Can’t really contain myself. STANTON WARRIORS are in town town tomorrow night at the Pyramid. The Warriors, Mark and Dominic Butler and Mark Yardley, is arguably the biggest act in the breaks community, churning out booming 808 rhythms since 2001. The Bristolian duo’s rise to the top has been yield by smashing releases on XL Records, Fabric, Cheap Thrills, Central Station, Universal, and of course their own label, Punx.
Winnipeg, you’re in for a treat as the Warriors make a stop in our small city as part of their North American tour. This is an absolute must-see act so let’s give our friends at RespectTheDJ.org a huge thanks for making this show happen.
Thursday, July 17
The Pyramid Cabaret (176 Fort Street)
Tix: $15 adv / $20 at the door
Facebook event details (Note: The RespectTheDJ crew will open this up to free entry if the attending numbers on the event jump to 400 people!)
Local support by HOLLYWOOD HYPE and ELECTRIC KITTEN
We had a chance to ask The Warriors a few questions in advance of the show. Here’s how it went down.
How’s the tour going?
Great! All gigs have been going off so far!
Do you find many differences between shows in the UK and North America? If so, what are they?
Well the UK doesn’t have go go dancers and no one uses the term EDM but apart from that they are pretty similar.
What’s your favourite thing about playing in Canada?
Canadians like good music. You can’t get away with playing cheese or bad mixing.
This tour is looks like it’s mostly club shows and some small clubs at that. Do you have a favourite type of venue to play? How do club shows differ from festival shows?
Club shows have that intimate vibe where as festivals take things to a whole bigger level. So we love doing both!
Can you take us through your typical, if there is such a thing, show routine? What do you do for prep? As a duo, how do you play your shows?
Drink lots! Sometimes we knock up last minute edits at the hotel. I (Dominic) DJ and Mark chucks in accapellas and fx on top.
You’re busy guys too, with a pretty heavy touring schedule, original productions and remixes, and you run a label – how do you find time for all of this?
No real life outside of music!
When the two of you started out as Stanton Warriors, did you ever think you’d be where you are now? What’s it like looking back at your career?
Can’t believe how long it’s been and that we are still clocking the Airmiles. Can’t complain tho. I’m just glad we have stuck to our sound as it seems to still work well!
Was there a moment when you realized you’ve hit stardom?
2001 I guess when we won loads of awards for our Stanton Session vol 1 mix comp.
Has there ever been any thought behind your social media strategy or does it come out more organically?
We do it all 100% organic and real. I (Dominic) run it, whereas everyone else I know pays someone to run theirs.
What can we expect from the Warriors and with Punks?
A new album and lots of new signings to our label like mafia kiss, marten Hoeger and pirate jams
Who is Pirate Jams and where did you find him / her / they? (It’s one of you right, ha.) Happy Days is such a throwback tune, do you think many new fans can relate to it?
It’s a secret! But it’s not us. The tracks are definitely resonating with the new generation tho! Good music is good music!
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