Out of Orbit: Dirtytalk & Joe Evans 8th October, 2014

This week, Thursday night residents Out of Orbit present Echoes From the Astral Plane, a collaborative one-off party with Bristol based artists and DJs Joe Evans and Dirtytalk.

Notions of excess, embellishment, hedonism and disgust are all part of Joe Evan’s kaleidoscopic practice which spans collage, sculpture, painting, video and hosting. Part of his work has symbiotically developed alongside Dirtytalk, a club collective that began in 2010.

As a rebuttal to a prevalent trend in the Bristol club scene, Dirtytalk focus on creating intimate, sweaty parties, “we want to create a place where people can lose their shit! [Which is] hard to get in a typical club, to have that sense of freedom.” The lack of smaller late-night spaces in their hometown have forced them to look harder for alternatives, “every space comes with it’s own kind of atmosphere, its own challenges and quirks, so it keeps things interesting.” Earlier this year they threw a party in a swingers club. The owners paid a graffiti artist to create saucy UV murals on every available surface, especially for the night, “it was full-on and we were a bit horrified at first but it somehow worked!”.

Their last residencies at the infamous Motorcycle Showroom (which operated as an artist studios and music venue) is where they started working with Joe Evans. We caught up with Kerry Patterson, Shaun Tennant and Robert Needham from Dirtytalk for a chat about their work with Joe Evans and operating outside of the standard bar and club circuit.

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What were your experiences working with Joe Evans at the Motorcycle Showrooms?
We curated the music and sound, the Showroom boys created the space and the two things just came together very naturally —I guess we all had a similar vision for what a party could be. It looked different every time we did something there, Joe is prolific and was constantly adding things and mutating others. Discotheque anarchy! It got better over time, to the point where I’d be on the dancefloor at 4am and thinking this can’t be legal! It honestly felt a bit magical at times. The parties always got out of hand, but in a good way —something that I never experienced in clubs, and it just felt real!

You usually put on events in venues that are off the bar/club circuit, making parties that feel more ‘bespoke’, or intimate. Can you expand on this, and why is it relevant to Bristol particularly?
The council is now less sympathetic to arts and event spaces, that doesn’t stop plenty of great parties from happening, whether in official clubs or late night bars or unused venues. The situation is pushing promoters to be more creative with where they do nights but it has become harder I think, maybe partly because the inner city is becoming a greater focus for developers and lots of flats are going up everywhere, which tends to kill an area in terms of opportunity for nightlife or parties. I don’t think Bristol is alone in this.

It seems you’re interested in exploring Queer identities and merging different scenes within Bristol, bringing relevant acts, DJs, or producers in order to enhance this?
We don’t aim our parties at any particular group. Of course, the music we’re into, the DJs we book —is house music and disco— it’s rooted in the gay scene, black culture, from people on the fringes… we just want people to feel welcome regardless of any scene or community they associate with —as long as they are there for the music!