Bigfoot’s Tea Party meets… Mr. Ties & Spencer Parker4th March, 2015

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Mr.Ties and Spencer Parker met each other as many people do in Berlin – taking shots at 8am in the Panorama Bar. But their relationship would be one to last much longer than the 48 hour weekend romances that often foster in the alleyways around Berghain. Fast forward a few years from when they first locked eyes, and their (sporadic, often hard to find) DJ partnership has become a match made in heaven (or hell – whatever your preference is) – as they thrive, (physically) feeding off each other while playing 8, 9, 10 hour sessions at Homopatik – one of the most exciting and free spirited parties Europe has to offer.

Here is what they had to say about it all ahead of their show at The Art School this Saturday.

Did you travel here by Ghetto Business Class?

MR. TIES: Me I travelled from the Roman ghetto suburb Torrino/Laurentina, but not ghetto business class, I actually dislike business class maybe because you are flying together with some weapon sellers or maybe some high priest child fucker… don´t let me continue. No please not for me I love my emergency exit in my economic class and so will stay like this forever. Also this DJ superstar is so done and dumb they are worse than playback singers… I want a DJ farmer, DJ worker, DJ painter – this rock star thing as to come to an end and i will work hard till i get reach this…

SPENCER: Of course I fucking did!!!!! Who the hell do you think you’re dealing with !??!?!?!?!!?!? “Ghetto Business Class” is my preferred term for Easyjet’s Speedy Boarding process, for just a little more, you can lord it over your fellow passengers and flounce on to the flight in front of the lot of them. Unfortunately, parents struggling with small children and pushchairs are also allowed to be given Ghetto Business Class status (free of charge for fucks sake ?!?!?!), but I’m currently working on a petition to put an end to this.

On VERY rare occasions i have been known to travel by “Ghetto First Class” – this is when you have no one in the two seats next to you and you can get a relaxing kip on your very own (almost) flat (kind of) bed…

Where did you guys first meet – was it love at first sight?

S: Put simply- YES! The slightly longer version is : I’d played at Panorama Bar and, unsurprisingly enough, if you know me, fancied a wee nightcap, and someone told me there was a great new party at ://About Blank and we should all go, so we did – and it was amazing. Great crowd, the sun was shining and great music too, of course. The next time I went back I met Francesco properly and gave him a big pile of shitty records I’d made and great records I’d signed on Work Them Records and I think he even played some them that same day – and we’ve been great buddies since!

T: Yes in the lost years spent enjoying myself in Pee Bar I saw Spencer many different times playing in there with Radio Slave and it was always fantastic – it was lot of years ago – I am kind of melancholic (toward) pee bar (now) with just a couple of 100 people all dancing…no one could shout cause it would come a angry German saying to shut the fuck up…oh nice times I miss. After 5 years spent there I decided to do something in my life to and so I started to do Homopatik…and magically one day I remember I was just outside sitting on the bench at ://About Blank, outside the first garden exit, it was kind of 2-3 o’clock and I think I see Maya – a girlfriend of mine coming with Spencer, totally shy…on her back then she introduced us and he was also coming with a bag full of black candies with music – I mean he brought all his complete back catalogue. I just thought again fuck this! Life is again a film – I mean Spencer Parker one of the DJ that I totally admired coming from nowhere to meet me, (who the fuck is Mr.Ties) and bringing even all his back catalogue. For sure I played all the records immediately after in Homopatik and the garden melted down! I don’t know if call it love at the first sight….

How long have you been DJing with each other – what do you get out of it that you wouldn’t when you DJ solo?

S: Well, we have only ever played together at Homopatik but we’ve done it five or six time now I think. I actually hate back to backs and basically never do them because, if you don’t really know the person well or they don’t know you, or theres not a certain amount of respect, they can be an utter disaster. So I only ever play back to back with people I know and like. I’ve played once with Boris, a few times with Radio Slave and at the last Work Them Records party we did, I played with DJ Richard and Dan Beaumont, but thats about it. I think the fact that I rarely do them makes it more fun for me. For me, playing with Francesco is just pure, riding by the seat of your pants fun! We both love house, techno and disco as well as a whole array of bizarre records you could barely categorise so, it’s just a great party vibe, I think. We can both easily feed of what the other one is playing and snap into that mode and, equally, we both love throwing in massive curveballs – so its the best of both worlds.

T: I usually don’t like back to back but with Spencer it was all different, it was like we were kids – magically the crowd kind of disappeared and we were just me and him and the music and the dance…I have to say I learned a lot playing together with Spencer as his experience is way much beyond mine…

Do you have any recommendations before embarking on a long Homopatik session – special fruits or vegetables, stretches?

S: Last year I played Homopatik for 14 hours, 9 on my own and the rest with Francesco back to back, I started at 10am and finished at midnight – so it was kinda like doing a long shift in a very crazy factory. I had breakfast at home and brought with me a sandwich, some bananas, a cake and that was about it I think. Oh, and about 20 bottles of Club Mate! I did get a few funny looks as it tucked into the banana…

T: Magnesium and for sure a good diet helps a lot…for sure if you go to gym even better…

Homopatik is one of our favourite parties in the world, why do you think everyone loves it so much?

T: I still think it’s just shitty party with some shitty DJs but I loves the people in there they really have a vibe…

S: There are so many reasons, really. I have been there as a clubber many times as well as someone playing there and I love to do both. Francesco and the whole crew have created their own world and don’t bow to many of the conventions that seem to engulf anyone starting a club night these days. They don’t book DJs because they are on a hyped label or because they’ve had a big record or they are the chosen warm up for a big name, the DJs are purely booked on their talent as a DJ, which, unfortunately, is a very rare thing nowadays. They also don’t announce the line ups, so people go there for the PARTY itself, which i think is just great. I’ve had many fun times dancing to a legend such as Danny Krivit playing in the garden and i’ve also had many amazing times dancing to Freddy K, Mad Alba, Akirahawks or Paolo. And there’s some guy called Mr Ties who isn’t bad either…! I think of Homopatik as a party, as opposed to a club night, and i don’t really think theres any higher praise than that, to be honest.

How would one go about joining the Berlin Amateur Dramatics Society?

S: Hahahahaha, you’d have to ask Radio Slave about that one! He was thinking of an artist name for the single he did for the Homopatik label and came up with that. I’ve remixed it and so has Francesco and I think it will be the second release on the label (if I remember right). And we are all good at serving up some DRAMA so it was a good fit for a project that involves us 3 loonys !

Spencer – your Work Them Records had some sick releases last year – what have you got planned for 2015?

S: A few things… The next release is a techno EP by CAIAZZO who is a new young producer from Queens, NYC. And after that i’m not too sure really… Hopefully a single from Dan Beaumont, a single from Bearweasel and there will be an EP coming from Behzad and Amarou who are residents at Concrete in Paris and really amazing DJs AND producers. Also, there will be a remix ep of my “Rights For Men” single that will feature Young Male, Adriana Lopez and ……………….. drumroll …………………………………………………………………. Mr Ties ! :)

Francesco – do you have plans for production? You have a “Rights For Men” edit coming soon on Work Them?

T: I have big plans actually for productions is coming up the remix I did for Spencer. Kind of dynamic danceable sound…and I’m going to open a new secret label, more music for outside the club but more music for really eclectic crowd, nothing for Britney and Madonna fun. Then should come my Homopatik DRAMA records and we are going to release new records – but first exclusively in Homopatik.

Tell us about your DJ set up for Saturday – there are going to be two rotary mixers, is that right?

S: Lord knows – I leave all the technical stuff to Francesco, i just turn up and hope to be adored !

T: Mmm is this new setup i wanted to try so we can be back to back but also butt to butt…I was thinking much already last time we played about this setup…We are going to play this summer in ://About garden again with this setup but with me dressed with turkish wedding dress and Spencer as istanbul man with beards…also right now practicing nearly every day piano so then we can play piano house on spot in the future.

What else can we expect from you guys?

S: I have absolutely no fucking idea – but thats all the fun of it, non…?

T: If you expect something then be afraid.

We feel Glasgow is a good fit for you both – do you agree?

S: I’ve been lucky enough to play there a few times and always had a blast – I once ended up in a wheelie bin at an after party in what seemed to be a corrugated iron tube. So, to answer your question, yes.

T: I still miss that Bigfoot´s party at Sub Club last year – it was one of the best party crowds. I love the crowd, this is the best…and for sure the love I met in the last year often traveling with my Glasgow cuties and sweeties OPTIMO.

Tell us something about yourselves that you never told anyone else…

T: I’m the bearded woman from the 1920 circus, I just travelled with a time machine and landed in 1986…

S: I’m actually a man…

18th February, 2015

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Jon K has spent the past 2 decades spinning, which might explain why his merits as a DJ are so comprehensively respected amongst his peers, fellow Hoya:Hoya residents and the countless others who’ve experienced his sets. Amazingly, from his first DJing experience in a dive basement in Leicester, to playing around the UK and Europe, it’s only now that his first physical mix release has surfaced. Entitled Loukanikos’ Dance, it’s been accurately described as “a labyrinthine lesson in the black art of DJing delivered by a pillar of Manchester dancefloors”. The constant accolade that follows his mixes and sets are his innate ability to seamlessly move a crowd (or listener) through the full tempo spectrum of heady disco dubs, cracked post-punk, hip-hop, astral jazz and all manner of top-shelf body movers.


As an adopted Manc of 20 years, Jon arrived in the city when the Hacienda was still open and City played at Maine Road, but the dominant Manchester music narrative is something he’s keen to debunk: “most people find the way it’s wheeled out pretty cringeworthy [...] what struck me when I moved up here (which was reinforced during my 10 years at Fat City records) was how some of the DJ’s and clubs that were arguably as popular / relevant to how the city developed musically often get overlooked by the mainstream timeline – places like the Gallery, PSV, Thunderdome & Konspiracy as well as DJ’s like Hewan Clarke, Jam MC’s & Andy Madhatter.”

However, he’s not one to be looking in the rear-view: “these days there’s an underground scene in the city that’s as healthy and diverse as ever… [Hoya:Hoya’s] last year of parties match up to any of those in the early days”. Hoya:Hoya still going strong after 7 years and their Fabric residency is certainly proof of that. For Jon it validates that “there’s a space for club nights that don’t wanna just play one tempo all night!”.

Growing up on a skateboard in the late 80s and citing Glen E Friedman’s Fuck You Heroes as a touchstone of his development, he recalls a session at Nottingham Rollersnakes ramp when asked about his musical memories attached to skateboarding “I’ve got a vivid snapshot of skating there to Dead Kennedy’s ‘Police Truck’ and probably being as happy I’ve ever been before and since.” with that in mind it seemed fitting to ask him to give us a slightly nostalgic selection of his favourite tracks used on skate vids.

Jon K's kitchen pinboard - skate pic circa '92

Jon K’s kitchen pinboard – skate pic circa ’92

Real Skateboards – The Real Video (1993)
Loved the Real vid – tbh, at that age I could’ve watched Tommy Guerrero doing his tax return and be stoked but the soundtrack here was strong……nothing super obscure but just different to what you’d hear on other vids at the time + it just worked really well…..Kelly Bird skating to Steppenwolf (4:30) & James Kelch to Cheryl Lynn (12:10) were favourites…..along with Jim Thiebaud to the Wonder Woman theme!

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This is actually only a few years back but if there’s 2 things that resonate with my mid teens skating more than Gonz pissing about to Ciccone Youth I can’t think of them just now…..too good!

Powell Peralta – Public Domain (1988)
From 5:30 to 8:10 – from what I remember this was one of the first times a street section had been the standout scene in a vid (over ramp footage etc)…..I love the way it’s shot + to this day it’s still one of my favourite sections of street skating…..the tune’s by Chuck Treece’s band called McRad who put out stuff on a label called Beware that released skate related music (Caballero’s band Odd Man Out etc) – their LP is toe curlingly cheesy in places yet amazing at the same time.

Girl – Mouse (1996)
Massively stating the obvious too, but this as a whole is Spike Jonze at his finest, ridiculous skating & a killer soundtrack.

Girl Skateboards – Mouse from ekkun on Vimeo.

Jon’s Regular chart on 22Tracks.com

Catch Jon alongside Illum Sphere & Jonny Dub at The Art School this Saturday night.

Night of the Jaguar w/ Christian S. & JG Wilkes10th February, 2015

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Christian S is part of a pan-global family, drawn together by a taste for the nighttime, its rhythms, its stories and soundtracks. Known as Cómeme, the tight-knit and like-minded DJs, producers and visual artists are based in various locations across Russia, Columbia, Romania, Argentina, Mexico, Germany and the UK. Founded in 2009 by Matias Aguayo, it was initially invested in bringing Latin American house music to a wider audience, now Cómeme’s regular compilations showcase the seemingly disparate traditions of its many homes by locating the most sweaty, freaky and grinding music out there.

Cómeme is a firm Glasgow favourite. In 2012, Optimo and Huntley & Palmers co-hosted an all day Cómeme party. Christian S, Daniel Maloso, Alejandro Paz and Matias Aguayo played along side Highlife’s own Auntie Flo and Esa. The party famously ended with the sound-system (literally) setting on fire as Matias Aguayo launched into his last song.

In anticipation of Night of the Jaguar’s first birthday party with Christian S and JG Wilkes this weekend, they caught up with Christian via email and asked Jonnie for his top Cómeme tracks.

JG Wilkes Top 10 Cómeme Tracks (in no particular order)

Night of the Jaguar meet… Christian S.

How do the Cómeme compilations come together? Would you say Cómeme is more than just a record label?
The Cómeme vinyl compilations like The Power Of Now, Nickel Ride, El Untitled or Gasoline are very special. I think suddenly the time is right and a couple of very special tracks, which have been heavily road tested for months, come together and make sense.

Cómeme is a music label but it gives opportunities to do a lot of other stuff also. Like the exhibition/Installation One Night In Cómeme we did 2014 in Berlin or the amazing costumes and textile design of Sarah Szczesny. Right now we are working on a concept for workshops we would like to do next year. It’s about getting people together and communication/transformation through visual art, music, and dancing.

Christian S, Matias Aguayo & Avril Ceballos / Mexico 2014 – Photo and Costumes by Sarah Szczesny

Christian S, Matias Aguayo & Avril Ceballos / Mexico 2014 – Photo and Costumes by Sarah Szczesny

You’ve played in Glasgow in the past. What’s your impression of Glasgow?
I had the impression that’s its wild, straightforward and pure. Very intense and energetic. The amplifiers literally started to burn last time and I am very happy to come back.

What was your first encounter with Optimo and how did you come to know each other?
Actually I only met Jonnie and Twitch only two or three times. We were invited by Optimo and Highlife to play in Glasgow. The next day we played all together in London. That was the first time i really heard them play. A year later we invited them to a Cómeme night in Cologne. Now they are my favourite DJs.

Where is your favourite place to play in the world and why?
There are so many great places and I always enjoy travelling and playing. I also organize Parties with an old friend and Cómeme affiliate, Korkut Elbay, in off locations in Cologne, such as the Rhine Parc or at a Bar/Restaurant called African Drum located in a typical 70s heavy concrete, subway passage/underpass. We do this African Drum party twice a year since 2008 and they are always magic.

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What can we expect from Christian S and Cómeme in 2015?
The next Cómeme artists releasing 12inches will be a Dany F from Columbia and then Carisma from Buenos Aires. Also tracks for the fourth edition of our digital compilation serie One Night In Cómeme are being mastered right now.

Regarding myself I am more than ever busy as DJing and after my EP last year I have done remixes for Little Dragon, Mamacita, Mike Callander and Colder. I hope they will be released soon. I am still working on two more remixes – one for Hivern Disc and one for the Berlin based label Karaoke Kalk. After that I am looking forward to getting my own music out again and to start jamming with the drums again.

Barbara Loisch & Karlie Wu – Comfort Zone10th February, 2015

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Comfort Zone was a two woman show that confronted the questions: What exactly is a comfort zone? How comfortable is comfort? How does one break out of one’s own comfort zone?

Barbara Loisch – 76 unfulfilled wishes

Barbara Loisch - 76 unfulfilled wishes

Barbara Loisch – Harvest

Barbara Loisch - Harvest

Barbara Loisch – La cerise sur le gâteau

Barbara Loisch - Barbara Loisch - La cerise sur le gâteau

Karlie Wu – selected works

Karlie Wu - Lidl

Comfort Zone – Opening Night

5th February, 2015

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London-based producer and vocalist Throwing Shade came to the fore last year with EP 19 Jewels, one of the stand-out tracks —Sweet Tooth— is a perfect example of her deft ear for skating between sugar-dripping leftfield pop and hard-candied drum workouts with ease. Aside from her small but distinctive recording output, she hosts a fortnightly transglobal aural radio trip on NTS —a bit of Soviet-era Czechoslovakian disco one week, a Muslim jazz special the next!

As she makes her way up to Glasgow on the train to play at our 1st Bday, we asked for a wee insight into her week so far..

1. At the British Museum. Spotted this in the Ancient Mesopotamian gallery. Ishtar, Goddess of Sexual Love and War, sculpture from Babylon, Southern Iraq circa 2000BC


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2. Copenhagen Fashion Week with my boyf Nicholas Daley who was showcasing his AW15 collection. Sick garms! So talented!

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3. DJed at Jolene Bar in Copenhagen which was lots of fun.

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4. Back to London and on a red on red on red photo shoot- all in anticipation of my next record release. Coming sooooon!

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