Playlist: Music To Cut Hair To with Bushwacka


A trip to About This Place hair studios is rarely just purely functional.. Hairdressers can often end up being confidante’s. It’s all about the setting too, so is there more annoying than bad music? it’s unacceptable. Bad music is only an interruption of what we believe the salon atmosphere should be. This why ‘Music to cut hair to’ was created.

Here at the ATP Studios, headed by the Hair Mistress aka Victoria Saunders has perfected that blend. She cuts the hair of half the DJs in London and many of the people in the background of this wonderful industry. The reason they keep coming back, aside from a damn fine cut, is the fact the music is spot on – hence being asked by R$N to compile a feature for them. 

Music To Cut Hair To, a selection of some great music played in the salon alongside some appearances from friends…

“My special guest this month is non other than Matthew Benjamin aka Bushwhacka.

Our friendship has gone through many chapters, from doing the back stroke in a tent in Glastonbury to Love Story, dancing on seats in The Pelican to chewing the fat on steps, both in Portobello. Tbh if I re counted the many memories associated with Mr Bushwhacka I’d be deemed a show off as the list is HUGE.

I asked Matthew to compile a playlist for me as I have been watching him nearly every week since the start of Lockdown on Facebook Live.  His music selection has touched many memories dear to me and it’s been sublime.

His positivity in the face of adversity in these crazy times has lifted my spirit and therefore he was a natural choice.

He has pulled together a selection that is perfect not only for my studios but for your homes to, after all that’s where we all seem to be at present.

His new business that is about to launch in November, Listen Up Therapy, has pulled together his retraining as a Psychotherapeutic Counsellor, meditation and his insider knowledge of the creative industries.

Matthew I salute you. A huge thank you for doing this for me. Love always.x

I’d like to dedicate this column to Jose Padilla, RIP. Spirit of Ibiza forever.” 

1 When were you at your happiest?

Impossible to say, as this is in the past tense and I have moments now when I feel at my happiest. I think its about being in the moment. I go through a whole heap of feelings moment by moment. Happy is one of them.

2 What’s your greatest fear?

My greatest fear is confirming my paranoid fantasy that I am an imposter and this whole ‘thing’ is not real (life, my new career, my old career, all of it)

3 Who do you admire?

I admire all those who are able to remain positive, in the face of negativity. It’s something I aspire to.

4 What trait do you deplore in yourself/ other people? 

I deplore my lack of patience sometimes. In others I deplore their lack of communication sometimes.

5 What’s your worst habit?

My worst habit is cheese & biscuits. My worst habits used to be much worse than that. Fudge is up there.

6 Favourite word?


7 Who would you like to say sorry to?

I would like to say sorry to Vicky for taking so long to do this interview.

8 Who do you despise?

I have beef with Gatwick Airport. Hate the place

9 Who or what is the love of your life?

Belinda – my amazing partner. She’s the best!

10 What would improve your life?

Less social media

11. Worst job you have ever done?

I worked at a shop in a shopping centre in Ealing selling luggage, I think it was called Salisburys. I walked out and never returned, on the first day.

12 What’s your greatest achievement?

Staying clean and sober for over 5 years

13 What keeps you awake at night?

Social media and tech stimulation – too much time at the computer.

14 How would you like to be remembered?

I would like to be remembered for doing something that made someone else’s time here a little better in some way.

15 What lessons has life taught you?

You create your own destiny, by a combination of hardwork, passion and visualisation.

16 What would your superpower be?

Levitation. I will master it one day.

17 Favourite smell?

Cut grass (on a sunny day) or coffee. The good stuff though. I am a coffee fanatic.

18 Who would play you in a film?

I would rather play Batman. He’s the coolest

19 What song would you play at your funeral?

I’m Gonna Live Forever

20 Top tip?

Don’t believe everything you read

21 Tell us a secret?…

I can’t. Life would never be the same again.

We launch Listen Up Therapy Ltd in November, bringing mediation & Therapy to creative industries.