Hipsters Don’t Dance are DJ duo Kazabon and Hootie Who. Inspired by their respective heritages (Trinidad and Nigeria) the selectors combine their love of dancehall, soca, afropop and club music to create their unique “World Carnival” sound that they bring to their club and radio sets.
Kazabon and Hootie Who are known for getting dancefloors bubbling and wining, and have played sets at Glastonbury Festival, The Tate Modern, Lovebox, Wireless Festival, Hackney One Carnival and Toddla T’s Soundsystem at Notting Hill Carnival.
They have also featured in Mixmag, Time Out London, and IDJ magazine as well as countless online publications. Their up to the minute selections are the focus of their popular NTS show and their unique ability to weave in and out of genres was honed on their previous Radar Radio show. This led to the pair guesting on BBC Radio 1 and 1Xtra and curating mixes for Fact, Truants, Mixpak, Jamz Supernova and Seani B.
Hipsters Don’t Dance: The Club Night
Kazabon and Hootie Who started their Hipsters Don’t Dance club night at the tail end of 2009 at the intimate 3 Blind Mice in East London and since then have thrown parties at some of London’s best club venues including The City Arts & Music Project, The Shacklewell Arms, Birthdays and The Queen of Hoxton. The night is focused on showcasing the best musical talent from the UK and abroad – bringing guests who blend different musical styles to create something truly unique.
The HDD club night has been listed as one of Mixmag’s top dancehall nights in their feature on the rise of dancehall in clubland, and was also listed in London’s Time Out as one the best tropical nights in the city.
In addition to running the monthly club night HDD have worked with some of their favourite promoters in the London scene to create unique events such as Dancehall Jamboree and Rooftop Ranking, and their annual World Carnival party with Swing Ting has become a staple of carnival weekend.