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Nitin on board for Motek birthday bash, £5 guestlist

Following the riot created when they re-opened Cafe 1001's back room for a free Sunday afternoon stomp a few weeks ago, the Motek boys are heading to a yet-to-be-disclosed location for a 2nd birthday party featuring Nitin, Silky and Toil & Trouble on Friday 5th April.

Win tickets for DVS1, My Favourite Robot and more

Tomorrow night, Return To The Future delivers the next long overdue instalment in their series of cracking parties, bringing one of the biggest names in modern techno to London's Victorian Vaults.

DJ Mag heads downtown to Faceless Recordings

There are worse things to wake up to; the sight of palm trees, and super yachts on the aqua blue horizon from our hotel room...

Party in the streets of East London with Wretch 32 to make anti-racist stand

Unite Against Fascism and United East End have joined forces to organise an outdoor party as an emergency stand against a protest organised by the...

Bedouin, DJ Sneak and Tiga will also play... 

Ushuaïa Ibiza will host a charity event to help fight animal cruelty, featuring Adam Beyer, Art Department, Bedouin, DJ Sneak, Ida Engberg, Lauren Lane, Nitin, Tiga...

Phase Two of BPM Mexico 2012 announced

Scoping the online catalogue of photos on the BPM website — of buxom bikini babes by a pool, bare-chested lads in sunhats stomping under palm...

Win tickets to Germany's peerless Melt Festival!

One of the world's most innovative and clued-up festivals, Melt bursts through boundaries with blissful abandon. Melt isn't your bog-standard dance music festival: instead, the...

The iconic Club Heaven was vital to Detroit's LGBT scene as well as in the growth of house and techno...

A Detroit-based non-profit is seeking to rebuild one of the city's most famous  sound systems from the ‘80s.

The Detroit Sound Conservatory, a non-profit...

Dance festival titans unveil monster line up and DJmag media partnership.

There may be many heavyweights in the battle royale for the dance festival crown, but as far as scorching summer line-ups go, few can compete...

Wild Rumpus is just that: an insanely fun, out-of-control party on wax...

The brainchild of DJ Cosmo (Colleen Murphy) the Boston-born, New York raised, London dwelling disco / house music legend, and infamous leftfield guitarist Gary Lucas, who's played with Captain Beefheart, Lou Reed and Jeff Buckley, they make the kind of funky psychedelic rhythms that can only emanate from maverick minds. First single 'Musical Blaze Up' traverses the dub country route, while new cut 'Purple Somersault' is a bizarre and brilliant collision between cranked Kraut-rock drums, wigged surf guitar and scratchy funk. DJmag beckoned Murphy away from her surf board for a minute to talk names, grooves, and grand plans…

So why the name Wild Rumpus?!

"It's from a children's book called 'Where the Wild Things Are' by Maurice Sendak which I loved as a kid and which I read to my daughter. There is a great part of the story where the little boy and his monster friends are about to have a manic dance party underneath a full moon and it says, 'And now let the wild rumpus start'. It just had to be used."

It seems to be quite an unusual hook up, between you Cosmo, and Gary Lucas. How did you come to be working together?

"Gary and I have been friends for nearly 20 years and have talked about working together for ages. I used to do a few different radio shows on WNYU in NYC and had him up when he was relaunching his solo career in the late '80s. As most people in the UK know me for being a 'dance' DJ, many may think it is quite an unusual collaboration. However, most people don't know that I was first and foremost a rock chick and founded the first psychedelic / progressive rock show on my radio station and I was a huge Captain Beefheart fan before house music even existed!"

You seem to have a diverse taste - one minute dubbed out beats and rhymes, the next Krautrock surf music... Is there a grand Wild Rumpus plan?

"Wild Rumpus is about fusing different styles but in a way that works. It's also about having fun and being irreverent. And finally it's about being different. I spend a few hours at the record store and find that 99% of the music to which I am subjected to is derivative. It's so boring. Gary and I both have musically diverse backgrounds and we are able to use our musical heritage in a unique way. This is all music we love!"

What's a 'Purple Somersault'?

"It's a 'term' my daughter came up with. Her favourite colour is purple and 'purple' has also become an adjective that means something that is 'the best'. She likes being flipped upside down and would ask us to help her do an orange somersault, a black somersault (very sinister), a yellow somersault (happy!), etc. But the best was always the 'Purple Somersault'. Also, as this is a surf tune, the somersault refers to the somersaults one does underwater after a wipe-out."

Is there an album in the works? What can we expect?

"There is an album in the works. We have a lot of Gary's guitar tracks that we have recorded and now it's up to me to put it all together so I have quite a job in front of me. Gary is the most original guitarist and can do anything. When we're in the studio it's just so easy but the problem comes with the editing and arranging as sometimes there is almost too much! All I can say about the album is that it will be diverse but always psychedelic and soulful."

What's next for Wild Rumpus?

"Right now we're getting our live show, The Wild Rumpus Experience, together for the summer. We have performed in some wild places including India and are hoping to for some of the UK festivals. We work with visual artist Rob Rainbow who works with The Light Surgeons and Nitin Sawhney amongst others and have also worked with percussionists and a poi fire dancer! We have a show that reaches people on many dimensions so the visual element is really important. We just want to do something that is a bit different."

Dance festival releases official statement

One of the UK’s foremost dance music festivals, Glade, has been cancelled for 2010. Organisers have cited near-impossible police conditions as the reason behind their...

Director's Q&A plus news on Guy Gerber, Kerri Chandler, Skream...

The sun is set to stay in the sky as Iceland’s magical Secret Solstice festival draws near. Just few weeks out from their third edition...

2012 Miami Listing's

 Yup, it's that time again — all eyes on South Beach. The East Atlantic coast of Miami, USA is braced for another infiltration of dance...

The Ed Banger man and all-round French music mogul tells us all about the tracks that helped make him into who he is today...

Busy P, aka Pedro Winter, is one of the most successful people in dance music — as a DJ, producer, label owner and artist manager...

The artist's perspective

You can read our review of BPM 2013 in the March issue of DJ Mag (out 28th February). Here's a preview though; we love it...