Tagged With ‘Bonar Bradberry’

Sonar 2013 Picks

Sonar is fast approaching, so here’s a little round up of the off Sonar parties we suggest you check out if you’re in town…  Young Marco, PBR Streetgang, Bonar Bradberry all representing.

Also the Todd Terje x Lindstrom all conquering live show rolls into Barcelona –  so don’t miss that at Sonar by Day. Closing set on the Thursday night.

Bonar Bradberry Werking it…

Here’s a nice one for a Friday afternoon. Bonar in full flow in Barcelona last weekend at a party called ‘Werk it’

You might recognise the track, it is of course Syclops – ‘Jump Bugs’ from the Blink of an Eye LP produced by one Maurice Fulton

SAM edits out this week

Great edits from Todd Terje & Bonar Bradberry on this SAM package, check it…

play it again SAM

The next in the series of the Harmless extended play series drops in September, with remix/edit contributions from Todd Terje & Bonar Bradberry.

T/L – and full details HERE

The Pool – Artist Flightshares

Just a quick note for all the promoters out there…  List of artists & available flightshares upcoming over the summer. Contact us for more information/requests/queries…


FLIGHTSHARES: (UK ONLY) 30/06, 25/08, 27/08


FLIGHTSHARES: (UK & EUROPE) JUNE: 14,15,16,17 JULY: 01,02,03,04,05,06, 15,16,17,18,19,20, 22,23,24,25,26,28,29,30,31 AUG: 16,17,19






FLIGHTSHARES: (EUROPE) Sharing with Cologne NOV 29, DEC 01, 02


FLIGHTSHARES:(JAPAN / ASIA) Sharing with South Korea JUNE 27,28,30 JULY 01

The Pool – Roster
Greg Wilson, Harvey, Todd Terje, Maurice Fulton, Rub N Tug, Eric Duncan, Welcome Stranger, The Unabombers,Trojan Sound System, Bill Brewster, PBR Streetgang, Soft Rocks, Kathy Diamond, The KDMS,Beautiful Swimmers,Tiago, Sean P, Richard Sen, Padded Cell, Mutsumi, Phoreski, Matty J & Ben Terry (Tirk), Rob Needham (DirtyTalk).

PBR Streetgang – Manchester

The lads head South(?) to Manchester on Friday for some birthday shenanigans..

Also, if you missed it check out PBR’s recent guest mix for House of Disco –

PBR Streetgang – House of Disco Guestmix by House of Disco Records

a PBR Streetgang weekend

PBR step into the breach in Edinburgh this weekend for Ultragroove & Heavy Gossip.

While Bonar gets Wonky at Charada in Madrid the previous night alongside Ivan Smoka.

Bonar Bradberry Interview

Bonar Bradberry of PBR Streetgang fame, took time to chat to Sean Brosnan (NeedWant label boss) & Matt Johnson, head honcho of The Pool, about his new solo record, balearic bakeries, Club Asylum & listening to your dad!

Bonar is now available for Solo bookings or as part of PBR Streetgang

SB- I feel you come from a similar place as me with your music, there’s a hint of disco but you tend to have a house groove when you DJ, and most likely why you find a nice warm home at Needwant. When did those sounds come from? We are both too young to have been on the floor at Studio 54 or dancing to Ron Hardy.

BB – Unfortunately not yeah !

I suppose it come from two places really. When I was little my Dad lived and worked in America for 3-4 years in the early mid eighties, mainly in New York and Chicago. he would come back with the brilliant stories and photos and so I fell in love with the place without ever going and grew up feeling like I knew it in some way and had a really romanticised image of eighties New York as a result.. and so in turn, Disco then House

The other route I guess is pretty common one that a lot of people do .. they get into house music first then loving loads of the samples that are in them you start find out for  yourself what the originals were, so learning backwards in a sense !!

SB – Do you like / buy / play all kinds of music? Will we find Bonar Bradberry at a Drum and Bass night or enjoying bands, or is it house to the bone.

BB – I like & buy all kinds of music really but i play disco and house music on the whole..

At home i don’t really listen to too much of it though usually more left field stuff or singer songwriter stuff / folk type ( is that even a genre ?! ) things..  I think its important to listen to different stuff, helps keeps your own ideas fresh.

SB – Bonar Bradberry is your real name, many people have trouble believing this I hear?

BB – Yeah its pretty unusual as far as i know , its a good conversation starter at times…its usually the first question people ask me “so , is that your really name? ” I like it now  but used to hate it as a kid !

SB – So you are getting set to have your second release on Needwant, You Were Away. What’s is the song about, and how did the whole EP come together?

BB – Yes its great to be back releasing on the label after a little break.  “You Were Away” underlying theme is really personal for me which is probably why I chose to sing on it myself rather than ask someone else.  That was the first one that was made,  Lip Therapy seemed to subconsciously come as almost the lighter side to it most of it flow really quickly and easily .. but there always loads of fiddling and fixing tiny things for ages afterward !

SB – How does it feel to have people remix your tracks? Does it annoy you if they cut out your vocal or play around with a sound that took you ages to perfect.

BB – Not really no, if your giving the track up to be remixed you’ve gotta expect some pretty opposing takes on what you did, its kind of the point, to be honest I like that kind of ‘throw it over see what happens’ random outcome type thing.

SB – We know you can produce top sounds, but did you know you could sing? I know I was pleasantly surprised when the vocal came back and even had to say to turn it up. Is this the start of Bonar the singer, song writer?

BB – Haha, i don’t know about that but its given me confidence to do more. I didn’t  really know i could sing anymore until i actually tried last year, i used to sing as kid quite a bit, but i haven’t done it in probably 20 years, so i guess it was a case of plucking up the courage to do it yourself.

SB – You are based in Leeds, and I played there last year and saw how the parties rock, the scene seems really vibrant for what isn’t that big a city. Do you think being based Leeds influences your music?

BB – I guess you’re influenced a little by your surroundings where ever you are, but mostly i try to make music from within as much as I can rather be overly influenced by what going on right now. That said I love living in Leeds, its a great city that punches above its weight in a good way and almost spoils you as a DJ sometimes because the parties can be so good.

SB – We know you are part of the Streetgang known as PBR, do you prefer to produce as a partnership with Tom or as an individual?

BB – Depends what day of the week it is !

SB – Do you find it difficult to balance the two?

BB – It can be but it definitely has its rewards.

SB – This one has been troubling me for a while, what does PBR stand for? And do you menace local people as a streetgang?

BB – What ? like with flick knives and knuckle dusters and stuff ?? Yeah all the time man its how we get by, you know, a shake down here,  a shakedown there … hahaha Nahh!

PBR stands for Patrol Boat Riverine officially, but some of our mates say it stands for “pretty boring really” and some even ruder ones, but i’ll leave it there

SB -Every year you go to Ibiza as PBR, though we are yet to cross path’s on the island, (maybe that’s a good thing considering we have planes to catch). What keeps you going back there each year and what’s the plans for 2012 on the island?

BB – .. we keep getting asked back is the rubbish answer ! I feel very lucky to be part of a great bunch at WeLove @ Space and to be resident on the Terrace for the last couple of years, as you know yourself with Future Disco parties you do its an amazing place to play and there is no where else like it.  Too early tell about 2012 yet but hopefully we’ll be asked to continue our residency, its still probably ono of my favourite place to be and to play.

SB – Things seem to be going well and really started to have momentum over the past year, are you pleased with how it’s all going? What would you do if music wasn’t your career path?

BB – I’m really pleased with how its going at the moment but you’ve always got to push yourself and explore further.

If I wasn’t doing this? i have a degree in fashion, so would have probably gone into fashion buying or something .. but I wasn’t passionate enough about it if i’m honest…  and anyway its too late now … there’s no way back !!

MJ – Beat the Bed is a stone cold classic… we heard Michael Cook from Lowlife playing it at Glastonbury one year. How did that one come about, are you still in touch with Mr Rudman?

BB – Thanks! Well that was the first record i ever made and as a result it took ages..  i started it in 2005 and it didn’t come out till 2007! my mate Dan Ward (Negghead) help me produce and engineer the whole thing and i had some great friends play piano / keys and bass on it too and because the was no budget i did my own remix !  so i really learnt loads about working with other people as a producer on my first thing.

Ilija Rudman was so supportive of that record, i might not have had the confidence to release it if he hadn’t been so keen to put it out. Were still in touch but not as much as i’d like to as he lives in Croatia

MJ  –  Tell us about your Mindless Boogie 12″ did you approach Dirk with it or did he come to you? How did it all come about? What is the source material?

BB – To be honest I cant remember who got in touch with who first it was a while ago now, but it was probably I liked the Mindless edits and Eskimo that I sent him some stuff.

It was really something that came from my Dad I guess .. he gave me his Focus album “Hamburger Concerto”  when i had just started DJ’ing and thought I should ‘do something it with it in my sets’ of course being 14 I thought he was nuts and completely dismissed the idea. Wasn’t till about 10 years later i was listing to it again and realised just how much amazing music was in it, and that could be edited out of its concept album form into a some more palatable / playable tracks.

Moral of the story … listen to your Dad when he tells you something !

MJ – As resident at Asylum with Tom, tell us abit about what made that club special. The Pool regularly booked artists to play there over the years, what was in the air at those events? Special guests? Big records? Location?

BB- Of course it started off in great regular venue the Mint Club (for me still the best in Leeds) and some pretty unusual one off’s too – car parks, railway arches, countryside hotels…  We got some incredible dj’s to come play from Jazzy Jeff to Trentmoller. In a lot of cases we’re the first night to put these guys on in Leeds or even in the UK. As well as a group of great resident DJ’s , whom many of have gone on to do great things on their own.

That all massively contributed to it,  but like with any party it was the the people that run it ( Tom Thorpe and Steve Banks) and the people that turned up every other week to come party with us. Its always had a very friendly family kind of vibe and still does, its the crowd that makes Asylum parties what they are.

MJ –  Mat Playford and Craig as Weirdo Police seemed to be doing great stuff a few years back. Mat works with We Love  alot still, did you mention you used to work in his record store? Have you played at Craig’s Lunar Jam party before? Is it still going strong?

BB – Yes, when i first moved to Leeds i worked at Playmusic which was an amazing record store run by Tristan Da Cunha , Ben Brophy and Mat. Its where i met and worked loads of other people like Mat who helped shape me further as a DJ

MJ – Is there really a Balearic bakery in Leeds?

BB – yep and its ace …  Joes Bakery .. they bake bread serve lovely food


Thanks to Sean & Matty for the questions &  ‘While You Were Away’ is out now on NeedWant.




Also out now On Hot Creations is the Latest PBR Streetgang release ‘The Downstroke’ backed with a Deetron Remix


Bonar Bradberry – Ibiza Voice Podcast

Bonar Bradberry drops a new selection for Ibiza voice…



Music, PBR Streetgang

PBR Streetgang Interview

So… now its official that PBR Streetgang, AKA Bonar Bradberry & Tom Thorpe, have joined the roster, we thought we’d sit down with the lads and have a little talk…

– Hi lads a very warm welcome to the roster! Explain how you came about joining The Pool?

BONAR: Thanks!  we are very proud to be part of the group. I guess we’ve dj’d with a lot of the artists on the pool roster over the years and are big fans of what they do and so it seemed like a natural progression to be working with people you respect and admire.

TOM: Thank you, it’s great to be officially be a part of The Pool. i’d like to hope both parties have a mutual appreciation for what the other does. We love the artists that the pool represent, having worked with many in the past. i’ve known matty for a number of years, and like the way he runs the agency, so it feels like a natural progression joining the roster.

– Where do you perceive the Pool’s to be coming from musically?

BONAR: I think its very akin to our style which is why we gravitated towards The Pool. Essentially its roots are in Disco and House but it span is so so much broader than that.. from Dub to Techno and back again..  i think really the focus is on quality and substance above everything else.

– How did you come up with the name PBR Streetgang?

BONAR: Well our good friend John St John (yes, so good they named him twice)  came up with it.. we’d not long returned from a rather heavy time in Ibiza together and were sat round watching on of our favourite films Apocalypse Now .. and well .. watch the film you’ll see why

TOM: and Bonar’s fetish for boats! ; )

– The Ibiza season is done for another summer. How was the We Love residency this summer for you guys?

BONAR: Its been great thank you!  Probably our best summer yet.. we really started to feel at home on the Main Terrace and had some great sets on there playing longer too ( 3hrs) has been a massive help trying to get our sound and style across and most importantly getting people into it.

– Do you feel privileged to have a residency on a place like the Terrace at Space, at a time when alot of DJs seem to spend more and more time in a variety different clubs every weekend?

BONAR: Yes Incredibly so, to know that you have 4 dates in one of the worlds best rooms over the summer is an amazing feeling, something you prepare extra hard for and really look forward to, trying to improve each time on the last one. Also i think were quite old school  in that were big believers nights or having residencident DJs…  there is no substitute for really knowing your crowd and having a regular connection with them rather than just trying to read them as best you can. Although Ibiza by its very nature has a clubbing population that is transitory that rule still applies..

TOM: Darren, Mark, and Sarah have given us an amazing opportunity. We are now totally focused on making their investment in is work, and making them proud.

– What was the biggest challenge you faced playing a legendary room like that?

BONAR: What, apart from potentially being compared to every great dj thats every played in that room …??  oh not much !! well its a challenge but its and enjoyable one i guess…. Because of the time slot that we were on this summer your biggest challenge is getting the room busy keeping it busy whilst holding it for the next main act to take over..

TOM: The time slot we play is one of the most challenging things. We have been given the task of warming up, which i feel is one of the trickiest and interesting sets on there. We start the party in the room, so are responsible for filling the room. There for we have a duty in keeping the room busy. We need to create the correct vibe for the next DJ to come on and play. With three hours to play with, you need to really pace yourself. There is a certain skill to warming up, which we really enjoy.

– What tunes really worked well for you there?

BONAR: err first few that come to mind

TWICE – The Dubbing Of My Soul

Solomun – Daddy’s Jam

Weekend Express – Going to Chicago

LoveBirds – Want you In My Soul (Hot Toddy Remix)

and can i say one of ours …? PBR Streetgang – Downstroke

– What is it about We Love that makes them, them?

BONAR: hmm good question.. The breadth and depth in quality of acts they have on every Sunday, isnt like anything else on the island.. it literally is like a mini festival every Sunday in the summer

Their professionalism, its probably the slickest night we’ve ever been involved in

For us though i guess its the real family feeling you get about how its run, they try to look after everyone there and i think it shows in just how enthusiastic and committed the staff that obviously rubs off on the feel of the night and everyone thats there dancing  ..

– Tom we first got to know you through booking acts to you for Asylum, you where Steve Banks apprentice so to speak is that right? Are the Asylum parties still going strong? Are you promoting events in Leeds regularly?

TOM: Ha Ha, Tom the apprentice! No we actually set it up together. We had different strengths/roles. I dealt with the promotion whilst Steve spent time securing acts. Steve left to pursue his interest in fashion, and set up a clothing brand. I totally run things now. We are based in Leeds, and do around six events a year. It’s coming up to it’s eight year now. Saturday 19th nov to be exact…plug plug : ) if you’re interested the line up is Crazy p (full live show), Maxxi Soundsystem, Miguel Campbell, Future Boogie, Neil Diablo, Andy Whittaker, Simon Baker and us.

– Bonar I remembering pestering a certain Lowlife DJ for the name of your ‘Beat The Bed’ track a long while back, you also record as a solo artist, how does this dynamic change when your with Tom in the studio?

BONAR: Well i guess i’m a bit more relaxed if Toms about because i have a mate to bounce ideas off,  and him throw a few in the pot too … so we might come up with stuff that wouldn’t have crossed my mind if i’d been working solo and you get few more “happy accidents” happening ..

– Do you ever argue over hi-hats placement?

BONAR: Constantly !!  no seriously, we’ve been mates for that long that we’re very much on the same wavelength a lot of the time but you you’d be surprised how many disagreements can be fixed with a cup of tea  !

– How would you differentiate your DJ styles?

BONAR: what, you mean apart from the fact he can’t mix and i can ?? du dum  tisssh !! [JOKE] It will be interesting to see what Tom says here, but i think our styles are actually pretty similar, which is probably why we started playing together in the first place as we seem to compliment each other pretty well.

TOM: You mean apart from……. (he beat me to it!!) I don’t think we differ really. Ever since i’ve know Bonar we’ve had very similar taste in tracks. If anything we complement one another when playing together. I think we make a great team.

– Tell us about your little electronic mixing gizmo you have?

BONAR: Ah the Q2 !  yeah well basically it allows us to dj at the same time on the same set up but giving us our own headphone sockets to monitor the tracks/samples / noises etc separately of each other .. so in effect it means we can be constantly adding to things and layering up stuff rather than just putting on one record on after another..

– Tell us about your coming productions, what’s out now and what’s in the pipe-line?

BONAR: Well i think the next thing coming out for us is our EP for Hot Creations , we are also finishing off EP’s for two other two labels we’re into but don’t wanna spill the beans just yet..

– Hot Creations tell us more, pretty exciting right? How did that one come about?

BONAR: yeah very , they’re doing a lot of great stuff right now and a lot of that group are our mates so its good to be involved with people you really get on with.. It came about really by just sending one track to Jamie (Jones)  for some feedback and he and the gang liked it so much he wanted to take it and asked if we could do another for and e.p.

– What’s Leeds night-life saying at present? 2020, Basics, Lunar Jam, Asylum etc all going strong?

TOM: 20 20, Basics, Asylum we’re all still going. The Leeds nightlife scene is thriving as always. There are so many clubs, promoters, and new parties it’s actually hard to keep track of them all. Personally I buzz from the influx of fresh events, it’s fresh music into the city. It also keeps us old boys on our toes!

– Tell us abit about the mix you have for us?

BONAR: Aswell as being a DJ mix its also really a show case of where we’re at right now … ever single track its either our own production or a remix .. so we wanted to show that like our DJing, our production really covers a lot of ground.

– Finally what did you eat for Breakfast today?

BONAR: a rare treat for me .. full english with all the trimmings !!

TOM: Boiled eggs with soldiers. Two to be eggsact! ; )

– Do you have any pets?

BONAR: I have a cat, well i say that, its my girlfriends cat, its part of the deal she came with ! you can tell im not a cat person right, though for her i’ve made an exception!

TOM: I have a very funny, pretty camp dog called Max. He’s brilliant!


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