Everybody who loves dance music loves a bit of Phonica… from their vinyl selection to their prime spot on Poland Street. Happily, they’re our first London stockist. In a salute to the occasion we put some Qs to SIMON RIGG – Phonica’s manager, DJ & music aficionado.
What’s been Phonica’s finest moment so far? Our birthday nights have always been special for us. We had Henrik Schwarz playing live, and Prins Thomas at the last one. Which records have been the shop’s best sellers? That would have been in the early days: Bookashade’s Mandarine Girl, Tiefschwarz’s mix of Spektrum, a reggae version of the Beatles on 7 inch and House of House’s huge Rushing to Paradise! What’s the ethos behind your new label, Phonica Records? We release records we love; from house on the main Phonica label, all sorts of techno on the White Label series and disco edits on the Flashback label. Forthcoming releases you want to shout about? A release from Hector with an SIS remix and a Henrik Schwarz remix of an amazing 90s ambient record! Hector, Heidi… any current Phonica employees tipped for success? Well, Anthea is doing really well at the moment with a huge release on Cecille (on Phonica too as JC Freaks). What are your local Soho haunts? We like our local Poland St pubs – The Star & Garter and The Coach & Horses – purely because they are no-nonsense no-music boozers.. and you can’t beat Bodeans next door for the best ribs in the West End. What’s on your radar right now? Still catching up after some weeks away but the Boy’s Own fanzine collection is a great read. I’m enjoying The XX and Kings of Convenience albums. Haven’t been to the cinema for ages but thought Moon was great. Next, I’m going to see the film versions of two favourite books from my childhood; Fantastic Mr Fox and Where the Wild Things Are! How do you have your eggs? Huevos Rancheros…. when i can get them. What would you do if you had a million hands? Mix better.