While the summer continues to lurch between sunshine and showers, Dropout returns to its Shoreditch base for an August throwdown that’s very much made in the capital. Manning our top floor hideout, it’s the continuation of our mission to provide London’s clubbers with the simple things in life – cutting-edge music, retro surroundings and unpretentious punters as we whip up a cocktail of house and techno for East London’s finest.
Following a barnstorming visit from Leeds’ own Louche duo, Josh Tweek and Brinzley Kazak, Dropout is honoured to make way for one of London’s best dancefloor hellraisers, Tom Real. A long-time fixture of the capitals clubbing tapestry, he’s a DJ and producer who’s blessed with a box of tricks that can tame any crowd, and he’ll be laying down some techy bombs on the 15th.
As ever, the serious effort goes into Dropout’s commitment to shit-hot music, free from velvet ropes, guests lists the size of a phone directory and VIP rooms. It’s not about out-of-touch superstar DJs, or space-age, impersonal dancefloors, but getting back to good quality house and techno in a venue that cares more about the music than the mullet. So, on 15th August at the Horse and Groom, turn on, tune in and Dropout.
Tom Real (Baroque)
Tom Real has a pedigree in electronic music that’s set him on a path to success in the capital and beyond. With his roots in breaks, he’s branched out as the years have passed and now boasts a DJ schedule and production hit-list that echoes his non-stop work ethic and commitment to rave on to the dawn. A globe-trotting hedonist whose last twelve months have included sets at the amazing Universo Paralello in Brazil over new year, Burning Man, Glade and Glastonbury, he’s also part of the crew behind Cargo’s How’s My Raving? and gigs the length and breadth of the country.
Studio-wise the hard yards put in are bearing some serious results, with long-time cohort The Rogue Element now emerging into techy-electronic main-room territory with their Disco Of Doom project. Alongside this is solo work, remixing Dylan Rhymes and King Roc, and collaborations with Fake Hero and Black Russian. With a penchant for dancing with the sun on his back, summer’s the perfect time to catch one of London’s hardest working rave soldiers.
Guy Hornsby (Dropout/L:Music)
Guy’s fifteen-year love affair with house music has taken him on a winding path from a house music epiphany at university in Sheffield to London, through sub-genres, numerous fashion crimes and many of the country’s best-loved dancefloors. In the tenth year of his DJ career, the Londoner’s firmly settled on a blend of deep, groovy and techy house, always aimed at moving feet, not stroking chins, and has put needle to vinyl at almost every one of the capital’s major dancefloors.
After ten years of promoting everywhere from SeOne to Heaven, he’s settled on the less suffocating surroundings of Shoreditch as one third of Dropout’s laid-back posse, bringing forward-thinking music to Saturday’s demanding hordes. This summer he’ll have taken in the sunny climes of Croatia’s Petracane at the Airbound festival in July. With a number of productions under his belt, a new remix out in May on Landed, and more new tracks primed for this month, it’s a production career that’s slowly gaining momentum and garnering him attention in the city he calls home. It is, as they say, a marathon, not a sprint.
Jamie Richards (Resident)
Jamie Richards has covered a good deal of ground on his electronic odyssey so far - relocating to Leeds in his late teens and forming StefJam with partner in crime Stefan Lesik - Jamie rocked a plethora of dance floors throughout the city. Then, returning to the Capital as a resident at DropOut, a forward thinking party focusing on good sounds, good times and a no pretension mentality. 2008 was a frenetic and exciting year for Jamie, holding down a full time career, a residency and a number of guest sets at parties across London. Over the past five months Jamie has been tinkering in the studio, working on a smorgasbord of deep, warm, rhythmic house that is ready for a full dancefloor assault as summer blossoms. Watch this space….
Stef Lesik (Dropout)
From rocking the dancefloors at his home town in Cambridge at the age of 17, to holding down a number of residencies in Leeds and London, Stefan Lesik has continued to take on slots at some of the country's most established venues.
Teaming up up with Jamie Richards in 2004 to form StefJam, the rumbunctious duo hit on a winning formula providing Leeds and beyond with a fresh and vibrant approach to house music. Now living in North London, Stefan is concentrating all his might on a new venture - Dropout - based in Shoreditch and is guaranteed to make a lasting impression...