By Bill Rah
We Should Hang Out More. The renowned Glasgow duo host some of the cities finest parties. The duo are key pillars of Glasgow club culture. Their new EP ‘March Last Year’ is out today.
The new three-track EP is exquisitely produced house grooves which will be released on rising label Jackie Knows Karate Records. John Markey and Oliver Melling have built a notorious reputation for their parties. In the good sense.
Oliver Melling said “These tracks were conceived at a time when we were playing longer, heavier sets in all manner of weird and wonderful places. Taking to the booth often three times a weekend was frenetic.”
Their production might be just as good as their parties. Their latest EP was written during a time there were lots of raves happening in Glasgow. “We were playing loads of massive parties, sometimes playing three times in one weekend.”
What a time to be alive. Soul searching and reflecting during the lockdown truly makes us appreciate the parties where we danced the hardest. Thou cut shapes until the end. “It was a mad time of energy and creativity. We released two disco orientated releases on Midnight Riot and decided to make some house music to reflect the venues we were playing in.” said Markey
He went on to elaborate on the significance and meaning of their latest EP. “The tunes you hear are our representation of those venues that mean so much to the city’s cultural fabric.” The duo are residents in Sub Club and The Berkeley Suite.
They are local legends within the cities club culture. The noted they compliment each other in different ways which contribute to their success. Oliver has a degree in Audio Engineering while Markey has a PhD in Music. They each bring their unique skillset to the table.
Markey grew up in a small town called Warrenpoint in Ireland. Oliver in a small town called
Selkirk in the Scottish Borders. “We’re pan-Celtic.” The duo added. A critical detail that shouldn’t be overlooked especially in a city like Glasgow. The duo met in unconventional circumstances.
Markey worked in a pub in Glasgow and Oliver worked across the road in a coffee shop.”We bonded over borrowing petty change from each other and then started going clubbing together. Then we played at flat parties together before taking the leap into the highly competitive gladiatorial arena that is Glasgow club nights” said Markey.
They both reflected on their first ever set together. It was August 2014. Glasgow was buzzing at that time. The Commonwealth Gamers were on that summer as was the first Independence Referendum. They performed a wild set together in La Cheetah.
“The city was an incredible ball of energy, it was an amazing place to be at the time. We sold out in under an hour, probably squeezing more than we should have into that outrageously hot basement. It was sweaty, incredibly energetic and totally solidified our want to keep doing this for as long as we can.” said Oliver
Since then they haven’t looked back and have catapulted their brand to incredible heights. Their previous booking include Honey Dijon, Folamour, Late Night Tuff Guy and other high calibre selectors.
However due to the lockdown they have been impacted substantially. Although this has given the duo time to focus on production. “We’ve worked really hard on production over the lockdown, and the fruits of it are very close to harvesting.” said Markey
He added “Our release schedule from the end of 2020 onwards is going to be hectic. We’ve been collabing with some amazing producers remotely, as well as some seriously talented topliners too. We’ve also established our own record label In The Event Of Capture to release some of the unheard talent in Glasgow.”
Despite there parties being halted due to COVID-19 the WSHOM boys have been honing their skills and will be releasing more music to share with the world. As staples of Glasgow club culture it’s great to see the duo scout the city for unheralded talent to focus on.
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