Hello Chris, can you introduce you to our electro-swing.com readers ?
Im Dj Chris Tofu, from London Electro Swing Club and the White Mink Tour and Continental Drifts
How did you came to Electro Swing ? What is it for you and why do you like it ?
Electro Swing in London has one definition , 1920 to 1950 Remixed, simple, anything from crazy swing hip hop to breakbeat boogaloo, Cumbia remix even. I’m a nut for Vintage Remix , Ive been chasing it like a “chimera” for 20 years, programming anyone who remixed the old and new. In the start there were but a few bands and acts and then as you all know in the last few years its dripped into 20 bands and 100’s of dj’s. All with there own take. By the end of the year at least 700,000 will have watched our gigs and danced at around 40 gigs and festivals this year. Were very proud …
You’re running the Book Club in London. What is your audience ? How are the party like ?
Im an old geezer (guy), the area ES London happens is uber trendy and hip, we have been running everything from Punk Rock and Anarchist gigs in that area for years. We were lucky to get a club that is so phenomenally popular and is packed full of young people under 25 (but lots of old farts like me too). In two years it has never not been full or absolutely jumping . BUT what makes it so different is that we have to have a Live Electro Swing thing monthly , so we have had 24 electro swing live acts , which is a miracle as the venue is just beginning.
It might be the 1st club in the world started to play this Electro Swing music. When was that and how was it in the beginning ?
I used to run a thing called Lost Vagueness I was the programmer. It was a vast “town ” of crazy animations and rooms and begun this neo burlesque thing in the UK, we were for years banging out any old vintage remix, but ES London came of the back of a number of v cool Electro Swing tents at the festivals. In the beginning it was really hard one, you could hear, Caravan place 3 times in a night or Libella Swing, but now every Dj is different (Im often still playing the “classics” as Im quite lazy).
You’re celebrating the 2nd anniversary of the Club this weekend. Tell us about it.
Its a totally mental night as usual with artists coming from New York , the world Scratch Champions remixing swing , the originator of the UK Vintage Remix Tuesday Weld , Nick Hollywood of White mink and heap of other stuff.
Thanks Chris for telling us your story and the Book Club’s. Have a great party on Saturday !