ask James about
Shop • Night
a bit about James
What are you working on these days?
We’ve just launched a new Secretsundaze Studios project in collaboartion with CDR called Out The Box. Hunting for new artists for our artist booking agency TSA Artists and prepping our next Secretsundaze party in London at Oval Space & The Laundry.
What drives you mad these days?
Lying politicians, Brexit campaigners, injustice & the sad state of global politics.
What makes you happy?
My baby daughter Ludovica.
When was the last time you cried?
A few Mondays ago – family shit.
What’s your latest musical obsession?
Workdub. I recently discovered these guys from a re-issue on the excellent Music From Memory label out of Amsterdam. They’re 2 dudes from St Louis, Missouri who unbelievably made some incredibly Mediterranean / Balearic sounding music in the late 80s / early 90s. The 12 re-issue is cool but it’s their CDR release ‘Workdub’ that is somehow on Spotify that is on constant repeat on the headphones at the moment. Some of the instrumentation sounds very similar to the excellent A Band Called Flash’s ‘Mother Confessor’ release on Ron Trent’s Future Vision Records, one of my favourite records from last year and still very much ‘in my bag’.
What was the last movie you watched? Was it any good?
Everybody Wants Some!! Genius.
When it’s time for a new wardrobe, where do you go?
I generally just pick stuff up here and there on my travels but the men’s department at Liberty in Soho is great, for basics you cant beat Uni-qlo. Present in Shoreditch is cool too plus if you fancy picking up something Italian and vintage, Pelicans & Parrots is the spot.
What’s your go-to café in London?
E5 Bakehouse. I go here for lunch every day during the week without fail. It’s becoming my religion.
What’s your favorite street or neighborhood to wander through in London?
Dalston. Characters a plenty..
What’s the thing you LOVE to do in London but never actually do?
Not never, but sadly rarely, go to exhibitions. I also don’t seem to spend enough times in pubs these days for my liking.
If it’s been raining outside for days and you’re sick of staying in – where would you go?
To the pub.
If tomorrow was your last day in London before you left for good, how and where would you spend it?
I’d start by going for a run around Victoria Park. At some point I would go down to the river to take in it’s magnificence one final time. And then I would probably spend the rest of the day and night slowly eating and drinking my way around my favourite spots in town saying my farewells to my family, friends and the city.
Given the choice, mayor of which neighborhood would you be?
Hackney. Someone needs to protect and harness the night time economy and realise that one of the biggest drivers of the recent success of the Borough is down to creativity and drive of those behind the various bars, clubs & live music venues in the area. Don’t fuck it up!
What’s the spot in London you wouldn’t be caught dead in?
China Whites or those sort of horrible West End celebrity type places.
When you feel like a night out, what’s your go-to place and why?
A good restaurant and then go / work it out from there.