WITH three days to go until Parklife 2015, Callum Matthews catches up with one quarter of DJ collective Horse Meat Disco in Luke Howard…

“It’s like a dream come true,” said Luke when describing the four-man collective’s residency in New York.

“It’s one of the things we’re most proud of,” explained Luke.

“Talk about taking coals to Newcastle, its taking disco to New York, it’s such a pleasure to play there. It’s always really packed; it’s really good, it’s amazing, it’s like a dream come true.”

They also have a residency in Berlin which is ‘really good’ but the collective don’t forget their roots: “We love our home at Eagle in London as well but it has been very exciting to go and DJ in New York.”

Luke, 46, has been DJing for around 25 years now, but the collective have been together for just over 12 years and he explained how they met on the regular clubbing scene: “Jim and James decided to do a party because they were a bit fed up with what was on offer really.

“They did a night called ‘never mind the neighbours’ for a while. I went to a few of them and then they started Horse Meat Disco and it originally started in Soho at a bar so I went to that a few times.

“Then they moved it to Eagle, where we are now, after a couple of months and had the first party of New Years day and asked me and Sevy to play.

“One of the DJ’s they asked to play didn’t turn up so I ended up playing a whole set and playing virtually every record and CD that I had  in my bag so that seemed to do the trick really.”

Obviously the name is something that stands out, but Luke insists the collective have ‘non regrette rien’ over it ‘but they do get asked about it a lot’: “They were trying to think of a name for the night and they saw a headline in the newspaper that said ‘horse meat discovered in salami’ and half the headline was covered up so it just said ‘horse meat disco’ so they decided to go with it.”

This summer sees them travelling all over Europe and Luke’s excited about the schedule: “I’m really looking forward to doing Glitterbox in Ibiza that will be really fun because it’s going to be on Space terrace so I’m really happy about that.

“I’m going to Marseille; I’ve never been there so I’m really looking forward to that. Then there’s also Esferic in Barcelona which I’m also looking forward to.”

Even though he isn’t playing it due to commitments, he added Electric Elephant in Croatia is something the collective are ‘really looking forward to’.

This summer also sees the four-piece tackle Manchester’s Parklife festival. They lasted played the weekend in 2011, and Luke said ‘it was really good fun’ but he did have one complaint: “My only complaint was that we were on at the same time as Chic and that was sad because we wanted to go and see Chic but it was really good fun, I really liked it.”

This year the collective will be lining up alongside Mark Ronson and Fatboy Slim on the ‘Chibuku 15th Anniversary’ stage on Saturday and Luke admits the thought has given him ‘a slight panic attack’ and ‘it’s quite scary’: “I’m sure we’ll have a great time. I really like Mark Ronson he’s a great DJ and Fatboy too so hopefully we’ll fit in on that line up and keep the kids happy.”

Three words Luke Howard from Horse Meat Disco gave us to describe how he feels about Parklife


Additionally he believes Manchester is ‘brilliant’ as a venue: “Manchester’s brilliant. Manchester’s great, I mean it’s one of the most important cities for club culture and music. It’s always a treat to play in Manchester.”

Luke admits the preparation for a festival does differ to a usual club set, but the main aim is ‘just keeping it fun’: “Preparation for a festival you might think about your footwear and make sure you wear something that you don’t mind getting a bit muddy and white trousers are a no no.

“I think you think about it more. Hopefully it’s going to be sunny so you’d play some tracks that have sunshine in the lyrics or if you know if it is raining you might have some that have rainy lyrics in as well.

“And most importantly just keeping it fun I think you don’t want to get too serious, people just want to have a good time so that’s important as well.”

By: Callum Matthews

Horse Meat Disco will be playing on the Chibuku 15th Anniversary stage on Saturday June 6. We’ll be at Parklife across the weekend bringing you live reviews…

Have you missed the first three days in our Parklife countdown? Don’t worry you can catch up now…

Day 1- Karen Harding
Day 2- Lempo
Day 3- Dance Lady Dance

Tomorrow we’ll continue our countdown with female DJ Nicola Bear.


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