DJ Ariel is headlining the first ever reunion party for seminal Saturday night house club Bagleys next weekend, performing a six hour set at Kings Cross venue the Star of Kings.
The Argentine expat Londoner routinely played 8 hour marathon sets during his weekly residency in the 90s for Saturday party Freedom and said he’s excited about the upcoming gig.
“The vision of the party is to bring back the spirit of Bagleys,” he told Skrufff.
“The Star of Kings is a really beautiful music venue and couldn’t be located closer from what the old Bagleys site was. It’s situated literally opposite; on York Way. It has two level equipped with Funktion one sound system. The basement where I’ll be playing feels just like Bagleys, it has the same walls and everything,” he enthused.
Revealing that tickets for the 500 capacity club are selling fast, he predicted that the crowd will include veteran clubbers and new generation house music fans, providing the same mixed up selection of all sorts of people.
Still prolifically busy as a DJ every weekend, Ariel, said he’s already started selecting classic oldies as well as new tracks for his set, though stressed that its essence will be very much focused on the present.
“DJing is all about stimulation and impact these days,” he explained.
“You can still hypnotise a crowd with your music but it has to be done through purely grooves. You’ll lose the crowd if the beat stops.
“That’s just the way it is in 2011. I have never been too keen on breakdowns anyway unless they contained some rhythmical path, so I’m OK with this trend,” he said.
Though living in London for over 20 years, he continues spinning in Buenos Aires each winter, though usually to crowds of 5,000 revellers and more at places such as Alsina, one of the world’s biggest clubs.
“Argentina is a different country with a long tradition of large purposed built nightclubs, people don’t go to pubs in Argentina, and they go out straight to nightclubs, which is great if you are a DJ,” that’s one of the reasons they have clubs like Alsina whereas London doesn’t,” he explained.
“Another is that Argentina has 19 bank holidays each year, can you believe that? I can’t,” he laughed.
“The London club scene is going through a tough time because it is not a good money investment to open a nightclub at the moment,” he continued.
“Changes in the law, the smoking ban, social websites and other causes have all made clubbing less fashionable here. This situation won’t last forever, though, because clubbing is a unique experience that can’t be replaced. When people go to a concert or a festival they behave as observers, but in a nightclub people are the protagonists. Dancing is what it’s all about.”
http://bit.ly/pocn2s (Ariel DJing at Alsina, December 2010)
http://starofkings.co.uk (Depot presents: BAGLEYS REUNION WITH DJ ARIEL
Saturday July 30th, 2011: 10:00 pm – 04:00 am)
http://youtu.be/_2Kf_IqoY7M (Bagleys Reunion Trailer)
Jonty Skrufff: http://listn.to/JontySkrufff