Inspired by Game of Thrones, I tried out sword-fighting for Time Out's weekly 'Whatever Next?' column. Read about my exploits over on the Time Out blog or below.
This article originally appeared in Time Out London, Issue May 14-20 2013.
As decreed by Time Out readers, Kate Hutchinson must face an ordeal by cold steel.
As a proud modern-day feminist, I like to think I’ve got most man-skills nailed. Unblocking a toilet? No sweat. Sinking six pints? Piece of cake! Sword fighting? Ah, that’s something that very few of us, no matter what bits we’ve got, can do. Fencing aside, it pretty much died out a century ago but there are places in London dedicated to keeping the spirit of the flashing blade alive.
I encounter the London Longsword Academy on a Monday night at City YMCA. Their motto promises that ‘one day the bullets will run out’, and when they do, the beefy men attending this class of four will be the equivalent of cruise missiles. Two of them could crush me with a glance and while the other one looks gentle, I’m guessing he has the nimbleness of Legolas from ‘The Lord of the Rings’. Thankfully, the medieval longswords that we are using are blunt, but they’re still Thor-hammer-heavy. ‘I am Brienne of Tarth!’ I think, as I almost drop the thing on my foot.
We launch straight into sparring, without a warm-up, so I soon get used to the feel of holding a sword two-handed. But what I can’t adjust to is the class’s pace. I’ve barely figured out how to advance before I’m swinging the three-foot blade above my head like a granny wielding a walking stick.
‘This is the plow, the food, the ox and day,’ says instructor Dave Rawlins, pointing his sword in different positions as I try to keep up. ‘Now we’re going to do a wrath strike from the right, turning into a feint, with an attack to the ear.’ I’ve no clue what’s going on. Now I must face the bitter realisation that my knowledge of pointy things you can stick into people extends only as far as the workings of the fork.
The next feat we try is even less straightforward, though Rawlins makes it look like ballet with blades. ‘Sorry if this hurts,’ I apologise, as I’m told to strike Legolas, then put my hand on the flat of the sword and push it into his neck, forcing himto the ground. Fortunately for him, I stagger around clumsily like a knight who’s quaffed too much mead. It’s a shame, really. Done properly, that move would kick some serious butt.
Soon our 90 minutes are up. I’m reassured that I did well, but I feel more like the Black Knight from ‘Monty Python and the Holy Grail’ than Uma Thurman in ‘Kill Bill’. For those with more combat savvy, you’d be hard pressed to find a better place for sword practice. The next time I want to get my medieval kicks, though, maybe I’ll try live-action role-play.
Where: Location varies.
When: Six nights a week (not Sat).
How much: £14 per session.
For info, see londonlongsword.com
Now, I know what you’re thinking: why is Kate, the wuss that didn't get her fire safety badge at Brownies because she was too scared of lighting a match, and who still can't light a hob with one now, doing at a fire workshop? In truth, I wanted to find a daring activity that made Editor-at-Large Alexi Duggins' hot wing challenge look about as extreme as getting the 38 night bus home without earplugs. It had nothing on this: this was real, singe-your-eyebrows-off fire.
Despite my similarly extreme wimp levels, I actually had a hoot finding my inner “Master of Flames” with Red Sarah, who's been teaching these kind of fire workshops for some 15 years. It's an exhilarating – and properly sexy – alternative to fannying around Bethnal Green Working Men's Club with a feather boa between your legs. And, best of all, I no longer wince when a stranger offers to light my cigarette with their Zippo.
Read the full story on Time Out or after the jump.Read More
This interview with Don Letts and his son Jet, and Norman Jay and his son Russ, is probably one of my favourite pieces that I've done for Time Out. I'm a huge fan of doing family-themed articles and managed to shoehorn them into the Clubbing section a number of times. This one originally appeared in a July 2011 issue of Time Out – you can read the entire thing on the website here or check it out below.Read More
Oh, nu-rave. Remember that golden genre nugget? A musical atrocity invented by Klaxons and friends as a tongue-in-cheek way to describe their neon-splattered rock ’n’ rave stew but eventually went on to be repackaged as a fluorescent pink-and-yellow range in Topman, comprised of smiley faced Tshirts last seen in Manchester in 1989 and plastic jewellery shaped like boom boxes, lightning bolts and microphones. Thank god they did not think to bring back bandanas, white gloves and parachute trousers.
Anyway, in response to the fact that a load of London DJs were getting lumped into this caustic category, I wrote a piece in Time Out in 2007 to highlight some new talent that was definitely in nowayshapeorform "nu-rave". Recognise any faces here? Bok Bok from Faggatronix went on to start Night Slugs, Kissy Sell Out bagsied his own Radio 1 show and Zezi ended up presenting on Channel 4.
I am posting it for the few people who, along with me, find it totally hilar.
Number two of my articles from the Time Out archive is this (highly embarrassing) colour piece I wrote on Mexican wrestling cabaret troupe Lucha Britannia. Still, I'm proud of it, mainly because there I am, aged 20, jumped on the back of a grisly wrestling bear in shiny pink tights.
It first appeared in Time Out in October 2007 and the Luchas are still going strong. They now hold proper training sessions for genuine new recruits at the Resistance Gallery in Bethnal Green every Monday evening.Read More
I'm shifting all of my favouritist old Time Out columns onto here before they end up in the Internet cemetery. First up: this feature from 2007 on the new wave of clubbing photographers snapping the fashion kidz in east London. It originally appeared in Time Out London in March 2007. Read it after the jump.Read More
The distinctive battle cry of UK garage is unforgettable. But, says Kate Hutchinson, it's more than just a distant dancefloor memory. Whether it's futuristic sounds or old school anthems that you'll hear in London's clubs, garage is back for good.Read More
A new Soul Jazz compilation and book uncovers the music and moves of New York's '80s house ballroom era, the underground nightlife scene immortalised by Madonna in her infamous single 'Vogue' this month. And, though it lives on in the Big Apple, you can find traces of this fascinating polysexual culture in London clubland too…Read More
Last year, I interviewed Miss Ditto for her fantastic solo EP with Simian Mobile Disco; this year, it's for her new (fifth) studio album with Gossip (note: no longer with the 'the'). The album, 'A Joyful Noise', is a continuation of her work with SMD, Gossip relegated to the role of the a backing band as, here, producer Brian Higgins shapes Ditto into a slick glossy pop diva. Still, she is sweet and lovely and it's impossible not to be swept up in her cosy southern drawl.
Read my interview with her, originally published in Time Out London's music section, after the jump, in which she talks about making joyful noises and whether Rihanna is having a 'sexual awakening'…Read More
This year I edited Time Out London's 2012 Festival Guide and we put one of my favourite bands, Hot Chip, on the cover. I interviewed them about their forthcoming (and ruddy excellent) new album 'In Our Heads' and sleeping through festival performances. Here's the original version on Time Out but you can read the extended version after the jump.Read More
You may have, like everyone else, thought that LCD Soundsystem had called time on their legendary NYC punk-funk outfit. But as the details of ‘Shut Up and Play the Hits’ emerged on the internet earlier this year, it seems that here is a chance to see their last waltz on repeat. The new film, from the directors of the stunning Blur documentary ‘No Distance Left to Run’, follows the band’s last – and by all accounts, epic – performance at Madison Square Gardens in 2011. Unlike other live DVDs of their sort, however, the camera continues to follow LCD’s linchpin, James Murphy, around on the day after the show as he comes to terms with life after LCD.
It’s a both sad and uplifting, not to mention beautifully shot, visual time capsule. But, luckily, we Londoners don’t have long to wait until we can see the film in full. ‘Shut Up and Play the Hits’ premiered at Sundance in Texas in March, and it’s heading here as part of the London arm of the film festival from April 26-29. Cue excitable jigs and air-punching from Time Out’s Music team.
But really the question on every fans’ lips is, after 10 years guiding one of the most provocative electronic acts in history, what will James Murphy do next? Well, let us tell you, he’s been up to a lot, especially DJing, which he’ll be getting stuck into once more at London’s Lovebox festival, where he teams up with LCD member Pat Mahoney for a special disco set.
We caught up with him as part of the Red Bull Music Academy lectures at the start of April – a year since the band ended, almost to the day – to find out about the new projects up his sleeve and just what he thinks of the film. Watch the interview above.
Interview: Kate Hutchinson. Film: Roman Tagoe. Recorded at the Red Bull Studios, London.
Look how excited he is! Yes, Mylo, he of "Da da da da, drop the pressure" fame is back. He has been, like, throwing underground parties an' that at Dalston Superstore in east London for most of the year. But on October 8, he gonna take it to XOYO once more with Ed Banger young gun Breakbot and loads of other face-splitting electro DJs.
Read my interview with him from waaay back in May after the jump. It's all about comebacks and Charles Kennedy. WIN.
This article originally appeared on Time Out London in May 2011.
The electro-disco producer who quietly stormed the charts in 2004 with 'Destroy Rock & Roll' is firmly and finally back. Kate Hutchinson meets Mylo
Electro big-hitters come and go, but this year, the likes of Daft Punk, Justice, Cassius, MSTRKRFT and even Digitalism have returned with a synth-heavy wallop. So it feels like good timing that Myles MacInnes - better known to the world as Mylo - is fighting back this year with them.
Mylo's disappearance from the music world baffled everyone, from his fans (of which he still has plenty) to critics, for whom it is has become an insider's joke. The Hackney-based Scot hasn't released anything since his massive 'Detroy Rock & Roll' album in 2004, bar a couple of low-key remixes and Mixmag cover CDs, having been stuck in music industry purgatory for nearly five years.
But in the last two months, and armed with a new synthetic disco sound, Mylo has been putting on small word-of-mouth parties, Ecstasy, Passion & Pain, at Dalston Superstore, with the pork-pie-hat-topped help of Andy Peyton, who books Get Loaded, Together and Moda.
Before his headline set at the latest Moda night at XOYO this weekend, we caught up with the producer and were delighted to find him chirpy, insightful and, despite being out of current music for so long, incredibly interesting. In his first interview in we-can't-remember-how-long, he reveals why he's been out of the spotlight for such a long time, why he might never tour again, getting banned from Space Ibiza and how he's been larging it with the Lib Dems.
Mylo, where have you been? For reasons I'm not at liberty to discuss, I haven't been able to release music in a couple of years, but hopefully it's not going to stay that way for ever. It's been quite frustrating in parts; I can't believe that it has been so long now! I stopped promoting the first album in 2006, and I didn't think that the next four years were going to pan out the way that they did. I've continued to do the occasional DJ gig, which is what I never set out to do. But I've really enjoyed it. I've also spent time working on new material and remixes, of which I have a fair bit now, and I just need to work out whether I should come back with it in some ridiculous way that involves a triple album or something! But, seriously, I'm just really looking forward to being able to release again.
Do you feel under pressure? Perhaps in 2007 I did, but now there's been so much water under the bridge, and I've continued in a much more eccentric and not very 'pop' kind of way. I listen to the stuff in the Top 40 now and I think, that's not where I want to be. And to be perfectly honest, I don't know whether I want to set foot inside a tour bus again either: they are smelly, claustrophobic, carpeted submarines. I had a blast the first time, but it was a bit of an accident and I'm not going to spend the next few years trying to consciously replicate that. How did your secret pop-up nights at Dalston Superstore come about? I'm a real fan of the place; I find it really fun and inclusive. I ended up hanging out there quite a lot and then they had a few Fridays free, and it all happened very quickly. I wanted a night that summed up the over-the-top drama of disco music, and Ecstasy, Passion & Pain were a disco band in the 1970s, so it fitted well. I enjoy the melodrama of disco, definitely.
Is it part of a comeback masterplan? [Laughs] I'd love to say yes, but I'm not sure I believe in comebacks. I'm just glad to do this in the meantime. I don't know how long we'll keep going with it - at the moment we've got a policy for Belgian-only disco DJ guests, as it's at the forefront of the new new nu-disco sound - so I think we'll just keep going until we run out of Belgians. We had my friends Villa play last Friday, and then The Magician, formerly of Aeroplane, is the next guest. I'd love to have The Glimmers come over and play, but it's a free club, so I have to rely on favours to make it work. I can't imagine being able to book Soulwax anytime soon!
It's a very nu-disco path you're going down - how did you start out in that direction? During the last year or so, I've moved away from the electro noise scene. My interest started out with Italo and the cheesy, synthetic side of it and then that eventually broadened out into other sub-genres: boogie and so on. I must admit, the classic idea of disco with a diva wailing over a percussive background doesn't quite do it for me, but it's all the other interesting bits in and around that that I like. I think it's an amazing time for disco music.
On your Facebook, you've posted up a lot of political articles, particularly about the recent AV referendum - is activism an important part of your life now? It's not something that I ever thought I'd be doing, but I was really proud that the Yes To Fair Votes AV campaign approached me. I've always grown up with Charles Kennedy - he was the constituency MP in Skye - so I'm a big fan. I think that Charles Kennedy, drunk, is a much better leader than David Cameron, sober! They had some parties in London that I DJ'd for and that had a few Lib Dem politicians there. Then I went door-to-door with the Lib Dems in the Cazenove ward in Stoke Newington a few weeks ago - although it's a big orthodox Jewish area and I don't think they vote much, so I don't know how much effect it had.
You could have slipped everyone a new mix CD too, that might have helped? That's an idea that I should have had! I was quite a depressing eye-opener, though. Of course, everyone was unhappy about how the vote went…
Obviously there are exceptions, but it's unusual for DJs to be open about politics - it's quite an 'electro taboo'. I care a lot about politics, but I don't spend a lot of time online trying to promote anything. The first album I made wasn't, other than quite blatantly taking the piss out of American fundamentalism and so on, much of a “political record”. But I had a lot of respect for [electronic producer] Ewan Pearson this week - he wrote an incredibly succinct blog about the ethics of playing in Israel. The complete absence of politics in music these days compared to 25 or 30 years ago isn't great, but DJs make party music and people don't suddenly want to be thumped over the head with some well-intentioned political music at the same time. Then again, I'm not aware of anyone “unfollowing” me on Facebook because I posted up a few links to a campaign. And I don't really mind being seen as a well-intentioned lefty who got completely fucked over by the Tories! Will you tour again? A lot of things have changed; the friends who I did the live show with are off doing different thing, so I don't know whether there'll be a band. I've an aversion to touring, so we'll see what happens. I imagine that there will be a CD and it will be available. And I'm playing at some festivals, and at one of the better, crazy, smaller raves at Secret Garden Party [on the main stage, as well as a secret set elsewhere]. And I'm going to play at Space in Ibiza in a few weeks, which will be great because I've been unofficially blacklisted there.
How did you manage that? I played an unbelievably bad set. It was about 10 o'clock in the morning, I don't think I'd been to bed and it was a trainwreck in every possible way. The mixing was messy and the music was perhaps wrong as well. I thought what I was playing was quite cool - I even played 'Space is the Place', a classic electro track. But, in any case, I was notoriously terrible at DJing to begin with and now I hope I've got the hang of it.
Online video/radio broadcast The Boiler Room is so hot darn exciting it makes me feel funny in my ladyparts. They take some of the best cutting edge DJs from London and beyond, stick ’em in a south London warehouse in front of a webcam to spin their heart out and let lossa dubstep fanboy tweens slate them all on their live feed at the same time. Shazzam.
I did write a serious article about it, though, for Time Out all the way back in April. Do read it here or below.
By Kate Hutchinson. Posted: Mon Apr 18 2011
The biggest nightlife success of the past year blurs the line between an online club and a radio show. Time Out logs on
On a Tuesday night, here's what London's electronic music fraternity in their twenties are up to: they're sitting down on their sofas, firing up their laptops, pouring themselves a drink and tuning in to watch live DJ sets via a webcam hooked up to a warehouse space in Elephant & Castle. They're probably rapid-fire tweeting about it at the same time too. If you squint and don't mind the juddering connection, you can see James Blake at the turntables, or perhaps popstar-in-waiting Yasmin singing over a mix from Jamie XX. Welcome to cult club the Boiler Room.
Since its inception a year ago this month, the Boiler Room has become an internet and dance music - wait for it - phenomenon. It's not strictly a club, but a weekly online Ustream broadcast - the live video facility popularised by Wiley, who likes to use it to show how to make boiled eggs and soldiers, advertise instant noodles and, ditto Kanye West, hold press conferences - in a nightlife environment. Shot on just a 'little Logitech webcam', it is pure voyeurism and allows clubbers to have an uninterrupted view of their favourite DJs without the hollering, drunken moshers and cloudy sound you can get at club nights. And if you miss it, you can just download the podcast and catch up later.
Despite the DIY set-up, Boiler Room has captured the zeitgeist in the same way as Rinse FM; that is, dance music's demand for quality radio programming and futuristic underground beats. Consequently, it's the first place that innovative London record labels, like Young Turks, R&S, Numbers, Swamp81 and Hessle Audio, want their new DJs, performers and music to be seen and heard immediately.
The broadcast was started by notorious hipster Blaise Bellville, who heads up mouthy webzine Platform and used to put on the underage Way Out West gigs, and co-run by Brownswood employee Thristian Richards, who goes by the DJ name The bPm. It began life in a former 1930s boiler room in Hackney (of course!), but it has gotten so big in both virtual and physical terms that they've upsized to Corsica Studios so that they can host a larger live audience.
'We've gone from having 50 of our mates watching online to up to 15,000 or 25,000 people during our most popular shows like the James Blake and the Jamie XX ones,' says Bellville. 'And then there's 100,000 people and upwards reposting and replaying the podcast every month. The space has got bigger - there used to be about 30 people max in the room, and now our guestlist requests exceed 500 each time. It's invite-only, but there's still about 150 people there every week.'
The numbers are unbelievable - their Facebook page exceeds 9,000 fans and counting. Which is why if you're not on the list, you're not getting in. 'It was getting too much like a party for a while,' Bellville continues, 'but it's about getting the right kinds of people down there, people who are there for the music, so that the artists don't feel overwhelmed by it all.'
The artists are, after all, the sole attraction at Boiler Room: attendees are positioned behind the decks in a bedroom DJ style set-up so that the selector is always the main figure in view. Says Bellville: 'The Boiler Room's signature format is that the DJ is always playing with their back to the crowd and is always on the ground level, the same as all the people in the room. People bounce about a bit, but they're coming to watch the show. It's all over by 11 o'clock.'
DJs also embrace it as an opportunity to get more eclectic. 'Boiler Room plays an important part in the type of electronic music that's coming out at the moment, because it's somewhere in-between a radio show and a club night,' says Bellville. 'The DJs get to play music that they wouldn't normally play in a club, where they have to face the audience and make everyone dance.'
He views it as a successful alternative to the dominating radio stations. 'Live radio is in a pretty difficult place, I reckon, right now,' he argues. 'It thrives off its podcasts and you get very few people actually tuning in in comparison. And with Boiler Room, because of the video element, there's more reason to tune in. We've managed to get great people in to play who love that live radio element and the instant feedback that you get from people watching it in real-time, whether it's from Twitter or from the chatrooms.'
Of course, like every musical experiment these days, 'there's not strict genre ties', but you can expect to hear West Coast hip hop - a scene on which they plan to shoot a quarterly documentary in LA later this year - one week and the post-dubstepisms of SBTRKT, Sampha et al the next. Coming up? There's a special Diplo and Red Bull takeover on April 26, a day ahead of his Koko show, and the broadcast's first birthday celebrations this month, which in typical east London style, will be announced at the very last minute. They've also plans to take Boiler Room global - they filmed the Young Turks showcase at South by South West this year, and they'll be covering the Rush Hour stage at the Queen's Day Carnival in Amsterdam at the end of April.
It isn't quite a club night and it's not quite a radio show, but Boiler Room is one heck of a party for your ears - and, clearly, there's much to tune in for.
On the boil
'I was actually very nervous about playing the Boiler Room, because it was the first time I'd ever done a PA in a nightclub. And it's a very cool place. It's got this weird double dynamic of being on the internet and in front of an audience - physically, they're in opposite directions and as a singer, I found that quite tricky! What was brilliant is that it has an underground feel to it and a casualness, which is really enjoyable.'
Seb Chew, YoYo
'The spirit at the Boiler Room reminded me of dance energy from back in the day, ie taking music and the rave and giving it another dimension without spoiling the reason why you're there in the first place, which is for good new music, played on big speakers.'
'I find it unnerving DJing at Boiler Room, having people behind me. But it works for watching intently. I've just moved to south London so I go there quite a lot to hang out.'
I can't believe I haven't updated since Febs. UGH. But, due to onset of further lazi-nests, here's a linkstastic round-up off things I've liked in late February and March. And when I say liked, I mean, written about.
An interview with Miss Beth Ditto
“Can you give me a minute? I need to do a number two. You can put that in your article – Beth Ditto needs a poo!” the singer in question howls down the corridor after me.
And so, as instructed by Miss Ditto herself, I do. Here you have it. The journalist I greet as I leave her hotel room, however, looks bemused. Whatever he was hoping for, for his first impressions of the popstar, it certainly wasn’t that she washes her hands afterwards.
Read the full interview on Drowned in Sound here.
An article on Lady Gaga's favourite latex couturier, Atusko Kudo
A version of this article first appeared in Time Out's Valentine's Issue, 2011.
It's the weekend before Valentine's Day and everybody is doing it. DJing, we mean. You filthy lot. Like rockland, clubland also has its Gwen Stefanis and Gavin Rossdales (minus the love children, we imagine) and many of them are playing at parties this weekend, just like house duo Bearweasel at Fabric on Saturday and this frisky lot below.
As it happens, I'll also be spinning in, erm, the name of love: in the 'kissing booth' at Nauti.Cool at The Book Club on Friday with my better half, where there will also be couples-only sets from the likes of Zara from Peanut Butter Jelly Time and her beau, Tim of the Filthy Dukes.
But is it all just a good excuse for a grope behind the turntables? Or does the relationship dynamic lend itself to skillz outside the sheets? We grilled four couples to find out what makes them tick…
Read the full piece after the jump or on Time Out's website here.
Valentine's DJs: It takes two baby…
Richard Young and Sophie Ellis-Bextor (above) Pop siren Sophie and her husband Richard, from indie band The Feeling, are resident DJs at Love to Love at The Bathhouse in Liverpool Street.
Sophie 'We have a nocturnal lifestyle, as do many of our friends, so we started a club night, Modern Love, and did whatever DJing we could around that. I've collaborated with many DJs on songs over the years and have picked up tips where I can. Richard and I are still learning, but we've come on a lot since the early days, and now we're always at Love to Love. We once did a Guilty Pleasures night: I took the whole thing a bit too literally and played some Daphne and Celeste. I don't think I'll ever revisit that!' Richard 'We have similar tastes, but I'm more into the heavy stuff, whether that's dubstep or Rage Against The Machine and, when it comes down to it, Sophie can be quite typically girly: she'd rather have something fun to dance to over something clever. We get excited about playing new things very loudly and having a bit of a dance - and if one of us wants to have a boogie on the dancefloor or needs a refill, there's always one of us left to play the next song, which is great. But, like a typical boy, sometimes I hog the mixer and Sophie doesn't get a look-in!'
Top Valentine track Candi Staton's 'Young Hearts Run Free'. See them next at Addicted to Love to Love: The Masked Ball at The Bathhouse on Friday February 11.
Sunta Templeton and Liam Young Sunta, an Xfm host, and her DJ boyfriend Liam can usually be found at the Queen of Hoxton in Shoreditch and at indie parties across the world.
Sunta 'We met at Xfm's New Year's Eve party in 2008, where we were both booked to DJ. It was gone midnight, I was quite drunk and all my mates were getting a New Year's kiss from somebody, so I went to find the cocky but very-good-looking guy, Liam, that I'd met in the dressing-room earlier. He was wasted, but I got my kiss before he threw up and passed out on a couch. Now we DJ everywhere together: promoters will get us two-for-one because neither of us is very good at staying at home. But Mat Horne's Session at the Queen of Hoxton is our monthly residency: we've celebrated two anniversaries behind the decks there!'
Liam 'According to Sunta, I also pretended that Alex Zane had thrown her CDs out of the window that night! Ourtastes are quite similar, but she likes a lot of Britpop and I don't. Apart from that, we'veintroduced each other to a lot of new stuff, which keeps our sets interesting. I'm quite stubborn and if I don't like a song she plays, I sulk. Also, I throw CDs and don't put them back in the right places. But we have an amazing time together; we only need to take one record bag and we're guaranteed a pull at the end of the night!'
Top Valentine track 'Baby I Love You' by The Ramones. See them next at The 25th Hour at the Queen of Hoxton on Friday February 11.
Christian Nockall and Rachel Barton Christian and Rachel DJ from London to Ibiza and run bi-monthly club night Lively at The Nest in Dalston.
Christian 'We play back to back at Lively, although I have been known to leave Rachel to it so I can get pissed. We don't really argue behind the decks, but Rachel usually ends up asking me where all the vodka has gone! We share an appreciation of quality house music: we both love the jackin', boompty, percussive kind. That's why we decided to start Lively, to showcase those kinds of sounds and book DJs we love.'
Rachel 'We've run sold-out parties at Notting Hill Carnival for the last two years, but in 2010 we ran it under the Lively name and thus our joint club night was born. We work together on it really well: it's very democratic and we'll ask each other about the next track to play as we know all of each other's records. It's rare that Christian won't like something I like and vice versa. But Christian is more into house records that build for a long time, whereas I'm a little less patient and like something to happen more quickly!'
Emergency floor-filler Zombie Disco Squad's remix of Black Box's 'Ride on Time'. See them next at Lively at The Nest on Friday February 11. Rachel is also appearing at Annie Mac Presents at Koko on Saturday February 12.
Angie B and Dogtaniaun Funky house DJ Angie and her MC-host husband Michael (aka Dogtaniaun) play all over London and have a weekly show on Rinse FM.
Angie B 'We were doing a radio show together on Deja Vu for eight years, but after two years it progressed into a relationship. He was very persistent! Even when we met, at a night called Freedom at Bagleys, where I was DJing and he was the MC, he was still talking about me on the mic to the audience while I was walking out of the door and another girl was on the decks. She wasn't impressed! Orlando, our four-year-old son, picks up the mic and sings, but he doesn't quite get it at the moment. We take him to the radio show with us and he always wants to get on the mic, but we have to switch him off after a while!'
Dogtaniaun 'Because we weren't in a relationship first, we'd got our set choreographed already and had figured out the way we worked. It's more than a physical attraction with us: she takes the lead, tells me off when she wants to and then we carry on as normal! Sometimes stuff does come out on air, though: two weeks ago, I got two parking tickets in the space of an hour. When I told her about the first one, she took it quite well; but when it came to the second, she lost it a bit.'
Top Valentine track 'Superman' by Black Coffee featuring Bucie. See them next at The Fridge on Sunday February 13 when Angie B DJs at Persona's Valentine's Edition; Angie B and Dogtaniaun are at Sting at Mustard Bar on Saturday February 19; and catch them every Saturday 3-5pm on Rinse FM (www.rinse.fm).
Like Hyperdub, Hotflush, Hemlock and other labels beginning with 'H', Hessle Audio is redefining the sound of UK dance music. It procures a futuristic blend of homegrown genres like dubstep, house, garage and jungle - a genreless smörgåsbord represented in mainstream by BBC Sound of 2011 winner James Blake, who released a single on the label last year - and eschews them for a new school of electronic fans.
The imprint is led by young London-based producers Ramadanman (22-year-old David Kennedy), Pangaea (Kevin McAuley, 25) and Ben UFO (Ben Thomson, 24), who met each other at dubstep night FWD>> in London, and named after the road that the latter two lived on during their university years in Leeds. Now in their early twenties, their output is on everyone from minimal superstar Ricardo Villalobos to techno legend Carl Craig's radar.
Read the full interview with the future stars of London nightlife on Time Out London HERE.
During this posting frenzy, I've just found out about some of the distant countries that I've been published in. And I didn't even knows it.
Here you go. Here's Mumbai. Mumbai! (They like Snow Patrol).
And here, it's still Istanbul, but I've been translated into Turkish.
The middle one is on alternative (read: exciting) winter sports holz. For the full article (in English) go past the jump.
Kate Hutchinson takes a look at the most exciting and affordable winter vacation spots
Ski holidays don’t have to be about champers n’ chalets in Chamonix, says KateHutchinson. Istanbul is a springboard for the hottest winter holidays in the most popular European and Asian ski destinations. So start your search engines and get booking...
SNOW SCULPTURE IN AUSTRIA Snow festivals are pretty common now, with artists hacking snow and ice into glorious shapes in Sweden (Kiruna Snow Festival), Japan (Sapporo Snow Festival), China (Harbin) and the US (North Lake Tahoe Snowfest) and beyond. But some of the finest frozen work can be seen at the Shapes in White Festival in January at ice-cool resort Ischgl in Austria. International sculptors are encouraged to submit their designs and ten artists are invited to line the slopes with pieces to create a giant open-air gallery. This year’s theme – topically – is vampires, so expect the fanged ones to be on show until the end of May when, presumably, they’ll melt in the sun. Sculpting at Shapes in White starts on January 10, 2011 and the awards ceremony is on January 14 (www.ischgl.com).
Flights from Istanbul to Austria (transfer to Innsbruck Airport–INN-then take a train or rental car to Ischgl) can be booked through Pegasus Airlines, Swissair, Turkish Airlines and other discount carriers.
CLUBBING ON ICE Hard partying and the Alps go together like skiing and bad Spandex, however, the plentitude of music festival packages luring hedonists their way suggests otherwise. The biggest, Snowbombing, in Mayrhofen, Austria, is infamous for its fancy dress-themed street party and Arctic disco – a nightclub made entirely of ice – and it returns this April with a headline set from The Prodigy. Over in Andorra, they have their own version, The Big Snow Festival, which is back for 2011 with a similarly clubby vibe. For a more boutique feel, opt for the Black Weekend in Chamonix, which last year featured underground electro sets from the likes of Busy P and Drums of Death. Snowbombing is from April 4-9, 2011 (www.snowbombing.com). The Big Snow Festival is from March 13-20, 2011 (www.thebigsnowfestival.com). Black Crow’s Black Weekend is from March 16-20, 2011 (www.blackweekend.com).
Flights from Istanbul to Austria (transfers to Andorra) can be booked through Pegasus Airlines, Swissair, Turkish Airlines and other discount carriers.
GO INDOORS IN DUBAI Who said that skiing is all about the great outdoors? At the Middle East’s first indoor ski resort, Ski Dubai, there’s no danger that you’ll go careening off the edge of a mountain. It’s huge, covering 22,500 square metres with snow, and you can do some serious damage on the black run or its Snow Park (bobsledding, tobogganing, hurling snowballs and more), the largest of its kind in the world. It’s part of one of the world’s largest malls (you sense the theme here), perfect if you love the shops as much as you do the snow. For a wholly inauthentic chalet experience, book into one of the nearby chalet-style hotels. An Adult Day Pass to Ski Dubai is around 60 Euros (120 TL). For more information on Ski Dubai visit, www.skidubai.com
Flights from Istanbul to Dubai can be booked through Qatar Airways, Emirates, British Airways, Turkish Airlines and other discount carriers.
SWISS-STYLE IN THE MIDDLE EAST Lebanon is commonly dubbed ‘the Switzerland of the Middle East.’ It has five ski resorts, all within easy reach of its capital, Beirut, which are bizarre yet brilliant, timid skiers beware, the Lebanese ski like they drive! They’re fairly cheap compared to their Alpine counterparts, too: a Weekend Day Pass ranges from 18-29 Euros (36-58 TL) depending on the resort, while ski hire is around 7 Euros (14 TL). Faraya is the largest, with a buzzing après ski scene; The Cedars has the longest season and impressive natural beauty; the family favourite is Laqlouq; Mzaar Kfardebian is the tamest; and Qanat Bakish is the lesscrowded option. Lebanon is also one of the few places where you can ski and swim in the sea on the same day, so it’s not uncommon to spot snow demons in skimpy Speedos alongside burqa-clad ladies on skis. For more information on skiing in Lebanon, see www.skileb.com
Flights from Istanbul to Lebanon can be booked through Pegasus Airlines, Middle East Airlines, Royal Jordanian, Turkish Airlines and other discount carriers.
ON A BUDGET IN CYPRUS We can’t all afford the glitz of St. Moritz. Unusual European ski locations like Slovenia, Romania, Czech Republic and Croatia all offer cheap alternatives, but perhaps the most unexpected bargain ski spot is on Mount Olympus in Cyprus’ Troodos area. Built by the British army after World War II, little has changed since the resort was taken over by the Cyprus Ski Club in the 1960s. Consequently, it’s not one for serious skiers, with its mere four lifts, 16 trails and infrequent snowfall. But it’s cheap. In 2009, the last time the ski pass prices were updated, a Full Day Pass was just 23 Euros (46 TL), while neighbouring guesthouses started at 20 Euros (40 TL) a night for a double room. Overall, it’s great for a short break during the winter weeks, when it’s less overrun by locals in pastelcoloured one-piece ski suits, and when the prices are considerably cheaper than spring. The best bit? Come in the afternoon and you can relax on a glorious beach nearby. The Troodos ski season runs from mid-January to mid-March. For more details on the resort and accommodation, see www.skicyprus.com
Flights from Istanbul to Cyprus (transfer from Nicosia or Limassol) can be booked through Pegasus Airlines, Aegean Airlines, Olympic Air, Middle East Airlines, Turkish Airlines and other discount carriers.