Big love to Brighton’s Gscene Magazine who did us two old ladies proud this month and let us loose on their pages for feature celebrating our 25 years behind the decks as we answered your questions about our disco life together. Just us. Back to back, front to front, grin to grin. Like we do.
Wildblood and Queenie are Brighton’s most buxom DJing duo and this year sees them celebrate their 25th anniversary of life B2B behind the decks. GScene caught up with them ahead of their Silver Service fundraising party for MindOut and Blueprint 22 to ask those burning (and crowd sourced) questions.
What was your first DJ gig together?
KW: Queenie started her DJ life as one of Stroppy & Butch with Meech Mash at The Zanzibar in 1990, whilst mine was at Guildford School Of Acting and Dance S.U. playing The Smiths back in 1987. We first DJ’d together at The Candy Bar Brighton, wobbly decks and all.
How do you maintain a working and romantic relationship?
QJ: Occasionally I let Kate twiddle my knobs when we are playing. It’s the little things that make the difference.
What club would you like to go back to and relive?
QJ: Those very first Wild Fruit nights at The Paradox when we were courting. So many naughty but fabulous memories.
KW: My first closing terrace set for Pride Sunday Sundae at Audio in 2010. Love was in the air, it did not fade, we danced all night long and there were tears in my eyes.
Do you assume the same position behind the decks like Ant & Dec do on the telly?
QJ: Nope we have always been a flexible partnership.
KW: Must be all that cod liver oil!
Have you ever had a power cut during your set?
QJ: Yes. Once at Rebel at The Honey Bar. Everything stopped, music, lights, Paul’s smoke machine, everything. Although strangely enough the tills kept working. Funny that.
KW: And at Wild Fruit’s and Candy Bar’s Pride Party at The Dome in 2002. Too much heat from hot gay bodies and an overactive smoke machine apparently. I was nervously warming up for Princess Julia, a DJ heroine, and the moment she put her first record on after me, everything came to shuddering stop.
QJ: Of course Princess Julia being the Princess she is took it all in her glorious stride pausing only to comment “Kim Lucas needed to top up the meter”.
Do you have over sensitive to dirty noise DJ ears?
KW: My ears can cope with anything. Apart from Trance. Then they combust.
QJ: Whereas thanks to my tinnitus and hearing aid I can cope with any genre by turning my ear trumpet down. Which comes in very handy if we happen to stumble across a soft rock panpipes Gabba night.
What songs do you get requested to play the most?
QJ: Anything by Faithless. We’d have the paid for an Ibizan villa if we had a pound every request.
Ever been propositioned in the DJ box?
QJ: Only by very merry gay men who’ve have had too many sherries and seem to be come obsessed with our, erm, how do I put it, double D’s.
What are your reflections on how the scene has changed over the past quarter of a century?
QJ: Blimey! Now I do feel old.
KW: Old but blessed. The scene was very DIY when we started, loads of small independent wonders creating amazing nights based on their love of music, of their community. Then Wild Fruit brilliantly built on that passion (and the legend that was Club Shame at The Zap) and changed everything with its big production values and fundraising principles. But sadly when licensing laws changed, bars become mini-clubs and it became harder to financially sustain the big production events or find venues happy to take a risk on the smaller parties.
QJ When we started clubbing was very much divided on gender lines but then the mix began to occur and today, although there is still a strong men’s scene and we do wonder when a women’s house night will ever return (anyone?), LGBTQIA+ clubbers are welcome at almost any club night in Brighton not because of their sexuality but because of their love of a genre of music.
KW: And its great to see that early DIY ethos returning with clubs like Traumfrau and that female DJs are now being taken seriously behind the decks thanks to pioneers Dulcie Danger, DJ Hollie, Michelle Manetti and King K.
Is music the food of love?
KW: No but it comes a close second to Queenie’s bangers (and mash).
Can you both agree on the perfect end-of-night track?
QJ: In short no!! For me it has to be the hands in the air perfection DSD anthem that is Frankie Knuckles remix of Whitney Houston’s Million Dollar Bill.
KW: And for me it is always Lionel Richie’s All Night Long. Tambo liteh sette mo-jah! Yo! Jambo jambo! And all that.
Wildblood + Queenie’s Silver Service at Horse Meat Disco. Celebrating 25 years of DJing, loving and you clubbing wonders. Saturday 16th September at Patterns, Brighton. 11pm-4am. Pre-club drinks at The Tempest Inn from 6pm. Fundraising for MindOut and Blueprint 22. To donate and grab more info go to perfectdistractions.com/25-years