New parties are plentiful in London, but BODY MVMT has a particular pedigree, having already invited guests rookie promoters can only dream about. Dreamed up by Robert James of Paradise, Circo Loco and elrow fame, it’s the product of years of experience of playing and partying at clubs high and low, big and small.
It’s also a celebration of all things house, the leading love of Robert’s life. Ahead of his May 6 th party with PBR Streetgang, Tristan da Cunha and Bobby Pleasure, Robert had a quick chat about the party, his new home of Ibiza and what’s next on the horizon.
Tell us about the first Body MVMT - how did it come about, who played?
It all started from my 30th birthday party. I had some mates like Jackmaster and Richy Ahmed come to play and it was mint - about 300 people came down and it gave me an idea to do some more. It took another year to do the next one which was my birthday again but this time BODY MVMT was launched in the basement of a pub called the Star of Kings in Kings Cross with Burnski, Clive Henry, Simon Baker, Bobby Pleasure, Death on the Balcony and loads more. The idea is to create small intimate parties in secret venues around the globe starting with London. It’s all about the music and with a capacity no larger than 300.
Your next party on May 6th is a friendly affair again - how did you meet PBR Streetgang and Tristan Da Cunha?
I met them all when I used to live in Leeds. Leeds is a small city but with a music scene bigger than most cities in the UK. Tom and Bonar (PBR) I met when they used to do Asylum and Technique at the Mint Club and The Garden Party series at the Fav. Tristan I met from many nights at Back to Basics. We have since then all become good friends pushing over 10 years now.
What are your favourite parties in the world right now and why?
So many good parties to choose right now as I think that there is so much going on in the underground music scene. About 5-6 months ago London’s music scene was at it’s lowest in a long time and now look at it! Fabric has reopened, Printworks and Tobacco Dock are bringing in the heat and the list just goes on with venues like Village Underground, XOYO, Corsica Studios, Oval Space etc… So London for me has the best parties right now. My new favourite venue is the Lion and Lamb in Hoxton – small, intimate, good sound and good people.
It’s been 10 years since you first played in Ibiza and you’re now living on the island with two solid residencies under your belt! What have been your highlights?
Yeah I can’t believe it’s been 10 years playing here! For me that’s a long time in Ibiza years but some have been playing here for 30-40 years so I’ve got a bit to go yet. For me my highlight will always be saying to my mates on DC10 dance floor “I’m gonna play here one day, you watch” - then 4 years later I did! Now I’m a resident at the club playing for Paradise and Circoloco. Other highlights include playing every room at Space before it closed and many nights watching Ricardo Villalobos on Cocoon at Amnesia and countless after parties with friends. Last year I also started my own radio show on Sonica from an old American airstream in the DC10 carpark. My guests included Craig Richards, Jamie Jones, Adam Shelton, Ryan Elliot, Cassy, Stacey Pullen to name a few. Look out for Paradise round two coming to the airwaves this summer.
Aside from Body MVMT, what else is on the horizon that we should know about?
I’ve got some busy months coming up on the touring side of things, playing at places like Glastonbury, Mysterylands, Hideout Festival, Wildlife Festival and across the globe from South America to most of Europe. Some nice releases as well with Death on the Balcony under our alias Same Frequency with labels like Leftroom and Decay Records.
Body MVMT takes place on May 6 – venue TBC