Barry & Gibbs Spotlight

In the last 12 months you would be hard pressed to find another newcomer on the disco/edits scene who had made a bigger impression than Barry & Gibbs. Each track they have released has rocketed up the respective Traxsource, Beatport and Juno charts with a few peaking at number 1! We were lucky enough to catch up with the guys after they had done their Guest mix for the Sneaky Disco show EP113.

A History

Based in Lille, northern France, Barry & Gibbs are Quentin aka Barry (Also known as Mark Lower) and Fred (Gibbs). The dynamic duo formed in 2016 and describe their style as mainly Disco/NuDisco with a touch of funk! Barry (24) has been DJ'ing since he was 12, and has been producing almost the same time period, whilst Gibbs (37) has been DJ’ing for almost 20 years. Both confess to a love of vinyl and keep topping up their collection with new and old pressings. 

What inspires you?

Inspired by artists such as Dimitri from Paris, Joey Negro and the Reflex, the duo certainly have a huge love for Disco. When asked about which DJs they follow at the moment, in addition to their inspirations, they stated “Dr Packer, whilst Gibbs gives a shout out to his bro, Mark Lower ;-)”, but they were both quick to point out that there are way too many DJs to choose favourites from. When asked which are their favourite labels - the heavyweights Razor’n’Tape, Glitterbox, Masterworks Music and Midnight Riot were mentioned, as well as Sakura Music which is founded by Mark Lower. When we approached the subject of events or gigs that inspired them, they confessed to being enlightened whilst attending a Glitterbox event at Ministry of Sound, London, in 2017. It had that much of an effect on them that it was the catalyst that them launch their own events, in their hometown of Lille.

Tracks

The guys’ first track was released three years ago; an edit of ‘Serge Gainsbourg – Sea, Sex & Sun’ (see the insert). When we asked them, which tracks they were most proud of, the guys had their own favourites – Barry, favours the edit of ‘Love Thang’ which is the newest edit they’ve done and, it’s on their SoundCloud page for a free download now. He also favours an edit of ‘Michel Berger - La Groupie Du Pianiste’ which is a French variety classic. Gibbs on the other hand loves their new Sister Sledge edit and confesses he gets goose bumps every time they play it. It’s not just Gibbs who get goose bumps – check out the reaction of the crowd here in Poland when the track is dropped! When the guys were asked about any new tracks, they advised us that they have a release on Masterworks planned later this year, and probably some new edits to come as free download on Soundcloud.

 Gigs

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If you wish to check out the guys live then they have a biannual residency at “Le bistro de Saint So” in their hometown, Lille. It’s a large venue where they launched their Disconnect event last year. In the future they want to take the Disconnect Event in Lille to the next level, driven to improve the already fantastic night, they already have - so watch this space! They also recently gigged at the launch of the cool venue  La Capucine Lille .

 

To coincide with their own disconnect night, the guys also have the disconnect radio show which is released every month. If you want to check out the show it is hosted on their SoundCloud page.

We’d like to thank both Mark and Quentin, along with Karen Ridley and the Downtown disco agency. Check out their guest mix in the link below.

A Chat with Melgado

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We were really pleased to have Melgado as a guest on the Sneaky Disco show. He came to our attention on the awesome Riot in Lagos EP, released on Midnight Riot, with the track ‘African Food’. This was followed up then by the KO EP and also Calore EP, which had the amazing Instant party track ‘Instant Party’.

Haling from Lecco in the north of Italy ,on the stunning backdrop of lake Como, Fabietto Delgado aka Melgado is one of the most up and coming Djs/Producers that has come out of Southern Europe for a long time. He still Djs in Lecco on a regular basis at a little club in his home town called the Red Club, which he plays an active part in promoting and running - so if you are ever in the Lake Como area make sure you check it out. But lets dig a bit deeper.

Whats your Style and how was it shaped?

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When asked about his style, Melgado certainly comes across as a DJ that can play multiple genres such as Disco, Disco-Funk, Italo Disco, Afro Boogie, Brazilian Boogie, Nu Disco, House, Deep House, Old School House. For us, however, his Nudisco, Disco and Brazilian boogie edge make him stand out from the crowd. Melgado aka Fabietto Delgado has DJ’d since the age of 15; his passion for music pushed him to listen to almost everything through years of listening to Jethro Tulls, contemporary sounds and other various kinds of music, however he had a love for Funk, Jazz, Soul and Latin American music. He followed all his favourite Djs in the early '90s, for example Tony Humphries ( who he heard for the first time at Musiko' Jesolo in 1994) and all the american “old school” DJs. In 1999 he took part of Rete 104, a Lecco local radio, where he worked as a selector and technician in a House Music dedicated programme called ‘Groovemarket’ and also 104 Night Session until 2002. These early influences are a major factor in his style now and this is none more evident than in his DJ sets where he drives you on a road of House and Electronic Music, featuring his Old School House roots of the '90s, the Disco Funk of the '70s & ‘80s and other Rare Grooves.  His current influences include Antal and the Rush Hour movement.

Tracks

 In 2010 Fabietto, along with his friend Roberto Praianò, created the Melgado Project. Their first production went straight to Gianni Bini's Checkmate Records and then to Fingerprint, Recline, and Paolo Martini's Paul's Boutique, gaining very good feedback from top worldwide Djs. In 2012 they then produced “Take me” with the acclaimed NiCe7. This tune was released by Noir Records and arrived in the Beatport chart thanks to the support of many famous Djs, such as the legendary Laurent Garnier who played it at the closing party of the Sonar Festival. His latest releases are on Sub_Urban, Snake Beat, Doner Music, Blacksoul, Midnight Riot, Masterworks Music. More recently he has been producing Disco edits such as ‘Fa Tremar’, which was released on Thunder Jam records last year. He is also one half of Ankle Release with DJ Triplex. Check out a release here

Gigs

He is a resident at the Red Club , but interestingly in 2005 Fabietto Delgado was picked by RIN (Radio Italia Network) to take part in a DJ Contest powered worldwide by Heineken (Heineken Found @ Thirst). This allowed him to collaborate with the same radio and to work in the most famous Italian clubs, sharing the console with Pete Tong and Paul Oakenfold. A very talented DJ and a producer who we are just starting to see his best work, especially for the edits scene and one to certainly keep an eye on. He was kind enough to produce a guest mix for the second half of our EP112 show, so check out how talented he is!

Magnetic Soul DJ Bio - Sneaky Disco EP106

Magnetic Soul

 

We were lucky enough to have Magnetic Soul record a guest mix for our Sneaky Disco show at the beginning of March.  He curated a cracking set, dropping some real toe tappers, with Eros, Volume 1, Track 3 a true highlight – we’re sure you’ll agree. For those of you wanting to know a little more about the DJ, here’s Magnetic Soul’s Good2Groove bio. 

Where it all began

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Originally from Belfast, Magnetic Soul (MS) has probably seen more of the UK than the average native. Having had stints in Manchester, Birmingham and now holed up in London; it’s not his geographical travels we’re interested in, rather his musical journey.

Drawn to Manchester after school by its vibrant music scene and attitude, MS was greatly influenced by the wealth of music and DJ heritage from great local radio stations and internationally renowned club scene across  the city; alerting his radar to more music than ever  before. Fully immersed in the club scene, it wasn’t long before he took his first punt at promotion at the recently opened Sankeys Soap club with the Dis©nnect club night, learning the first vital lesson to use someone elses money if possible!

Deep into the scene and fully gripped by the vinyl bug MS moved to  Birmingham to attend Uni, where he remained for over a decade. Here he  honed his eclectic style hogging the decks at regular house partys as  well as stints DJing Wobble, MOS Bar and even Jungle on a pirate radio  station. He eventually got a job in several vinyl specialist dance music  warehouses just long enough to rinse all the best tunes and meet kindred  spirits that would seed the idea for the Floatation club night. Music  was definitely in his blood.

It was at Floatation where MS experienced some of his most memorable  moments. It was a pretty legendary underground party held in a small  back room club/ bar in Birmingham. The club had Balearic DJs in the bar  area and played pure soulful, disco infused deep house in a small back  room conservatory. With a ridiculous sound system, over used smoke  machine and even a fish pond, the club wreaks of the hysteria the raves  of the era evoke! He even recalls someone, after a particularly good  night, trying to give CPR to a fish on the dancefloor at 6am!

Making music

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MS had been making tunes since 98 but it wasn’t until about 10 years later that he got his first tracks released on labels Midnight Riot and Rotating Souls. With a backlog of unfinished tracks and a number of budding projects just waiting to be unleashed he decided to start his  own label and Dab Hand label was born.  The label’s seen three vinyl  releases (What You Gonna Do, Summer Love, Come into My Life) and 12  digital releases, so far.

The release MS is most proud of is ‘Lovin’ on Run’, which was his first  vinyl release on Rotating Souls out of the US. MS has always had a  massive love for US house labels out of NYC, Chicago and West Coast and original funk disco artists, so getting picked up by a label out there  was such a bonus for him!


He states that “It was one of those tracks that just came out of nowhere and fell together easily with great soul elements and groove”. MS is  working on some new tracks and hopes to have some releases in the next few months.

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MS refuses to be tied down to any style and plays everything from Balearic, eclectic beats to sleazy soul and funk grooves, new disco  edits, all sorts of deep house and proto sounds. Check mixcloud for some historic mixes and styles through the years:

https://www.mixcloud.com/magneticsoul/

Inspired by…

MS is more of a fan of underground and alternative party venues; he feels that they draw a clued up, open minded, music focused crowd. His favourite events have always been festivals or the D.I.Y. sound system parties around the Midlands, which attract a mixed crowd, relaxed vibe and lenient close times.

Although a UK nomad, MS has played at some amazing venues and locations across the globe. These include; Garden festival in Croatia and Bloom and Love In, both in Bristol. His best memories, however, will always be the Floatation nights; the mix of great music, magical atmosphere, surrounded by good friends DJing and partying together was infectious. One thing he loved most was being able to DJ two different sets in one day, from deep house to eclectic disco sets on street parties with an up-for-it and mixed crowd that sometimes would last all day until first light.

MS has a number of people that inspire him; the usual legends like Francois K, Larry Levan, Kerri Chandler, Johnny D Nicky P, Metro Area and Idjut boys, as well as more recently MCDE, Session Victim and Art of  Tones. The  labels which influenced himmost in the early days were US disco house labels, like Henry St (Johnick), 83 west (Mateo Matos) and  Nuphonic Balihu.  More recently his influences range from old disco and italio labels, to new re-edit vibes like Whiskey Disco, Kolour, RazorNTape and more eclectic stuff like Early Sounds, Phantom Island and International Feel.

His love of labels has helped with his immense vinyl collection, which is close to 10,000 records - spread over a few rooms in his house and some stored in his parents’ garage. He still buys a lot of old and obscure classics on Discogs and loves nothing more than rummaging through the racks of second hand record stores or boot sales, for those unexpected finds.

Where to find him

Last year, MS played four hefty 5hr sets at Spiritland Audiophile bar in Kings Cross. Here he gets the opportunity to play and experiment with all the weird and wonderful gems his extensive collection has to offer. He anticipates he will return to Spiritland for more chilled and eclectic sets, but is always up for more disco and house club sets. He loves taking time to prepare interesting warm up sets - a real DJ in our 
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Living in London, working as a freelance photographer /videographer, MS regularly shoots music videos and promo photos for all kinds of up and coming artists. He really enjoys working with new artists and helping them to promote releases - check out the following website.

https://musicvideo.london

We’d like to thank Magnetic Soul for his time and contribution to our show and look forward to some more mighty Vinyl releases. We’re equally looking forward to his new material joining all three of his previously released tracks, which are already staples in our own collections!