How best to explain Planet Fun. To begin, for nearly two years these event organisers have been throwing parties in London and Bristol with some of the most interesting, experimental, and off-kilter electronic and pop artists around, with bills supporting the likes of GFOTY, Kane West, SPINEE, and Hannah Diamond.
their tongue-in-cheek future-aesthetic lines up parallel to the internet culture and music they showcase
Second, their tongue-in-cheek future-aesthetic lines up parallel to the internet culture and music they showcase. Third, just like their name suggests, they seem more focused on throwing club nights that are un-ironically fun over anything else, hosting artists who mix happy hardcore with memes to make their bangers. Fourth, the guy who runs the group performs as DJ Fingerblast.
For the first stop on their 2019 birthday tour, the Planet Fun gang have teamed up with PC Music alumni and Carley Rae Jepsen collaborator Danny L Harle to curate the event: Harle Core x Planet Fun. We’re going to dive into some of the artists performing and try our hardest to explain what to expect (whether that transpires on-stage during the madness that is a Planet Fun show or not).
Planet Fun have teamed up with PC Music alumni and Carley Rae Jepsen collaborator Danny L Harle to curate the event
With the upsetting news that they’re relocating, this event may be the last chance you get to see one of these events in Bristol for the immediate future. A definite shame; where else are you as likely to experience a pitch-shifted Backstreet Boys mixing into Castles In The Sky on the regular?
DJ Danny [Danny L Harle]
serene, janky, and with just a dash of eurotrash
Danny L Harle’s style manages to be serene, janky, and with just a dash of eurotrash, making a cosy fit to the bouncy hardcore the Planet Fun events are known for. A mainstay in the early days of the PC Music label, Danny’s futuristic, twinkling and dream-like production has gone on to earn him an armful of high-profile remixes, co-writing credits on a Nile Rogers album, and many notable features, including Chairlift vocalist Caroline Polachek and bedroom pop artist Clairo. He’s worked alongside A. G. Cook as the duo Dux Content, and put out many critically acclaimed singles (his single Up n Down featuring Noonie Bao is particularly brilliant), making Danny one of the PC Music crew’s most successful exports.
This Berlin-based artist combines techno with sparse Chinese instrumentation that dips into calming passages before rising airily back to euphoria when working in the studio. If the recent performance at Boiler Room’s Hard Dance event in Berlin is anything to go by, on stage you can expect an entirely different beast; lightening fast happy hardcore remixes with a pounding bass kick and moments of complete disregard for standard 4/4 rhythm, overlaid with a patchwork of pitch-bending vocal samples firing off in the foreground. The recent FACT mix Rui put out is strongly recommended for getting your bearings on how the dancefloor will be shook; hard, fast, and in unexpected ways.
techno with sparse Chinese instrumentation that dips into calming passages before rising airily back to euphoria
DJ Cryalot [Kero Kero Benito]
Kero Kero Benito are a London-based indie pop band that use moments of chiptune instrumentation to create music that is warming and nostalgic. Their singer, Sarah Benito, is performing a solo set as DJ Cryalot, of which not a lot is known. If her set is anything like her other work though, expect a lot of colour, peace-sign-ripe twee, and backward-looking musical references made to sound fresh. Photo by Sarah Midori Perry
expect a lot of colour, peace-sign-ripe twee, and backward-looking musical references made to sound fresh
Another one of PC Music’s regular artists, Lil Data’s approach to music makes use of glitchy, pitch-bent melodies and percussion that oscillate in speed and intensity, creating pounding club-ready tracks that constantly surprise. He recently put out Folder Dot Zip, a stonker of an anthology curating and celebrating work that had been created using live-coding (allowing music production on the fly, don’t worry I had to look it up too) software called Tidal Cycles.
pounding club-ready tracks that constantly surprise
He’s also put out remixes for Charli XCX, teamed up with artist Adult Jazz on a project called Offer, and played live multiple times making use of the aforementioned real-time production software, the latter of which means its very likely the set he’ll play for Planet Fun will be an experience never repeated.
the set he’ll play for Planet Fun will be an experience never repeated