It's not hard to imagine the dark house sounds of DJ/producer Curses serving as the soundtrack to a haunted mansion dance party. With melodies reminiscent of Tangerine Dream mixed with '90s Chicago house, Curses is the alter ego of Trouble and Bass founder Drop the Lime. While his first release as Curses came out in 2008, the new project remained on the shelf until this year, when he was inspired at a few New York after-hours gigs to release the single "So Good." Curses recently took a minute between studio breaks to talk about his new projects and the success of "So Good." He plays this Friday at Mezzanine with Simian Mobile Disco and Egyptrixx.
What prompted the resurgence of your Curses moniker?
I began playing a lot of after-hours in Brooklyn. The energy was fresh and young. It reminded me of when I first started DJng. The vibe was more house and techno, so it inspired me to resurrect the dark horse, Curses, back to life.
What are the main inspirations behind Curses?
The darker early day releases of Strictly Rhythm, Traxx, Hacienda, John Carpenter, and Tangerine Dream.
There's a certain aesthetic to every project you do. What's the main difference between Curses and Drop the Lime?
Curses is Jodorowsky's gothic trance blended with the bliss of early acid house rave days.
Your sounds are classified as New Gotham House. Can you give us a little insight of what that means?
I am forever drawn to the mystery of black. Darkness. Night. Curses brings that sexiness, incorporating the New York/Gotham-inspired touch to house and techno. Gritty baselines, but slow and deep rhythms.
You've said Curses is "the after-hours side of my vampire lifestyle." What's the ideal setting for that?
For an after-hours? Black champagne on a rooftop sunrise. Beautiful people lost in the moment together.
Who are some artists you like to play when you're playing as Curses?
I toured with TenSnake earlier this year, and that was absolutely fantastic. Maya Jane Coles, Skream, NYC new local talent, DKDS are a strong connection. I'm looking forward to playing with Simian Mobile Disco.
Were you happy with the success of the first single, "So Good?"
It surprised me. I didn't expect so many people to be drawn [to] the sound as much as they have. I'm very grateful for all the support and help. Marble took on the release, and it made most sense, since they brought Curses into the world in 2008 when I released Hungry For Love/This is The Way on Institubes.
Is an EP in the works, or just singles for now?
Expect a lot of singles throughout the next 12 months. A lot of remixes and collaborations.
You'll be playing with Simian Mobile Disco, a unique pairing that would be rare with Drop the Lime. How will Curses fit into the show?
Deep vibes, heavy water rising. All of us floating.