Playlist: Music To Cut Hair To with Stuart Patterson


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…

"Mr Stuart Patterson has done a lovely playlist for me. I asked him to do one to celebrate my 50th year on the planet. Boy did he come up trumps. When someone's such a good mate and you had lots of fun in their company you kinda forget that he really does know his onions. Isn’t it always the music that brings us back and connects us. So I wanna say a massive thank you to him for this playlist. also the shits & giggles and the lifelines he has thrown me in the very long time we have known each other. Big ups you silly sod."

1.When were you at your happiest?   

Pretty happy right now, selecting music in a hammock with views of the mountains of Southern Spain 

2. What’s your greatest fear?

Falling off that mountain, drunk. 

3. Who do you admire? 

At the moment Greta Thunberg and Lil Simz.

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


5. What’s your worst habit? 

Drinking red wine at 9am on a Sunday morning

6. Favourite word?  


7. Who would you like to say sorry to? 

My local shop keeper for demanding wine with the Sunday papers

8. Who do you despise?   

Disloyal people, it’s a fickle business I’m in.

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


10. What would improve your life?   

More sunshine

11. Worst job you have ever done? 

Natwest straight from school at 16, wrong kind of bank job. Left before I was 17.

12. What’s your greatest achievement? 

Not having a ‘proper job’ since leaving the bank.

13. What keeps you awake at night?   

Fun and games.

14. How would you like to be remembered? 

On a bench in a nice park

15. What lessons has life taught you?   

You get back what you put in .. and don’t eat yellow snow. 

16. What would your super power be?     

RedPool,, like Deadpool but with the power to drink wine all day and then do ‘super’ shit. 

17. Favourite smell?     

A freshly corked red

18. Who would play you in a film?   

Elton John

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

Willie Colon ‘Set Fire To Me’

20. Top tip?     

A thousand rupees In Goa 

21.Tell us a secret…   

I lied on number 18, it’s really Brad Pitt. 

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

If you like the music on this playlist you would enjoy Sunday Afternoon Sounds at Rubio, NW10 on Oct 6th. We are doing a musical trip to Goa in January