Eli & Fur have been a growing name in the house realm ever since their debut. With their popularity rising they’ve had the most successful summer of their career. Booked for some of the biggest festivals and events across the globe, including Creamfields, Bestival, Coachella and Tommorowland, they’re heavily championed as one of the best female DJ acts in the UK. Now, they’re set to play at one of London’s biggest dance music events: ANTS’ Fabric Takeover on 2 November.
Set to be one of the UK’s most in-demand dance events this winter, ANTS promises an evening packed with slick house and techno from some of the biggest names in underground music. They’ll be invading the iconic club with sets from Emanuel Satie, Secondcity, Manu Gonzalez, Housekeeping and more.
Ahead of ANTS Fabric Takeover, we sat down with Eli & Fur to talk female representation in EDM, ANTS iconic Ibiza brand, and battling council crackdowns.
How did you get started DJing? When and why did you become a duo?
It really started out for fun and a love of music. We both have similar tastes and have always partied together. It turned from a hobby into a huge passion, as well as making music. Being able to play our own tunes out gives us both a huge buzz.
As accomplished DJs, what’s your go-to party track?
Quentin Harris ‘My Joy’ ft. Margaret Grace
What’s the best club set you’ve ever attended?
Tale Of Us at Circo Loco, DC10 closing this year was very special.
You’ve performed at the likes of Creamfields, Bestival, Coachella and Tommorowland – what’s been your best live gig, in your opinion?
The Do LaB stage at Coachella was incredible. We have both always dreamed of playing Coachella and the vibes there were awesome.
You’re playing at the ANTS takeover at London’s Fabric, which has had a difficult recent past. What is your opinion on the council restrictions and rising rents closing down London’s nightlife scene? How can emerging DJs carve a name for themselves in this shrinking landscape?
We all need to stand up for culture and how important nightlife is. People need that release and expression, to go out and dance, listen to music, rather than sitting behind screens. The council need to appreciate that and we also have to voice what we believe. The Save Fabric campaign is a perfect example – people standing up for what they believe in and eventually getting it re-opened. Someone is definitely listening, however it’s sad for a lot of smaller clubs that are being put out of business and this makes it even harder for emerging DJs, for sure. We would say keep fighting and keep making music – there are still great parties out there if you look hard enough.
Whilst representation is improving, men still dominate electronic music. Have either of you been affected by the genre’s male bias?
Yes, sometimes in obvious ways and sometimes it’s hard to say. There’s bias everywhere and it’s always hard to know what people’s intentions are. We just have to keep having these conversations and making sure that all club nights, festivals and labels are always conscious about fair representation of minorities within the industry.
Returning to ANTS, what do you think makes the club brand stand out?
The music is really consistent. Coming from Ibiza, where it’s a day party, that has always made it different. That excitement that comes from the switch of day into night. They are diverse in who they book; the music is always energetic but melodic, it’s not generic. ANTS focuses on the music – there aren’t any gimmicks. The parties are always amazing. We love going, even when we aren’t playing.
What else do you both have planned for the rest of the year?
This is the time of year where we really try and knuckle down in the studio. It’s a quieter time of year, so it’s nice to round up all the demos we have been working on and start planning for 2019.