Hardware Relaunch: The Residents Interview
Reported by HarderFaster
Submitted 20-04-04 16:30
Within all too short a space of time Hardware has established itself as one of the capital's most up front and kicking afterparties, drawing the capital's clubbers down to original home The Office in droves. Now relocating and relaunching at The Soundshaft on Sunday 25th April the new residents Donna Birt, Richard Launch, Shaf de Bass and The Prophet give you their take on why Hardware should replace your bed on a Sunday morning...
What do you feel you can bring to Hardware that no other DJ can?
Donna Birt: To be honest I feel that every DJ brings something to their sets that no-one else does, if this weren’t the case there would be one DJ doing the round of every club in London (like Farley’s omnipresence :-). We are all diverse, play a range of styles and have our own kind of energy. To find out what it is that I bring to my sets... you’ll just have to get down on the dancefloor, front and centre!
The Prophet: I have a very distinctive style and I’m not afraid to push the limits. I’ll always give the crowd something to remember. Not to remember me by, but to remember the whole weekend by. The crowd, at any event are special and I like to make them feel that way.
How do you feel Hardware differs from other afterparties?
Richard Launch: Hardware differs from other after parties because you get to see the best new comer DJ's rubbing shoulders with the legend's of the scene like Phil or BK. Another factor that sets Hardware apart is the fact that you won't get the same music style week in week out. The DJ line-up varies greatly each week and it is something that I think is vital for an after party.
Shaf de Bass: Hardware has a very unique crowd that attend. I usually see the same faces with a few new add ons every week. The 4 residents have been carefully chosen and each have a very unique style which will very soon fuse a sound for the party itself. Another point is that the residents are very familiar and are friends with most the crowd, meaning that if any little detail is not perfect, it won’t take long to sort out.
Why would you tell clubbers to come to the relaunch of Hardware after timeless and not go home and sleep?
Richard Launch: The cosy confines of the Soundshaft would be perfect to carry-on at after a hard night out. Chill-out and relax a bit with your mates or new faces before getting stuck into some decent tunes..! It will go off...!!
Shaf de Bass: The line up and the reputation of the party speak for themselves really. Add to this the memories of Farenhite @ The Soundshaft and I can see a very special Sunday morning developing.. why risk not being a part of clubbing history?
How do your after hours sets differ from your normal sets?
The Prophet: There is a lot more crowd reading going on. I’ve got to play my music my way, but I tend to go almost totally with the crowd at an "After Hours Set". I figure out what they want and can handle and them let ‘em have it.
Donna Birt: Well you have to take into account the fact that in all probability people have been out all night at other Hard Dance venues (perhaps even all weekend). When I enter a morning after party the last thing I want to hear is the same thing I have been hearing all weekend. I look at the line-up, see who else is playing and from there think about what I am going to play. I will just see what works on the day; read the crowd and if something isn’t working, change it.
Hardware has become known for always having a classics hour at the beginning of each Sunday - What tune would you pull out of the bag and why?
The Prophet: Born Slippy (Remix)
Donna Birt: ‘I know a place’ Weirdo & ‘Discotech’ Nick Sentience
Shaf de Bass: System F ‘Out of the blue’ & Nudge & Shouter ‘Blue Lagoon’
Richard Launch: James Lawson - Energise & Andy Farley - Connected
Shaf de Bass
Who would you like to see play at Hardware who hasn't already?
Donna Birt: I’m really impressed with what Ingo is doing at the moment... his production is superb and unfortunately I missed a recent set of his in London which was apparently incredible... gutted! He plays with a techy edge but his music is quite unique and there’s always something happening to keep the interest there! I would definitely love to see Ingo at Hardware in the future.
Shaf de Bass: Seeing as it’s at The Soundshaft I’d like to see Owen B, Matt Clarke, Raymondo & Blakey back there. Am also looking forward to seeing more djs playing here from outside of London such as Ben Stevens and Daley.
What has been your most enjoyable set at Hardware so far?
The Prophet: My first. The atmosphere almost knocked me over like a tidal wave. I can’t thank everyone there enough for the support and the sore feet, aching muscles, blisters, sweat, hyperventilation and all the other dance related ailments you all contracted during the set. Trust me, I heard al about it.
Donna Birt: It would have to be the set I played after Frantic vs Wildchild at Deepblue SE1. The music had predominantly been quite trancy throughout the morning so I decided to toughen it up a bit and played a mixture of hard house and techno with a groovy funky edge. I had a ball and got the opportunity to play some of those tougher tunes that I don’t normally
What has been your strangest after hours experience?
Richard Launch: I was at the Fridge Bar two years ago after an Xstatic at the Fridge, and there was a small oriental man doing head-stands against the wall and doing tai chi on the dancefloor. How's that for strange...????
The Prophet: Not many strange ones, though I was out partying hard all weekend and played out the Sunday evening. I was quite knackered, but well up for the set. I had my blinkers (cap) on and for a period got my head right down into the mixing. My brain totally left the building and I thought I was mixing at home at home. I finally looked up after a while and jumped out of my skin. A heavy shiver ran down my whole body. Where the f*** did all these people come from? Where the f*** am I? Total shock, but it was funny and didn’t go un-noticed. It also happens to be one of the best sets I ever played.
Shaf de Bass: Haha... probably a few years back at The Fridge Bar after an amazing night at Samsara. I could swear this random bird had stickers on her face so thought I’d help out by peeling them off for her - of course nothing was there and I was just picking at her face...hahaha...after a glass of water and a little reassuring chat from her we actually because really good friends after.
Who are you looking forward to seeing play at Hardware in the up & coming Hardwares?
Richard Launch: I'm looking forward to see Tara Reynolds rock it at the Fridge...!
Donna Birt: There are a few dj’s that I haven’t yet had the opportunity to see play. Andy Whitby – a dj just recently signed to Nukleuz, Ben Stevens and of course The Prophet who is another fellow resident. To be perfectly honest the line-ups look wicked... I’m looking forward to them all.
With thanks to Joeyxx and caretakerlee for the use of their photos
HARDWARE RELAUNCH!! Young Guns!
Sunday 25th April
The Soundshaft [map]
£4 with flyer / paying guestlist & £6 without
Every Sunday is going to be just that little bit more heavenly at Hardware. So put on your Sunday best and polish your shoes…Hardware has been taken to the next level!
From 25th April Hardware will take roots in its new home The Soundshaft at Heaven! With its legendary clubland reputation, kicking soundsystem, atmospheric lighting and chillout café Hardware’s new base will be the only place to spend your Sunday!
Hardware will religiously continue to play only the best upfront Hard Dance mixed with anthems and classics. The Soundshaft will be visited weekly not only by Hard Dance gods but also the very best up & coming talent on the scene!
The Relaunch of Hardware will see our new residents taking place up at their new home. They will be bringing you breakfast bosh all Sunday morning along with Nukleuz's newest signing Andy Whitby and Vicious Circle's own fiercely filthy djs Ben Stevens and Tim Clewz!!
So put that date in your diary, and remember that the Gospel of Hardware will be live and loud in Heaven every Sunday!
For more info contact 07796266823 / firstname.lastname@example.org
£4 Paying Guestlist email names to email@example.com
£4 with flyer before 8am
£6 on the door
Come once and you'll know that Hardware is what Sundays are made for...
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| From: ~deleted3264 on 21st Apr 2004 09:43.28|
Congrats to you all..... Tinks & Donna top stuff, catch you guys soon
From: Danny Gilligan on 21st Apr 2004 11:28.28
Well done to the new collective Donna, Richard, Shaf, The Prophet..I wish you every success with the new residencies, thoroughly deserved!
From: Stevi D on 21st Apr 2004 11:46.24
Nice work crew, and i hope one day soon, i could also grace the decks with you at the Capitals no1 after party in London - HARDWARE
From: benz on 21st Apr 2004 12:51.06
i think there should be a thank u to me for the majority of the questions eh emma!!!
From: Craig Paxton on 21st Apr 2004 16:25.21
Well done guys, great interview and a bright future ahead for all of you no doubt.. Looking forward to playing with Richard at Timeless..
From: Miss BPM on 21st Apr 2004 17:11.06
Superb review! Very refreshing! Nice work everyone on the residencies!
Will have to get my butt down to another Hardware one morning and have a wiggle!!
From: Toomz on 21st Apr 2004 21:43.10
What a great event for my bday..... Ben & Tim See you there!!
From: fire club on 22nd Apr 2004 00:10.01
Good luck with it guys - at least you have taken my advice with having residents, a far better venue and the glowsticks etc.
Now I feel like we have a competition.
I will do my best to make it down soon Emma but hope the launch goes well.
London's official No1 although God knows how we got voted that!!!!
From: Bosch on 22nd Apr 2004 23:36.44
Careful London's No 1, remember what happend to Ratners the Jewellers?
From: fire club on 27th Apr 2004 21:39.59
yes but I am not trying to pull the wool am I?
From: Paul Allen on 28th Apr 2004 11:40.50
do they keep the residents locked in those 4 portaloos between gigs? ;-)