This Saturday (1st October) The Warehouse Project invites the Ibiza party promoters We Love to curate both rooms for another amazing night. Awdio will be streaming many of the sessions once again, so you will be able to hear sets from Mark Movement, Idiosync, Mat Playford, Geddes, Jem Haynes, Nic Fanciulli and James Zabiela.
We Love.. WHP Sat 1st Oct, 10pm (GMT) Room1
We Love.. WHP Sat 1st Oct, 10pm (GMT) Romm2
James Zabiella has been killing dance floors around the world over the past decade, skillfully mixing many dance-music genres to create a sound that is definitely his own. We caught up with him for a quick chat before he takes over the main floor and Warehouse Project on Saturday.
Pearl Wise: Hi, James, first of all you seem to be eternally 22 all over the web, how old are you actually now?
James Zabiela: 32! I think that’s the problem with internet isn’t it? Once you’ve got one bit of information up there, whether it’s good or bad, in this case it’s quite good, it just stays up there!
PW: You were first introduced to dance music through records rather than going to clubs. Most people do it the other way around, they get introduced to dance music in a club and then get into the records. Do you think that this changed the way you listened to it?
JZ: I do think it’s different, I wasn’t really old enough to get into clubs, my first experience of a club was when I was Djing, I hadn’t been to a club and I was in one playing straight away. What surprised me was that I couldn’t just go in and play exactly what I wanted to play, I actually had to DJ, and I knew nothing about reading crowds and I was surprised at how loud the music was! So I guess I did initially have a different perspective to the way most people get into electronic music.
PW: What about the actual records themselves, they are produced for that clubbing experience.
JZ: When I got into electronic music, for the first couple of years, before I set foot in a club, my experience of dance music was really just listening to mix tapes. I used to cycle around Southampton on my bicycle (I know that’s dangerous), and I used to love it and I was happy with that. I didn’t even need to go to a club. I just loved the music. Of course it’s a totally different ball game when you do go to a club and you realize that actually this is amazing, I can actually feel the bass on this track, and all of a sudden the track that you listened to a thousand times on a CD player has a new meaning in a night club.
PW: Are you working on a mix CD at the moment?
JZ: No, no I didn’t do anything this year. Instead of doing a mix CD this year I did a thing called Paradigm Shift on Soundcloud. It’s a 25 -minute mix, and the idea is to keep adding to it. I can change it and edit it as I go along and everyone can hear how it develops… Maybe I’ll keep it going forever or maybe I’ll give it a shit ending like Lost.
PW: What are you playing these days when you play out?
JZ: I’ve always liked a bit of everything, so variety has always been my thing I guess. I’m beginning to like the sort of martin techno sounds that some people would class as dubstep, I like Hotflush recordings, Scuba’s label, a lot of deep house stuff, Four Tet, I like a lot of stuff that’s on Ghostly International.. all over the shop.
I’m confused. Can I just answer that?
PW: How much is your career do you think is based on luck and being in the right place at the right time?
JZ: There is definitely a huge element of luck, but I suppose you also make your own luck. I made loads of mix tapes which I was giving to everyone. A good analogy is to buy loads of lottery tickets and eventually one day you might win something.
PW: Were you working hard to though?
JZ: Oh yeah, a total geek. I did spend a lot of time practicing. I didn’t have a girlfriend. I was in every night. Instead of getting in a car, I was on the turntables.
PW: Are you still based in Southampton?
JZ: Yeah, because I travel so much it’s a nice place to come home to, if I was there in a full time job, I’d perhaps crave something else. Because I’m not there very often I do miss it.
PW: What do you think you would have done if you weren’t a DJ?
JW: I was a graphic designer for a little while. I’d probably still be doing that. I didn’t really do very well with it if I’m honest..
The sort of design I like is sort of like my taste in music, I like the more weirdy abstract stuff.
PW: What do you think you’ll be doing in ten years time?
JW: At the moment music is my life, my love and everything and I’m happy with that now, and maybe they’ll be other parts of my life to explore, who knows. I don’t like thinking about the past or the future, I just think about the moment.
I don’t know how I got to where I am now, certainly not through being the most organized person.
PW: So, sticking to the present, you’re playing at the Warehouse Project on Saturday. (1st October) Have you played there before?
JW: I have, it’s absolutely amazing. It’s all that stuff I missed, when my dad used to go out raving in fields and warehouses when I was like 12 years old and you’d hear stories. It does recapture that, being in a proper warehouse helps, and also it’s dark and it’s just a sound system, a couple of lights and a bunch of raving loonies. The crowd up there’s just amazing. Manchester’s probably my favourite place to play in the UK, Sankeys as well. The Warehouse Project is probably one of the best gigs you can do!
Last year when it snowed all the airports shut down and I was stranded in Romania and couldn’t get back to it. They’ve given me two this year to make up for last year and I’m super exited about it!
Paradigm Shift on Soundcloud by James Zabiela
Another summer of parties in Ibiza comes to a close with all the major clubs throwing their end of season events this week. This year international DJ and producer Sasha curated his 'Never Say Never' party at Ushuaia Beach Club, inviting other inspiring DJs and playing the music he loves. Ushuaia bids us farewell (until next season) with Sasha taking us on one more musical journey before the autumn kicks in. This will be an amazing event with special guests Bookashade and Damian Lazarus joining Sash behind the decks. Those who can't make it to Ibiza will be happy to know that they too are invited to the party and will be able to listen to Sasha's set live via Awdio.
Never Say Never, Thursday 29th September, 10pm-midnight (GMT+1) on Awdio
The bizarrely named Horse Meat Disco began as a club in Soho on 2003. Since then they have become hugely influential in pushing forward the underground disco sound. Now in huge demand all over the world, this DJ collective have released their third CD compilation bringing together rare disco, 80's boogie, fresh edits and new dance-floor discoveries.
We caught up with James Hillard and Jim Stanton from Horse Meat Disco to find out what it's all about:
Pearl Wise: What or who is Horse Meat disco?
James Hillard: Horse Meat Disco is a weekly Sunday night Disco party thats about to celebrate its 8th Birthday. Its a queer party for everyone and we pride ourselves on the diverse crowd and party atmosphere. Comprising the skills of the 4 resident DJs James Hillard, Jim Stanton, Luke Howard and Severino we've been responsible for ruined mondays for almost a decade!
PW: Where does the name come from?
JH: It was an obscured headline in a newspaper that i caught a glimpse of as i was throwing it out. The original headline was Horse Meat Discovered In Salami. I thought it was a great name for a party. It conjures up all manner of weirdness whilst meaning very little.
PW: How would you describe your sound?
JH: Music across the disco spectrum in all its metronomic glory.
PW: You’ve still got a residency at The Eagle in Vauxhall, has this been important to keep going now that you’re playing worldwide?
JH: Absolutely!!! Its the mothership and we wouldn't be where we are today without it. Its the venue that just keeps on giving and perfect for our sunday sessions. Even 8 years in we wouldn't dream of leaving it or packing it all in.
PW: Where else are you holding residencies at the moment, how are they different to your London parties?
JH: We have monthly residencies at the Lux in Lisbon and Tape in Berlin. Two beautiful clubs and both parties whilst different are so much fun. Berlin is definitely 100% gay. Sweaty teutonic menfolk and gay abandon whilst the Lisbon parties are more of a mixed affair and perhaps more party. The main difference between London and our other residencies is that whilst HMD on a sunday is in a pub the other residencies are in proper nightclubs and i don't think there is a better club in europe at the moment than Lux in Lisbon. Its just perfect. Great sound, great lighting and the people are so friendly although they come out super late. Berlin is party from opening till end!
PW: What track would you choose for the following activities:
Doing the washing up -
Jim Stanton: Has to be Donna Summer's "Dim All The Lights" for maximum rump-shakin, loud singin moments!
Having a long hot soak
JS: Currently the band HE SAID with heir track "Pump" featuring Graham Lewis from Wire, totally cool, relaxing and oddball stuff!
Going on a country drive
JS: HEAVEN 17 "LET ME GO" Extended Rmx
PW: What has been your most nerve racking DJ moment?
JS: This year when we closed the PS1 summer party season. We have heard so much about PS1 over the years and their magnificent line ups and we actually ended up playing the closing set. It was so intense with 6,000 people crammed into the outdoor courtyard space at the MOMA NYC but a totally amazing experience it blew us away!
PW: What makes it all worthwhile?
JS: All the obvious things like happy smiling faces, laughing and dancing sharing the love. Can't beat it!
PW: Have you played at the Warehouse Project before? If yes why is it special?
JS: We played last time with the Friendly Fires it was genius WHP is special because there is NOWHERE in the UK throwing together nights with line ups like this outside of festivals. It's a cause for real celebration in the roots of such a proud musical city like Manchester and we're honoured to be a part of it.
PW: When you go to disco heaven, who would you like to hang out with?
JS: All the best and brightest stars: LARRY LEVAN, SYLVESTER, LOLEATTA HOLLOWAY, PATRICK COWLEY, JIM BURGESS, SHARON REDD, NICK ASHFORD, MICHAEL JACKSON, DIVINE ... sadly the list goes on and on :(
Catch James Hillard, Jim Stanton, Severino and Filthy Luka spinning their disco delights live from the Warehouse Project via Awdio and Resident Advisor on Saturday 24th Sept at 11pm-12.45 from Room 2.
Hailing from Naples, Marco Carola has fast become one of the best techno DJs in the world since he started spinning and producing in the 90's. His label Design Music was one of the first Italian labels dedicated to techno followed by his 1000 and Do:Mi:No imprints. He has been a longtime friend of Richie Hawtin's and his generally associated with Plus 8 and M-nus for which he has released many tracks.
Carola will be spinning at the Warehouse Project on Saturday 24th September and if you can't make it to Manchester you can catch him live via Awdio and Resident Advisor for a live stream at 3.45am.
Four friends Seth Troxler, Ryan Crosson, Shaun Reeves and Lee Curtiss who all have been tributed to represent the freshest wave of new producers to emerge from the Techno mecca Detroit, have reunited to create a label and four-way DJ collective - Visionquest. Their mission? To re-position people's parameters regarding the boundaries of electronic music. Visionquest as a DJ entity is a four-way mesh of today's most exciting house and techno, grooves, soul and a few bangers. Seeing as each member of this fabulous four has enjoyed global success as a DJ and released records on some of the world's biggest labels, united they're bound to create a truly inspiring musical journey.
On Saturday night (24th September) Visionquest will be performing a 4-way DJ set not only for those who got tickets to the Warehouse Project's Welcome To The Warehouse event, but also for the rest of the world who can enjoy the set live via Awdio.com and Resident Advisor from 1am to 3.45am.
Visionquest (Shaun Reeves & Lee Curtiss) - Fabric Promo Mix - 28-02-2011 by R_co
Awdio and Resident Advisor team up to stream The Warehouse Project live from Manchester.
This year the Warehouse Project is set to be as big as ever, hosting a huge party every Friday and Saturday starting last Saturday 17th September, running through to the final bash on Sunday 1st January, when they will be saying goodbye to the Manchester Store Street venue they’ve been using for the past 5 years. Launching with the slogan ‘For twelve weeks this city is ours’, this incredible incentive came to light in 2006 when Manchester was brought back in full force to the UK’s clubbing map. Now in it’s sixth year the Warehouse Project remains true to its original ethos of doing something different and nurturing artists that have grown with them over the years. The final Warehouse Project at the Store Street venue goes one step further with many events curated by a producer, musician or DJ, resulting in a truly inspiring line-up every Friday and Saturday night. With most nights already sold out or well on their way, we are very proud to announce that a large proportion of the shows will be broadcast via Awdio and on Resident Advisor so that the whole world can enjoy the Warehouse Project live from Manchester over the next 14 weeks.
The full line-up is available here: http://www.thewarehouseproject.com
We spoke to Kirsty Smith one of the founders of the Warehouse Project just before it kicked off last Saturday.
Pearl Wise: Hi Kirsty, to start with can you tell me what the incentive was to start Warehouse Project?
Kirsty Smith: I met Sacha and Sam (my co founders of the WHP) at Sankeys nightclub, we all ran the club together. We felt restricted in a way by having the same venue, the same four walls, the same capacity and decided to start something that could evolve, change, that we could keep fresh and keep moving forward with.
PW: Now that it's established (it's being going 5 years?) Have you still got that freedom?
KS: we started in 2006 - what a year! The Warehouse Project was either going to fail spectacularly or be successful. We moved from the iconic Boddingtons brewery in '07 to the Store Street venue where we are about to embark on our final year. It’s been a fantastic run at Store Street but it’s exactly the right time to move on. We need to be true to why we started the WHP, to reshape the events, the format, the experience.
PW: So what's different about Warehouse Project this year to previous years?
KS: It’s the beginning of the end - the finale of this part in our journey in this venue. When we opened the doors at Store Street we felt like we hit an all time high with the atmosphere of the events, we are now looking to expand on that and create different events, so that when people walk into the next Warehouse Project, (wherever that will be) - they get the same feeling of discovering something new again.
PW: Why did you decide to let artists curate each event?
KS: WHP is all about the artists, we create the space to showcase them… What could be better than for them to get more involved in the events from start to finish.
PW: Have you been surprised with any of the artist's choices?
KS: It’s great to see how vibrant things are right now, and see artists that have performed support sets quite recently now coming back to headline both WHP and our Parklife Festival. The next 3 months have so much on offer, for example the opening night on Saturday "DJ Shadow - Live from the shadow sphere" its going to be a great, great show... It shows how much WHP has moved on but also how much the level of production has moved on with the artists performing.
(The "Shadow Sphere" is a huge sphere shaped construction that turns into one big projector and shadow will perform from inside it.)
PW: The line up whole three months looks really exciting! I know this is a difficult question but can you think of a moment where you said to yourself, yes this is why I'm doing this, a magic moment?
KS: When we actually opened the Store Street venue in 2007 because there were moments where it almost didn’t happen! Putting on shows in old car parks in the middle of a big city - using a venue that is a car park from 7am-7pm Monday - Friday - and still managing to sound check artists in that 3 hours window and get the venue ready is no easy task! You also need the authorities on side, and it’s a credit to the ones who support us in Manchester that the WHP happens…
PW: Why have you decided to stream Warehouse Project live this year?
KW: I’m always looking at ways to be more inventive with our WHP seasons, and this offers really good content to engage with our audience... the final year at Store Street is in high demand ticket wise and already around 10% of the calls to the office are from people pleading with us for more tickets for sold out shows. This way everyone is invited!
Trick & Tom have been swapping songs and chatting about music on Resonance FM for a while and after a disappointing end to their Mr Trick & Wrongtom show on the station, they've decided to keep it going on their own with a live show streamed live from their own Awdio channel tonight.
Expect slow jams, reggae glory, math rockin' guitar heroics (not quite sure what that is but I'm sure we'll find out), 808 drum classics and the dumbest party anthem of all time. It all sounds pretty intriguing.
Mr Trick & Wrongtom tonight, live on Awdio at 7pm London time.