Special Guest DJs
Celebrating the 24th birthday of Ronnie Joice: the hard-working and imitable chief of Ronnkie Pop, RE:JOICE and The Hoxton Pony.
Fans of his should know what to expect - a party from the get go 'til the best out.
He believes the music scene is so vibrant right now that he can embrace it with every possible ounce of passion. With a freedom to draw from anywhere in the last fifty years of music - spanning galaxies worth of genres, he is deep in the heart of a culture full of producers and DJs who don't hold back on any fusion.
Nothing is corny. Nothing is disregarded. He just plays it, and adds onto the long chain of thousands of banging, fleeting ideas locked within the mixes that are quickly filling the clubs, internet and pirates.
But don't see this as saturation, because the more they make, the more there is. Ronnie who...?
Ronnie was the tambourine playing madman of UK band Littl'ans from 2005-2007. As befits a band who had a U.K. hit dueting with Peter Doherty (on the sublime single "Their Way"), Littl'ans were no stranger to chaos. Their final British tour saw gigs canceled thanks to, amongst other things, an exploding gas canister and a double booking with 80s legend Echo and the Bunnymen.
When they supported Babyshambles, they were subjected to the indignities of the rubber glove treatment after the bus they were travelling on was raided for drugs by the police. (The band was later released without charges.)
Yet, Littl'ans, whose name was Cockney vernacular for "Little Ones," soldiered on gallantly. After all, in rock and roll the chaos is part of the deal.
Littl'ans erractically traversed the country playing doo-wop-influenced pop with the dazed, dark charm of a Syd Barrett or a Nick Drake. It was suprisingly delicate music for such a hard-living band - but as NME editor, Alex Needham once wrote about the band: "romance often exists in squalor".
Hedi Slimane expressed an interest in Littl'ans and Joice in particular in Spring 2006 when he shot Joice for an exhibition called 'Portrait of a Performer', shown at the Grand Palais, Paris later on in the year.
Filmed against a white background, Joice stepped onto a white stage and reproudced an entire gig, ritually performing and transpoing his act. The video, in a very small format, is protected under a black metal hood whilst a black full length mirror invites the viewer to perform, completing the piece..
In 2006 the band were adopted by Hedi Slimane to write the soundtrack for the Dior Homme Spring/Summer 07 fashion show, a fifteen minute track called 'We Looked Good Together'.
Joice also modelled in the show, famously wearing Slimane's diamond-encrusted angel wings down the catwalk - becoming a fitting finale for Slimane's final ever show for Dior Homme and increasing Joice's popularity throughout the fashion and music world.
After being adopted by the fashion world, Littl'ans continued to make appearances at influential fashion shows - including those for GAP & Vogue. Playing exclusive shows in likes of the National Portrait Gallery and Great Eastern Hotel.
Joice began a short lived career modelling following his appearance for Dior Homme. He was shot for the likes of PPQ, Fred Perry, Tommy Hillfigger, Bumble & Bumble and K-Swiss alongside being featured in Vogue, W and iD magazine being shot by the likes of Oilvier Zahn & Roger Rich.
Littl'ans continued to tour across the globe playing across Europe and North America, including seminal shows for New York hipsters The Misshapes and for Hedi Slimane's birthday party in Paris a year later.
It was these final shows in Paris that would spell the end of the road for Littl'ans and give birth to Joice's next musical project, No Picasso. A three pronged frontline attack, both in a visual and visceral sense, augmented by a rock solid backbeat, which projected the band to the forefront of the British music scene's rising sons.
During their short lifespan they again supported Pete Doherty's Babyshambles outfit frequently, along with personal invitations from ex-Libertines frontman Carl Barat to support his band, Dirty Pretty Things on their farewell tour.
Signed to 360 Degree Music, the band toured rigorously around the UK & Europe, winning the band a devout following, with highlights being an incendiary performance at Alan McGee's Death Disco and at Joice's own clubnight, The Learner Dancer Party - held at the prestigious Punk nightclub in Soho, London.
Still with his finger on the pulse, Joice persuaded friend and fashion designer, Henry Holland to design the band's merchandise. House of Holland-style t-shirts bearing the designer's trademark style bearing the band's slogan "YOU AIN'T NO PICASSO". Joice also mixed and produced fashion designer Krystof Strozyna's soundtrack for his first showing at London Fashion Week later that year.
It was in August 2008 that Joice launched club night, The Learner Dancer Party. held once a month at Punk, the club lasted for twelve months - gaining national press coverage and a mean reputation. A combination of live music and DJs, the club night presented performances from the likes of the Audio Bullys, Dirty Pretty Things, Hadouken!, Jodie Harsh, Patrick Wolf, Pete Doherty and The Horrors.
Sadly, No Picasso split in February 2009. It was around this time Joice's DJ sets gave himself a new found notoriety. With energetic sets around the UK, European and North American club and festival circuits, he has earned himself a well respected opinion as one of London's hottest DJ exports.
Summer 2009 saw Joice play a leading role in providing the music for many of the UK's biggest festivals, with VIP sets at the likes of Glastonbury, Reading and Bestival alongside a triumphant set in the Dance tent at The Big Chill Festival.
In the autumn of 2009, Joice was chosen as the house DJ for the Red Bull Fashion Factory, a joint initiative between Red Bull and London Fashion Week. He played to huge crowds in-between shows from the likes of Vivienne Westwood, PPQ and Hannah Marshall whilst also participated in a charity event sponsored by Vogue for the Trekstock charity organisation.
Autumn 2009 also saw the birth of Ronnkie Pop, Ronnie's most successful clubnight to date. Featuring special guests from the world of music, television and fashion, the club night prided itself on being the finest wonky pop clubnight around. Every Saturday night, The Flowerpot in Kentish Town would be filled full of hipsters and fashionistas.
In the summer of 2010, Joice launched the UK's first ever pop-up live music venue The Silver Bullet in Finsbury Park. Turning a dis-used and derelict pub into one of the finest live music venues in London.
In 2011, moved by the tragedy of the Japan tsunami and earthquakes, he organised a star-studded event called Help Japan. Featuring the likes of Mark Ronson, Calvin Harris and Jameela Jamil, he managed to help raise over ?12,000 for the Red Cross Japan appeal.
Joice now runs the highly successful and cult club-night RE:JOICE at The Hoxton Pony along with seasonal editions of Ronnkie Pop.
Propulsive and engaging, Joice has propelled himself to centre stage of the UK's hipper than thou club scene, and can regularly be found entertaining the likes of Agyness Deyn, Dizzee Rascal, Kelis, Kate Moss, Noel Fielding and Paris Hilton, among others.
We cannot WAIT to celebrate his 24th birthday with him!