There's been whispers round Hoxton parts recently of a new night that's not like the rest. Forgot the usual posters and socialites Ghost School has taken over the Macbeth once an month declaring "We love arty rockers with electric guitars, twee freaks with knitted agendas, gay geeks with scuffed shoes, and party poppers who love their liquor. "
Sound good? We caught up with the DJs behind the club ahead of this Thursday's party!
When and why did you set Ghost School up?
Ghost School was a pipeline dream of ours for over a year, which we finally realized when we launched on May 31. We wanted to provide alternative gay people and alternative music lovers a night that's not pretentious or pressured.We all love new music, and wanted to play tracks we find on blogs and mixtapes alongside better know tunes; creating the unique sound of Ghost School.
Who are your djs? What do you do in the real world?
Whilst we're not being superstar dj's or baking cakes for Ghost School...
Alex works for the gay rights charity Stonewall and does a sideline in freelance Graphic and Web design. Camilla works at the BBC and is a successful freelance music journalist and John runs a t-shirt company called 'Plastic Fangs' and is setting up a magazine called 'Be Mused'.
What type of music do you play?
We mix the shock of the new with cult classics and guilt free pleasures. We like our synths with sincerity and our pop with snap and crackle. We don't alienate our punters, we try and give them a great excuse to dance that we hope proves impossible to resist.
What's your venue like?
Macbeth is a great venue for Ghost School. It's a bit of a fantastic dingy old-man-boozer, but the soundsystem is great quality and there's a stage for our live bands to perform on. Saying that, we'd love to take Ghost School to a big old haunted house, or those crypts under London Bridge.
Tell us one artist who we might not have heard of that you play that we should check out?
We're most excited about the bands we have playing over the coming months. This Thursday we have Rosie Oddie and the Odd Squad, and next month we have Johnny Foreigner both of whom are destined for big things!
What other club nights do you like going to in London?
What are your plans for the future?
Building our own Haunted House to host Ghost School in. Kidnapping The Gossip and making them play as our in-house band. Hire Deborah Harry and Wednesday Adams to work the door.
Favourite 5 tracks to play at the moment?
Delta 5: Mind Your Own Business
Kate Nash: Foundations
Sexual Earthquakes in Kobe: Dance Music (toxic avenger mix)
Sophie Ellis Bextor: Murder on the Dancefloor
Like the sound of it? The next Ghost School is this Thursday 28th June, and the last Thursday of every month at The Macbeth, Hoxton. Entry is £3 with a flyer or £4 without. Check out their ace website for more information at www.theghostschool.co.uk