08 02 2017
In Conversation is part of Today's ongoing mission to build an environment to learn, grow, network and create. A foray into the world of electronic music and the creativity surrounding it, this edition of In Conversation saw two industry pros reflect on what it takes to build venues, events and labels within a rapidly morphing music industry.
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Throughout the evening, Hannah Holland & Rob Star took us from their humble beginnings in the 90’s, sneaking out to raves in fields and partying with Goldie and Bjork in a then empty and run-down Shoreditch, up to their present day achievements.
The unscripted and spontaneous setting took us through the highs and lows of their successes, with stories of working in the operating theatre after a weekend partying, shutting down a road in Hoxton with an illegal rave, and getting “banned from Ibiza”.
Hannah Holland is a DJ, producer and label boss. Known for appearances at a long list of influential London clubs including Fabric, Ministry of Sound and Bugged Out!, her remixes for The Knife, O Children and Planningtorock are iconic. She has toured the world extensively with her hybrid sound of house, techno and bass and has developed an impressive roster of talent on her own label Batty Bass. You can hear her regular NTS radio show every month.
“Patience. The most important thing I'd say to anyone starting out in anything.”
Rob Star is a business mogul blessed in the art of promoting parties. One half of Mulletover, a hugely popular series of nights, Rob played a pivotal role in shifting London’s dance music scene out of clubs and into temporary spaces. Experience working for UK festivals Tribal Gathering and Homelands led to the birth of Eastern Electrics; a multi-day, multi-venue outdoor house and techno festival. Away from the dancefloor Rob has also made waves in the pub and street-food scene, with five venues across London, as well as his latest music food infusion, Last Days of Shoreditch.
“I was born on a fairground that my grandad owned, and I wanted to have a life like his, not work in a bank.”
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