The London house and techno scene is arguably as expansive as any other in the world, but with such a rich range of artists all scrambling to make their mark, there’s no shortcut to leaving a lasting impression. Having been in the game in their hometown for the best part of a decade, brothers Danny and Kieran Clancy aka Krankbrother have put in the hard work that it takes to become part of the furniture in a scene that’s constantly being renovated, and having reached the point of being able to book huge underground artists like Omar S, Four Tet, Roman Flugel, Levon Vincent, Gerd Janson and more, they’re well-established as one of the most dynamic dance duos that London has birthed.
Excited to hear from the pair ahead of a mouthwatering night alongside Perlon favourite Margaret Dygas, we caught up with Krankbrother to discuss their take on the current state of affairs.
You’ve got Perlon and Panorama Bar’s Margaret Dygas joining in September, an event that is particularly exciting off the back of her mesmerising 6am-11am set at Houghton last weekend. What makes Dygas such an enthralling DJ?
Margaret is a selector. She is particular where she plays and who she plays for. She plays long sets which enable her to build. I’ve seen her take many directions but her excellence remains consistent.
Perlon and Panorama Bar are two of the biggest brands in Berlin’s dance music scene, but do they actually live up to the hype that surrounds them?
Always. Both have had huge influence as both labels and club. They are genre defining yet neither have ever strayed from their values.
Dygas was noticeably one of very few female DJs on the Houghton lineup, which was perhaps the only black mark against Craig Richard’s excellent inaugural festival. As both an artist and promoter, how important is it that influential players in the dance music scene actively seek to tackle gender inequality in the industry?
It’s as essential in our industry as in any industry. Inequality of all kind needs to be tackled. I crave for the day when we can stop being so gender specific. Only then will we have arrived at a point of equality.
The Krankbrother label has offered a platform to the likes of Joe Munday, The Organ Grinder and Jody Barr, as well as being the main outlet for your own releases. Are any new artists lined up for future releases or will you aim to support the current crop of artists for the time being?
We’re working on some interesting side projects at the moment so that’s where the energy is being driven right now.
There are a fair number of brothers pairings in dance music at the moment, with The Martinez Brothers perhaps the most popular example. How easy is it to share your musical output with such a close family member?
With great ease. Most djs get into it as they love exploring, collecting and sharing. They are curators for artists. I share music with people constantly, my nearest & dearest the most.
Krankbrother can also be caught in Manchester this Autumn, with an appearance at The Warehouse Project’s Annie Mac Presents Pt 2. With the likes of Tiga, Gerd Janson, Heidi, Moxie and Midland among the star cast, who are you most excited to see play?
Midland for me. He’s versatile, intelligent but always keeps on moving.
Much has been made of the decline of London’s clubbing scene, even amidst advances in night transportation. What’s your take on the city’s night time entertainment?
It’s not completely doomed but London club culture has evolved into something different. A huge amount of venues have closed and the ones that remain are experiencing challenging times. It’s important that we support the smaller venues. Experiential raving at festivals and large scale events with stacked lineups isn’t everything and if we lose our small venues we’ll never get that next generation of artists coming through.
Let’s close this one down with a song. Do you guys have an anthem that immediately transports you back to the days before you were professional DJs?
That’s near impossible to answer so instead I’ll give you the record I’ve been obsessing over this summer….!
Krankbrother bring Margaret Dygas to Bloc on Saturday 9th September, offering her an extended set to melt minds and explore the far corners of her record collection. They also have a set at The Warehouse Project’s Annie Mac Presents Pt 2 on Saturday 7th October, returning to London’s Studio Spaces at the end of the month for a Halloween special with B.Traits, Anthony Parasole and more on Saturday 28th October.
Photo courtesy of Krankbrother