Friday 16th January Keep It Deep took a trip to the Bethnal Green arches to check out London’s underground party Undersound, who had Andrew James Gustav, Etienne & Francesco Del Garda providing the musical repertoire for the evening.

London’s club scene is going through a period of change which is natural when you have significant social and economic movement. The most obvious evidence of this is club closure (The End, The Cross, Turnmills, T-Bar etc) or increased restriction like Fabric more recently. There is hope and there are small pockets of new ideas and new concepts that need to be shouted about and explored and Undersound is one of the community based movements that represent a new energy and style, don’t believe me go check it out and make up your own mind.

The concept for the party is really clear and concise book tight djs who search, research, seek and play mostly vinyl of the up most quality from different genres and years. No hype no commercial headliners or obvious venue choices, this party is one of London’s Best kept secrets and if you frequent, Toi Toi, Half Baked, Cartulis, Open, Night Moves & newly formed Gateway to Zen to name a few, Undersound could appeal to you also.

The party started at 11pm so I casually mooched over to the Bethnal Green arches around midnight to arrive for Andrew James Gustav who was on warm up duty. The bouncers on the door came across as super friendly and recognisable from other parties, which made entry effortless and easy.

As I entered the main room Arch I could hear sub 126 bpm tech house grooves being pushed out of the Martin Audio sound system. The space looked like it could hold 250 people comfortably and the sound was clean, clear and warm, not to loud for the early part of the night, which is very much appreciated. There was a stack in front of the DJ and also speakers at the back of the room to aid the sound picture and architecture.

The space was not busy but had bodies dotted around, the crowd overall seemed a bit older, more casual and concerned with the music and dancing. I also started to spot some other local djs and promoters inside the place, which was nice to see. Behind the dj booth there was a rolling video of graphics and illustration, which lent well to the music, space and atmosphere.

Andrew James Gustav was the warm up dj and over the last 6 months his prominence and status has grown. He is a true vinyl collector, and you are very well versed if you can recognise any of the tracks, as the majority of them are rare, hard to find or quite old. There is a simple pleasure I gain from watching Andrew dj, he plays music he likes and it fit likes glue to his sound, there is a metallic edge to the production, very rough and from another time period around the early to mid 90s. There is a defining break beak and mid 90s tech house stamp all over this sound, not forgetting some snippets of uk garage also. Andrew has a clinically tight style of mixing, which is very efficient, less is more and the music is well and truly showcased, not much eq’ing and messing around with fx on the Allen & Heath Zone 92 mixer I observed.

The highlight to Andrew’s set came as we heard two unreleased jams by Bruno Schmidt who crafted podcast number nine which you can check out here. There was a distinct garage shuffle and nagging lead hook, which got heads and feet nodding. The dance floor slowly oozed with more bodies, I noticed several dancers down the front alone, enjoying and appreciating the music, the vibe, the party and the atmosphere. Francesco Del Garda had arrived and the party was slowly taking form and shape.

At around 3am I felt fully content with my musical experience carefully guided by Andrew James Gustav on the decks. Next up came Etienne and then Francesco Del Garda to close the party. I am sure all the good work and great energy would have carried on into the morning and at the after party.

Overall if you have not reached an Undersound party to date, I strongly recommend you reach and see what the real Underground looks and feels like. The music takes centre stage and like everyone else in the room you will very quickly be part of a nice community you secretly don’t want to share with to many. You don’t have to arrive with an entourage of people, everyone was super friendly and the spaces are carefully considered, and finally the music, tirelessly assorted from an collection of djs who care so much it really is heart warming to see, this city is tireless and the new creatives pushing things forwards are doing so with there own voice.

Check the Undersound Facebook group for details here on there next party and for updates on there podcast series and record label also.



K / D Keep It Deep welcome in the new year with new energy and a new podcast from Italian born and now London based Matteo Manzini, an underground house & techno dj who co runs the party DAMAGED.  Matteo is an dj we have seen around on the scene at local parties including Keep On Going, Half Baked, Cartulis Day and Undersound, so we figured the kind of vibe this gentlemen likes to pursue and explore. Not forgetting Matteo also djs with his long time partner in crime Georgio at DAMAGED. Matteo is one of those djs that exudes his feelings in the music, the chemistry and kaleidoscope of the subtle grooves do actually represent this shy but passionate character very well. Matteo comes across as a very dedicated and sincere individual, one to find on the dance floor finding his own interpretation of the music. All we will say is enjoy the challenging and well executed excursions into one of tomorrow names to watch.  Check his Soundcloud link here , check the  RA link for gig details here and details on the party he runs DAMAGED here. Follow K / D Keep It Deep the blog and Soundcloud for very irregular updates of the musical sorts.

K/D: Where was you born and how was it living there?

MATTEO: I was born in Bologna, Italy, grown up in a small village in the outskirts, something like 1000 inhabitants, deep countryside. The whole community at that time was heavily influenced by the local church, not extremely exciting if I look at it right now but helpful for building up a strong sense of duty, if this is a correct English expression.

K/D: Your family life, do you have brothers and sisters?

MATTEO: I have a sister, we are probably getting closer as the years pass by, sharing experiences and talking about myself to the rest of my family has never been an habit, maybe now it comes slightly easier as I’m far away from the physical point of view and it’s all about words on a display.

K/D: Music from an early age what did it look and feel like?

MATTEO: The music I used to find in my parents house was really not much and also extremely simple, just some Italian traditional pop singers, but my mum and dad supported my will of playing piano when I was 7 years old, not a real passion, I was just following what my friends were doing, I think that was a beginning of the actual path in some way. It lasted for two years, then my friends moved to football and I (sadly) did the same.

K/D: Being a teenager what culture did you explore?

MATTEO: If you mean culture in a music sense, I remember being 15 years old and having the chance through some older friends of listening to tapes coming from an Italian club called Cocoricò, they used to play techno and trance/progressive, everything going quite fast, like 130 BPM or so, we were in a park sitting all around a portable tape player thinking about this place and wondering which kind of persons and life style could suit such a rhythm. At some point we got old enough to get our cars and drive there, it was happening once a month or so, thousands of people on a dancefloor with a glass pyramid on top, quite a big jump from the little church oriented village I reckon.

Then I moved from techno and trance/progressive to hardcore and gabber, don’t ask me why, it was more like a random tasting of this and that, then we added heavy metal also on a side, then again slowing down to grunge.

At some point I thought “ok I’m not a teenager anymore and I can’t go on listening to 4/4 beat, that’s not a mature choice” so I tried to walk away from clubbing and the related music, but it didn’t work out as you can see.

K/D: Education and how did this affect or shape you?

MATTEO: As said in answer number 1, the environment I lived in until the age of 15 or so taught me to put duties first, like saying to myself “if you don’t finish your homework you are not allowed to go out and see your friends”, I still feel that quite strong even if moving to London helped in opening things a bit more.

K/D: When did you move to London?

MATTEO: I started coming to London from Milan, where in the meantime I moved for work reasons, in 2003, like once a month just for clubbing, staying from Saturday to Monday or Tuesday then flying back. I will always be thankful to low-cost airlines like Ryanair and easyJet, they changed the market and my life. At the same time they probably have to thank me, as big part of my money incomings went to them since then.

In 2009 I moved to London full time, it was May and I was not sure 100% of the choice (I had in my pocket a flight to go back to Italy after three weeks, just to say how brave I was) but it’s 2015 and I’m still here.

K/D: Can you describe living, djing and partying in London compared to other places?

MATTEO: I see London as a big monster who never sleeps, this is interesting but also very dangerous, you need to give yourself rules and limits and avoid to freely going with the flow, or the flow will probably put you in troubles very soon.

Living, DJing and partying here go then in my mind with the same logic: I need to know I’m able to decide to go home from a party even if the party hasn’t finished yet, or to be patient and refuse a booking as a DJ if the situation is not 100% something I feel comfortable with. The opposite face of this is that maybe I’m not going fast enough and I’m missing some professional chances, it’s an effective risk I’m aware of, but I prefer to feel an idea of balance around myself and my things.

K/D: Damaged and Georgio your partner can you explain this?

MATTEO: DAMAGED started in June 2009, one month after I moved here, because I had no gigs and the easiest way was the put up my own party, in this way I had the chance to play music in public at regular intervals: not a great poetry behind, I know, just some simple and basic needs.

I used to see Georgio everywhere since the first secretsundaze I attended, it was 2003, but we were not actual friends and we have never really spoken more than two minutes in a row. I looked for him through MySpace and asked for a meeting, it happened in Camden as he was working there at that time: I explained my idea saying I already had a small venue agreeing to let us play, and the name was ready too, coming from a tattoo I have on my wrist. Also the chosen day was Sunday because there were very few parties happening on Sunday in 2009 so ideally a bigger free audience of wondering clubbers. Luckily he said yes and few days after the first DAMAGED happened: I guess we gathered no more than thirty people for that one, not a meaningful quantity, but we had fun.

I learnt many things from Georgio since then and amongst them the one always coming to my mind as first is that the success of a party is not measured by the number of people attending: starting from the fact that it can be applied to life out of partying too, I hope DAMAGED has been perceived through the years as an exemplification of this concept.

K/D: The music you place and your key musical and non musical influences?

MATTEO: I play what makes my body move when listening to music, the combination of human material and sonic frequencies never lies and I think you need to be honest and go with the intersection of those two parts: I’m a clubber first of all, and a DJ under development as second.

K/D: The podcast can you explain the journey and also the spoken word moments?

MATTEO: I recorded it in November 2014 and I think it totally reflected myself at that time.

First of all I wanted something not to easy to mix (and you can feel the technical problems in some part of it :-) ) as I learned in these years that taking risks is half of the job progression when DJing.

I chose tracks reflecting my answer number 9, I’m listening to it now while writing and it still works in making me move on the chair even if two months passed by so I admit I am satisfied with it.

The spoken part is taken from Twin Peaks first series, in general I love written and spoken words and I try to add layers of them in my DJ sets to tracks which sound a bit too dry or anyway repetitive to my brain. Twin Peaks was a big shock when the Italian television streamed it for the very first time in 1990, nothing like that existed before, at least not to my eyes. Also, 1990 was the same period of the tapes from Cocoricò I was saying about in my answer number 4, so everything makes sense in my tidy and balanced mind.

K/D: Where is Matteo at right now, what are you feeling and how will your story continue?

MATTEO: If you mean professionally, I reached a point I could only dream about while planning the first DAMAGED almost six years ago and I’m very grateful to London and partly to my sense of duty for this: now I feel I can almost call myself a “DJ”, not there yet but maybe not so far from the target.

At the same time I’m not stopping, I will keep on working and see what feelings and satisfactions the 4/4 music can still bring to the little kid once going to church.

K/D: Can you give me some of non musical influences across art that inspire you? which djs /producers do you admire and find inspiration from as we see each other at certain events, for instance Fabric with Ricardo etc?

MATTEO: I admit I don’t have a huge art knowledge out of music, at least not as big as I would love to have. What normally happens is that every once in a while I bump into something, in a museum, at a temporary exhibition, through a friend or even online, and I just like it, or anyway I feel the need of knowing more about what I’m seeing. If I have to translate this into explicit individuals I would say Francis Bacon, Pablo Picasso, David Foster Wallace and Alessandro Baricco (if writing is a form of art).

Going back to the 4/4 music field, I would say with no doubts I admire Rhadoo and Ricardo Villalobos as DJs and again Ricardo Villalobos and Pedro as producers.

Rhadoo because of his music selection, his technical skills and the infinite layered transactions which makes impossible to understand what track starts or ends where: I can think of his sets as an ocean, it apparently moves slowly but it comes to get you and there’s no way out once you are in the middle. Also, his behaviour in the DJ booth represents my idea of professionalism: no hands in the air, no chatting around, no girls or photos or blah blah, just an eye on the dancefloor and two on his music, three in total.

Talking about Ricardo Villalobos, I haven’t missed a set from him in fabric since I moved to London and it’s always worthy to see the amount of risks he takes while DJing, which music directions he is going through, especially on room 1 dreamy sound system, and, through his unreleased tracks, what happens in his brain in that particular period. Also, his physical presence has something magical: using Georgio words, “he is the big oak we are all inhaling frequencies from”, kind of perfect definition of Ricardo Villalobos in my opinion in terms of the man leading our scene.

K/D: Damaged has been going since 2009 can you explain the music policy, and over xmas you and Georgio played all night b2b, how do you find going b2b, do you only do this with Georgio, who brings what energy?

MATTEO: At DAMAGED we try first of all not to impose short sets, at the moment two hours and a half is the minimum, this is in my opinion a way of professional progression and a topic we are trying to expand even to other parties: when we deal with a booking proposal there is always a point when this comes out and I found funny that more and more promoters are aware of it thinking “here we are again with Georgio and Matteo trying to grow their set length”

In terms of composition of the line-up we usually have one international guest and one local DJ and we try to consider the human factor of each choice together with the music aspect: if the DJ booth produces joy it’s easier to spread that on the dancefloor.

Playing back to back with Georgio is a challenge and a pleasure at the same time: our music choices are different but very respectful of each other’s, I think we learnt during the years to play for the other one. I remember there was at the beginning a time where the style or the (short) length of his tracks were making me anxious, now it’s more like a test to myself in saying “let’s see how can I get alive out of this”.

K/D: Do you play any instruments, or make music?

MATTEO: I bought some music machines during the years but up to now I have been using them just for exercises, nothing really worthy to have a listen to.

K/D: you mentioned earlier about going home when your ready, there have always been lots of parties, after parties and now this new trend of one day mini festivals lasting 12 to 18 hours how do you not stay up and out for days like so many do?

MATTEO: I stay out sometimes for days too and I don’t consider myself an absolute exception from that point of view, don’t get me wrong, but at the same time I know I have interesting things to be done at home and they are waiting for me there. It’s mainly a point of not acting just as a consumer, and after a while having the need to produce some output, whatever it means, for myself and maybe for the people around me: it’s about balance, again.

K/D: Talk to me about the Romanians there sound and your view on it?

MATTEO: If with “Romanians” you are referring to all the people from Romania involved in our scene, I’m happy to see how a whole country can stand up through music and find a way to fight everyday problems, dreaming about a shiny future.

If you otherwise refer to the three RPR, they are my professional reference, Rhadoo in particular as said in answer number 12, and also the cause of an infinite series of nights and days of outstanding music all over Europe. Apart from being a matter of frequencies in the sound they propose, and there is not a lot I can explain about it if not feelings, what I appreciate is their technical skills, closer to perfection, the logic behind their sets, or at least what my brain perceives there, and the amount of hours they can work without apparent physical tiredness: in most of the moments playing music becomes for them closer to breathing, a completely natural action.

MATTEO: Thanks for the interest, for the podcast request and for the interview, it was fun to build both of them.


Half Baked have grown so much in its five years and this review will highlight some observations from there 5th Birthday party which was headlined by Zip the Perlon label boss alongside many others. There 5th birthday was an 18 hour party and we came to see if this would be boring or an much needed extended birthday bash.

Over the last few years London has seen a rapid change in its nightlife landscape with club closures,  local authorities clamping down and new parties starting and old ones stopping. Half Baked grew from a very small humble idea and there have been many positives which we discovered on there 5th birthday.

The venue Studio 338 is a little out of the way on the motorway towards South London, Secretsundaze have used the space in the past decorating the outside terrace to great effect with the parties signature yellow and black colour scheme. I was curious to see how Half Baked dressed the venue and how well they used the space.


I entered the venue around midnight Saturday evening and to give you context he part started a cool 12 hears earlier at midday, so there were lots of heads who had been out all day and more heads rolling in as late as me. On entering the club I recognised lots of regular faces, cool club kids who have made the effort for one of London front running deep house parties.    There was a glitter bath that saw groups of friends taking pictured and enjoying the nightclub theatre. In the opposite side was a photo booth which I ended up with some random which was fun.

Whilst I waited patiently at the bar I could hear the thump of the sub bass and some lead sounds which got me intrigued, the vibe was deep and as I entered the main room. The main room terrace was magically transformed with the Half Baked signature bike hanging in the middle and I could really sense happy energy, with people smiling and dancing and lots of girls and boys throwing shapes to Hold Youth. Hold Youth have had a great year with the release of there album De La Club which has been critically acclaimed. Great job overall warming up for Zip which most certainly would have been on there mind. As the time approached 1am I noticed a change, people clearly came to see Zip and the atmosphere was rising.

 That small figure Thomas Franzmann stepped into the already busy dj booth and so it began. The journey and story telling which within 20 minutes stood apart from all the great music I had heard that night already. Zip does seem to be a very polarising figure as in the forums he has legions of fans which is very commendable considering he has the slightest inclination for self promotion or social media which is a rarity these days. Zip is a self-confessed ‘digger’ he strictly plays vinyl only and it can be very frustrating to figure out what he is actually rinsing. On this occasion I did recognise some of the wax which included Mood 2 Swing, Schatrax and Masters At Work. As I looked around the room of about 600 people I pretty much noticed the majority of the room grooving, lots of smiles and a real sense of togetherness and energy. I tried to see if anyone was not enjoying themselves but I could not. For good 15-20 minute solid blocks, I danced and enjoyed the sounds and musicality, the vocals and seamless mixing. The 3hr set seemed to fly by which is always a good sign and overall this was the stand out set from an already great party with several djs and live acts who really kept the tapestry and mood of Half Baked consistent for nearly 18 hours.


After Zip finished Mike Shannon took to the booth to keep the groove going as he pushed the intensity a bit and the tone a little harder. As we popped into the 2nd room upstairs which was more intimate and reminded me of those cool French deep house, house parties. The groove was deep and again everyone looked to be enjoying the closing set in the smaller surroundings by Julietta.


Overall Half Baked are growing from strength to strength and the bookings seem to always be on point, never obvious or commercial. The party started at midday on the Saturday with local stars from Keep On Going, Colors & Damaged to keep the vibe true and also inline with the Half Baked sound. The crowds are as you would expect, knowledgeable, young, well dressed and friendly.  For a party that lasted 18 hours there was enough interesting djs and live acts and the way the venue was dressed made the difference to the birthday celebrations. 14 hours into the party and the club was still busy with new faces piling in for some dance floor action.  As the Half Baked agency and record label grow the future of this project looks to only grow better and not commercially. This party is very well run, with a distinct look, feel and sound, the venues or sound are never staid or safe and there always seems to be genuine energy and excitement for the djs on the bill. If you havent already checked this party we would recommend you do, if you are already in the know, we might just see you soon.  If you would like to catch the vibe there are no more tickets on sale on RA however there might be people re-selling there already bought tickets, check the link for full line up and re-sell ticket details here and here.

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Joe Ellis is one of those slow paced, measured & genuine nice guys that gives the underground music scene a warm glow and nice interpretation. Joe Ellis co runs the UntilMYHeartStops label with Leif Knowles. They like to represent records that other labels probably wouldnt. Joe Ellis has been resident at Freerotation festival in Wales since its inception in 2007. This festival is a Discogs vinyl fiends dream excursion, check the line up for  the most credible representation of deep house techno you will find anywhere and Joe is very instrumental in the curation and creation of the project alongside founder Steevio and Suzybee.

Joe kindly provided a podcast which really evokes memories of a smokey strobe light, nicotine stains on fingers that slow sub bass you crave and also leaves you with disdain. The bpm pushes and pulls around 126. The crevices lack form but the music gives character and full-bodied energy. There is no story line but always history and honesty. A real portrayal of the type of slow-moving techno we like and appreciate, check the mix and short interview below.

K / D: Do you still live in Wales, if so what is the vybe there?

JOE ELLIS: Yeah, I live in a small seaside town on the North Coast. There were only about 40 people in the village we grew up in as kids so this feels like a bustling metropolis in comparison. It is quiet, and the consequence of our crew being so spread out means it’s rare everyone gets together to party but I am a sucker for a sea view.

K / D: Freerotation festival you are a part of can you explain this relationship?

JOE ELLIS: Freerotation has been since it started and still is my favourite weekend of the year. I got to know Steevio & Suzy (and most of the rest of the FR crew) through DJing with Tom and Leif at some of the early Welsh parties that my old man used to help organize and we’ve all been kicking about together ever since. It’s been nice seeing it grow each year and some of the sets that get played will forever be etched in mind. Voices from the Lake this year might just have topped the lot. Getting to play Room 1 each year is a real privilege.

K / D: You co run UMHS how did this surface?

JOE ELLIS: It really came about from a conversation we had around the kitchen table discussing producers who we all loved who hadn’t put enough music out. Joey and Area were the first names that came up and the first people we emailed. It was their warmth and enthusiasm that drove us to actually do it and it has been a really interesting process since then. I love each record but that first Joey record will always feel special. Getting Steevio, Joey and Spider on the same record this year was a nice moment and we’re sitting on some amazing music from the Welsh crew that will come out at some point.

K / D: Can you explain a bit about the mix?

JOE ELLIS: I was a little bit dubious about one or two of the tracks having surfaced on mixes in the past but this was pretty much the first hour of my set at this years FR and a decent snapshot of the sort of armchair techno that gets me hot under the collar.





Half Baked which started as a small underground party based in East London stated by Remi Landaz and Bruno Ciaramicoli is a true success story which will be celebrating its 5th birthday this November 2014. The party has grown internationally and now includes a record label and dj agency. The birthday presents a line up that includes Perlon label boss Zip, Sammy Dee, Berlin based Bruno Pronsato live, French 3 piece Dop live, Hold Youth, Vera, Julietta, BirdsMakingMachine live, Yakine, Mike Shannon, the Colors crew Stephane Ghenacia & Guilhem Monin, Damaged resident Matteo Manzini & Georgia Oniani, Keep On Going heads Dean Marc & Rob James, & of course the Half Baked agency artists Greg Brockmann, Robin Ordell, Enrico Mantini, Rainer & Rudolf. This will be  a marathon 18 hour celebration at Studio 338 South London.  Extra release of tickets available here and here.

We caught up with Bruno “Half Baked’ to get the skinny check the interview below.

K / D – When did half baked start?

Bruno – Half Baked started back in 2010 in the Fairchild Arches in Shoreditch.

K / D – Which country & what was the concept for the party?

Bruno – We wanted to create a party that was different to every other one that you had around. Our aim was to create a party with a special vibe and friends around that’s why we were doing section at the door . Everyone coming to the party was to feel involved and part of the family. Whether people were friends or not, they could all come together and have a great time, with a smile on their faces whilst being entertained by great music from some of the world’s best underground DJs.

K / D – What was the sound you wanted and what inspired it?

Bruno – Straight up quality house and techno, however the sound was to reflect the atmosphere at the parties, it needed that playful edge so our DJ’s aren’t playing dark, industrial sounding techno. Not that we don’t appreciate that music, it’s just that that’s not right for Half Baked.

K / D – who are the residents?

Bruno – We have a great group of residents, firstly there’s Robin Ordell and Greg Brockmann then after those two we have Seuil, Le Loup (also as Hold Youth), Mike Shannon, BirdsMakingMachine, Rudolf, Julietta, Rainer, Enrico Mantini and Yakine!

K / D – This November you turn 5 can you share some clear highlights and lowlights over the past 5 years?

Bruno – Highlights : The 2nd year open air party in shoreditch carpark with guy gerber . Lowlights : It was the first half baked at fairchild that we didn’t have no lights and it was cold and wet hahaha…

K / D – Can the explain more about the record label and how it is doing?

Bruno – We started the record label in early 2013. We wanted to have somewhere we could release the music that we love from our family and close friends who have played for us over the years. It’s a vinyl only label and we’re just about to put out our sixth release. The music released on the label has to reflect the vibe at our parties for those who may not have been before and we think we’ve managed that quite well!

K / D – You also manage a space can you explain how it came to be?

Bruno – Yes, my partner Remi Landaz and I started Number 90 Bar Restaurant in Hackney Wick. We had done some parties in the space previously and liked it so much we decided to open up a bar there. Initially it was just an empty warehouse space but we saw the potential straight away and got to work creating a bar. Everything is hand made and we have invested a lot of time and effort into the project but the outcome is amazing!

K / D – Who makes up the HB team?

Bruno – Half Baked was started up by myself and Remi, now also on the team we also have Ida and Sam. Between us four we run everything that is Half Baked!

K / D – The 5th birthday lineup can you explain the idea for the line up?

Bruno – Every year for our birthday we get most of our residents to come and play, this year being our fifth birthday we decided to go for something a bit special. Firstly we’ve got our residents as every other year but this time we also have some of our favourite artists coming along to join in the fun. Zip is a DJ who is a personal favourite of ours, it is a great honour to be able to host him for our birthday party but we also think that his style suits Half Baked so well. Similarly dOP are great friends of ours and they can get a party going like no one else! We also got three of our close friends and fantastic DJ’s in Sammy Dee, Vera and Bruno Pronsato not only as they complement the lineup so well but they have supported Half Baked so well throughout the years. Finally we also invited some of our good friends from other parties in London to come and play, we owe a lot to these guys and they’ve supported us since the very start so it was important to get them along.

K / D – What is next for HB?

Bruno – Next up for Half Baked following the birthday is our New Year parties! This year we are doing two, the first is our usual New Years Eve fancy dress party with Margaret Dygas, Le Loup, Robin Ordell and Greg Brockmann in a brand new venue. In addition to this we are doing another party on New Years Day in the daytime at Number 90 from 10am-4pm. For this one we have Seuil, Le Loup, Robin Ordell, a special guest and there is more to be announced!

K / D – Any exciting plans you can share for the party, the label and its core artists?

Bruno – Just at the moment we’re not allowed to say too much about the plans we have for next year, however we’ve got some very nice lineups on the cards in some great venues, so I don’t think that people are going to be disappointed! In terms of the label we have now lined up the next few releases and maybe every two months for the next couple of months we have a release with some incredible music from some great artists both within the Half Baked camp and long time friends of Half Baked.

 Dreamt up and projected into reality by Remi Landaz and Bruno Ciaramicoli, a new Sunday daytime party by the name of Half Baked appeared on East London’s radar in late 2009. A staple part of every electronic music lover’s diary, Sunday afternoon partying has become as essential as Saturday night. Half Baked’s founders and brains, both with long standing histories in the business side of the music, decided to create a Sunday party with a difference. Bringing on board two innovative London based DJ’s as residents, Greg Brockmann and Robin Ordell and a list of up-beat ideas…the consequence, to put it mildly, is a damn good time.

Half Baked hold their parties in spaces exclusive to them, taking what might otherwise be just another warehouse or open space and adding the Half Baked touch to their venues; always with raw industrial style, causing an atmosphere of a less-than-legal venue. A lit up bicycle wired across the ceiling of their winter brick arch space, a pair of fluorescent mannequins lovingly found and repaired by Bruno himself at their sunken summer car park. Summer 2010 saw the guys introduce support not only for their local DJ’s, but for talented artists as well. Live graffiti, fashion, photography, cinema, art exhibitions and more – it’s a supportive and inspiring collaboration of all involved. In a recent interview with Bang Bang Berlin the HB team said “Seeing people enjoying it so much is a great motivator which makes us try harder to do better and better for our followers for each event” There is no doubt in that, Half Baked goes from strength to strength, catering for people who want to party outside the boundaries of clubs and bars.

The Half Baked team; working together to create the ultimate experience have an undeniable magnetism between them. From the outside, it may seem like just a group of people having fun. In fact, it’s meticulously organised fun, down to every last detail. Everything that contributes to this immense and contagious vibe that Half Baked exudes has been lovingly thought through – Signing themselves off as “The Half Baked Family” isn’t without reason. It’s kinda special to say the least.

Here are some mixes from some of the artists playing to get you well acquainted with the sound and the energy of the party.


Thomas Franzmann aka Zip. Label boss of Perlon, a crate digger and truly respected figure from the underground scene.


Bruno Pronsato will be performing live and we interviewed him way back in 2007, his ethos, ideas and humour still remain check the link for the skinny here. 


Sammy Dee also releases on Perlon and is one half of Pantytec with Zip himself, need we explain the vybe more.


Hold Youth are made up of Le Loup & Seuil with there namesake record label slowly growing with recognition. Ones to watch on the night.


Greg Brockmann is one the Half Baked residents who definitely pushes the deeper groove mixing a fine strand of deep house and techno. check this.



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Winter is slowly fading in and the Halloween weekend is most certainly a big one and K / D – Keep it Deep chooses 5 parties that you should seriously check out for different musical reasons over the weekend including Butter Side Up, Colors, Art of Dark, Secretsundaze & Kaleidoscope, check the links for full information and ticket links.


First stop is Butter Side Up which is a long standing leeds Deep House party run by a solid crew of resident with a super tight booking policy, this is as super friendly party with pure vibes and great atmosphere. They have two guests detailed below and we have picked this Jane Fitz NTS mix to give you some flavour of what you can expect.

Eric Cloutier is the first up guest, a real underground hero in the form of Detroit native and Berlin resident. This guy is a master craftsman both in his sleek techno & house production and his beautifully hypnotic DJ sets, as well as lending his extremely well trained ear to labels such as New York’s Bunker and the Berlin/Bristol based TANSTAAFL it is safe to say that this chap knows his onions! 
Next up we welcome not only one of our favourite ever selectors, but an absolute cult hero the world over…Jane Fitz. DJ, promoter, music journo, Jane has just about seen it all when it comes to electronic music as she has effortlessly glided through the last 15 years of electronic music sticking to her guns and keeping things underground without ever relenting to any sort of pretentiousness…and she does it oh so well.


Next stop is Colors a party that has been going just over a year but has enjoyed a huge amount of success which included taking over room 3 at Fabric a few weeks back. This party brings any space to live with stand out dressing and show production of the space, this day of the dead party will be one of the best London has to offer. The music for this journey comes 3 solid gold djs and if you have been before you know the musical score. Check this mix from Thomas Roland who plays Colors often.


 So that is Friday over with on Saturday we firmly recommend that your 1st stop should be Art of Dark who have Praslesh which consists of Raresh back to back with Praslea. These Romanians bring that rolling micro minimal house to the floor which suits the Halloween vibe. Check this mix to catch the vibe.
The next stop Saturday night comes courtesy of Secretsundaze  with a deep line up which includes Dj Rolando, FunkinEven. Romare live and of course resident party starters Giles and James. These boys have been long in the game and they always bring a tight production to the venue with on point musical selection. Check the mix from FunkinEven for the score.


Last stop for the weekend and the 5th recommendation is Kaleidoscope, at 93 Feet East, with a stellar line up of underground heads and crate diggers. Jane Fitz features again this weekend, Andrew James Gustav of Hi-Fi fame, Matteo Manzini from sunday rave Damaged, Chris Graham & Ewan Smith, Rupes & Dan Beaven. Check this mix from Andrew James Gustav to catch the energy pushed on the floor. This one will be a more intimate affair with subtle musical stories and an understated crowd. Happy halloween and pleas take care of yourself, other and be responsible, keep it deep, always!


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K / D Keep It Deep will review the Fabric 15th Birthday weekend from the Sunday and ask the key question, is the club still relevant after all these years?

The build up to the Fabric birthday is always noticeable, from friends talking about it, social media updates and of course all online editorials covering from their specific angle. The line up always throws up some surprises and some regular faces. Historically the Saturday night can be an extremely busy affair so we swerve the crowds and dig deeper into Sunday night, of course we pre plan and take the Monday off work, you know, just in case.

Our background to the weekend goes like this, Saturday night local dj gig, anything goes from new jazz, hip hop, soul, funk and disco, 11pm finish so an early night. Sunday I wake up apprehensive and excitable at what is to come and also the knowing fact that the club is actually already open, alive and kicking.

 I arrived for around 6pm with a gaggle of friends & the sky was clear, no rain just an easy breezy Sunday, but in Farringdon the sense of energy and small pockets and gaggle of people milling around was apparent. New faces, old faces resurfacing, people looking for friends and of course dj’s coming to check the vibe was evident.  On our travels in the club we saw Matt Tolfrey who had been out for a sold 12 hours, Dave Congreve had just arrived & Jonny Rock was inside the place.

 All queues Sunday night at 6pm looked relaxed, we didn’t wait to get in, we did get searched and then joined the queue for coats, as the bass from room 1 slowly crept into ear shot.

 After my coat was checked I know we had the pleasure of seeing Ben UFO in room 1, I double checked my pockets to ensure I was coming correct, lots of mints, cash, rolling tobacco, lighter and Iphone for jotting tracks and notes.

 As I walked to the bar in room 1, the club was very busy still with young trendy types from around 20-40 looking deceptively fresh as I knew some heads would have been in the space since last night, some fresh and some just looking amused and lost.

The very slim and clean-cut silhouette of Ben UFO took to the decks and I noticed he was using Traktor dj software. The booth was busy with dj’s and other Fabric staff awaiting Ben UFO to get into his groove.

 His first few numbers raised the energy and Ben likes to bring in mixes rough and ready, always tight but not gentle and meticulous. There was an assertive nature to his set, he looked confident flicking through Traktor laying down a bed of Techno and vocal led Tech House the type from the 90s that crate diggers tirelessly seek out on Discogs. The crowd enjoyed the intensity and quick mixes and I actually started to recognise some cuts, including Something Here by Terrence Parker, Que Tal America by Two Man Sound and also Medusa by Stephen Brown which helped build the energy and the story. I could sense the crowd locking into Ben’s groove & it was nothing clever just straight up danceable music with tough undertones and fun vocal elements to engage with the crowd. Every single part of room one was bouncing and the sound system easily handled the onslaught as I noticed sound engineers in the booth keeping abreast of the situ tweaking and fixing.

 Ben then played Thought in Action by Portable which really added character to Ben’s set and it really worked the floor, heads really enjoying the track and all the odd, metallic, outer space samples. The pace was popping and I really started to enjoy things. Seasons by Lil Silva with the trumpet lead and thunderous bass line kept the energy up. Skee Mask by Reduct Live really gave the sound system a solid work out with its acute sub bass and relentless pace. Ben a few moments later played Sweet Love 2k by Fierce a stone cold garage classic, which the entire floor reacted well to, gun fingers and all the London heads grinding was the order of play. Overall a stellar set that the majority of the crowd bumped and grinded to, it was not to serious and there snippets of light humour and fun, I wished he could have played longer to stretch out but next up was Mathew Johnson Live.


 Mathew changed the tempo more with rolling synth leads and warm drum programming, wearing a fancy dress onesie Mathew engaged with the crowd and this lifted the vibe, people enjoyed looking at him play with his hardware as he was the only live set for Sunday. The visuals really aided and supported the live act, accompanying the heavy chords and garage type bass lines. Mathew swinged effortlessly creating solid grooves with no nonsense accessibility. The whole room was vibing and smiling towards the end of his hour and a half set he played the Good Life acapella over his instrumentals, which was a highlight. Overall Mathews live set stood apart but also kept the story of the evening going, nothing to tricky or intricate as the floor by this point wanted heady, main room time bizz. I went for a walk to room 3 and I was pleasantly surprised to see Levon Vincent doing his thing, nailing the groove as he usually does, the crowd was mixed and not to busy but this was a very pleasant surprise overall. Levon is usually more accustom to playing in room & it was evident Levon was acclimatising to the the more intimate room 3. Room 2 was not open and I did bump into a friendly couple who were very excited to see Ben Klock & Marcell Dettmann play however I disappointed them as I broke the news, these guys played 10 hours ago Saturday night.

I assume Ricardo was running late as Mathew played past his advertised set times, however Ricardo entered the main room dj booth looking decidedly fresh and ready to do a job. I heard on the grapevine his records went missing which I could not confirm. I noticed a palpable energy increase with Ricardo in the same room, the tension rising, the anticipation, his fans, his critics, the also the heads who know nothing on the dj. As he slowly took to the decks…. In true Ricardo he played an instrumental Latin number with no kick drum for a few minutes, this signature sound antagonised and played with the crowd until the kick drum came in and then eruption. Lots of cheers and hands in the air. The first hour or so was very solid usual Ricardo stuff, lots of long tracks, tight mixes, with percussion being the focal point. Life Is Water by Maurice Fulton was a real treat to hear on the big sound. Overall if Ricardo did indeed lose his records he still brought the magic, played some tracks not many would recognise, he always paints his own picture and always makes a journey very distinctive to the rest.

Next up should have been Craig Richards and Ricardo back to back but I couldn’t see him in the booth. As the hours rolled on, I arrived at 6pm and it was now 5:30am and Seth Troxler was doing his thing with Ricardo back to back. I heard news of an after party in room 3 but I had done 12 hours and that was all I needed for the Fabric birthday.

After all these years and reading the Vice piece (link here) on the club and how it came about with Keith & Cameron definitely gave me some context. The initial few days after the party lots of different social very different critical feedback on the club, and the dj’s. Overall Fabric is most certainly relevant as ever and the ethos of the music and the sound being paramount still stand. There are still the residents and long standing relationships which must mean something. Lots of people always speak negatively about the club and its booking policy, but I always wonder about London’s clubbing landscape and all the club closures we have witnessed, this club is still open, still doing its thing and booking new dj’s and nurturing local artists. Lots of dj’s & producers still name check Fabric as a space they have played at and it’s still held in high regard. Things change and times change and this club keeps on doing its thing never looking at trends or commercial opportunities. With high standard and that super clean sound system, The Fabric 15th birthday was thoroughly enjoyable considering I have been to the club two weeks earlier for Raresh and I have already eyed up some future dates I would like to attend. Quietly understated, Fabric does its thing and I would recommend visiting the space in person and making your own mind up. I am still hooked after all these years.


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