The boys of Public House have been busy recently and we thought it was about time we caught up with them again, especially with some extra special treats on the horizon. Here’s resident Sidd on finding Aladdin’s cave, avoiding East London’s gurning perma-tans, the rise of the Chrome Gnome and their love of a good Fiasco…
Last time we spoke to you, back in February last year, you were gearing up to welcome Parisian DJ Yakine. There’s been a lot happening since then. How was that party and what have you been up to since then?
That party seems so long ago! It was a great party in one of our favourite locations under a noodle bar, it was perfect sized and had a great vibe. Joss and Craig absolutely drilled it out that night, great memories. What have we been up to since then? Eerrm, where do I start, since then we have given debuts to Dario Zenker, Waifs & Strays, Terje Bakke, Dana Ruh and brought Jef K back to London after a long absence. We did our first party in Berlin which was incredible, in a brilliant little club called Kleine Reise, the residents there also played a party with us over here and brought over Mathew Jonson‘s brother Hrdvsion which was great. We have started a side project called ‘The Fiasco’ which is a series of more intimate events that showcase our residents and allow us to bring in some of our friends to play. We did a great launch party at Vogue Fabrics in Dalston, a quirky basement owned by an amazing guy who is probably the most flamboyant character we have ever met. Since then we celebrated our second birthday in the cellar of a pub, did a Fiasco in an art studio in Aldgate on August Bank Holiday and we have a party on the 26th in a venue so weird we can’t really describe it, I think I called it Aladdin’s cave-meets-brothel, but that doesn’t do it justice. We really like doing these super intimate parties as it goes back to the start when we threw parties for our mates. They are always really special and lots of fun.
We have big things planned for the rest of the year a NYD party and an amazing booking for February, keep your eyes locked on our Facebook page for news on that. It’s been a mental few years but really great times, great people and great music.
We’ve always loved the distinctive Public House party spirit and its innovative venue choices. Since we last spoke to you, London has seen a huge increase in Warehouse venues and ‘TBAs’ on Resident Advisor. How are you guys making sure Public House still holds the key when it comes to throwing bloody good parties?
Well, I have always bitched about this (probably with a touch sour grapes), but it seems that everyone in East London runs a party! I’m not saying that we have the best DJ’s and promote the best parties in the world but I think that when we started Public House small parties were not so common place, we came into the scene with a fresh ethos and a concept which was unique at the time. Unique spaces, small capacity and bringing in artists for debuts, we build a trust and a reputation from nothing. With the close of many larger clubs (RIP The END) and also the mass popularity of house and techno in London it seems that there are so, so many nights on these days, you only have to look on RA on an average Saturday to see the volume of events on at a time.
The pond is only so big so we started doing parties less often and put more thought into the makeup of each one. I think people will put more effort in to work with you if they know there is something unique there, I mean who wants to go to a bar-cum-club, pay £10 entry to hear a guy with one signed track on a cool label who can’t string a DJ set together? Especially when you are surrounded by a crowd that resembles a greased up, gurning, perma-tanned mess! We now search, really search, for the perfect venue that provides the atmosphere which our crowd demand, and so they should, if they have to travel a bit farther so be it. It’s a labour of love so you really do get what you put into a party
Chrome Gnome is a production collaboration between two of the Public House residents – Finn Casey and yourself. How did this come about?
Finn had been producing for a few years on and off, but took the plunge to quit his job and go full time about a year ago. I had been tinkering on Ableton and we had spoken about joining forces so we decided to give it a go together. Finn is really the brains behind the operation, and he produces loads of different styles of electronic music with a few different people. I’m more the drunk guy in the background making stupid suggestions. We are still finding our style but in the last few months it has started to come together a bit more and we are starting to see the fruits of our labour.
The Chrome Gnome tracks we’ve heard so far breathe that cheeky kind of energy and bouncy fun that we relish. Can you tell us a bit about the Chrome Gnome sound, District Raw and what’s next up for you and Finn?
The Chrome Gnome sound, hmmm, so far it’s been a real smorgasbord, the track released on District Raw was called The Fiasco and tried to capture the energy of a Public House residents night. It’s normally pretty raucous! That worked really well but then currently we have been into a deeper and spacier style. So I’m struggling to really say that we have one particular sound. I think we will probably always change it up because, that’s what keeps the ideas flowing.
As for the District Raw connection, Fabio Giannelli who runs the label was our first guest, Public House was his UK debut and we have always stayed in touch. so when Finn and i felt we had something worthy of his ears we sent him a couple of tracks! Things kind of fell into place from there really, we are really proud to be on his label is it has a seriously solid back catalogue and he is a good guy to know! I won’t reveal give to many details but there are some more things in the pipeline with him, all of which are really exciting!
Next for me and Finn, probably polishing off a few tunes. Then we’ll focus on world peace, solving Finns debt crisis and ensuring we qualify for next year’s X-Factor.
Finally, give us the big sell for 26th November…
Our next event is on the 26th of November and promises to be a cracker, we have found a seriously weapons grade venue and I’m sure it’s gonna get wild!
Also, I have just done a Public House podcast to get your ears round…
And ‘like’ us on Facebook cos we have just secured another crazy space for February, with another UK debut lined up too!