Thom Dibdin talks beats with one of the busiest DJs in the world.
'5 t‘; v Name Tony De Vit.
Occupation Top ranking DJ and, with recording partner Simon Parkes, one half of the V2 remix team.
Another celebrity then? Too right! De W is so popular that he is resident at two clubs: Birmingham’s ultra~ glamorous Miss Moneypenny‘s and London's den of dancefloor hedonism, Trade. He has DJed all over the world and his Easter Weekend itinerary this year included two clubs on Ash Wednesday, two on Maundy Thursday, three on Good Friday, five on Easter Saturday and two on Easter Sunday. Busy boy! But what makes him so popular? His ability to get behind the decks and turn a mundane night into a truly happening event. What style of music does he play? On Miss Moneypenny's new mix CD Glamorous One it's up-front, pumping house. Mi'xmag described his Trade sets as 'Campcore' — a mixture of hardcore and camp sounds. The man himself says: ’Whether it's the slower, housier, dubby beats or harder, faster techno, it's still the nice, chunky hard beats that I really like.’
Hardcore? Nothing with soul or funk that makes you want to shake your booty, then? ‘That’s a load of rubbish,’ says De Vit. 'If anything, it [hardcore] has a lot more. A lot of people don't give it a chance because it is very demanding music. There’s no two ways with harder, faster techno. You have to want to go out and get lost in the mUSlC. If you’re not prepared to do that, then don’t bother.‘
And the camp side? ’Gay clubs are my background,’ he says. ’When I first started DJing, gay clubs were gay clubs, straight clubs were straight clubs and they didn't mix. In the house clubs now, the young gay people are in there, mixmg with straight people like it’s never happened befOre. I would love to feel that I have been part of gay people being accepted into mainstream clubs and vice versa.’
Tony De Wt 015 at Love Boutique, The ‘ Arches, Glasgow, Sat 5 Apr.
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CLUB LISTINGS: GLASGOW continued
I Bennets ll.3()pm—3am. £2.50. DJ Sara with upbeat dance. Drinks promos. I Betty's at Betty‘s Mayonnaise.
l Ipm-3am. Free. Commercial dance with DJ Geoff. Drinks promos.
I Cheeseburger at The Velvet Rooms. 11pm-3am. £3 (£2). Miss A.J. presents a night of big party tunes in two rooms. Drinks promos.
I Chopper at Club Xchange. lO.30pm—3.30am. £3.50 (£2). Garage. house and 90s disco and pop from DJs Rory and CJ (Archaos Thursdays). Drinks promos.
I Cul De Sac Cul De Sac Bar. 9—] lpm. Free. Richard Brown of Glasgow‘s Sonia Records guesting every week. Drinks promos.
I Disco Wonderland ill The Cathouse. l lpm—3am. £2 (£1.50; free before 11.30pm). Super sounds from the 70s with drinks promos.
I Fab at Reds. llpm—3am. £3 (£2). Groovy garage and club classics. Drinks promos.
I Go West at Cleopatra‘s. l().30pm—2.3()am. £2 (£1 with ticket). A mainly ‘student-orientated‘ bill of fare. I Latin Dance Club at Lime. 7.3(k—l()pm. £3. Salsa. merengue and cumbia classes: 7.30pm beginners. 8.30pm intermediate.
I Paradise Island at The Tunnel. llpm—2.3()am. £3 (£2). The Jengaheads' natural progression from hip hop to drum 'n' bass with a bit of old skool now at The Tunnel. Drinks promos.
I Relax at Bar 10. Spin—close. Free. Downbeat dance night with Juna and Romeo. Pre-club.
I Sticky Fingers at The Attic. l().3()pm—3am. £2 (£1). Gerry with indie and retro sounds. Drinks promos.
I Wednesday Night Fever at Lime. llpmv3am. £3 (£2 with matric card). Fresh ‘n' funky 70s and ‘)()s disco with DJ Ray Davren. Drinks promos.
I 4th Dimension at Brel. 830—) lpm. Free. Andy Young plays jazz. Brazilian. soul. fusion and funk. Drinks promos. I Big Karn's Party Night at Bennets.
ll.3()pm—3am. £3 (£2). Karn Dunbar with 80s. 90s and loads of camp nonsense. Drinks promos.
I Bloomers at Cleopatra's. 1().3()pm—2.3()am. £3 (£2 with ticket). Mainstream.
I Boudoir at CCA Cafe Bar. <).3()pm—midnight. Free. The Crimplene kings with one of their oh-so-easy- listening nights featuring the kind of tunes yoti could take home to your mother. Look otit for special guests. Pre- club.
I Casino at Blackfriars Underground. Rpm—midnight. £1 before 9pm; £2 after. Northern soul pre-club.
I Club Xchange llpm—3ain. £2.50 (£1.50). Gay. DJ Tasty Tom. Drinks promos.
I Cop at Archaos. l()pm—3am. £4 (£2.50). Busy student house night from DJ Rory and CJ (Club X. Wednesdays). ‘Turn up. get down. cop off.’ Drinks promos. Tam Coyle ‘The Fuzz' does his indie/pop/kitsch sttiff in Betty's Mayonnaise. part of the Archaos complex.
I Cul De Sac Cul De Sac Bar. 9—1 1pm. Free. Mark Ryal from Aquaplanet and Redcell with an underground dance warmer before he heads down to the Subbie. Drinks promos.
I Dee Jays In Disguise at Variety. Spin—close. Free. Ha't'ch and J'ilkes of ; the Knucklehead with a dubby mix of ' new dance and techno. Pre-club.
I Donkey at The Cathouse. llpitt--3am. £2 (£1; free before 11.30pm) Indie/grunge rock in the new (‘athouse with drinks promos.
I Dirty at The Bedsit. Spin-close. Free. Pre-cltib offering dirty beats. dtib and hip ho .
I Dub Ware Sound System at Times
Square. Spin-midnight. Free. New dtib pre-club in the centre of town.
I Easy Life at The Tunnel 10pm -3am. £4 (£2 with matric card). Student night featuring Kevin and Scott (Tunnel weekends) and l.isa playing a house/indie/disco mix pltis some freebie giveaways of real cash. ’l’htirsdays revamped and redone so they‘re bigger and better than ever before. Drinks promos.
I Flashback at Fiddlers Court.
()pin- midnight. Free. Hard house aitd techno froin Jl’. Andy and guests.
I Flaunt It at The Rat Trap.
10.30pm 3am. DJ ('hristine with 80s rock arid )()p.
I Free F 0W at the (ilasgow School ()f Art (downstairs). 9pm 2.30am. Free. Jan. funk night. Drinks promos.
I Fromage at The lliye (Glasgow University Student l'iiioii). 10pm 2am. Free. Students and guests. DJ .\1tisty playing the very best and worst of classic student ttiiies.
I Indigo at The Darkroom (Strathclyde University). l()pm—3ain. £2 (£1 I. Student dance with drinks promos.
I In Tone at Bar 10. Rpm-close. Free. Paul Caw Iey from l’har ()tit with a weird underground pre-cltib experience.
I Leisure Box at Tin Pan Alley. llpiii~3am. £3 (£2). Dls Harri (Stib
Club). Key in McKay (Mtisique Trupiqtlc‘.
Yip Yap) attd Andrew Wicks play funky house. It) Apr. Luke Solomon of Space (London) guests. Drinks pi'oiiios.
I Loveshack at Fury .‘yliii'i‘y"s. 10.30pm (3.15am. £5 (£3). Fine indie house and disco sounds in two rooms. Drinks promos.
I Lure at R.G.‘s. 8pm midnight. Free. DJs Ziggy and Bob get housey for a
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crowd heading off to Archaos and Sub Club. l’re-club.
I Natural Selection at [.ime (formerly The Cotton Club). llpm-3am. £3 (£2). lain Fitzpatrick with funky dance and indie. Drinks promos.
I Red Cell at Sub Club. llpm--3am. £3. The ﬂeet-footed techno individualists who brought us Science. Aquaplanet and UK (3on concentrate their attention on this night to make it one of the deepest. darkest underground club nights in Scotland. The night’s residents Mark Ryal. Twitch (Pure) and Dominic mix it tip every week with three decks and a drum machitie. 1() April. Joey Beltram guests.
} I Reds llpm--3am. £3 (£2). DJ Graeme
with a night ofclassic disco. peppered
; with the best contemporary house and garage. Drinks promos.
I Rumble at The Garage. 1 1pm--3am. £3 (£2). Cardow and Ross with an exceptionally busy night ofcharty dance faves. cheap drinks and drunk students. Snogtasticl
I Salsa Dance Club at Porters. (3.30pm—midnigbt. Beginners session with classes starting at ().3()pm and 8.30pm. No partner required. Pre-club. I Snap, Crackle And Pop at Cafe
: Qtidos (QMU). S.3()pm-2am. £2.50 (£2).
DJ Toast with the best in cheese products.
; I Uptown Downtown at The Velvet
Rooms. llpm--3am. £3 (£2). DJ Sktid playing soulful grooves. mellow hip hop
and sexy swing from Busta Rhymes to
Marvin Gaye. A groovy alternative to
student nights. Drinks promos.
I X-Rated at The Asylum (Caledonian University Student Union). ‘)pm~2am. £1 (free for Caledonian students). DJ Ray with a popular mix of party tunes and student faves.