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Melting Pot DJs every Friday

In bands, club, djs, electro, havana club, havienda, indie, jersey, music, poster on August 15, 2008 at 4:29 pm

I created a poster advertising our resident DJs and suitable for a A1-sized notice board outside the club. The design needed to have combined the list of artists Pip gave me last week, with which I’d already made a decent but unreadable poster, with an image that I hope will cause people to stop in their tracks. So the idea of the pink robot came along and it’s a handsome mechanical humanoid isn’t it? Click on the image above to view a larger version.


The Experience at Havienda – Friday 15th August

In bands, djs, electro, havana club, havienda, indie, jersey, music, poster, rock on August 12, 2008 at 10:53 pm

The Experience are a three piece rock band well known for their instrumental approach to classic heavy rock. Their sound has its roots in the progressive blues of Led Zeppelin and Jimi Hendrix with some heavy ’60s psychedelia in the mix and their performances are stunning workouts of ferocious invention. The stage and sound system of The Havana Club will seem made for these musicians who really like to experiment and inspire wonder in their audiences. For our night, their set will feature a backdrop of head-mashing video sequences created specially for the band.

Our resident DJs Pip and Mark will be providing the warm up sounds from seven and presenting an awesome set of rock, funk and futurism after the live set well into the night.

Planet Brain and Falenizza Horsepower – August 22, 2008

In bands, electro, havana club, havienda, indie, jersey, music, punk, rock, video on August 11, 2008 at 12:13 am

Falenizza Horsepower are a duo playing brutalist rock of great intensity. Dave Spars (vocals, guitar) is well known for his work with s-ro, giants of the Channel Islands punk scene, and Steve Hutchins (drums, vocals) is a force of creative progress in the Lebatol and Lawrence Draws Monsters projects. Together they tour the country and record inspirational works in their own studio. They are technically brilliant and musically uncompromising.

Their appearance at Havienda on Friday 22nd of August will be a night of astonishing performance. They will be joined by Planet Brain, a three-piece from the mountain town of Belluno, Italy. Described as ‘modern day melodic shoegazers’ the band have been building up their live reputation in both the UK and their native country. Their debut album Compromises & Carnivals, released on Function Records, has already sold out its original pressing in Italy. This will be their third visit to Jersey and the first of two Jersey gigs over the weekend. This will be the full electric set to be followed by an acoustic set in the Chapel at La Hougue Bie the following day.

Considering the quality of the acts lined up to play on this night we’re proud to be able to make this a free entry event. It will be one to remember for a long time.

Melting Pot DJs, Pip and Mark, will be supporting the bands. The entertainment starts at seven, with the first band on stage at eight.

Havienda 8th August 2008 and other news

In bands, electro, havana club, havienda, indie, jersey, music on August 7, 2008 at 9:02 pm

The Melting Pot DJs, curators of the finest indie and electro, will be playing at Havienda tomorrow from eight. I’m hoping a lot of people come along and support what we’re doing. The music will be simply awesome through a system that blows some less fidelity-conscious venues’ setups clean out of the water.

There are some great things planned for the coming weeks and months. Confirmed so far:

August 22 – Planet Brain and Falenizza Horsepower
August 29 – Gorey Inbreds, The Black Stats, and one more act to be confirmed
September 5 – The Dirty Aces
September 12 – Bulletproof

I have posted an appeal for bands on the Positiv Productions forum and sent the thing to various local musicians. It’s reproduced here. As usual click on the thumbs to view larger versions. If you are in a band, please contact me while there are still some dates available.

Pip gave me a list of musical influences informing his sets and I wanted to make his text the foundation for some promotional graphics. After playing for hours with ASCII art generating software I came up with this. By the way, I am suffering an attack of RSI after having put all those links in so the least you can do is follow a few of them and maybe even buy some records. Remember, illegal downloads contribute to terrorism.

Havienda August 1, 2008

In bands, electro, havana club, havienda, indie, jersey, music on August 4, 2008 at 3:54 am

Justin the sound technician and Stewart from The Exchange turned up early so we had lots of time to check the drums thoroughly. We knew there would be protestors turning up and those first couple of hours were a little tense not only with first night nerves but because we didn’t know what was going to happen outside. But I wasn’t too worried; there were lots of things to focus on getting right inside the place.

After Dirtytrades had sound checked Pip began his warm up set in room two and people started to appear inside the club. Gary Law arrived and, once everything was done in preparation for the first band’s set, he, Justin and I left the venue briefly. When we returned to the club it was around eight thirty and people were arriving more steadily. I remember thinking oh it’s mostly lads here and worrying that the adverse publicity about the club would be putting off a lot of girls. That would be one of the worst things that could happen. Martin and I agreed that the first band’s start should be put back to around nine thirty to allow them a bigger audience and so I relaxed and had a beer with Gary at the bar in the main room. Mark in the second room was playing some compelling techno and that was sent to both rooms. It made for a good atmosphere and people continued to arrive and many were dancing already. Dave Spars arrived and we had a good chat.

Pip brought my attention to a tune of tightly locked machine funk by local producer Richard Eager studded with shards of enigmatic vocal by … Pip! It’s great to hear the work of Jersey dance producers at local events and I hope this will continue to happen.

Dirtytrades played a set of alarming punk rock, very jagged, loose and anti-anthemic with a kind of joyous tonal freedom, punctuated with acerbic banter. Their music, which I’d not even heard before, was a surprise. They seemed to be adding a pinch of Ornette Coleman to a handful of The Clash. It was at that point in the evening that I knew not only is this club a superb place to see and hear bands but the fans of live and local music had successfully occupied it.

It was near the end of Dirtytrades’ set that I was told there was a large number of protestors outside the club. I’d almost forgotten about the threat of dissent. So I went outside. The J. E. P. later reported about three hundred people had turned up to protest but I saw probably less than a hundred people who may have been protesting and around half that again who were rubbernecking, just standing around or trying to get their gurning faces in front of a TV camera. Despite having my camera with me throughout the night for some reason I didn’t take any pictures on the street. Luckily I found some posted to Facebook. The premises above the sports shop with the wrought iron rails in front of its windows is The Havana Club. At the time these photos were taken Mark Ronez’ stuttering, booming funk could be heard coming from inside the club.

The Exchange played a set of fast punk pop with great melodies. With their rhythm section handling grooves of intense muscularity dominated by David Gaffney’s rich, strident vocals they made a strong impression on what was by then a large, diverse crowd. There is a vein of classic yet quirky pop songwriting being mined by this band and it’s no wonder they are in such demand.

Pip played a signature set of indie rock, rave anthems and beat classics in the main room holding the audience on the dance floor as if under a spell. The back room’s music was changed at around midnight to reflect the tastes of regulars expecting to hear a mix of classic pop and soul and whom the manager felt might be perturbed by our presentation of disorienting, futuristic dance. So Mark joined Pip to fix his brand of cut-up, unstable and deeply funky glitch house in the mix. Together they elevated the atmosphere to the point at which, at two o’clock, the climax of a night of varied and excitingly challenging music was reached.

Thanks for use of photos to Abbie Love, Luc Pallot, Joe Cabral, and Laura Kyle.

Tonight, tonight …

In bands, electro, havana club, havienda, indie, jersey, music on August 1, 2008 at 5:08 pm

Pip does a warm up set of indie, rock ‘n’ roll and funky beats starting at seven, with the first band Dirtytrades in the main room from around eight thirty followed by The Exchange at nine forty-five. Then there is a brief kit switch around on the main stage as we set up the decks for Pip to continue the indie mashup. Meanwhile, Mark Ronez will be playing a set of fidget house in the second room from ten. The party goes all the way to two o’clock.

This flyer/beer coaster will be littered around the venue tonight.

Fidget room

In djs, electro, fidget, havana club, havienda, house, jersey, music on August 1, 2008 at 12:33 pm

This posted by Mark Ronez, one of tonight’s two DJs, on the Havienda Facebook group’s event page:

Room 2 is the ‘Fidget room’, where later on you can hear the latest from Crookers, Proxy, The Count & Sinden, Trevor Loveys, Chemical Brothers, Drop The Lime, Duke Dumont, Fake Blood, Herve, Foamo, Diplo, Kissy Sellout, Switch and more. See the attached link for some blogged fidget if you are still confused!

Fidget House + Glitchy Electro