Playlist: Music To Cut Hair To with Maxxi Soundsystem

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Written by Victoria Saunders

A carefully selected assortment of tunes from Mr Sam Watts or as you all know him really as Maxxi Soundsystem.

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…

“Welcome to my final playlist of the year. Thank f**k 2021 is nearly over BUT I find solace in the wonderful playlists that are made for my studios (me). Nothing is a better escape than MUSIC. So without further waffle I am going to intro a long standing mate Mr Sam Watts or as you all know him really as Maxxi Soundsystem. Our worlds maybe not not close atm but I have always been a music fan AND a mate to play with. One of my fav memories was playing Frisbee off a roof top in Ibiza as you do. Well it was Ibiza so I’m gonna leave that one there…. Cracking playlist and for that I salute you Sam *deep bow. You rock.xx”

1. When were you at your happiest?

In Ibiza on my birthday this year probably – eating outside.

2. What’s your greatest fear?

Being a shit Dad / being boring.

3. Who do you admire?

My parents, people who take risks to do something they love…

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

In others: being over offended in me: dressing safe

5. What’s your worst habit?

Putting things off 

6. Favourite word?

Currently it’s “impeccable” – my 9 year old daughter just used it to describe her weekend

7. Who would you like to say sorry to? 

No one currently – i usually deliver my apologies in a timely manner

8. Who do you despise? 

Mr Evans – my primary school teacher. A despicable man.

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

It’s probably music – considering the amount it has given me in terms of friends, moments of ecstasy, getting me through difficult shit and giving me the privilege of seeing many things throughout the world and also a job.

10. What would improve your life?

Less anxiety about the future. Well just less anxiety…

 11. Worst job you have ever done?

Between flogging ice creams in the dead of Winter on a Sussex beach or Sales Executive for The Waste Manager magazine – a publication dedicated to bins.

12. What’s your greatest achievement? 

Managing to make a living from something I like doing.

13. What keeps you awake at night?

The News – but mostly I sleep pretty well.

14. How would you like to be remembered?

Not sure that’s any of my business.

15. What lessons has life taught you?

Don’t be a c**t. Get some sleep. Don’t eat loads of crap. Don’t listen to people who have too many reasons to NOT do something.

16. What would your super power be? 

Instant perfect mixdowns.

17. Favourite smell? 

Fresh bread – or anything in the oven I’m about to eat.

18. Who would play you in a film?

In ego world it would be Leo but more accurate casting would be Mackenzie Crook.

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

Purple Rain

20. Top tip?

Long Johns in winter – late to the party, no turning back now.

21.Tell us a secret…

I enjoy talking fake Italian when cooking Italian food.

Also anything exciting you would like to shout about, radio shows, what you are working on, upcoming gigs, parties. weddings etc etc

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New music from Maxxi Soundsystem coming soon in 2022.