House/disco DJ, producer, sound engineer and self-proclaimed ‘chancer’ Toby Tobias opens up to The London Word about the ever-influential Andrew Weatherall, getting the sack from Harrods and the meaning of happiness…
‘The Regents Canal on a sunny day is a vision to behold and a real treat to cycle down to Hackney Wick and all around Vicky Park.
I got the sack from Harrods after I had just moved to London 20 years ago, and was turfed out on the streets of Knightsbridge with all my hopes and dreams of a future in the Sound and Vision department in tatters, not knowing what I would do next.
My perfect London day out would involve hanging with my lass around the South Bank, taking in the sights, some music, food, beers and maybe finish with a film or theatre. Followed by a little boogie at Dalston Supertsore, something like that.
It’s London’s incredible mix of people that makes it so vibrant and you will never ever have an excuse to be bored.
Summer in London is next level when the sun is out. This year has been the most colourful I think I’ve seen London in a long time. Plus everyone’s tanned up and looking good.
Where in London have I never been, but always wanted to go? Up until recently it was Hampstead Heath. I‘ve only been there once. Deptford was another place I’ve just visited. I‘d say Cockfosters – purely because of the name.
Andrew Weatherall has been a massive influence on me and many other DJs and artists. He is a lovely guy, and has a lot of interesting stuff to say, and he is still smashing it.
London’s best kept secret? Lincoln’s Inn Fields, The National Portrait Gallery bar on the roof, London Fields Brewery, Pacific Social Club coffee shop – too many to list.
I think having to use the tube in rush hour is the worst thing you have to do in London. I try to avoid it as much as possible but it’s always there and always has potential to really ruin your vibe.
When I first moved to London I lived on the Fenwick Estate and Clapham had a great spirit to it, which I think it has lost now. To revisit my past I would go to Landor Road where Cafe Cairo used to be, then take a stroll to Brixton and have a dig in Barnados.
Happiness is sitting with a group of pals at the table of a lovely Croatian seafood restaurant, next to the sea and in the sun.’
Toby Tobias will be DJing at Burek Presents on Friday 27 September with Serge (Clone) and Fudge Fingas (Firecracker) at:
95 Kingsland High Street