Hollows & Fentimans teamed up with four of the country’s leading DJs for a unique live stream to celebrate the venues that brought us together in the absence of club nights.
It’s no exaggeration to say that Bodytonic venues have come to shape youth culture and nightlife in Dublin in recent years. Hosting some of the most impressive DJs in the world whilst championing homegrown talent in the city centre The Twisted Pepper and now Wigwam have been a lynchpin in some of the most memorable night’s in the capital’s collective psyche.
To celebrate their impact whilst we wait on WigWam’s full return R.kitt, Sam Greenwood, Kelly Doherty aka Gadget & The Cloud and George Feely provided nostalgic mixes that nodded to their most memorable nights on the club’s dance floor.
Recorded straight from WigWam, the four acts’ 45 minute servings played out like optimistic photo books, providing a window into their formative nights in the venue whilst also creating a sense of anticipation for its return.
Following his set, we spoke to George Feely and he broke down his setlist and what it means to him.
Twisted Pepper is where I got introduced to Dan Shake, who has turned out to possibly be my favorite DJ. It was around the time he had just released on Moodyman’s Mahogani Music, and followed it up the following year with Out Of Sight.
Similar to Dan Shake, Twisted Pepper also exposed me to the deeper side of house music, and its Detroit influences. It’s where I saw another personal hero of mine, MCDE, for the first time. Monster Box is a deep house classic released on Danillo’s imprint that has stayed in my bag for over 6 years.
My first proper gig in Pepper was playing the basement for the George Fitzgerald gig, I’m guessing around 2014. I was still very much learning my craft and defining my sound, but I remember playing this Brame edit of Diana Ross, and people went crazy for it. Especially that breakdown. So it always reminds me of my first great experience playing in that basement.
A slightly less personal choice, but I remember going to the Toy Tonics takeover in Wigwam a year or 2 ago. COEO have always stuck out in that collective for me.
Again, not a direct connection to myself and the venue. But as I mentioned, the likes of MCDE and Marcellus Pittman who I saw in Pepper, exposed me to the fact that not every tune has to be a house / techno pumper. Sometimes a nice curveball can really stand out in a set. Which is why I chose a New York City Choir song.
Kerri Chandler is essentially the face of Twisted Pepper for me. I could have picked a hundred songs from him, but his 90’s catalogue always sticks out in mind.
That hard deep house sound was in its height when I started going to Twisted Pepper. I think everyone has lost their minds at least once to the NY House Track in that venue.
Similar to Kerri Chandler and NY Stomp, My Sound by Mr G is synonymous with that venue in my mind.
I remember this Huxley remix really struck a chord with me when I first heard it. Again, it’s that classic deep house sound that was rampant around 2012 – 2013 and always reminds me of my early days going to Pepper as a punter.
I remember hearing Brotherman by Detroit Swindle in Pepper for the first time and I absolutely went mad for it. It was one of the tracks that really helped mould my sound early on. Once I dived deeper into their catalogue I came across Not Another Sometimes, which is still one of my favourite house productions of all time.
Again, that MLIU and Brawther style house always brings me back to that venue. Paris Underground Trax is one of my favourite house records of all time, which I had the pleasure of playing in the basement on several occasions.
Finally, George Fitzgerald was my first proper show in that venue. He was booked off the success of Child at the time, and I think everyone who was there remembers how crazy it was when he played it.
Watch George Feely’s full set below:
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