THE CARRY NATION are New York City’s Nita Aviance and Will Automagic. Will has produced and remixed records as part of Automagic and other monikers for many labels over the last 14 years and has produced and remixed for artists including including N’Dea Davenport, The Ones and The Ananda Project. He has played all over NYC and globally with residencies at Vandam, Ladyfag’s 11:11 and roving art-based warehouse party SPANK. Nita, having made a name for himself performing as a member of the House of Aviance in the 90s, landed behind the decks in the early 2000s with residencies at AREA10009, Mr Black and currently at the award-winning WESTGAY. In his relatively short production history, he has already logged remixes for Beyonce, the Scissor Sisters, Le1f, Automagic, & Adam Joseph.
The Carry Nation will be played at Dick And Fanny on Saturday 12 July at Dance Tunnel (London, UK) alongside DR. SLEEP and MICHELLE MANETTI. We caught up with them before they grace our decks. Have a read below…
You’ve just come back from Glastonbury. How was it for you?
Glasto was great fun this year. Bloc 9 is beyond compare and the family vibe there allows everyone to bring their A game. We heard some of the best sets this year in that field.
How did you two meet?
We were always fans of one another before we became friends. It wasn’t until we started getting booked at the same gigs that we realized a closer working relationship was undeniable.
When did you first start working together as The Carry Nation?
The Carry Nation was officially formed 3 years ago with the help of a vocal outtake from our good friend Viva, thus bringing This Bitch to life.
What’s the story behind The Carry Nation name? You don’t seem like the type of girls who bring out the hatchet when someone’s having a drink 😉
That is exactly the point. We have been known to carry on.
You have quite a few tracks and remixes under your belt as The Carry Nation. What’s coming up next?
We have a 2-part mix compilation coming out on TRIBAL this month which helps mark the relaunch of one our favorite labels. We dug deep in their vaults to find rare mixes of TRIBAL classics to compliment the labels new material. We also have some exciting remixes on the way but that’s all we can say about that for now 😉
Where are the best parties happening in NYC right now?
And who are your favourite DJs and producers in NYC and further afield at the moment?
The list is far too vast to name just a few, but you can be pretty sure if our names are on the same bill/release we are down with that sound!
Thanks guys, we can’t wait!
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San Francisco-based DR. SLEEP has been DJing and making music since 2003. She started her career spinning new wave and synth pop and returned to her roots in house and techno in 2009. She has held residencies at Public Works, 222 Hyde, Underground SF and the Deco Lounge and has guested at many of the current underground San Francisco party institutions, such as Honey Soundsystem, As You Like It, Go Bang!, Haceteria, Booty Call, Viennetta Discotheque, Odyssey, Hot Pants, Comfort and Joy, and Bearracuda, to name a few. Dr Sleep has also DJed across the US and abroad, in such places as NYC, LA, Seattle and Shanghai.
It’s summer, the sun’s out and Dick and Fanny is back for our July outing at Dance Tunnel on Saturday 12 July. This time round we welcome a double header of guests from the USA. THE CARRY NATION (NYC) and DR. SLEEP (SF) have been on our wishlist for a while and we’re excited to finally have them play at Dick and Fanny. Support comes from MICHELLE MANETTI who has graced our decks on several previous occasions.
Check out Dr. Sleep’s exclusive Dick And Fanny mix and our interview below.
Hi Dr. Sleep,
We are so happy to have you here this summer for an exclusive UK gig. It’s taken way too long to get you out here!
So first, and also because I’m super jetlagged and so tired as I’m writing this, why Dr. Sleep? Can you tell us the story behind this?
Sorry to hear you’re jetlagged and tired, but, also, I suppose it is apropos of your first question! I wish the story of my DJ name had more twists, but, it comes from a book I was enjoying back in the day, Doctor Sleep by Madison Smartt Bell. It’s the story of a hypnotherapist who develops insomnia and gets wrapped up in all sorts of terrible business, but, on a deeper level, it explores consciousness and surreal dream/wake states, so, maybe we can apply some retroactive meaning to that and how I was subconsciously searching to find the role of the DJ in nightlife. At the time, however, it just seemed more interesting than DJ Meli$$a.
How long have you been living in San Francisco? Is that where you started DJing?
I moved to San Francisco from Minneapolis in 2001, and, yes, that’s where I started DJing. When I first moved, I would go out dancing to house music, looking for community, and, never actually found it at that time (this story gets more uplifting). I eventually met a great collaborator in my friend, Campbell, and I remember the first time she brought me to her studio, my mouth fell open because she had 10,000 records spilling from her shelves, and a wall of vintage synths. I knew I had found my person and actually couldn’t believe there was another queer who was as obsessed with records and music as I was. I had already been hoarding music, playing instruments, and writing about music for magazines, but, after meeting her, she pushed me to DJ and we started making ambient music and soundtracks under the name Paperboats, using field recordings, processed guitars and her amazing synth collection.
You are doing lots of stuff with the Honey Soundsystem boys, how did that come about?
I think the first actual contact occurred when I was set up with Honey co-founder, P-Play/Jackie House, for a gig at a DIY space in SF called The Big Gay Warehouse in 2010. I had just moved back to SF from Minneapolis, but, in my two years away I went through a total music reset and re-educated myself on all the music I used to listen to in the 90s and early 2000’s, as I knew I wanted to focus on house and techno. I was in school in Minneapolis at the time, so in lieu of doing my work, I would spend 8 hours a day listening to music and also learning to properly mix records in the privacy of my own apartment (thank me later). In this music research, I started looking at what was happening back in SF, and it was then I discovered Honey Soundsystem. I knew immediately I had to be a part of what they were doing when I moved back, so, when the opportunity presented itself to do the gig with P-Play, I said yes right away. The funny thing about that gig was, of course, I had practiced all of those hours learning to mix on records and this gig ended up being on Pioneer CDJ 200’s. There is probably a lesson in there somewhere, the least of which was P-Play’s advice to me after we played: “Fake it ’til you make it, girllllll.” After that, I started going to the Honey parties regularly, and, eventually met all the residents and they started to book me for events and guest spots. I consider them all dear friends at this point and I think I share the general sentiment of San Francisco and the greater music and queer scenes, we are lucky to have them and to be able to experience all they bring to the table.
Where can we catch you play these days?
I have a weekly mix show on Intergalactic FM‘s Channel 6 every Sunday at 6 pm CET. Given the rich history of IFM and that Hague scene, I feel very lucky to be able to broadcast from there. Aside from that, I am taking a breather from throwing parties and focusing on production, the record label, and traveling to new cities to play and draw inspiration.
You launched a label, Jacktone, how did that come about and what have you released so far on it?
Having a label was a lifelong dream, so, to finally make it happen felt very satisfying for all of us (I started the label with two good friends, Dabecy and Exillon). Thus far, we’ve released a 12″ by Exillon and a 23-track double-cassette compilation. We have our next 3 releases lined up and the first of those is a 12″ by an Oakland producer you’ll be hearing a lot more about this year, Worker/Parasite, with remixes by an amazing techno duo, Funerals, and myself. After that release, we have a vinyl compilation featuring some favorite producers from SF and Pittsburgh, and, finally in the Fall we’ll be launching a 7″ series, which we’re reserving for non-dancefloor releases. There is more exciting stuff, but, I’ll stop there.
You recently released a remix of Stereogamous and Shaun J. Wright’s track Sweat. When did you start producing and what can we expect from you in the near future?
Prior to the Sweat remix, I didn’t have any material released, so, when I was contacted by Paul (of Stereogamous), I was pretty over the moon about it. I’d also just spent a weekend raving in the desert with Jonny (the other half of Stereogamous), so, I was doubly excited to work with them. The deadline forced me to work out any kinks that had prevented me from finishing tracks in the past, and, when it was over, not only did I feel good about the track, but, it felt like a huge weight off my shoulders from a creativity-block perspective.
From that point on, I’ve been spending as time as I can in the studio, working on my own stuff and collaborating. Jackie House/P-Play and I gave away a track using source material from the recent Patrick Cowley School Daze release on Dark Entries/HNYTrax, which you can scoop up on XLR8R. I have a house track on a recent comp by W. Jeremy and Christy Love’s Get Up Recordings, as well as some squelchy analog under the moniker Headgear, which is a collab between Worker/Parasite and I on a great cassette label out of Austin, TX called Obsolete Future. I also contributed a techno track to my label’s recent compilation. Besides the forthcoming remix mentioned above for the Worker/Parasite Jacktone 12″, I have a darkwave track with synth guru, Bezier that will be out on Dark Entries before the end of 2014. I’m working on tracks for another local label I’m really excited about, as well as starting material for a debut EP. Headgear is also working toward a live PA, which is a fun challenge, as I haven’t played out on machines since Paperboats toured in 2006.
What are your influences?
That’s a tough one, of course, but, I think my obsession with IDM and trip hop in those formative years still informs a lot of what I do now, as I’m still drawn to records that are a bit left field, dark and not necessarily straight 4 the floor. To put it succinctly, I think my friend said it best: “sad shit you can dance to.” I also love lush dreamy textures, so I probably have shoegaze to thank for that. As far as segueing to dance music and thinking about the role of a DJ, the early DJ-Kicks series had a great impact on me. The Andrea Parker CD, specifically, I can still remember the moment I first heard her transition from It’s No Good by Depeche Mode to Dr. Octagon’s Earth People. I’d never heard anybody mix genres like that, but, maybe even more importantly she included Gescom, Man Parrish, Gil Scott Heron, Afrika Bambataa, Model 500, Dopplereffekt, Drexciya – everybody! That album opened up a whole new world for me.
What’s next on your agenda?
After I play your party, I head to Berlin for several days to get my Berghain fix, then am flying back through NYC to play Scissor Sundays. After that, it will be back to work mode and getting the 3 Jacktone releases to press and hitting the studio.
Thank you for having me at Dick and Fanny, I can’t wait to play.
Dr. Sleep is playing Dick And Fanny on Saturday 12 July at Dance Tunnel.
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We’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!
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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!
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