Private Dancer special – Dream, Baby, Dream
Optimo Djs (Tigersushi, Sub Club Glasgow, UK)
Rainer Klang (Lost In Music)
Simonlebon (Whare, Tjumy Records, Sass)
Optimo (Espacio) is a club night in Glasgow that was started in November 1997
at The Sub Club by dj`s JD Twitch and JG Wilkes. Both these djs were tired
with their firmly rooted techno-based nights and decided to form a new, more
satisfiying and creative club.
Both the founding djs at Optimo came to the formation of the club from
backgrounds in programmed beats, and what was generally know as “techno” at
the time. Twitch was a resident at the Edinburgh based night “Pure” while
Wilkes was based at the Glasgow event ‚Knuklehead‘ (later My Machines). Both
were disillusioned with the musical limitations which their respective
residencies provided, and decided they needed a change to try something which
would be both totally different, and totally unrestrictive in terms of what
they could decide to play.
The best description of the club, and the nature of the night, is through the
origin of the name. “Optimo” is a song (released in 1983) by Liquid Liquid.
The historical and cultural origins of Liquid Liquid would provide the
inspiration for the ethos of the club; a return to the spirit of early 80`s
New York where many nascent scenes were emerging (hip hop, punk, no-wave,
disco, gay, straight, art) all separate from each other but all united in a
totally open attitude to experimentation and unequivocal challenge to creative
boundaries or conventions.
Guided and inspired by this ethos, Optimo quickly became an infamous Glasgow
clubbing institution, with parties renowned for their outrageous disregard for
genres or musical restrictions, where the rhythmic soundtrack of the night
could (and often did) strike out into territories far beyond the normal
boundaries of a club night.
As the club developed and its reputation grew the Optimo djs made connections
with many emerging artsts – Peaches, LCD Sound System, The Rapture, Franz
Ferdinand – providing many of them with their first shows in the UK. The
most important of these new alliances was with Paris based Label Tigersushi,
who gave the club an opportunity to release their first offical mix CD – How
To Kill The DJ Vol. 2.
The release of this mix, and the critical acclaim that followed, would
catapult the duo into the international gigging circuit and over the next few
years would see them travel across the world, taking the Optimo party
aesthetic to England, Ireland, Iceland, Finland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark,
Portugal, France Spain, Holland Belgium Germany, Austria, Italy, Russia,
Greece, Bratislava, Czech Republic, Serbia, USA, Canada, Brasil, South Africa,
Japan and Australia.
Optimo have raised the benchmark for what is expected in terms of a nights
clubbing, a maverick determination demonstrated by release such as “How To
Kill The DJ Vol. 2” (Tigersushi), ‚Psyche-Out‘ (Eskimo Recordings) and most
recently with their contribution to the Sub Club`s ’20 Years Underground‘
(Soma) double CD release.
However, Optimo is not just about the music, its heart is the people that come
to the club in their hometown of Glasgow. And when traveling to another club –
no matter where that might be – the ethos remains solid. As no two audiences
are the same, therefore no two sets are the same, no two mixes identical,
everything springs from the spirit of the crowd and the rhythm of the moment.
WE LOVE YOUR EARS!