Archive for February, 2012

When WANARB Met: Subb-an

Posted in Club Night, Deep House, Interviews, Techno with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 28, 2012 by rachaelwilliams

Subb-an interview on We Are Not A Rockband

This weekend sees Subb-an playing at the launch of Gist, a brand new deep house and techno night in Chelmsford, Essex. It’s not often We Are Not A Rockband ventures outside London town but with one of the masterminds behind Gist being DJ Mag’s Adam Saville, we thought it worth investigating.

With Birmingham’s Subb-an being one of the residents for groundbreaking night Below in his hometown and one half of label One Records with Adam Shelton, we caught up with him to quiz him on playing Essex, what’s new on his label and what one record he just can’t stop playing…

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Posted in 80's, Acid house, Chicago House, Italo Disco with tags , , , , , on February 22, 2012 by Knockturnal

After the huge success of the fourth SOCIETY warehouse party with DJ Pierre, we return to our basement with another Chi-town legend, Robert Owens, for another night of true House sounds – mostly old, some new; all incredible.

ROBERT OWENS is a man that needs no introduction, and the DSS basement is where Mr Owens comes into his own. It’s rare that Robert gets the chance to play in such intimate surroundings and it allows him to dig deep and play the stuff that really gets him jackin’ – and our parties often end up with the golden-voiced maestro singing to our lovely crowd. To say it’s special is an understatement.

ROCKY started DJing in the mid 80s, before being caught up in the whole acid house thing and getting carried along with the wave, landing a residency at London’s Yellow Book in 89 and getting matey with the Boys Own crew, making regular appearances at their events. Remixes for the likes of the Farm followed before Rocky, Diesel and Ashley Beedle formed X-Press 2 and released the seminal ‘Muzik Express’. The team went on to land a 6 month residency at Cream in the nineties and score some massive singles including ‘Lazy’ with David Byrne that went to number 2 in the charts. Rocky came down to one of our nights at DSS and loved it – he asked about playing and…well…that’s a no-brainer – we’re honoured to say the least.

The SOCIETY residents CLASS OF 808 DJs will be bringing the heat as always, as will JOSH CAFFE, ALEX WALE, and guests, playing sounds from Detroit, Chicago, the UK and beyond + Don’t miss WANARB’S own HAZMAT playing an exclusive Italo set!

Our previous events have seen the Dalston basement transformed into east London’s take on Ron Hardy’s Muzic Box, with an untouchable atmosphere and party people jackin’ to the sounds of 80’s Chicago house ‘til the small hours. Nowhere else can you dance in a cosy basement club with Robert Owens singing and dancing along with you.

FEBRUARY 2012 | 9:00PM – 2:30AM


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Competition: Win Tickets To See WiLDKATS

Posted in Club Night, Competition, Deep House, Hot Creations with tags , , , , , , , , on February 21, 2012 by rachaelwilliams

Data Transmission flyer

Our pals over at Data Transmission have kindly given us two pairs of tickets to give away to some lucky readers to see WiLDKATS, Alexis Raphael, Waze & Odyssey and more at the next DT party at East Village in Shoreditch on Saturday 3rd March.

All you have to do is answer this simple question:

What famous song intro does ‘Perpetrating’ by WiLDKATS sample?

A. Tupac – California Love

B. N.W.A – Express Yourself

C. Snoop Dogg – Gin & Juice

Just email your answer to info@wearenotarockband.comwith ‘Data Transmission Competition’ in the subject line. Closing date for the entries is Thursday 1st March @12pm. Winners will be picked at random and notified by email.

WiLDKATS –  Perpetrating (snippet)

The whole night looks pretty great, as the DT guys tell us,

Causing rumblings in the basement for us are emerging deep house luminaries WiLDKATS, a three headed American-Scottish disco-synth crew, fusing 80s funk, deep and dubby basslines and NYC disco undertones in their riveting sets. Fellow Hot Creations label-mate and Creche resident Alexis Raphael will be further demonstrating his talents, spinning a unique blend of house, disco and techno.

Supporting these two delvers are shadowy, elusive duo Waze & Odyssey, fusing the sounds of future garage with house sensibilities and slow mo jams, while New Talent favourite and burgeoning two-step distorters CSY & Stripes are also on the bill to show you why they’ve got everyone from A Trak to Tittsworth in a tizz over their stepping, immediate and swelling sound. We also invite rising London name and dance music aficionado Charlie Tarr to warm up the plates for our tightly packed-in night.

Earlybird tickets are only £5 but will go up to £7 before the night and cost £10 on the door. Check the Facebook event for more info.





Posted in Club Night, Interviews, Live, mix, Techno with tags , , , , , , , , , , on February 17, 2012 by rachaelwilliams

Wanarb Met Elon + Exclusive Mix

We caught up with New York based underground techno DJ, Elon, ahead of his set next weekend at London night Select*Elect. After he picked his Top Ten Tracks for us back in December we though now we be an ideal time to have a more in-depth chat. Not only did he show a rather frightening cannibalistic side(!) but he also revealed there’s hidden backwards messages in his music! Luckily, he’s not really that scary so we we quizzed him on New York nightlife and his collaboration with Maceo Plex. He also recorded the first hour of his set last weekend at Watergate in Berlin, full of techno treats and unreleased tracks which you can listen to exclusively on We Are Not A Rockband and download for FREE… What a dude!

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Light Year – Moderation

Posted in New Music, Video with tags , , , , , , on February 9, 2012 by rachaelwilliams

Light Year - Moderation

Check out the amazing new video from Sydney’s Light Year. Not only is it a great video but it’s a great track as well, and after receiving high-profile online support from Tensnake, it’s sure to your most shared video this month.

Light Year (aka the mononymously named Jordan) have already released 2 EP’s and toured both America and Europe but with a Australian-style take on the Hot Creations brand of deep house groove combined with an acid-house rave video, he’s sure to have a big year.

Rachael Williams



Droog’s Potty Mouth Warm-Up Mix

Posted in Deep House, House, mix, Warehouse Party, We are not a rock band with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 2, 2012 by rachaelwilliams

Droog play Potty Mouth warehouse party

This Saturday sees LA’s Culprit Records head honchos Droog go up British partner in crime Inxec in a special back to back set at one of our favourite London warehouse parties, Potty Mouth. Completing the bill is Danish deep house master Noir and rising Polish stars Catz N Dogz and We Are Not A Rockband’s very own Hazmat; giving what must surely be the most hotly anticipated international lineup across the capital this weekend.

And if just the mere thought of it all wasn’t enough to whet your appetite, Droog have only gone done a Potty Mouth warm-up mix! With tracks from Subb-an, Gavin Herlihy and Amirali, you’ll be popping on your dancing shoes super-early out of sheer excitement. Tracklisting after the jump.

Droog – Potty Mouth Warm-up Mix

Potty Mouth will be from 9pm to 6am in the heart of Hackney at Netil House in London Fields. Tickets are on sale over at Resident Advisor.



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