Q&A 018 – Banoffee Pies

"Macho Biker guys serving medicinal Nos in space hopper balloons over Acid house and an array of nudity"

For our 18th interview we’ve asked some questions to our very first guest act, Banoffe Pies, coming THIS FRIDAY!!!!! to play for us at DBJS. Info about the party HERE

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?

Downstairs….To the party.

When did you guys meet and where? How did bananas become involved when this happened?

We met in Bristol through a mutual friend, sharing a love of Bananas and strange dance music in early 2013. Banoffee was born a few weeks later starting as a collection of mixes, soon developing into a series of small capacity parties and eventually into a label late last year. The label has become the main focus but we still eat Bananas everyday.

Your label has just released its first LP? How did you guys come across Mark Nicholas and what inspired you for the release?

We were actually looking at an old record of his on Discogs which was released back in the early 90’s on his own label Ringrose Records. There was a long comment left on the release page by a user named ‘ringrose’ so we thought we’d give it a read. The comment was by Mark and talked of being messed with financially back in the day whilst running the label with lots of record stores not paying him and records being lost in the post resulting in the untimely closure of the label. He talked about wanting to get his music out there in the world so we dropped him a line asking him if we could sign an unreleased demo we had heard online somewhere. After a few weeks of radio silence we received a message confirming the track was available to be signed but also mentioning a lack of internet which meant the tracks would have to be posted on a USB. With contact as frequent as his trips to the local for some wi-fi, we asked if he had any other tracks we could peel through. When the USB eventually arrived it was filled to the rafters with upwards of 30 golden tracks and live jams, some of which we chopped and changed, all produced on a variety of analogue hardware back in the 90’s. After having a listen through all the tracks we knew what had been planned as an V/A EP was going to have to be a full feature of his craft.

Talking more about music and your work, tell us about your favourite downstairs venue you have played / been to, whether in London or elsewhere. Why was it special?

One of Bristols infamous basement venues and one we personally love is Cosies. It’s a wine bar/restaurant come dance floor in a cave. We put on a party with Bradley Zero and Al Dobson Jr earlier in the year and it went down a treat. A hot spot for many of our friends too, good vibes at this place.

Could you tell us about three of your most essential ‘downstairs’ tracks?

Stranger Music – ‘Darker Day’ Groove

Puerto Rican Girls – ‘Melchior & Pronsato’ Spook

MD’Z Revenge – ‘The Banger’ Bang

Talking a little bit more about yourself, what’s the most unique or interesting experience you have ever had while below ground level?

Some friends of ours put on a small intimate party called Dirty Talk. It’s a real gem of a venue that they found, effectively a cave in the basement of a biker bar. .. Probably one of the best most bizarre UK venues around in our opinion… We went to a party in there with Young Marco and I-F which was very special indeed. Macho Biker guys serving medicinal NOS in space hopper balloons over Acid house and an array of nudity, intriguing times for a UK party at least.

After the party with us you have one of our favourite selectors coming down in Bristol, San Soda… What do you have planned for the label and for the parties?

We are really looking forward to having San Soda over to play and the Trinity Centre is a wicked church venue which we are looking forward to hosting. As for the label, more fun ahead. We just released our debut LP and have a few other vinyl series to introduce to you all on the lead up to 2016. Expect a world series, more of our BP00’s w/labels and a black label which will explore a series of our techno interests. Eyes peeled on our artists and growing family..

If you had a basement, what would you hide in it?

We wouldn’t know where to begin…possibly cash, bananas, and wax. Or something that insinuates bad things.

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