In the second of our series of catch-ups with London based parties hitting up Stop Making Sense festival in Croatia, i-D online chats to Chris Gold, booker, promoter and all round head honcho at the “genre-smashing” Corsica Studios night, Trouble Vision.
Trouble Vision launched in September 2008 in Elephant and Castle’s one-stop party shop Corsica Studios and has since entertained crowds with a constant supply of first-rate bookings and unbeatable atmosphere. Trouble Vision is proud of and true to its open-genre policy and you can expect to dance to anything from house to dubstep to disco to hip hop; they’ve had everyone from Scuba to Jamie XX, Jackmaster, David Rodigan, Theo Parrish and Hannah Holland through the doors. Basically if it’s good music, it’s getting played.
Hosting a boat party on 4th August at Stop Making Sense, and a bank holiday special on 24th August at Corsica Studios, Gold put together an exclusive, meaty mix for i-D online to whet your appetite, whether you’ll be raving in the sun, or in Elephant and Castle this summer.
What can people expect from a Trouble Vision party, what makes your parties different? What makes us different is that we don’t really have a booking policy. Generally if we think it’s good then we’ll book it. For example over the last couple of years we’ve had people like Theo Parrish topping the bill one month, and David Rodigan the next, via Martyn and dOP. This keeps things fresh for our very loyal following while attracting people from other scenes along the way. The result is an interesting mix of people and music, who ultimately want to have a good time.
Who has been your favourite booking from the last few months and what do you plan to bring to Stop Making Sense? As a recent guest in London and now at SMS it makes sense to talk about Deetron. Deetron is hands down one of the best DJs we’ve ever had at Trouble Vision. He plays a lot of vinyl over three turntables seamlessly. Having come from a techno background he can really lay it down, but in recent years his style has evolved into a broader spectrum covering house, disco, electronica and beyond. This is essentially the general vibe that we hope to bring to Croatia: an eclectic, fun mix of music that everyone will appreciate on one level or another, whether you’re into hip hop, house or beyond, something will appeal.
Is there anybody else you are keen to check out while you’re out there? Absolutely. This year’s line-up is exceptional. Move D, Nick Hoppner, Lil Louis, the Jimmy Edgar live show, so much going on.
Do you have any other festivals lined up for the Summer? In previous years we’ve worked with Gottwood, but unfortunately the dates didn’t work for us this year, so this summer we’re strictly punters. Planning on going to Secret Garden Party, Farr and Dimensions.
Finally, tell us about the mix you’ve created for i-D online and how it best sums up the spirit of Trouble Vision? So the mix is pretty varied. Lots of old tracks as well as new, mixed from CDs and vinyl. It’s difficult to do a coherent mix that best represents Trouble Vision, as our booking policy is so broad, but I’m happy with how this has come out. It ranges from slo-mo house, to garage-tinged tracks, via some more atmospheric stuff and then some pretty straight party music, which I like to think is the ‘spirit’ of Trouble Vision. Hope you like it!
Text: Laura Hinson