Now that the dust has settled on the initial launch, The Waveform Transmitter’s Ste Knight reflects on the experience and offers a preview of the digital album, released today.
When I first decided to put out the House for the Homeless record and plan a launch event for said record, I never knew how difficult it would be. Having never done either before, I soon discovered the steep learning curve involved in both processes, and in that found that my respect for the club promoters, and teams behind album production, increased tenfold. Writing a review of your own night without bias is possibly the hardest part of the entire affair, which is possibly why I have taken so long ruminating over it rather than just getting it written.
Now, I’m not an idiot. I did foresee that there would be obstacles along the way, but things cropped up that I could never have expected. Safe to say, without the hard work and dedication of the Waveform Team, and the support of our wonderful transmitees, we would never have managed it.
This juncture is the perfect opportunity to give a very special mention to my event manager and dear friend, Nici Konigs Balfry of Zest Event Management. Without her continued guidance we certainly wouldn’t have had a launch event to speak of. I would recommend her services with 100% confidence that you will get exactly what you need and, on a more personal level, I value her friendship greatly.
So, to the event itself. The 15th of July saw us troop down to District to set the plan into fruition. We started with a free outdoor event in YARD, which is the sister venue to District, with an indoor event planned for the evening inside District‘s large warehouse space. Tickets had been selling steadily, and very soon YARD was buzzing with visitors from around the city. Drinks were flowing and the delicious smells coming from Ital Fresh‘s kitchen were sublime. At this point we knew our night was going to be a success.
The music opened up outside, with our own Paddy Hooley manning the decks. His set got things off to an energetic start, with several classic tracks, including Oxia‘s Domino peppering his performance. Paddy is resident at Watt Hz, a local night that seeks to offer something similar to the early morning parties at the likes of Berghain. His skills behind the decks illustrated a bright future for the young DJ.
Up next was 303‘s Gemma Muir, who cranked things up a notch for the remainder of the outdoor element. Her set was testament to why she is fast becoming a sought after feature for parties across the north west, including a recent booking at this year’s Warehouse Project event series. She threw down a dynamic, vibrant show, which definitely got things warmed up for the proceedings when we shifted indoors. By the time 9 pm rolled around, everyone was ready to head indoors after Gemma had played a remarkable representation of the underground sound, covering tech house and techno.
Rosencrantz set things into motion inside, with his deck wizardry setting the tone for the remainder of the evening. Jack Threlfall is always a pleasure to watch. He’s a DJ that really gets into his sets which, aside from his execution behind the wheels at House for the Homeless, was evidenced by his energy in the DJ booth at the recent Melōs night. Dropping plenty of tough tech house, the atmosphere in the room was bubbling.
Holland’s next big thing, Odette, dropped a lively performance which followed the mood of Jack‘s perfectly. The prolific Dutch producer is one who clearly knows her onions when it comes to finding genuinely underground tracks from which she sews her sonic tapestry, and this had never been clearer than tonight, when she illustrated why she is receiving bookings and releasing music constantly. Her contribution to the record only serves to further this point.
With Odette‘s set done and dusted, it was time for Kristen Velvet to take the reins and steer us in the direction of our headline act. Kristen first became interested in electronic music due to her background as a dancer. Her natural knack for rhythm translates perfectly to her DJ and production work; if you haven’t heard her Waveform Mix, or her recent EP, Now Or Never, then you should do. Immediately.
As we expected, Kristen‘s performance really took the energy to fever pitch. She was clearly loving playing to a room full of people who were enjoying it as much as she was, bouncing around behind the decks as her set progressed.
Arms and Legs Records‘ head man, Daniel Steinberg was headlining the evening. Daniel is a genuinely lovely, unassuming man, in person. His finesse in the studio is wholly evident from his impressive back catalogue, both under his own name and the Harry Axt guise. The aforementioned is predominantly based in the house sound, while the latter sees Daniel leaning more towards the techno side of things.
If ‘daytime’ Daniel is Jekyll, then ‘night time’ Daniel is his Hyde. To say Daniel‘s set was brilliant would be an understatement. Storming through chunky house tracks, through tech house, and right into techno (including dropping Green Velvet and Harvard Bass‘ party starter, Lazer Beams), Daniel delivered a knockout blow which saw him infusing influences from both his monikers’ styles. What a DJ. What a night.
A special thanks must also be extended to Rory and Eric, who facilitated the whole event by hosting us at YARD and District.
So, as we’ve mentioned several times, this was a launch event. Our CD (available here) was on sale at the night and we shifted quite a few copies. Now, however, we are ready to release the digital version of the record. For those who are yet to hear it (if so, why?!) then we have a full album stream, below, so you can try before you buy. Honestly, though, it is well worth the £7 price tag.
The hard work of the artists who contributed to the compilation is weaved into the music it contains. As an album, it flows perfectly. The album starts out with a delectable re-rub of Jammhot’s Serenity, a summery house track which
has been given the DEMI treatment, before we are segued beautifully into the wonderfully textural Broken Promises (produced exclusively by DEMI in his Wood Drift guise). Following this we have Arms and Legs top dog, Daniel Steinberg, who brings classic house sensibilities right up to date with the haunting It’s Raining.
Ukrainian (via the US) producer Matuss offers up her Solicitors are Welcome, which is laden with DaftPunk and Stardust influences. Hotly tipped Dutch producer, Odette, demonstrates exactly why 2017 is set to be her year, with her minimal It Will Come, before Liverpool’s greatest export since The Beatles, Yousef, begins to pick up the pace in with his Crisis Edit of his solo production, Strange Girl.
Italian producer Matt Sawyer weighs in next with his emotion-drenched slice of refined tech-house, Adagio. This is followed up expertly with the lilting, melancholically vocal-laden Fantasy, by Arms and Legs Records’ producer, Kristin Velvet. Danny Howells drops by next, with an 11-minute progressive house journey, Gone Tomorrow, flecked with stunning acid licks and infectious percussive breaks.
This leads us nicely into E-Motion, Mr.C’s generously donated track from his latest album, Incidents, which steps the funk up over a bubbling acid bassline and rushing snares. Vanni & Fav cut through next with the House for the Homeless Dub of their tech-house banger Affinity, before Denny Loco turns the lights right down with his interpretation of Lonya’s Righteousness. Skryptöm’s Electric Rescue plays us out with a snarling techno beast, in the form of his track, Antom.
All proceeds go directly to Crisis, the UK’s oldest homeless charity. You can buy a copy of the digital edition, complete with HQ artwork by the uber-talented James Kirkham, on our BandCamp page, HERE. A relatively small investment gives you the chance to hear a host of original productions recorded specially for the album, and kindly donated album tracks. In the meantime, or to give you a chance to listen before parting with your hard-earned cash, here is a full stream of the album…The Waveform Transmitter presents House for the Homeless.