Monday, 17 December 2012

Parties: Boys Own with Dixon, Friday 15 February

Boys Own are back in February with another in their series of parties that bring some of the most talented and sought after DJs in the world to play in London. But whereas previously the focus has been of old school legends who still do the business today, like Frankie Knuckles and Lil Louis, this time round, they have secured the musical services of one of the new breed of international house superstars – Dixon.

Having been voted 3rd best DJ in the world recent Resident Advisor poll it would be easy to think that the boys had just plumped for a ‘man of the moment’, but that could not be further from the truth, as Terry Farley explains, “As part of the Faith crew who had Dixon play in London very early on at an amazing party at the infamous Key club alongside Rahaan and Weatherall, we always wanted him back and finally we’ve managed to find the space that does him justice, on a date that suits all parties”.

Terry isn’t joking either, that party was genuinely amazing and Dixon was the star of the show, which is no mean feat considering who else was on the bill. It was also one of the first times many London club goers witnessed the DJing skills of the man who, along with Ame, is also the brains behind prolific Berlin house label, Innervisions. That soon changed though, as Dixon and Ame then took up residency in London’s Plastic People for a series of Innervisions parties, and Faith organised a return leg to play at Dixon’s club night, Innercity – a party took place on the 12th floor of a Berlin tower block and at which Dixon dropped ESP ‘It’s You’ as the sun rose across the Berlin skyline, to magical effect (okay, I thought it was magical and I was little refreshed by that point).

Through these parties, the output of Innervsions and his work as a producer and remixer, Dixon quickly made his mark on London house heads, but he was also making his mark further afield and slowly moving into the premier league of European DJs. Whilst this was just reward for his hard work and talent, it meant that London saw less and less of him, and when he was in town, it wasn’t to play smaller scale parties like those at Plastic People, but invariably in the main room at Fabric, at ├╝ber warehouse raves and the like.

So, getting the right space to make this party special has been of paramount importance to the Boys Own crew too. They have eschewed conventional clubs and ‘secret’ warehouses in hackney, for what is a truly unique space a little off the beaten track. “It’s a lovely photographic studio right next to where Pete and myself had our studio in the 90s and made all our Fire Island and Roach Motel music, so not only is it a well smart gaff but it’s a nostalgic return home for me” Terry says, “we have to put everything in though from the sound to the lights, bar and security so it’s a bit of a labour of love... no running straight off for a month in Miami for us!”.

This really is chance to catch one of the best DJs in the world play at a proper London house party and dance with people that really know the score. As Terry says, it’s labour of love, and those parties are the ones people are talking about for years to comeTickets will only be available from the Boys Own boys in person or from London’s most clued ticket vendor, Ransom Note >HERE<

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