One of the faces behind the counter of Sounds of the Universe, Capracara‘s records collection stretches far and wide, from the back catalogue of Relief Records to Danny Tenaglia tested Twilo classics. Having released across the Atlantic for New York’s ever fresh DFA Records, and staked a claim as part of Mathias Aguayo’s Comeme collective, he’s found a home on London’s multi-faceted Unknown to the Unknown for whom he has an album coming later this year.
Rushmore is one of the minds behind East Londons House of Trax night. Having brought over US talent from ghetto tech king DJ Assault and hip-house pioneer Tyree Cooper to new way ballroom star Mike Q, and put them alongside UK talent such as Slimzee and Night Slugs boss Bok Bok, they’ve brought a fresh perspective to the US/UK axis. Rushmore always brings the ruckus as a DJ and producer too and is launching his own Trax Couture label with four killer cuts.
In the next stage of our DJ to DJ series we asked Capracara and Rushmore to ask each other a few q’s ahead of their B2B at Banjee Boy Realness 1st Birthday
Capracara Vs Rushmore
Capracara: Tell me a little about the ‘House of Trax’ night that you run?
Rushmore: So it’s a monthly party that I co-run with Fools aka Benedict Bull. Its closely approaching two years since we started it and it flown by and we’ve had some amazing guests including: MikeQ, Vjuan Allure, Venus X and Tyree Cooper to name a few. It has expanded into a label, producing records and soon to be unveiled clothing too! This is how we will grow in the future, very excited!
C: What’s been the highlight there?
R: Amongst various, the most recent was our last party where, for the first time, we had a group of 6-8 dancers of various styles including vogueing, of which we only knew one, that danced their asses off all night on the stage. It was a moment where I felt that we had achieved a goal that we set out to do when we started the night and it happened. People felt they were happy to express themselves and dance, put on a show spontaneously and had a great time! It was super dope!
C: Describe Banjee Boys in 2013?
R: Banjee Boys in 2013 bring it straight from the street, fresh new raw hard attitude, acting cunt, doing whatever it takes! Bitch Please!
C: What are your current favourite tracks?
R: My current favorite tracks are : Paul Johnson-The other side of me I picked this up in Chicago in the summer Vjuan Allure – The Urge Vjuan went and cooked up a storm on his latest cut, my secret weapon for the upcoming BBR Birthday Party! Rushmore-Turn It On It’s off my new EP due out in Nov, it’s my favorite of the lot. Shake That Ass!
Rushmore vs Capracara
Rushmore: What three records best describe the range of styles you play?
Capracara: Dat Oven ‘Icy Lake’ Jam City ‘Worst Illusion’ Uncanny Alliance ‘I Got My Education (Kenlou Mix)’
R: What’s your best dj experience to date?
C: Recently, the last Banji Boy Realness party at Dalston Superstore was so much fun. One of my favourite gigs in London. Got to play all the records I really love to a bunch of people that really loved them!
R: If you could curate a party today with artists/DJs past and present who would be playing and where would it be?
Well, I think the setting would somewhere like the Sound Factory and I think I’d curate the following: L-Vis 1990 b2b
Kenny Dope; Jam City b2b DJ Duke and an old school set from the Murk Boys.
Bonus question: what is going to be your biggest tune of 2014?
Hmmm – tough one… I really love that new Jam City ‘Club Constructions’ record on Night Slugs – a definite contender!
Capracara & Rushmore play B2B at Banjee Boy Realness on 2nd November. Running bi-monthly at Dalston Superstore they have spent the last twelve months joining the dots between classic US house, garage and techno, and the UK’s own rude soundsystem versions of these sounds. Celebrating their first birthday at The Hive Project in Hackney Wick, they’ve assembled a line-up of home-grown DJs representing this ever swinging interplay between American and British nightlife.
Full details and tickets here