Der Supermax Love Machine
Although Supermax is only celebrating its third birthday, DJ and co-promoter Billy Woods has had plenty of time to hone his tastes over the last 15 years. His first big gig was a residency at Melting Pot, then he co-ran his own monthly night called Outer Drive at the Sub Club for a while. Only now, though, do he and his partner Lisa Ringrose have clear control over every aspect of the show.
‘A lot of the ideas that I’ve got about clubs are based on David Mancuso and his Loft parties,’ says Woods. ‘I’ve met him a few times over the years and he has certain beliefs about how music should be played, it should be high fidelity and played on a great sound system. Plus I still love to dig for records and play on vinyl on three decks.’ Despite the Mancuso and Melting Pot connections, though, Woods points out that Supermax isn’t exclusively for disco, it’s a night where anything goes. ‘The obvious artists I’m into are people like Prins Thomas and Lindstrom, and labels like DFA.’
Although the monthly Supermax has been at the Brunswick Hotel since it started, they’ve branched out into occasional parties elsewhere, including their first date at the Studio Warehouse Gallery later this September. ‘It’ll be an extension of what we’ve been doing already,’ says Woods. ‘Lisa’s worked as a stylist for some years now, and she takes care of the look of the club and the branding. That’s almost as important as the music.’
Brunswick Hotel, Glasgow, Sat 28 Aug.