Pat Mahoney & Nancy Whang DJ set (DFA / LCD Sound System)

Pat Mahoney DJ set (DFA/LCD Sound System)

Pat Mahoney
Boston born DJ Pat Mahoney on connecting the dots, breaking the tempo and Tokyo karaoke.

Boogie isn’t all about Saturday Night Fever and white flares, as Pat Mahoney proves with his colourful career full of dirty disco and loud, very loud sets. Mahoney is probably best known for his involvement with NYC dance-punk band LCD Soundsystem along James Murphy, however his love for music started way before that. It all began with his school bands: Distorted View (he was kicked out for not being a goth), The Five Deadly Diseases (think sexually related… boys will be boys) and finally, Les Savy Sav, where he first met Murphy, who recorded the band’s first album. It wasn’t long before Mahoney left Les Savy Sav and joined the LCD dark side. With Mahoney on drums and Murphy on bass, they got high on Liquid Liquid and their mission was to simply make people boogie. They made people dance all over the world with their buzzed about sets, at a time full of indie kids with static feet. LCD parted ways last year but they all remain on the DJ circuit with their sets intertwining; Mahoney and Murphy were on the decks together at the Future Music Festival in Australia. Mahoney has now partnered with Run Roc Dennis McNany, the drums have been put on hold for a while (due to complaining neighbours) and his singing voice has come into action.
i-D spoke to Pat about his bouncing beats and his exclusive mix for this week’s i-DJ.
When and how did you first get into dj-ing? It was back in 2001-2002 or so. James Murphy was doing a residency at APT on 13th on a Wednesday night, Plant Bar was still going and I had started falling in love with being out, dancing. I grew up in the punk scene in Boston and later the indie rock scene in Providence RI and came to nightclubbing sort of late. I was probably 29ish and totally disillusioned with standing around watching bands make the same gestures over and over. I was already listening to a bunch of disco and ‘dance’ records and Murphy’s night was a real eye opener because he came from a similar place musically and was connecting the dots between disco, house, and experimental/ post punk rock (hip hop too!). I bought some decks and a mixer and started figuring it out. I threw some parties in Greenpoint, Brooklyn at a semi-private nightclub/bar called Irene’s. People responded well and I was hooked. When LCD started touring heavily I had the opportunity to do a lot of late night dancing as well as crate digging all over the world, and James and I started playing together for festival after parties. He was already a successful DJ, and I was definitely the junior partner, but I learned the ropes.
How would you describe your sound? I like to play only hits. Maybe no one in the room has ever heard a single track that I’m playing, so they’re only hits to me, but it all has to have that feeling of being special. I love vocals and musicality and non-musicality and live drums and drum machines and synths and log-drums and Spanish guitars (deployed judiciously). When I first started playing out, the club scene here was really insular and playing a mix of disco and rock and techno and whatever else you might have been loving at the time seemed crazy. I remember early on spinning at a place in Manhattan and being scolded by the resident for “BREAKING THE TEMPO”, because I played some Soft Cell track or whatever. I didn’t know any better; I just wanted to make all these songs that I loved talk to each other. I was also playing to a bunch of indie kids who hated dance music or thought they did, at any rate, so the trick was to find a way in by stealth, not force.
How has the NYC vibe affected your music? We are standing on the shoulders of giants… But right now going out kind of sucks. Manhattan is full of aggressive normals, everyone here in Brooklyn is like a total expert in obscure rarities and proto-rare-profundities… I guess the vibe is a little bitter? No, just joshing, when you play a show here or go out dancing (if you can find a place that survived or was born and thrived in the post Giuliani nightclub apocalypse), you are rubbing shoulders with people from all over the world, who know good music, who know how to have fun. You can’t sleep on it, you have to be good.
Where are your top places to DJ? In no particular order: Glasgow. San Francisco. Chicago. Philadelphia. London. Barcelona. Toronto. NYC. Sydney. Dublin.
Who is on your playlist at the moment? In alphabetical order: Aleem, Art Department, Bottin, Holy Ghost! Husky Girls, Jai Paul, Museum of Love, Neneh Cherry and the Thing, Sinkane, Tronics, Tunnel Signs, Young Marco…
What have you got coming up? Making music with my musical partner, Dennis McNany aka Run-Roc aka Jee-Day. We just finished our first single that we co-wrote. I didn’t play the drums because you can’t play the drums in his studio, are you kidding? The neighbours would kill you. So I sang instead. Or crooned. We don’t have a name yet, thank you very much, but by the time it comes out, we’d better have one. I’ll also be on the road this winter and spring spinning in a club near you.
Text: Felicity Carter

LCD Soundsystem's Pat Mahoney Rocks You in the Hammock of Love
Like steamy basement punk, but sunny and sandy
LCD Soundsystem drummer Pat Mahoney can disco. He proved that on FabricLive.36, the 2007 mix CD he assembled alongside his bandmate James Murphy, taking in not only Peech Boys, Chic, and Was (Not Was), but also Junior Bryon and Peter Gordon and Love of Life Orchestra (probably confounding a few DFA fans in the process — but then again, that was the year that LCD brought out their own Confuse the Marketplace EP, so perhaps that was part of the plan).
But it's funny: I remember watching Mahoney drumming with Les Savy Fav at grotty warehouse spaces in downtown Providence back in the mid 1990s — the kind of frenzied, communal punk-rock gatherings that really do make you want to shout, "I was there!" (I guess I just did.) I never would have suspected that a decade and a half later, I'd be sitting at my computer listening to Mahoney play a DJ set of Balearic house, recorded in a friend's living room as a promo for Australia's Future Music festival. Providence felt small, but the world just keeps getting smaller. In this case, in a good way: Mahoney's mix is just as sweaty and urgent as his old band's shows were, even if he's slowed the tempo and swapped punk rock for tropical disco.
Taking in dewy-eyed, mid-tempo tracks from Joakim, Tensnake, Recloose, and John Talabot, it's a pretty definitive declaration of "deep," circa 2012. Featuring Todd Terje's Norwegian nu-disco update of Bryan Ferry, as well as DJ Harvey's sarcastic disco rework of Art Department's "We Call Love," the mix is big on building bridges. Listen to it and say to yourself, "I was there!"

Eug (Face / Public Release)

Under the unofficial tagline “A label for music, culture and home to degenerates”, San Francisco based independent record label Public Release Recordings was founded by Eugene “Eug” Whang in 2009. The label was launched as a platform for music produced by Eug’s immediate circle of friends, and although eight years on the scope is now unmistakably international, that sense of community remains. The discography, which by the end of 2017 will comprise 16 releases, features more than 20 contributing artists including Tim Sweeney, Jacques Renault, Earth Boys, Mark E, Velvet Season & The Hearts of Gold, Eric Duncan and Force of Nature. There is no definitive sound attached to the label, but rather each release is carried out as a focussed individual project, receiving its own distinct direction and treated with the utmost care and attention to detail.

A long time DJ, Eug took on the role of “party promoter” due to not finding the exact party he wanted to frequent. He would start the party FACE in 2007, with Bootsy Harput joining him in subsequent years, aiming to bridge the gap between San Francisco’s bar and club scenes. After outgrowing its small dive bar origins, Eug moved the party into larger club venues where he has hosted notables such as DJ Harvey, James Murphy, Massive Attack, 2 Many DJ’s, Jamie XX, Daniele Baldelli, Tim Sweeney, Young Marco and many more. Regardless of the size and nature of the venue, the music policy has always been about mixing things up and offering plenty of variety. This philosophy of musical diversity and anything goes, would eventually birth the FACE party mantra - “Its not a genre, it's a feeling”.



FACE & Public Works Present: PAT MAHONEY & NANCY WHANG DJ set (DFA / LCD soundsystem) + Eug (Face / Public Release) + Derek Opperman (Lost in the Night) 21+

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