Super Kitchen is a collective of individuals that originated from London back in 2012 and have since evolved and grown further across to Bristol. Their focus on creating a truly immersive and enjoyable night each time has solidified their position amongst the community here and in other cities across the UK. Their most recent release, "HIAB/HAWWY" produced by London based Maribor is a big statement for Super Kitchen and shows their intentions to further push the creative platform by exploring different avenues in audio/visual elements. We met up with them last week to find out more.
Interview by Neil Pruden
"...and that's when we realised this is where we needed to be."
So let's start from the beginning, you mentioned before that you were known as Rawsense before Super Kitchen, how did that start? We felt there wasn't anything for us in Colchester when we would go out, so we had a big desire to put a night on; I met Ali in town one night and we got talking about the idea and it kind of developed into something we thought that was actually possible. After that we got friendly with the people who run Tribal which is a venue in Colchester and started putting on nights there. We were doing well but it eventually moved to Bristol as Colchester is predominantly a typical Essex town, lots of squaddies and only way is Essex people which really isn't our thing and Tribal closed down which was a big reason for us to make the move . So then Jake and Ali moved to Bristol and loved the vibe and feel of community, we then started to put on nights which actually ended up going down really well here and we got the chance to play with Four Seasons whilst we were still Rawsense and that's when we realised this is where we needed to be.
Why the change from Rawsense to Super Kitchen?
Well there was a whole concept change really. When we moved to Bristol we initially just wanted to do something bigger and book people like Murlo, Gang Fatale etc and it also became more of an audio/visual project, we always had Ali and Tom who are obviously both sick artists and from our first event onwards we had multiple projectors and custom visuals that we had prepared; Lighting as well is always a big part of it, we would go into the venue in the morning and spend the whole day setting up and then booked video artists to control the lights and visuals as we wanted a really thought out and immersive environment for every event. A part of that immersion is using intense white lights, rather than using colours as it has more of an effect on the crowd and we also use a smoke machine as it works really well for volumetric effects.
"we've finally made it, we've finally outdone Super Kitchen Vietnam."
So where did the name Super Kitchen originate from?
Ali's little brother Dennis (Ctrl Trax) was out one night and was sitting on the side of the road and saw a restaurant called Super Kitchen and fell in love with it and made a Soundcloud account under that name. When we were coming up with the new concept Ali asked if we could use the name and we've used it ever since. It turns out there are a lot of restaurants called Super Kitchen in places like Vietnam and we're working our way up the google result, I think the top result is now our Facebook page. So yeah we've finally made it, we've finally outdone Super Kitchen Vietnam.
I understand Super Kitchen was solely putting on nights around that time, at what point did you realise you wanted to start putting together releases? What happened is we put together a compilation called Set Menu and shortly after we got invited to join the Outlook sound system conference, so we went along to a session with Alexander Nut, one of the managers from Metalheadz. At that point we already had the idea in our minds but I think after hearing him speak
"Overall Super Kitchen is a creative platform for the people involved from the artwork, to events, to releases and the clothing line, everyone has their input and we'll continue to build it in that way."
How did your latest release with Maribor come about and what releases can we expect in the future?
The title tune on the record was a rinse rip from around 3 years ago which stuck with us and then Dennis met Maribor at an event in Dalston and asked to sign the tune, after that it all moved pretty quickly; He provided a track for the B side and it went to press shortly after. We want to make the white label series extra special and in the case with this release I think if tune that has stuck with you for 3 years there is definitely something special about that and it's worth pressing to vinyl. Also with the release we've tried to give a little nod to the original soundcloud rip because the rinse logo on that particular picture is yellow so we chose the same colour for the vinyl stamp.
For our next release we are doing a compilation which will represent the direction we are going in for next year. It'll be percussion driven and have influences from club music and UK Funky, but we also wanted to pay homage to early dance music as well and the artwork reflects that completely. This compilation will be a statement for us as we have learnt a lot from when we started in terms of quality control and the way a release is represented. As we have done with our events we wanted to add a physical element to releases so we have been exploring different avenues and are currently looking at 3D printing and augmented reality.
Lastly what does the future entail for Super Kitchen?
So far there are 5 releases already planned from this year to the next and we are really driving towards physical and actual tangible music by pulling together the different audio and visual elements we have set up and others that we want to embark on. Audio/visual goes beyond just music as well so we've started on a clothing line by working with a girl called Ellie Oxley and putting together real high quality garms that are custom made of very limited amounts. Overall Super Kitchen is a creative platform for the people involved from the artwork, to events, to releases and the clothing line, everyone has their input and we'll continue to build it in that way.
Interview by Neil Pruden
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