For those that haven’t been before, mono_cult is the Leeds brand championing vintage disco cuts and stripped back house, and have commanded a ruthlessly loyal following over the years. As part of their 7th birthday celebrations on 17th April at the Dance Tunnel in Dalston, we interviewed founders Matt Long and Brad Mercer, chatting about the last 7 years, their highlights, and what they have coming up.
We started mono cult back in 2007, there was 5 of us originally and we were all mutual friends from Ibiza and going out in Leeds. None of us really had any experience of running parties but we all had the same interest in music and thought together we could pull off a party. At the time there were no Sunday daytime events in Leeds but the weekends were dominated by Asylum, Technique Dirty Disco and Basics, so we fitted well into the scene then. We fell lucky landing on some really sunny afternoons when we launched which gave us a real help for those special alfresco afternoons which we all remember from The Lounge days!
What are your top 7 moments of the last 7 years with mono_cult so far?
Alex Boman played your 5th birthday as well – what is it about him that you love so much?
Really looking forward to bringing him back to play for in London and hope he’s ready for another party, its been far to long overdue.
The Dance Tunnel in Dalston has been your London home for the past year – how does this intimate space compare with your huge multi-room Canal Mills parties in Leeds?
What else is in the pipeline for you guys this year?
In June we will be returning to Barcelona to host another Off Sonar party with electric minds, this year we have teamed up with Feel My Bicep to bring a killer three room line up at Razzmatazz. We’ll be in Croatia representing at Hideout and Unknown again and have some big plans for Leeds at the end of year as well as continuing our residency at Dance Tunnel in London.
Finally, to those that haven’t been before, what 3 tracks capture the sound of mono_cult?
So many to chose from but these tend to always be in our bag:
Pepe Bradock – Deep Burnt
Soundstream – Makin Love
Roy Davis Jr Ft Peven Everett – Gabriel
(images courtesy of IGR)