_Opinion: Boogie Nights

_Opinion: Boogie Nights

From strength to strength




ARTIST: George FitzGerald, Tom Trago, Dan Shake, Moxie, Jasper James

I:M has watched Boogie Nights grow from its disco-roots to ram-packed Motion, and it's had our writers raving about their ability to put on a show that never fails to impress. It comes as no surprise then, their first outing to Motion was such a resounding success.

Boogie Night's impeccable artist selection is another recurring theme noticed here at I:M, and this time is no different, bringing in house-heavyweight George FitzGeraldDutch master Tom Trago, and killer combination of Dan Shake and Moxie to holding down the Tunnel.

A retro monument to squat parties, with peeling walls, cold concrete and a general sense of disrepair give motion the Berlin-esque atmosphere that we love.

Since emerging in 2010 with a 12-inch of hybridised dubstep for Hotflush, George FitzGerald hasn't been much interested in carving out just one sound for himself. His career arc has seen FitzGerald, who’s currently based in Berlin, go from minimal-minded house-meets-dubstep, through hook-filled club anthems, to the ‘Fading Loves’ heartfelt, personal songwriting and sumptuous production. That’s quite an evolution, considering FitzGerald’s first productions only hit the shops a half-decade ago, but it’s a progression that’s come about gracefully. And in case you were wondering, all this makes for a man who knows how to take care of the dancefloor.

From minimal-minded house-meets-dubstep, through hook-filled club anthems, to the ‘Fading Loves’ heartfelt, personal songwriting and sumptuous production.

Trago’s set was indicative of a man who pours his heart and soul into making music.

His early experiments with blends of hip-hop, jazz, Latin influences, Afrobeat sounds and soul-flecked broken beat caught the ear before he began to apply his composition and production skills to house music. His clear and developed trademark style that has blended the best of three decades of dance music – disco, boogie, synth funk, Detroit techno and more – with insatiable house rhythms gave him an intrinsic grasp of what makes dancefloors tick.

Determination driven by sheer passion for music and club culture

Over in the Tunnel, Alice Moxom, aka Moxie presented her new label and night OnLoop with Dan Shake, renowned for being the only non Detroit-based DJ signed to Moodyman’s Mahogany music. Since joining NTS in 2011, Moxie has remained an integral part of the London-based radio station, and looking from her consistently innovative ideas on NTS to her two successful Moxie Presents compilations which have featured artists such as SCNTST, Eli Escobar, Lone and Kowton, a determination driven by a sheer passion for music and club culture is clear.

It was no wonder the Tunnel was heaving all night long.

Going from their spiritual home in the Old Crown Courts to Motion was a big step up for the crew that run’s Boogie Nights, but with a great atmosphere and carefully selected line-up, Boogie Nights are going from strength to strength

Georgia Beckman