I love discovering new music. I’m constantly plugged into the industry and looking at what’s happening, but I also still love finding new artists music myself, whether that’s via radio or playlists. I’m really excited about two up-and-coming artists in particular, both of whom are playing at the next Soho Rising shows. The first is Dylan, think the UK’s version of Taylor Swift – who’s recently toured with Ed Sheeran and has just sold out two Hammersmith shows, and Debbie, who’s worked with John Legend, Lucky Dayes and recently featured on Stormzy’s new album. Both of these feel really on the money in the current climate, and are genuine stars of the future.
Patti Smith and Erykah Badu were two dream acts to book. They’re both proper icons. In the future, I’d love to book Neil Young for something. ‘Down By The River’ is one of my favourite songs of all time, and the best way to start any day.
Recently, I’ve been playing Emma-Jean Thackray on repeat. It’s really incredible UK Jazz, I love what’s coming out of that scene right now. The track ‘Say Something’ on her latest album Yellow instantly transports me somewhere warm. It’s really incredible UK Jazz, I love what’s coming out of that scene right now. Shout out to Ezra Collective too, who recently released an album and will be touring early next year.
Kendrick Lamar’s recent show was one of the most innovative I’ve seen within that genre. He made an arena show feel intimate, there was a real sense of theatre about it too, in a way that felt perfectly choreographed for an arena setting. We were lucky enough to have Kendrick come to 180 House for an intimate live show post-performance for his close friends and family. Having someone at the top of their game perform to an intimate audience in one of our Houses felt truly special.
It’s hard to choose a favourite DJ as it all depends on the setting. I love underground house and techno. There’s a difference from what I would consider a great set at Panorama Bar to a beach set at Garden Tisno, and there’s room for both. I love proper selectors such as Luke Unabomber, Benji B, or Gilles Peterson. Often some of my favourite DJs aren’t particularly well known on a global level.
One DJ who really gets the crowd going is Honey Dijon. DJing is about playing to the crowd in front of you and understanding how to read the room, which is exactly what she does.
Music-wise, a great house party, is all about the journey. I would start pretty mellow with background music so people can feel the mood, then gradually warm it up as the night progresses. Anything from the likes of Roy Ayres, Cymande or Sade work as a style guide for the for the early part of the evening. Then, for peak house party it would be the likes Talking Heads and Fleetwood Mac with a side of Sean Paul.