Playlist: Music To Cut Hair To with High Emotion


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…

"These two boys – Neil Diablo & Richard Kelly are the faces/personalities behind High Emotion. After bumping into them at all sorts of random places they agreed to smash out this wonderful playlist for About This Place. I can’t thank them enough. Where would we be without a bit of High Emotion?"

1. When were you at your happiest?

At this very moment. Sat typing this drinking coffee, listening to tunes on a lovely Saturday morning whilst we’re both naked 😉  

2. What’s your greatest fear?

Getting Found Out.

3. Who do you admire?

A guy called Lexx in Switzerland. He’s zen like and we admire him greatly.  

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

In other people: lateness.  In ourselves: kleptomania.  

5. What’s your worst habit?

Lying on the Internet   

6. Favourite word? 


7. Who would you like to say sorry to? 

No one. Apologising is for mugs

8. Who do you despise? 

Another promoter but we can’t tell you who they are…

9. Who or what is the love of your life? 

Well High Emotion is a duo (Rick Kelly & Neil Diablo) so it’s got to be each other.  

10. What would improve your life?

Not having to have to interact with the general public when DJing

11. Worst job you have ever done?

We’ve both learnt valuable life lessons from all the jobs we’ve done even the bad ones so let’s be positive

12. What’s your greatest achievement?

Dry humping Anne Hathaway (Rick not both of us)
13. What keeps you awake at night?

Just your run of the mill existential dread. 

14. How would you like to be remembered?

With people looking up at the sky and shaking their fists 

15. What lessons has life taught you?

Don’t eat yellow snow

16. What would your super power be?

To be able to read minds and to then finish people’s sentences for them as that would be so annoying for everyone.

17. Favourite smell?


18. Who would play you in a film?

Rick- Solomun Neil- Matt Lucas 

19. What song would you like played at your funeral?

Oh Yeah- Yellow 

20. Top tip?

No one knows what they’re doing so be chill.

21.Tell us a secret:

No because it wouldn’t be a secret then world it?

Also anything exciting you would like to shout about, upcoming gigs, parties. weddings etc etc

Parties, a London one in Oct but follow us on instagram for more information!

Follow them on Facebook HERE. Catch the High Emotion boat party this summer in manchester HERE