Sounds of the City is a new series in which MEOKO grills some of our favourite DJs and producers about the ins and outs, their most treasured spots and the hidden gems of the city they call home.
Few know more of the London music scene than a record store owner. Across all music, new and old, they know what comes out and when, who buys it, where it gets played and how to play it. Pete Herbert is one such character, the one-time proprietor of the internationally recognised Atlas Record Store in Soho, whose input into the music scene goes far beyond the buying and selling of records. Herbert has also made a deep mark in studios of Europe, producing and remixing under various aliases for Eskimo Records in Belgium and Music for Dreams in Denmark, amongst many others. Hardly surprisingly, you can’t keep Pete away from the decks either; a Londoner might catch him at Fabric, The Nest, Ministry of Sound or even the old Horse and Groom, spinning an international blend of funky Italo disco and house with a smooth Balearic seasoning. Herbert knows London – in all its glorious sights, smells and sounds – better than anyone, making him the perfect artist to kick off our new Sounds of the City series…
My favourite sound of the city is?
‘your train is delayed’…. You know you’re back in London! …
Best place to buy records in London?
Phonica Records In Soho or Rough Trade East for new releases or Spitalfields market record fair for digging
Favourite place to grab a quick bite?
Great local pub grub at Carpenters Arms Cheshire St or some top Turkish round the corner at Tas Firin.
Best place to go for a swim?
York Hall in Bethnal Green as its 5 mins from my house. Otherwise London Fields Lido in the summer for some outdoor action..
Favourite local brewery?
London Fields Brewery is the only local one I know…
This track reminds me of that particular nostalgic moment…
Jestofunk ‘Say it again’ last tune at Sancho Panza, Notting Hill Carnival last year… epic!
Most exciting neighbourhood to live in is?
I live in Bethnal Green which I love…it’s a local neighbourhood, laid back and close to everywhere I like to go…I’m not sure you’d call it exciting though.. Someone told me Walthamstow was becoming exciting… could that be true?
Venue with the best sound system is?
Sancho Panza at Notting Hill Carnival each year wins hands down with me for sound system…
Venue-wise Plastic People is still sounding great…
Best place to hear Disco?
Pete Herbert steps up to provide us with five choice cuts in the next iteration of the Double Denim Disco Sunday Sampler series.
The most annoying thing about London?
How much it costs to live in..
The best place to see the sunrise?
Primrose Hill can be pretty spectacular
Favourite place to escape the hub of the city?
Victoria Park in the summer
I’ve never been to London, what is something I must do?
Have a stroll around Brick Lane on a Sunday
More Pete Herbert? Catch him play for the Double Denim Disco show alongside Jurny, Pelski and resident Will Sage on the 19th of April at Rolling Stock.