- David Pollock
- 5 March 2009
The Caves, Edinburgh, Fri 13 Mar.
Although Kapital’s promoter and resident DJ Barry O’Connell describes his night as plugging a specific hole in the Edinburgh clubbing market, it still draws from a broad spectrum of musical influences. ‘Kapital is mainly minimal techno,’ he says, ‘but we also pride ourselves on booking DJs who can’t be too easily pigeonholed. So any of our nights will probably also touch upon house, tech-house and straight techno at some point.’
Kicked off in summer of 2007 with guest Alex Smoke and most recently playing host to James Holden, Kapital has since evolved into a quarterly night, rising to bi-monthly this year. O’Connell and his partner in the club Michael Ford (who now lives in Berlin, but who returns to DJ at each night) started off with a small-scale party called Underground Playground at the Wee Red Bar, yet made the Caves upgrade when they decided to put on big guests.
Now, O’Connell feels Kapital has enough of a following to be able to invite guests who don’t have such a high profile, while still retaining the trust of the crowd. One example comes this month with Superflu, aka emerging German production duo Feliks Thielemann and Mathias Schwarz, who O’Connell first saw when he was in, ‘the home of minimal these days’, Berlin. ‘This is their first appearance in Scotland,’ he says. ‘They have quite a driving sound, it’s maybe a bit more upbeat than we’d usually have; we do like to make people dance, but not in a full-on four to the floor way. Mainly, though, they’re just going to be big, and we wanted our crowd to hear them first.’