Best moment at an LWE event in 2016?
Alice: Going up on the main stage for the first time at 8pm at Junction 2. As well as watching people walk over the hill and realising that the main stage really was under the motorway over a bridge on an island. And then my final meeting with the police and council after Junction 2 and being told they were happy with everything I had produced and operated. Oh and my first site visit to Printworks.
Char: The real Dr Who turning up at our Drumcode Halloween show and getting into a row in the VIP bar. Excellent. But seriously, the first site visit to Printworks was very special.
George: First week I started working for LWE at Junction 2 (intense!) and seeing Mr. G tear up The Hydra stage. The most energetic set I have ever seen, hands down!
Jack: I don’t get to see many of the sets at shows usually, but Max Cooper’s EMERGENCE show was really something I’ll remember. Watching him mix a live set, with DJing, and controlling the visuals was pretty amazing.
Laurien: Seeing Max Cooper at the Islington Assembly Hall with stunning visuals perfectly synchronized to the music + goosebumps at the end of Junction 2.
Mike: My interview at AMP – As a result i’m part of the team!
Mimi: Junction 2 festival – standing at the top of the walk way (at the entrance) and looking down at the crowd under the brigde – the visuals were insane. Runner up moment would be Will trying to talk Avelino and his crew into playing at his allotted time @ AMP – that was hilarious.
Zoe: Watching Basement Jaxx play their big hits at TD. The crowd were loving it!
Zofia: Standing on the main stage at Junction 2 during Alan’s set, seeing the audience under the bridge…. had tears in my eyes. And taking my polish parents to Front Of House in the Great Gallery at Drumcode Halloween.
Alice: Watching First Dates. I NEVER watch TV either.
Char: Custard Creams. Office temptations.
George: Love Island – ITV3!
Jack: Binge eating on nights out.
Laurien: Krispy Kremes.
Mike: Sean Paul.
Mimi: Anything Marvel comics related – Dorky I know!
Sean: Terry’s Chocolate Orange.
Zoe: 80s classics.
Zofia: Sticky toffee pudding with loads of custard… mmmmmmm.
Alice: Junction 2 😉
Char: Junction 2 obviously. After that, Love International with all my old friends and Timewarp was insane.
George: Sunwaves 20. On a beach in Romania. 35 degree heat. €1 drinks. 24hr party, 4 days. Amazing line up! & Junction 2 of course!
Jack: Unfortunately I didn’t make it to any this year apart from Larmer Tree, it’s got to be Junction 2.
Laurien: J2 and after that Dour festival in Belgium. 5 days of music almost 24/7 and a great selection of artists from several music genres
Mimi: Choices are limited; but Junction 2 was awesome and I’m not even into techno lol.
Sean: Junction 2 is a given.. ADE 2016.. Pan-Pot absolutely destroyed De Marktkantine.
Zoe: Junction 2, of course.
Zofia: Junction 2, Secret Garden Party – not too many people, perfect weather, no queues, great team, great line up. Everything I wanted from a festival experience. And I’ve driven a van there first time in my life (note I’m a european right-hand side driver…)
Favourite mix of the year?
Alice: DJ Koze presents Pampa vol 1
Char: Adam “Madam” Shelton’s Meoko podcast. Also Youandewan’s Upfront 077, Dana Ruh’s XLR8R mix. Too tough to choose.
George: Zendid’s podcast for Meoko & Shonky’s mix for XLR8R – 3 hours of solid grooves.
Jack & Laurien: MCDE Vs Jeremy Underground RA
Mike: DJ Deep Gottwood Mix
Mimi: Don’t have one – Sorry!
Sean: Villalobos B2B Seth Troxler @ GSS
Will: Cake mix
Zoe: MssingNo – M1 Personal Trainer
Top 5 DJs
Alice: Andhim, Roman Flugel, Danny Tenaglia, Adam Beyer, Eagles & Butterflies.
Char: DBX, Craig Richards, Dana Ruh, Jane Fitz, Tristan da Cunha.
George: a:rpia:r (Raresh, Petre Inspirescu, Rhadoo), Ricardo Villalobos, Archie Hamilton, Apollonia, Zip.
Jack: This year, Palms Trax, Ben UFO, Max Cooper (Live), Butch & Josey Rebelle.
Laurien: Omar S, MCDE, Jane Fitz, Pepe Bradock, Jeremy Underground.
Mike: MCDE, Jane Fitz, Bicep, Moderat, Moody Man
Sean: Hito, Craig Richards, Art Department, Ben Klock & Joseph Capriati
Zoe: Dixon, Floating Points, Todd Terje, Detroit Swindle, Moullinex.
Zofia: DJ Koze, HNNY, Roman Flugel, Todd Terje, Pedestrian, Moderat
Top 5 Tracks
Char: Mark Ambrose – Greetings from Madam Dominique (Mosaic) / iO – For My Dreamz (Overall) / ar.at – Graphics (Voigtmann Remix) (Sketches) / Mr G – You In or You Out (Phoenix G) / Cab Drivers – Track Without a Baseline (Seasons)
George: Back2Earth – Warp One / Andrade – Bad Things / Bolumar – Enki / Gemini – Ca / Yamen & EDA – Cosmic Dance
Jack: Sonya Spence Let Love Flow On, Leon Vynehall – Midnight on Rainbow Road, A3 Reflectioner, Liem – If Only, Lucky Charmz – Buy Urself A Friend
Laurien: Youandewan – our Odyssey / Midland – Final Credits / Floorplan – Tell you no lie /Project pablo – evening call / Avalon Emerson – The Frontier
Mike: Amadou Et Mariam – Bara (Joaquin’s Sacred Rhythm Dance) / Eagles & Butterflies X / Midland Final Credits
Sean: David Bowie – LIfe on Mars // Audiofly feat JAW – Excuse My Wildness – Carl Craig Rmx // Dinky – Casa (Axel Boman Dub Mix) // Green Velvet – La La Land Antony Toga Remix // dubspeeka – I See You (Original Mix)
Zoe: Pomslap – Pomrad / Do it – Tuxedo / Jai Paul – Jasmine / You’re not Good Enough – Blood Orange / Je T’aime – Romare
Zofia: I know these aren’t 2016 but this is what I’ve been loving in the past 12 months: Beach House – Master of None, Koze – 9 years remix, HVOB – Azarel, Maceo Plex – Solitary Daze, Floating Points – Silhouettes
Favourite DJ set you’ve seen live?
Alice: Of 2016? Don’t think I’ve found the time to go out and get on any dancefloors 🙁 And not heard anything during our shows as am running around not in the rooms of music.
Char: As always, Craig Richards
George: Raresh B2B Petre Inspirescu @ SW20
Jack: Leon Vynehall at secret sundaze in Barcelona on My bday was a lot of fun…
Laurien: Omar-s at Phonox
Mike: 6 hours of Hawtin at Timewarp
Mimi: Loved the Ame set at Junction 2
Sean: Maya Jane Coles @ XOYO.. amazing set!
Best new discovery?
Alice: Agnes Obel, specially her track Familiar.
Char: Youandewan’s album, yeah boi.
George: Yoyaku – Paris based record distrobution, record store, label & agency. Sharing some great music.
Laurien: Best discovery of the year is difficult to remember, but best one of the week is Dan Kye’s Joy, Ease, Lightness EP on Rhythm Section and Youandewan – Our Odyssey from my top 5, new in and immediately tops my list!
Mike: The Distillery Gin Hotel
Mimi: Ame and Kiasmos – I know they arent new; but I only discovered them in the last 6 months lol
Sean: Phonica Record shop in Soho. My god.. Some of the vinyl techno in there..
Zoe: Electric Youth
Zofia: HVOB and their album Trialog
Drink of choice?
Alice: Vodka & tonic
George: Tea/Gin (not together)
Jack: Yakima Red & Cafe Patron
Laurien: Start with a beer and end with Rum & Coke
Mimi: Pub – G&T / Bar – French Martini
Sean: Sipsmiths gin & lemonade
Zoe: All the gin… & maybe a Lychee martini or two.
Zofia: Always G&T but recently been enjoying prosecco, vodka & lemon (when feeling rich at the beginning of the month)
Most embarrassing moment?
Char: The state of my hair at More Love in Rio De Janeiro in January. Too humid + too much dancing. Anyone who knows, will know.
Laurien: When I fell on my face taking an artist and his posse to their taxi. Hurt myself pretty badly too
Mimi: Pretty much everything that happened from 1am at the christmas party lol!
Zoe: Asking Jamie XX for his name at the door. Oops.
Zofia: Ripping the radiator off the wall in our director’s kids room at a staff do in Dorset in the middle of the night becuase I wanted to have a smoke out of the window. And then saying to him that I MADE A DAMAGE in the morning, which hasn’t been forgotten since, and will probably be repeated to me til the rest of my days #secondlanguageissues