London: dollop Citipost Warehouse Series

dollop is heading back to Scrutton Street. The warehouse venue holds a special place in my heart, having been the source of much reckless abandon and dancing. I went round for a cup of tea and a chat with dollop’s main man, Sam Lawrence, as they were preparing to embark on their most exciting venture to date, a warehouse series with Border Community, FACT, Trailer Trash, Kompakt and Adventures in the Beetroot Field.

The sonic innovation in store isn’t limited to the lineup, the newly renamed Citipost Warehouse has been refitted and refurbished and will boast quadraphonic sound for the final soirée with Factory Floor. Tonight, however, is all about Seiji, Midland and xxxy. I can’t wait.

Seiji : More of You (Clip)

xxxy : Ordinary Things

So you’ve got this warehouse series coming up? what’s the idea behind this?
We’ve done quite a lot of events in this space before. We also did the closing party for the space with Ivan Smagghe, Matt Walsh and Thomas Von Party and Nathan Wilkins. Basically the building was up for sale, we were under the impression it was getting knocked down and they would be building a hotel. The sale didn’t go through, so we’ve been allowed back in. The lifespan of the building could only be until April, so we’ve got basically until April to do what we want. Rather than before when we booked other people in to do parties separately, we just thought it’d make more sense to get all the people we want to work with together and do it as a series every week. So everybody’s working together.

Which lineup you most excited about?
I’m excited about all of them really, but I suppose I’m particularly looking to is the final one with Factory Floor. They are playing with quadraphonic sound. Factory Floor will be playing in the middle of the room, surrounded by these 4 speakers – each speaker is controlled separately.

Who are you most excited about as upcoming?
It’s an interesting time at the moment because there’s a whole new wave of DJ’s coming along who aren’t quite pulling 1,000 people yet but by the end of the year will be playing to big crowds. The likes of Ben UFO, Ramadanman, Numbers are really going to step up a level.

Having been a mainstay of London nightlife for the last few years, how would you say the scene has evolved over that time?
When I first arrived people were just getting back into dance music with nu-rave and dance music was becoming huge again. It never split off into different factions; it was always just this young crowd that wanted to go to clubs. Less about genre, the word genre got broken down. People are gaining taste, before it was about not giving a fuck, now it’s condensed a bit. People want deeper sounds, they want to hear nice music.
I think that people are just sick of relentless, generic sounds that would come genres crossing over. People are sick of all that and just want to hear some nice music. It’s not just about going out and getting completely fucked and going nuts. That’s what I’ve seen anyway, I’m sure it still exists in areas but for me it’s more about people wanting to hear deep music.

You had a pretty successful 2010. What would you say was the highlight?
It’s a weird one, as he highlight is also a failure at the same time. We launched in Heaven, which went really well. We filled the venue. That was the highlight, having working towards that success.
However, we’ve since decided not to do anything in Heaven anymore, just because it’s in central London. Wednesday night. 1000 capacity. To sustain that every month is something that’s quite hard, so even though it was a short, sweet victory, it’s also in a failure in some sense as well.
It was the first time we’d ever done anything in Central London and mid-week in London. We either needed to up the bookings, and get some bigger artists in which would mean bigger ticket prices, which would lose the whole concept of what the event was about – good music, cheap entry, mid-week. It went against our original idea, so we just thought we’d leave it for now.
It was the most intense 3 months we’ve ever had.

What would your dream festival lineup of all time be?
Bjork, Miles Davis in his heyday, Kraftwerk, Jimmy Saville. That’s it.

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