Ali Miraj, Chris Jackson-Jones, Tempo Tantrum DJs, Percussion: Marc Helder
A new monthly party aimed at showcasing City and creative workers who secretly would love to play out having a passion for house and disco music.
"Decks and the City",is the brainchild of Ali Miraj, a qualified chartered accountant and City banker which will bring together City professionals and those employed in creative businesses in Shoreditch. Miraj, traces his love of House Music back to 1998 when he was first exposed to it as the external auditor of the world famous Ministry of Sound and Defected Records, one the leading independent record labels on the dance music scene.When people tell him he doesn't look like a DJ it makes him smile. Appearances can be deceptive he argues. "Just because you wear double cuff shirts doesn't mean that you can't spin some deep tunes after hours."
The night aims to encourage people working in the City who DJ - be they bedroom DJs looking to gain experience or highly accomplished hands - who have a secret passion for uplifting, funky and soulful House and Disco beats, to step forward. "This party is for people who love their music and know how to have fun," says Thornton, PR supremo at the Shoreditch institution with a reputation for pulling in leading DJs attracted by the intimacy of the venue and its exquisite sound system.
"We are looking to create an authentic environment where people from the City and Shoreditch can come together and enjoy themselves."
The music will be central to the night allowing the "work hard play hard" philosophy to be fully realised and should provide an alternative to the manicured bar environment where the tunes are very much in the background.