Dick And Fanny has a chat with Sudha

Sudha Kheterpal

SUDHA has enjoyed global success as the percussionist for Faithless and has worked with a huge variety of artists including Talvin Singh, Kylie and The Spice Girls as well as performing at legendary clubs including Cream and The Hacienda.

We are mega happy to welcome back our good friend and talented all-round musician to the decks of Dick And Fanny on Saturday 18 January at Dance Tunnel. Also on the bill are the no less amazing SEVERINO (Horse Meat Disco) and HONEY DIJON (NYC).

Sudha also concocted an exclusive mix for us that will make you jump on your feet, have a listen and a dance right here right now!

Sudha mix for DAF

Sudha exclusive mix for Dick And Fanny by Dickandfanny on Mixcloud

Hi Sudha, what is your musical path? How and when did you start playing percussion?

Apparently the first word I ever said was ‘drum’ but I think that’s just my mum adding a nice bit of spice to my story. I do remember always really wanting to play but started on piano and guitar before I was able to get my wicked way. I had drum lessons at school when I was 11 and carried on for about 6 years, learning the rudiments of playing and subsequently bashing the hell out of the drum kit.

Did you start playing for bands straight away?

Yes, pretty much. I played in various bands at school and college and then after Uni I took a music course where I met loads of session musicians. Realising that was the job for me, I moved up to Manchester in the early ‘90s where I played in various jazz bands. Eventually I hooked up with the sound engineer for 90’s House band, K Klass. The rest is history. Rhythm is a mystery.

You travelled the world with Faithless and many others fabulous bands, can you tell us one of the most memorable moments you remember of that time?

OMG. One? There are hundreds! But I’ve learnt, ‘What goes on on the road stays on the road’ so it’s probably a good thing if I don’t spill all the beans. Ok, the one that’s coming up right now is sticking chocolate on a piece of toilet paper and attaching it to Sister Bliss’s trousers without her noticing, before she went on stage. Shit happens, eh?

Haha, omg, that’s hilarious and so not surprising coming from you! ;)

Were you DJing all along or did you get into it whilst gigging?

I’ve been playing club percussion since the early ‘90s, being resident at Cream and the Hacienda back in the day. Playing week in week out, it was great experience in really working a crowd, seeing what makes a good DJ and what makes a not so good one. So, I decided to apply the knowledge and got into DJing a few years later.  Certainly when the likes of Ableton Live came out, that was me, hooked.

Your DJ sets are real live compositions, can you share some of your set building secrets?

Being a live musician first and foremost, I love the creative aspect of DJing and making bootleg tracks on the fly. So, I’ll compile a few samples of old tracks and drop them in accordingly, mashing up songs and re-working them. As long as I know the key beforehand then the magic can work.

Amazing, we love it, it makes your sets really stand out!

What are your influences?

They are really diverse – from 80’s Detroit and Chicago Techno, early electro like Mantronix and Newcleus, all things percussive particularly Afro-Cuban vibes, and anything that is raw and touches my heart.

Where can people listen to your own productions?

 I’ve got tunes and mixes on iTunes, https://soundcloud.com/sudhaha and http://www.mixcloud.com/Sudhaha  

We’ve heard about a special project you are currently working on, can you share anything about it at this stage?

Just because it’s you, yes I can! After many years of gigging and being in the music industry, I felt like I needed to do something more socially conscious. So, I’ve spent the last year working on developing a way of creating sustainable energy through playing music. I’ll be taking the project out to areas in the world with no electricity. I’m off to Kenya next month to run the Rift Valley Marathon as part of raising awareness and to do some filming for a Kickstarter campaign, due for launch at the end of May. Check my twitter for updates! @sudhaha

We are so in awe of you, Sudha! We can’t wait to hear more about your project and we’ll definitely support your Kickstarter campaign. Oh and happy running!

Finally, what are you looking for the most in 2014? 

After having survived 2013, I’m not looking for anything. I know that everything you need is right here!

Right on!

Sudha is playing Dick And Fanny on Saturday 18 January at Dance Tunnel.

DAFx

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Dick and Fanny talk to Honey Dijon

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Chicago native and New York resident Honey Dijon has a wealth of experience behind the decks drawing inspiration from the house sounds of the Windy City and the Big Apple alike but not restricting herself to any particular sound. Honey is equally at home on the dancefloor as she is at a fashion show having DJed nightclubs from Paris to London and Berlin to Ibiza as well as fashion shows for global tastemakes such as Louis Vuitton (which she just played in Paris), Givenchy and Rick Owens. We’re delighted to welcome her to the first Dick and Fanny of 2014 and asked her some questions before her set at Dance Tunnel this Saturday 18th January.

Hi Honey, lovely to meet you and very excited to have you play the next Dick and Fanny. Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

Rebel. Artist. Sensualist. Vinyl Junkie. Househead. Musician. Style Junkie. Yoga Enthusiast. Vegan. Sassy. Funny. Eccentric. Kinky. Traveller. Foodie. Funny. Gin Lover. Music Addict.

When and how did you first start djing? How did you get into house music?

I grew up in Chicago. House music is practically in the water. I had no choice. It seduced me. Ron Hardy, Derrick Carter, Frankie Knuckles, Danny Tenaglia, Laura Branch, Lil Louis, Pharris Thomas, Giorgio Moroder, Trevor Horn, Quincy Jones, Grace Jones, Frankie Goes To Hollywood, Nitzer Ebb, Green Velvet,George Duke, Peter Brown, Patrick Crowley,Masters At Work, David Morales, Armando, Chez & Ron are all responsible for the person answering these questions in one form or another.


You have produced a fair amount of remixes as well as your own productions. Are you working on anything at the moment?

Well I just finished a remix for Huxley and Sam Russo called Don’t Understand for Matt Tolfrey’s label Leftroom that is getting some buzz. Hercules and Love Affair just approached me about doing a remix for them which is cool and I have some business coming out on Classic as well. I’ve also been working on my first artist album for the last two years so hopefully that will see the light of day this summer.

What else are your plans for 2014?

It just started loll Just really focusing on productions and spending more time in the EU. I love Berlin, Paris, and London.That’s my goal for the year.

You are also heavily involved in the fashion world, how did you get into that?

I love style! I have always thought music, fashion ,and art was the perfect manage a trios! I was fortunate enough to dj in a lot of places where fashion folk would flock to and I was always true to what I did as far as never playing silly fashion music ( pop shit! ). I’ve always played house or disco and I think by sticking to my guns I stood out and fashion folk tend to like a little bit of conviction and flair so it worked out I think.

You were featured in Antony (of the Johnsons) and Charles Atlas’ film Turning. How did that come to be?

I’ve known Antony for years. He used to come hear me dj in New York. We became friends and when he put that project together he invited me along. Funny enough, originally I wasn’t’ gonna go because I was in Tapei for a gig, flew back to New York, and the next night was on a plane for Italy. I had a cold as well and was being a bit of a baby but I pulled it together, got on that plane and I’m so happy I did because it was a life changing and affirming two weeks! I will never forget it.


What can the Dick and Fanny crowd expect from your set?

Me, some vinyl situations, and efx. Town and country exclusively DONE.

Honey Dijon plays Dick and Fanny at Dance Tunnel this Saturday 18th January.

Dick and Fanny chats with Severino

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Hey Severino! We’re super excited to finally have you back at Dick and Fanny. It’s been a full four years since the last time (which was only our 2nd one ever). What have you been up to since?

Happy to be back at your fun party. I’ve been busy with gigs everywhere with Horse Meat Disco but also with side dance projects with Nico De Ceglia as Hyena Stomp, with HiFi Sean as Up Yours (including the lovely Feral is Kinky) and by myself remixing Claudia Brucker and others and doing a comp for Classic Records. More projects are in the pipeline for this year, a dance project…

You travel a lot DJing all over the world. What are some of your favourite clubs to DJ at?

Well Panorama in Berlin has to be, where apparently I’m gonna play again Good Friday 18th April.

Cielo and Output in NYC where we do HMD have a great soundsystem, fun in Amsterdam with Room Service and Provincetown for Bear Week was amazing with HMD & Christeene.

You’ve also just celebrated Horse Meat Disco’s 5th birthday in Berlin. How is the Berlin party different from your London parties?

I’m still in Berlin actually, it was amazing. All of us 4 were there, soo good. Berlin knows how to go out a lot. LOL.

You produced and released the brilliant London with Hifi Sean featuring Feral aka MC Kinky as your project Up Yours last year. Do you have any Up Yours releases coming up this year?

Yes actually, another one with Kinky and more remixes including the lovely I Am A Camera duo.

Are there any other productions you are working on at the moment?

Yes as I said above looots of music, plus I need a solo project!

Will there be another Horse Meat Disco album in the near future?

Yes indeed, in fact the other day Jim [Stanton] was showing me the artwork from our Adrian Fillary man, it looks ace. I think it’s gonna be out this springtime. Exciting times. Strut Records are excited too.

What else have you planned for 2014?

More travels with my residency in Tel Aviv too at PAG (Very Dick And Fanny actually), Panorama Bar for Easter, SMS festival in Croatia, Glastonbury, SF Gay Pride and mooore.

Severino plays the Dick and Fanny January 2014 edition on Saturday 18th January at Dance Tunnel.

Dick And Fanny has a chat with Michelle Manetti

Michelle Manetti

DJ, Vocalist, producer, purveyor of musical delights and prowess of the night, with over 10 years’ experience under her belt, it’s fair to say that MICHELLE MANETTI is a jack of all trades master of many. Her love of old skool sounds crosses from obsession to perversion and back again and can be clearly heard in her music. From London to Brighton, Ibiza to Australia, she has DJ’d and performed at many a club around the world. Both in the studio and on the decks she has worked alongside the likes of Joey Negro, Serge Santiago, Tom Neville, Howard Donald, Prok & Fitch, Sharp Boys, Sunset Strippers and Bryan Chambers.

Michelle Manetti will be gracing our decks again this coming Sunday 29 December at Dalston Superstore for our PRE-NYE’s bash. DAVE KENDRICK, LA GOSSE and DAVID OH, as well as DAF’s own Duchess of Pork and Sandra Le will also aim bringing about your best dance moves.

Hi Michelle,

You’ve been working the musical scene for a while now, can you please tell us a bit about your musical journey?

It’s a long winding one, I’ve got a very musical family, we had a piano in my house that my mum played and three of my uncles were guitar and bass players so music would always feature in family gatherings from a young age, singing and playing instruments. During my youth I picked up a variety of musical instruments but never had the patience to follow many of them through, but singing was always something that just happened easily. I was in various choirs, singing groups and musicals in and outside of school and was intending to study musical theatre at drama school when I left college, but sadly my scholarship fell through. I ended up joining a function band and getting into session singing, spending time in recording studios. I had a thirst to make my own music and not just be the voice behind the recording, so decided to go and study music production at Uni. I realised that to be a good producer, it would be a good idea to know what a DJ looks for in a track and how it works on the dancefloor, so the DJ-ing came about as a happy accident. It paid my way through Uni, then everything else really kicked off from there…

Where can we listen to your vocal talent?

I have a number of recordings on my Soundcloud. A lot of them are from my band The Off Key Hat then a few tracks I’ve worked on as sessions or collaborations.

What are you working on at the moment? Any new productions coming out soon?

Yes indeed, I’ve just completed a few vocal collaborations, one with a producer called Shaklo, which is due for release in March, then a couple of others which are yet to have a release schedule. I’ve got some vocal collaborations which I’ll be working on early January, a couple of remixes to get stuck into and I’ll also finish up my own EP which will combine my own productions and vocals.

Wow, that’s a packed year ahead already, we can’t wait to hear these new releases!

Can you tell us about Lipstick Disco? Are you getting a lot of feedback on it?

Lipstick Disco is my music blog, for Deep House and Nu Disco. The initial idea behind the blog was to create a collective of  fellow female musicians working in the same genre of music and to give us a platform to post about music we love, projects we’re working on, nights we’re playing at etc. At the moment it’s still just me running and writing for the blog, as I wanted to build its identity first, but there’s a number of girls that will hopefully come on board early next year. Since it’s been running, it’s had really great feedback, gained a lot of interest and respect within the industry and I get contacted regularly by various record companies, PR companies, labels, managers and artists themselves, who are looking for exposure through the blog to our regular followers.

This is great news, we do think it is a worthwhile initiative, we love it! Good luck with it all.

Finally, what’s in your bag for 2014?

To keep on keeping on! I want to work on more productions next year and get a few EP’s under my belt, gain more exposure and get some more gigs on foreign soil. I’m also hoping to expand the blog more and take it from a blog on the web to a proper brand. I’m possibly looking to start my own night in the near future too. Watch this space.

For sure! Thanks again Michelle, we can’t wait to have you back at the decks!

DAFx

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Dick And Fanny has a chat with La Gosse

La GosseWe’re having a post-Christmas / Pre-NYE bash at Dalston Superstore on Sunday 29 December and we are delighted to have La Gosse play for us. La Gosse will be joined on the night by DAVE KENDRICK, MICHELLE MANETTI and DAVID OH. DAF’s own Duchess of Pork and Sandra Le will also give you an earful.

Your DJ name is La Gosse, which means “child”, right? How did that come about?

Yes it is! I always looked younger than my real age and act like a child, sometimes!

You started your musical career in France, how different is the dance music scene there from here?

Well, actually, I started my career in London nine years ago. In France I could say that I was only practicing. The London scene was more popular and eclectic than in France. France was very relaxed and more into electro than anything else.

What is your musical “parcours” and what made you move to the UK?

I was into music from a very young age… French Kiss – Lil Louis was my 1st 45 rpm record when I was 12!

I started to practice on decks in 2001, since then I never stopped. I came for one week holiday in London and I was hooked and then decided to move here. I worked in a pub and I was trying to find gigs at the same time. It is tough when you don’t know anyone. For a couple of years I couldn’t find many gigs and I missed DJing a lot… I actually thought of going back home. My friend came to see me at the pub and showed me and article in “One week to live” magazine. It was a competition for Test lounge @ Egg 2007. I was like “yea wicked, but do you really think this is real? they probably know already who is going to win!”… But I got selected and round after round I won. Eventually I received the winner’s prize from Test Lounge, which was a residency @ EGG’s breakfast club. I was so happy… From then on I got to play very often in lots of different clubs and I became resident at my favourite night in London, Retox @ Sosho… I miss it!

You are deep into producing now, as well as DJing, what are the flavours of your productions?

Deep house underground beats. Sexy and groovy… With my brother we call it “S.S.S” Sexy, Solid and Serious lol.

You have also set up a record label with your brother; can you tell us more about this project?

Yes, my brother came to join me in London in 2001 and we started to produce together under an aka called Siblings. Together we worked for 8 months to produce 7 tracks, which were meant to form an album project called *Martine records. It turned out that none of the labels we really liked and sent the tracks to were getting back to us. So we thought, why not have our own label instead of giving away tracks to smaller, random labels. Martine records was born. So far we have had 9 releases, 3 have been charted and played by Luciano, Carola and John Digweed, and we have remixes by Hanfry Martinez, Just be and Nils Hess.

*The name Martine records is a tribute to our mum, it’s her name.

What are your plans for 2014?

More releases and hopefully a little bit more exposure. We run a night called TIME every Wednesday @ Union club, Vauxhall. It’s been going on for 3 months and it has been great from the start. TIME is a mid-week party with real house heads. A more mature crowd. The atmosphere you experience is proper at TIME. It starts at 1am and we finish well into Thursday mornings… sometimes 10am!

We also have a new after hours project called Le Crazy starting in February at Rena, next door to Fabric in Farringdon. That will be every Saturday morning from 5am. Also our very latest release is out on Martine recs. 09 and it’s called “6:00AM”. It’s a dancefloor inspired deep underground track that the crowds seem to love! You can check it out on our soundcloud page. So 2014 is looking busy already!!

We look forward to it!

DAFx

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Dick And Fanny has a chat with DJ Tiago

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Hailing from Lisbon in Portugal where he is a weekly resident at Club Lux, Tiago has a laid back intensity that is reflected in the expansive and inquisitive nature of his sets. Raised on good music in his home, turned on to drumming by his older brother, he came to Dj’ing via live music. He has been at it for close to twenty years, and in the last decade added production work to his resume. Check his production and remix work on labels like DFA, ESP Institute, Golf Channel, Leng, etc. He his involved in a great variety of projects and working distinguish formats such as techno, house, chill out, dub, leftfield rock and disco.

We are so excited to have Tiago flying in to London for an exclusive set at Dick And Fanny’s 4th Birthday at Dance Tunnel. Tiago will be joined by Dactylo (Flash Cocotte, Paris), Colby B (NYC) and Pep Sanchez (London).

Hi Tiago, tell us a little bit about yourself.

Hi, my name’s Tiago, I’m a DJ and musician from Portugal. I love to travel, love the wind…

You have been a resident at Lux in Lisbon for quite some time. How did you get started as a DJ there?

I was invited just before the club opened. I was DJing at this other club called Captain Kirk and they asked me to leave and be a resident there. This was back in 1998. I’ve been DJing a weekly night there since then.

What else can you tell us about Lisbon’s nightlife? Any secret tips?

It’s amazing, and the best part is that there are no secrets, it’s open to everyone and very easy to find a good time I think.

Has the Euro crisis had any impact on nightlife in Portugal and Lisbon?

Sure did, still does, and will be doing for quite a while unfortunately. The recession is a motherfucker. But we still dance.

You have remixed a fair bit, which one of your remixes is your favourite? And do you have any remixes lined up at the moment?

No favourite… honestly. Each and every one of them has been so much fun working on. And yes, remixes for Hidden Fees are coming out soon so stay tuned, and a remix for Mock & Toof just came out.

You also release your own productions under different names. Can you tell us a bit about the differences between your various monikers?

Maybe the biggest difference is that they were all made in different time spans but all part of the same body and soul so…The thing I like the most is that part of the process that is finishing something and then giving it names. I wanted to do different stuff for different labels and thought it would be fun to give it different names too.

What can the Dick and Fanny crowd expect from your set?

A fun time ;-)

And lastly, what are your three top tracks of the moment?

Just one this morning, Popol Vuh – ‘Why do I still sleep?’.

We surely won’t feel sleepy tonight when you make us sweat on the dancefloor!

DAFx

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Dick And Fanny has a chat with Dactylo

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Bringing a fresh sound and a fierce energy, Dactylo quickly became resident DJ of infamous parties and highly coveted nightspots in Paris, Brussels and Switzerland: Flash Cocotte, FURIE, Trou Aux Biches and Pacific are today household names in the Parisian party scene. She started producing remixes in 2012 for Yelle, About The Girl and Kiddy Smile. Her first EP will be out in late 2013. We are very excited to have her play her first DJ gig for us at our 4th Birthday party on Saturday 26 October at Dance Tunnel in Dalston. Dactylo will be playing alongside DJ Tiago (DFA Records, Portugal), Colby B (NYC) and Pep Sanchez.

Hi Anne-Claire (AKA Dactylo),

You are part of the crew that organises possibly the best queer night in Paris, so we think anyway, called Flash Cocotte. Can you tell us a bit more about it? When did you decide to launch this night and what is the idea behind it?

Well first of all merci for this nice compliment and for having me over!

Thing is we didn’t decide to «launch it» it was a human adventure that lead to what is Flash Cocotte today.

I met Nizar, Pipi and Numéro 6 at the same time in 2007 we became close friends and partied hard. Pipi and Nizar used to organise parties at le Pulp, Androginy for Nizar, Goutte Dior and Jacqueline Coiffure for pipi. I think we did one party called FURIE and then another and then we decided to do a regular night. We found the venue called La Java and did 3 years of insane Flash Cocotte there. Then we moved to our current location, Espace Pierre Cardin, because we needed a bigger venue as people were sometimes queuing for more than an hour and a half to get in.

Flash Cocotte is my favourite project because it brings together people, people that come from different horizons, young or not so young, completely broke or insanely rich (or famous haha) but having a great time together dancing, connecting, flirting.

The idea behind it came along with the making and the constant progression of the night itself. One thing though we had in mind from the start was to keep a democratic entrance fee (and that is a permanent struggle with the venues to keep it this way). Another thing we particularly watch is to keep a good balance at the door, we like to keep it open to everyone but we also have to protect our crowd and keep Flash Cocotte an area of freedom.

You seem to have your fingers in many pots, what other parties do you organise in Paris and what are their distinctive flavours?

Trou Aux Biches is a monthly party at La Java where it’s always 40°C, packed and wild. We try to program, and so far with success, queer bands mostly for live sets. We’re having Telepathe and Teengirl Fantasy on November 9, No Bra in January, and we had in the past JD Samson, Trust, Magie Noire (our brand new project where we explore our dark side) and invite house and techno guests such as: Maragret Dygas, DJ Koze and soon Motor City Drum Ensemble.

And there’s also Pacific at Paris Social Club where I invite my favourite deep house DJs.

If you had to describe the queer scene in Paris in three words, what would those be?

FUN / Gaily-coloured / Friendly

When did you start DJing?

6 years ago, I had so many DJ friends and one day I just realised I could do it too, the first day of the rest of my life!

Who is DJ Grosse? Is it your alternative DJ persona?

Yes haha no comment.

How do you find new tracks to play? What are your influences?

Everyday I’m hustling lol, digging the internet, Russian forums, soundclouds all the way. My influences are mostly black music from soul, funk, disco to house music. I have a big record collection (I used to work in a record shop…).

You’ve concocted a delicious mix, Sextape #2, that our DAFers will enjoy for sure. What’s your favourite track in it?

All of them! What I like in recording mixes is that I can put everything I love in it and it doesn’t have to be dance floor oriented.

You’ve remixed quite a few tracks, what is your favourite?

The next one! Wait and see!

And finally, what can the Dicks And Fannies expect from your set at our 4th birthday party?

To hear my new remix haha, lots of bass and emotion à la folie.

Oh la la, we can’t wait!

DAFx

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