Global Underground selector Danny Howells chatted to Skrufff this week about his passion for wearing panda style kohl makeup and criticised normal DJs who dress down in record company T shirts and jeans.
If you look back on that New York era of the late 70s and early 80s, people used to make a real effort and go really crazy and that element isnt there so much these days. Id like to see more of that returning, said Danny.
I still think its good fun dressing up. We always encourage clubbers to make an effort to dress up, so why shouldnt the DJs?
The self-confessed ex-Goth admitted hed been particularly disappointed by reactions he received at an industry packed party he threw in Miami last year, when he performed in full eye make-up.
I did an interview with a magazine in the daytime and they said weve seen your press shots, we want to do something similar with your eyes, with all the black eyeliner. After theyd done it I thought, fuck it, Im going to leave it on for the party, said Danny.
But I was quite pissed off with the reaction I got later; people were like fucking hell, is he on drugs? I was just having a laugh and going out partying. It made me think am I in the right business, isnt clubbing about having a laugh, dressing up, having a drink and listening to music?
Danny Howells- Miami Global Underground is out on April 11.
http://www.globalunderground.com (Danny Howells: Miami press release: The whole moody DJ in a record company T shirt standing there is a bit dull. If somebody wants to get the make-up out or go a bit crazy with the hair, I'm bang up for that . . .)
Jonty Skrufff (Skrufff.com)