Meet the new house producer on the block, Dismantle – a man who knows how to raise a twerk or two.
One weekend this summer, Wonderland journeyed, Negroni in clasp, into the deepest plungepools of Stockholm with one of the UK’s most exciting house producers, Dismantle. We were there to celebrate the Brighton-born fazer twiddler’s new collaboration with men’s streetwear label, Boxfresh, who aim to “uncover the world’s underground party scenes.” Before dawn just after plane touched tar, we found ourselves on an outer city ringroad to disco central – AKA the first in a series of brand awareness-raising raves across Europe called Before Monday Comes, which Dismantle will soundtrack. Ahead of the next show – happening, kinda ironically, this Monday at Newquay’s Fistral Beach Bar – we sat him down for a Q+A. The Berocca did flow.
Tell us about Before Monday Comes. Do you ever “see” Mondays?
It means work, really. Because I DJ most of the time on Fridays and Saturdays – and sometimes have mid-week gigs – but I always see Monday as, “it’s a new week”. Obviously the weekend’s there so I DJ and party, and Monday is the start of a new week that will bring new things.
What’s your favourite city for clubbing?
Brighton – Audio’s my favourite club. To play at, I’d say Fabric, Fabric is always really good. The people that work there – Sean and Dave – I’m good mates with. The vibe at Fabric is always jokes; people who live in London always go to Fabric. The Warehouse Project is also a really good one, The Rescue Rooms in Nottingham, too.
London is my favourite city in general, I’d say. I live in Brighton, but I’m in London a lot, whenever I come up I end up staying for quite a bit. I used to hate it when I first came, I love the things I used to hate, like how it’s so busy… Manchester’s really cool. Every city’s good in its own way. Shit cities are Birmingham… to be honest I don’t like the Midlands at all.
As you may have guessed – the six o’clock shadow, the bloodshot eyes – Wonderland needs a summer holiday. Where are you taking us?
The Bahamas – I really want to go to the Bahamas and just chill out. I’m going to Australia at the end of the year. It’s not set in stone, but it’s a known thing for DJs to out there for this festival in Perth.
What are Dismantle’s “getting ready for the weekend” tunes?
Luther Vandross’ “Never Too Much” – love that tune – I sometimes play it out. But yeah, it’s tunes that… Listening to tracks that I wouldn’t usually play in a set.
What’s in store for summer?
Glastonbury, Bestival, Hideout… I’ve got a really packed summer.
Thank you. Pardy on, dude.
Words: Jack Mills