Q/A with The Salivation Army

August 14, 2013 in Uncategorized by Mark Vicente

I’m so excited I get to share the decks with Sarah Bernard aka The Salivation Army this Sunday August 18th  for  Qomplitaion Qouleur at Peopl. Check out her answers below on all things Party  related :)

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Mark Vicente: Who/What were your inspirations in becoming a DJ?
The Salivation Army:What motivated me to become a DJ is less of a “who” and more of a “what”. I remember first being allowed “out” without a curfew, having been a teenager for just over 6 months. I went to some clubs, sure, but my main events were house parties. Of course, there, all the guests would play at being the DJ, this being the first years of the iPod and all. This resulted in people cutting off songs to put in their own, and parties where the music stopped and went more times than the guests managed to get a good dance in. This sat with me so wrongly, I couldn’t shake this newly formed principle in my head “you can’t interrupt a dancefloor!” I was so determined to ensure this wouldn’t happen anywhere else that I left, went home and taught myself to DJ.

 

Mark Vicente: Why do you think Club Culture is an important part of Society?
The Salivation Army: It’s not so much about Club Culture for me as much as it concerns having a space to dance in, to let loose in. When I hear “Club Culture”, it brings to mind a specificity (of place, of crowd, of atmosphere) that I’m trying to work beyond. The genres of music I play come from cultures where dancing and socializing in general seem almost inextricably combined (my own included). Having this as a background, I have quite a bit of trouble imagining a society without the space or the time of day for people to dance their faces off at some point!

Mark Vicente: How would you describe the perfect party?
The Salivation Army: I’ve definitely heard myself say “this is the best party of my life!” quite a few times over the course of my career. Those were nights when I looked out and saw the crowd and the dancefloor having an undeniably good time, when the music was on point and when, afterwards, those of us who were there find ourselves unable to stop talking about it for a good few days if not more.

Mark Vicente: What kind of experience can people can expect from a Salivation Army party?
The Salivation Army: I used to sum this up with two words: Booty bass. What I mean is that everything I play is to give the floor a reason to wild out- it’s all going to make you want to dance (slow, rough, dirty, whatev) so expect booty shaking, alcohol powered stunts (not necessarily by me!), general ridiculousness. It’s a good time.

Mark Vicente:  In five years where would you like to be as a DJ?
The Salivation Army: In five years I won’t be as much of a youngin’ anymore, so I hope I can still pull those stunts that I’m so totally not pulling at my parties presently :) But in all seriousness, I would like to keep bringing the party wherever I can, North-America is amazing but I bet I’d have the time of my life doing this on the other side of the ocean every now and again. In 5 years, I hope I keep meeting my heroes and raising the bar for more and more occasions to say “best gig of my life!”

Come check out Mark Vicente and The Salivation Army at Qompilation Qouleur Sunday August 18th

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Q/A with Tom Flynn

July 18, 2013 in Uncategorized by Mark Vicente

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Tom Flynn is an International DJ, Remixer and Producer based in the UK. His works have been released on such labels as Hypercolour, Dirtybird, Viva Music and Mobilee and have been recognized by some of the world’s best DJs; Pete Tong, Steve Lawler, Richie Hawtin, to name a few. He is considered to be one of the most forward thinking Producers in House Music Producing and DJing anything from Deep House to Techno. Here’s what he had to say:

Mark Vicente: What was your first Club Experience like?
Tom Flynn: If I remember rightly I went to see Judge Jules in my hometown at Gods Kitchen, it was cool to see night world at first hand.

Mark Vicente: Why is Club Culture/ Nightlife important in society?
Tom Flynn: It’s a release. People work hard all week and see that time as a release. from this side we don’t see it like that so much. It also entwines into fashion and art, like the minimal trend for example which had a big knock on from the minimal art work in Germany.

Mark Vicente: What continues to inspire you as a DJ and Producer?
Tom Flynn: Life. Everything around me, the people I meet, things I see or hear when I’m out or on tour. Other genres influence me a lot.

Mark Vicente: What are the qualities in an exceptional DJ?
Tom Flynn: Taste. Pure and simple. If you’ve got awful taste you’ll be a shit DJ. You also need to know how to work a room, how to take the vibe of the room up and down. I see my job as like a conductor of an orchestra, you’re basically telling the crowd when to lift it up and when to chill out, the only difference is we do it through records.

Mark Vicente: What kind of experience can people expect from a Tom Flynn party?
Tom Flynn: My own parties are in the pipeline, as for my DJ sets, just good house and techno!!

Mark Vicente: Words of advice to any bedroom DJ wanting to transition into a real club setting?
Tom Flynn: Know your records, develop your taste via other genres, and if you still have shit taste, don’t push it on other people!

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Upcoming Gigs: June

June 9, 2013 in Uncategorized by Mark Vicente

I have one more date at Sky on the 21st then I head off to Toronto Pride for A/X at the Phoenix! Feeling blessed.AX Pride Toronto 2013

Get Your Friday Fix at Sky this May

May 4, 2013 in Uncategorized by Mark Vicente

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March Dates

March 8, 2013 in Uncategorized by Mark Vicente

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Long live Londontown

January 21, 2013 in Uncategorized by Mark Vicente

Mental note for the future: London is not a place to go for a relaxing vacation. But the vibrancy of the city was awe-inspiring. The cool summer weather meant the streets were a fall-fashion runway. The night life brought me back to younger days when I couldn’t wait to finish my 9-5 and party all weekend long. The scene was electrifying, diverse, open and fun and the beats were always fresh. Thanks for Arthur and Ben for giving me a place to crash! This mix is for you. xo