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 UK 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 across the UK bubbling and wining, and have played at Glasgow’s The Art School, The Tate Britain, The Southbank Centre, Bloc Festival, Electric Brixton, 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 magazines as well as countless online publications. Their up to the minute selections are the focus of their bi-weekly Radar Radio show which has led to the pair guesting on BBC Radio 1, BBC 1Xtra and NTS, and curating mixes for Fact, Truants, Mixpak, Jamz Supernova and Seani B.
When they aren’t nicing up the dance Kazabon and Hootie Who are contributing to websites such as Dummy Mag, Africa is a Country and Don’t Watch That.
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.