Meet supreme purveyors of good times, Dance Party, and their new single All My Love
A Melbourne-based 10-piece live disco and house juggernaut.
A couple of months ago we had the pleasure of stumbling across Melbourne disco enthusiasts Dance Party when they missioned all the way to Perth for a special show at Jack Rabbit Slim's. The vibe in the room was all-time, and we're excited to see they're ramping things up with some new original music in the second half of they ear, namely new single All My Love. To mark the occasion we sent 'em a few questions to find out a little more - check it all out below:
Tell us about yourselves?
We’re 10-piece disco and house band from Melbourne. We all met and became the performers we are now by driving across the vast plains of the Victorian countryside playing wedding after wedding. All loaded into my spec’d up station wagon Vo, like a navel vessel full of seamen hopping port to port, remote township to remote township, freaky rural priest after freaky rural priest. You know how it is. Life on the road aye… But yeah nah, now we are the wardens of the infamous Dance Party: Disco Inferno party series that has swept across
Melbourne like wild fire over the past few years. If you haven’t been to Disco Inferno yet, you should try it. It’s a truly beautiful experience.
What kinda tunes we talkin’?
Disco and live house mainly. We structure our lives show like a live DJ set, creating unique and fresh transitions between each song so that it's non stop party. Our original repertoire is a mix between Sister Sledge and Frankie Knuckles.
Very slow and drawn out. Trying to coordinate writing sessions with 10 full time touring musicians is pretty difficult. But usually one or two of us workshop and record a demo which we then present to the rest of the band and fleshlight it out from there. Pretty standard approach for above average results.
Can you tell us about your new single, All My Love?
All My Love is the second original disco song we wrote. We based it on a lot of the early disco songs that we were learning and performing at our Dance Party: Disco Inferno nights. We wanted it to encompass the aesthetic of a late 70s disco record, but be mixed in a way that would hold up in a modern DJ set. So we tweaked the bass, added a bunch of subtle drum machine triggers and synthesised strings, tuned down the vocals and then tuned them right back up again. When you’ve been in this biz for as long as we have you pick up a few little production tricks here and there…
Any shows coming up?
Yeah we are playing at City Loop festival in Melbourne in November and likely doing a national tour in Feb next year. Might have a little surprise up our sleeve over NYE as well...
What’s the rest of the year have in store?
As well as the above shows we’ll be working on a few new original tracks that we’ll hopefully have ready for our tour. And of course we’ll be in the dance studio choreographing new sequences for our upcoming performances.
Where can we hear more of your music?