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    19/01/2017 – Obama’Hands Over the Keys’ Eve! Sawsound Presents: Bloom at New Cross Inn / Sim’s 30th

19/01/2017 – Obama’Hands Over the Keys’ Eve! Sawsound Presents: Bloom at New Cross Inn / Sim’s 30th

Obama ‘Hands Over the Keys’ Eve!


As the world turns a new corner, enters a New Year, and returns from the holidays, we and our friends would like to play you some live music in a Psych/Reggae/Alt-Rock /Jazz/Folk/Trip-Hop kind of vein. Check out links to each artist below. It’s also my 30th earlier Jan (too close to NY) so wanting to start the year with a gig. It’s the first from (a new lineup of) Sawsound in 3 years.

Four LIVE music acts:

Bloom (all the way from Brighton)
Sawsound (first gig since 25/01/2014)
Weird Sleeping Kittens (“addictive listening” )
Jesse Gamage (A voice from another place!)

£4 on the door 8-11pm (any profit will be donated to charity)

Warmest wishes for Winter and much love,


Venue info

By |November 19th, 2016|Features, News|0 Comments

Booking now for the 2014-15 ski season

Three-piece live band rocking up old and new classic floor-filler tunes in a way you’ve never heard them before.
Full lights and visual projector show if desired.

Promo Video (100% live in studio)

Our Repertoire

Here is a LIVE recording of us playing Peter Gabriel – Sledgehammer

and Daft Punk – One More Time

Here’s a taste of what tunes to expect:

Daft Punk – One More Time // Seal – Killer // Bee Gees – Stayin’ Alive // Eurythmics – Sweet Dreams // Robin S – Show Me Love // Artful Dodger – Movin’ Too Fast // Sigma – Nobody To Love // Fatboy Slim – Praise You // Foster the People – Pumped Up Kicks // Prodigy – Voodoo People // Avicii – Wake Me Up //  // Cameo – Word Up // Michael Jackson – Beat It // Little Richard – Long Tall Sally // MGMT – Electric Feel //

Don’t hesitate to request any other tracks you’d like.


Drums – Callum ‘Sugar Beats’ Goldie

Bass & Vocals – Stu ‘Bass of Spades’ Hinkley

Guitar & Vocals – Sim ‘String-Slinger’ Whitton


For bookings or enquiries, please contact:

Email – dirtydanceband@gmail.com

phone – Sim (+44) 07540576114, Stu (+44) 07732066223

Facebook Page

Wrap up warm. It’s going to be….Dirty.

By |June 16th, 2014|News|1 Comment

#6 Like a Dwarf in a Urinal…

I’ve got to keep on my toes…

Working on a self-employed basis in London Hospitals thankfully helps keep me balanced, forcing me into a routine, if only for three days in the week. I won’t go into what I do; bringing it up only to highlight the contrast with the creative process.

In the creative arena things can swiftly shift between sublime streams of productivity, to a rehearsal where all that is achieved is a need for headache remedies. What’s your poison?

This contrast within my weekly routine and craving for balance has led me to record sound-bites of me shouting (at myself). I set alarms throughout the day when these go off. One says “Get the hell out of the bath!” and a couple of hours later another says “It’s too early for wine!” I’m sure most employed people have someone to do this for them; I do miss the sense of comradery in an office when a crack of a whip is heard!

There must be hundreds of books on the subject of achieving balance, but surely this is something personal, individual, and best discovered first hand. If we are the masters of our own destiny, then I have a problem understanding the authenticity of my own intuition. Who knows where that voice is coming from? How much should it be trusted, and what should be thrown out as delusion?

“It is through science that we prove, but through intuition that we discover.”
-Henri Poincare

Intuition seems to be the most valuable ‘commodity’; knowing what lies ahead. Some people seem to just instinctively or perceptively know what’s coming, and can crack their own whip in anticipation. I long for us to be free of the Machiavellian games […]

#3 – Are You Stimulated?

Are you stimulated when you see a live band? Is this affected by how genuine or honest the performance is? Why is this? The same could be asked of recorded music, but there are a greater number of elements to consider with music production, especially today.

If we as artists invite people to a gig to see our band, we have to be sure that we have a lot to give, and that we’re willing to give it. We have our ‘off’ shows for a myriad of reasons, but it’s just not fair on the audience if the performance is doomed from the start!

Rehearsal, communication, a good night’s sleep the night before; these things are crucial, but all are irrelevant if the music is insincere. Sawsound have always played to the very edge of our abilities, and if there is any extra energy left at the end, we will try to give it out in our performance. Posing does occur at shows, but not generally by us. We once played a show with the assistance of strippers, but that was a one-off…

Getting back to what stimulates, and what is genuine… As an audience member it would have to be the connection I feel through the performer. Far too often audiences face the disgraceful fact that they are being underestimated, and that the band has prepared something frustratingly palatable, lacking the bravery that we witness from a performer every once in a while.

Sawsound work hard onstage to touch the void, evoke an energy that is beyond us, and invite the audience to join us there. We don’t shove it down your throat, even if it is loud.

If we do not consider these things as artists and […]

By |January 22nd, 2014|Features, News|2 Comments

#2 – Inspiration vs Motivation

What inspires you? What motivates you? Until recently I didn’t spend enough time separating the two, sitting back and realising the difference.

A long time ago I threw away the idea that an art-based band has to have a ‘creative driving force’, a person whose permanent role it is to lead the band. It seemed that each person involved would need to lead the way at some point, when they would choose to. It’s all about listening to, respecting, and responding to one another, right? Other than inviting the morbidity of a ‘control freak’ situation, it’s simply leaning the project into the hands of just one person, which would surely defeat the whole purpose of being a ‘band’.

I believe the greatest tragedy occurs when one (or some) of the band members are made to feel like they are part of someone else’s project. I hear this all the time, this person is made to feel limitedly accepted in the band that they (often were) in. When they try to wear their heart on their sleeve and bring an idea to the table, it will probably just be rejected by force of habit.

This can just be a confidence issue, the lack of time they can contribute, shorter time in the band than other members, but it is probably the result of a bandleader running amok… as a ‘motivational dictator’ of sorts. This could be incorrect, depending on what you think the word ‘band’ really pertains to, or perhaps it’s just the methods by which a person leads. If everyone concerned is inspired then it should not matter, but what often occurs is that a whole band might just be ‘motivated’ to be together.

“What’s my motivation” the actor yells! […]

Happy New Year!

Best wishes for you in 2014. We’ve been working hard on blog content.

New stories starting this Thursday include an in-depth look at remix artists who have recently worked with us, and a look at the recording process, with gear and techniques explored.

By |January 7th, 2014|Features, News|0 Comments

Michelle launches her ARTificial reef campaign!!

Michelle Tylicki is an activist and artist…and also the animator of our most recent video ‘Dreamcatcher’. You can check out her new amazing project right HERE

Explosions in London at The Finsbury

The beats were bouncing feet last night at The Finsbury in London, and people were very captivated by the sound, which

is always reaffirming when we would otherwise doubt putting some older songs back in the set. We met a lot of new music lovers and

hopefully we’ll see them all again next time. Word of mouth and our social networks are vital to us, and last night was testament to the

fact that putting in hard work and having patience pays off! We will keep just doing what we’re doing – writing the best tune we can, and

putting on shows for you. We hope you’ll continue to dig it and support us. Sign up for the newsletter to keep in the loop!

Dreamcatcher is out on Monday, but you can buy it now HERE

By |August 31st, 2013|Features, News|1 Comment

Novelty Machine on Soundcloud

To celebrate the release of Dreamcatcher (and just so you and ourselves don’t get sick of talking about it) here’s another new track.


Novelty Machine features two sound samples from lectures given by the late and great philosopher Alan Watts (1915- 1973).

The Soundcloud track thumbnail above is the work of Tommie Kelly

By |August 13th, 2013|Features, News|2 Comments

Dreamcatcher Released

A four track digital download is on its way, and available now HERE.

It contains our new single Dreamcatcher, and three remixes from artists dotted around the world!

They are Dubots, OnesNzeroS, and Pope. Blog pieces on each of them coming later in the week.

The release is also supporting an activist art project to rejuvenate depleted coral reef. More info on that to follow, along with an animated music video for Dreamcatcher.

Please leave a comment and peruse the rest of our new site!

By |August 13th, 2013|Features, News|1 Comment