With summer very much in reach, we thought it only right to invite our friend Ngaio to bring the magic of carnival to Dance Local. Like lightning in a can, her mix moves energetically from fresh global sounds to sunshine-ready remixes of hits old and new, finished off with a welcome serving of Bristol-inspired bass.
She’s chosen to honour The Plough – the Easton hotspot where she hosts her unmissable Booty Bass nights. Listen to the mix here:
LSTD: Thank you for your contribution to Dance Local, could you let us know some information on the space that inspired this mix?
Ngaio: The Plough is my venue of inspiration. It was the first place to give me a residency and the amazing, loyal audience who turned up every couple of weeks to listen to me effectively practice for 4 hours on a Thursday helped me gain confidence – not just in my music, my mixing and myself but in my ability to experiment bringing together big tunes from around the globe – from Afrobeats in Dubstep and everything in between.
LSTD: What was your first encounter with The Plough like? And how has that relationship developed over time?
Ngaio: I first went to The Plough to watch DJs like Jus Now back when they first started off and was so blown away not just by their performance but by the crowd who were completely and utterly in – 110%. We were all clamped together, sweating our arses off and loving every second of it. There’s an energy and a freedom that exists within The Plough and when you hit one of those nights, the feeling stays with you forever. And their drinks prices are stupidly fair!
LSTD: Nightclubs and venues have always been an integral part of any city’s music scene – can you expand on the role you feel The Plough has within Bristol’s wider musical community?
Ngaio: The nightclubs and venues in Bristol are what gives it its musical identity. They are where we go to discover ourselves and the next ‘scene’ that will take over the world but they are also where we learn about each other. Nightclubs and venues need far more support than they currently have because their responsibility is so large, to make sure the people who attend them are safe above all else. Society is born in night-time venues, that’s where we meet new people, listen to new things and discover new parts of ourselves.
LSTD: 2020 was an absolutely devastating year for nightclubs and event spaces. What can people do to help support The Plough over the coming months and as we return to normality following the pandemic?
Ngaio: We can not take our own drinks into the clubs for one!! Not ask the promoters / venue managers for guestlist for our 20 friends and most importantly take responsibility for ourselves and our actions when we’re inside them. Above all else, we can go to them and help make them the safe, exciting places we want them to be.
What the venue has to say:
The Plough loves Ngaio – ENERGY> BASS>VIBES. The strangest thing about the year has been inhabiting an empty building that for the last 100 years has been full of revellers It makes no sense stripped of its soul: the people. We can’t wait to open our doors to Bristol. Hold tight. Stay safe. This is not forever.
PS, since lockdown, we have teamed up with the Star’n’Garter, Pipe and Slippers, Love Inn, All Hallows Hall and the Redlion to help feed those who need it. To date, we have sent out close to thirty thousand boxes. If you’re in a position to help, we could really do with it. Check the link: https://www.plougheaston.co.