London based party brand Shut The Front Door is a house party themed brand, showcasing their passion for disco, nu-disco & house music in intimate spaces. Starting in Nottingham, UK in 2012, they have grown extravagantly, throwing an array of exotic parties welcoming the likes of Moon Boots, Le Youth, Tiger & Woods, Horse Meat Disco, FKJ and many more. We caught up with the team to find out some valuable local knowledge on our wonderful capital city - London.
So first of all, tell us a bit about Shut The Front Door - where the name came from and how the parties first came about?
The name came from a brainstorming session between myself and my partner which led to the original concept of the brand – being an intimate, house party style event showcasing disco-led sounds. Our first parties came about back at university in Nottingham taking place in the upstairs of a tiki bar which encouraged a ‘tropical’ theme for the brand. Graduation saw myself move to London bringing the brand down here too. We started off in 150-200 capacity venues but we quickly outgrew that and started throwing parties at Brixton Jamm and larger venues in Nottingham. To this date we have played host to the likes of Tiger & Woods, Moon Boots, Satin Jackets, Darius, FKJ, Jonas Rathsman + many more.
How long have you been clubbing in London and what are your fondest memories from over the years?
Almost 4 years now. I’d say one of my fondest moments was during my first year here and being a stone throw away from Victoria Park, I would take advantage of Lovebox and Field Day Festivals. Other memories include The Magician and Perseus show back in 2012, Dirtybird’s day & night warehouse party and of course our collaboration with Roche Musique when we brought all 13 artists from the label to London for their 3rd Birthday in June, 2015.
What is your favourite venue / party space in London at the moment?
As a space Village Underground has always been my favourite spot, followed by Corsica Studios and Studio 338 when they have an Elrow party.
…and what about the past - the ones that have sadly since closed down for one reason or another?
Cable used to be a regular stomping ground for me, I’ve got some funny memories of that place. Plastic People too, I used to go to FWD there on Thursdays.
What’s the best thing about London in the Winter?
Definitely leaving from a night out and not having to worry about being blinded by the sunrise!
Which 3 tracks will forever remind you of London?
Wiley - Bow E3 (The first time I lived in London was in Bow E3)
Tiga vs Audion – Let’s go Dancing
Eats Everything - Jagged Edge
What is your favourite record shop in London?
I’m a fan of Rye Wax! I’m based in Brixton now so its pretty close by, plus they have a café and always have cool in-store DJ showcases. Another is Container Records that opened up in Pop Brixton. Essentially it's an intimate record shop in a shipping crate that less than 5 minutes from me.
Where is the best place for food in London?
Shout out to Spice n Nice – the Caribbean takeaway at the end of my street when I lived in Camberwell! Counter Café in Hackney Wick and Lovewalk Café in Camberwell were always good spots for a bit of brunch, Brixton Village has some good independent restaurants too.
What about ‘other’ shops - clothing, art, whatever…
There’s a cool clothing store in Brixton called Article that I tend to browse around. Not really a ‘shop’ but I never leave The Independent Record Fair that happens in Spitalfields Market empty handed.
Are there any secret gems in London that you wish to share with us?
I haven’t seen much happen there recently but Airspace Brixton is a really cool, intimate party space. Also there’s a vintage store next to the co-op at Loughborough Junction stock some amazing items for cheap!
Besides your own events, who else is putting on a decent party in London at the moment?
Percolate, Elrow, Kitsune and Unleash – hand’s down.
And finally, what else can we expect from Shut The Front Door this year?
There are a lot of conversations happening right now about our 2016 but first up we have Aeroplane throwing down a funk & boogie set, alongside a full live band performance from Moullinex and a b2b DJ set from Moullinex and Xinobi at Brixton Jamm on January 30th. We’re very close to announcing our March date and then we will be announcing our Summer day party plans. Ohh and potentially expect our first, very own STFD NYE party!
Tickets for Shut The Front Door’s next party at Brixton Jamm with special guests Aeroplane and Moullinex on Saturday 30th January are available right here on Ticket Tannoy. See below for further details…