Club promoters Men & Machines end Stereo residency to explore new forms

Club promoters Men & Machines end Stereo residency to continue in new form

Respected Glasgow electronic music night changes format

Men & Machines is over, but this isn’t the end. After two and a half years of regular nights at Stereo, the M&M team of Ewan Dunnett and Alasdair Stewart will be giving up their bi-monthly residency status. ‘We’re slightly reluctant to call it a finale,’ says Dunnett, ‘because we’re promoting a gig with Manuel Gottsching at Stereo in December, and the intention is still to do things, just not with the pressure of having to fill a monthly or bi-monthly slot.’

Why is the night winding down? It involves the work pressures and family commitments that come with being just a little bit older, and the fact that most of their friends are in the same boat and can’t commit to supporting a regular night. It’s good to hear that such discerning promoters won’t be completely lost to the scene, though: they’ll still DJ together (a date at the Arches’ Death Disco is upcoming in November) and, says Dunnett, they now have the freedom ‘to put on guests when they’re available, in larger or smaller venues, wherever fits.’

For this kind-of finale, then, they’ve chosen to send off their regular shows with New York’s Cousin Cole, head of the Flagrant Fowl label and remixer of Ram Jam’s ‘Black Betty’ and Bruce Springsteen’s ‘I’m On Fire’. ‘We’ve always booked people we like, regardless of genre,’ says Dunnett. ‘We’ve had bands like Brain Machine, live acts like Gavin Russom, DJs like Mr Raoul K, Etienne Jaumet and Pantha du Prince. The genre doesn’t matter to us as long as the music is quality and the artist is good at what they do, and Cole’s certainly one of those guys.’

Stereo, Glasgow, Fri 22 Oct

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