Danny Clancy and Kieran Clancy are the founders, organisers and resident DJs at krankbrother. Evolving from a private party in Corsica Studios, the last couple of years have seen them develop krankbrother into one of the most cutting edge parties in the capital. The brothers ensure that every party they throw focuses on unique locations, fresh underground music and an intimate party vibe. Over the years they’ve thrown parties in venues as diverse as a Caribbean shack, a disused pub, railway arches, numerous rooftops, a disused theatre and photography studios. As well as promoting and DJing, the brothers also launched their own DJ booking agency in 2011. We caught up with them to get the low-down on the coming year ahead…
How did your Sci-Fi themed night on Saturday go?, I hear you were converting Corsica into a spaceship!
It was great. There were some unbelievably good outfits there. I think Bender from Futurama may have won the best dressed award. Jay Shepheard played a great live set and Alexis Raphael and Wildkats showed just why we’re tipping them to go massive this year. Despite the snow and London grinding to a halt, our crowd made the effort, thats what we love about them!
Last year you guys sourced some amazing roof top venues and had some of the most talked about parties of the summer… lease tell us you have more of the same planned for 2012??!
Yes we do. We’re best known for our summer parties and this year we’ll be doing two roof parties again plus we’re working on a huge daytime street party.
We’re also planning on doing a couple of yacht parties over in Ibiza!
You’ve recently signed the Cozzy and Lex the boys behind the ridiculously good Sunday party that is Creche….What plans have you got for them this year?
Yeah we’ve got both Alexis Raphael and Cozzy D on our agency. They are both very talented DJs and producers as well as being good promoters too! Alexis has a very strong Hot Creations EP out next month. I’m certain it’s going to be huge so you’ll be hearing a lot more about him! He’s very busy already, with gigs all over the UK, Europe and beyond. Cozzy D has also got an amazing EP just out on Lower East, and is damn busy with gigs all over the place. All in all they’ve got their heads screwed on!
Tell us your favourite Krankbrother gig last year and why??
Our 2nd birthday roof party sticks in my mind from last year. The weather was shitty and by 4.00 pm we were packed downstairs just waiting for the rain to clear so we could get upstairs. Then all of a sudden the clouds parted and the sun came out and that seemed to make the atmosphere even more electric. Dancing in the sun in London is such a rarity so when it does happen, its very special. Heidi closed the roof and sent the place crazy. It was a great way for us to celebrate two years of doing something that we love.
What’s getting you excited for 2012 and top tip for up and coming artist in 2012?
The level of interest in dance music right now is exciting me. There is so much good music coming out of London, with so many young producers making really fresh music . On top of that London’s party scene is really thriving. On any weekend, there are always a load of acts that I want to see – so its good to know that the demand for underground house and techno music is there. As for my top tip – its hard to say. House music is moving so fast, I remember seeing Maceo Plex last March at WMC and he was only just playing his first live set….9 months later, the guy is on top of the world. I think this year is going to be the year that Wildkats and Alexis Raphael conquer. And I’m not being biased…!
3 top tunes for this year?
- Into the Light – Alexis Raphael
- Undress Me – Ashley Wild
- Whateva – Wildkats & T Boy
What festivals are you playing at this year and which ones will you be attending as a reveller??
We’re doing some really cool showcases at festivals this year – we’re hosting the Pyramid stage at Glade for a day, doing parties on a helipad and a boat in Dominican Republic for Groove Fest, and something even crazier for Secret Garden Party. On top of that we’re hosting a stage at a new and very exciting festival that will be happening in London, we just can’t tell you what quite yet but the lineup is unreal!
And finally your desert island discs??
Never easy but I reckon I’d go:
- Clash – London Calling
- The Cramps – Bad Music for Bad People
- The Velvet Underground & Nico – The Velvet Underground & Nico
- David Bowie – Diamond Dogs
- Talking Heads – Remain In Light
(interview by Jo Miles)