Q&A 001 – Spencer Parker
“at home in an underground club”
For the very first interview of our series, we are delighted to welcome London born and Berlin based Spencer Parker. The DJ and producer is a true veteran with a real weight of talent, releasing on the like of Tsuba, Ovum Recordings, NRK Music and REKIDS and being a regular guest at such illustrious venues as Panorama Bar and Womb. Since 2012, he has been running his techno driven Work Them Records, releasing the likes of Radio Slave, Pittsburgh Track Authority, Young Male, Rødhåd, Dana Ruh and leading him to his current North American tour. We decided then to ask him just a few questions…
First of all, as we will be talking about ‘downstairs’, what’s the first thing that comes in to your mind when you hear that word?
Leaving my nice, warm apartment to go out into the big, bad world.
Talking about music and your work, tell us about your favourite downstairs venue you’ve played / been to, whether in London or elsewhere. Why was it special?
One of my favourite clubs in the world is Dance Tunnel in London and I did the first ever “Work Them Records Presents…” night there earlier this year. That club pretty much encapsulates the idea of a basement, a red light and a feeling”
What differences would you make to your set for a basement gig compared to an outdoor / terrace / festival one? Do you get a different feeling whilst playing in such different venues?
I wouldn’t really make that many changes to be honest. I’m much more at home in an underground club than a big festival anyway so I guess I’d just try my best to make everyone have a good time, as I usually do.
Could you tell us about three of your most essential ‘downstairs’ tracks?
I’d have to go for…
Radio Slave “Werk” (DJ Richard Remix) Work Them Records
Adrianna Lopez “Preface” Grey Report
Pittsburgh Track Authority “Im A Dancer” PTA
Talking a little bit more about yourself, what’s the most unique or interesting experience you’ve ever had while below ground level?
I once went to a very interesting club in Berlin that was in a basement, but I can’t say any more than that…
Thanks for answering our questions!
(Dance Tunnel – London)