2ManyDJs and Soulwax member Stephen Dewaele has spoken out about how 'angry' he was when James Murphy decided to break up LCD Soundsystem - but later realised it was for the best.
2ManyDJs and Murphy have teamed up for Despacio to create their own ultra high-quality soundsystem and unique 'life-changing' disco experience. The Despacio night will be in London for a three night residency at Hammersmith Town Hall next month.
Speaking to Gigwise about their long friendship and working relationship with Murphy, Stephen said: "Our history with James is a bit different to a lot of other people. The first LCD gigs that they did we were 2ManyDJs because we were always booked together. We were already friends, and for years we've been DJing with James a lot.'"
He continued: "Dave and me DJed at the after party for the last gig at Madison Square Garden. We're big LCD fans but we're a little bit more privileged because we've seen all these gigs from the beginning and seen them progress. At the last show, I got really angry with them because I thought that they were so good. I just said 'come on - this is the beginning, this is where you should go from here'. Then a month later, we saw James again and my friend was really happy. He was glowing and able to enjoy himself. He was just smiling and saying 'I never have to fucking tour again!'
"There was a part of me inside that was like 'fuck you', and other part that was like 'I'm so jealous that you're so happy'. That's the biggest change that I've seen in James. It's all fun, which I like."
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Stephen said that the trio received 'amazing' feedback after it's residency at the Manchester International Festival this summer - with club-goers describing the sound quality and overall dance atmosphere as a 'life-changing experience'.
"The difference was that I could see they were dancing," said Stephen. "The cool thing about Despacio is that sometimes we would put some classical music on just to bring things down a little bit and people would wit then just start dancing again, giving us time to go into the audience to look at the people. People were just coming up to me and saying 'hey, I'm having such a good time'. It was just really nice. It's about us being involved with the people. The first one was completey different t the first one and the second one. We played different stuff, tried out different things and now we have our heads around it, I think that London is going to be even more special."
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Despacio will be at London's Hammersmith Town Hall on Thursday 19, Friday 20 and Saturday 21 December, 2013 - from 9pm - late. Tickets are on general sale now. For more information visit Gigwise gig tickets.
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