Our favourite label owner and Hook LDN Councillor talks us through his life in London.
What / where is your favourite night out in London?
I'm going to be biased here but I co-promote a monthly club night called New Shapes (along with my National Anthem and Neon Gold family) at Notting Hill Arts Club on the first Wednesday of every month. We showcase some of the hottest emerging acts from around the world. Some of the past acts to have played include MØ, Tove Lo, SG Lewis, Kita Alexander, Wet, K Stewart, Grace Mitchell amongst many more. Expect big tunes, big drinks and artists with a big future!
Favourite London discovery?
One for the foodies. My favourite ‘undiscovered gem’ in west London is this brilliant little wine bar / tapas joint in Shepherds Bush called Albertines. Try the chorizo and thank me later!
One for the musos. If you love music and love vinyl then you HAVE TO make sure you make it along to one of the Independent Label Market events at Spitalfields. Over 180 labels under one roof selling exclusive and rare edition vinyl and merchandise. We pitch up a stall at most events so if you head down to the next one come say hi!
Favourite venue to see live music?
Shepherds Bush Empire has always been a special venue to me. It feels like a real landmark point in any acts career when they first get to play it. I have some wicked memories of both being a kid in the pit and more recently watching some of my Chess Club acts headline there. Another favourite is The Lexington near Kings Cross which is a brilliant room.
Favourite place to meander around during the weekend?
At weekends I can often be found either running along the river down by Hammersmith or taking a leisurely stroll around Portobello Road.
What do you love most about your job?
Running a record label is pretty sweet. The journey you take with an artist from first discovery to seeing them headline big venues and festivals is one that never gets old. So much work goes on behind the scenes in developing an act that a lot of people never get to see, so when you eventually put music out and you get a positive reaction it's hugely rewarding. I’ve been lucky to work with some exceptionally talented artists which has been hugely inspiring and motivating.
What do you love most about London?
All the pubs!
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