Heartbeat is a brand new party from Dusty Fingers and Steele Bonus, playing decades of left-field and underground club music. It’s making its debut this Saturday night with special guest Tamas Jones, so we dug a bit deeper with Dusty Fingers….
Where did the idea of Heartbeat come from?
I’ve always been really interested in that period around 1977 – 1985 where all these different counter-cultures and styles of music collided in clubs around the world. I guess it was the beginning of club culture as we know it today. Prior to 1977, you were either into Disco or Rock n’ Roll and usually you had to hate each other.
But at the beginning of the 80s there became this fusion and wider acceptance. Discotheques that were reserved for wealthy good looking 20-somethings with heaps of cash (i.e. Studio 54) started to be replaced with clubs that were a lot more in-line with underground street culture and experimental music. The glamour got grimey and everyone loved it! Clubs like The Mud Club in New York or the Hacienda in Manchester became environments that celebrated a broad range of cultures and genres from Disco, Punk, Funk, Dub, Hip Hop and Pop music.
It was a sentiment that spread world wide, fusion was in and the world became a more creative and tolerant place as a result. So i wanted to start a night that celebrated that ethos and period of real cross pollination and celebrated Left-field and Underground Club Music from the past.
A couple of months ago i had Steele Bonus come on my radio show on FBi, i’ve always loved Steele’s taste and been completely in awe of his knowledge of Fringe and Underground music. That night he played a set that blew me away and really captured a lot of the sounds and themes i had in mind for this night. We got talking after the show and both decided we should start Heartbeat together and here we are!
What do the different songs and genres at Heartbeat have in common?
I guess the one thing they have in common is they’ve all got various influences in the music, whether it’s dub and disco or no wave and funk, italo and tropical, afro and boogie. It’s all a big melting pot, but the biggest thing in common between them all is… they were all made to make you dance!
What kind of dancefloor should we expect?
What are three songs that define the ideas behind Heartbeat?