I first went to Plastic when i was about 16. I went with my friend Luke to CDR, it was also the launch of a Chris Ofili exhibition. I knew that anyone could just go down to CDR and bring a CD of their own ish and it might get played. That was the premise of the night. Lucky our rap demo didn't get played, from what I can remember it was some pretty whack sh*t.
Anyway since then, (I am now 22) I've been to Plastic a couple more times. Its a place where I learned about music, records and sound. The people who come to Plastic a lot seem to be drawn to the wide range of records that are played there from Jazz to House to Dub Step as well as the unique sound of the club. The dance floor has been acoustically designed to maximize the sound. The bass is meant to be loud but not hurt your ears. The darkness of the dance floor means you can close your eyes and really listen to the music safe in the knowledge that everyone else is on the same vibe.
This film was made primarily to highlight the fact that Metropolitan Police submitted a complaint to Hackney Council suggesting they close the club. There is overwhelming public support for the club as evidence by the FaceBook group. Since making this film I've learned about the history of Plastic People, from when it used to be on Oxford St and the decks were on top of washing machines. I've also learned about the rich history of the resident DJ's and big nights at the club, and how it's very forward thinking musical policy which is essentially based around good sound and good music whether future, present or past has ensured it has remained successful to this day. Nights such as CDR, FWD, Nonsense, Co-Op, Balance all carry their own weight. Plastic is also one of the first places in London to have Jay Dee & Madlib over to play.
In the near future, a 'Keep Plastic People Alive Part 2' will drop on Spine TV that will feature people who have been involved in the club and can talk about it's cultural significance as a symbol for London's rich musical influences.
I'd like to shout everyone that has in anyway helped in making this film:
Jean Claude - If Music
Ali Augur - Artist/Plastic People Logo
Bernard Kudjoe - Plastic People
Tony Nwachukwu CDR
Ade - Manager
Winston - Security
Benni Blanco - Nonsense/Resident DJ/Chairman of 'Keep Plastic People Alive'
Gavin Alexander - CDR
Amelia Ideh - Put Me On It
Theo Parrish - DJ/Producer/Badman
Josey Rebelle - DJ/Writer
Josephine Chime - Artist
Eric Lau - Musician/Producer/DJ
Martelo - DJ
Yasuke Nagashima - Tailor
FunkinEven - Producer/Musician
Fatima - Soul Singer/ EGLO
Charlotte - Manager of Plastic People
Rahel - Soul Singer/ Musician
Santi - On dis ting
Alex Nut - EGLO/AYG
Zaid Mudhaffer - NOZ
Leo Marks - FSSG
Acyde - TMI
Zainab Jama - TMI/Deviation
Chris Williams - SPINE MAG
Matt Tarr - SPINE MAG
Russell Williamson - U-DOX
All the staff, management, security & regulars of Plastic People.
I'd also like to shout Ruby Savage for suggesting to do this, and Samira Sharifu & Jasper Delamothe for all their hard work & dedication in helping to get this done.