We're staying in London for this week's My City, with DJ and producer James Edwards keeping us company. Now working under his new guise of Made By Pete, James has been producing dance music for 12 years and has constantly evolved his sound to keep up with the times.
His recent work has been picked up by renowned labels such as Love & Other, Simma Black and Toolroom Records, while also gaining support from the likes of Pete Tong, Hannah Wants and Sam Divine. With Made By Pete boosting in popularity by the minute, we grabbed a minute ourselves to inspect his favourite places in London.
Where do you go to clear your head?
I grew up in the leafy suburbs of London. Although I was only 20 mins away from the hustle and bustle, it was a really nice area to be in. Now that I’m older and live nearer the city, I still find the time to go to Richmond Park. It’s a beautiful haven for wildlife and it certainly helps take the edge off a hangover if I’ve had a big gig the night before. Take your bike, pack a picnic and, of course, check the weather forecast. After all, it is London!
Where's your favourite place to drink?
Overlooking Clapham Common, Gigalum is by far my favourite South London daytime party spot. Well known for it’s Sunday soirées, DJ’s like Felix Da House Cat, Guy J, Shapeshifters, Sister Bliss, Chicane & Basement Jaxx frequently spin during daylight hours and when the sun goes down…let’s just say Monday morning can be struggle. I’ve been DJing there for years at Grin Recordings Label parties and the vibe is purely music driven. It’s free entry all day and they have a Funktion One SoundSystem. What more can you ask for?
Where's your favourite place to eat?
Brixton has reformed over the last 10 years. Back in the 90’s it used to be considered one of London’s roughest places, but positive youth culture and a rise in house prices has seen a change to it’s clientele. Brixton Village is hidden inside Brixton’s food market and offers up loads of quirky cafés and bars where you can scoff your face with anything from curry to THE BEST lemon drizzle cake around. My personal favourite is a Jamaican kitchen called Fish, Wings & Tings. Without doubt the best jerk chicken I have ever had, home cooked in store.
A hidden gem that not a lot of people know about?
Dex, Brixton Clubhouse or The Prince Of Wales as it’s now known. This rooftop venue in Brixton has been through so many owners and name changes in the last 5 years. I ran Sunday events there for three seasons but in the end the politics just got in the way. After that I became a punter which was much more fun and less stressful.
The entrance is a tiny door next to KFC in Brixton Centre. It really is like a slice of Ibiza in South London. 2 curved terraces hold up to 800 people with events like Up On The Roof, Slide and Get Diverted hosting the likes of Derrek Carter, Master At Work, Norman Jay & Tod Terje. This venue is well worth checking out.
Where's your favourite place to shop?
Well known for it’s artistic fashion culture, Portabello Road in west London is great place to go for a day out. I love to go there with my fiancée. Even if the market isn’t open there are plenty of boutique shops serving up vintage fashion and rare vinyl. The food is great too.
What's your favourite place for a late night?
The final stop on my tour of London would have to be Egg Club. London is renowned for its club scene and there are many that should get a mention. Fire & Lightbox are regular favourites of mine as are Fabric and the world famous Ministry Of Sound. However, there is something about EGG that just grabs me. I’ve always enjoyed DJing there and the rooms are laid out really well.