sound, The Chapel space sorted by Hifi Sean, Paul Christian, D’Johnny & special guest Guy Williams, while The Terrace bar remains the domain of Jamie Head, The Oli & Fat Tony, although it is to the main room we look for the best action as “Ice” marks the welcome return of Beyond original & its most resplendent resident, Steve Pitron, who we know is hugely excited about his first set in close on a month, Steve taking up pole position from 8 till 10 a.m., he flanked by The Sharp Boys & Alan K. Then, add in the enticing ingredients of the famed effects & lighting, plus podium showings from Elektra Paris & her crew, “Ice” should have it all this Sunday morning, doors opening at zero o’clock & running through until midday, advance ticket purchases recommended by going to direct link http://orangenation.clubtickets.com/gb/2011-11/13/beyond-afterhours, while if you want to get in quick & for free, get your detail in now at http://tinyurl.com/beyondice. Those options aside, you can always pay on the door, but expect to pay more, although whatever the price to get in, you won’t want to get out anytime soon as you will no doubt absorb the awesome atmosphere that Beyond creates week in week out & should do again this time round.
So there it is, the most tricky choice presenting itself for many a moon, a trio of treats that doesn’t get any better in our books, we happy to lay our hat on any one of the three, although with a certain D.J. (wonder who that could be?!?!) tugging our heart strings & twisting our arms, we will be attempting to brave the dancefloor with our ravaged wrist, although whichever of the trio you choose, maybe all three, just make sure you “Go There! Be There! (DISCO MATT)
Having been besieged by a sequence of setbacks during September & October, one of the many casualties included our “That Was The Week That Was” report, the weekly round-up of the movers & shakers on the scene, a report that picked out the highlights and also allowed us to share with you our moment, our tune & our tweet of the week. However, with the dawn of a new month heralding a much more prolific production period, we are pleased to mark this new found fervent with the return of a more focussed report, looking at the weekend just gone & covering Thursday through Sunday. The links to relevant websites will be back too, as will details of dance diary dates coming up, this coupled with our moment tune & tweet picks.
So, with further ado, let’s get back into the groove and take a look at the weekend that was, Thursday 27th to Sunday 30th October and one that kicked off in usual style with Room Service stealing much of the spotlight with their “Boys Night Out” event, deck duty masterminded by regular resident Fat Tony & new(ish) kid on the block, Matt Bogarde, while the hoard of hosts, Josias Souza, Flip Jankovic, Kingsley & Kane Luke shared these delectable duties, reporting on yet another packed out Diu venue full of scene faces, party boys & girls and, of course, Jodie Harsh. And clearly still smarting from a truly tremendous 1st birthday just three weeks before, added to the fact that Gigolo has disappeared off the scene radar (our report on this coming soon), Room Service seems to be the continuing success story of the boutique clubbing scene that has taken Soho by storm this year, this coming Thursday (3rd Nov) looking to keep that trend going as the team welcome Shoreditch son Kris Di Angelis to the decks, he being joined by Dmitry Strigun for the second “Sextape Shoot” event, director Thomas Knights back in the club to film the next instalment of the Room Service Sextape, while hosts Kingsley, Johanna, Louis Parson & Maria Fernanda will ensure that is another rip roaring party. Plus, not forgetting the fabulous JJ on the door who, for us, is one of the best reasons to make a date with Diu this & on any Thursday night, more info on Room Service & its events can be found by going to http://clubroomservice.com.
But Room Service aside, Thursday had plenty to offer the scene, particularly in Soho & Vauxhall, two highlights from the former being new(ish) night “XXtra” at The Shadow Lounge, which seemingly wants to grab a piece of this social soiree splendour action and has been making hey while Gigolo is out of action, last Thursday a real ripper as the team held their “Hallow-biza” ball event, resident D.J.’s Sonathaq & Niyi joined by special guest Oliver M, while details on this coming Thursday (3rd Nov) should be out via the XXtra website at http://xxtra.co.uk/ anytime now. As for Lo-Profile, there is no doubt that a huge gap has been left by Gigolo, although the venue has attempted a fill with home-grown brand “Society”, which has been switched from its original Friday night slot, its Thursday appeal still a little difficult to tell as its only been three weeks since it was swapped, details available by going to http://loprofile.com. . Down in Vauxhall and Gravity enjoyed its last Thursday at Fire, well for a few weeks at least, while the venue is closed for refurbishment & to accommodate licensing restrictions (more on that in our report “In The Line Of ….” coming up), so this week you will find Gravity across at Area.
Moving to Friday and Onyx once again took centre stage down Vauxhall way, very much proving its winning formula of three distinctly different rooms of music, the main very much of the upfront & energetic type, while the second space bears fruit in the form of the legendary Tasty Tim & guests, this week’s special entrant being Norbert M who came close to scooping the Ku-Bar D.J. competition crown this year, but has certainly shown his worth with gigs for Popcorn, A:M, Gigolo &, naturally right here at Onyx, this his second appearance for the brand. But with other stars including Lisa German, Ariel, Jonny M & Lee Harris, the theme of “Primal Fear” was very disco bloodbath in its making, plenty of punters making the effort to dress in Halloween costumes & make-up, reflecting that Onyx has one of the most up for it crowds on the clubbing circuit. So, having continued its success story in the hands of its latest promoter Verity Meyes, this week the whole team are pleased as punch to welcome back another iconic D.J., Wayne G returning to the UK for a short stint from his international globetrotting & marking the occasion by announcing an exclusive residency for this fab Friday nighter, Wayne remarking of his decision to lay his hat with Onyx “…I have loved the club from the first time I played there earlier this year. This will be a great platform for me to bring my new studio sounds directly to the London dancefloor, can’t wait to rock the club again…”. And with a raft of studio remix productions as well as a stable of his own tracks, this is one set & residency you won’t want to miss, more details coming up in an Extra Bites recommends post, although its worth visiting http://gayguestlists.com/onyx to get yourselves discounted entry this Friday (4th Nov) .
As for the other Friday movers & shakers, there were plenty on offer, A:M’s “Scream” event kind off kicking off the Trade theme, welcoming one of its original residents to the decks, Steve (Janet) Thomas bringing the house down with a superb set, although this week, with Fire closed, it looks like A:M will take a back seat or may roll on at Area straight after Onyx, more info available at http://fireclub.co.uk while we will bring you news as soon as we have it. Over the river in Soho, Shadow Lounge held a Halloween “Therapy” session, Jodie Harsh rolled out a “Gothic” Circus party at Cafe De Paris, although it was Lo-Profile that kept it horny with their “Playtime” outing, scene favourite Brent Nicholls sorting the sounds, the eye candy provided by Hustlaball Berlin award winning porn star, JB Dubois, who short of stole the show & attracted plenty of admirers. With “Playtime” gaining mounting momentum, host Jay Roberts has told us that “…every Friday Lo-Profile will be transformed into a red light district wonderland where only the hottest of the hot strut their stuff, while I get to meet & greet all the pimps, hookers, muscle boys, glitterati, disco freaks, gogo boys and creatures of the night that want to party with us in true Gaydar Style, plus I will also be controlling just who gets to party the night away in our special Playtime Bedroom with our Super Hot Stars…”, this Friday (4th Nov) seeing Randyblue.com’s stars Gabriel Cross & Gio Cruz titillate your taste buds, so well worth a trip down Wardour St way, more info on Lo-Profile out at http://loprofile.com.
To Saturday and for once it proved to be the biggest night of the weekend on the club scene, not least as the mother of all clubs Trade took the scene by storm with their 21st (yes you heard it right) birthday down at Pulse in Southwark. Now, we devoted a special preview to the event which is still worth a read by going to http://discomatt.com/web/2011/10/previews-mothership-of-clubbing-re-docks-trade-21-a-journey-to-the-darkside-saturday-29th-october/, while having missed out on this momentous occasion in the clubs history, it seemed we missed the party of the year, as Pulse was well & truly packed with Trade babies old & new, along with a who’s who of the clubbing scene. Plus, with a towering line-up of D.J.’s, we heard special guest Monika Cruz was a huge highlight among a cast that included the likes of Steve Tomas, Pete Wardman, Nick Tcherniak & Pagano in the main room, our Italian stallion having to extend his set as the crowd simply wouldn’t let him finish. Mind you, just like Trade’s 20th birthday a year ago, Fat Tony was very much in the lite lounge spotlight & once again pulled out all the stops with a scintillating set, lie lounge originals The Sharp Boys also doing their brilliant bit. And it seemed that the organisational might of The Orange group also sealed the success of this spectacular showing, main man Tom Fuller certainly making his mark with yet another smoothest of smooth entrance, very much akin to those halcyon days back at Turnmills, while inside, the production was simply spectacular, plenty of Trade mobiles resurrected from days of old & newer to give Pulse a fabulous feel. Now, we know there are already a couple of video’s knocking around, although with no links to hand, we hope to bring you these in next week’s round-up, but it’s worth keeping an eye on the trade website at http://tradeuk.net for these, as well as news on the Christmas day party.
Our other Saturday showstopper was back in Soho, the combo of Logan Presents, Lovechild & Lo-Profile proving irresistible for those not of the Trade persuasion, Alex Erfan reporting on a much healthier turnout for the second “Superlovers” event, this one having been given a tad of a Halloween twist, the theme of the night being “Love Bites”, although the real star of the show being new club P.A. sensation, Lemon, who gave one of the most prolific performances seen in Profile & Lo-Profile ever. Plus, with a dynamic D.J. team that included Tony English, Alessandro Londra, Tony Bruno, Phil Hewson & Marco Gee, both floors of this Wardour St wonder were packed right through till the 5 a.m. finish, this Saturday slot proving a winner for all concerned. So, it is highly likely that we will be seeing “Superlovers” return for more soon, although all eyes are now on Lovechild proper, which comes back at ya in just two Saturday’s time, next weekend (12th Nov) to be exact, Pulse the place to be and a “Roma” theme to the event, we waiting with anticipation for press release details which we will, of course, share with you in a focus post, while its http://alexerfan.com where you can find out more about both Lovechild & “Superlovers”, a quick mention also going to co-promoters of the latter, Logan Presents, who have announced the date for their 3rd Anniversary party as 17th Dec, special guest George Michael no less a definite draw, more info on this available at http://loganpresents.com.
So to Sunday and with Trade hardly over, the team picked up where they left off, combining forces with awesome afterhours club Beyond, this colossal combo creating a one-off event at Fire in Vauxhall, “Ultimate” perhaps not achieving the roadblock status of certain big Beyond bashes, but by all accounts attracted an up for it crowd that, in the tradition of Trade parties of old, wanted to party deep into Sunday afternoon & way past the 1 p.m. finish. And with the likes of D’Johnny, Hifi Sean, & Alan K flying the Beyond flag, while Nik Denton, Lee Yeomans & Guy Williams traded their Pulse shoes for the Fire variety on behalf of Trade, the jam in the superb sandwich being the star of both clubs, Gonzalo Rivas, treated both Trade & Beyond faithful to a scintillating set that well & truly rocked the place. Plus, with four rooms of fun, this certainly proved a prolific package to accompany the previous birthday bash and to add to the event, Lee Yeomans laid down a podcast which is well worth checking out by going to http://orangenation.podomatic.com/entry/2011-10-26T10_28_44-07_00. Fast forwarding a week and beyond will be back to itself, well in a “Midnight” format over at Area, the impact of Fire’s closure meaning that The Orange Group’s crown jewel of a brand holds an extended event to mark Guy Fawkes Day, no less than 12 D.J.’s across three rooms, treating us to a spectacle in true Beyond style, the team telling us to “…expect massive bangs galore, with rockets, confetti burst, sparks & more…” further hints of what to expect out at http://orangenation.clubtickets.com/gb/2011-11/06/beyond-afterhours and a party we suspect should see us returning to our spinning spot.
With lots of other usual suspects filling out Sunday, S.L.A.G.S/Chill-out at The Royal Vauxhall Tavern one, it was actually Lo-Profile up in Soho that once again received a rapturous reception, as the sequence of “Secret Sunday’s” sessions, celebrating Gaydar Radio’s 10years in operation, continued, although with an extra special guest causing a roadblock queue down Wardour street. So, it came as no surprise that last year’s X Factor winner, Joe McElderry caused a real stir & attracted a considerable crowd, the news having leaked out at the appropriate moment over Gaydar Radio’s waves, making this THE place to be & be seen on the scene, further cementing Lo-Profile’s position as the premier & hip happening hotspot in town, well on a Sunday at least. However, if, like us, you were one of the unfortunate ones to have missed out, fear not as there is a YouTube video out, well worth a look by going to http://youtube.com/watch?v=QHmZf7_JUwg, along with a vox pops video out at http://youtube.com/watch?v=yie79qnyP9s that completes the picture on this special Sunday soiree. And this coming weekend the team do it all again, they already getting us guessing with a silhouetted picture of the next “Secret Sunday” star, although have given us a clue by telling us that “…our next surprise performer has written tracks for Kylie Minogue & Diana Vickers…” (heads already scratching), meaning there’s only one way to find out by making a date with Lo-Profile & having ears glued to http://gaydarradio.com.
With our highlights of last Thursday through Sunday pretty much sown up, we turn to our moment, our track & our tweet of the week, two of the three pretty tricky as, having been laid low again with our stubborn shoulder strain, we have no nibble size review or other tweets to draw on and moments looking at our four walls wouldn’t prove that interesting. So, that leaves our track of the week, this being a simple & straight forward decision, as Danny Verde’s remix of Lady Gaga’s “You & I” gets the vote, outstripping other contenders hands down and in the process zooming up our 2011 chart. We featured it in our Music special feature, “Protégé Players & Producers” and then also shared a superb YouTube video to accompany the track, very much celebrating the male form & the perfect picturescape to this dubbed Danny dream of a track at http://youtube.com/watch?v=Wokw8JMTedc, while you can catch this tremendous track in full vocal remix form by going to t http://soundcloud.com/holabstudio/lady-gaga-you-and-i-danny.
Right that’s just about it for what was originally planned as a shorted & more succinct version of our former That Was The Week That Was round-up, but for this first “Weekend” edition has proved much more lengthy. However, with our planned return to the clubbing circuit, taking in Onyx on Friday (4th Nov) and Beyond on Sunday, coupled with plans to make future round-up’s more inclusive, we should be back into the usual grove by next week, although leave you by saying that you that that if you want us to shout out for your favourite bar, club or event that rocked & rolled over the coming weekend, then link into us via our main Facebook page at http://facebook.com/discomattlondon and plaster our wall with your details or then drop us a line now at email@example.com. And if you see us out & about then please do come say hi & join us by making your mark on That Was The Weekend That Was. (DISCO MATT)