When WANARB Met: Lula Circus
Tomorrow night sees Italian duo Lula Circus play the UK for the first time in Room 3 of London super-club Fabric, with Dyed Soundorom heading up Room 1 and dOP playing live, brightening up what would otherwise be a pretty dreary late November night. You probably think you don’t know who Lula Circus is but if you’ve been downloading any house mixtapes this Summer/Autumn or being going out clubbing…. at all, then chances are you’ve heard them. More likely than not you’ve danced your disco socks off to Pezzner’s remix of Pumpin’ Groovin’ Movin’ (it’s alllllllll about that beautiful build up) and proper loved it. If you’re a fan of LA-based record label Culprit, and you read our recent review of their fantastic compilation Above The City, then you’re probably aware of who Lula Circus are. Basically, you already like them, you just didn’t know, which means you should *definitely* go and buy a ticket to see them play tomorrow.
We caught up with them to see how excited they were about their UK debut…
Hey guys, hope you’re cool.
We are in perfect shape, thanx!
How did you come up with the name Lula Circus?
The name Lula Circus comes from our passion for both cinema and nightlife. Lula is the name of one of the main characters in David Lynch’s Wild At Heart, a great American roadmovie, and Circus refers to nightlife as a weird world populated by fascinating people (very much alike a circus, innit?).
How did you both meet?
We both produced our own music and we met on the net throughout Myspace, then found out we were from the same city, Genoa. We became friends, and many years later we started off Lula Circus.
Your music has a really distinct sound. How do you personally categorise it?
We would call it new house, and it’s mood has been influenced and contaminated by different musical/cultural branches. Our sound is influenced mainly by ’80 music styles, from house music to hip hop and even a hint of new wave. We love music and open to any kind of style as long as there’s quality.
Do you have any non-musical influences on Lula Circus?
Cinema is a passion we both share and some of the most important soundtracks in the history of cinema have had an influence on our style.
Is Fabric your first time playing in the UK? If so what a great start!
Yes, it is the first time we play in England, and we are very honoured to have the chance to play in such an important club in the European scene.
What’s your favourite venue to go to play at and conversely what’s your favourite venue to party at?
Surely our favourite venue has been Fusion festival 2010 because playing in front of 80’000 people has been a great emotion for us. Places to party? Berghain, the old Bar 25, Weekend Club in Berlin and Standard hotel roof of course.
The Pezzner remix of Pumpin Groovin Movin has been a big hit. And you’ve also had M A N I K remix you. Who would be your dream producer to remix you and why?
Pezzner and MANIK are great producers and we are very happy about their work, which combined with ours contributed in making the release such a great hit. Our dream would be to be remixed by geniuses such as Aphex Twin or Autechre, maybe with a release on Warp, one of our favourite labels.
How did you come to be on Culprit?
Culprit is a great label we have loved since it’s first releases. We sent one of our promos to them and we later found out in a video online that they used to play some of our tracks at their parties. So slowly we have been able to grow a relationship of mutual respect and so She Loves Me was chosen to be released on their label.
She Loves Me is a great track. What is it about it that you think it works so well on the compilation?
The groovy bassline and voice with their Culprit-party like mood.
What’s your favourite track aside from your own from Above The City?
Lost In My Soul by Nico Lahs and Hide From No One by Nikko Gibler (he’s a huge talent)
Any chance you’ll be doing a Culprit Session on the roof of The Standard any time next year? Those parties look sick.
Culprit parties at The Standard in Los Angeles are some of the coolest around, so just the thought of being able to play at them electrifies us.
What would you do in the event of a zombie apocalypse?
We would love to be the first ones to greet the zombies arrival with a huge party!
The recent Noice podcast was absolutely amazing! Firstly, any chance of a tracklisting? Secondly, is this the type of thing we can expect from your set at Fabric?
Lula Circus – NOICE! Proton Radio
So here’s the tracklist for the curious fellas
01. LULA CIRCUS – THEORY OF FOLDS [UNRELEASED]
02. LULA CIRCUS – LET YOU GO [HOUSEREPUBLIC]
03. LULA CIRCUS – PASSIVE MEMORIES [UNRELEASED]
04. LULA CIRCUS – SAD WITH NO HEAD [LULA]
05. NEWCLEUS – JAM ON IT (LULA CIRCUS RE-EDIT) [BOOTLEG]
06. LULA CIRCUS – ON A LIGHT [MINIMOOD EXTRA]
07. LULA CIRCUS – SHE LOVES ME [CULPRIT]
08. FRANCYS – THING 4 U [UNRELEASED]
09. BLACKSTROBE – ITALIAN FIREFLIES (RI-CO EDIT) [UNRELEASED]
10. RUNAWAY – INDOOR POOL (SLOW HANDS HALF FULL REMIX) [LET’S PLAY HOUSE]
11. LULA CIRCUS – SO COLD [LULA]
12. MOENSTER – THAT GIRL [MOENSTERBOX]
13. MIGUEL PUENTE – CRUEL INTENTIONS [BOOTLEG]
At Fabric we’ll play a live set, so it will be only our own productions. Compared to the podcast we will be a bit rougher.
What’s your top pick from your record box for November?
One of the 12” we love the most is Avatism’s “Perseverance” on Dumb Unit, deep mood and dance grooves.
Everyone has a record that they’re proud to admit they love despite general consensus that it’s shit. Care to reveal yours?
We just started a collaboration with LA based Nikko Gibler (Culprit), and some really cool material is coming out from there. We have upcoming releases on Mad On The Moon, Minimood and its sister label Agora, Stranjjur, House Republic. We are also making the last adjustments to the first release of our brand new label, Lula. It will consists of 3 original Lula Circus tracks + a huge remixer, strictly on vinyl, out in January 2012. [Definitely think this question was lost in translation a little!]
Thanks so much for taking the time to talk to us- see you at Fabric!
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