Tuesday, 4 October 2011

Run With Scissors presents: TOM STAAR


To celebrate the launch of their bespoke Autumn/Winter collection, Run With Scissors will be hosting an exclusive night in Manchester with none other than MODA main man and superstar DJ Tom Staar.

 The night, which will take place at Manchester's award-winning Joshua Brooks venue on 13th October, will mark the beginning of an exciting winter events season for the RWS brand. Judging by the parties RWS throw in the Alps each season expect this to be one hell of a soiree, headlined by one the of the most exciting electronic producers the UK has to offer.

 With two EPs under Moda (Tom founded the label alongside Jaymo, Andy George and Ben Atkins in 2006) and remixes for the likes of Fenech Soler, Crookers, Example and Marina and The Diamonds, Tom Staar's repertoire for producing dazzling material precedes him, and has made him a regular playlist favourite of Annie Mac and a highly sought-after DJ the world over.

Whether he's remixing, collaborating or working on his own stuff, expect everything from percussion and game-boy melodies, to deeper bass and the darker side of techno:


Following his recent return from doing Moda at We Love Space in Ibiza, which he descibes as 'a real highlight' of his summer ("it's really taken us to the next level in Ibiza, I can't wait 'til next year now!") and also several 'great gigs' for the Reset Boys over in Milan, Staar has returned to the UK to release his latest EP 'Death Staar', which sees him hook up with underground dance duo Spektre (check out the mixtape here).

"I've known Paul Maddox (one half of Spektre) for years and years", Staar tells me. "We have always produced and DJed in similar scenes over the years and occasionally get in the studio to make some madness. This is the latest offering!" 

Staar also hopes to get back in the studio with old friend Style of Eye this year: "He's always a favourite of mine, his stuff is mental and really does damage in the clubs".

Other highlights on his current playlist include the new Dr Gonzo project for Crookers - "been caning their Hummus track recently, it's a banger!" - and new Moda star Toy Tigers, which he describes as 'one to watch' this year. 

So with Manchester's world-class reputation for knowing how to party, the Run With Scissors event at Joshua Brooks is the perfect opportunity for this world-class DJ to kick off the brand's first major UK event in style.

"I'm really looking forward to playing for the (RWS) guys at Joshua Brooks", says Staar, "I played there sometime last year and had a great time, the crowd were really up for it!" 

And as for the literal 'Run With Scissors' ethos itself - taking positive risks to standout, to realise dreams and succeed in your ambitions - how does this best apply to Mr Staar? 

"It's been a dream and ambition of mine to be a successful DJ for as long as I can remember", reflects Staar. "To be making a living from music is something I'm very lucky to do. I believe everyone should be doing something they love, but you have to sometimes take risks to succeed".

His musical ambitions will see him put remixing more on the back burner for the rest of this year to allow him to get stuck into his own productions: "I spent most of the summer remixing so it's time for some original stuff now", he explains. "I'll be continuing to produce with a lot of big name people behind the scenes too and have some really interesting projects and events lined up".

One such interesting event being the RWS Events launch, where Tom will be guest-starring alongside RWS's finest DJ's Soso and Sweatshop, along with special guests Unknown Artists and LE:ON.

RWS' DJ Soso

"It's really exciting to have Tom Staar on board for our first major event of the season", says Soso, co-founder of Run With Scissors. 

"As a brand we really connect with the whole Moda/new music vibe and so Tom Staar seemed like the perfect person to join our event's lineup. We were really lucky to secure the Joshua Brooks venue too, it's a great setting with a special atmosphere".

The event represents an exciting and poignant time for the brand; only this time last year they were printing their first ever line of t-shirts in their hometown, now they're getting clothing orders worldwide and putting on events all over the country.

"I cant believe how far we've come in such a short space of time", admits Soso. "There's a lot to look forward to...every day is a surprise!"

RWS co-founder and designer James McEwan agrees that the event is sign of big things to come for the brand:

"Manchester is going to go off" he predicts; perfectly timed to coincide with the launch of their latest clothing collection, which he describes as their "best ever" thanks to its "real direction and attention to detail".

Indeed RWS Clothing's A/W offerings are the most coveted yet, particularly with the introduction of their desirable 'Movers and Shakers Pocket Tees'. This collection sees plain white tees embellished with a single handmade breast pocket, with each pocket available in a variety of designs, from ditsy floral prints to polka dots and nautical-inspired stripes.

Movers and Shakers 'stripes'

Movers and Shakers 'floral'
Their sellout 'Madams' t-shirt from last season will also be making an appearance this winter, this time in a seasonal wine-coloured print.
Movers and Shakers 'polka dot'

To get your hands on your very own RWS tee check out their big cartel site here. Tees are also available to buy at No. 9 boutique in Bude, Cornwall. 

Tickets for the Manchester event are available online from Resident Advisor and Skiddle

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