‘If we loved something, we’d play it’.
This was the unofficial manifesto of Trash, an indie London nightclub founded by the Turkish Cypriot DJ, Erol Alkan at the impressive age of 22. Trash was a celebration of alternative culture, a ‘genre smashing sweatbox’, and it is here where the London based artist made his mark on the world of electronic music.
Trash’s ethos still influences Erol’s experimental sets today: he brings well-known records from MGMT, the Scissor Sisters and New Order onto the dance floor in revolutionary ways. He audaciously blurs the boundaries between genres, idiosyncratically blending techno with pop and vintage disco, and layering his tracks with pop and rock.
His eclectic record collection and his ability to manoeuvre around multiple genres is testament to his expansive musical palette. As well as nurturing his protégé, electronic artist Daniel Avery under his Phantasy label, Erol has collaborated with Richard Norris for a psychedelic disco project Beyond the Wizards Sleeve.
Erol’s boundless freedom to experiment and fearlessly excite and surprise his audience obliterates pre-conceived ideas concerning electronic music. He urges people to engage with music in a different way, and to ultimately keep kids dancing.