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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)
As we stutter & stumble into the third month of our year of positivity, 2013 is looking as rosy as the inclement weather, spring yet to have sprung in a second month that had plenty of positives but plagued with health negatives, we nevertheless looking back then forward with a yet further renewed sense of optimism for bigger & better times to come.
With a real spring in our step as February broke and much to look forward to in March, it would be fair to say that, as with the majority of 2012, our month was dominated by personal health issues that have close on brought us to a grinding halt, we falling off the radar completely in the last couple of weeks. However, while we should be a few thousand feet up in the air right now, heading home for our holidays, due to those health complications, we find ourselves lame in London, although with a mindful eye on the need to remain both positive & optimistic, out of the disappointment of missing out on our beloved South Africa (for now at least) comes the opportunity to be part of an event that marks a new beginning in the capitals clubbing circuit. So, for this third monthly message of 2013, we celebrate the good things to come out of February & the great things to come in March, while also touching on some shocking scene soirees that marred what was otherwise a really positive month for the London scene.
A disturbing trend that seems to be re-emerging and what looks like a writer’s block that we have developed towards the cornerstone of our activity, reviews of Scream & DISH from January & Propaganda at Red & Blue from February still outstanding. Plus, with a cancelled trip to This Is Prohibition and a dip in clubbing activity towards the end of February, our sheet here is clean excepting the first in our returning “That Was The Weekend That Was” review and then the special (and final report) we posted on Beyond, which did also review the clubs history from Colosseum through Area, while for us, the good times we reflected on, are now becoming memories of what used to be our favourite club of all time, but due to recent developments has fallen fatally from grace. http://discomatt.com/web/2013/02/reportsreviews-not-another-one-beyond-midnight-saturday-23rd-february-special-reflective-report
With no less than three previews planned for February, only one actually made it to publication, and quite a scathing one it was too, as we honed in the crazy new Orange Nation Friday night venture that was effectively the replacement for Onyx. But with a name “Manic Panic” it was always going t be in for some stick, the name itself probably a reflection of the internal affairs of the group, while with second room off-shoot District XXX nothing short of a clubbing rip off, we didn’t hold back in our condemnation of this new club on the calendar. As for March, well Covert will be getting our preview attention, as will Matinee’s “La-Leche” event in Paris, more detail on these coming up in a bit. http://discomatt.com/web/2013/02/previews-dads-army-antics-manic-panic-district-xxx-the-launch-friday-15th-february/
While we have only two weekly newsletters to boast for the whole month and just one Weekend Focus, our attention did land on two huge newsworthy happenings, the new clubbing combo This Is Prohibition & the forthcoming As One In the Park, although with a need to really pull our socks up, March seems to be the month to do it, although we are effectively already two weekends down. http://discomatt.com/web/2013/02/recommends-sidings-showtime-this-is-prohibition-love-resurrection-saturday-16th-february-weekend-focus-special/
The phrase “…there’s something in the air…” seemed wholly appropriate for our reporting in February as, while we promised ourselves a positive 2013, we actually found ourselves focussing n some of the scene negatives, Beyond, Manic and Orange Nation dominating our downbeat deliveries, while in our new Seventh Day Sermon reports, we received the biggest reaction to our writing since we started back in 2008, many praising us for speaking out on issues, particularly in our “Finding Our Favour Faltering” post. But while these controversial compositions will continue in March, we will also be reporting on the good & the great of which there is much out there at the moment. http://discomatt.com/web/2013/02/reports-finding-our-favour-faltering-dms-seventh-day-sermon-sunday-17th-february/
A pretty abysmal month for what is the true love in our lives, although with the popular podcast wind punched out of our sails, we struggled to find favour with many productions sufficient enough to go to full feature press. However, both Danny Verde & Brent Nicholls made it, while we also propelled Jean Phillips latest captivating compilation as one of three “Podcast Of The Week” choices. But, as we pick up the pieces of a dented delivery period, we hope to be back on both our newsletter, D.J. focuses & podcast picks feet by the end of March, having also consolidated our D.J.’s & Music sections into one. http://discomatt.com/web/2013/02/musicpicks-digital-dream-holab-heaven-podcast-track-of-the-week-saturday-23rd-february/
What seemed like a good idea at the time, ended up being a vastly underused section and, in reality, one which was simply a distractive extension to our Recommends section. So, while we did post two Picks posts for Gigolo & Butch n February, we have decided to ditch the section in favour of a new Press Releases one, while our Picks will now fall under our Recommends where they should always have been.
With March doing just that, marching ahead, we have much to catch up on, however, with some subtle changes to our website already implemented, we have much planned for the weeks ahead, not least that special feature on overt, our next Disco Matters interview, this time with Alan K, as well as a preview of Matinee Paris, a destination in our diary for Easter Sunday. Plus with Easter itself only three weekends away, the focus will fall on that, while the vent “A New Beginning” is in the forefront of our renewed activity, following which further new ventures as well as International focus features of The European Gay Ski Week, the return of Lovechild & WE Party will be received our detailed devotions.
First & foremost, the place to watch is right here, while we use our Facebook page at http://facebook.com/pages/Disco-Matt/112730602119746 and our group at http://facebook.com/groups/discomatt/ to propel all our posts into the public eye. And here you will also find pictorial propulsions of our “Pick Of The Day” and “Podcast & Track of The Week” choices, as well as our new “Hot Shot Happenings” where we share unmissable events, all these choices & post links appearing on our personal profile at http://facebook.com/discomattlondon along with our Tumblr page at http://discomatt.tumblr.com.
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Having been completely off colour since Antwerp in February, we have scaled back our diary for March considerably, the only two commitments going to Covert’s “A New Beginning” this coming Saturday (16th March), while Matinee in Paris on Easter Sunday (31st March) is a definite too. So, anything else will be a bonus, while we plan to be back to at least four outings in April (and probably more).
Well that’s it for this third monthly newsletter and having seen our activity crumble at the end of February & the beginning of March, the only way is up. So, while we are determined to now under promise & over deliver and also ditch our theory of one post a day, the reality is that we are far from out of the health situation woods, meaning March may not be as productive as we would like, but, as we said earlier, bigger & better times are to come, so we move forward with positivity & optimism. (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.
With its dust sheets confined to the cleaning cupboard, As One emerges from its own obscurity with a bang, as it announces and exciting new chapter in its history, this clubbing combo caterpillar bursting out as a butterfly with its own Festival, we reporting in brief on the first announcement and ticket release.
Billed as “…London’s biggest gay gathering…”, just as we were about to write off As One as another amazing accomplishment on the capitals clubbing circuit no more, the news hits our desks that the team behind this colossal clubbing combo, have consigned it’s dust sheets to the cleaning cupboard, As One emerging from its own obscurity with a bang. Indeed, not only is it moving from inside to out, As One will be showcasing some huge artists & performing artists on the scene, as well as pulling in some true clubbing brand giants from both home and away.
So what do we know so far?, well a little bit and a lot really, as the plan to transform this clubbing caterpillar into the butterfly that will become an open air festival has been in the planning for a while, although kept very much under those dust sheet wraps. However, following the first reveal back at the beginning of the month, some of the detail is now dripping through, the first and most important announcement is that As One “In the Park” will take place on Bank Holiday Sunday 26th may at Victoria Park in east London, the location famed for bringing us huge happening Lovebox (among others), As One not quite of the scale of its counterpart, but sure to make a spring splash from 12 noon till 10.30 p.m. on 26th May.
Plus, the team behind this huge outdoor As One outing have also confirmed the first of many performing artists that will take to the main stage, Rita Ora, the 2012 pop sensation of Britain, whose debut album, “Ora”, zoomed straight t the UK number one spot, also spawning three singles, “Hot Right Now”, How Do We Party” and “R.I.P.”. Add to that a current UK tour and no less than three 2013 Brit Award nominations and she is very much a draw & coup for As One “In The Park”, while the team have also released details of the clubbing brands that will host the various dance arena’s around Victoria Park, London based Beyond, Orange, Deelooded & Salvation flying the home flag, while the international influence will come from Matinee “Revolution”, WE Party, The Week & the massive Circuit Festival. Plus, with support already in from Soho venues Comptons, Ku Bar, The Shadow Lounge, Rupert St. and businesses FindHRR, Prowler, Boyz, G3, the festival is already gathering promotional pace.
But the other piece in our news nibble jigsaw is the release of the first batch of tickets, super early bird options priced at £35 available online at http://ticketweb.co.uk/event/as-one-tickets/40035, while the VIP package looks quite impressive as it offers fast track entry, a complimentary glass of bubbly, exclusive entry to the Shadow Lounge VIP village behind the main stage, VIP toilets, VIP bars stocked with only premium spirits & other drinks, while even table service is on offer to make your whole experience enthralling. However, they do come at a price, a hefty £75, but given what they offer, it does actually seem good value for money and, from our experience of Lovebox, and those VIP toilets are worth their weight in gold. And with more acts to be announced next week, we reckon you should grab one of those super early bird tickets now, more information available by e-mailing the As One “In The Park” team at email@example.com or b following their website at http://asoneinthepark.co.uk, while you can also keep track of announcements as they hit by both liking & following their Facebook page at https://facebook.com/AsOneInThePark.
So setting its stool on a bank holiday weekend in May, as well as choosing a location renowned for holding park festivals, the future is definitely looking bright for the butterfly hat has become As One In the Park and we can’t wait to share further news as it reaches us and the date gets ever closer. (DISCO MATT)
As the song goes, “…It’s called a dance floor and here’s what it’s for, so come on…”, these lyrics very appropriate for WE Party London’s “Vogue” NYD Tea-Dance event which has landed our first “Pick of The Day” for 2013, WE Spanish resident D.J. Carlos Gallardo heading a London main room team that includes Jamie Head, Gonzalo Rivas & D’Johnny, but excludes a scene star player, while Fat Tony’s club, Deelooded, hosts the second space, all the detail a banner selection away opposite or an image click below, while we orate our own opinion on this outing before delivery the dinky detail beneath.
From the “A New Formula” launch right up till last month’s 2nd Anniversary event, aptly named “Formula 2”, hardly a WE Party here in London have we missed, the only two in 2012 being “Pharaoh” and “Players”, we having fallen head over heels for this happening every since the scintillating “Safari” a year ago to the day. Indeed, WE has been part of our New Year’s Day partying picture for the last two seasons, January 1st 2011 sporting the amazing “Attacks” outing, while NYD aside, we can count ourselves both privileged & blessed to have witnessed both the “Fast Food” & “Fluro” forays from the stage, “Safari” the first time we were allowed this amazing advantage, while we marvelled on the mesmeric “Formula 2” meet from here too. But while we have been fortunate on all these occasions, WE has been & is about much more in our books, the party people, the exceptional effects, the magnificent music and the prolific players that deliver these delightful dance delectations, two real stars of the show in recent times having been WE Spanish resident Carlos Gallardo and London superstar Steve Pitron, both have played a huge part in making “Safari” & “Formula 2” the fourth best & best events in our 2012 club review round-up.
Yet, despite all of that, we sit here on our sofa on this New Year’s Day 2013 disillusioned, as we were shocked, no let’s get it right, disgusted to discover that Steve had not been booked for this WE party, the season opening soiree that, in our humble opinion, should have his name written all over it. But interestingly, when we study the poster PR, Mr Pitron is in clear print, so it seems, on the face of it at least, that is was considered when the line-up was originally agreed, after all, the posters would have gone to print a good three weeks ago at least, meaning that there has been a monumental mix up, a chronic organisational catastrophe, or, as we suspect, too many facilitating fingers in the promotional pie exacerbated by a significant shortage in communication, the phrase, “the left hand doesn’t know what the right is doing”. And before we drop the subject, given this inexcusable error, as let’s face it Steve Pitron is by far the biggest draw on the capitals clubbing circuit, there will be scores, nay hundreds of party goers heading to The Coronet tonight, expecting to see their main man play, only to be severely disappointed, as we are. But, we are confident that the team behind WE in London, will make best endeavours to put this situation right in time for the next event, as failure to do so could alienate more followers than they had bargained for.
So, safe in the knowledge that one of WE’s star players will not be playing, what can you expect from this “Vogue” inspired tea dance delectation?. Well, this is the dinky Pr come event detail…..
Strike a pose!
After the roadblock WE FORMULA 2nd Anniversary WE are raring to go and have an almighty first party of 2013 lined up, kick starting the year as we mean to go on, that is to say jam packed tight with thousands of London’s finest in the Coronet Theatre!
Ladies with an attitude let the battle commence, as WE take the action up a level with our supersized stage production to the theme of VOGUE. Legendary WE theming embraces fashion and fury with posing outfits and staging direct from Madrid, but adding a London edge bringing that realness that make WE your favourite UK party.
Already the biggest club dance production in the city, WE are set to make it even bigger and better as the super-hot gogos are joined by dance stars to create the HOUSE OF WE for the most rulin’ dance battles live on stage, and this time, we’re bringing it to the crowd! Plus pyrotechnics, co2 cannons and live visual shows in true We London style.
D.J.’s: Carlos Gallardo, Gonzalo Rivas, D’Johnny, Jamie Head
WERK! London’s coolest new clubbing brand DEELOODED takes over room 2, bringing fierceness of attitude and sound to the monumental We Party.
D.J.’s: Fat Tony / Verity Mayes & Bryony Masters
With further information, including door entry fees, opening times & venue direction available through http://orangenation.co.uk, http://wepartylondon.com & on the events page at http://www.facebook.com/events/462705037106251/, despite the notable absence, WE will always receive our resounding recommendation as it is, far & away, the biggest & busiest bash this bank holiday and while we will be missing WE too, the first on NYD, we are sure that you will want to “Go There! Be There! (DISCO MATT)
If there was ever an organisation to come up trumps over Christmas, it is Orange Nation, a superb selection of spectacular showings that sparkle & shine bright throughout the coming Christmas week, we focussing on Orange “The Christmas Day Institution” & A:M Ultra’s “Boxing Day Blowout”, while short shouting for no less than six other glorious gathering’s, a New Year Golden Ticket touting and an Orange Nation Christmas present of free clubbing in January mini mention.
As we find ourselves on the cusp of Christmas week 2012, we look back to the same time last year and a calendar of events that was every bit as plump as the turkeys that will no doubt be making it to dinner tables across the land come Tuesday, although with Christmas falling during the week this year rather than over the weekend like last, the 2012 festive season reality is that the lack of two additional bank holiday’s means that for some (like us) it’s just two days off from work making for leaner clubbing cavorting. Yet there will be plenty of others that will have either been granted or will be taking the whole week off, meaning there will be a penchant for partying, the clubbing circuit in the capital certainly not failing to deliver, especially if you head into the world of Orange Nation, the clubbing conglomerate that is responsible for brands such as A:M, Beyond, Gravity, Later & Orange, a host of events carrying you from Christmas Day to N.Y.E. meaning we thought it only right to propel their parties in a specially devoted festive focus which we have aptly called, “Christmas Cracker Of Continuous Clubbing”, honing in on two of the big Christmas events, but also giving a mini mention to the myriad of others. And with 2013 just over a week away, we will also take the opportunity to hint towards 1st January in what will once again prove one of the biggest clubbing days of the year, while we cannot forget the special Orange Nation Christmas present of free clubbing in January, no scrooge at large here.
So let’s crack (or is that cracker) on and head to Christmas Day (or night actually) as the institution that is Orange swings open its doors, flying in the face of conformity, dragging you away from the comedy repeats on the Beeb and giving you an outstanding opportunity to work off the excesses of the day. And while the promotions team claim “…let’s face it, you’ve been very bad this year so Santa won’t be coming anywhere near your chimney, so screw the turkey, let’s go to Fire!…” perhaps an excessive amount of clubbing during 2012 being their point, although we doubt you have been that naughty but will want to indulge in a little post dinner decadence while others fall asleep over that traditional Christmas supper. But we much prefer the promotions tack when they say “…Join together under the shining star of Orange with your London family this Christmas Day at our annual institution, and live the alternative nativity scene that didn’t make the gospel. Kings (& queens) travel far and wide to the stable of Fire where it all began, for a festive celebration like no other…” and if previous year’s experiences are anything to go by, then it will be a pumping & prolific party to plunder, Orange standing on its own two feet this year rather than previous Chrimbo combo’s with that other Christmas institution Trade.
So what’s on offer? Well citric sound splendour from start to finish as the D.J. line-up is pure Orange old school, The Sharp Boys, & Fat Tony on deck duty, while another original resident makes a special festive appearance, Gonzalo Rivas jetting in from his home & base of Valencia in what will be the first of a string of showings that include Beyond, A:M & WE Party, although he cannot contain his excitement for being back behind the Orange (potentially RAW) decks on Christmas night, so much so that he has laid down a special compilation to mark the occasion and one you should go grab without delay by clicking on http://orangenation.podomatic.com/entry/index/2012-12-20T08_37_46-08_00 while his set will definitely be one to savour. However, with the party kicking off at Fire this Tuesday (25th Dec) at 11 p.m. and the event running through till 7 a.m., plus with the potential of not just one but two rooms of fun, the D.J. set length maths dictate that the so called “…special guests…” will be required for duty, likely includee’s being Verity Mayes & playing partner Bryony Masters, while if they are in town, both The Oli & Paul Martin may be called up, the prospect of all these spinning stars sorting the Christmas night sounds surely too much to resist. So, having netted your hook, line & sinker, all we now need to say is go grab your advance tickets now, online at https://orangenation.ticketabc.com/events/orange-2-2-2-2-2-2/ still priced at just £10 or you can pay on the door although expect to pay more, further event info, should you need it, out at http://www.facebook.com/events/424553537610538/.
Then, the following night, another afterhours institution that has gone through a significant transformation during 2012, holds its “Boxing Day Blowout”, A:M Ultra flying the Orange Nation flag, given that it’s a Wednesday and Onyx, which would normally occupy this slot, has all but disappeared from the capitals clubbing circuit, in a way a victim of its own success, like a tormented city trader having burnt itself out after a hectic three seasons at the top of the Friday tree. However, while to the naked eye, Onyx is no more, with an inside track along with informed information, Onyx has actually been absorbed by A:M, which under the superb steership of none other than prolific promoter Steven Sharp, has gone all “Ultra” on us, shifting & extending is previous afterhours status into the realms of nightime clubbing too, this traditional Saturday morning meet becoming a Friday frolic aswell. And given the souped up size & substantial standing with the Orange Nation weekly clubbing/event schedule, it seems wholly appropriate that A:M “Ultra” has been granted this much prized Boxing Day slot, Mr Sharp pleased as punch that he has landed this cracking Christmas schedule stocking filler for his club, he remarking to us that “…Boxing Day has always been a traditional favourite party night to celebrate with friends and an excellent opportunity to dance and burn off any inches from Christmas Day excess!…” especially for those that didn’t make it to Orange the previous night.
As for the event, the first big “Blowout” piece of news is that A:M “Ultra” once again switches from his native home Fire, moving across to splendid sister (and in our opinion the much better suited) Area, Steven also revealing that the venue “…will be transformed into a snow setting, with all new decor, new visuals & loads of pyrotechnics to make the party GO BANG!…” we concurring that there is no better place than Area with its superior lighting, layout & atmosphere to push these plans to prolific prominence. And Steven is pulling out all the team stops, hostess with the mostest HRH Minty, with her little elf helpers Danny Boyce & Louise Port all on duty & handing out mince pies and Xmas sweets, while the D.J. line up oozes A:M from its main room pores, the star studded line up including Jamie Head, Gonzalo Rivas, D’Johnny and newish resident players Matt Bogard & Ania, all playing “…playing the contemporary supercharged house…”, the sounds extending to a second space where Onyx takes pop music charge in the heavenly hands of Tasty Tim & DMS. So, with a line up like that, this is sure to be the billed “Boxing Day Blowout With A Bag”, Area’s doors opening this coming Wednesday (26th Dec) at 10 p.m. and the vent running through to a planned 8 a.m. finish, advance tickets available online at https://orangenation.ticketabc.com/events/m-3-2-2-2-2-2/ priced at an early bird (still available) £10 or the standard £12, while with an ad/flyer it’s that same standard price on the door till midnight or £15 without & after, this surely an Xmas disco diary must, especially if (unlike us) you have Thursday off.
So those are the two Orange Nation Christmas week headline events, but what about the rest? Well on Thursday (27th Dec), the team point you in the direction of Room Service who hold a pre-party for WE “Vogue which takes place on N.Y.D., this followed by Gravity at Covert from midnight until 8.am. Then moving to Friday (28th Dec) A;M “Ultra is back and back at its home Fire, doors opening at 11 p.m. & the club running superlate (translated as post Saturday morning dawn), while just fifteen or so hours later, awesome afterhours Beyond rolls out yet another of its infamous “Midnight” meets, that is from zero o’clock on Sunday 30th Dec) running through till another superlate billing, we suspect 10 or 11 a.m. Then completing the Christmas week picture is Later, which itself is on the move for a one-off Sunday daytime disco dervish at Covert, making this a perfect hop, skip & jump from Beyond at next door Area, proceedings kicking off at 11.30 a.m. & the club running through till 7/8 p.m. details of all these events due out at http://orangenation.co.uk. Then, after a resting respite on New Year’s Eve, the “Golden Ticket” trio takes charge, Beyond NYD, WE “Vogue” & Orange “WE Afterhours” the £40 combined ticket package which is brilliant value so worth a mini mention now, this terrific ticket combo available online now at https://orangenation.ticketabc.com/events/new-years/ while details of what it offers is up at http://facebook.com/events/128980950589187/, while watch this space for special New Year Focus features on Beyond, WE & Orange, as well as an Extra Bites post on Beyond “Midnight”, all coming up later this week.
So, spending Christmas week on the Orange Nation dancfloors is truly a seven day prospect & affair for some, while work commitments look like restricting us to that institutional tradition that is Fire on Christmas night, although we wholeheartedly support all seven soiree’s as prominent places to be seen on the scene this festive season, meaning you should “Go There! Be There!” (DISCO MATT)
The build up was mind boggling, the anticipation was at fever pitch and our emotions were on a knife edge, but as the reality & then enormity of WE Party London’s “Formula 2” event began to play out, we were totally amazed by this awesome anniversary, but what made this WE the best ever?!?
When it comes colossal & captivating clubbing and to staging spectacular shows, creating that wow factor, it seems the Spanish have it down to a fine art, a whole host of brands both well established & relatively new to the game, proving that no other nation can touch them in terms of size, spectacle & theatre. Yes the Brazilians have a good crack, The Week an excellent example, while Italy’s Muccassassina has a reputation for eye catching entertainment. But, for us especially, it is the likes of Matinee, SuperMartXe, La Troya, Cafe Ole & Space that have held and (in some cases) continue to hold the key when it comes to what has become an amazing addition to the clubbers experience on the capitals circuit. Indeed, who can forget the significant splash that Matinee made when it first landed in London back in 2006, a subsequent five season stint seeing it pretty much transform the style of what we would term as super size clubbing, opening a floodgate for others to follow, SuperMartXe then stepping up showtime yet another level, who can forget “Under The Sea”, “Hot Wheels” & Samurai”, each showcasing spectacular effects & props that set that standard bar higher than any other club before it.
But there was to come a new pretender to this colossus clubbing crown, a brand born out of the desire for something quite daring, dynamic & different and one that from the minute it marked its first meet on the capital’s clubbing circuit calendar, not only turned heads but got tongues wagging with it’s simple yet striking name & its first party theme, both which would set it on the road to not only succeeding SuperMartXe to the top of the London clubbing tree, but knocking into virtual oblivion as it wooed & wowed clubbers with its “New Formula” of fun. Yes, it was December 2010 and WE Party had landed in London, nothing short of pulling the rug from under SuperMartXe’s feet, leaving it floundering in the wings while WE stood smartly in the spotlight, its USB, the now infamous LED displays on a more gigantic scale than had ever seen before, while that formula of fun has exuded from every single event since that London launch, WE not scared of poking fun at itself, themed events such as “Attacks”, drawn from the Mars Attacks film & “Candy” very much a parody of Charlie & The Chocolate Factory, while “Fast Food” was seen as some as quite tacky but that was exactly the point.
Yet while WE may have been born & bred in Madrid, in London and venue The Coronet, it had a set up that virtually mirrored La Riviera both in size and stature, while in the two years WE Party has been captivating clubbers in the capital, they have been fortunate to see no less than a dozen premiere’s of successive event themes, just 2012 along seeing “Safari”, “Pharaoh”, “Fast Food” & “Hi Japan” all splash their splendour in London first, while “Fluro” remains an exclusive event that has yet to be shown elsewhere. However, the wonder of WE has achieved so much more than its predecessor which, while championing cutting edge clubbing, had a serious style & uncomfortable attitude to it, while Victor Pallas & his team have been at pains to propel that fun element, not just through the themes, the stage shows & those now instinctive LED displays, but also through the music, lightening the mood with more vocal injections & less of the tough tech & tribal that had begun to dominate the euro-style clubbing sound. And with Spanish superstar Carlos Gallardo on board, they had the perfect protagonist of this new lighter & more upbeat musical movement, while the capital’s ace in the playing card pack, Steve Pitron, proved as much of a heavenly house music hand as his Balearic buddy, these two incredible individuals more than any others, making an unbeatable WE combination that would further propel London as the premier place to purvey these prolific parties. So, with the 2nd anniversary looming, it came as no surprise that the capital would once again show the way for Spain to follow, the fevered anticipation for & expectation of WE’s birthday bash “Formula 2” totally consuming us for not just hours or days, but weeks before that actual night itself.
However that night was with us, a liaison with the mini Pitron posse before arriving at The Coronet only served to heighten that fevered anticipation and, now, excitement, that what we had told ourselves would be the best WE party yet, had the feeling that it was going to be just that, beautiful Brazilian Bel’s nerves worse than ours, while our new found friend and disco babe, James, was the calming influence amidst this clatter of pre-clubbing cacophony. However, with a hop, a skip & a jump (or rather a car sprint) we found ourselves revving our valves at the doors of this “Formula 2” event, the warming welcome of both JJ Clark & Tom Fuller serving to further calm our emotional engine that was ready to roar into action. And it wasn’t long before we were in, both AAA & VIP passes in hand, heading for the stage which was to prove our primary stomping ground for the majority of this superb 2nd anniversary spectacle. And on the stage in his own pole playing position was D’Johnny, who had already set the early “Formula 2” race rhythm pace, sprinting off the sound starting line akin to Michael Schumacher, weaving in & out and up & down his tech infused track of tunes with exceptional effect, a crowd that was building before our very eyes, lapping up his twists & turns as he shot through a captivating chicane of sound choices including his ultimate WE track pick, his own bootleg of Michael Gray, Damism & Rae’s “You Will Remember”.
However, it was the VIP balcony that was our next destination, although we steering ourselves towards to front bar first to pick up our firm friend James, at the same time bumping into familiar faces aplenty, not least old Industri pal Chris Wilcox who was making his first foray to WE in a while and was keen to catch up on lost time. So, having completed our own little catch up with Chris, it was our first pit stop for refreshments that was the order of the marshalled moment, the VIP balcony already brimming with boys & girls eager to let their party hair down, Mark’s McKenzie & Williams amongst them, while Verity Mayes was in our midst too, although it would be Mr Pitron & his tickling pranks that was play out for the next part of this engrossing event, Steve chasing & goading us as well as employing the services of strangers to surprise & trap us into ticking squirms & squeals, much to the delightful hilarity of both Mark’s & many around. But while we were distracted by these Pitron pranks, The Coronet was filling out like never seen before, a glance of the dancefloor seeing wall to wall bodies, spinning & swaying to D’Johnny’s superb sounds, the stage & LED displays still to fire into full-on action, although the atmosphere was already amazing, a real buzz about the place, very much akin to an F1 circuit, shimmering as the score of racing cars circulate with stunning speed.
But the already significant sound speed of this “Formula 2” was about to substantial shot in the heavenly house music arm from scene superstar Steve Pitron who, behind our back, had sprinted across to the stage ready for his set and was waving us over, text messages calling for our company vibrating in our pocket and before we could grab our own pole position next to our premier player, Mr Pitron had swept aside his Schumacher podium player, D’Johnny heading for a race retirement, while, like Sebastian Vettel, our man hit the front with a bonanza of beats that starting with the crowd pleasing “Somebody I Used To Know”, while the enormity of this all-encompassing experience was already beginning to erupt our emotions, both Bel & Steven Galo by our side, through no fault of their own, making tear tumbling matters worse. But it was Steve Pitron’s perfectly positioned picks that would prove the trademark tears catalyst, first “Timebomb” hitting us hard, then “Can’t Stop Me” living up to its title, as our joyful tears were now on constant tap, the lengthy build up to this “Formula 2” event manifesting itself in a release never seen on this scale ever before. But the magic of the music & our privileged pole position on stage had left our disco babe James bereft on the dancefloor we checking in to make sure he was okay, before allowing ourselves to further sink into the splendour of what would prove yet another pitch perfect Pitron performance of a scintillating set.
Now we were ready for the stage shows to commence, the drop dead gorgeous dancers, all scantily dressed, passing by us within touching distance as they sought to assume their positions, although this would prove one of a couple of false starts, drive through penalties served while Steve’s sound selections continued to erupt our emotions. With Bel’s favourite tune of now, “To The Moon & Back” one, we succumbed to “Symphony”, galloped to “Gotta Be You” & dived into “I Do”. But as if all this activity wasn’t exciting & enthralling enough, a tap on our shoulder saw Balearic beatmaster Carlos Gallardo appear, this one of the huge highlights we had been looking forward to, he giving us a huge hug & then falling into an impromptu dance with us as well as catching up ahead of his own spectacular set. But with the dancers back, including Elektra Paris & Le Menor, who, just like Carlos & Steve, are intrinsic individuals without whom WE in London is never the same, while we remarking to ourselves that our vocation at this pivotal point in “Formula 2” proceedings, that our vocation doesn’t get any better, to be on stage with all these stars, now including P.A. Soraya Naoyin, while camera clickers Nico Montenegro & Chris Jepson were also on hand shoot all these stars of the simply superb show & spectacle that has already become the best WE party in London yet.
With the first of two Soraya P.A. performances over, it was back to those trademark tumbling tears for us, as further Steve selections would erupt our emotions, so much so that we needed to take our leave of the stage, having soaking up the unfolding fabulous string of “Formula 2” inspired visuals, these without doubt the best we have seen at a WE party yet, our retreat away from the stage only serving to substantiate that claim, the while chequered flag effect in front of the D.J. booth & the expanse of multi faceted formula style imagery impressive to say the least. But with a complete calamity with ordering a drink for the prolific disco spinning Steve, sending us to & fro between the main & VIP bars dampening our stratospheric spirits that had been speeding Scuderia style, a simply stupid stocking slip up leaving us lacking the lemonade for our D.J.’s drink, although all that was to be forgotten in an instant as the next Pitron pick sent us soaring again, the towering Taito Tikaro track “Not Alone” brandishing us breathless with its brilliance, this the first time it had captivated us in a club. And it seemed we weren’t alone, the sea of revellers below us on the dancefloor reacting resplendently, as they had for his whole set. However, there was still more to come, an what a track it would be, Steve’s own ultimate WE choice a recent find that had spellbound us from the moment its majesty marauded us, “Beautiful Lie” the perfect curtain call to an equally perfect performance, while the last Steve sound shout would go to “Must Be The Feeling” another towering & tear tumbling tune.
So, it was now Carlos Gallardo’s turn to try & set the “Formula 2” sound lap record that had be scored by Steve with each successive superb selection, although not before Soraya had completed her second stint on stage, her anthem, the Albert Neve classic “She Loves” a sure-fire inclusion certainty. But the spotlight was on the Fernando Alonso of the WE Party “Formula 2” package, as our Spanish superstar D.J. set about delivering a dance dream of a drive that would have made his F1 comparable proud, a brilliant blend of tech infused treats & uplifting vocal injections, a string of Adele choices playing into the capacity cavorting clubbing crowds hands, not least our disco babe James, whom we had joined down on the main floor and who was showing his dancing dexterity to dynamic effect, outstripping many of those performing on stage & certainly impressing us immensely. But with Steve in close call & hardly room to swing a cat in a space that was crammed with cavorters including Celso & plenty more of the Brazilian bunch, Mhardeen spotting us from afar, while Luis was flying, it would be the Pitron tickling pranks that would leave us cowering in the corner, even James piling in, one amusing attack after the other leaving us sunk in submission. Our antics aside, Carlos was still the centre of attention, his set showing at “Formula 2” akin to that Fernando Alonso comparable, the words brilliance, character, consistency, excellence, exuberance & flair, exemplifying what was a solid & sterling set that captivated the capacity crowd from start to finish, cementing him as a capital & Coronet clubbing crowd favourite.
With the action far from over, there was still plenty to savour as Carlos ploughed deep into his set showing, the Room Service second space having pulled in a considerable crowd of its own, Jodie Harsh’s deck turn complimented by resident regulars Fat Tony & Ariel, while hardly a space or spot was left untouched or filled throughout the venue, “Formula 2” without doubt the most popular WE event in London so far. And with the usual respite relax on the VIP balcony leaving us clambering for room to breathe, while back down on the dancefloor we were struggling to find our dancing feet due to simple lack of space, a sudden question mark hanging over whether there were too many people packed into the place to make it an enjoyable enough experience, having called time on this resplendent race, our retirement down to an agonising back, on seeing D.J. pal Pier Morrocco out front, we got the full perspective of the dreaded coatcheck issues, the lengthy lavatorial queues & the extended waits at the bar, all a product of the packed out popularity of this WE wonder. However, as we sunk into a sub zero Sunday morning to wend our way home, our overriding thoughts feelings were of appreciation into adoration, excellence to exhilaration & satisfaction to subliminity.
So what else can we say about this WE 2nd anniversary event that we haven’t already said? Well, having experienced virtually every single outing here in London since the launch back in 2010, we can say with confident qualification that this best by a long shot in comparison to the pack of parties, some of which we mentioned earlier. Yet while we acknowledge that “Formula 2” had some way to go to top “Safari” as our favourite & most fabulous WE party in London, it did so in leaps & bounds and in virtually every department, from visuals, to dance displays, from lighting effects to the magnificent music, all these indelible ingredients combining to make one enthralling event that has pushed the partying pedestal this brilliant brand already finds itself on in the capital, to new dizzy heights. And with so many people playing their part, we couldn’t conclude without sending major thanks to Victor Pallas & the whole of his Spanish crew, to Aaron Elder, Ben Kaye, Tom Fuller & the whole Orange Nation team in London, all who made both this gigantic gathering and all the others before it possible, along, of course, with the capacity crowd of clubbers, many faces familiar, others not so, that are also part of this prolific partying picture, special mentions to Bel, to, Celso, Steven Galo, Julia, Fabio, Mhardeen, and to Luis, but especially to our disco babe James who has breathed new life into this old dog in more ways than one and who proved captivating company even if we remain guilty for deserting him for our privileged position on the stage.
But with spectacular stage show performances also acknowledged, it is the D.J.’s who get the lion’s share of our plaudits, some sets we missed, while others we savoured, Paul Heron apparently playing out to a packed audience till close, while those Room Service spinners played the second space part to perfection. Indeed, such was the impression made upon us but the “Formula 2” D.J. drivers come players, we only thought it appropriate to celebrate the sounds from this stunning spectacle in a special feature and while we gave proportionate attention to each of the three, we remained reluctant to place them on that players podium, the temptation to nominate positions one, two & three tempered until now. And so, akin to their F1 comparables, for fans & followers of the 2012 season, it will come as no surprise that we find D’Johnny in third, while a superb set from Carlos Gallardo, in any other company would have made it to that premier podium position, he once again proving to us why we hold him in such high regard compared to his Spanish compatriots, not to mention his countryman Fernando Alonso. But it was Steve Pitron, the Sebastian Vettel of this “Formula 2” foray who crossed the chequered flag first, a simply stunning set that left us emotionally enthralled throughout, his choice picks hitting every heavenly house music mark we could mention, highlight ones without doubt “Not Alone” & Beautiful Lie”, while we would go as far to say that, just like this wonderful latest WE event & like his specially devoted podcast, this was the most phenomenal Pitron performance we have witnessed, no more to say. (DISCO MATT)
A capacity crowd of clubbers came cavorted & were captivated by what is already being hailed as the best WE Party in London yet, stunning stage show visuals, matched by an amazing atmosphere & exceptional entertainment which was masterminded by the mesmeric music from a podium position pack of players, meaning we simply had to serenade these stunning sounds in a special feature ahead of our resplendent event review.
With the most awesome anniversary on the 2012 capital clubbing circuit mere hours old, WE Party celebrated two years of triumphant turns with their “Formula 2” event at The Coronet last night (Sat 1st Dec), boasting a main room D.J. line-up that matched the towering talent found on the front rows of a grand prix grid. And so given the magnitude of the mesmeric music delivered by this “Formula 2” dream team of dynamic drivers, we couldn’t let these magical music memory making moments pass without sharing some of those scintillating sounds, while also focussing on the fabulous three fella’s that, from our privileged position on stage, each stormed off the starting grid with their wonderful WE music making . We will naturally make reference to their set showings, while also pointing you to podcast pages & video clips, although while no proper Grand Prix podium position is right without a first, second & third slot, we will leave it to your imagination as to who we placed where in our WE “Formula 2” ranking, while for those followers of F1, some of our references may possibly give the game away.
So we come to our first podium position contender and the D.J. that set the early race rhythm pace, Berlin based D’Johnny sprinting off the sound starting line akin to Michael Schumacher, weaving in & out and up & down his tech infused track of tunes with exceptional effect, a crowd that built before our very eyes lapping up his twists & turns and he shot through a captivating chicane of sound choices. Indeed, with his experience playing for WE party akin to his F1 comparable, D’Johnny having played at virtually all the London events and having represented the brand in Madrid for the last two years, he has become part & parcel of Victor Pallas promotional & player pack, although with a career behind the decks that has seen him play for brands such as A:M, Beyond, A:M, Later, Matinee, Salvation, SuperMartXe & UP, while a multitude of venues across the capital have played witness to his magnificent music, his long standing friendship with fellow Swede Per QX manifesting mounds of magical memories from the Barcode days as well as a recent appearance for Per’s party Gutterslut.
But the D’Johnny sound story stretches much further afield, he having played out in countries across the near continent, city stop offs including Amsterdam, Barcelona, Madrid, Paris & Rome, while Egypt, Ibiza, Israel, Miami, New York, Rio, Shanghai & Sydney all mean that his music has been much marvelled across the globe. That aside, D’Johnny hit the club promotions trail a few months ago, masterminding the re-launch of iconic underground club brand, Detox, and while to received a mixed reception on its first outing, the second showing was much stronger which has set it on a capital clubbing circuit calendar return in the early New Year. All that aside, having moved from the capital a couple of years ago, from his base in Berlin, D’Johnny also dips his toe into the recording studio from time to time, many of the podcasts produced re-pressings of his performances at many of the clubs mentioned above, a considerable collection available through his podcast page at http://djohnny.podomatic.com/, each one symptomatic of his style of sound so well worth a listen. In addition, he has a soundcloud site where you will find two podcast pressings developed straight from the studio, “Deep Pool Mix” & “Winter Warmer Chill Deep” both accomplished & appetising additions to his live sets, so well worth adding to your collection by going to http://soundcloud.com/djohnny.
But back to last night as like his other two podium position players, to mark WE’s 2nd Anniversary, D’Johnny was asked to nominate his ultimate WE track, he plumping for his own bootleg of one of our favourite tracks from last year, the Michael Gray, Damism & Rae “You Will Remember”, here in main mix form
while Johnny’s version neatly samples in another favourite of ours which, for quite a while was simply known as “track 3” but was eventually revealed as the towering tune “I Really Want To Say”, one produced by the studio partnership of Etienne Ozborne & Zolton Kontes, featuring the vocals of Polina and one sure to feature in our 2012 top 40 track chart
D’Johnny cleverly combining the two, both which have vocal infusions that seem to stamp mark the WE formula of fun through uplifting & euphoric sounds. And it went down an absolute storm last night, for us probably the highlight of this superb Swede’s set, so is a sound well worth sorting into your stack by going to his soundcloud site or by clicking on direct link http://soundcloud.com/djohnny/michael-gray-danism-rae-you.
Onto the second set showing at this WE “Formula 2” event and one we had been anticipating with accelerated excitement from the day his inclusion was announced to the actual day of his appearance, the pressing of a specially devoted podcast only serving to heighten the unbelievable build up & emotional entrapment that had completely consumed us. Indeed, it would be fair to say that 2012, musically & otherwise, has been dominated by one Steve Pitron, a towering talent for whom we have been following for a over a baker’s dozen of years, the early days bookmarked by our weekly cavorting to his magnificent music at uber cool underground club Crash, while more latterly it is Beyond for which we are indelibly linked, the connection between us on our spot & him in the D.J. something quite unique & special. But Steve’s gig repertoire is much more varied & extensive than that, the likes of Horizon, Juicy, Matinee, Orange, PLAY>TIME, PSP, Room Service & SuperMartXe among others, he having pretty much been at the top of his game since making the short switch from homeland Essex to London, the crowds reactions to his sets, his popularity among party heads & his solid reputation for always coming up with the goods, lifting a drab party & commanding a fabulous following incomparable with any other D.J. on the capitals clubbing circuit we could wish to mention.
But as much as Steve’s live sets are nothing short of scintillating each & every time he plays, without exception, it is his podcast productions, particularly this year, that attract amazing attention, the walls of social networking sites lighting up with fevered activity as either the anticipation of or the actual release of his podcasts make headline house music news. Indeed, like that fabulous following the download figures on his productions speak volumes more than any other, “Jan 2012” for example attaining a number exceeding 63,000, while the following three releases combined with the former exceed 178,000, this from a podiatric database he was forced to build from scratch last year, previous numbers way in excess of this. However, while each & every Pitron podcast production mesmerises us with its magical music, his mixing simply sensational & seamless, it is this “WE Formula 2” compilation that has, unequivocally comprehensively consumed us since its release on 18th November, this towering twenty one track triumph erupting our emotions, tumbling our tears & shivering our spine with its spectacular sound selections with the same magnitude now, some fifteen days down the line. With a stunning remix of “Symphony”, the scintillation of “Strange Fruit”, the magic of “Murder The Dancefloor” & the soaring “Stand Alone” showing a deep & delirious size to Steve’s sounds, the balances it beautifully with uplifting vocal tracks that engulf our emotions, “Finally I”, “Can’t Stop Me”, “Naturally” & “Let The Sunshine” right up there, while there are two which are something extra special which we will come to shortly, this masterful mix an absolute must addition to your collection by hitting on his podcast page http://stevepitronsessions.podomatic.com/ & heading for the download button.
But we haven’t talked about his set last night yet and while we were expecting a prolific performance we could never have imagined just how incredible it would be, Steve sending the crowd senseless from the start, racing off his own starting grid position like Sebastian Vettel, “hitting them with “Somebody I Used To Know” as we sped to our privileged position on the stage, our arrival simultaneously hitting us with the realisation that, after all the anticipation of the previous weeks, it was actually happening. So as tracks unfolded, our tears tumbled like never before, “Timebomb”, “Can’t Stop Me”, “To The Moon & Back” & a 2012 remix of “Gotta Be You” all having the same effect. But the best (how could it get better) was yet to come as, out of the blue came “Not Alone” the DHP dance dream featuring the vocals of Sunday Girl given the terrific remix treatment by Taito Tikaro, along with studio partner Flavio Zarzi
the first of those two extra special tracks from Mr Pitron’s podcast we deluded to. Indeed, with Taito having ascended in our estimations beyond belief this year, “Lady Luck”, “Lift Me Up” & My World” three exceptional examples of this truly dynamic D.J./Producer’s wonderful work, while “Not Alone” is without doubt off the scale in comparison. However, we were to be hit by another heavenly house hit that, until the production of this WE podcast, was heading for a top three spot in our Y.E. chart, Nero’s “Must Be The Feeling given the Funkagenda remix treatment,
and one that may still make it in, despite the stiff competition. However, there would be one track that would dominate Steve spectacular set and it was the one he selected when asked to name his ultimate WE track, he saying of “Beautiful Lie” in Keemo re-release format, featuring the vocals of Cosmo Klein, “…I think it is great for WE, a quality cover version of the Yaov classic from a few years ago and I cannot wait to play it…”, his choice of the Dick-Ray remix
that second extra special track selection from his WE podcast and one that totally stopped us in our tracks with its brilliance when we first heard it two weeks. And as you can imagine it has erupted our emotions ever since, not least on stage with Steve last night and has every chance of wrestling that Y.E. chart topping spot from the equally emotionally enthralling “Take Me Higher”.
So that was Steve’s set but there was another podium position contender in The Coronet “Formula 2” anniversary event circuit last night and it was Spanish superstar Carlos Gallardo, without doubt the D.J. face of WE both home & abroad, having been on board since the brand launched in December 2010, he in the thick of the action at the first “A New Formula” outing here in London. But having been fortunate to see Carlos play in Barcelona for WE, as well as here in the capital, we can also count ourselves extremely honoured to have made a connection with him & his marvellous music at a number of WE events this year, “Safari” a purple patch moment in time when we dived into an impromptu “doing the Disco Matt” dance with him on stage, while subsequent showings have seen us support his sets from the stage, he always appreciative of our encouragement and actually admirably modest when it comes to his stature & standing with WE. But we have said before and will say again, no WE party is quite the same without him, his set showing at “Formula 2” akin to Fernando Alonso’s 2012 grand prix season, brilliance, character, consistency, excellence, exuberance & flair, all words to exemplify what was a solid & sterling set that captivated the capacity crowd from start to finish, cementing Carlos as a capital & Coronet clubbing crowd favourite.
His set showing yesterday aside, Mr Gallardo flies the WE flag fabulously, being an intrinsic ingredient in their “On Tour” programme, while he is known right across his homeland Spain, particularly the Balearics, his involvement with radio show, Clubbing Is Moving, having made him a household airwave name with many and from which he has laid down a series of compilations, currently extending to thirteen. And while his recording studio activity is generally centred around track production, through his Mixcloud site, Carlos, in addition to the above series, has composed another series of “World Tour Sessions” the first inspired by his trip to London for WE “Fast Food”, while Mexico & Tel Aviv are two other destinations in Carlos’s globetrotting that have been captured in compilations, the latter marking his gig alongside the D.J. darling of Israeli’s, Offer Nissam, each & every one worthy additions to your collection by heading to http://mixcloud.com/djcarlosgallardo/. But the podcast picture doesn’t end there, as there is a minicast out there from WE “Candy” the theme that set a significant standard that subsequent parties have aimed themselves at, one still available at http://wepartylondon.podomatic.com/player/web/2011-05-16T06_26_59-07_00, while before they days of WE, club promoter Logan Schmitz featured Carlos on a couple of his “Presents” podcasts, marking his appearances for SuperMartXe.
But what of those tracks?, well, while there had been a host of track productions before it, the one that would really put Carlos on the production podium, especially in terms of WE, was “We (Eloise)”, a track adopted by the brand as its original anthem for the “A New Formula” launch & successive parties into 2011, Mr Gallardo employing the vocal services of Bobby Alexander for the 2010 release
although it would be PA Peyton that would perform the track at WE parties across the “on tour” programme, his performance at “Attacks” in London on NYD 2011 probably the singular best we have seen at any club or event EVER, that is how good it was. And this impromptu collaboration has since led to a number of projects between the two, the first full-on track production being “Let It Go”, while it would be the latest recording creation that our Mr Gallardo would name as his ultimate WE track, “Desert Rose” having centred stage his set last night
and one sure to signal further collaborations between the two. But if we were to choose our ultimate Carlos Gallardo track, it would be the superbly spectacular “Feel It Inside” which, for us, shouts his Spanish roots from every orifice and with the vocals of diva icon Rebeka Brown making this a tune worthy of our Y.E. top 40 track chart rundown, although as fabulous it is, it does face some stiff competition, 2012 having been a great year for music, particular from Spain, Carlos very much in the hunting pack of prolific Espaniol players.
So, that’s it for our special feature on our WE podium position pick of players, three marvellous men whose set performances were a pleasure to behold and who certainly proved to us that, in their heavenly house hits hands, Music Is The Answer! (DISCO MATT)
It came & it conquered, brushing the competition aside with a new formula of fun, the whimsical wonder that is WE wowing & wooing the capitals clubbing circuit cavorters comprehensively. Now, two years down their terrifically roaring race track, this brilliant Spanish brand marks a second formula foray with a chequered flag celebration that looks set to be its best bash yet.
There was a time in the capitals clubland when it was all about home-grown brands, London promoters ruling the waves with clubs such as Trade, Crash, Salvation, Discotec & DTPM along with plenty more besides, the rich tapestry that was late twentieth century clubbing, without doubt, a prolific purple patch period when the scene effectively came out of the shady & sedate closet. Yet it would be Spain that London would turn to in order to emulate the spectacular staging shows that signify the scene across the waters, that now common place term in capital clubbing, “the Spanish Armada Invasion” dominating proceedings with bigger & brasher bashes, Matinee the first, followed by a flood of others including La Troya, Space, Cafe Ole & SuperMartXe, the latter probably the most attention grabbing & headline hitting of all. Indeed had it not been for SuperMartXe’s stunning show shows & pulsating parties, its successor to the capitals clubbing circuit crown would never be in existence, yet with that inevitable merry-go-round of brands either fading into also ran status or dropping off the clubbing calendar completely, plus with the fevered desire for something fresh & fulfilling, Spain was once again to come up trumps with a new brand & a new formula, the promoter in recognising that there is no I in team, simply decided to call this new brave brand WE.
So WE was born and that simply analogy that with far too many “I’s” in our lives, this brilliant brand immediately struck a chord with clubbers, that new formula playing out to prolific effect, virtually simultaneously from its home in Madrid, as well as on the London stage, a stage that had been the coveted crown of SuperMartXe, but under controversial circumstances, had been wrestled away by WE, The Coronet in Elephant & Castle that very stage. Indeed, with the comparisons & similarities to La Riviera muted by many, it was London that, following the fabulous “Formula” launch, would seize the initiative, staging a whole host of themed party premiere’s, virtually every WE incarnation staged fits in the capital, notable examples this year alone including “Safari”, “Pharaoh”, “Fluro” & “Fast Food”, while the last outing, “Hi Japan” was also a London first. But the WE success story stretches much further than just these two capital cities, as the brand has spread its wonderful word around the globe, touching The America’s, both north & south, Australia, Europe and even the middle east, only Asia & Africa still to be touched by this barnstorming brand, South Africa & Singapore in the sights of Victor Pallas & his team. And that winning formula that has made WE so popular?, well just one word really, fun, the brand never taking itself seriously by daring to be dashing, flouting frumpiness & championing cheekiness, while its USP has to be those huge LED displays that dominate its landscape, while having stepped away from the sometimes monotone euro-beat musical style, WE injects uplift & euphoria by the bucket load.
With those solid foundations forming the cornerstones of this clubbing colossus, WE is ready to mark its 2nd anniversary in brilliant business, all eyes on London for the first (yes another premiere) in a series of what they are calling “Formula 2” events, not necessarily a new formula, but neatly combining that first foray theme with the 2 year milestone which is marked this coming Saturday (1st Dec), virtually exactly to the date & exactly to the day, as it was on Saturday 4th December 2010 that a freezing clod London welcomed the Spanish warmth of WE, so quite appropriate that it should repeat the occasion two years down the line. So what’s in store for this “Formula 2” event at the Coronet?, Well, as the London promotions team tell us, “…Two incredible years have flown by and London’s award-winning club sensation ‘WE Party’ continues to race ahead of the competition with full on production parties…” this year alone testament to that fact, as capacity crowds have packed out this converted south London theatre on each & every occasion, they continuing, “…As we prepare to lift the trophy with another ‘1st place’ in our second year, the WE crew pulls out all the stops to give a ceremony like no other, giving the green light on show-stopping special effects, mind-blowing visuals and heart-racing gogo shows and dancers…”. And we have no doubt that they will, this video just a teasing temptation of what to expect at this must attend event
Centre stage of, of course will be the D.J.’s and while podium positions one, two & three are common place on the race track, in this formula foray, an extra main room position has been made, as there are four fabulous players lining up of the “Formula 2” grid, attempting to win you over with their scorching sounds, no doubt attempting their own lap record of renditions and in doing so, avoid a track & tunes tyre change to reach that chequered flag of celebratory clubber appreciation. But that’s enough of F1 references for now, or is it? As the Fernando Alonso of the WE pack, Carlos Gallardo fights for pole, jetting in from Spain especially for the event, no WE party at The Coronet ever quite the same without his incredible influence, although he has stiff competition from the London team of superstars in a pole position sounds shoot out that includes the Sebastian Vettel of the scene, superstar Steve Pitron who, like his F1 comparable has that winning formula in his blood, having topped the annual D.J. awards on a number of occasions and, in the first of a two part specially devoted podcast to this “Formula 2” event, topped the Podomatic download chart, a better way to get you revved up for his rip roaring set (grid timing 1 till 3 a.m.) we cannot think of, so an essential listen by going to http://stevepitronsessions.podomatic.com/entry/2012-11-19T02_05_36-08_00, we thrilled to be back in our own pole position, right next to him on stage. Others lining up on the “Formula 2” grid include D’Johnny who is looking to sprint ahead of the pack at the start (he on first), while Paul Heron will be honing on the WE party lap record, rounding off main room proceedings straight after Carlos. But, akin to this second anniversary, there will be a second formula to fulfil, boutique clubbing brilliance Room Service having been given the green light in the second space, their own podium position players, Jodie Harsh, Fat Tony & Ariel, sure to set their own prolific party pace with lap time towering tunes.
So, with the Bernie Ecclestone of WE, Victor Pallas, overseeing these “Formula 2” proceedings and our own Charlie Whiting, Orange nation’s Aaron Elder very much the race controller for this chequered flag celebration at The Coronet, it’s now down to the dynamic detail as this second anniversary audacity takes place this coming Saturday (1st Dec), need we say where?, well the Coronet in E&C, doors opening at 11 p.m. and the event running through to a planned 7 a.m. finish, advance tickets definitely the way to go if you don’t want to get stuck in the pits waiting for a safe release, meaning a visit to the direct online link at https://orangenation.ticketabc.com/events/we-party-london-form/ will get you a paddock pass priced at £18 (yes all the early bird £10 & super advance £15 options raced away weeks ago), while you can also grab one into your hand by zooming into Prowler, Clone Zone (both stores) & 50 Dean St in Soho, Solarstation also offering a super joint tan & ticket package, while if you suffer a drive through penalty by missing the advance apex on these, you can always pay on the door, but expect to pay more. And like an F1 race programme, this WE party serves up its own style of practice session in the form pre-party paraphernalia, first “practice” at Room Service this Thursday (29th Nov) with Kris Di Angelis & DMS making a clean getaway, then Rupert St entertaining Paul Heron, avoiding the waved yellows on Saturday from 9 p.m. till close, more info on the first practice session at Room Service out at http://clubroomservice.com & http://facebook.com/events/418746198197087/, while, for the race itself, go to http://facebook.com/events/371392812947551/ &.or http://wepartylondon.com.
But we haven’t quite reached our own celebration chequered flag yet, as there will be no safety car on track when special & surprise PA, Soraya Naoyin takes her own podium position at the packed Cornet playhouse, she having performed at some of the biggest parties across Spain, her appearance at the Infinita closing party a real highlight
she having been taken on board by WE following that prolific performance, appearing for the brand on its “On Tour programme across Europe & the US, while she will be better know here in the capital for her vocal collaborations with D.J./Producer Albert Neve, the most notable hit being “She Loves” which will be part of her PA performance for sure, the 2012 remix by Taito Tikaro sure to be a feature in Steve Pitron’s set, this vivacious version also included on that phenomenal “WE Formula 2 Part 1” podcast.
So, come Saturday and as the five red lights are replaced by green for go, we reckon this WE “Formula 2” event will break more than just lap records as it will definitely be THE place to be & be seen on the scene, we naturally in the thick of the terrific celebratory chicane twists & turns, live transmission as we speed through the party race broadcasting via our nibble size tweets at http://twitter.com/discomatt, while if you see us, come say hi, naturally making sure you “Go There! Be There! (DISCOMATT)
We struggled to download it on Monday, were completely consumed by it on Tuesday, so planned to extol its virtues on Wednesday, but with the day one frenzy growing with each & every passing hour and the following four days ending in total destruction, it is only now, on day six, that we have summoned the strength of mind to piece together our review of Steve Pitron’s new podcast, “WE Formula 2 Part 1”, into this special super sized feature
From a tender age, there have been plenty of passions in our lives but nothing greater than music, mounds of significant moments both home in South Africa, here in London & on our travels, bookmarked by this magical medium, whether it be a single tune or a collection of tracks, artists or even film scores. Indeed, the list, if we were to make one, would be very varied, a generous genre of sounds from pop to classic, instrumental to vocal and much in between, although since that fateful day when we made our first steps into a club, it has been house music that has dominated those bookmarked moments. And while, like with every other genre, there are tracks that we readily recognise as being attached to places or people in time, it is also true that compilations hold magical memories of their own, especially when travelling, Mikey D’s “Lose Control” compilation forever about Paris, Danny Verde’s “Escape From Paradise” podcast lovingly linked to Berlin & Jamie Head’s “WE Attacks” mix inextricably connected to Brussels, just three examples of many more. However, back here in the capital there is one podcast producer that rules our airwaves, his prolific productions entertaining us virtually everywhere, whether it be spinning around London’s roads, sorting the weekly shop, heading to & from a club or even completing the household chores, our other three afore-mentioned men finding themselves in distinguished company when we reveal that it is Steve Pitron.
Yes, since summer 2010 (the compilation & the year) Steve’s sounds have well & truly dominated our musical minds, yes we have continued to promote a long list of others through our newsletters, focuses & features, but the common denominator, or perhaps better described as the returning point, is Mr Pitron & his podcasts. And, without exception, with each new release we are sent into a surreal spin by his sounds, some productions affecting us more than others, Steve having the uncanny knack & ability to hit our musical sweet spots so hard that those now infamous trademark tears tumble. Indeed, while these emotional eruptions are well documented in our regular reviews, it is when we are alone with his podcasts playing that they are exacerbated the enth degree, certain tracks causing spills as well as thrills, his “Jan 2012 Session” probably the most notable protagonist to date, although aspects of “Afterhours & Summer 2011” are equally responsible, as have proved his two “Summer 2012” compilations, stand-out tear tumbling tracks being “Take Me Higher” & “My World”, while superbly spine chilling & goose bump boasting moments occur on every single podcast of Mr Pitron’s, hence why we hold them in such high regard.
So when news hits of a new Steve Pitron podcast, it is headline grabbing musical material, not just for us, but for thousands around the world who clammer to add his latest compilation to their collection, the download figures making quite spectacular reading, “Jan 2012” for example reaching the dizzy heights of well over sixty thousand on Podomatic alone (he has iTunes & Soundcloud too), while stats across all the podcasts from just this year, exceed the 175,000 mark. And while we can count our downloads within that fabulous figure, we can also count ourselves as extremely privileged to have been a few hours or even a day ahead of the game, as this prolific podcast producer gifts us with advance copies of his new production pressings, but with the release of “WE Formula 2 Part 1” and this advance absent, we were akin to a Lotus at the back of an F1 grid that is left standing at the start. Indeed, following its release on Monday morning, while others sped to Steve’s podomatic page to grab their copy of his latest triumph, the hoards of house music heads racing ahead of us like Sebastian Vettel’s Red Bull car, we were left for dust as we grappled with computer glitches, meaning it was a good ten hours before we could get this most treasured prize into our collection. Moreover, while we were left floundering in a download failure frenzy, this Pitron podcast production was lighting up the walls of social networking sites everywhere, this amazing activity not just restricted to the usual faithful, but messages flying in from across the globe, sources including Sydney, New York, Rio & Cape Town, download figures simultaneously lighting up the podomatic board like never before. So it became quickly apparent to us that tons were tuned into this dynamically diverse direction Steve was taking them on with his 2nd WE devotion in four months, the directional twists & turns tighter than the Monaco grand prix circuit and more stunning than the spectacular storms at Sepang.
So, finding ourselves in our own pole position with the podcast, Tuesday was to become a momentous occasion as this wonderful “WE Formula 2 Part 1” production would be the very first to be nibble size reviewed on Twitter, we posting our thoughts, track by track, in a captivating commentary which soon served to highlight, not just the terrific twists & turns Steve was steering us through, but moreover the tear tumbling and emotionally enthralling journey this resplendently recognised phenomenal podcast was taking us on. Now, you can still see that live commentary for yourselves today by clicking on http://twitter.com/discomatt, but no review of a compilation this colossal would be complete without further commentary, although with hardly a touch paper width between all twenty one tracks found on this Pitron production, it is difficult for us to leave out a mention for any one tune. That said, there are some heavenly highlights, the opener “Finally I”, the first, and one that attaches huge emotional & sentimental value to a recently formed friendship, Alex Roque’s stunner having been given the rousing Crazibiza remix treatment here, while others tipping our nerve gangling, tear tumbling & spine shivering scales (all good feelings you understand) are “I Do”, “Symphony”, “Murder The Dancefloor”, “Strange Fruit”, “Stand Alone” & “Naturally”. Then we come to “Can’t Stop Me” Carlos Fas’s tune terrifically trapping us hook, line & sinker, the combination of vocals & tech/progressive beats simply breathtaking, this very much a pattern of the whole podcast, Steve somehow (and spectacularly) dipping in & out of the two with enthralling effect, vocals quickly replaced by full on tech and back, over and over again, again and again, until we effectively wave the white (rather than the chequered) flag of surrender to all these scintillating sounds.
But while all the above tracks are compelling enough, there are two that, like “Finally I”, stand out for us, we zooming to the end of the compilation to find the mind numbingly magnificent “Not Alone”, artist DHP employing the vocal services of Sunday Girl, while the version Steve has selected comes from Spanish superstar D.J/Producer Taito Tikaro (along with studio partner Flavio Zarza)
the duo having pulled out another incredible interpretation that matches the might of “My World” & “Lift Me Up”, very much like the first track on this Pitron production, proving prolific as a closer and very much tempting you to play the whole compilation over again, just how a curtain call tune should be in our books. However, if there was ever a track to completely stop us in our tracks, and we mean literally, as we had to suspend all work & other duties as the emotional enormity of it hit, was & remains “Beautiful Lie”, a last minute addition to this phenomenal podcast, but an inspired one as , like so many others, it sits right between two tech tracks and exemplifies all the terrific twists & turns that make this captivating compilation compare with the most compelling race & circuit on the Formula 1 calendar. Masterminded on this mix in an, as yet, unrevealed re-work format, the story behind how it made it here is tear jerking enough (could share it all although is pretty personal stuff), but when we searched through Youtube to find it, we came across a whole host of versions, Henri Josh’s remix one, DJ Paul’s another, while it was the video connected with the Chuckie, Ortzy & Nico Hamuy remix version that brought the whole story together for us, since when this masterful piece of music has attained the status enjoyed only by one other track this year, “Take Me Higher” having had a similar effect on us, those emotional eruptions, goose bump reactions & superbly spine shivering sensations so similar its uncanny.
Yet all these heavenly house music highlights aside, we can say with complete conviction that “WE Formula 2 Part 1”, from superb start to fabulous finish and track one to twenty one, has had an unprecedented effect on us, each & every time we press that play button, we immediately sinking into successive sensations that include our breath being taken away, our heart pounding, our stomach churning and (naturally) our trademark tears tumbling, each day these feelings becoming more intense, day by day and hour by hour, to the extent that, by close of play on day 5, we were left totally yet delightfully destroyed in a delirious dance music daze. But perhaps the most spectacular slice of this superb story was the news that news that this stunning Steve Pitron production made it to the number one Podomatic chart podium position (and remains there today), a richly deserved achievement which we exclaimed with just one word, awesome, this masterpiece in mixing proving to be just that, he yet again pushing our emotionally erupting envelope. So it is a podcast publication that we have not only named as our podcast of the week, but one that is surely destined to be our podcast of the year and quite possibly of all time, so one that we cannot recommend highly enough, such is the skill, diversity, dynamism, & splendour of each & every of the Steve sound selection, one you can download for free right now by going http://stevepitronsessions.podomatic.com, while a visit to permalink http://stevepitronsessions.podomatic.com/entry/2012-11-19T02_05_36-08_00 gives you the opportunity to “like” the podcast, pop on a message of appreciation and surely also add it to your podomatic playlist(s), over 8000 downloads so far making it the fastest achiever of any of his productions yet.
So, with all those emotions running through us in extolling the virtues of this colossal compilation,we couldn’t think of a better way to end our super sized review feature by echoing a track on this Pitron pressing that has been our catchphrase since we started out in life and what this phenomenal production shouts from every rooftop we can imagine, that being that in both Steve Pitron & this “WE Formula 2 Part 1” podcast, “Music Is The Answer!” (DISCO MATT)