HORSE MEAT DISCO
December 7, 2018
Initially established in 2004 in London, Horse Meat Disco has evolved into a powerful force in queer and club culture. Co-founded by James Hillard and Jim Stanton, and encompassing residents Severino and Luke Howards, the crew continue to maintain not only the weekly Sunday party, but a number of residencies in cities across the world, alongside a kaleidoscope of club appearances, festival dates and specially curated mixes.
Taking inspiration from a diverse, counter-cultural history of clubs and DJs, as well as from the sprawling, ever-expanding musical collections of it’s resident crew, the sound of HMD is impossible to place. Nonetheless their style is undeniable. Rooted in hedonism, rhythm, freedom and emotion, a Horse Meat Disco set reinforces everything invigorating about disco, as comfortable as shattering old-school mirror ball cliches as basking in their light.
A typical HMD set blends classics, italo disco, house, oddities and punk funk. They have made appearances on every notable club scene in the modern world, as well as those beyond, and have long been a key fixture at festivals including Glastonbury, Bestival and Festival No.6.
After decades of crate digging, globetrotting and partying, the HMD story continues apace. 2017 also saw the crew record their long-awaited contribution to BBC Radio 1’s ‘Essential Mix’, as well as their first joint foray into production, ‘Waiting For You To Call’, featuring Roy Inc., and released on their own, self-titled imprint. They are currently working on new music to be released with Glitterbox, with the new single ‘Let’s Go Dancing’ released in December 2018. Check it out here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q_Oz777GeM0
After early forays into Melbourne’s house music scene, where Butch cut his teeth playing at various clubs such as The Lounge, 44 & Freakazoid, he found himself gravitating to music that was arm in arm with his disco roots. From deep throbbing bass lines to soaring string filled moments of ecstasy if the song was respectful to its disco roots it was right at home in Butch’s sets.
Now solo, she’s occupied brand roles for Mini Cooper, David Jones, MSFW, Edwards & Co. and Etihad Stadium as well keeping the dance floors full at Melbourne identities Carlton Club, Revolver and Platform One.