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 dont know how we got the club kids down, but its great they co,me, because, theyre so f**king enthusiastic! he laughed.
I suppose Peter Pixzel and I know a lot of them from clubbing and theyve come because of our connection with Trailer Trash, he mused, plus theyre in the area theyre enthusiastic and they really like uplifting, jacking racey music.
The Sunday night affair takes place at Old Streets 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 wasnt my conception it was Peter Pixcels 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 its 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. Its been really exciting, theres 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.
Ive been spat at in the street once, he chuckled at the time, It happened when I was walking through Soho Square on day. Today hes chatting in Shoreditchs shady (and downright shabby) Hoxton Square, though its for DJing, Wet Yourself and his band Cavalier that hes recognized as now
Skrufff (Jonty Skrufff): Whats Wet Yourselfs 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 dont 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. Weve 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 its just another label. I was talking about this to (London scenester/ club personality) Stik the other day, its 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 doesnt surprise me. Its the same with minimal house, its 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 shouldnt get too defined by it and follow their instinct. Maybe the difference with new rave is that its not really defined musically. Its 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 dont sound like some old fuddy-duddy when youre 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, its great. Having travelled quite a lot in the last few years its definitely something London excels at. Im always personally more interested in music than fashion but its 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. Its great to see two forms of creative expression colliding and they do it so beautifully. Kids in London and people in London are amazing its 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 theres always that aspect of living here; London is edgy. Edgy is as edgy does, youre going to find it edgy musically, in terms of fashion and also in terms of safety. Its a tricky dilemma- there are people who wont like how you look, so should you compromise in order to pacify them? Thats 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 whats happening in Shoreditch at the moment. That natural progression from underground to overground has happened so the areas 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. Its not hard to have someone pass comment on how you look. But f**k it, f**k, them; express yourself, be yourself.
Skrufff: Youve spent a lot of time in Berlin, How does London compare to there and other cities?
Mr Cormac: Londons really intense compared to other cities, Theres more people its very fast paced. I notice as a get a little older that its increasingly important for me to stay grounded, to be able to stay in London. Its so fast paced that its 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 couldnt do in other cities. Im 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. Im quite well organised here and work well to deadlines though Berlin seems to operate on a completely different timescale.
Skrufff: Whats happening with Cavalier, your sites a bit quiet . .
Mr Cormac: Yes it is isnt it. Were changing into something else. Wet Yourself has taken a lot of our focus but were releasing two tracks shortly. With Wet Yourself, were 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 dont know. Whats that saying; no plan is the master plan. Looking back over the last few years I seen the challenges Ive had to face and have proved something to myself more than anything else. But theres 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.
Jonty Skrufff (Skrufff.com)