Club Reg­u­lars 001: Anz

The eclectic DJ/producer is holding down the 0161 scene.

Wel­come to Club Reg­u­lars – The Face’s series spot­light­ing the DJs, pro­mot­ers, per­form­ers and activists with love for their local scenes.

Any­one who’s crossed paths with Anz knows all about her pas­sion for the club. The Lon­don-born, Man­ches­ter-based artist spends her week­ends shelling in venues across the UK, and you can hear her blend bass, UK funky, break­beats, ghet­to tech and elec­tro selec­tions once a month on her NTS Man­ches­ter show. Anz recent­ly dropped the play­ful, high-octane EP Invi­ta­tion 2 Dance – ded­i­cat­ed to the boys who used to mus­cle me off the decks at house par­ties” along­side a long list of friends, fam­i­ly and fel­low north­ern nightlife legends.

How did you first devel­op a pas­sion for raving?

I first went club­bing around 16, sneak­ing into clubs in East Lon­don with my doc­tored 16 – 25 rail­card as ID – I switched the num­bers on Microsoft paint, lam­i­nat­ed’ it with clear tape and hoped for the best. But I think uni­ver­si­ty is where I real­ly honed in on the craft of rav­ing. In and around Liv­er­pool, I vivid­ly remem­ber clat­ter­ing down­stairs into the unknown with my part­ner-in-crime Jess (while I’m here, hold tight Jess). We main­ly cut our teeth in ware­hous­es around Liverpool’s Baltic Tri­an­gle, before they had been done up all nice with gin menus or whatever.

What’s spe­cial about Manchester’s club scene?

Entire­ly dif­fer­ent scenes con­verge to sup­port each other’s hus­tle. You get hip-hop and soul heads post­ing about the lat­est jun­gle releas­es from the city or peo­ple from ambi­ent labels front and cen­tre at a hard tech­no night. There isn’t that tan­gi­ble sense of com­pe­ti­tion – I guess every­one is just work­ing to make this thing hap­pen. I think the geog­ra­phy of the city also helps; peo­ple might be less inclined to roll to each other’s nights or radio shows if it was a 3.5 hour night-tube round trip.

If some­one is vis­it­ing McR for the week­end, where do you rec­om­mend they go?

I reck­on head down on Fri­day after­noon, get a rice n’ three from This & That and pop into East­ern Bloc, there’s usu­al­ly a wicked lit­tle in-store DJ set from 7 – 11pm and you can browse records and buy cake for dessert. And then head to Soup Kitchen over the road and hang in the bar for a bit – there’ll be some­one ace like Annabel Fras­er or Nik Sin­na play­ing upstairs. Once it gets to about mid­night, roll down­stairs at Soup and see what hap­pens. The next day, nurse your hang­over and lock into NTS to get into the mood and then head to The White Hotel from 1am and stay as long as you dare (clos­ing time is around 7). Next up, an afters with some of the love­ly heads you’ve just met – lis­ten to records in a gaff and allow The Fear to incre­men­tal­ly wash over you until it’s time to pick up your bags and get a ropey train home. Nights to watch out for are Strange Rid­dims, Chow Down, Swing Ting, High Hoops, Kiss Me Again and P13 presents.

Any oth­er DJs you’d like to shout out?

Yes, about 1,000! First hon­ourable men­tion is to Jun­gle Joe, the best DJ I’ve ever known. He’s adept at lots of gen­res, but his depth of knowl­edge and mas­tery shines through when he mix­es jun­gle, hard­core and there­abouts. He isn’t on social media so I think he miss­es out on a lot of props, but lis­ten to any of his guest shows on NTS for an absolute edu­ca­tion. Finn is also one of those peo­ple where I spend so much time with him out­side of the decks, it’s easy to for­get just how tal­ent­ed he is behind them. Same with Mur­lo, Swing Ting and Afrodeutsche, too! And to bor­row his ter­mi­nol­o­gy, Tom Boo­gizm is an absolute mur­der­er on the blends. Also big ups to Jossy Mit­su, Sicaria Sound, 96 Back and Alex T, Plugkeisha and the Kiwi Reko­rds lads.

Oth­er than Lon­don and Man­ches­ter, where’s your favourite place to go out in the UK and why?

I think Leeds and Sheffield are the ones at the moment. Leeds feels so excit­ing, the city has a wealth of small DIY spots and peo­ple who are pas­sion­ate about build­ing sound sys­tems, push­ing music for­ward and hav­ing a wicked time. Sheffield is sim­i­lar, but with more hills and green­ery. Lovely.


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