How has the house scene changed over the last decades?
‘There has been a resurgence of interest recently with younger kids getting into it, which was much-needed. There are so many promoters and DJs now it has diluted things a little, but competition and choice are both healthy. London house fans certainly have as much now as any time over the last 25 years.’
Who are your musical influences?
‘DJs like Gilles Peterson, Dave Dorrell, Pete Tong and Norman Jay, people who I started dancing to as a punter back in the late ’80s.’
What makes a good house night for you?
‘Great music that is paced properly through the night, a good sound system and – of course – a knowledgeable crowd that also knows how to party.’
Tell us about the New Year’s eve party
‘New Year’s Eve is one night of the year most people enjoy a bit of nostalgia, so the Vintage House Foundation night fits the bill nicely as we’re playing underground house killers from 1988 onwards.
‘This year myself and guests Farley n Heller and Dom Moir will be adding our favourite house tracks of 2012 to the mix, so it has contemporary side as well. Plus for some real musical variety Lasermagnetic are hosting the upstairs lounge, mixing up the classic and contemporary disco with top London selectors Ray Mang and Simon ‘Faze Action’ Lee headlining.’
Where are you based?
‘I don’t travel as much as I used to, which is mainly down to the responsibility of running East Village, where you’ll find me DJing a lot of the time. I live locally in Hackney now to be near the club.’
What are your favourite parts of the city?
‘I’m enjoying living east as I had been in west London for 15 years until last year. There’s so much going on over here, restaurant, bar and club-wise. And it still feels fresh, even though it’s been in the main hub of the city for more than 10 years now.
‘I love to cycle across the bridges and around the city on the odd Sunday morning when I haven’t worked late on a Saturday night. There’s also some great smaller, less well-known parks like Roundwood in the west or Haggerston in the east.’
What’s the worst thing about London?
‘Not a lot; it’s a fantastic city. The traffic, which every city suffers from and the weather – which we’re stuck with!’
Where do you go to relax?
‘Southern Spain is a fairly quick getaway with great weather and some ace small villages away from the nasty main resorts. Malaga is a great city, too.’
Describe your perfect night out?
‘Old friends in a good restaurant, heading onto a great club to hear some proper DJs.’
Stuart Patterson will be hosting Vintage House Foundation & Lasermagnetic at East Village on New Year’s Eve 9pm – 5am, East Village Club, 89 Great Eastern Street, EC2A 3HX. Tel: 02077395173. Tickets can be purchased for £18 plus booking fee from Ticketweb and Resident Advisor or £25 on the door (subject to availability).