Hi Jim how you doing?
Drew P Weener
I’m good thanks, currently relaxing in my very nice hotel room here in Sydney before my gig tonight at The Chinese Laundry - a great club, so cant wait!
Your playing London’s Cable in the next few weeks for Renaissance; are you looking forward to playing?
Yeah I really am. I played a short set there in the bar recently for a charity night that John Digweed put on, so i got to check the space out then. It’s got a really underground feel to it and is a much needed addition to the London club scene. The system and vibe in the main room was fantastic when I saw John there, so I’m really looking forward to experiencing that myself in a few weeks! Renaissance always throw great parties and i think this is as good a home as they could have after The Cross was closed.
How was the Bedrock party last month at Cable?
It was good as expected. Its cool to be part of something that’s giving back as well and credit to John and Bedrock for putting the event on! I got to met and play with Jimpster, which was great as well as im, a big fan. Mr Digweed was doing his thing in the main room and his adoring public was lapping it up!
How do you find London’s Club Scene at the moment, and was it a surprise to you on another new club opening?
I think over the last few years London has lost and gained some good clubs. Obviously the like of MOS and Fabric have been setting the pace for years and the addition of Matter at the O2 has provided another new space. The thing I liked about Cable though was it had that feeling of some of those clubs that have closed now like The Cross and Turnmills - something very London about the feel and also a nice raw feel to it as well. I think there is room for lots of clubs in London as long as the quality of the venue and nights is high. Cable look like they are doing that so it’s a good time for the scene.
You’ve been travelling a lot recently, have you noticed any trends or differences with London’s music as apposed to other cities.
That’s a good question. I think in some of the sunnier places that I visit the people like some bigger sounding tunes to hype them up, where as in London my experiences have often been about creating a groove and drawing people in a bit more - it always depends on the people of course, but I think the crowd here is very clued up, so I always enjoy playing in that environment!
How’s studio going at the moment; could you tell us a little about your Suelo alias.
I’ve been doing loads of stuff of late; i have 3 new EPs that im putting out through my own label Misfit in the next couple of months, so im excited to be doing that again. The Seulo alias is something that im developing quite closely with my good friends at Four:Twenty. It’s just a deeper and more experimental side, and as a label they are a perfect outlet for that. The next release is out any week and features 2 very different tracks - 'One Week' which is warm percussive deep house with some nice clarinet action and 'Shadowman' which is more leftfield, detroity, techiness. There is also a great warm mix of 'One Week' by Lauhaus, which im really excited about.
Do you feel that it’s important for a producer to release different styles of music under separate artist names?
I guess I must as I’m doing it! To be honest, I think it’s important to be consistent in all that you release and keep the quality high. One thing that I wanted to do with my Seulo alias is just to have a bit of separation between some of my bigger main room stuff and the real deep stuff. I also want to do the Seulo stuff live at some point which also puts a different angle on it.