Are students more musically educated nowadays? If so, what do you put that down to?
I think there have always been students that are passionate about music but yes, now is a good time for club music as it does have a bigger following amongst younger people. I think the quality of the more 'pop' side of club music has increased with acts like Disclosure, Duke Dumont, Rudimental & Daft Punk all topping the chart which has opened the door for other artists and increased the interest in nights like Skint Mondays & CUBED which have pushed music like this for a long time.
Ubereadoolische is here specifically to promote house, disco and techno events – how does Skint Mondays’ music policy fit into this?
Skint Mondays has a very broad music policy which means that we play everything from nu-disco to bass, indie remixes, classic pop tracks and upfront deep house. Every night is different as we constantly vary the sets depending on the crowd and the atmosphere, always looking for a good opportunity to throw in a curveball and try a different direction. New music is very much at the heart of what we play and the guest bookings have always reflected that.
You have had an impressive and wide-range of guests throughout the years. Which ones are especially memorable?
This could take a while! We've had quite a few moments that we still love to reminisce over with smiles on our faces. The first guest night we ever put on was memorable as it visibly changed peoples perceptions of the night. Our guest was Emalkay who had made a big impact with his 'When I Look At You' tune. People loved it when we played that track at Skint Mondays so we booked him which turned a few heads as many people at that time thought we were just an indie night or a student night when if fact we had been filling up with all kinds of music lovers and mixing a huge variety of tracks. The success of that night gave us the confidence to keep booking a variety of acts which we felt reflected both us and our night to clubbers in Reading.
The Twelves from Brazil were the first act I was uncontainably excited about booking. Their Essential Mix had been on repeat for months and their remixes featured in pretty much every DJ set I played at the time. Rather than just DJing, they brought a combination of laptop controllers & keyboards and played a full live remix set which blew away everyone who was there... we had them play three times at Skint Mondays over the years and they never failed to make us all dance.
SBTRKT were a late booking in January 2011 who played what they said was their first full UK live show for us. During the soundcheck it was clear that we were in for something special as they improvised their way through the track 'Hold On' long before it was released. When they played their set unveiled a large number of the tracks that ended up on their debut album they had a whole room mesmerised with Sampha's vocals and SBTRKT's live instrument looping immediately demonstrating why they have gone on to such huge success since that show. A very special experience and still one of my favourite Skint Mondays sets.
Drop The Lime later that year was a great deal of fun, mixing bass and rockabilly with his own live vocals. Other highlights include Justin Robertson, Rory Phillips, Jack Savidge of Friendly Fires & Daniel Avery who all took us on seamless music journeys with plenty of their own productions thrown in. Australian duo Flight Facilities also stand out as they played the best new and old disco while dressed up in flying helmets and goggles.
Since we moved Skint Mondays to Sakura, the stand out set for me has to be Eats Everything. He'd already played a great early set at CUBED last year but this time he headlined and really made the night his own. His tunes, mixing and personality, with him happily posing for photos with regulars mid-set, made it one of the most enjoyable and memorable sets we've had over the five years.
Justin Martin is a massive booking. What was the inspiration?
Obviously the success of the Eats Everything night was part of the thinking behind getting Justin to play, with the dirtybird connection and their own sets together. His album is easily one of last years best and his recent collaborations like 'Wheelgunner' (with Ardalan) & 'The Gettup' are great peak time tracks. Justin also impressed us as someone who's been doing this for a long time, building more fans and getting better all the time. At risk of sounding extremely cheesy, I'd like to think that at 5 years in existence we might be seen in a similar way.