Playlist: Music To Cut Hair To with Jem Haynes


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…

"My mate Jem. We met on the dancefloor of Space. Where else? Resident for We Love at Space Ibiza for 9YEARS! Put that in you pipe and smoke it. I have seen this boy play every room, every set time and still never put a foot wrong. For a man that could simply be a show off he’s anything but. A kind soul and a right laugh. We have been mates through thick and thin. This playlist is beautiful. I can picture the scene. Full on vibes. Thank you Jem.x"

1.When were you at your happiest?

When I was last playing football, running around like a gazelle.

2. What’s your greatest fear?

It's pretty grim but dying is the thing that scares me most.

3. Who do you admire? 

Anyone that’s chasing their dream, succeeding & being kind along the way.

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

Thoughtlessness? In other people obviously 🙂 

5. What’s your worst habit? 


6. Favourite word?  


7. Who would you like to say sorry to? 

In the words of Conor Mcgregor “Absolutely nobody!”

8. Who do you despise? 

Anyone that’s being a dick.

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

I guess it has to be music.

10. What would improve your life? 

A new left foot after tearing my achilles tendon playing football.

11. Worst job you have ever done?

Removal man.

12. What’s your greatest achievement? 

Probably holding down my DJ residency for 9 years at Space Ibiza. 

Outside of music when I was a support teacher helping an autistic boy to talk and by the time I left the job he got told off for talking in class.

13. What keeps you awake at night? 

Writing music.

14. How would you like to be remembered? 

As someone who was kind, caring and always had time for the people he loved.

15. What lessons has life taught you? 

You can’t please everybody

16. What would your super power be? 

Flying would probably be the most useful.

17. Favourite smell? 

When you walk out of Ibiza airport.

19. Who would play you in a film? 

I’ve gone with Tom Hardy as he grew up close to me in South West London & he’s a similar age.

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

I don’t care, Im dead let me sleep…

20. Top tip? 

Don’t rely on others.

21.Tell us a secret…

I was a body double for Ryan Giggs in a vodafone billboard advert.

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

I’ve started a live act called “Hyacinth & Apollo” with my friend Simon Jinadu so watch out for that! Upcoming gigs – you can catch me at 100 wardour street in Soho on Thursdays.

More info HERE