Roots & Influences #003 – Harri Pepper (Stamp The Wax)

Next up, we’re back in Dalston sourcing out more talent from the underground haven that is the Dance Tunnel. This time we’ve got Stamp The Wax’s own Harri Pepper – a true vinyl fanatic, writer and selector.

To those who aren’t familiar, Stamp The Wax is arguably one of London’s richest underground music publications, projecting the musical tastes of a close knit community split between Bristol and London onto what is now a huge and ever growing market for their online musical chit-chat.

Started by two university students in 2011 after their degrees became flavourless (an all too familiar story,) Stamp The Wax has grown to house a full team of writers, editors, photographers and residents DJ’s (Harri being one of them) in a mere four years.

The material offered breaches writers imagination and keeps readers coming back in greater numbers; be sure to check out their latest talks with DJ Bone over his top ten tracks for a country retreat. Who would have thought you’d catch the Detroit techno heavyweight maxing out in the English Countryside. Stamp The Wax did.

In and around catching up with high profile DJ’s and performers, Stamp The Wax plays a crucial role in keeping readers up to date with the latest new releases as well as the best nights and festivals going, not to mention their own parties that now fill the Dance Tunnel on a regular basis, pulling in the likes of Glenn Astro and live performances from Harvey Sutherland made all the more special by Harri Pepper’s insane funk enthused, vinyl only warm up sets. Be sure to check out their latest event series: Infusions, testing how deep DJ’s will dig and offering an opportunity to showcase rare purchases in the intimate 200 capacity venue that is Dance Tunnel alongside the signature STW’s residents.

Talking of residents, STW without a doubt have it locked down. Its hard to come by a selector who  has both mastered the slick operation of turntables whilst additionally mixing unqautized records. However, STW’s own Harri Pepper has got it. Have a listen as he lays down records that even he isn’t sure he knows the name of in this week’s roots & influences mix. Harri Pepper has been with STW from the start and now not only mixes for their parties but writes too, be sure to have a read of his new series “second hand news,” a fortnightly insight into his second hand record collecting addiction here.

Be sure to catch the man in action at Infusions down in Dalston along side Rush Hour owner Antal and groove line commander Daniel Wang. Series commencing on the 8th of April…


Gene Harris – Losalamitos (latin funk love song)
Black Heat – Check it all out
Mandrill – Holiday
Johnny Guitar Watson – I’m Gonna Get You Baby
Murray Jones – Disco Extraordinaire
Benelux and Nancy Dee – Switch
Level 42 – Love Games
Bar Kays – Sexomatic
Carlos Hernandez – Roller Giggle
Bottin – Speed
Paul Du Lac – Spank (techno mix)
Dark Knights – Down Hearted ’92