The Times & Speaker continues our new feature as Motherwell DJ William Bonner casts his expert eye on the local dance music scene.
This week William talks with Grant Sommerville, founder member of the So Loco brand, which specialises in bringing Ibiza beats to Lanarkshire.
Grant initially formed So Loco with Mark McIntyre after they met on a building site and discussed Lanarkshire’s non-existent underground club scene.
Now he can often be found working with Fraser Stuart and Nick McPheat, and I was able to catch up with them at the Mega Bar on Friday, a night completely different to anything I had seen before.
Grant said: “Every club in Lanarkshire plays the same mainstream chart dance music without branching out into different genres .
“So Loco brings people the chance to hear music that gets played in massive underground clubs like ‘Sankeys’ and ‘DC10’ in Ibiza and the vibe on the night is totally different to anything else.
“From the start it just seemed to click and has also enabled us to bring on local DJs with the right hunger and desire, who are all keen to help the night move forward.”
So Loco recently celebrated their first birthday and although proud of what they’ve achieved, promise bigger things to come in the future.
Grant said: “There’s been quite a few highlights, but the one that sticks out was our first festival involvement at ‘Stereofunk’.
“The crowd was up for it from start to finish, the tent was rammed and the atmosphere was electric.
“We are not giving away too much on future events at the moment, but have promised bigger and better things in the next chapter.”