In this series we shine a light on the people that make the wheels turn behind the scenes in London’s music underground. From venue owners and agents, to record label managers and bouncers, we chat to these individuals about their tastes and motivations.
Just behind London Fields, in the shadows of work space and bar Netil House sits Netil Radio, a small wooden studio supporting some of the best local and visiting talent in the city. Miro sundayMusiq is the man behind the independent radio station set up as a hub for the community hosting his own Morning Transition radio show.
We meet Miro at the venue. He is in the midst of party goers; Endless Plenty is in full swing. The real experimental side of clubbing is evident; the music policy is varied, woozy Sunday klub kids and a temporary anything goes space. Miro is clearly at home and takes us to the green room to chat. After chewing the fat about the state of the scene we get down to our regular line of questioning….
Most Iconic London Venue?
Fabric for electronic dance music. But I think that it has lost it’s path, all due respect. At the moment there are no iconic venues. But Grow Tottenham is the best at the moment for playing records.
Last gig you went to?
This is quite far from my usual experience. I do a show with Gigi FM and we had two young guys bring in their equipment. They did one and half hours of techno in the Netil Radio studio and it was amazing.
Last DJ set that really impressed you?
Hard to say. Since Netil Radio I see and hear so many amazing things. Excelsior Ruth this morning did a fantastic ambient set. She usually plays psytrance but this made complete sense.
Last meal you really enjoyed?
Recently I brought my childhood back. I found a shop that sells a version of traditional Slovak cheese. So we made a super traditional meal that my grandma used to make with the cheese.
Best bit about working in music?
Everything you can give to people by playing music. Many people don’t realise but music has a big impact on the human body. That’s physics and chemistry. What music gives to people is crucial. It’s the most magical thing to connect people together.
Toughest challenge about working in music?
Surival. It sounds like I have had a hard life but it depends what you see as success. But to never give up. I still get the same feelings when playing now as I did 26 years ago.
What was the first break in your career?
Playing records at a wedding when I was 16 in a country where DJing didn’t exist. In Prague in 2001 I managed to play in a small place that was turning into the electronic scenes after hours spot. A place where you had to ring a bell on a door to get in. Then I started to get bigger gigs. Then I started to play in Slovakia. Lucky.
Best headline act you have seen?
Jaye Ward at Field Maneuvers. Last summer. The set was ridiculous. The one set I didn’t move from the dance floor. FM is the best festival in the UK.
Last time you stayed in a club until the lights came on?
It wasn’t that long along. Probably when I was playing at Endless Plenty. I am not really a party animal tbh. You have to book me!
Best place to eat before you go out with friends?
E5 bakehouse in London Fields. Best quality food for a reasonable place. I worked there for over five years so I know that they really want quality for everyone. But it is more daytime.
Person that you have worked with that you found most inspiring?
Jane Fitz. I met her pretty much accidentally. I had a friend from Slovakia and he was in London. He forced me to do a party at Trapeze every Sunday. We booked her for the party. I think she had just got back from Shanghai. She played an amazing set and we played some b2bs. We kept in touch. She helped me focus more on my DJing.
Any labels that you are enjoying at the moment?
So many at the moment from so many styles of music. Music from Memory is one that sticks out in terms of new stuff. Music is really becoming amazing again. I am excited.
Last thing you shazamed?
Rima ft Nicola Kramer – So sweet. I met her through Jane (Fitz) so it has a personal connection.
Anything exciting going on professionally at the moment?
Plenty. But the most exciting thing is the evolution of Netil Radio. We are working on the next steps. Endless Plenty is always something to look forward to.
Any advice for anyone who is looking to start working in music?
Vision. Idea and ethos of your activity. It doesn’t have to be a party but your personality is crucial. Technical stuff will come over time. Don’t expect to be famous quickly. For most DJs it’s 20 years work behind them. Believe in the music, that’s the most important.
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