DJ Skate Nights: Beam Me Up with special guest Automaticamore
Disco is not dead! Rediscover the sounds of the underground party scene – the night clubs, lofts and warehouses, where disco was reborn (and house music was born), where the faithful dancers, deejays, musicians and producers got funkier and freakier with the music than ever before. Beam Me Up is a disco jam that celebrates the underrated and obscure genres of funk, jazz, soul, boogie, reggae, gospel and proto-house.
Automaticamore is Diana McNally, a Toronto-based DJ and record collector specializing in Italo-Disco. In 2018, she toured internationally in the U.S., Europe, and Australia.
Beam Me Up began as a means for deejays Cyclist and The Patchouli Brothers to spread their zealotry for disco across Toronto. Their understanding of disco is far-removed from the AM radio polyester-set, focusing instead on the soul, funk and jazz which are at the core of this genre-bending movement. Far from formulaic, disco is a four on the floor beat tailored for the dance floor – inclusive, loving and full of positivity, like the guests that Beam Me Up has been able to bring to Toronto: Kon, the Boston Disco Don; Al Kent, the Glaswegian Giant; Psychemagik, the Cosmic Couple; and Tom Noble, the Regent of Rare. Their parties in the loft, warehouse and back-room bar are the evidence that embody the Beam Me up belief: disco is not dead.