The secretsundaze head honcho carries on his bi monthly residency at the Horatia where he plays play his key influences and more modern disco sounds with Guille Bo from Hustle warming up.
N7’S Disco pub the Horatia continues to cruise full sails in May welcoming back Secretsundaze’s James Priestly. where he plays an extended set giving him a opportunity to play his key influences and more modern disco sounds. When we got him to play in Feb he loved it so much he asked to come and do a bi monthly residency. Also on support tonight is Hustle’s Guille Bo.
The Horatia, is the latest effort of the team behind Shorditch's highly successful music venue, The Horse & Groom. Their latest venture is a beautiful 400 capacity traditional London boozer with a bumper 2am licence for plenty of evening decadence and debauchery. The sound system has been sourced from the old Cross venue. The venue is building up a great reputation of late with the likes of Ashley Beedle, Dj Cosmo hosting a monthly residency alongside Tirk Records, Hotblood, Deetour and guests have included Luke Howard, Faze Action, Killer Whale, Yam Who, Matthew & Joylon,, Greg Wilson, Steve Proctor, Justin Robertson to name a few.
James discovered dance music in the form of House, Hardcore & Jungle as a teenager during weekly rave sessions in Cambridge, London and East Anglia area. During his university years he started working in Selectadisc record store, allowing him to familiarize further with modern dance sounds and after moving to London in 2001 he worked for Timewarp Distribution and subsequently at Arision Recordings and eventually Phonica Records where his eyes and ears opened to the new wave of House and Techno rolling in the UK shores.
In 2002 with the help of old Cambridge friends he launched ‘Secretsundaze’ now a household name (in East London anyway). The legendary Sunday afternoon party with cutting edge music policy and queues snaking along round block corners, became the darling of London’s club kids gaining ‘Best UK Club Night’ award from both TimeOut and Mixmag in 2005.
SecretSundaze has since taken James and his partner Giles Smith around the globe and they have played host to some of world’s most renowned Djs such as Ricardo Villalobos, Carl Craig, Trevor Jackson and Steve Bug to name but a few.
James himself has through his distinct style of deep house & techno, favouring strong melodies and warm organic sounds, sometimes borrowing from his freestyle back ground, earned nominations for ‘Best DJ’ in DJ magazine ‘Best of British’ awards while Secretsundaze has been up for ‘Best Small Club’ gong.
In 2004 he launched Go!Zilla as a platform to express his more diverse sounds and tastes incorporating more Disco and Live bands in the part realm. His current residency is at Cargo, Shoreditch.