James Murphy and 2ManyDJs announce London Despacio dates

DJs will play two nights at Camden Roundhouse in September

James Murphy and 2ManyDJs have announced two dates at the Camden Roundhouse in London for their new collaborative project.

The former LCD Soundsystem frontman teamed up with the Dewaele brothers of 2ManyDJs and Soulwax in 2013 to create Despacio, an 11-foot custom-built disco soundsystem which operates exclusively with vinyl.

Speaking about his reasons for starting the project in 2013, Murphy said, “I feel like it’s taking responsibility for the opportunities that we have access to and doing the best we can, rather than just complaining in a plane in business class to each other about where we’re going to get paid to play records.”

Tickets for the gigs in September 2015, on Thursday 10 and Friday 11, go on sale at 9am this Friday (July 24).

Last month, meanwhile, Murphy launched his Subway Symphony project, with which he plans to turn the New York subway into a ‘turnstile symphony’, giving each station a different turnstile sound.


His intent is to have “new turnstile notes installed in our first station” by the end of the summer. Watch a trailer video for the project below and find out more information here.

However, the MTA (Metropolitan Transportation Authority) in New York have issued a statement to the Gothamist denying that the project will come into fruition. “We have heard from him, and as we’ve told him many times, we cannot do it,” a spokesperson said. “The tones are an ADA element for the visually impaired, and we won’t mess with them—much less take turnstiles out of service and risk disabling them for an art project. (It would be a very cool project, don’t get me wrong, but we can’t mess with turnstiles that handle 6 million customers a day for it.) As a condition of filming in the subway, we made them acknowledge that we can’t and won’t do it.”