The Queen and Disco have packed venues since forming in 2013 with a music policy of degenrelisation. Anything goes so long as it can be danced to.
The group of five mates have been working tirelessly behind the scenes on their new record ‘Royalty of Funk Vol. 2’ which is due for release this summer and is the follow up to last year’s debut release of ‘Royalty of Funk Vol. 1’.
The guys also have another party in store for local audiences this Easter Monday as they take over the Orchard Cinema and turn the old venue into party central.
We caught up with The Queen & Disco for a chat about all things music.
Who are the Queen & Disco and how did you guys form?
We are a record label / event organisers established in 2013 by five friends from Derry who have a passion for throwing parties and playing music.
Six degrees of separation pretty much sums up how we met. We all had been involved in events before we came together to form Q&D. We had similar interests in respect to music and we wanted to share the music with others, so far we have been really lucky with the response to what we love to do.
You say your music policy focuses on degenrelisation - it sounds like you guys have a very wide range of influences…
Our sets mainly consist of edits and sample based tracks, which the source material could be anything from soul, R&B, funk, disco, Brazilian, afro, boogie and plenty of other musical influences chopped, re-arranged and beefed up for the modern dance floor.
It doesn’t matter what genre the track is, as long as we feel it has that groove and the vibes we’re after it gets played.
Are there any new releases on the cards for this year?
Most definitely, it’s our obsession at the minute. We have just completed refurbishing and fitting out our studio and we’re hoping to have a few vinyl releases out under our Queen & Disco label this year. This week have just sent off our next record for pressing - Q&D Records: Royalty of Funk Vol. 2. Featuring: Alan Mooney, Vincenzo de Bull, Napoleon and a track from ourselves, and will be released early this summer.
In recent years, the Q&D have been gigging outside of the country, are there any foreign gigs on the horizon for 2016?
No foreign gigs confirmed as yet but we have just been confirmed for two festivals. First one we have coming up is on Good Friday, BDFestival.ie which is held in the lovely surroundings of Glendelough House, Co.Wicklow. We played here in 2014 to a packed out crowd in an old Chapel aptly renamed the Disco Chapel. It is a great festival well worth checking out. In October we are off to the Liverpool Disco Festival to play alongside some of the greatest acts in the scene and some of our all-time musical heroes. This is the festival’s first year and having just released the first phase of the line-up they have sold out already so this is sure to be an exciting weekend of music in the City of Liverpool.
Are the Q&D planning any big local parties soon?
We’re getting the final bits ready for Easter Monday at the minute so all the focus is headed towards that. For this one we are throwing a party at The Orchard Cinema, a venue within St. Columb’s Hall that we’ve always thought had potential but hasn’t really been used much in the past so we’re really looking forward to that! Tickets for the event are now available via Skiddle.com. As for our third birthday in June, we’ve got plans to bring a guest to help us celebrate but we’re going to keep the details close to our chest for that one just now. In the meantime keep an eye on our Facebook for details on our events and future releases.
Tickets for The Queen & Disco Easter Monday party at the Orchard Cinema are priced at £10 + booking and can be purchased here