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An Open Letter To Islington Borough Council

Posted in News, We are not a rock band with tags , , , , , on September 9, 2016 by Montagano

fabric-club2Hello everybody. Been a long time, right? 3 years and 6 months since my last post, to be exact.  I wish I was posting about some epic tunes, or groundbreaking new acts – but sadly I’m not. The decision made by Islington Borough Council to revoke Fabric’s licence is the driving factor for bringing this blog back to life one more time.

Together with my mate Rae, we wrote an open letter to Islington Borough Council. We figured that, instead of wasting our energy bemoaning the decision on Facebook, it’s better to try doing something constructive about it.

We were inspired by Factmag, who published a post about seven things you can do to protest the club’s closure. It’s worth having a read.

Earlier today, we printed the below letter and sent to a bunch of MPs, Islington Borough Council, and Sadiq Kahn – and now we’ll spam the shit out of everyone on social platforms (apologies in advance). Please help by sharing it – or even better, writing your own.

We don’t hold out much hope, but at least we can say we tried.

#savefabric

Montagano

 

 

 

 

Dear Islington Council,

We write to you following the news of your decision to revoke Fabric’s licence.

The writers of this letter represent a large community of people from around the world who are extremely upset to learn about this closure. This letter serves as only a tiny fraction of the support that the public are currently showing for this club.  

Like you, we’re professionals in our respective fields. We’re not kids, we’re not part of the music industry; we don’t even go to Fabric as much as we used to. But we’re asking you to reconsider your position on the closure of this venue. At the very least, please hear us out, and be pragmatic and objective in your approach to reading this letter…

Feelings of anger and frustration are resonating throughout the global music community right now, with questions around the true reason behind the shutdown of Fabric now being surfaced on mainstream media outlets.

This is because closing Fabric isn’t like closing any other club in your local borough. For the past 17 years, Fabric has played a role in shaping the world’s music scene. The genres it promoted are now a global phenomenon thanks to the legacy that this club helped to build.

For British dance music, there has been no other venue as influential as Fabric in the past two decades. Countless producers, musicians and DJs forged their careers there. There is no other place as important for young, aspiring British artists.

The UK has a unique musical landscape. No one does it quite like us; from drum and bass to garage, grime to dubstep – music is one of our key exports. But the scene that we should fight to preserve is being choked by the police and councils in London. The exodus of artists, musicians and normal working folk to more liberal cities like Berlin is already underway and, sadly, London is no longer the vibrant, diverse and loud city it used to be.

And so, just like Bagleys, Turnmills, Cable and many more – Fabric was next in line for the guillotine. But what has this closure achieved? Drugs are still dangerous and unregulated. People are still at risk of overdosing. This decision doesn’t solve the actual problem; it ignores it.

It’s important to make a clear distinction here – drugs were responsible for the tragic events this summer, not Fabric. But for whatever reason, you chose to blame Fabric instead.  We’re not going to postulate on the actual reason behind that – but we will say one thing:

You missed a big opportunity to do good for the community by taking this decision. You could have been brave and attempted to tackle the underlying issue of drug overdoses amongst young men and women. Instead, you made Fabric a scapegoat – and presumably, you’ll now turn your backs on the problem altogether.

If you really want to help this community, some difficult, progressive and ground-breaking decisions need to be made.

Drugs need regulating.

It will be a very challenging task – but it’s essential. People need to know what they’re consuming; they need to know it’s safe. Tester kits with potency warnings should be readily available. Medics should be on-hand to deal with emergencies. Flyers and posters should remind people of the risks of drug usage and carry warnings about specific batches of high-risk products available at the time.

Taking music away from people isn’t the right solution. You must be more forward-thinking in your approach. The Portuguese government is a prime example of a government who understands the need to be forward-thinking in today’s society. By legalising and therefore regulating drug usage, they stopped treating drug users like criminals.

Here’s a relevant statistic for you to review – the decline of drug-related deaths since 2001 (when Portugal reformed its drug laws):

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Music is embedded in British culture. Don’t take that away from us. Help us enjoy music safely and responsibly; implement initiatives that drive awareness of the risks posed by drug consumption. You’ll never be able to stop people from taking drugs, no matter how many clubs you close – so instead, why don’t we work together to build the blueprint for future generations to enjoy themselves without risking their lives.

The implications of your actions go way beyond just closing a club. The lights are going out on nightclubs all over the capital but you can still do what’s right for the people of London.

Reconsider your decision. #savefabric

Win Tickets To See Jesse Perez

Posted in Club Night, Competition, House with tags , , , , , , , , , , on October 31, 2012 by rachaelwilliams

Jesse Perez plays the Slowpoke Showcase

This Saturday sees Miami’s don of gangster house Jesse Perez brings his current global tour to our fair capital’s doorstop, headlining the showcase laid on by London agency SPL (Slowpoke London). Joined by roster mates Sishi Rösch, tBOY and James Pople, Perez brings his trademark sleazy sound to Shoreditch.

Having released on Hot Creations, Exploited Records and his own label, Mr Nice Guy, Jesse is pretty much hot property at the moment. Check out the video for his latest release from Exploited, Mama Me La…

To win tickets to see Jesse Perez at the SPL Showcase email the correct answer to the following question by 2pm Thursday 1st November to admin@wearenotarockband.com with the subject “I wanna party this Saturday with Jesse Perez!”

Where is Jesse Perez from?

a. Miami

b. Margate

c. Macclesfield

Only winning entrants will be contacted.

The Slowpoke London Showcase takes places Saturday 3rd November from 10pm – 3am at Red Gallery, Shoreditch. Tickets are only £10 from Resident Advisor.

INTERVIEW: WAZE & ODYSSEY

Posted in Club Night, Competition, Interviews, We are not a rock band with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 24, 2012 by Red Ben

Waze & Odyssey are part of a new wave of emerging UK producers who are helping to keep the UK house scene on its toes.  After their first release in early 2012, “Ah Baby (Here We Go Again)”  they’ve released a whole load of remixes, originals, and bootlegs, ranging from raw, urban garage tracks through to epic ’90s-influenced house anthems.  They originally created a fake background story about being US garage veterans raised on a diet of funk & soul in Miami, but then they came clean that they were just having a laugh with that story and are actually a couple of London veterans called Serge Santiago and Firas Waez.  With a distinct Waze & Odyssey sound evolving, a new W & O record label, a love of keeping people guessing, and support from the likes of Pete Tong, Lazaro Casanova, Bicep, and Friendly Fires, Waze & Odyssey are set to be BIG in 2013.  We caught up with them to find out what they’re all about…

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Win free entry to see Bicep at Fabric

Posted in Club Night, Competition, Deep House with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 4, 2012 by rachaelwilliams

Bicep play Fabric

This Saturday sleazy house producers and noted music bloggers, Bicep, takes over Room 3 of Fabric nightclub and we’ve got free entry for you and a friend to see them and their guest Terrence Parker. All you have to do is email us at admin@wearenotarockband.com with the email subject “I’ll Flex My Bicep At Fabric This Saturday!” and the first entry will get their name put on the guestlist! [Entries must be received by Thursday 5th July 2012 2pm to qualify. Only the lucky winner will be contacted.]

Check out Bicep’s literally brand new Muscle Worx mix for Fader Magazine…

Also playing will be:

Room 1:
-Craig Richards
-Petre Inspirescu (Pedro)
-Cobblestone Jazz LIVE

Room 2: Leftroom
-Jay Haze
-Matt Tolfrey
-Droog

With each room looking mighty appetising this is a sure-fire win for your weekend. But finally, no word on Bicep is complete without mention of their HOT track on new label Lover Fever, $tripper…

For tickets to see Bicep, Droog, Craig Richards and more, visit the Fabric website.

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When WANARB Met: Zombie Disco Squad

Posted in Club Night, House, Interviews, We are not a rock band with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 30, 2012 by rachaelwilliams

Zombie Disco Squad chats to WANARB

“Zombie” seems to be the word on everyone’s lips this week, whether it’s the global news discussing the shocking events in Florida; or the music press discussing Nat Self aka Zombie Disco Squad’s latest album Brains. Released this Monday past on Made To Play; its coincidental timing certainly catches society obsessing madly over flesh-eaters.

Here at We Are Not A Rockband we like to keep things simple and have combined the two topics for you and taken advantage of the fact he’s playing at this weekend’s SOS Jubilee Sunday Warehouse party and had a chat with Zombie Disco Squad about that… and zombies. And brains. And his new album Brains. See, simple?

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When WANARB Met: Daniel Bortz

Posted in Club Night, Deep House, Interviews with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 11, 2012 by rachaelwilliams

Daniel Bortz plays the Suol Showcase at Tief

The man on everyone’s after-party playlist, Daniel Bortz, returns to London town this weekend as part of a much hyped showcase for his current label Suol. WANARB favourites Tief, have brought key members of the label over to coincide with the end of the Suol World Series that saw Bortz in Brazil, Fritz Kalkbrenner in China, Tricksi in Mexico and Chopstick & Johnjon in Europe. We caught up with him ahead of his set at Corsica Studios this weekend to find out about the scene in his hometown of Ausberg in Germany, how he goes about creating his tracks and what he’d save in a fire…

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When WANARB Met: Fur Coat

Posted in Club Night, House, Interviews, We are not a rock band with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 1, 2012 by rachaelwilliams

Fur Coat

After breaking the news last January that the tune about cocaine and ketamine you were all so desperately after was by Venezuelan duo Fur Coat we thought it only fair to pin them down for an in-depth chat. And what better time to do so than just before they’re due back in the UK to play Return To The Future 4 for some bank holiday weekend madness. With big-hitters like Seth Troxler and Tale Of Us also on the bill, it’s truly time for Fur Coat to cement their growing reputation here in the UK…

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