14th June 2018Comments are off for this post.

Big Chill Presents | Janeen

BC: Janeen, you’re a regular face at Big Chill Brick Lane, what’s your favourite thing about the venue?

J: My favourite thing about Big Chill Brick Lane is the fact that even the security guards and bar staff promote the freedom to play what you want. When you’re constantly discovering new music, you want to share it and I think Big Chill provides the space for that.

BC: You DJ for the incredibly popular night Hip-Hop vs R&B, if you could only play one of these genres for the rest of your life, which would it be and why?

J: 100% hip hop would be okay with me. I like RnB but the general storylines are love and/or heartbreak. Hip hop has its own varied forms of storytelling and for me, it never gets boring.

BC: When you’re not DJing, what else keeps you busy?

J: When I’m not DJing, I’m cooking, reading or creating poorly-drawn artwork (still therapeutic)!

BC: Growing up, who were your musical inspirations?

J: MJ was my 1st musical love – as I got older it became Eminem (of the storytelling on the Slim Shady LP), Hi-Tek, Amy Winehouse, Jazmine Sullivan & 80s-90s New York hip hop. Most recently, new inspiration has come from Flava D, Kaidi Tatham & Josey Rebelle.

BC: For any aspiring DJs out there, what would your top tips be?

J: Make sure you enjoy the music you’re playing, keep practicing outside of gigs, and remember that great underground/unsigned music is more accessible than ever and now is a good time to discover new artists and share their bangers with the world.

Explain That Gram

We’ve taken inspiration from a Big Chill favourite Hot Ones, [check it out if unfamiliar] for this segment called “Explain That ‘Gram,” whereby we’ve checked out your Instagram and selected a number of pics at random, if you could just tell us the bigger story behind each one?

I was invited to do a guest mix on the Kim & Pia Show (NTS Radio), where Kim was determined to give me a lesson on r’n’b singer Zhané. It was my 1st time on radio and my vocal skills were terrible..

Hmmm... I was somewhere in the Swiss Alps, but if I’m honest, I don’t remember where! I was accompanying my boyfriend somewhere and as a ritual I always make him stop the car if I see cows or horses nearby (but horses are sort of scary up close).. it’s like a quick thank you to Nature before we continue on our journey.

I used to spin for a night called BOOM!, and one night Phife Dawg (RIP) came through for a quick performance. He’d done a few shows for The Doctors Orders and it was an honour to say I played a party that Phife MC’d at.

Janeen's Playlist

14th May 2018Comments are off for this post.

Big Chill Presents | Larry Sun

BC: Larry, can you give our Big Chillers a bit of background info on yourself - where you’re from, what music you play?

LS: From South London, started buying hip hop and drum and bass records in 2000, got into serato in 2005 and started experimenting with all the other stuff I was into. These days I love playing all sorts. If I had to play one style I would get bored. I’m really into playing a super chilled deep soul and hip hop set thats not intended to make anyone dance, just as much as a cross genre set of party bangers from all styles or even a house, disco or techno. Just depends who’s in front of me on the night really or what the vibe I’m working towards with the venue or promoter.

BC: You were selected for our David Bowie edition of BCP, what attracted you to the legend growing up?

LS: He’s just one of those full package pop stars that could be super experimental, but then still bang songs like let’s dance. He was never tied to a sound and just did his own style whatever he was feeling along the way, without trying to conform and just keep giving people what they expected of him.

BC: What’s the best request you’ve ever gotten?

There’s always that moment when someone comes up to request where your expecting them to ask for something really bad, or just an obvious thing that people always ask for. So it’s nice when someone comes with something random that your actually really into or wouldn’t expect. I always listen to people’s requests for this reason. Worst case someone’s a bit drunk or rude and knocks your confidence a bit and you start second guessing your selections. Most of the time its cool though even if i cant play it. Recently i was at a gig where I play lots of different stuff but never go too hard and someone asked for Adonis “Lack of Love.” I didn't think I had it on the USB’s i was using and the CDJ’s had a ropey search function but turned out that i did and it really made his night.

BC: You play all over the world what’s the biggest difference between London and global sets?

LS: Don’t think UK Garage ever took off internationally as much as it did it did in the UK. Everyone in London loves a cheeky bit of garage.

BC: If you could only play music from one decade which would it be?

LS: Probably the 90’s. Great decade for house, garage, hip hop, jungle etc that people are still drawing inspiration from now.

Explain That Gram

We’ve taken inspiration from a Big Chill favourite Hot Ones, [check it out if unfamiliar] for this segment called “Explain That ‘Gram,” whereby we’ve checked out your Instagram and selected a number of pics at random, if you could just tell us the bigger story behind each one?

I was flying to New Zealand, but missed my connection flight in China. Then had to get a new flight that went via Sydney and when I got there the next flight was canceled and the airline put me up in a hotel for the night and i got to spend a day and night in Sydney. It took me 4 days to get to NZ but it was worth it to have an unexpected day in Sydney where I saw iconic landmarks such as the Opera House as you can see from the pic.

This is my dog Marcel. He came with me to a gig at a small festival called “Into The Wild” with me last summer and loved it. Someone made him a daisy chain to wear and he looks pretty happy about his festival attire.

It’s not often that you get a cheese board on your rider unless you’re the sort of DJ diva that insists on it. The one time i randomly received a cheese board while I was playing I felt the need to document the moment in a selfie. I do love a bit of cheese.

Larry's Playlist

14th May 2018Comments are off for this post.

Big Chill Presents | Deckscar

BC: What have you planned for this week’s set in Kings Cross? Any particular songs that we should be listening out for?

D: This week I’ll be keeping it quite eclectic across the board, I play a lot of my own mash-ups of various pop, disco, house tunes so Ill be throwing those in there for good measure!

BC: You play a mixture of residencies and one-off gigs, what’s your favourite to play and why?

D: I suppose it really depends on the venue, one of my regular spots is Angels “Old Queens Head” and I enjoy playing there as it’s a very intimate venue and know what’s really going to get the crowd going every step of the way until the lights turn up. With the one off shows, every so often I fly to Warsaw, Poland to play a high energy house set and it always goes off!!

BC: You work with the incredible charity Global Angels, tell us a little more about the great work they do and your role as an ambassador for them.

D: The Global Angels charity has pretty much calmed down over here, at least for me, I used to predominantly be involved in the events, helping out with music editing, selecting and then also playing for various events. The organisers are extremely close friends of mine so I try and help out in any way I can.

BC: The music scene is a competitive one, how do you make sure that you stand out from the crowd?

D: Without sounding obvious, I think keeping on top of what is being released and finding ways to incorporate it into a set. I find a lot of clubs that i play at, are for a slightly older crowd and therefore playing just the right of modern music is key. Most people just want to hear songs they grew up with (i know i do when i go out, love the old bangers!) but you can’t just live in the past and there’s some seriously great music coming out every day. I’m a Music Producer by trade so finding a modern vocal and mixing it with an older backing track is always a fun way to mix it up.

BC: What exciting things can we expect to see from the Dubstep community this year?

D: I think in the UK it’s pretty quiet to be honest with you. The progression of the genre has really shifted and been carried over to the states into a more aggressive sound, rather than something that suits the more subtle tastes of the UK bass crowd. Acts that took the sound and made it more intense have still been able to carry on their career in that style since it first started getting smashed out around 10 years ago. That said ive seen a few of the greats playing at venues like XOYO and The Nest, some of the classic dubstep venues, in the last few months and it GOES OFF!!! I think Grime over here, flying into the mainstream media, will be a community that is likely to grow a lot more for a few more years especially with it getting picked up now in the states...not that that was really the question haha :/

BC: Finally, what’s gonna be your first drink of the night on Friday?

D: If im taking it easy to begin with, keeping it chilled with a beer. If im going in straight from the get go, Rum Old Fashioned, either with El Dorado 12 or a Diplomatico Reserva...I LOVE Rum

Deckscar's Playlist

3rd May 2018Comments are off for this post.

Big Chill Presents | BobaFatt

BC: This year we celebrated 10 years of BobaFatt at Big Chill, some great memories! What have been your stand out moments from playing in Brick Lane?

BF: Yeya! It’s been a decade-long hazy tequila blur to be honest, haha! Can’t think of a standout moment as such, just general wholesome debauchery - I’ve had a lot of good times and made a lot of good friends. It really does feel like a home from home now. One very random memory that sticks in my mind (not sure why) is the Summer that Major Lazer ‘Pon De Floor’ was huge. I was playing it to a rammed bar peak time, place was going nuts, and someone, deadpan, came up and said “can you play the theme song from The Lion King?.. I think it’ll go down really well..”. We’ll never know if he was right.. Possiby the strangest request I’ve ever had in 25+ years of Djing. As a punter, first meeting Idris Elba when he was playing there, and seeing the late great DJ Derek there on a packed-out sunny Sunday afternoon stick in my mind. Been some wicked parties with Toddla T, The Nextmen and others over the years too. Oh, and shout out to the roller-blading guy!

BC: Our music programmer Chris let it slip that you’re a real James Brown fan so we obviously picked you to curate our Godfather of Soul “Big Chill Presents” playlist. Was it hard to narrow down to just 10 songs?

BF: If you ask any DJ worth their salt to give you 10 James Brown records, they're probably gonna give you 20. Which is what I've done. I didn't even dip into side projects with The JB's, Lynn Collins, Marva Whitney, Bobby Byrd etc, or the thousands of tracks that have sampled James over the years - this is just a selection of James Brown cuts that I revisit regularly. There's a reason I picked each of these, but probably best you just press play and get on the good foot for two hours, rather than me waffle on more. I should mention a party coming up in early May as well at The Book Club for The Doctor's Orders, where my good mate DJ Mr Thing is doing a 2-hour James Brown set. If you know about Mr Thing, and understand what that may sound like, you'll understand why it's something not to be missed!

BC: You’ve played in some really unique venues like the Natural History Museum, how did that gig come about?

BF: A mate and former boss, Tracey, was events manager at the time – she’d heard me play before & asked if I’d be up for it. It’s pretty surreal Djing in there late at night, surrounded by actual dinosaurs! Definitely one I’ll always remember. I’ve been really lucky in recent years getting booked to play at really esteemed & varied places like Royal Albert Hall, Somerset House, Fabric, Ministry of Sound, Koko, Brixton Academy, Jazz Café, The Roundhouse, Troxy, The Forum… A privilege I don’t take lightly. There’s been a few quirky ones too. The most unique one was maybe playing in Wimbledon Library a few years ago though, which included having to give the Mayor of Merton a scratch tutorial. All pretty strange.

BC: For those that aren’t in the know, you are one half of the DJ duo Main Squeeze, alongside Mo Fingaz, how did this partnership come about?

BF: I met Mo Fingaz back in the late nineties when I ran a record shop in Bath. He used to come and buy records from me when he was a teenager; skateboard and big gob in tow. We basically worked the same DJ circuit in the South West, and have been mates ever since. Coincidentally we both moved to London around the same time, just over a decade ago, so was a no brainer that we started doing parties together as we’d always got on & always been into similar music. That and no-one else knew who we were. Apart from Nice Up’s DJ Shepdog that is, who was the first person in the city to book us, for a gig at Big Chill House. This is where Main Squeeze was born, also 10 years ago later this year. Nowadays, we host a monthly party in Peckham, have a regular Friday night show on Soho Radio, and have a bunch of festival bookings coming up too, coinciding with our 10th anniversary.

BC: Tell us the story behind the name BobaFatt?

BF: Pretty sure it stemmed originally from a drunk conversation in a pub a long long time ago, in a galaxy far far away, but, again, it’s all pretty hazy if I’m honest. Aside from being a bit of a Star Wars geek, like a lot of people, it’s a play on a few things – my real name, the fact everything I play is FATT, and the irony that I’m probably the skinniest person in London. In-fact, there was this kid at a festival once who was genuinely really disappointed to discover that I wasn’t really ‘fat’. She thought I was a fraud. Someone also asked me if it was an ode to Fatboy Slim once. It’s not. No-one gets it. It’s a really stupid name. No-one knows how to say it, or how to spell it. I’ve seen every possible incarnation of it on flyers over the years. But hey, it’s stuck now! And the DJ alter-egos I had before ‘BobaFatt’ were all pretty terrible, to be fair.

BC: What have you got coming up in 2018?

BF: Lots! I’m playing at a couple festivals in the Summer, like Shindig, Hospitality and Soundwave (both in Croatia), there’s our monthly Main Squeeze residency and Soho Radio show, various gigs here and there with Soundcrash, The Doctor’s Orders and others. I’m resident at new R&B night, ‘Real Love’, with Ronnie Herel, DJ Swerve and Big Chill compadres Janeen Beanz & Russ Ryan. Plus I’ve started making a bit of music in my spare time, as well as knocking out mixtapes, doing a bit of writing, dabbling with cutting videos together & manning the socials for various music industry folks, like Near Mint Club and new Hackney record shop, Stranger Than Paradise. I’m the label manager for First Word Records too which keeps me busy a lot of the time, working on releases for artists like Children Of Zeus, Kaidi Tatham, Darkhouse Family, Yazmin Lacey and loads more. It’s a real joy to get to work with such talented people, and alongside label founder Gilla, and there’s some really wicked releases in the pipeline with that. We’ve got our 14th Birthday party on March 24th at Total Refreshment Centre incidentally, with most of the label roster playing. And doing more stuff if I can find more hours in the day. I wanna learn the drums. I wanna learn photography. I might start drawing again. Just make stuff. Fingers crossed, it’s gonna be a great year all round on these fronts. And, of course, I’ll be DJing monthly Friday nights at Big Chill Brick Lane!

Bobby's Playlist

26th April 2018Comments are off for this post.

Big Chill Presents | Jimi Needles

BC: So Jimi, we’ve picked you for our Big Chill Presents playlist being released on International Dance Day, how’d you pick the ten best songs to get people dancing to?

JN: As a freestyle kinda guy I’m always choppin’ and changing the styles and genres. I think doing that, especially somewhere as music-centric at Big Chill can have such a profound effect on the dancefloor! I’ve picked ten records in almost all different genres that always get those hands in the air and the party people on the dance floor.

BC: How long have you been DJing for and what have been your biggest highlights so far?

JN: I’m 29, and came to the realisation the other day that I’ve been a DJ for half of my life! I’d say my biggest highlight so far would be spinning a main stage at Glastonbury.

BC: You’ve played your fair share of festivals, what’s your usual day like when you’re at a festival and you’re playing that night?

JN: Unless there is some major headliners that I absolutely have to see, I always find it best to not really have a plan and wander. You stumble upon the best music this way. Of course regular beer top-ups is a given!

BC: What do you think makes a great venue for DJing in?

JN: The clientele. Open-minded party people make the best party people.

BC: What is your Big Chill drink of choice when behind the decks?

JN: Mojito as it invigorates my inner party-starter.

BC: If you could eternally be stuck in one year's music scene, which year would it be?

JN: 2010 was a crazy year for music. Dubstep had broken through from the underground, there were loads of what I consider timeless D&B and House records released, and the NuFunk & Breakbeat scenes saw a huge revival too. Those were good times for sure. As someone who’s completely all over the shop musically, it was a pretty decent year.

BC: What have you got coming up in 2018?

JN: I’ve recently finished my debut record! I’m doing all the behind the scenes stuff right now getting ready for it’s release; I now have a brand new backing band of super-tight jazz guys playing my music live, and we’re hitting a fair few festivals this summer so watch out for “Jimi Needles LIVE’’ shows up and down the UK. Also touring Canada for the first time in June, got some smashing West Coast DJ dates coming up so I’m super excited for that. Plus I’ve got loads of free tracks and remixes dropping over the course of the year, it’s nice to give away free stuff!

Explain That Gram

We’ve taken inspiration from a Big Chill favourite Hot Ones, [check it out if unfamiliar] for this segment called “Explain That ‘Gram,” whereby we’ve checked out your Instagram and selected a number of pics at random, if you could just tell us the bigger story behind each one?

This was taken at Wilderness Festival 2017, one of the craziest crowds I've ever rocked. I played a set with my Live Band, and immediately after a DJ set till the early hours. Some shows stay with you forever, and this will be one of them!

I made this artwork myself, so be as harsh as you like! Me and my pal, 4 x DMC Champion Mr Switch are good mates and always get together in my studio scratching and beat making. We've just put out a hilarious 9 minute megamix of the 90's, you can hear that right here (have a listen, you'll love it!)

Needles gotta be ballin' sometimes...

Jimi's Playlist

19th April 2018Comments are off for this post.

Big Chill Presents | Karistocat

BC: You’ve had some amazing nights at Big Chill, how long have you been DJing with us now?

K: I have been Djing for Big Chill in Kings Cross close to 3 years now I believe! I can’t believe time has flown by so quickly

BC: What are your favourite genres to play?

K: Definitely love anything heavy with a sick bassline, so if its Trap and Hip Hop with a slice of Grime and UK Garage I’m all over it.

BC: As an international DJ you must get to visit some incredible places? Do you have a favourite destination?

K: Being able to travel and get paid to do it is one of the many perks of being a DJ. Favourite place to have visited is a tie between LA and Vienna. L.A for the sun, and for the hip hop sounds that compliment. Nothing like playing Hip Hop in the sun in the home of Tupac. But Vienna for the one mad night I spun at a warehouse rave there during Halloween, and the party did not stop. The city is very pretty and we visited Palace Schönbrun, the grounds are like something out of a fairy tale.

BC: As Big Chill started as a festival we know how crazy they can be! How do you prepare before playing a festival?

K: Sometimes for certain festivals like Reading And Leeds (in particular Piccadilly Party) I can be preparing for months. Pulling songs and re-edits of current and old skool tunes for my set to mix its up every year. I love bringing a sense of nostalgia to sets, so expect old skool Jungle and Drum N Bass at big festivals with large crowds. For other sets at Wilderness however, I’ll want to play dance hits, old and new, and I love playing Disco! Also I do love to put on a show, so sometimes I’ll plan my outfits months in advance.

BC: You got hooked up by DC and Pistonhead for DJing, how did this come about?

K: This all came about during my first year of DJing and the reps approached me as I had DJ’ed loads of alternative events. The rep for DC at the time saw me spin in Europe at Groezrock and then approached me! The guys at Pistonhead were sponsoring skaters and BMX Champions but also bands, met me and asked if I wanted to be involved, I was the first female DJ!

BC: Tell us a bit about your Big Chill Presents playlist. How do you think it represents you?

K: I went for a theme of what I play in most of my festival sets, and my love for what gets me going in a muddy field. I love a good rave, and there’s nothing like spinning to 10,000 people going hype in the early hours of the morning. I love old skool sounds, and I grew up listening to old tapes of raves from the Summer of ’89 and pirate radio. So I made a playlist from tracks the crowd love to sing along and get lost in the moment to.

BC: What does 2018 hold in store for Karistocat?

K: Hopefully loads more festivals and sets both here and abroad! I’ll be announcing soon on my socials (@Karistocat), perhaps even some sets in Ibiza.

Explain That Gram

We’ve taken inspiration from a Big Chill favourite Hot Ones, [check it out if unfamiliar] for this segment called “Explain That ‘Gram,” whereby we’ve checked out your Instagram and selected a number of pics at random, if you could just tell us the bigger story behind each one?

This photo was taken at Leed’s Picadilly Party in 2016 on the last night! Piccadilly Party is one of the best parties in the WORLD! You will hear everything from Pop to Disco, to Hip-Hop to Grime, to Jungle to DnB, to Indie and Metal. I’ll mix a DnB track into Arctic Monkeys and people just go NUTS for it! Everyone at Leeds is up for a party, you can be as diverse as you want to be. I’m also dressed as Harley Quinn for the theme, thus the pigtails! I think I may have been playing Purple Lamborghini at the time this pic was taken.

This photo was taken during my set in Paris with one of my fellow best mates and DJ sister, Mel Clarke in 2013! We did a B2B at the Le Batofar, which is this boat on the Seine. I think at the time we were both spinning CDs (S/O Old skool)! By the time we got on stage we were pretty wasted on a HUGE rider. Was a great, and completely mental night, loads of photos but totally hazy, haha!

This was taken over Christmas in 2014, can you believe this is between Christmas and New years when this was taken?! I spent the day skating all along Venice with an official Lords Of Dogtown skateboard I bought! Lords Of Dogtown are a famous skater and surf collective from Venice, and being a fan, I had to get a skateboard with pink cruiser wheels. My friend who does Roller Derby was pulling me along the whole way and giving me pointers, and then at one point we sat down for a second, and I basically asked for a pick for the gram (as you do!). Was a lovely day which ended having shrimp at Bubba Gumps on Santa Monica Pier.

Karistocat's Playlist

10th April 2018Comments are off for this post.

Big Chill Presents | Work Up

BC: So guys, how long have you been throwing parties for now?

WU: Nearly twenty-five years, man and boy! After being introduced to what’s now referred to as ‘golden age’ hip hop in the early 90s, Sparky decided to put his fast-growing record collection to good use, DJing at student parties. Edd started throwing parties after he moved up to Glasgow in 94. We reunited in London in at the end of the millennium and wasted no time getting some South London parties on the go.

BC: How did playing at Big Chill come about?

WU: We’d both been going to the Big Chill Festival since around 1999 and, while working at Ninja Tune, Sparky had developed contacts at the festival and elbowed his way onto the line up in 2004. Later that year, when the Big Chill Bar (Brick Lane) opened, we were invited to put on a monthly night… and here we are, some 14 years later! We like to think that we’re a link back to the festival’s past, as well as having helped to develop the Bar’s sound as its own thing. Welcoming, discerning and funky!

BC: What have been some of the weirdest requests you’ve gotten as DJs?

WU: “Got any Marvin Gaye?”

“This is Marvin Gaye that’s playing now.”

“No, not that Marvin Gaye.”

Also people trying to make Justin Bieber or Toploader’s ‘Dancing in the Moonlight’ happen. Neither of those are ever going to happen. Or heavy metal. Metal has its time and place, but that time isn’t when you’ve got a room full of people dancing to Moodymann!

Generally though, we find that the Bar attracts a more discerning and musically open-minded crowd. We get more people asking what we’re playing, rather than making requests.

BC: You’ve thrown some epic Sunday parties at Big Chill Brick Lane, do you have a favourite memory?

WU: Loads! A dance-off with some excellent jazz dancers that turned into a limbo contest; dropping Ram Jam’s ‘Black Betty’ one Easter Sunday and everyone place going absolutely bonkers. Also being tipped a quid for writing down the name of the tune playing. Bonus!

BC: What’s your drink of choice when behind the decks?

WU: Early doors, we like to ease ourselves in with a pint or two of IPA and, as the night gets more lively (and opportunities for loo breaks less frequent) move onto whisky or rum and Coke. As well as some tequilas with the staff – it’d be rude not to.

BC: And lastly, if you could eternally be stuck in one year's music scene, which year would it be?

WU: We are old, so we’ve lived through some great times for music! Hip hop, indie and baggy in the early nineties; the development (or Logical Progression) of jungle into D&B a few years later, as well Mo Wax and the first coming of Ninja Tune; Daft Punk and French filtered house sound in 97; garage (both times); San Fran and Chicago boompity house in the noughties; punk funk and LCD Soundsystem. All amazing – and right now is awesome, too. Great music never stops! The nu-disco/deep house movement of the past decade has really influenced our DJing, as it’s a melting pot of genres and tempos, much like our record collections!

But if we really could go back to anytime, anywhere it would have to be New York in 75/76. Disco was just getting going, David Mancuso and the Loft parties were well underway (not to mention the opulence of Studio 54 – if we could get in!), hip hop was on the wind… just imagine being at those early parties, that would come to set the template for what was to come!

Work Up's Playlist

Tracks

1. A Tribe Called Quest ‘I Left My Wallet In El Segundo’ (Vampire Mix)

A killer early Norman Cook mix of the Tribe classic. Sunshine vibes.

2. Shuggie Otis 'Strawberry Letter 23' (One Rascal Extended Mix)

The perfect Sunday tune, given a bit more space to grow in this remix.

3. Creative Source ‘Who Is He (And What Is He To You)?’

We often used to start the Sunday gigs off with this, as it’s a great mood setter.

4. Salsoul Orchestra '212 North 12'

Disco band's don't come much bigger than Salsoul Orchestra and this instrumental is just epic!

5. 6th Borough Project ‘Do It To The Max’

That beat always gets people in the mood to groove. Perfect bar track!

6. Michael Jackson ‘I Can't Help It’ (Todd Terje edit)

One of the greatest edits of all time. This was played loads at the festival and the bar.

7. Gregory Porter ‘1960 What?’ (Opolopo Kick and Bass rerub)

So many good memories of dropping this towards the end of a night. Deep funky music with meaning.

8. Soldout 'Wazabi' (Kolombo remix)

Never fails to tip the dance floor from 'bumpin' to 'jumpin'!

9. Street Corner Symphony 'Street Corner Symphony' (Harvey remix)

A humungous 14-minute work out that just builds and builds into a percussive monster.

10. Prince 'I Wanna Be Your Lover'

To be honest, we usually end up playing Dimitri from Stoke On Trent's 7+ minute re-edit of this Prince classic (but that's not on Spotify) – but you can't go wrong with the original, either. The perfect singalong to end the night on!

 

28th March 2018Comments are off for this post.

Big Chill Presents | DJ Cross

BC: Hey Anthony, you’re next playing at Big Chill Kings Cross on Saturday 24th March what’d you think of the new space?

C: It looks great! It’s been one of my favourite London venues for years and years and it deserved a fresh lick of paint. Love the re-brand too, looking good!

BC: You have played at your fair share of London venues, what do you think makes a
really great venue?

C: It’s all about the staff first of all. If they look like they’re having fun, it’s infectious. The staff create the whole vibe of the venue so happy staff means happy punters. Obviously a good sound system is pretty high on my list as well. If a venue really cares about the music, you can tell straightaway, they take care of their kit, they have a decent sized booth for DJs and the staff get into the music as much as the crowd. Knowing the team behind bookings at Big Chill, I know they are serious about the artists they book.

BC: You were a regular fixture for Kings Cross’s Summer Rooftop Series parties last year what are you most looking forward to this summer?

C: Man, I absolutely loved playing those daytime sets up on the roof. Because it’s a completely different time to play, I got to play loads of rare funk, soul and disco. I had a lot of fun playing loads of great tracks I rarely get the opportunity to play in an evening set. I am really looking forward to coming back this summer and digging up some real gems for the rooftop in the sun!

BC: You used to be the theatre manager for the Kings Head, what was the most useful thing you learnt from this role?

C: That was such a long time ago, I was actually a Theatre Director for about 10 years, but now work as Head of Events in Covent Garden for Unit London (check ‘em out!). Working at The King’s Head was great fun, I met some amazing people there and it gave me an opportunity to learn everything about running a venue including all the technical bits like operating and installing lights and sound. I guess the single main useful thing I took from my time there is make yourself indispensable. If you create a situation where others can’t do what you do, you’ll always be an important member of the team. Same with DJing really, don’t play what everyone else is playing, there’s a million guys doing that.

BC: What is your Big Chill drink of choice when behind the decks?

C: Ooooh that’s a tough one, anything Tequila based works for me!

BC: What’s the story behind the name DJ Cross?
I get asked this one a lot. Over the years I’ve been through a lot of DJ names, I’ve been Djing for 17 years and was a teenager for some of those years so believe me, I had some terrible DJ names back in the day. I’ve been working under this name for about 3 years now. First of all, I play all genres of music, I’m not precious about genres or obsessed with image or being cool, I’m totally focussed on great music, so some people call this multi-format DJing, others call the style ‘crossover’, so one element of the name comes from that. Secondly, I do a lot of scratching and turntablism in my sets and this involves a lot of work with the crossfader on the mixer, again that’s a part of why the name makes sense to me. Finally it happens to be the surname of my fiancé, so if she’s taking my name when we get married, it’s a nice way of me using hers for something hahaha!

Explain That Gram

We’ve taken inspiration from a Big Chill favourite Hot Ones, [check it out if unfamiliar] for this segment called “Explain That ‘Gram,” whereby we’ve checked out your Instagram and selected a number of pics at random that we would like you to tell us the bigger story behind each one?

This one is me and by buddy Sahir in KOKO in Camden. I was one of the resident DJs for Club NME for years. A lot of my friends used to come down for this night because there were always great bands and the soundsystem in KOKO is absolutely insane. This was taken on a night where Sahir came down with a few of his friends and I got him up onto the main stage. He’s actually a great producer and a huge music fan, but spends more time producing than DJing. When I left the stage for 2 mins mid-set to grab a drink, I returned and found him hyping the crowd, it was brilliant.

This is me and the legendary producer Joy Orbison (also one of my favourite artist names in the game). This was taken at the Bloc weekender years ago. I think possibly 2010. We were both playing this event and he was blowing up with ‘Hyph Mngo’, his first huge tune. He’s a rely solid bloke and it’s clear from the last 8 years he’s an extremely talented and prolific producer. I also got to hang out with Skream, Benga, Artwork and Plastician which doesn’t happen every day! There are some terrible photos kicking about somewhere…

This was taken in Ibiza last summer. I was out there for some gigs at Ocean Beach, Bora Bora & Pikes and this coincided with one of my friends Stags. It was a brutal week in June and this was taken on the first day we headed out there. I’m pretty sure Ian (the stag) didn’t sleep for the full 6 days. There were about 30 people on his stag and it was even more full on than any of us were expecting. The highlight of that trip was seeing the re-opening of Space as ‘Hi’ and Glitterbox was everything clubbing should be all about.

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Big Chill Presents | Locky Stylez

BC: Our friend, your friend and Kings Cross music programmer Sai picked you for our St Patrick’s Day edition of Big Chill presents, why’d you think he thought you were the man for the job?

LS: Thanks Sai, the cheque’s in the post! Myself and Sai have thrown some notoriously good St Patrick’s Day parties over the years, especially at Big Chill so I guess he thought I would be a good fit for this edition. Plus I love to rock a party and when better than St Paddy’s Day!

BC: Who has been the person you’ve been most excited about meeting in the music industry?

LS: I’ve been lucky enough to work with a lot of people since I first started DJing such as Raekwon of the WU-Tang Clan, Lauryn Hill, Public Enemy, Donnell Jones to name a few but the person I was most excited about was probably Shortee Blitz. I used to listen to him as a youngster every week and study his tapes, his skills are off the charts and I feel he is one of the greatest DJ’s out there. It was a great moment when I got to play the same party as him, hopefully we can rock some more sets in the near future. If I ever meet Jazzy Jeff that would slightly edge the win. Sorry Blitz!

BC: You’ve been a resident DJ and part of the Big Chill family for years now, what’s your go to drink after a big set?

LS: Considering the amount of great beers and cocktails available at the bar my choice is a pretty standard one! I usually go for a cold Estrella (Often to Attila the managers disappointment I think) but that might be changing pretty soon as I was sampling some of the new craft range at the venue launch party the other week and I quite like the Polar Monkey and Trumans Roller IPA, so I might be expanding my horizons pretty soon!

BC: Who would you say are your biggest music influences?

LS: DJ wise id say Jam Master Jay, Jazzy Jeff, DJ EZ, Shortee Blitz, Ready Cee. all of them constantly improved, and worked tirelessly so thats a big inspiration. Ready Cee for example; he is a guru of hip hop and music knowledge in general, and he is constantly finding new ways to improve his game. I only hope I stay as motivated as that throughout the years! Rapper/Producer wise id say Jay-Z, Timbaland, Alchemist, No I.D, A Tribe Called Quest to name a few.

BC: Do you have a favorite country you’ve visited for DJing and are there any interesting stories that you can share from the trip?

LS: A couple of years ago I played at Hip Hop Kemp in Czech Republic, i was the tour DJ for legendary rappers Shabaam Sahdeeq and Ras Kas, Pawz One and El Gant (Ras Kass and El Gant have since formed the Jamo Gang with J57, their new EP is bananas, check it out on spotify!). It was one of the most welcoming places I have ever been and was a great experience. The most surreal moment was when myself and Shabaam were eating breakfast in the town where we was staying. When we had finished eating, two guys came over to the table and asked Shabaam to sign one of his old albums, he explained that he had been carrying this record round with him all weekend in the hope he would bump into Baam and get it signed and that he goes to the festival every year with the aim of getting something signed from everyone he has seen perform. After Shabaam had signed it the guy held the album and the pen out in front of me and just looked at me like I knew what to do, I just kept looking at the guy and Shabaam in confusion as to why anyone would want me to sign something for them! After a few more moments of disbelief I signed the record for him…. pretty sure I devalued it a lot though haha!

BC: What can we look forward to from you in the future?

LS: Myself and Ready Cee are working on a two part tour of the UK and U.S in the summer. We have played a lot of shows together over the years (including one at Big Chill) considering he is based in NY and I'm in London. they are always fun and a real journey through music from Hip Hops inception right up to todays new sound, so keep an eye out for the return event in London this summer. I am also working on a new weekly mix series that will be launching soon, and of course more parties! You can keep up with me on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

Explain That Gram

We’ve taken inspiration from a Big Chill favourite Hot Ones, [check it out if unfamiliar] for this segment called “Explain That ‘Gram,” whereby we’ve checked out your Instagram and selected a number of pics at random that we would like you to tell us the bigger story behind each one?

Me and Shortee Blitz: This pic was taken in Camden after we played our sets. I had met Shortee a couple of times before at various events and via radio interviews on Kiss 100 with The Quaranteam (Loudmouth, Mentalist, Pyro, K-Nite13, Skillet, Myself) but this was the first time i had played the same party as him. We was playing a day party in the summer and it was to a packed crowd so was a lot of fun. I consider that a milestone in my DJ Career as not many people get to meet people that have influenced them let alone work alongside them.

Me, Shabaam Sahdeeq and DJ Ready Cee. This pic was taken in Harlem NYC. Me and Cee had been pretty much record shopping and drinking all day at various bars around NY that we visit a lot when Shabaam called Cee and told him he had a radio interview that night and we needed to come along! Ready Cee had just produced some new tracks for Baam and was going up to the station to premier them and asked me if I would cut them up on the mix show after the interview. It was a great moment and a lot of fun.. although a bit of a mad dash from the bar to the apartment to grab our gear and then to the studio in time for the show!

This is me at NFL headquarters UK. Anyone who knows me knows I’m a big NFL fan so this was a great moment! We were out for a friend of mines birthday and earlier that day he had happened to meet Scott Hanson from NFL Redzone. Scott invited a bunch of us to be his guests at the offices to watch the Playoff games and gave us a tour of the place too (its like a mini museum in there, so very cool!). We went for a few beers afterwards too but I cant say much more than that due to various implications on Scotts part haha! We was the envy of a few friends for a while that’s for sure, Hat Tip to Phil for the smooth work hooking it all up!

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Big Chill Presents | Oscar Kingsley

BC: We’re excited to welcome you to our roster of residencies at Big Chill Kings
Cross, what have you enjoyed about playing at the venue so far?

OK: Thank you, and thanks for having me. The answer to that is definitely the people. I’ve
played there a few times now and the people that turn up are always just totally up
for a great time. They might arrive having no clue what’s on but they really get into.
There’s always a lot of fun going down on the dance floor.

BC: You play at many incredible events, including a festival in Goa? How did that
come about and was it a great experience?

OK: I absolutely love Goa, I won’t say too much about that festival though, it was a bit of
a disaster haha. I will say we made some great contacts out there and discovered a
healthy Disco scene in India. We now have a few gigs coming up else where in India
off the back of it so we can’t complain.

BC: You have also been on the bill for one of our personal fav events, Craft Beer
Rising, for the past few years. What do you like about the beer festival and did
you discover any new breweries this year?

OK: CBR is always heaps of fun, it’s got a great team behind it as well, it just seems to
get better every year. I didn’t get a lot of time to explore this year. Definitely would
shout out Orchard Pig though. I’m a cider drinker and they make the best cider, no
competition. Drinking them dry has become a bit of a ritual for me at CBR.

BC: When you are not DJing what else do you get up to?

OK: I make films, shooting and editing. Either that or I’m out dancing somewhere myself,
I love a good boogie.

BC: You’re going to be DJing our first Dirty Disco Brunch next month, an afternoon
of bottomless booze, food and back-to- back disco (we can’t wait), have you
got anything special planned for the big day?

OK: Yes, I can’t wait either. I’m excited to try these halloumi fries I’ve heard about, they
sound like heaven. I’m pretty sure a special outfit is in order.

BC: What can Big Chillers expect from your future Saturday night sets?

OK: Bangers, Disco bangers, Funk bangers. Bangers they know and bangers they don’t. Just
music you can’t stay still to.

Explain That Gram

We’ve taken inspiration from a Big Chill favourite Hot Ones, [check it out if unfamiliar] for this segment called “Explain That ‘Gram,” whereby we’ve checked out your Instagram and selected a number of pics at random that we would like you to tell us the bigger story behind each one?

Haha you’ve dug deep for some of these. So this one we’d all been up all night as we’d played a gig then had to catch an early morning flight to Geneva for a gig out there. We couldn’t decide if we should get breakfast or go to the airport bar. I think you can tell what we chose.

This was one of the times we played the pool party at Standon Calling Festival. We’d been obtaining props for our set throughout the festival including this pineapple which we ended up throwing back and forth to people in the crowd. Catching a pineapple is always a surprise because you expect it to hurt.

This was at our recent Christmas party where we had James from Horse Meat Disco down to play with us. Actually the last time we played with him was at big chill a few years ago. It’s safe to say none of us remember much from that night.

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