Underground queer club Phoenix is being relaunched this week with a new look and a new DJ line-up -“ Paul Goodyear on Fridays, Ben Drayton on Saturdays and Feisty plus Mandy Rollins on Sundays.
To mark the occasion we asked Drayton, Feisty and Goodyear about their new residencies.
What can we expect from your new nights?
Drayton Lots of different stuff, new music and also older stuff that relates. Electro-house-techno-funk-dub-soul-rock! A kind of rough, grungy, funky energy. Anarchy.
Feisty A slight departure from what punters are used to with Crash. Chug will be about deep, techy and percussive tunes that you can chug along to, but always with the Rollins and Feisty twist.
Goodyear I will be playing the trademark Goodyear sound that incorporates a variety of music across the board.
As I will be playing eight hours straight I will be going through all the different emotions ranging from percussive stuff to diva vocals, electro and great house music.
Also we will be surprising our crowd with performance artists and other special touches.
SSO What do you like about playing at Phoenix?
Drayton The anything goes atmosphere. Phoenix has no fancy decor or any light show to speak of (which I mean as a compliment, by the way), so the emphasis is on what you hear and feel.
Feisty Phoenix is home to those of us who play outside of the mainstream. The underground gay dance scene in Sydney was born here and continues to stay true to its roots.
Goodyear Well, this will be the very first time I have played at Phoenix, although I have played downstairs before it was Phoenix. I have been going to the Exchange since 1983 and been going to Phoenix off and on since it opened.
SSO How would you describe Phoenix-goers?
Phoenix brings out the inner pig in anyone that comes down those stairs. They’re uninhibited and adventurous and ready to sweat.
Feisty Your typical Phoenician doesn’t mind getting down and dirty -“ in every sense!
Goodyear I have always thought the punters who go there are open-minded about music and go there purely for the music. There has always been a good mix of people.
SSOAny good anecdotes about working there?
Drayton Yeah, heaps, but I never kiss (or anything else) and tell.
Feisty Every weekend produces an interesting story -“ there are so many. Anyway I’ve seen far too many people I know almost nuded up. Far too traumatising to talk about.
SSO So you’re excited about your new nights?
Drayton You bet. Lemme at em!
Feisty Mandy and I are looking forward to Chug. Sunday nights are a little different and attract punters that are perhaps a little edgier. It means that musically we can be freed up to show the true scope of tribal and tech house as we interpret it.
Goodyear Yes, I’m very excited about having a residency again. My greatest strength is playing longer sets as I feel you can take the crowd through the different paces.
I’m also excited abut bringing something to Oxford Street that hasn’t really been done before, taking the journey in an intimate space instead of the bigger spaces.