dan le sac & Friends at Sub89By Caroline Cook
October 25, 2012
- The gig has now moved to the Oakford Social Club in Blagrave Street and is now free -
According to local legend dan le sac, Reading is a “bit apathetic about gigs” – and Dan is a man who knows what he’s talking about.
Having lived in Reading, gigged the local pubs and worked as a music promoter, Dan has seen every side to the town’s music scene.
But with Play, the live music arm of PlugnPlay in Milford Road, hanging up its mic this month, music fans are running out of places to go.
“The problem we have is people don’t commit for long enough,” says Dan, who is bringing his headline tour to Sub89 – now the only dedicated live music venue in the town.
“We need a promoter to keep doing it until people go ‘we regularly have really good gigs’.
“When Fez [The Fez Club in Gun Street] closed we didn’t really have a venue so the town lost a bit of its scene.
“Sub89 has been a big help to get it where it should be.”
But despite the lack of live music venues, Dan is living proof that Reading can churn out musicians worthy of national and international recognition.
As one half of duo dan le sac Vs Scroobius Pip, Dan has built a solid reputation as one of the most innovative and exciting DJs in the country.
After a successful few years together, Dan’s musical co-pilot Pip released his debut solo album in 2011 and now Dan has followed suit with Space Between the Words.
Featuring collaborations with the likes of Emmy the Great, Sarah Williams White and B Dolan, the record was all written and produced by Dan.
But will going solo mean he has a Pip-shaped hole in his set-list?
“I’m bringing other singers along so hopefully it won’t be too weird,” he says.
“Over the last five years me and Pip have played 600 gigs and some of those songs we have played 600 times.
“Then you walk out on stage with 10 to 15 tracks you’ve never performed before.
“It’s funny because they’re smaller venues than me and Pip have played in the last few years, but you start thinking some of them are a bit big.
“I’m hoping I won’t mess it up.”
If critical reception for the album is anything to go by, Dan doesn’t need to worry.
The album has gone down well in musical circles, although Dan says the changing nature of the industry has had an impact on sales.
“It’s really hard to judge because it’s sold less than a Dan and Pip record, but if we sold our record now it would sell less because the music industry has changed quite a lot,” he says, adding quietly, “but the reviews have been really good.”
Although Space Between the Words offers something new, embracing everything from electro-pop psychedelia to tender vocals, Dan says fans of dan le sac and Scroobius Pip will recognise the up-beat style of performance.
“It’s the Dan and Pip show treatment so it’s live, loud and danceable and you just don’t have to think about it,” he says.
“I’ve got guest vocals who are going to turn up and wow you with their talents.
“I’m aiming for it to be a fun show – I don’t want it to be too serious.”
dan le sac & Friends are at Sub89 Monday, October 29. www.sub89.com