It’s been a while, I’ve been busy the over past month or two with a few things, not least deejaying at a few places here and there and also doing PowerFM.org with my buddy Tóirse. Sometimes when you’ve a string of gigs in a row there’s just no time for digesting or articulating what it all means. Better to spend time practicing and playing out rather than worrying about words and such.
At the start of May I did a set at a new night called Front Left where I warmed up for Brassfoot. It was in a basement bar and guess you could say the music was sort of acidy. The crowd was small, but Brassfoot played a strong set. Brassfoot, a fella named Ruben, turned out to be a sound guy. Ruben, Reddy from Front Left, a few heads and myself chilled after the club and stayed up chatting for a good few hours. My lasting memory of the night is my mate Megan and I dancing at 3 a. m. to this old MAW tune from way back when:
Here’s a funny pick from the end of the night when the bouncer asked Ruben to turn off the music:
I guess if I could derive a point from the above hedonism it would be that it’s really nice to dance when it’s late. At that time it really doesn’t matter if the crowd is small, all my worries about whether the night will make money for the promoter or not kind of disappear. “Worries” is perhaps too strong a word, but I mean it’s in the back of my mind if a promoter I like is doing some good underground shit and is at risk of losing out. Ultimately all that matters is if there’s a buzz between the folks that are there. At the Brassfoot gig it was there in spades.
Later the next week the Internet told me that I am 48 years old. Somehow I lost a decade:
The next weekend I was involved in a fundraiser party for the Yes Equality campaign. Many people were involved in organising it and we raised over 2k. It was an afternoon-into-evening party in an artists’ studio building that is not normally used for gigs. A lot of effort went into the decoration of the space, which made it especially good and unusual. I played some disco records and fluffed some mixes. It was not my finest hour on the 1s & 2s that’s for sure.
I was impressed by Patrick Kelleher and Brian Conniffe. They played live and did a tune that reminded me of the band Suicide. It was kind of industrial, but fuzzy. I hope they release that stuff – I want to hear more of it.
Sunken Foal played a blinder at the end of the party. That was special too as our friend Rod Morris stepped in on keys and they both improvised for much of the show. Dunk (Sunken Foal) toes a good line between instrumental hip-hop, bass, fuzzy shoe-gaze music and electronic weirdness. Rod’s keys are like Bob James on ayahuasca.
David Kitt, and Somadrone played live too. Neil (Somadrone) played one long track for his whole set that had a nice slow 4/4 feel to it. Kittser played some cover versions in a lovely understated way.
My buddies Christine (DJ Conjugal Visits) and David (Deasy) also deejayed. Christine is an awesome party DJ, she plays in a pub called Anseo every week. Deasy is one of the best DJs in Dublin and I don’t say that lightly. Deasy holds the record for the longest running residency in Dublin city. You can catch him in The Globe on Georges Street each and every Saturday. What he can do with a set of CDJs needs to be seen to be believed.
Find more info on what it was all about here: http://waterfordwhispersnews.com/2015/05/11/large-increase-in-people-milking-yes-campaign-to-boost-own-social-status/
The next weekend I flew to London to join my friend Tim in celebrating his 40th birthday. It was a Bop Gun party. Bop Gun is a randomly held party that we throw from time to time where we play the kind of funk orientated dance music that we like. This is the second one we’ve done in London. For this one Tim & I played records along with loads of other folks at a place called Bar-A-Bar. One thing that is super about Bar-A-Bar is that the venue owner is a really nice guy. The PA system in there is very sweet too. We danced until very late, then a good few of us stayed up all night talking about techno music back in Tim’s gaff.
It was great also to catch up with my pal Babs in London. I like the city a lot, and the memories of when I used to live there came flooding back to me. There’s so much to do over there and there’s so many great little scenes to be involved in. It also reminded me that Dublin is really tiny in comparison to it.
Back in Dublin the following Saturday Tóirse and myself went to see DJ Sprinkles at the second ever Out To Lunch party in Tengu Bar. DJ Sprinkles is an interesting person and a DJ that takes the art seriously, not that you’d guess that from her name. It was a great booking on behalf of the Out To Lunch crew given that that Saturday was election results day for the gay marriage vote. The Yes result ended up being a landslide victory and Dublin that night was in party mode like never before.
Sprinkles, real name Terre Thaemlitz is an out spoken DJ. She writes pretty extensively on transgender issues, house music and other cultural phenomena. I recommend reading her piece titled “Social Media Content Removal Fail.” It’s a brilliant explanation on how YouTube and their like are only interested in corporate gain at the expense of artist’s intent and intellectual copyrights. You can read that and some more interesting stuff at her site here: http://www.comatonse.com/writings/index.html.
Some of the music she played that night was nice to space out to. Although I do like listening to Sprinkles at home I found over all her set was a little downbeat for the club. That said the crowd were really up for it. Every one was hugging each other in celebration of the result for gay marriage and the atmosphere was a special one.
After a while though both Tóirse and myself really wanted to dance and for the music to kick in properly. Happily and eventually it did kick in at the end of the night. She played an edit of Over & Over by Sylvester, which is a firm favourite of ours to dance to. She also played this awesome banger titled “Tony’s Bitch Track” by Frank Ski:
The following weekend Tóirse & I did another of our bi-weekly online radio shows up at the Power FM studio. Below are links to the archives for the last show and the one we did previously:
Our next show is this Sunday June 7th. I have a pre-recorded a guest mix from Eddie Galavan that I’ll be playing. Eddie is a great dude and a music enthusiast like myself. He kindly asked me for a guest mix last year for his show on Open Tempo FM based in Waterford http://www.opentempofm.com. It’s nice to be able to return the favour and play Eddie’s mix. Tune in here on Sunday 8 p. m. (BST) to listen live: www.PowerFM.org.
Last Sunday I played records at the Grand Social. My brother Daragh and friends Caroline, Ann and Megan came along. I don’t like to plan my sets ahead too much so I can adapt to different situations if it’s a dead night. But, because my pals were there I was confident in just going for it. I got the chance to play many great disco and house tunes over the course of about two or more hours. It was fun to say the least and when I went harder into techno at the end of the night the crowd created a dance circle out on the floor. Some spectacularly insane shapes were pulled.
So all that said, I’ve been lucky to have had a great few weeks immersed in music that I love. I’ve danced hard, met great people and had a fine time deejaying. I’m one lucky old man.
Thanks again for reading,