HERCULES AND LOVE AFFAIR
ANDY BUTLER DJ SHOW
O Andy Butler η ψυχή των φανταστικών hercules and love affair έρχεται για μια αναγνωριστική εμφάνιση στο Block33 πριν το αναμενόμενο Live show τους το χειμώνα.
New York Disco ήχοι θα μας βγάλουν από τα σπίτια μας την
Πέμπτη 24 Ιουνίου.
Μαζί του ο MANSTA κατά κόσμον Μανώλης Σταυρουλάκης με το δικό του απίθανο side set.
Οι πόρτες θα είναι ανοικτές από το πρωί λόγω του Goal 33 festival που λαμβάνει χώρα από αυτή την εβδομάδα στο Block
και το show θα ξεκινήσει στις 23:00
Εισιτήρια προπωλούνται στο metropolis (10euro) απο τη Δευτέρα.
Και στο ίντερνετ: http://www.hercules.eventbrite.com/
ακούστε κι αυτό!
Andy Butler by Block33
Hercules And Love Affair
1978 was a pivotal year in the evolution of dance music. Saturday Night Fever had hijacked disco from the gay, black and Latino underground scene and turned it into a strutting global pop phenomenon spurring DJs like Frankie Knuckles in Chicago and Larry Levan in New York to push the expansive, electronic dreams of Gorgio Moroder (I Feel Love) and Walter Gibbons (Ten Percent) towards what would eventually become House and Garage.
1978 was also the year that Andy Butler was born. Exactly 30 years later, with a little help from his vocalist friends Antony (of Antony and the Johnsons), Kim Ann Foxman and Nomi, Andy is reviving the spirit of real disco and the house sounds it spawned with enough passion and finesse to ignite both the underground and the pop world all over again.
In its name, sound and romantic, heroic spirit, Hercules And Love Affair is the result of Andy’s dedication to the Classics: both the myths and legends of Ancient Greece and Rome that captured his imagination as a child, and the timeless club tracks that soundtracked the euphoria and delirium of his adolescence and adult life.
Born in Denver, Colorado, Andy was already composing modern classical pieces on the family piano when, aged 12, he had his first mind-blowing encounter with electronic dance music in the shape of Yazoo’s 1982 Vince Clarke produced b-side Situation. It changed his life: “The delayed synth hook made me crazy and Alison Moyet's deep voice made me crazier. I figured that was what music in heaven sounded like. It made my hair stand on end.”
Inspired to share his new musical passion, at 15 Andy got a DJing gig in a gay bar and soon encountered DJ Garth of Wicked Crew, a San Francisco-based soundsystem set up by Brit ex-pat members of DJ Harvey & co’s legendary London rave collective, Tonka Soundsystem. “I was used to hearing DJs matching beats and playing good music of the moment, but Wicked would drop totally unexpected things, records that most DJs wouldn’t dare to play. Garth was fearless, he could get away with it, it just worked. I became a Wicked groupie.”
At 18, Andy followed his head and his heart and left Denver to study music and art history at the private liberal Sarah Lawrence College in Manhattan and applied nocturnal mischief at New York’s innumerable nightclubs. His first studio experiments included a Kraftwerk-inspired interpretation of Canadian disco don Gino Soccio's Runaway for Rashaun Mitchell, now principal dancer in the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, to perform to.
“During breaks between classes I would investigate this curious shop in Soho which had the weirdest music playing inside, like Telex songs played on the wrong speed and disco versions of Mozart. They sold cassette tape compilations called Smylonylon with really obscure tracklistings written on the inside cover, which I thought was very non-DJ and cool.
“Eventually I had the chance to talk to Chris Brick, the middle aged British man who made the tapes about all of this music he had picked up from thrift stores and flea markets. At the time, these songs were on the fringes of good taste, and valueless for the most part. In retrospect, they were songs that Harvey and other topnotch DJs were playing which would make their value skyrocket a couple of years later. He was encouraging me to find the records and play them because, in his words ‘this was your music, your history, this is gay music’”.
In 2002 Andy met DJ, singer and jewellery designer Kim Ann Foxman, who having escaped from Hawaii to San Francisco as a teenage tearaway had also fallen under the influence of the Tonka / Wicked Crew DJs eclectic house evangelism. “We totally bonded over music and started going record shopping together,” reveals Kim Ann. “He would play me tracks he was working on and I loved everything he made. He captures the feeling of what classic dance music is for us in a really genuine way. His music has emotion, it can be deep and moody, sombre but joyous; it’s inspired by memories and music from his past that he is passionate about; it’s completely sincere.”
Together they formed a loose DJing and promotion partnership, DanceHomosDance. Inspired by London’s Horse Meat Disco, Andrew launched Cazzo Pazzo where big name House DJs could show off their disco knowledge in an intimate venue. Kim also got Andy to play at her notorious mixed club night, Mad Clams at The Hole. "I wanted Andy to play because he always played the music I wanted to hear, classic house and disco jams. I didn't really care what the lesbians wanted. But it was always packed and always scandalous."
"Kim knew I was always ready to make some music so she would get me to make special theme songs to go with each night we put on,” says Andy. “So that was how we first started collaborating musically.”
Hercules And Love Affair’s first album encapsulated the high and lows of modern life, referencing the past but laying a blueprint for what’s to come and above all makes your heart beat faster while your soul soars higher.
“The most-blessed thing you’ll be freaking out to on the dancefloor all next year” – NME
“Four disco fanatics bringing a much needed glitter glamour revival to a dancefloor near you” – i-D
“Deliciously groovesome blend of classic disco, early house and contemporary techno” – The Guardian
“A gloriously burnished fusion of 3 decades of classic dance music” – Mojo
“If Ziggy Stardust made house music it would sound like this” – Vogue
“Classic Chicago house with a modern-day New York vibe” – The Sun
“Contemporary New York disco at its best” – IDJ
“An intoxicating aural romance” – Attitude
“Sexily ambiguous modern disco rumble, bumping the best bits of Chitown House and NY disco into some futurist retro wet dream. It's delicate, haunting, muscular, sweeping and stripped back, all at the same time… to make for a fully debauched early hours extravaganza” – Update