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!
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