Buttoned Down Disco is fast becoming a London phenomenon. It's practially free if you sign up for the secret venue invite. More importantly, for a club night in London it's always really friendly. You could walk up to anyone and start talking to them if you felt like it. These are things we really don't see enough of on a typical London night out. But then, Buttoned Down Disco was never meant to be a typical night out. The man behind this secret gig formula is the wonderful Dollyrocker. He's just come back from NYC where the disco went down a storm so Londonist decided to have a chat with him, to see if he'd share a few more secrets with us...
Who else is involved in BDD?
Apart from me doing all the promotion, djing and writing invites etc, my lovely fiancee Rachel looks after all of the design side of things and technical stuff.
What Do You Do In The Real World?
This kind of thing mainly, running clubnights, booking good bands and dj's, listening to loads of music, ahh! Such a tough life!
Describe Your Sound To Us:
I would say happy, hands-in-the-air kitschy indie pop. But it can vary quite wildly depending on the party.
Who Are Your Influences?
DJing wise, I would say Erol Alkan, Chemical Brothers and DJ Yoda.
Where Can We Hear / See You Next?
Aha! Saturday 23rd June on a boat in Battersea, doing a Midsummers Eve
party! Any other gigs have to be kept secret!
What's The Big Game Plan For BDD now you've come back from NYC?
Would like to get some festival slots next year and travel to some other cities.. in terms of London we've still a few new venues lined up, but next year we're going monthly. But I can't tell you where, ha ha!
Where would you most like to DJ?
The London Dungeons. You could let everyone in for free and then make them pay to leave.
What's the best gig you've ever been to?
I think Fischerspooner when they played a seone show in about 2002. They basically spunked all their money on costumes and glitter cannons and just put on the most intensely good show a band could.
Tell us a story about NYC...
We were boating on a lake in the middle on Central Park, and we saw a load of turtles in the middle by some swamps. Turtles? NYC centre? Proper surreal!
Recommend One Album To Our Readers You Don't Think They Will Have Discovered.
I would say the new Feist album is really beautiful, or if the sun ever comes out this year you could check out Cornelius - 'Sensuous'. It's an amazing summer album.
Why Should Londonist Readers Go And See You?
Because there aren't enough places that really mix of genres in a clever way. You'll hear a lot of stuff you know, but also a lot of really amazing remixes and covers of tracks you know but hadn't heard these versions. Plus the atmosphere is always really fun.
What's Your Favourite:
Venue To Play In London?
I would say KOKO, it's just so beautiful..
Bit of a cliche, but I think Rough Trade.
L'occitane. I'm a real sucker for nice smells!
Place To People-watch?
Haagen dazs Ice Cream cafe in Leicester Square. You can watch all the chavs get thrown out of clubs from the upstairs window, hilarious!
Place To Chill-out?
Kew Gardens or Hampstead Heath.
Place To Get Lashed?
Place For A Post-gig Kebab?
I normally go to Kentish Delight if in Camden, but they're all fairly dire!
View In London?
From Parliament Hill in Hampstead Heath, you can see almost the whole city.
Form of Public Transport?
The old routemaster buses, RIP!
What Advice Would You Give Ken Livingstone?
Bring back the routemaster Ken!
What London Place Or Thing Would You Declare A Landmark?
The World Is Ending In 24 hours. How Would You Spend Your Last Day In London?
I'd get myself a boat and cruise down the river if it was a nice day.
Have You Ever Been Sick On The Tube?
No, thank God!
If You Could Sink One Part Of London Into The Sea, Which Bit Would It Be?
Elephant & Castle.
Greatest Thing Ever To Come Out Of London?
What Advice Would You Give To Someone New To London Getting On A Night Bus For The First Time?
Don't swop a £2 coin for two £1's coins with a dodgy bloke from Tulse Hill.
Sum Up London In A Word...
Buttoned down disco is a secret venue club held at different venues throughout London. Times and dates will vary.