One Night With... Nightmares On Wax
Friday 25th November
Words by Ed Gordon
The ‘One night with…’ series has once again returned and delivered something very special for our ossicles in the form of an originally Leeds based, now international DJ and producer Nightmares on Wax. Recently the ‘One night with…’ series has brought such delightful selections as Gerd Janson, Sadar Bahar and Daniel Avery to the Wire basement for entire nights worth of sonic treats, and the latest booking of the now Ibiza-based George Evelyn is very much keeping in tune with the quality of previous selections. It’s fair to say that I was pretty excited to be back for this one.
Once I had descended down the staircase and entered the dance music retreat, it soon became apparent that my excitement was not misplaced. Upon arrival Nightmares on Wax had already got everyone in Wire buzzing with admittedly funkier tunes than I was used to hearing in the subterranean club, but that’s not to say that it wasn’t a welcome departure from what I was expecting. His Hip Hop background notwithstanding, his selections were frantic in their efforts to encompass multiple genres and I was particularly impressed with his ability to mix in a jazz piano track into the fray. The crowd relished every new banger that Evelyn startled us with, such as the quirky ‘Figure of Speech’ by Detroit Swindle, and it was clear to see from the smiles on everyone's’ faces that there was a real positive vibe and enjoyment of the music happening throughout.
(Eclectic selections come as standard with former Leeds resident Nightmares On Wax)
However, despite the immense good feeling running through the club, sometimes good things have to come to an end. Rather unfortunately, Evelyn was to depart from his still thundering performance a few hours before the night was due to end - perhaps not an ideal scenario for a ‘One night with…’ event - but fortuitously local Leeds student, Wire employee and impromptu hero of the night Oliver Walkden was there to save the day. The Brudenell Groove co-founder and resident happened to have a record bag of his finest tackle packed away and was not shy of stepping in to foster the still enthusiastic crowds’ willingness to engage with the music and twist themselves to some of the nicest house selections around. Powerful female vocals met with piano riffs, accompanied by the side of shape-inducing basslines were the sounds of Walkden’s set and I can happily report that the Groove man guided us with grace until the very end, high-energy still aplenty.
On reflection of my second visit to the series, my spirit and enthusiasm remain undeterred by Everlyn’s early exit, and I consider the Nightmares on Wax night to be one of the most fun I’ve been to in a long time. As I’m someone who not only enjoys the Leeds party scene but also tries to be involved with the local music community, it was a real pleasure to be part of the uniquely great atmosphere and to witness the combining of Leeds talent of the older generation mixing with the sounds of now and the future. Wire has some consistently great nights, with interesting and unique twists and I’m urging you all to pay the venue a visit whenever possible for not just a night out, but a clubbing experience.
(Brudenell Groove's Oliver Walkden closes up shop)
Words by Ed Gordon
Photos courtesy of Justin Gardner