Friday, 27 May 2011


Jakwob / Sei A / High Rankin / Justin Robertson / Mensah / Robin Ball & the Groove Pleasure Soundsystem / Robin Beats

Saturday 28th May 2011
10pm – 6am
Corsica Studios, 4/5 Elephant Road, London, SE17 1LB
Nearest tube: Elephant & Castle
Super early Bird £6/ Extra early bird £8 / Early bird £10 / Advanced £12 / MOTD
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Socialeyes return with one of their biggest, most interesting, boundary pushing and fun line ups yet!

Created in 2006 from the Groovepressure & Groove Pleasure labels the Socialeyes parties have been popping up for one-off nights in and around London until finding their home at Corsica studios in 2010. They have hosted a broad spectrum of quality electronic guests from Funk D Void to Bar9, Terry Francis to Elite Force, Ben Sims to Max Cooper and always pushing open-minded, forward thinking electronic dance music on the best quality sound systems in intimate fun spaces. That is their ethos. 

On Saturday 28th May they celebrate their 5th birthday party and one year to the weekend since their first party at Corsica Studios.

Socialeyes is not restricted to one genre, the emphasis is quite simply on ‘good’ music. So on Saturday 28th May you’ll find two rooms, one for house, techno, disco & electro and the other for dubstep, breaks, beats & bass.

Jakwob is one of dubstep’s biggest new stars. First coming to acclaim via some major appreciation in the blog world for his bootleg of Ellie Goulding’s ‘Starry Eyed’ and bolstering such support with his remix of ‘Under The Sheets’ he’s since gone on to remix the likes of Kid Sister, Robyn, I Blame Coco, Empire Of The Sun, Temper Trap, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Audio Bullies and Dan le Sac Vs Scroobius Pip.  Hailing from the Midlands, Jakwob is a multi-instrumentalist playing in many bands in his teens starting in jazz moving on to play death metal and folk. This goes a long way to explaining his style which transcends genres combining elements of dub step, electro, ghetto-tech and break-beat (to name a few). This eclecticism also manifests itself in Jakwob’s DJ sets, which take in dub, hip-hop, drum and bass, dub step and beyond. Currently working on a debut album, and very much in demand as a producer of the moment, he’s redefining the experimental, dub step, double-step, and electronic scenes

Sei A shot to fame with his recent release on Tiga’s Turbo Recordings, he’s one of the most exciting new producers and songwriters in the techno and house scene producing rich textures, moody atmospheres, subtle psychedelia and haunting vocals, characterized by an instinctual gift for melody and a sincere romantic flair.

High Rankin - One of the scenes more eccentric artists, his music brims with character and personality that engulfs the listener as well as causing the obvious dance floor riot!  An all round force in dance music be it as a dj, producer, blogger, label owner,  he is the quintessential modern dance music artist!

Justin Robertson’s tastes have always been eclectic, though in 2011 you would be hard pushed to find a musician working successfully in areas as diverse as techno, house, dancehall and art pop. Justin is a true modernist: he excels as a DJ of international repute; is a creator of bespoke techno; one third of New Pop band Thee Earls and a remixer for the likes of The Whip, Bjork and Felix Da Housecat.

Mensah - With his releases on Jake’s H.E.N.C.H. imprint amongst other releases and collaborations on Baobinga’s BUILD and LoDubs, Mensah displays a kind of dancefloor ownership that offers the now pre-requisite bass weight with a decidedly more dance element. Being supported by the likes of BLOC and Fabric Mensah is an ascending force on the scene.

Robin Ball  & the Groove Pleasure Soundsystem  
2011 sees Robin enter into his third decade as a dj, with a career that has taken him across the globe from London to Sydney. His passion for a wide variety of electronic music has inspired the eclectic line-ups for his Socialeyes parties and his non-stop passion and dedication for the scene.  This year he debuted his latest project “Groove Pleasure Sound System” which received a great response at Corsica Studios back in January when his skilled crew of tech-house, disco, jamming wizards performed live to the backing of Robin’s deft DJ skills. As a testament to his eclectic passions, you will also find him in room 2 playing a set of dubstep, breaks, beats and bass under his alias, Robin Beats.

Tel:  07956 375370

Thursday, 26 May 2011


Warming us up for his gig at the Socialeyes 5th birthday this Saturday Jakwob takes time out of his busy schedule to answer a few questions

Q: You have come to fame through your big remixes for other artists but just recently you have put out  your first Jakwob single and your forthcoming release has just been aired on radio 1, are you pleased with the results and what reaction are you getting from your fans?

A: I’m very happy with the response, in fact, it’s been pretty overwhelming. I’m glad that radio and fans are still on board.

Q: What other projects and releases are you working on at the moment? Can we expect to see a Jakwob album in the future?

A: I’m currently working on an album which is due for release early 2012. There’s another single on the way soon too!

Q: Your first release was on your own “Boomting” label, will your new material be on there as well and will anyone else be recording for this label?

A: We’re currently working with a few different artists on material for release through Boomting. My album and the rest of my singles will be released through Boomting Recordings / Mercury Records.

Q: I believe you are writing music for other artists is this a role you are comfortable in and will you be doing more of this in the future?

A: Yes, I’m writing with lots of different people and I like to constantly challenge myself by working with people from lots of different backgrounds and genres. 

Q: How does your production process work and how does the process differ when writing for someone else?

A: It’s a very similar creative process. The latter just requires more focus on what the artist wants to do.

Q: Do you get time to listen to other styles of music and if so what music do you take inspiration from?

A: I always have the time to listen to music. I’m in a studio practically 24/7. I listen to anything and everything.


Q: You have made your name as a dubstep producer can we expect to see you covering any other styles of music in the future?

A: Yes, it’s going to be an interesting journey through the next few singles and the album. Dubstep is just part of a larger sound that we’ll be releasing over the coming months.

Q: At your dj gigs do you play just dubstep or do you get to vary the style you play at some events?

A: I usually just play straight dubstep, some drum and bass and reggae, but in the coming months I’ll be switching it up even more with a lot more minimal dub, hip-hop and funky.

Q: As a dj do you play records, cds or are you computer based?

A: When I DJ, I use CDs. I used to use vinyl but it was too impractical on long-haul gigs.

Q: If you were going to have a night off and go out to a gig which artist or dj would you like to hear?

A: I would go see Niki & The Dove, again.

Q: What makes a good party for you?

A: Good friends and good music.

Q:  What are your ambitions for the future?

A: To write music that will inspire others.
Interview by Robin Ball


Tuesday, 24 May 2011


Robin Ball invites musicians to add a live element to his dj sets, for the 5th birthday they’re going to strip things back to just the core of the group with Robin on the decks, Amir on drums and bass from The Natural Street Freak!

 2011 sees Robin enter into his third decade as a dj, with a career that has taken him across the globe from London to Sydney. His passion for a wide variety of electronic music has inspired the eclectic line-ups for his Socialeyes parties and his non-stop passion and dedication for the scene.  This year he debuted his latest project “Groove Pleasure Sound System” which received a great response at Corsica Studios back in January when his skilled crew of tech-house, disco, jamming wizards performed live to the backing of Robin’s deft DJ skills. 

Artist Links;
Robin Ball
Natural Street Freak

Sunday, 22 May 2011

An attempted interview with High Rankin

Ahead of his gig at the Socialeyes 5th Birthday on 28th  May High Rankin talks absolute rubbish to us :o)
Q:  How would you best sum up High Rankin?

A:  A waste of time, effort and biscuits.

Q:  For people who don’t know of you what tracks would you like them to search out so they can best get an idea of what High Rankin is about? 
A:  Ideally some of the ones I made before I sold out for a quick buck off the man.  Perhaps some pre-2007 DNB. When I was a fresh faced young lad ready for the world and not scared with wounds of the world.

Q: You are well known for being diverse in your production style, blurring boundaries between bass music and beyond, we at Socialeyes hail you for this! Can we hope to hear you pushing more boundaries in the future?

A: I am currently in a dispute over a hedge which I feel is too far over a clear boundary between mine and my neighbor’s allotment.

Does the fact you are known for different styles of music complicate things when it comes to choosing what to play at your gigs?

A: I find if you stick to the 10 ten brostep tracks off Beatport most people are happy.

Q: As well as your unique music productions , your moustache, dress style and humor seem to be a big part of the High Rankin persona do you think it’s important for an artist to stand out from the rest?

  Well they say the clothes make the man. It also distracts people away from my terrible mixing.

Q: For the Socialeyes 5th birthday we have Justin Robertson playing in the other room from you and he also sports a fine moustache, are you up for a tache off?

A: If he wants a fight I’ll take him out the back and we can do the man dance.

Q: Do you get time to listen to other music and if so what music do you take inspiration from?

 A: David Grey, Huey Lewis and the new, Katie Waisel.

  What else in life gives you inspiration?

A: My firend James Pryor. He's terminally retarded yet always has a smile on his face.

Q: How does your production process work?

A: It pretty much starts and ends in tears. What happens in between I couldn’t possibly comment on.

Q: As a dj do you play records, cds or are you computer based?

 A: Mainly old 78's and wax cylinders.

  What makes a good party for you?

A: Beak, slosh pots and an early night.

  What projects and are you working on at the moment?

A: I'm hopefully getting my own talk show on a daytime digital channel but I can't really say any more than that.

Q: Do you have anything else to say to us?

A: Yeah, if you trample mud and dog shit over my mum’s carpet again, my dad will come round and break your dad’s legs.


Wednesday, 18 May 2011


Ahead of the Socialeyes 5th Birthday at Corsica Studios next Saturday 28th May, headliner Sei A chats to Socialeyes main man, Robin Ball.... enjoy

Q: You currently reside in London but you are originally from Glasgow. How has Glasgow influenced your musical style? 

A:  Glasgow has a great variety of electronic nights/artists for such a small City. Every weekend there was always something on. With the slight industrial feel to the City, and the long winters… I think that all helps with the production tip.

Q: Why did you move to London?

A:  I moved to London for various reasons - change of scene, moving in with my girlfriend, having family and close friends here and also the change in climate - Glasgow seems to be permanently Grey.

Q: You released a great LP “White Rainbow” on Turbo Recordings at the end of 2010 how did this come to be released on Tiga’s Turbo Recording?

A:  Tiga had heard my first Album on Parisian Label ‘Missive’. He supported pretty much half of the album and about a year after its release, his brother Thomas got in touch about doing the second Album on Turbo.

Q: How and why did you get into electronic music?

A:  I studied music at College then University. I started to mess about with the machines during studies and everything I was doing through the courses seemed pretty irrelevant to what I really wanted to do – Production. From there I started my own production name and began to release music and play out.

Q:  At your gigs do you play records, CDs or are you computer based?

A: When I’m dj’ing I’m CD based.

Q: In a club situation what do you think works better, a live performance or a dj?

A: I definitely think DJ’ing works better. When you’re doing a live performance with Techno etc, I sometimes feel you’re limited to what you can offer. If the crowd isn’t feeling it - it’s much easier to scope out what works and what doesn’t while DJ’ing.

Q: Do you use any hardware in your production or is it all made on computer?

A:  I’m mainly all Software based. When living in Glasgow I was half hardware - half software but studio space at the moment is only slightly limiting.

Q: What other releases and projects are you working on?

A:  I’m currently working on 2 new EP’s for Turbo, one of which is a release with a Midland remix. There’s talk of the third Album but at the moment I prefer to not think about an Album based project. I think if the whole Album idea is over thought it can take away some of the natural process with the thought of it being forced out. There’s also talk of a new collaboration with someone but I think that’s all I can about that for the time being :o) 

Q: What are your ambitions for the future?

A:  To compose music to a full film script. I’ve been working with small scripts/short films but I’m looking for the next step.                    

Q: What makes a good party for you?

A:  Good sound system, good tunes, friends & beer.