London, United Kingdom
James, 34
Business Affairs, Warner Music UK
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a bit about James

What are you working on these days?

I’m working at Warner Music, specifically with our new indie distributor and label services department. But seeing as it’s summer festival season I’m more likely to be found listening to music in various fields across the UK and beyond!

What drives you mad these days?

Other cyclists (I am one, but I don’t defend them when they act like idiots).

What makes you happy?

Hanging out with my niece Doris (she’s a Cockerpoo puppy). Think my sister is starting to get concerned I only hang out with her to see the dog (not true, honest).

What’s your latest musical obsession?

Moscoman, Naduve, Red Axes, Autarkic (shout out to my TLV crew!) together with anything by (or approved by) Andrew Weatherall.

What was the last movie you watched? Was it any good?

Mindhorn at the Screen On The Green (thanks Vasco!). I loved it, but as a big Mighty Boosh / Alan Partridge fan that was inevitable…

When it’s time for a new wardrobe, where do you go?

Furniture shop. Or am I reading this wrong?

What’s your go-to café in London?

Embassy East – my base for conquering hangovers.

What’s your favorite street or neighborhood to wander through?

Broadway market on a Saturday, wandering up and down the street food stalls before stopping off in the Cat and Mutton or Dove for a beer.

What’s the thing you LOVE to do in London but never actually do?

Walk along the South Bank.

If it’s been raining outside for days and you’re sick of staying in – where would you go?

In London it always rains, so that wouldn’t keep me indoors!

What’s that place in London you feel like only you know about?

Article on Kingsland Road – favourite clothes store (handy if you spill Pho down yourself in one of the nearby Vietnamese places!).

If tomorrow was your last day in London before you left for good, how and where would you spend it?

Saying goodbye to all my friends, begging them to come visit me!

Given the choice, mayor of which neighborhood would you be?

Black Rock City, it’s basically Mad Max at Burning Man – there’s no rules and everybody treats each other well….easy place to be mayor!

What’s the spot in London you wouldn’t be caught dead in?

Try to avoid Oxford Street, Leicester Square and the MEGATOURIST areas – mainly because everyone walks too slowly.

What’s the thing you love doing that isn’t work, relationship or family related?

Drinking a beer with good friends, good food and good music – what else could be better?

When you feel like a night out, where do you go?

I’d usually check Resident Advisor and base my nights out on line ups rather than locations.

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