A trip to the hair salon is rarely just purely functional. When in the right setting, it becomes a shared and social experience. Hairdressers behave like friends and counsellors. The salon is a place for relaxation, self-reflection and a good ol' conversation.
Therefore, there is nothing more annoying than bad music. OK, the stylist can be forgiven if they have as much personality as a wet blanket, so long as the haircut is to a certain standard, but if I hear them banging an EDM number or the latest pop drivel, it’s just unacceptable. Not only is it an interruption of what we believe the salon atmosphere should be but when you are working up to 12 hours on your feet, do you want to be listening to rubbish? No thank you.
Here at the About This Place, a salon headed by the Hair Mistress, Victoria Saunders has perfected that blend. She cuts the hair of half the DJs in London and apparently the reason they keep coming back, aside from a damn fine haircut and our ability to talk bollocks professionally, is the fact the music is spot on - hence being asked by R$N to compile a fortnightly feature for them. Music To Cut Hair To, a selection of some great music played in the salon alongside some appearances from friends...
"Itchy Rich one of the originals. This months playlist will get you in the mood for sunshine! Feel good factor 10. Nothing I love more than listening to what good friends pull up on the playlists and this is no exception! This boy radiates good energy and good vibes. Always a pleasure when he’s in charge of music. Its almost like he kisses your soul."
1.When were you at your happiest?
When I’m making people dance
2. What’s your greatest fear?
3. Who do you admire?
I admire so many people to be honest. I’m really lucky to be surrounded by family and friends that inspire me every day.
4. What trait do you deplore in yourself/ other people?
In others, racism
5. What’s your worst habit?
6. Favourite word?
7. Who would you like to say sorry to?
My Dad, for drinking all his spirits and filling them up with water when I was a kid
8. Who do you despise?
The dude who thought of putting pineapple on a pizza
9. Who or what is the love of your life?
10. What would improve your life?
11. Worst job you have ever done?
Glass collecting at a fetish party when I was 15 (true story)
12. What’s your greatest achievement?
13. What keeps you awake at night?
My overactive mind and my innate desire to never go to bed
14. How would you like to be remembered?
With a smile
15. What lessons has life taught you?
Everything is possible, nothing is what it seems and love what you have… I could be here all day with this one to be honest. Life teaches me lessons every day, I think the day you stop learning from people and situations is the day that you fuck it all up.
16. What would your super power be?
The ability to breathe under water
17. Favourite smell?
19. Who would play you in a film?
Animal from The Muppets
19. What song would you like played at your funeral?
All along the watchtower – Jimi Hendrix
20. Top tip?
Don’t be a dick
21.Tell us a secret…
It’s really all just a game ;)
Also anything exciting you would like to shout about, upcoming gigs, parties. weddings etc etc
I’m about to start a big festival tour in June, playing at Gottwood, Glastonbury, Love International, Lovebox, Deebs Day, Mistress Mary, Wilderness and more so come find me for a little dance…
I’ve also been working on a new basement cocktail bar with DJ’s in Hoxton Square called Louie’s. They serve the best Nashville Hot Fried Chicken, amazing cocktails and I am in charge of programming the sound track with some of my favourite DJ’s so come check that out…