On Friday March 1st we are extremely excited to be taking over Corsica Studios with our good friends Optimo for a very special one off session. Together we have selected our favourite artists to join us on the night across both rooms.
Optimo will be taking charge of Room 1. When Keith McIvor (AKA Twitch) and Jonnie Wilkes formed Optimo in 1997 they both had 10 years of DJing behind them. As a teenager in Belfast Wilkes had been plying his trade playing out reggae, funk and jazz, while Twitch came from an equally eclectic background which also saw him co-found Scotland’s first techno club, Pure. Pure became legendary, bringing in the likes of Jeff Mills, Derrick May, and Richie Hawtin, but by 1997 both felt that an antidote to the endless 4/4 beat was necessary, and after a fateful meeting on a Glasgow-Edinburgh bus journey Optimo was born, along with its legendary anything-goes philosophy. Unpredictable, genre-defying, and endlessly knowledgeable, the sounds that the pair brought to Glasgow’s Sub Club caused Optimo to become an institution, a haven for music-fans tired of blinkered music policies, eager for new sounds and wide-ranging booking policies. Over the years the club saw the likes of Liquid Liquid (from whom, of course, they take their name), Grace Jones, James Chance, and LCD Soundsystem. Optimo as we know it is now finished, but its spirit lives on in a new night at Sub Club, a widely acclaimed Fabric mix, and in their own label Optimo Music, and Twitch and Wilkes continue to tour the Optimo sound around the world.
Tonight they have asked their good friend Matias Aguayo. The Chilean born DJ and vocalist has quite the unique sound. Originally at the forefront of the Minimal Techno movement as one half of the group Closer Musik, Matias eventually turned to terrain with more of a world music flair. He’s collaborated with rock artists like Battles on their single ‘Ice Cream’ and has released full length albums like ‘Ay Ay Ay’ that held emphasis on the use of the human voice. His single ‘I Don’t Smoke’ was released on kompakt last year and did real wonders on the dance floor. With it’s tongue and cheek message and Garageband-like instrument samples, tracks like these are redefining this artist altogether.
For this session Warm are delighted to welcome back Ostgut Ton label boss Nick Hoppner. After his fantastic sets over the last eighteen months he has firmly become one of our favourite DJ's around and after the previous Room 2 session we just had to invite him back and even more so as he was unable to join us in January due to the snow.
As co-founder of Ostgut Ton Nick has probably spent more time in Berghain and Panorama Bar than most, and his DJ sets and productions reflect the vast wealth of inspired music that fills the famed club every weekend. To immerse one's self within Nick's typically extended DJ sets rewards similar multi-faceted discoveries. Always telling a tale, weaving an exciting path across his chosen musical spectrum - whether its a tough, raw and energetic house-party set, a dramatic big-room techno adventure, or anything in between - Nick's mature, confident approach and depth of character sets him apart from his contemporaries behind the decks.
Be it through his monthly residencies at Berghain/Panoramabar and Watergate, his solo releases for Ostgut Ton, his expansive DJ touring, his acclaimed co-production and live performances alongside Lee Jones as MyMy, or indeed his creative involvement and management of the Ostgut label since its inception, Nick Hoppner stands out as a unique, long-serving and truly dedicated figure in today's electronic music world. Sensitive to the history, emotions, stories and situations that derive from this music, for Nick the scope and eclecticism available within the 4/4 rhythm allows him great freedom to express his tastes and musical instincts.