The Londoner sits in a car with Raf of The 2 Bears to chat about the history and current state of indie rock. Nostalgia, The Kooks and Alkan's long-running (and now defunct) club night Trash are all talking points.
Ahead of his label showcase in London next weekend, the Phantasy man chats to Stopmakinme about clearing dancefloors, his favourite B-sides and weirding people out.
Erol Alkan, Kurtis Rush, Mustapha3000, Beyond The Wizard's Sleeve
At the end of 2006, Erol Alkan was at a crossroads. He’d been voted DJ of the year by Mixmag. He’d made landmark, expectation-defying remixes for bands he loved: a crunching “glam racket” reworking of ‘Do You Want To’ for Franz Ferdinand, a wonderfully wistful reinterpretation of Hop Chip’s ‘Boy From School’, a psychedelic take on Scissor Sisters’ ‘I Don’t Feel Like Dancing’ and a genre-defining reworking of Justice’s ‘Waters Of Nazereth’. He was about to close Trash, the Monday night indie disco that had somehow morphed into the most adventurous, influential and glamorous club night in the world without changing its attitude, musical philosophy – or ever charging over six pounds on the door.