Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Joining the Dots to Make a Party ; Daniel Nolan Cheers Dots and Loops' Sixth Birthday

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Joining the Dots to Make a Party ; Daniel Nolan Cheers Dots and Loops' Sixth Birthday

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NOW that we're driving remote control cars around Mars and the Voyager 1 space probe has left the solar system, we better start thinking about how we look to the other inhabitants of our universe. Appearance is everything, especially when there are interstellar distances involved. So with that in mind, we open up our chat with James from Dots and Loops (back tonight at Kraak, still buzzed from celebrating their sixth birthday last month) with one burning question: how would he describe the party to a visitor from another planet? "Wow, I wasn't expecting this one.

I would have so much to ask said visitor first!

I suppose he/she/it might not speak very good English, although their schools must be good if they can get to earth. "I'd have to keep it the same as what I tell people the rest of the time - this visitor should not get any special treatment: Dots and Loops is a good mix of indie, post-punk, shoegaze, Krautrock, pysch, electronica and pop.

I don't believe all aliens listen to Pink Floyd, this alien is a huge Wire fan." James has only known the alien for a few minutes but already you can see how important diversity and multi-genre variety is to him and his clubbing colleague, Mat, with who he runs the party. Dots and Loops fans love its esoteric joie de vivre, but what criteria determine the playlist selections? "We don't really decide what to play beforehand, we take it as it comes.

We try to fulfil requests, but it can be difficult if they ask for a band we've just played or something. "There's a few bands which are almost certain to be played at some point, like Talking Heads, Spacemen 3, Kraftwerk... 'We kept upbeat, our sixth birthday didn't ruin the by some Works Some songs too, I don't think I'm ever gonna be able to stop myself playing, like We Are All Prostitutes by The Pop Group." Dots and Loops was started by James six years ago, making its debut at Font, its specific purpose to provide people with a city centre location to dance to the aforementioned bands. …

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