Long time Edinburgh DJ and producer Craig Burger Queen is still on the up and up and you are going to see a hell of a lot more of him in the near future. Rory Weller explains.
5... Name? Craig Burger Queen aka Craig Drysdale. Occupation? DJ, producer, label boss. Place of birth? St Andrews. l Date of birth? 223.73. Current place of residence? Edinburgh (but spends most of his time DJing rOLind the world).
Ah, is that why we haven't seen him for a while? Yup, he’s now running headlong into the A list DJ circuit, with bookinos pretty much just about everyv-rhere. Since finishing the legendary Super glam Edinburgh night Burger Queen two years ago, he’s been an exceptionally busy guy. With what sort of stuff? His remix and production credits in total are nearing the half century, he's had a top 40 track With his co-produced DJ Eric track 'We Are Love', has recorded for Manifesto, Distinctive, Posniva, East West and Alt-t'Pl-vl Nov-r C 80 is Miss l'v‘l-T)llC"/_T)C‘1ll1y'5 linchpin at their monthly Edinburgh bash, his first rCSidenCy since Burner Queen. Has all the attention gone to his head? 'Everyone remembers me as in their face,’ he says, 'but now you’re either gong to respect what I've done or you won‘t. it doesn’t bother me, but it would have beiom.’ I bet he's hob nobbing with the rich and famous now. it’s not like screaming groupws, but recently in Vancouver he got (halted up by chart jail bait Brittany Epic-rs v-rho asked him for dinner. He, i not knowing who ‘.l1("¢‘.’£l$, knocked her back in favour of a snowboarding jaunt. '1thinkshershit, but lv/ouldn't have iniridml, you know What's he got coming up now? As well as all the above, he's expanding his disco house label Luxury Unlimited, and his rte-.7 management team have planned out a six month campaign of I production and remix work. Jules, ()akrrrrioiri, Fontaine et a/ are in his r sights I Cry/c; iiirger Queen Dis at Miss ; Moireigurvri/v’s, The Honeycomb, Fri 2 il Apr
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EDINBURGH FRIDAYS continued
I Pure at The Venue. 10.30pm—3am. £9 (£7). 19 Mar. Fortnightly. Two floors. Techno and house. [an Pooley is the big name guest tonight. Based in Germany. Ian is a part of the funkicr sound connecting techno with house coming out of the country and is constantly recording on major labels — expect his second album out this summer on V2. choins residents Twitch. Brainstorm. Dribblcr and The Bill.
I Reaction at The Subway. l 1pm—3am. Free for students with matriculation card; £2 otherwise. Weekly. A mix ofchart. dance and classic disco.
I Rebel Waltz at City Cafe. 9pm—1am. Free. 26 Mar. Fortnightly. Murray Richardson controls a night of all things deep and funky.
I The Rocking Horse at The Rocking Horse. 1 1pm—3am. £1. Thrcc floors of alternative club action. loosely divided between gothic. heavy metal and indie. Drinks promos.
I The Salsa Hut 7—l().30pin. Free. Cool littlc Mexican restaurant bridging the gap bctwccn great food and great music. With DJs.
I Salsa Viva at the Vcnuc. 10.30pm—3am. £5; £3 bcforc llprn. 27 Mar. Fortnightly. One of the capital‘s most popular Latin nights.
I Sexsi at The Jaffacakc. 10.30pm—3am. £5. Weekly. New night which dumped £1000 on the crowd on its first night. sccrct amounts each night following. The music policy is pumping. uplifting house from rcsidcnts Andy Ford. Scott Bcchclli and Lee Downic. Watch out for thc rollerblading girls handing out scratchcai'd llycr's — more prizes to bc
I Simple at La Belle Angclc.
l lpm—3am. £6. 26 Mar. Monthly. A new night of deep. funky house with the brilliant Gcorgc T (Tribal Funktion) gucsting. Rcsidcnts arc Stcvcn Wanlcss and Drew Wright.
I Sublime at The Potter‘row. 9pm—3am. £7 (£5). l9 Mar. Monthly. A big night of quality trance and techno with three very special guests. Catch the Underworld tour DJ Dai'r'cn Pi'icc (Novamutc). Holy Ghost (Ticsoi') live and Paul Evans (Deviant). Dai'rcn Pricc has i'clcascd on Junior Boys ()wrr and Novamutc and is well rcspcctcd throughout the British and European techno fraternity. Holy Ghost arc something else altogether; a brilliant Iivc experience. they incorporate intense spoken word into their continuous sets. Paul Evans has released on 'l‘r‘csor' and K4 and is favourcd by the likes of Svcn Valli and Luke Slatci'.
I Sublime at Wilkic Housc. 10.30pm—3am. £8 (£6). 26 Mar. Fortnightly. Scotland’s hcst trance and techno club. Flip back to thc rcsidcnts once again with Kcv Wright playing a three-hour sct. support from ldgc: Bcany and Felix through the back in thc Blue Room with their cclcclic and brilliant tuncs. (hitp://www.srrb|inic- uk.dcmon.co.uk/)
I The Subway West End 4pm—3am. £1. Weekly. Scc 'l'hur'sdays.
I TFI Friday at Club Mci'cado. 5—9pm. Frcc. Weekly. The capital's most famous aftcrwor'k piss up with chccsy music Courtesy of Trendy Wendy.
I TFI Friday Afterwork Party at Thu Ark. 4.30—0.30pm. Free. Weekly. A fr'cc hot buffet until 6.30pm and loads of cheap drinks.
_ I The Time Tunnel at Club Mercado.
10pm—3am. £5. Weekly. Trcndy Wendy takcs you through the 60s. 70s and 80s iii a now weekly bash.
I Triptonite North at The Honeycomb. llpm-3anr. £8 (£6). 1‘) Mar. Monthly. Supporch by .'Wll.‘.lk Magazine. A night of housc with thc likes of Stuart Duncan. Gareth Sommcrvillc and Colin Cook.
I Tsunami DJS at Ncgociants. 9pm-3am. Fr‘cc. chkly. US house and gar'agc.
I Walkers 4pm-~3am. Frcc bcforc 10.30pm; £5 aftcr. chkly. ()vci' 21s. Smart di'css. West End officc crowd.
I Wanted at Loca. 10pm-3am. £3 before midnight; £4 after. Weekly. A night ofquality house with Steven McCrcery.
I What It Is at City Cafe 2. 9.30pm-Iam. Free. 19 Mar. Fortnightly. Bob Cairns throwing down a mixture of jazz-funk. old and modern soul through to Latin grooves. The sublime Erik joins Bob on the last date ofevcry month.
I Arakataca! at The Bongo Club. 10.30pm-3am. £5. 27 Mar. Monthly. Arakataca settles into its monthly slot at The Bongo with a healthy mix of salsa. African. Latin and Caribbean dance beats with 1)Js Zuppa Inglcsc and Jaffar.
I Atomic Baby at The Honeycomb. 11pm—3am. £10 (£8). 27 Mar. Fortnightly. Michael Kilkic and Zammo playing pumping Euro house in the main room. Gareth Sommcrvillc through the back with deep house and American garage. A popular house night with some of Scotland's best DJs.
I Big Beat at Cafe Graffiti. Monthly. Next date 24 Apr.
I CC. Blooms at CC. Blooms.
l lpm-3am. Free. Weekly. Get up and move those hips at this very busy gay bar/club.
I Cafe Aquarius at Cafe Aquarius. 9pm— I am. Free. Weekly. Two of Edinburgh's most popular and groovy cltrbs on rotation. Catch the Higher Ground and Barry Cabanas DJs trying to work out how the mixer works.
I Catwalk at the Catwalk. ()pin—Iam. Free. Weekly. Gordon Whittaker and Mark Price alternate to play art eclectic mix of happening beats in this quality pic-club bar.
I Cheese at Bannci'man's. ()pin—lam. Free. Weekly. Chart music from the 60s to the 90s.
I Colours Of Love at Club Mercado. 11pm—4am. £12 (£l()). 20 Mar. Fortnightly. The Mir/ring Positive Education Tour touches down in the capital with Jon Mancini and DJ Crosby providing the house and garage anthems for a dressy crowd.
I Core at Studio 24. No information available at time of going to press.
I Cream at The Pottcrrow. 9pm—3am. £8 (£6). 27 Mar. Monthly. Parks & Wilson gucst tonight; the duo arc two thirds of Tilt. who are responsible for the cover of Children and have released on Pcrfccto. Hooj C hoons and Dc- construciion. Their DJ sets have a reputation for being a little mental. be warned. They will be joining Liverpool rcsidcnt Lcs Rydcr and local rcsidcnts Ncil McKay and Gar. Long.
I Cuba Norte at Cuba Nortc. 10pm—Iam. Free. Weekly. DJ Shannon (20 Mar) and Freddy Mojito (27 Mar) provide the Cuban rhythms.
I Curios at W]. Chr'istic’s. ()pzn—Iam. Frcc. Weekly. Various gucsts play a range of hip hop sounds. Thc opcn dccks mean that vou can have a go too.
I Disco Inferno at The Vcnuc. 10.30pm—3am. £6. 20 Mar. Fortnightly. A night of llar'cs if you darc. afros if you go-go and gcncr‘al di'unkcn madness. Dclii'ious disco and fired-up funk in the main room: soul. rarc groove and a Latin selection in the Cooler.
I The Edge at The Vaults. 9pm—3am. £8 before 1 1pm; £ 10 aftcr; students £5 all night. 27 Mar. Fortnightly. K-Klass drop by for thcir only Edinburgh residency. Paul and Russ havc bccn well-known as DJs. producers and i'cmixcrs right from the start; you can be assured of a quality 1).! sci. Thcy join Scan Pearson in the main room with the Mad Ambassador in the lounge.
I The Egg at The Wee Rcd Bar. 11pm—3am. £3 members; £3.50 non- mcmbcrs. chkly. A varicd playlist taking in soul. 60s. new wavc. indie. Northern. soundtracks and much. much more. 'l’hcr'c's a very cheap bar as well. Frcc photographic membership availablc on the rrighi.
I eh1 more at ch 1. 9pm—1am. Fr'cc. chkly. Yogi Haughton plays his garage
and soul tunes on the first and third Saturday and rising deep house star Murray Richardson shows why he is worthy of attention on the second and fourth.
I Energise at Subway. 1 lpm—3am. £2. Weekly. Various party sounds.
I Fiesta Latina at chiot Row. 9.30pm-2am. £4.50 (£3.50). 20 Mar. Monthly. A night of massive party action — it‘s their seventh birthday. A popular event that attracts everyone from students to Latin Americans who are happy to show new-timers a few moves.
I Fire Island at Wilkic House. 10.30pm—3am. £10 (£7). 27 Mar. Monthly. Hugc night with Trade resident Stcvc Thomas making a welcome return to the club. Expect a night ofbig. mcaty hard house with tops off. so to speak. Hc is joined by Steve Graham and rcsidcnts Richie Vallcnz and Gail Sellers with Marco and Rich in the RctroShack. Scc preview.
I Flares at Flares. 9pm—1am. Free. Weekly. 1)Js playing a range of 70s tunes. I Frog at Studio 24. Monthly. Next date 27 Mar. No information available at time of going to press.
Glam at The Vaults. 9pm—3am. £10; £8 before 1 1pm; students £5. 20 Mar. Fortnightly. Hard housc. Last night for Glam in the Saturday slot before they move to bi monthly Sundays (you can catch Judge Jules 18 Apr). Tonight catch The Shy Brother. Keith Baxter and Sean Pearson.
Going Places at ABC Cinema. Next date to be confirmed.
I Hanky Panky at La Belle Angclc.
l Ipm—3am. £5. Weekly. Very popular full on mainstream and dance night with music from the 70s to the 90s.
I Headspin at The Bongo Club. Monthly. Next date 10 Apr.
I Jazz Joint at Henry’s Cellar Bar. lOpm—3am. £5 (£4). Weekly. Yumbambcc (20 Mar) rotatc with Elemental (27 Mar) to provide the best jazz vibcs in the capital.
I .on at Wilkic House. Monthly. Next date 3 Apr.
I Jungle Magic at The Pottcrrow. Monthly. Next date 1 May.
I Le Freak at The Attic. 11pm—3am. £5. chkly. Seventies and chart music.
I Liquid at the Liquid Room. 10.30pm—3am. £5. Weekly. Andy Ford plays soulful house and garage at this busy night.
I Live at Iguana. ()prn—lam. Frcc. chkly. Pic-club housc grooves with the likes of Stuart Duncan and Garcth Sommcrvillc.
I Lizzard Lounge at Cafe Grafﬁti. 10pm—2am. £6 (£5). Weekly. No doubt nursing giant-sized hangovers from their second birthday last issue. the l..i7.'/.ard Lounge cr'cw keep on keeping on with Latino 2000. the futuristica Latino hombres supported by 1)Js Joscph Malik and AJ (20 Mar) and Blacka‘nizcd livc (27 Mar) with brand new singer Rowena. DJ support from The Dynamic Duo and Joseph Malik. Definitely one for your diaries.
I Loveshack at Thc Jaffacakc. 10.30pm—3am. £5. Weekly. Mainstream party night.
I Luvely at Wilkic Housc. 10pm-3am. £10 (£6). 20 Mar. Monthly. An essential cxpcricncc -— catch the hard house mayhem in the main room. chilled vibes through the back.
I The Mambo Club at The Cavendish. 10pm—3am. £3 conc and bcfoi'c 1 1pm: £4 thcrcaftcr. Weekly. World music with Sir ()ssic playing the full African. soca. Latin. salsa. rcggac and ragga sounds. I Messenger Sound System at The Bongo Club. 1|pm—-3am. £6 (£5). 20 Mar. Fortnightly. Dub i'cggac on a custom made systcm; a very popular night in the capital. Tonight is their Lcc Pcr'i'y ti'ibutc night. Since first r'ccoi‘ding in thc early 60s. his cat'ccr‘ has been onc of the most influential and important in Jamaican music — Bob Marley oncc dcscribcd him as ‘a gcnius'. More recent collaborations have included ‘Doctor Lcc PhD‘ with tho Thc Bcastic Boys.