If you’ve been to London and you haven’t met Derren Smart, you’re clearly not at the right party. Or maybe you’re at the right party, but you’re slumped over unconscious in the corner. Or maybe you’re obnoxiously cliquey group of friends is keeping you from expanding and meeting cool people. Who knows, there are many reasons you may not know about Derren Smart, that is, until NOW!
We first met Derren last spring when he hosted London’s first Wolf + Lamb Experience at the Red Gallery in London. WHAT a night! The space was a large subterranean basement, tricked out with a large cursive neon sign that read “This Must Be The Place” in true Talking Heads fashion. We played, as did Gadi & Zev, No Regular Play and a special cameo by Deniz Kurtell. But throwing parties (which he’s done for years behind the scenes at the legendary T-Bar and other underground events) is only one of Derren’s talents. It’s really his incredible collection of classic Disco and his profound programing abilities which we’ve had the privilege to experience at a number of London parties and most fondly at after-the-after-the-after-parties!
So, we’ve been chasing Derren for a podcast for a while now and finally at the end of September, we got it! There had a big blowout at Fabric that night celebrating Charlie’s birthday. Room 3 completely booked with W+L artists (Thanks JUDYYYYY) with a Fabric first from Slow Hands and No Regular Play. Early in the morning found Charlie, Greg Paulus aka Mr Fantastic, Craig Richards and Dirty Derren himself going completely apeshit in one of the rooms at the Malmaison. With a laptop plugged into the rooms CD player, we celebrated one of the best mornings in ages losing ourselves in a musical battle for disco supremacy between Derren and Craig Richards! Finally when we’d had enough, this mix went on, the perfect podcast to share with you. Sorry for no track list, but there are certainly plenty of recognizable tunes on here. So without further ado… Derren Smart’s Dirty Disco!!!