Soltek has been running for the last couple of years, putting on parties to an ever growing army of intelligent music fans in venues across the capital. With their sights well and truly set on bigger line ups and venues, they take a step in the right direction this Friday 24th February with Arkist, A1 Bassline and Daffadam headlining at Shoreditch's CAMP venue, to which you can win free tickets by answering this question:
Q. Name one other DJ on the Soltek line up for this Friday. (Send answers here)
The Soltek founders got together to tell us a bit about the nights, what you can expect and the highs and lows or promoting cool parties...
Pulse: Hello Soltek, please introduce yourselves. Soltek: Hey hey. We are Charlie Meadows, Adil Sheikh and Jordan Thompson. Soltek founders and residents.
How long has Soltek been going and what drove you to first start it? We’ve been running officially for around 2 years now, but have been individually involved in the scene for longer. A mutual passion for electronic dance music and a desire to promote our collective sound to our mates and fellow music lovers was what drove us to start the brand. Also we were surrounded by a plethora of amazing parties at the time, and wanted to become a part of it all!
What's the ethos of the parties? We’ve always strived for a broad musical policy and so we constantly try and book lineups that are both interesting and diverse. It’s always been important to make our parties as exciting and unpredictable as possible, both in terms of the musical flow and the vibe.
Do you have a party that stands out for you, for good or bad reasons? Good question! It has to be when we had Commix headlining in March last year. They’ve always been highly influential to us so to host them at one of our events was something special. It also happened to be our last gig at the Gramaphone (RIP), which makes it even more signicant to us.
What are some of the highlights of putting on events? Ah where do we start! The main highlight has got to be seeing people having a great time as a result of something that you’ve created and put together. It’s a very satisfying and rewarding feeling. Another high point is getting to perform alongside artists that you admire and look up to musically. Essentially the process of putting on an event from start to finish is very exciting, but hard work too.
Where would you most love to take Soltek venue-wise and why? We’d love to take Soltek to a larger warehouse space. It’s just something we’re very curious about as we’ve never done it before. Aside from that it would be amazing to start hosting parties in venues such as Corsica Studios or Cable. We have such respect for these venues as clubbers so it would be pretty momentous for us to put on nights at either one. And then of course it would be awesome to take the brand to somewhere like Bristol, or even abroad, definitely within our future plans.
And who would you most like to book? Claude Von Stroke, Calibre, Eats Everything, LTJ Bukem, Martin Buttrich, Pearson Sound, RPR, Mala, Loefah, George Fitzgerald, SBTRKT, Subb-an, Oneman and many more… The list goes on!
What other nights are you big fans of and what do you admire about them? We’ve always been fans of Trouble Vision. The creativity and forward-thinking approach they have when booking their lineups has often been inspirational to us. And the quirky and unpretentious nature of their parties is also a very good look. Also the guys behind Trix at Hidden seem to be doing great things at the moment. Charlie went down to their December bash with Boddika and French Fries among others and said it was the best night he’d been to in London for a while. So big props to them too!
Your next party is February 24th- tell us a bit about what we can expect. Great music throughout the night, an up for it crowd and hopefully a party to remember for a while!
Soltek, Friday, 24 February 2012- 10:00pm - 4:00am @ The CAMP Basement