“Conceived on South Beach Miami, born on a rooftop in Ibiza and spreading its wings upon the beaches of San Antonio; melted has now landed in the UK and about to come of age. Bringing you high quality 4-on-the-floor house music all night long.”
Reading that paragraph on the Facebook event page for a new house night at Sound Control caught our attention in a big way. Not only were we highly intrigued by the conception story but the confidence of the night’s future success seemed high in it’s intro. So as we do, we got in touch with the guys behind it to find out more.
Aimed predominantly at students, the team at Sound Control and Melted have 9 events in the pipeline, all bringing high quality, underground house DJs from across the country. Why do we sound so confident in the night’s success? After meeting the man behind the gig, Kill Suarez, in Font last week and listening to the back-story, the passion and the knowledge that is fueling it, we were quickly persuaded.
After the polite intros, we quickly asked Mr Suarez about Melted and it’s curious beginnings. At the start of the Ibiza 2012 Summer season when looking for DJ gigs and struggling, with his first boss telling him that, “Ibiza was not for you”; Suarez took a leap of faith and decided to put on his own night. Walking up and down the beach of San Antonio Bay, selling tickets to the workers, rather than the tourists, he quickly built a cool, underground reputation, which spread to the tourists trying to attend the “cool workers parties”.
The first night took place at a poolside bar, Casa Maria, and was a big success. Combining the hard work and passion he displayed on the beaches, with his enthusiasm for the music, plus Marco Loco turning up to play on the first night bringing along revelers from his prior boat party gig along, he had a recipe for success in his hands.
A second event was quickly set up, hoping to follow in the footsteps of the first but this time, the venue’s music license was quizzed by the police half way through and what was looking to be an improvement even on the first gig, was halted abruptly. This was not the end of Melted as Suarez was then offered him a weekly spot at V-Club at the bottom of San Antonio’s infamous strip on a busy Saturday night, to which he entertained holiday-makers and workers for the rest of the season.
Upon returning to the UK, Suarez hosted a small night in Trof, Fallowfield, which for the size of the club was a huge boost to his confidence and reputation in Manchester: quickly prompting Sound Control to offer a regular spot at the city centre venue. As Suarez has a huge love for Sound Control, from the live music, the varied rooms and the grimey underground basement, he believed this would provide a perfect environment to bring Melted to Manchester. In Ibiza, he created a dirty, underground club night that was completely different but highly welcomed. In Manchester, the underground, cold, industrial basement room at Sound Control was a perfect match for his vision of the event and brand, reminding him of Hacienda back in the day.
The booking of Mark Wells and Ben Clarke for the first gig should prove to be a brilliant call. Two DJs who are both musically renown across Manchester and the dance music scene. We haven’t witnessed Mark in person but his soundcloud profile says enough for us to know we want to be at Sound Control next Thursday. Ben however, we have seen trouncing Sankeys, The Warehouse Project and various gigs, mainly with Applique; so we can promise you that Ben is a solid, ever growing DJ who is going places in the next few years.
Melted has a simple philosophy; house music, twice a month, no prejudice, just a really good party. Suarez spent last summer proving his mettle in the tough Ibiza scene and is bringing it closer to home at Sound Control. We highly recommend heading down on Thursday 31st January. Check out Kill Suarez’s promo mix below, or join the Facebook event page for more information. Tickets are £5+Bf (MOTD) on the Sound Control website. One note from the team, don’t wear your favourite trainers!