“I used to listen to Italo Disco a lot when I was younger, purely for the cheesiness of it…”
Gavin Elsted produces music under his Adultrock moniker, releasing his debut EP on Bodytonic a few years back.
He’s now exploring a different world of electronica with a new party…
“I used to listen to Italo Disco a lot when I was younger, purely for the cheesiness of it – I loved the simple basslines, melodies and hammy vocals. When I started getting more and more into dance music, I started recognising that a lot of my favourite artists in house, techno and obviously disco had taken some of the better tropes from Italo and repurposed them for their own work.
“This led to me delving into the less dayglo side of the genre and finding tunes that would work as well in more straight ahead DJ sets.”
His love for the cosmic side of disco has manifested itself in a new party series, taking place in The Bernard Shaw.
This Friday Liquid Disco kicks off with tracks from Italo/Cosmic/older Electro and EBM.
“Because of the amount of music I was listening to and enjoying, it made sense to want to devote an entire night to that particular style. Liquid Disco is by no means the first Italo club night in Dublin – honourable mentions to Forza Italo and Glider where many a fist was pumped to an arped bassline and cheesy chorus – but I’m hoping it’ll showcase what Italo is all about: fun, fun, fun.”
Photo credit: Brid O’Donovan