Boasting an array of residents from the likes of FabricLive, RinseFM and i-D; Regression Sessions takes carefree hedonism and combines it with a serious soundtrack. Tunes are the focus, with the added bonus of ball pits, bouncy castles, indecent photo booths and more. This autumn RS hits the road on a 24-date tour of the UK, and co-founder Mouch took some time out to give us the skinny.
We wanted to bring the smiles back into club land; a party where it was about fun & a sick soundtrack...Introduce yourself and give us some background on how you have got to where you are…
I’m Mouch and I’ve been involved in clubs and events since university. I’ve been promoting events of some sort for the last 12/13 years.
Who is behind Regression Sessions exactly? When did it start and why?
Myself and a friend called Anna are the original team. Anna has stepped back from the events recently. There is also Joey, Josh and James who have come on board this year.
We wanted to show that serious music & serious fun don’t have to be mutually exclusive...The event came about after coming back from a season of festivals and wondering why the same fun carefree atmosphere rarely is catered for in the London club scene.
All the club nights we went to were music focused, but there was often a lot of chin stroking and not enough fun.
We wanted to bring the smiles back into clubland; a party where it was about fun and a sick soundtrack. We wanted to show that serious music and serious fun don’t have to be mutually exclusive.
Give us your views on the current party landscape in the UK - what is exciting about it for you?
It’s an interesting time. There are a lot of great new parties popping up. There is also a lot of pressure on venues at the moment which is not great but I’d say the scene is pretty healthy overall.
It was definitely venue driven. We wouldn’t go to a city without the venue being right for us... How did you decide where to take this Regression Session tour… is it by popular demand or driven by venues or?
It was definitely venue driven. We wouldn’t go to a city without the venue being right for us. I’ve been given some great tips and on venues by friends and other promoters. We get asked to do the party in a lot of places but have to choose the cities and the venues carefully.
What logistics are involved in transporting all your production? Is it a real chore, do you have a big team behind RS?
It’s not simple that is for sure. We have got a massive van that we can just about fit all the gear into. The problem we have is that we keep adding new bits and have to then figure out how to transport and store it all. My life often turns into a game of Tetris after events. We do have a good core team who help out. It’s not all me at the end of a night.
Tell us about the residents you have playing each event… how did you come across them?
It’s been a real mix of stories on how we have come across the residents. Its worked out quite organically as we have a lot of genres covered.
It’s been a real mix of stories on how we have come across the residents. Its worked out quite organically...Devstar and Jack Swift were recommended to me from my friend Tom Edgar. I had actually picked up a CD that Jack was handing out outside events and it was pure gold. He is not only really talented but is a grafter.
Sexy Kitchen Party are a couple of my mates who I know through some pretty amazing parties thrown by my friend Ben Hession. Dappa was playing before me at another night and absolutely smashed it. The next day I hit him up and asked him to join the fold.
Hutch was a recommendation by one of my old flatmates. He is a sound guy. DJ SD, I don’t actually remember how we met or how he had gotten involved in Regression Sessions. He has just sort of always been around at the events since day one.
What events really stick out in the mind from the past year or so from RS?
Our first event at Fire was really special. The atmosphere was electric and we were able to do some fun new stuff. It was a bit of a risk to move the event from our old venue but we felt we needed to increase the capacity to accommodate demand.We also needed the increased space to and keep it fresh and the new venue really did allow us to step up the level of sound system and production that we felt the event deserved.
People are able to let loose in a different way to a normal club night, there is zero pretentiousness...What will be on offer at each party as well as the music? What vibe are you aiming for?
It’s an atmosphere akin to a festival just without the mud. People are able to let loose in a different way to a normal club night, there is zero pretentiousness.
We have a staple of classic content like ball pits and space hoppers and an indecent Photo Booth. We do have more on offer, but it changes from event to event and we like to keep the majority of what goes on as a bit of a surprise.
Are there any other parties or festivals that have inspired RS?
I’d definitely say that Secret Garden Party has had a big influence on us. They have just asked us to come back to host a tent there again next summer which is amazing.
The Abode guys in London are really inspiring. What they have achieved in a year is amazing. Kai is a good mate and I can’t believe he has only been in the promotions game for a few years. They throw great parties and although they are completely different from ours, I really admire what they are doing.
Although I’ve not actually been to an event I’d also say that Elrow is quite inspiring. We have a similar sort of event that is based around fun and good music. I’d like to bring Regression onto an international stage one day in the way that those guys have.