WetYourSelf! is a well established clubbing institute that has firm grasp on the London clubbing circuit. Their weekly fabric shows lighten up everyone's dark and dreary Sundays whilst their imprint has seen the likes of Marc Houle, Chris Leibing, Betoko and more all joining label mates Jacob Husley, Peter Pixel and Cormac within the ranks. Here I Voice catches up with Jacob about his confessions of WYS!
We don’t follow trends, we book and play music from artists we be believe in and stay true to that...What makes WetYourself! special and unique in your eyes? What do you pride yourselves on?
We are coming up to our 9th birthday on the 7th of February and I think the reason we have been able to keep the party current. It’s been happening every week for that long now it’s only right that we keep the music on the night diverse; we don’t follow trends, we book and play music from artists we be believe in and stay true to that.
What are the key things to get right at any party, do you think? The sound, the crowd, the guests?
To make people feel safe and free to express themselves both musically and on the dancefloor, remember that the party is a party and meant to make you smile and dance. If you get that then you get it right.
How do you avoid the ‘clichés of weekend clubbing’ and in fact, what are they in your eyes?
I’m not sure exactly what the weekend clichés are and if I want to avoid them all but if you’re thinking about the business guy in a suit, the WYS! clichés are great music every weekend!
How does the label fit into it all, and what sort of music do you look to please there? How closely tied is it to the party? Is there synergy there?
The label is an extension of the night; it represents the diversity of music you find on our Sunday night. Indeed there is diversity between the three of us as DJ’s, in the last year we focused more on our own music and invited artists who have been guests at the night, to remix us.
The label is an extension of the night; it represents the diversity of music you find on our Sunday night...I did two releases with remixes from Minilogue, Roman Flugel, Gimpse and Axel Boman and Cormac had Marc Houle and Tobias remixes him too. So just from this you can see the variation in sound, but they are also artists we love and are honoured to work with.
What will you planned play at Junk - have you been before? What you expecting?
We have great expectations for our gig at Junk; we played there many years ago in 2010 and have great memories. We are planning to do what we do in fabric, introduce the crowd to new music, our sound and make them dance in ways they didn’t know they could.
How different are playing these way gigs than when you are at your usual home - do you try different things or?
Because we play every week at the club we get to test out a lot of music, when we go to a different venue abroad we get to take all the best bits and compress it into one set.
When I play a fabric I still get excited every week and sometimes even nervous though I have played more than 400 gigs in that room...You host parties all over - what makes you take on new gigs - does the club and history have to be right for you guys, and if so, what are you looking for when you play away from home?
We try and find the fabric equivalent of that particular city, i.e. the best club in town; we look at the booking policy and of course review from other DJs before we take the brand there.
What else you got coming up/are you excited about?
We are still excited about every Sunday at the club, we spend a lot of time finding and booking the right artists each every week and presenting it to our crowd; whether that be international talent or one of our London local boys. The next three months are quite busy for us gig wise, we have shows at Junk, Southampton, D.Edge in Sao Paulo, Club Midi in Romania, Pacha in Barcelona and Culture Box in Copenhagen, from the label we have a release coming out from Cormac next followed by myself and Peter with remix from an artist TBA, watch this space!
It’s your 10th year next year - you got any special plans? Did you ever thing you would get to this stage?
It’s quite surreal to think about the time in general, it feels like a long time, but it also feels fresh and like there is much more to come. When I play a fabric I still get excited every week and sometimes even nervous though I have played more than 400 gigs in that room, I would like to take WYS! on a world tour for our 10th year as I think we have deserved it.
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