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Laughing Cavalier- Cormac Wets Himself ::

Reported by Olly @ Trackitdown on September 28, 2007

London Wet Yourself promoter/ DJ Cormac chatted to Skrufff this week about the hugely successful Sunday night part and admitted they had no idea the club kid packed night would take off.


“I don’t know how we got the club kids down, but it’s great they co,me, because, they’re so f**king enthusiastic! “ he laughed.


“I suppose Peter Pixzel and I know a lot of them from clubbing and  they’ve come because of our connection with Trailer Trash,” he mused, “plus they’re in the area  they’re enthusiastic and they really like uplifting, jacking racey music.”


The Sunday night affair takes place at Old Street’s Aquarium every Sunday night and has undoubtedly benefited from picking up late night revellers leaving nearby uber-fashion club Boombox though Cormac insisted there was no masterplan.


“To be honest, Wet Yourself wasn’t my conception it was Peter Pixcel’s idea” he said, “I work with Peter producing tracks as Cavalier and he brought me into it through some friends of his who were thinking about doing something at the Aquarium. Peter and I brought our ideas together with theirs to work on what we wanted to promote in the back room and it’s grown from there. We also now do the main room occasionally and we also try to do something different on bank holidays, such as boat parties. It’s been really exciting, there’s definitely been a gap on Sunday nights for the crowd we cater to and the music we provide.”


Before kicking off his DJing career seriously almost four years ago, Cormac worked as the door whore of seminal electroclash haunt Nag, Nag, Nag, where he turned away luminaries including Christine Aguilera and Westlife. Chatting to Skrufff then, he recounted being groped, offered money and drugs by clubbers desperate to get in, with some taking offence way beyond the door.

“I’ve been spat at in the street once,” he chuckled at the time, “It happened when I was walking through Soho Square on day.” Today he’s chatting in Shoreditch’s shady (and downright shabby) Hoxton Square, though it’s for DJing, Wet Yourself and his band Cavalier that he’s recognized as now

Skrufff (Jonty Skrufff): What’s Wet Yourself’s musical policy?

Mr Cormac: “There;s no collective policy as such, for the guys in the main room they naturally come from a more minimalistic point of view, so that was their thing. I don’t know how to describe our sound, we have the subtleties of minimal and the drive of techno. For me personally I always like darker music too. The idea of the backroom was to contrast with the main room with us being a little more jacking than them. We’ve always tried to bring in DJs that are definite in their sound.”

Skrufff: Is new rave a dirty word for you?

Mr Cormac: “Not really it’s just another label. I was talking about this to (London scenester/ club personality) Stik the other day, it’s funny how another label gets stuck on something your mates have been doing. Like with electroclash.”

Skrufff: What do you make of the club scene today?

Mr Cormac: “Music is always cyclical and things get repeated though they usually morph as they go round and become hybrids of what they were they last time. It doesn’t surprise me. It’s the same with minimal house, it’s not so different from when progressive house kicked in. New rave is as valid as any scene but like any scene it will change and people shouldn’t get too defined by it and follow their instinct. Maybe the difference with new rave is that it’s not really defined musically. It’s good that the tracks that first got me interested in clubbing find a new lease of life amongst 18 and 19 year olds- and then you don’t sound like some old fuddy-duddy when you’re at some after-party talking about some track (laughing again).”

Skruffff: What do you make of London fashion at the moment?

Mr Cormac: “I love it, it’s great. Having travelled quite a lot in the last few years it’s definitely something London excels at. I’m always personally more interested in music than fashion but it’s nice to see how the two dance along hand in hand. It seems to me that the fashion side is a lot less serious than it was when the so called electroclash thing happened and the looks became very definite. It’s great to see two forms of creative expression colliding and they do it so beautifully. Kids in London and people in London are amazing it’s one of the most aesthetic social scenes in the world.”

Skrufff: Your Wet Yourself partner Peter Pixcel was punched and robbed in a random street attack a few months ago, is London getting more violent, is it dangerous to dress up in London these days?

Mr Cormac: “It seems to be an issue and there’s always that aspect of living here; London is edgy. Edgy is as edgy does, you’re going to find it edgy musically, in terms of fashion and also in terms of safety. It’s a tricky dilemma- there are people who won’t like how you look, so should you compromise in order to pacify them? That’s up to the individual.”

Homophobic abuse always reflects more on the person coming out with the comment and their own insecurities, though even that sounds like a cliché. I find it pathetic.

That's one of the downsides of what’s happening in Shoreditch at the moment. That natural progression from underground to overground has happened so the area’s started attracting a much more mainstream crowd, with a more mainstream way of thinking and more mainstream boundaries by how they think. So you get more of that bad attitude which you definitely notice around Hoxton on the weekends. It’s not hard to have someone pass comment on how you look. But f**k it, f**k, them; express yourself, be yourself.”

Skrufff: You’ve spent a lot of time in Berlin, How does London compare to there and other cities?

Mr Cormac: “London’s really intense compared to other cities, There’s more people it’s very fast paced. I notice as a get a little older that it’s increasingly important for me to stay grounded, to be able to stay in London. It’s so fast paced that it’s really easy to lose your grounding and focus whereas if you can keep that focus, London is a very fruitful place to be. You can do quite a lot here, that you couldn’t do in other cities. I’m really attracted to the bon vivant lifestyle of Berlin which seems much better paced, you see a lot more creativity for the sake of creativity. I’m quite well organised here and work well to deadlines though Berlin seems to operate on a completely different timescale.”

Skrufff: What’s happening with Cavalier, your site’s a bit quiet . .

Mr Cormac: “Yes it is isn’t it. We’re changing into something else. Wet Yourself has taken a lot of our focus but we’re releasing two tracks shortly. With Wet Yourself, we’re currently looking into setting up a label.”

Skrufff: 3 years ago, you were just starting DJing, where are you at now?

Mr Cormac: “I love it. Is there a plan, I don’t know. What’s that saying; no plan is the master plan. Looking back over the last few years I seen the challenges I’ve had to face and have proved something to myself more than anything else. But there’s always more ahead and I tend not to look too far into the future and just see what immediately needs to be done which is production and honing my gigs a little.”


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